Bhutan is said to be the happiest country in Asia, yet with a population of more than 700,000, Bhutan remains one of the nations least touched by the message of Christ’s love.
For a span of 25 years, Bhutan experienced some religious freedom, but since 1990, Christians have seen increased limitations and harsher treatment. The loss of citizenship, free education, healthcare and employment can all be expected once a person decides to follow Christ. Even access to electricity and clean water is often denied. A ban against building places of worship other than Buddhist temples also prevents believers from constructing churches.
But God is at work in this nation and continues to draw people to Himself.
Pray for the believers in Bhutan who suffer under severe restrictions and persecution. Buddhism is practiced by more than 75 percent of the Bhutanese people and 22 percent are Hindus. But there is still a mighty minority of God’s people in more than two percent of the population.
Pray that believers will stand strong for Christ and continue to proclaim His name.
Pray also for Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk, the crowned king of Bhutan. Pray that King Wangchuk and all of Bhutan’s leadership will come understand Jesus’ love for them and be blessed with much wisdom as they lead the country.