- Leader: King Jigme Wangchuck
- Population: 793,000 (20,000 Christians)
- Main Religion: Mahayana Buddhism
- Country fact sheet
No churches are officially recognised in Bhutan, so all Christian fellowships are secret churches.
Buddhism is protected as part of Bhutan’s national heritage, and Christianity is seen as a ‘foreign element’. Christians meet together early in the morning or late at night, with the lights out, to avoid discovery. Local authorities often deny Christians a ‘non-objection certificate’ or make them difficult to obtain; these are needed to apply for a loan or job, register a property or renew an ID card.
- For strength for believers who violate the anti-conversion law by leaving the Buddhist faith
- That efforts to persecute Christians will actually unite them
- That God will soften the hearts of those who know Christians and make them receptive to the gospel.
How Open Doors helps
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.