In this small, mostly mountainous Buddhist kingdom of about one million people in the Himalayas, we join hands with 27 pastors and missionaries. If Bhutan is known for anything, it may be that they are the only country in the world to officially measure national happiness. The index is known as Gross National Happiness (GNH) and has a greater emphasis in the country than GDP does. However, depression and suicide are common.
The men and women we support focus on sharing the Gospel in their own villages and cities, as well as traveling to even more remote parts of their country to share the Good News. There is a significant emphasis on counseling, sports ministry with young people, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Despite harsh pressure by the authorities aimed at limiting the growth of Christianity, our Bhutanese partners have seen many come to faith in recent years.
In 2020, 130 families – about 520 individuals – received a month’s worth of emergency food supplies after intense flooding destroyed their livelihoods. Four pastors received motorbikes so they could expand their ministry field. Ultimately, 125 men and women began following Jesus.
Religion: Buddhist 74.7%, Hindu 22.6%, Christian 0.5%, Muslim 0.2%, Ethnic Religions and other 2.0%
Persecution Watch List Country Ranking: 43
Leadership Information: Working amid substantial opposition, our Bhutan coordinator leads a network of missionaries who have planted 11 branch churches and over 40 house churches throughout the country.