Climate: Varies from tropical at the bottom of the mountains to everlasting ice and snow at the highest elevations. The quantity of rainfall increases from west to east alongside the southern front of the range.
Geography: The Tibetan Buddhists of the Himalayas span a significant region of Asia. From Kabul, Afghanistan through the north of Pakistan into northern India, all of Nepal and Bhutan, into Bangladesh, and a significant portion of southern China (Tibet Autonomous Region—TAR).
People Groups: Largest populations include: Drukpa, Khampa (Eastern), Tamang (Eastern), Tamang (Western), Tibetan (Central), Tibetan (Gtsang)
Languages: Multiple; Tibetan is primarily spoken.
Largest Religion: Buddhism
Percentage Evangelical Christian: 0.02%
People Groups with Access to Scripture: 25
URGENT is engaged in the following activities within Tibetans of the Himalayas:
- Church Planting
- Humanitarian Efforts
Geographic barriers exist due to remoteness, lack of infrastructure, and the world's highest mountains. Persecution is significant due to the lack of distinction between ethnic and religious identity. If you profess Christ, you are stripped of your enthic identity.
- Pray for Christian organizations working among Tibetan people groups to rely on God to reach these remote peoples.
- Pray for Christian converts from Buddhism to be transformed by the power of the gospel message.
- Pray that humanitarian efforts will be coupled with a clear presentation of the gospel so that both physical and spiritual needs are met.
- Security Tier: 1
- Religion: Buddhist
- Engagement Scale: 3
(1=High to 50=Low)