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Reaching Tibetans (4/5)

Reaching Tibetans (4/5)

[This is a five-part series by Charles Rijnhart on reaching Tibetans] Section 4: Nepal: Barries and Bridges, Nepal: Pre-Christianity Nepal: Barriers and Bridges Of the around 29 million plus people that live in Nepal most are Hindu. Hinduism has existed in Nepal alongside Buddhism for centuries. Nepal’s religious expression is very syncretistic combining elements of Hinduism and Buddhism together. Nepal being the birthplace of Buddha and also neighbor to India (which has been dominated by Hinduism for well over 3,500…

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Reaching Tibetans (3/5)

Reaching Tibetans (3/5)

[This is a five-part series by Charles Rijnhart on reaching Tibetans] Section 3: Cultural Revolution, Current Day Tibetan Diaspora Cultural Revolution in China When the Qing dynasty fell in 1912, marking the end to imperial rule in China, a new nationalistic party called the Republic of China gained control. This party ruled until a Chinese civil war broke out in 1927 between the Republic of China and the Communist Party of China. Upon the victory by the Communist Party, in…

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Reaching Tibetans (2/5)

Reaching Tibetans (2/5)

[This is a five-part series by Charles Rijnhart on reaching Tibetans] Section 2: Tibet: Initial Stages of Missional Outreach, Tibet: Attempts to reach Lhasa Tibet: Initial Stages of Missional Outreach The earliest Christian presence in Tibet was by a Jesuit missionary named Father Antonio de Andrade. In 1624, Andrade and another missionary named Manuel Marques, set out for Tibet. They finally stumbled upon Tsaparang, the capital city of in the Kingdom of Guge, after an arduous journey.[1] They were the…

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Reaching Tibetans (2/5)

Reaching Tibetans (2/5)

Section 2: Tibet: Initial Stages of Missional Outreach, Tibet: Attempts to reach Lhasa Tibet: Initial Stages of Missional Outreach The earliest Christian presence in Tibet was by a Jesuit missionary named Father Antonio de Andrade. In 1624, Andrade and another missionary named Manuel Marques, set out for Tibet. They finally stumbled upon Tsaparang, the capital city of in the Kingdom of Guge, after an arduous journey.[1] They were the first Europeans to have crossed the Himalayas and reached Tibet. A…

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Reaching Tibetans (1/5)

Reaching Tibetans (1/5)

Introduction. In this five-part series we will discuss the history of missional outreach among the Himalayas while specifically focusing on the Tibetan and Nepali stories in hopes that missiological implications will inform and shape any future outreach efforts. We will explore both Tibetan and Nepali Christian history in four phases: Pre-Christian, Initial Stages, Church Growth, and Current Day. Common barriers to the gospel will be discussed along with significant missionaries that played a part in the missional story and the…

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