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Bhutan

Kingdom of Bhutan - Druk Yul

Asia

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Geography

Area: 47,000 sq km

A small kingdom in the eastern Himalaya mountains.

Population: 708,484    Annual Growth: 1.74%

Capital: Thimpu

Urbanites: 36.8%

HDI Rank: 132 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 35 (91% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Dzongkha. Nepali is also widely used    Languages: 35 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Buddhist

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians14,9492.113.6
Evangelicals12,9831.83.1
Buddhist528,24674.56 

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Challenges for Prayer

Bhutan is one of the world’s least evangelized nations. The continued isolationist policies of the government combined with the highly significant role of the Buddhist monarchy further reinforce the hold of tantric Vajrayana Buddhism, complete with the strong occultic/demonic influence of pre-Buddhist Bon animism. Pray for true spiritual liberation for this land of the Dragon (Druk Yul). Pray for King Wangchuk and his salvation.

Media ministries are particularly helpful when witness within the country must be done cautiously. Pray for:

a) Scripture translation and distribution. The NT has been translated in Dzongha, the national language. The majority of indigenous languages have no Scriptures whatsoever. Pray for the effective spread of Christian materials in the country and at the borders (GFA, EHC).

b) Audio materials. GRN has produced Scripture or Christian recordings in 10 languages.

c) Other media. Shortwave radio is available in some languages of Bhutan. GFA locally broadcasts a programme in the indigenous Dzongkha language. The JESUS film is used in and around Bhutan in five languages.

     For an additional 5 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Bhutan.