The community is subdivided into clans such as Dolma and Sjerromg or Sherring, which derive their origin from a common ancestor. This scheduled tribe is sometimes grouped with the Khampa. The traditional occupation has been sheep production, but now they are also engaged in other vocations. They live in Himachal Pradesh, a northern state with a very small Christian community.
The mode of disposal of the dead is decided by the lama; it ranges from cremation to throwing the corpse on the hillsides after cutting it into pieces.
They follow Buddhism and worship deities in the form of boulders, caves, trees and bushes.
In spite of being a small people group, they nevertheless speak a large number of languages. This complicates communicating the gospel to them. There are good resources available in most of the languages spoken by the Jad, including gospel recordings and the Story of Jesus audio. These will be helpful if workers take them to the people.
A few people from the Jad community have reported themselves as Christians to the census of India. Please pray the Lord will nurture their faith and give them understanding in how to turn quickly from sin and to trust the Lord for an abundant life.
Please pray for deliverance for these people who are at the mercy of wicked spiritual forces unless they turn to Christ.
Pray for easy access to Christian materials such as the JESUS Film.
Pray for workers.
Pray for spiritual discernment and a willingness to accept Jesus for who he said he is.
Scripture Prayers for the Jad in India.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Jad|
|People Name in Country||Jad|
|Alternate Names||Amba; Khampa; Shah Khampa; जड़|
|Population this Country||2,600|
|Population all Countries||2,600|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||11 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||2|
|Districts||Interactive map, listing and data download|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Khamba (800 speakers)|
|Language Code||kbg Ethnologue Listing|