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Pray for Bhutan

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Prayer Points

  1. Pray for true hope for youth leaving Bhutan in search of education and jobs.
  2. Pray for Gospel exposure among the many unreached peoples.
  3. Pray for endurance for believers who are often ostracized, denied jobs, and falsely accused.

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About Bhutan

Isolated by the Himalayas, refined by centuries of etiquette, and shaped by both the cultural and spiritual influences of Buddhism, Bhutan remains a mountainous, untouched jewel of southern Asia.  Also known as the “Land of the Thunder Dragon,” this remote nation was relatively isolated until the 1960’s. As trade began to form with neighboring India, Bhutan experienced social and political modernization by developing ties with other nations, constructing paved roads, abolishing slavery, and ending the caste system.

However, discrimination towards other ethnic groups, especially the Nepalese, has managed to remain. Religions, aside from Buddhism, are not recognized.  Those who practice other faiths can lose their citizenship and government benefits, including free education, health care, and even access to electricity and water. In spite of newly built roads, unemployment is still rampant due to lack of economic development. Due to the influx of Hindu Nepalese refugees, the Bhutanese government has resorted to restricting immigration laws, deepening feelings of racism and bitterness between the two ethnic groups and resulting in violence and protests.

Though the population of Bhutan is nearly one million, the number of Christians is very few.   Churches are forbidden in all but very rare circumstances with most believers meeting in private homes to worship in secret.  Bhutan is one of the least evangelized nations, and the Christians within its borders are subject to prejudice, harassment, and even physical violence.  Thankfully, albeit it small, the Church is growing. Pray that the church will flourish under this persecution, will share with Bhutan the truth of salvation through Jesus Christ, and will be empowered through His strength to forgive and accept the Nepalese people.

Population

857,423

Population in unreached people Groups

99.6%

Population

857,423

Major People Groups
  • Western Bhutanese (Drukpa)
  • Eastern Bhutanese (Sharchop)
  • Nepalese (Paharia)
  • Dzalakha
  • Khen
Population in unreached people Groups

99.6%

Religions
  • Buddhist
  • Hindu
  • Ethnic
  • Christian

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  • Capital City

    Thimphu

  • Government

    Constitutional Monarchy

  • Language

    Dzongkha, Tshangla, Nepali, Dzalakha, Khengkha

  • GDP Per Capita

    $10,900

  • Literacy Rate

    67%

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