In the kingdom of Bhutan, where Buddhism is regarded as the only acceptable religion. The king identifies himself as the defender of the Buddhist faith, and the government works covertly to discourage the spread of Christianity. Christians are viewed as followers of a foreign, Western religion. There is no opportunity for the legal registration of churches in Bhutan. Christians are often refused citizenship cards and other official documents needed for employment, education and most necessities.
Pastor Deki and her son, Ratno, have been denied citizenship cards because of their Christian work. Pastor Nidup and his wife have been unable to obtain a marriage certificate, meaning their children are treated as “stateless”. The wife of another pastor has struggled to renew her visa to permit her to stay in the country. Please uphold them in prayer.