Tibetan, Deqen of China

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Tibetan, Deqen of China

The language and many of the customs of the Southern Khampa are distinct from those of other Tibetan peoples. Although most Southern Khampa are Buddhists, this group has the largest number of professing Christians among any Tibetan group in the world. The Paris Foreign Missionary Society evangelized the area in the 1860s. In 1905 Tibetan lamas killed all the French missionaries and the head of Father Dubernard was hung on the monastery gate, and several Christian families were shot. This cruel act solidified the faith of the survivors.

Ministry Obstacles

Buddhism is a strong, integral part of the self-identity of most Tibetans.

Outreach Ideas

Perhaps the Khampa followers of Jesus will become mature enough in the faith to effectively carry the message of Christ to their neighbors and friends. Pray they grow in numbers and in maturity.

Pray for the followers of Christ

Pray for the Christian believers among the Southern Khampa to live holy, joyous lives, and to reach out to others with the Gospel of Christ. Pray they will learn how to effectively share their faith with their Buddhist neighbors.

Pray for the entire people group

Pray the Khampa community will increasingly be drawn to the person of Christ. Pray they will hunger to know forgiveness for their sin, and will be led to understand that this forgiveness is available through trust in Christ.

Scripture Focus

"All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats." Matthew 25:32

People Name: Tibetan, Deqen
Country: China
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 118,000
World Population: 118,000
Language: Tibetan, Khams
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Bible: None
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image