The case against a pastor, who was sentenced to prison for his evangelistic work, has been dropped. Tandin Wangyal was originally detained along with another pastor, Mon Thapa, in March of 2014.
The pastors were charged with:
1) Conducting a gathering for a religious purpose without prior approval
2) Showing a film without certificate of approval from media authorities
3) Collecting “illegal funds”
Pastor Tandin was initially sentenced to more than four years in prison; however, the term was later reduced to two years and four months. The court stated that the reduced sentence could be waived in exchange for paying a fine of 100,000 Bhutanese Ngultrum ($2,050). The church leader paid the fine on 19 January and was subsequently released. Pastor Mon was sentenced to two years and four months in prison, but was similarly granted freedom after paying a fine last year.
Source: World Watch Monitor
- Thank the Lord for the release of these two pastors and pray they may be richly blessed as they experience freedom from prison and are reunited with their loved ones.
- Ask the Lord to continue using these faithful Christians for His ministry purposes, shielding their hearts against any trepidation they may feel about the possibility of future opposition.
- Pray for the ongoing ministry work taking place within this predominantly Buddhist country; ask God to embolden His church to faithfully act as witnesses for the Gospel.