Flag of Bhutan Rank: 31
Score: 54/100
2013 Rank: 28
Leader: King Jigme Wangchuck
Government: Constitutional Monarchy
Main Religion: Mahayana Buddhism
Population: 774,000 (20,000 Christians)
Source of persecution: Religious militancy/Tribal antagonism

Christian Persecution in BhutanBuddhism continues to play a dominant role in Bhutan, especially in remote and rural areas. Christians in these regions can also be pressured into observing the rituals of the traditional animistic Bon belief. They are excluded from local decision-making, and urged to renounce their faith. In May 2013, a Christian was released from prison after three years for showing the Jesus film. Believers are able to meet in private homes regularly on Sundays without interference, but meetings continue to be monitored and disrupted.


  • For itinerant house fellowship leaders who have to arrange meetings without drawing attention to themselves.
  • Thank God that persecution in Bhutan never has been very violent, and it is rare for Christians to be beaten or physically harmed.
  • That encouraging signs of democracy would mean better treatment for Christians and religious minorities.

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  • Amy

    Lord, this morning I come to You to lift up the nation of Bhutan. While I don’t know very much about this country, I know that You intimately know every soul that lives there – and You are passionately in love with each one. So I pray for salvation for the people of Bhutan. I pray that more opportunities would come in order for the people of Bhutan to hear and respond to the good news of Jesus Christ. I also ask for Your protection and guidance for the current believers in Bhutan. Thank You that the persecution is not as bad in this nation as it is in other nations – but I know that there is still trouble and it is still not easy to be a believer.
    I pray for a change in the attitude of the media towards believers. We know how powerful of a medium the media can be, and I pray that somehow there will be a shift in how Christianity is portrayed by this powerful source. I ask that the media would present Christianity in a way that would make people curious or drawn to finding out more about Jesus Christ. I ask that You would prevent negative media coverage from keeping people away from the gospel.
    I also pray for the leadership of the churches in Bhutan. I pray that You would continue to provide training for pastors and leaders, and that You would bring them to a place where they realize that only complete dependency on Your Spirit will allow them to be able to lead their people effectively. I ask that You would prevent false doctrine from infiltrating the church and that You would do whatever it takes to remove it. I pray that You would send skilled teachers and trainers into Bhutan to help provide additional education and instruction for church leaders and church workers.
    Finally, I pray for the recent change in government for Bhutan. Thank You that the government has become more “of the people” and less in the hands of one individual. I ask that You would leverage this change in government so that there would be more religious freedom in the country and so that Christians would be able to meet freely together and have fewer restrictions against them. Please move on the hearts of the new government leadership to be compassionate and sensitive towards Christians, and I ask for Your favor in this nation for Your people. I ask these things in Jesus’ name, amen.

  • Bonita

    I pray to God for all persecuted Christian believers in the nation of Bhutan.
    “For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.”–Psalm 37:28

    May God bless you, and protect you during this critical time.

  • Pauline

    Father, I set my faith in agreement with all here who are praying for the believers in Bhutan to be protected, blessed, encouraged, and remain strong in their fait in You. Please meet all of their physical needs, spiritual needs, and use them for Your Glory! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

  • Faye

    Sovereign God of all creation, place a hedge of protection around the pastors and believers in the saving power of Jesus Christ. Grant them Your divine favor
    as they as they trust in You to live their lives to draw their relatives , friends, neighbors, and bosses to the Truth and light of Jesus Christ. Strengthen them through the Holy Spirit to remain faithful to the Word of Life.

  • Amy

    Lord, I continue to lift up the nation of Bhutan before you. I pray for the leaders of house fellowships today and ask that You would grant them wisdom in terms of when and how to have house fellowships – help them not to be afraid but also to use wisdom in terms of meeting. I pray that You would bless their meetings and that Your Holy Spirit would be present and commune with Your people. I pray that You would protect them as they go to and from the house church meetings. I also pray for solid teaching so that the believers can grow in their faith and learn more about You and what You desire from us and what You want for us to do. Raise up missionaries from within the nation of Bhutan to lead the indigenous people there to You. I am thankful that it is rare that Christians are physically persecuted unlike many other nations, and thank You for Your protection over the believers. However, I also know that there is still much to be done. I pray that the government would continue to allow Christians to practice their religion and worship freely, and that the gospel would be able to run through the nation of Bhutan. I pray that the movement of this government into democracy would result in a just government for all people and a freedom for the gospel to be spread. Please continue to help the leadership of this new constitutional government to continue to transition into democracy and that corruption would be kept out. Bless the nation of Bhutan in Jesus’ name!

    • Naina Gurung

      May the Lord release prophetic dreams and visions in and through you concerning Bhutan.

  • Andrew Wheeler

    Father, thank you for the house fellowships in Bhutan. Thank you for the leaders of these fellowships and for their commitment toyou. Please protect these leaders in their travels and in the meetings they hold. Please grow and multiply these fellowships.

    Holy Spirit, reign in the lives of believers in Bhutan. Produce fruit in their lives that will draw others to Christ.

    In Jesus’ name.

  • Naina

    To Andrew, Amy, Bonita, Faye, Pauline, (and many others who stand for Bhutan)
    Appreciate your love for the nation of Bhutan. I pray that the Lord would release greater measure of anointing Eph 1:17-19 in your life as your contend for the land. May the Lord impart prophetic anointing upon each of your life to prophetically release through proclamation and declaration to establish righteousness and justice in the land and that the Lord is lifted high above all. Thank God for people like you all for such a time as this. Amen!