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Tseku in Bhutan


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
6,500 Tseku Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Tseku in Bhutan

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Introduction / History
The Tseku people are one of the Tibetan groups, related to the larger Kham Tibetans.

Where are they located?
Most of the Tseku people live in Tibet, but some are in Bhutan.

What are their lives like?
The Tseku live in the high, remote Himalayan Mountains, and they are small enough that they have escaped the notice of most outsiders. Since their language is similar to the Kham Tibetans, they are probably confused with that larger people group.

The lifestyle of peoples in this part of the world is grim. Freezing, blizzardlike weather is the norm, so people groups like the Tseku either adapt to the climate or they perish. Their food source usually comes from the meat and milk from their livestock and from barley and rice.

What are their beliefs?
The Tseku are Tibetan Buddhists. Their Buddhist beliefs are mixed with bon, an ancient shamanistic belief system. They rely on demons, ghosts, and the spirits of disembodied deities to guide their decisions. Many Buddhist monks are able to call up fearsome demons, who sometimes visualize in front of them. The most devout monks are reported to be able to transport themselves spiritually from one place to another and have been reputed to appear in different widespread locations on the same day.

What are their needs?
The Tseku people need to find ways to survive, both economically and spiritually.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Tseku people teachable and understanding hearts.
* Pray for a strong movement of the Holy Spirit to bring entire Tseku families into a rich experience of God's blessing.
* Pray for Tseku families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness, and to understand the adequacy of Christ's work on the cross.
* Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Tseku family leaders to experience God's blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.


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Country: Bhutan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:45 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:6,500
Largest Provinces:
Eastern (5,900)Western (600)
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Tseku
People Name General: Tseku
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 110209
Joshua Project People ID: 19656
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 6,500
Population all Countries: 22,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Buddhist
People Name General: Tseku
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tseku (6,500 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tsk    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism100.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Tseku in Bhutan

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      Tseku Bhutan    
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