Bhotia Sikkim in Bhutan

Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Bhotia Sikkim
Country: Bhutan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 6,200
World Population: 105,200
Primary Language: Sikkimese
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Unspecified
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:


Bhutan was closed off to the rest of the world for centuries. The Bhotia believe they have been Buddhists since the Tibetan sage Padmasambhava flew across the Himalayas on the back of a tiger and introduced Buddhism to Bhutan in 746 AD. Only in recent years has the Gospel of Christ started to gain a foothold. Young men are required to make an oath of allegiance to Buddha at age 15.

Ministry Obstacles

Bhutan is not as closed to the outside world as it once was, but access is still limited. But the larger obstacle is the mindset of the prevailing religion.

Outreach Ideas

Sustained prayer is needed to prepare the hearts of the people of Bhutan to understand the message of Christ, and to believe.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray for the followers of Jesus among the Bhotia community, that their faith in Christ will be strengthened by regular fellowship together. Pray for an accurate understanding of the grace offered by Christ, and that they will desire to be obedient to Christ's teachings.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for the Bhotia to escape the bondage of their current religion. Pray for hunger to find a solution to their sin problem.

Text Source:   Joshua Project