Summary The name Tamang means "horse trader." They are generally very poor people. The majority of Tamang follow Tibetan Buddhism, but mix this heavily with animism and to a lesser extent, with Hinduism. Their priests, or lamas, have a dominant role in the community and perform ceremonies for funerals, etc. Perhaps the most powerful person in society, however, is the shaman, who exorcises demons and interacts with the spirit world. Most of the Tamang live in Nepal.
Ministry Obstacles Bhutan is more open to outsiders than it has been in previous times, but there is still some difficulty in entering the country.
Outreach Ideas The larger Tamang group in Nepal has a growing family of Christian believers. Perhaps these followers of Christ will see the need to carry the Gospel to the Tamang of Bhutan. Pray to this end.
Pray for the followers of Christ There are few if any followers of Jesus today among the Tamang of Bhutan, but pray for the ones that the Lord will soon bring to himself. Pray they will seek each other out in order to fellowship together. Pray they will be zealous to know Christ, and follow his ways.
Pray for the entire people group Pray for the entire Tamang community of Bhutan to be able to care well for their families, to find ways to generate income and meet basic needs. Pray they will make schooling a priority for their children.
Scripture Focus "And those who lead many to righteousness [will shine] like the stars for ever and ever." Daniel 12:3