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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 was effectively closed to all Christian witness until 1965. This was followed by 25 years of slight relaxation, during which Indian and other expatriate NGOs were able to witness. Since 1990, restrictions have increased. The spread of Christian witness and the potentially “destabilizing” effects on society of proselytism and Western-style democracy are the pretexts for harsh treatment of Christians. Pray for the growth of the Church in this land.

Christians are denied religious freedom and are persecuted in various ways. Church buildings are forbidden in all but a very few cases; most fellowships must meet in homes. Bhutanese who become Christian face the loss of their citizenship, of other benefits – such as free education, health care, employment – and of access to electricity and water. In some instances, harassment and beatings occur. Despite these, groups of believers are forming and increasingly spreading across the breadth of the country.

     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.