Butuo Nosu in China

Unreached of the Day  6/30/2021

Butuo Nosu in China

In the early days of the Chinese Republic, the Nosu were "troublesome" to Chinese troops, largely because of their habit of enslaving members of other people groups. With their heritage of aggression and violence, the Butuo Nosu lived in homes and villages protected by high fences to protect themselves from other tribes. The violence was never-ending until the Chinese took control.

Ministry Obstacles

The Butuo Nosu believe in many gods. They worship various mountain deities and spirits of war, harvests and rivers. They revere and worship their ancestors. It is unclear whether there are gospel materials in the language of this people group.

Outreach Ideas

A largely unreached people group, the Butuo Nosu have reported a few hundred elderly Catholics among them. Farther north, 12,000 believers live among the Nosu (the larger ethnic group of which the Butuo Nosu are a distinct language group), but it is not apparent if they have had any impact on the Butuo Nosu.

Scripture Focus

"In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious."  Isaiah 11:10

Scripture Prayer

Pray that today’s people group will soon allow Jesus Christ, the son of David, to be their banner of salvation.

Prayer Focus

Pray for faithful, Holy Spirit-empowered harvesters from other people groups to go the the Butuo Nosu. Pray for the Butuo Nosu to hunger for the spiritual peace that only God offers and to surrender to the ways of Christ. Pray for a movement to Christ among them.



People Name Butuo Nosu
PronunciationBOO-twoh NOR-soo
Country China
10/40 Window Yes
Population 278,000
World Population 278,000
Language Nuosu
Primary Religion Ethnic Religions
Bible New Testament
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image