Loba in Nepal
pronounced: LOH-bah

Most Loba people live in the Mustang district, a semi-independent kingdom within Nepal. Until 1952 this small people group had their own Buddhist kingdom, which was established around 1380 AD. Some Loba practice polyandry, where one woman has more than one husband, and her husbands are usually brothers. They do this because she is less likely to become a widow if she has many husbands. Almost all Loba are zealous believers in Tibetan Buddhism as reflected by their many temples and monasteries. Some years ago several Loba were relocated outside their territory because of great floods, and this has brought some into contact with believers in Christ for the first time.

Ministry Obstacles: Buddhism teaches a very different worldview than that of the Bible. Much readjustment in one's thinking is necessary to begin to understand and believe.

Outreach Ideas: We can pray the few followers of Christ among the Loba will soon become strong enough to take the gospel to their entire people group. They are not a large people group.

Scripture Focus: "Then all the people gathered as one man at the open space in front of the Water Gate. They asked Ezra the writer to bring the book of the Law of Moses which the Lord had given to Israel." Neh 8:1

Scripture Prayer: Pray for an eagerness to hear and heed God’s word among this people group.

Prayer Focus: There have been a few Christians reported among the Loba. Pray they will be nurtured by the Lord's Spirit and that they will grow in numbers and maturity. Pray the strongly Buddhist Loba will be given a knowledge of their sin and need for a Savior. As they hunger to know forgiveness, pray the Lord will send knowledge of his Son's death and provision for forgiveness to them.

 


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