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Until the 1980s, Bhutan was isolated from the rest of the world by its Himalayan geography, poor infrastructure and poor international relations. In 2008, the country adopted a multiparty constitutional democracy and implemented a new constitution that affords a greater level of religious freedom. Most Christians in Bhutan are of Nepali heritage, and believers are focused on reaching the ethnic Bhutanese with the message of Christ.
88 percent of the Bhutanese people are Buddhists. Approximately 1 percent are Christians.
Christians are restricted by federal laws and persecuted by local authorities.
What It Means To Follow Christ In Bhutan:
The king identifies himself as the defender of the Buddhist faith, and the government works covertly to discourage the spread of Christianity. Christians are viewed as followers of a foreign, Western religion. There is no opportunity for the legal registration of churches in Bhutan. Christians often lose their jobs and are unable to find jobs because of their faith. Many Christians must worship in secret.
Access To Bibles:
Though small numbers of Bibles are allowed into the nation legally, the government continues to restrict widespread distribution. Most Bibles must be smuggled into the country from neighboring nations. Give Bibles
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- Pray that those reaching out to college students will be granted grace and favor.
- Pray that God will continue to raise up more women for ministry.
- Pray for successful Bible distributions in the country.
- Pray for an increase in youth engagement with the gospel.
- Pray that God will mobilize more Bhutanese Christians to share the gospel with the unreached.