Unreached Peoples: 7/10

Bhotia, Dzongkha of Bhutan


Bhutan was closed off to the rest of the world for centuries. The Bhotia believe they have been Buddhists since the Tibetan sage Padmasambhava flew across the Himalayas on the back of a tiger and introduced Buddhism to Bhutan in 746 AD. Only in recent years has the Gospel of Christ started to gain a foothold. Young men are required to make an oath of allegiance to Buddha at age 15.

Ministry Obstacles

Bhutan is not as closed to the outside world as it once was, but access is still limited. But the larger obstacle is the mindset of the prevailing religion.

Outreach Ideas

Sustained prayer is needed to prepare the hearts of the people of Bhutan to understand the message of Christ, and to believe.

 Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray for the followers of Jesus among the Bhotia community, that their faith in Christ will be strengthened by regular fellowship together. Pray for an accurate understanding of the grace offered by Christ, and that they will desire to be obedient to Christ’s teachings.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for the Bhotia to escape the bondage of their current religion. Pray for an increased hunger and desire to find a solution to their sin problem.

Scripture Focus

“For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by His blood, to be received by faith.” – Romans 3:22b-25a

Population Language Religion % Christian % Evangelical Audio N.T. Jesus Film Progress
123,000 Dzongkha Buddhism 0.10 0.08 Not Available Yes 1.2

Information and images courtesy of Joshua Project

Refer to Operation World for more information as well.


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