Two pastors are under fire for their evangelism work in the Buddhist nation of Bhutan. On 10 September, Pastor Tandin Wangyal was sentenced to nearly four years in prison on charges of receiving money for spreading Christianity.
The pastor has since been released on bail but may still be forced to serve the prison term.
VOM contacts are concerned for the welfare of Pastor Tandin’s wife, Nengboi, and their three young sons, especially if the pastor is required to serve his sentence. The pastor’s co-worker, M B Thapa, was sentenced to two years and four months, or a fine equivalent to approximately $1,800AUD. He was released after paying the fine.
The two men were arrested on 5 March while carrying a sick child to a village clinic. They had arrived the previous day after accepting an invitation to hold a three-day seminar for 30 Christians from neighbouring towns. They were detained under the charges of conducting a gathering for religious purpose without prior approval, showing a film without certificate of approval from media authorities, and collecting “illegal funds.”
Sources: VOM USA, World Watch Monitor
- Please intercede for these two pastors, praying that all charges and accusations against them will soon be dropped; pray also for their families who are in need of God’s encouragement and material provision.
- Pray their devotion to our God will serve as an effective witness of His unfailing love, leading many to accept His Son Jesus as Saviour and Lord.
- Pray for the 30 Christians who initially requested the involvement of these pastors in the seminar, ask that the Lord will strengthen both their faith and resolve to follow Him despite the opposition.