WHO IS THE LEADER OF BHUTAN?
The leader of Bhutan is King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, who took over the throne in 2006 after his father abdicated. He rules in conjunction with the Bhutanese government.
HOW MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE IN BHUTAN?
There are 30,000 Christians living in Bhutan. They make up 3.7 per cent of the total population of 817,000.
WHY ARE CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED IN BHUTAN?
The Bhutanese government upholds Buddhism as its national religion and heritage, which means there is no room for ‘foreign’ elements such as Christianity. Tribal beliefs are very strong in some areas of Bhutan, which makes it difficult for converts to Christianity to leave their communities.
WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS IN BHUTAN?
All Bhutanese citizens are expected to follow Buddhism. Christianity is seen as a ‘foreign element’ and believers from Buddhist backgrounds are watched closely. 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.
Despite the challenges they face, many Bhutanese Christians have a passion to reach out to their communities with the gospel. With your support, Open Doors is partnering with leadership institutions in South Asia to train and prepare these courageous believers. One of those who received training said, “After coming to the institution I learnt the love and ways of the Lord and I also wanted this joy to be full among my brethren in Bhutan. Please pray for my vision: to work among the youths of our region.”
"God was so good that He has enabled me to finish the course successfully. I have this great passion to reach out to my neighbours as an evangelist."
- Bhutanese evangelist, given leadership training with support from Open Doors
HOW CAN I HELP CHRISTIANS IN BHUTAN?
You can give to provide vital support
Open Doors works through local church partners in Bhutan to strengthen persecuted believers with advocacy support, persecution survival training, literature distribution, literacy and discipleship training.
£12 could provide four Bibles to encourage persecuted Christians from South East Asia in their faith.
You can tell others
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You can pray
Brother Andrew, the founder of Open Doors, says, “Our prayers can go where we cannot... There are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed to us when we pray.”
A PRAYER FOR BHUTAN
Lord Jesus, we lift to You our brothers and sisters in Bhutan and ask for Your protection around them. Please provide safe places for Christians to meet to worship You, and may they know Your provision in their daily needs - especially when they are discriminated against by society.