As persecution increases, your family needs your support to keep faith and hope alive
Leader: King Jigme Wangchuck
Population: 784,000 (20,000 Christians)
Main Religion: Mahayana Buddhism
Government: Constitutional monarchy
World Watch List Rank: 38
Source of Persecution: Religious nationalism/ Tribal antagonism
There are no historical churches in Bhutan, but Christian converts from Buddhist or tribal backgrounds face pressure from families and neighbours to recant their faith.
Buddhism is given a prominent and predominant role in government and society. Christianity is seen as alien, so no Christian symbols are allowed to be displayed. So far no churches have been registered as legal, leaving church members vulnerable to accusations and attacks by their communities. Children, especially, find that applications to attend school are more frequently rejected if they are Christian converts.
- That all Christians would have the same access to jobs and education as their Buddhist counterparts
- That God would soften the hearts of the government to allow Christians to print Bibles and other Christian literature in Bhutan without breaking the law
- That the government will officially recognise the Christian minority, thus allowing them to worship and evangelise at liberty.