Since last Thursday night, a lot of people have been asking me about the Khampa people group. As a result, I would like to share with you some of the information that I have found concerning these people.
The first thing that you need to know about this people group is that they are the epitome of “unreached.” There are just under 250,000 of the Khampa in central Tibet and according to the Joshua Project, they are 0.01% Christian. If you calculate those numbers, you will find that out of just under 250,000 people, 200 of them claim to be Christian. Assuming that those 200 really do understand the gospel of grace through faith, approximately 248,800 Khampa are destined to an eternal hell.
Consequently, these people desperately need gospel workers. However, this task is not going to be easy. These people are renowned for their sorcery. Many monks in their religion are able to conjure physical manifestations of demons in front of them. It is recorded that some of the “strongest” monks have been able to appear in different wide-spread locations in the same day, meaning that they have been able to teleport themselves from one area to another. The Khampa worship Yoma, the Buddhist “god of death”, believing that he is the ruler of the underworld, so it is no surprise that they have these supernatural manifestations.
Additionally, they live at 17,000 feet above sea level therefore an American would have to be extremely careful if they were to attempt to minister to them because of the change of oxygen levels that they would encounter. Not only that, these people are known for being militant to anyone who tries to approach their settlements.
One of the biggest hinderances to the gospel in the context on unreached peoples are language barriers. Probably the most encouraging attribute of the Khampa is that they only have two dialects. So if one were able to get into Tibet (which is illegal), hike 17,000 feet above sea level, through some of the most treacherous mountains in the world, have confidence to deal authoritatively with demon manifestations and be accepted by the community, it would be relatively easy to communicate with them on a large scale.
This seems like an impossible task. However, as we have said before, Jesus has been given all authority in heaven and on earth and if He wills for you to reach the Khampa, no government, or geography, or atmosphere, or elemental spirits, or language barrier will thwart His plan!
Soli Deo Gloria!
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