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Buddhism continues to play a dominant role in Bhutan, especially in remote and rural areas. Christians in these regions can also be pressured into observing the rituals of the traditional animistic Bon belief. They are excluded from local decision-making, and urged to renounce their faith. In May 2013, a Christian was released from prison after three years for showing the Jesus film. Believers are able to meet in private homes regularly on Sundays without interference, but meetings continue to be monitored and disrupted.

  • For itinerant house fellowship leaders who have to arrange meetings without drawing attention to themselves.
  • Thank God that persecution in Bhutan never has been very violent, and it is rare for Christians to be beaten or physically harmed.
  • That encouraging signs of democracy would mean better treatment for Christians and religious minorities.