This Sunday your children will be learning about the Khamba (KAHM-buh), an isolated Buddhist group living in China and Tibet. They are generally taller than their Chinese neighbors. The Khamba have a reputation for being fierce warriors and skillful horseback riders. Those who live in cities work as street vendors, truck drivers, shopkeepers, or hold government jobs. Most Khamba live in small villages or in isolated mountain areas. Many of these are nomadic, moving from place to place in search of good grazing land for their herds of yaks, sheep, and goats. The majority of Khamba work as farmers, growing crops and raising livestock.
Your children will get a firsthand look at how the Khamba live. They will see a festival with daring stunts on horseback, colorful dancing, and yak racing.
Most Khamba practice the religion of Tibetan Buddhism. The Khamba believe in reincarnation and spend much of their lives trying to earn merit. To the Khamba, Buddhism is not merely a set of beliefs, but a way of life. You and your kids can be praying that many Khamba will hear and receive the gospel!
Home Follow Up
- Read more about the Khamba together as a family.
- Pray for the Khamba this week:
* Pray that God will change the laws of China that make it illegal for missionaries to teach about God.
* Pray for the Jesus film to be translated into the Kham language.
* Pray for the workers who are trying to translate the Tibetan Bible into the everyday language that most Khamba people can read.
* Ask God to send the gospel via audio messages into Tibet so that those who cannot read can listen to the Bible in their own language.
* Ask God to move in the hearts of Tibetans who are living in other countries, that they would respond to the gospel and carry the good news about Jesus back into China.
* Pray that God would send doctors, nurses, health workers, and teachers to live among the isolated Khamba tribes.
* Pray that Buddhist religious leaders would see the truth of the Bible and teach those who follow them in the ways of Christ.
* Pray that God would free the Khamba from their fears about the next life and show them how they can spend eternity worshiping Him in heaven.
- Try making an Americanized-version of Tsampa, a famous Tibetian dish or Momos, Tibetan steamed dumplings.
Have fun joining together as a family to pray for the Khamba!
Easy “Americanized” Tsampa Recipe
3 c decaffeinated tea
3 pats salted butter
3 c barley flour (or whole wheat flour)
2 c. cinnamon-sugar mixture
6 teacups or ramekins
1. Add 1/2 pat of salted butter to each cup
2. Put flour in a small bowl
3. Put cinnamon-sugar in another bowl
4. Pour 1/2 cup of tea into each teacup to cover the pat of butter.
5. Have the children add spoonfuls of flour to their tea gradually, mixing it with their fingers until it forms a stiff dough.
6. Have the children pull off a piece of the dough, roll it into a ball with their fingers, and dip it into the cinnamon-sugar to coat.
7. Eat and enjoy this American version of a famous Khamba treat!