During the 40 days of Lent I’m committed to praying each day for Christians in the 40 countries where the cost of being a follower of Christ is highest. I invite you to do the same. The information on the prayer needs of each country comes from a combination of Open Doors, Barnabas Fund and Operation World.
Today we are praying for Bhutan
The constitution guarantees free expression of faith, but penalises forcible conversions – which can be abused to the detriment of believers. The Drukpa people, who comprise 68 per cent of the population, are often staunch Buddhists zealous in protecting their religion. To convert to a different faith is a shameful act and is often met with criticism, discrimination in the workplace and social pressure. Most persecution takes place in rural areas, where Buddhist monks oppose the presence of Christians.
Please pray for:
- For encouragement for the Drukpa believers, who are often forced to meet secretly
- Christian children must attend Buddhist religious rites and festivals as part of their education. Pray that they would be established in God’s truth through the example of their parents
- Many Christian families struggle with marital unfaithfulness and drug abuse among teenagers. Ask God to help church leaders to strengthen Christian families.