Despite its transition from absolute to constitutional monarchy, Buddhism continues to play a dominant role in Bhutan. The constitution promotes religious tolerance, but parliament is still considering an amendment to the penal code aimed at prohibiting ‘conversion by coercion or inducement’. Christians can generally meet in private homes without government interference, but the authorities restrict the construction of non-Buddhist places of worship and the celebration of some non-Buddhist festivals. Although reports of Christians being arrested or physically harmed are decreasing, believers still face persecution and harassment.
- The media portrays Christians negatively. Pray for positive change in society’s attitude to Christianity
- The church lacks trained leaders. Pray for training opportunities for pastors and church workers
- That the transition to a more democratic rule would bring genuine change for religious minorities.