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The Kingdom of Bhutan, a tiny landlocked nation nestled within the folds of the Himalayas between India and China, has been protected from outside influences for many years. To guard their culture, the nation did not allow tourists to visit Bhutan until 1974, and neither television nor internet was allowed until 1999. The fourth king of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck made many changes during his reign, and in 2006, at age 50, he handed the throne to his son Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, an Oxford-educated young man who has ushered an era of greater democracy into the Kingdom of Bhutan.
Bhutan prides itself on its GNH. Many years ago their king declared, “Gross national happiness is more important than gross national product.” Today, Bhutan is ranked eighth happiest nation in the world.
The official language is Dzongkha. The name translates as the language of the Dzong, which is the imposing multi-purpose buildings that have served many functions in Bhutan, including monastery, fortress and government center.
Buddhism is not just a religion in Bhutan, it is a “way of life” and at least 75 percent of the people of Bhutan are Buddhists. The official religion is Drukpa Kaygu, closely related to Tibetan Bhuddism. Buddhists believe there is no God and no soul. They teach that the only way to attain peace is by emptying oneself of all human desires, which they believe cause all suffering. They believe the consequences for deeds of the present life, good or bad, will be carried over into the next life in a constant cycle of reincarnation. Many make offerings and pray to Buddha and other saints, hoping that their good works will earn enough merit to better their lives in their next reincarnation. Most Bhutanese believe they must live many more lives to escape the cycle of reincarnation, which fosters a sense of hopelessness and resignation – in spite of the national reputation.
- Pray for the government, prime minister and His majesty the king of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. Pray that they will gain wisdom from God and lead their nation to follow Him.
- Pray that Bhutanese Buddhists will see evil for what it is. Ask God to grant them faith in His power so that they no longer have to fear the evil spirits, but can rebuke them in the power of Jesus’ name.
- Pray for national believers that they obey God and be bold in their faith against persecution.
- Pray for Bhutanese Christian students, asking God to equip them, empower them and use them to make Jesus known to their generation. Pray that the Father will protect them from the evil one – and protect their testimonies for His name’s sake. Ask that they live holy, obedient lives – completely sacrificed – totally committed to Jesus. May they shine like the stars in the heavens as they hold out the Word of Life.
- As in any country, children are the future of Bhutan. Pray that Bhutanese boys will become godly men and leaders of their homes. Pray that Bhutanese girls will realize that through faith in Christ, they can become God’s princesses – precious in His sight.