As persecution increases, your family needs your support to keep faith and hope alive
- Leader: King Jigme Wangchuck
- Population: 793,000 (20,000 Christians)
- Main Religion: Mahayana Buddhism
- Government: Constitutional monarchy
- World Watch List Rank: 30
- Source of Persecution: Religious nationalism/ Ethnic antagonism
Pressure on Christians has increased significantly in Bhutan, with discrimination growing at both government and society levels.
Though a secular state, constitutionally Buddhism is Bhutan's 'spiritual heritage'. Christians lack any formal status and recognition - many have not even received National Identity Cards. All conversions are strictly opposed by family, community, religious authorities and the state. Believers have been arrested for distributing gospel tracts or inviting people to church. Registering churches is very difficult - the government keeps gatherings confined to household premises to limit the growth of Christianity.
- For believers who leave Buddhism, therefore violating the anti-conversion law - that they would be protected
- That God would soften the hearts of the government to allow Christians to print Bibles and other Christian literature
- For God's strength for Christian converts facing pressure from family, friends and neighbours to recant their faith.
How we help
Open Doors provides immediate aid to Bhutanese believers when their faith in Christ lands them in prison, excludes them from families and communities, and deprives them of livelihood and employment. Through local partners and churches, Open Doors strengthens persecuted believers in Bhutan through:
- Advocacy and awareness
- Training to strengthen Christians facing persecution
- Literature distribution
- Discipleship training
- Literacy programmes.