Pray for: Bhutan

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Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Asia
Capital: Thimpu
Population: 792,382
% Urban: 43 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 25.3 %
Official Language: Dzongkha. Nepali is also widely used
Languages: 35
Literacy Rate: 65 %
Life Expectancy: 71.8 yrs (135/236)
% Christian: 2.1 %
% Evangelical: 1.8 %
Largest Religion: Buddhist
% Largest Religion: 74.6 %
People Groups: 74
Least Reached People Groups: 71
% Unevangelized: 73 %
Persecution Ranking: 40 / 50


Title: Bhutan

Tier: 1

Type: country

Pray for true spiritual freedom in this “Land of the Dragon”. The Buddhist monarchy, the government policies to keep Bhutan isolated, and the strong hold of Vajrayana Buddhism resulted in Bhutan being one of the world’s least-evangelized nations. Bon (an indigenous religion) was replaced by Buddhism, but maintains a strong occultic/demonic influence. Pray for Jesus to reveal Himself to King Wangchuk and royal family, so that they might know His love and power. Among the 5 largest Tibetan/Himalayan peoples (Dzongkha, Tshangla, Lepcha, Kheng, Gurung), only the Lepcha have a significant Christian population. Pray for a fellowship of believers to witness among every ethnic group of the Bhutanese! A New Testament exists in Dzongkha (official language), but most languages have no Scriptures.

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.