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This article sheds light on the state of the persecuted church in the 10/40 window. This region of the world sees the highest amount of persecution and is also where most of ICC’s projects are based. Christians often see “their lives threatened, homes destroyed, rights violated and loved ones imprisoned, all because of embracing faith in Jesus Christ".
A newspaper is changing their report of an beating of a Bhutanese Pastor by a government official. The new report has the official claiming, “he was trying to wear his patang (sword) [and that] the pastor might have mistaken it as an attempt to use it on him." In a country where only Buddhists and Hindus are legally recognized and Christians are not allowed to build churches, we find the sudden change of tune interesting…
A Christian pastor in Bhutan was beaten by a government official who also threatened to kill the pastor with a sword. Bhutan is a majority Buddhist country where Christians only number about 12,000 people total. Since Christians are not recognized by the country legally and are so small in number they do experience persecution.
Kinle's uncle asked him why he would leave Buddhism to follow Jesus. Kinle pointed to his son and said, "Because He healed him."
Mission Network News reports that Chistian's living in the Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan believe they are seeing signs that religious persecution there may be letting up.
In Bhutan, where Christianity is still not officially recognized by the ruling government, though churches now are able to operate openly, Christians are now being accused of using unethical means to convert Buddhists - such as financial compensation.
Church leaders call for dialogue to defend against accusations of unethical evangelism
Since 2008 Bhutan has been a democracy that in theory recognizes all religions, though in reality no churches have been given permission to open in this Buddhist country. But Christianity continues to spread, predominantly through radio broadcasting.
Bhutan's Prime Minister claims that conversion is the worst form of religious intolerance and restricts Christians.
After nearly 20 years of continuous prohibitions by authorities Msgr. Menamparampi managed to enter Bhutan.
Congressman advocates for a Bill to establish a Special Envoy for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia to help protect persecuted Christians.
Christians can practice their faith even without legal identity, officials argue.
Please contact the officials of Bhutan in your countries and ask them to release the imprisoned Christian and not to imprison the other two.
Country’s religious regulatory authority expected to consider recognition before year’s end.
In a letter to ICC, Bhutan officials defended the decision of the court. ICC strongly believes that this is the cause of religious persecution and calls for release of the Christian man.
Court sentences him to three years on dubious charge of ‘attempt to promote civil unrest.’
Christians could receive prison sentences for evangelizing
Christian leaders claim this has happened many times before as part of ritual bone trade
Already suppressed Christians say bill is designed to control growth.
Christian refugees fleeing persecution in Bhutan find new life in Houston
Forced from their Buddhist homeland, dangers arise for Christians in Hindu-majority Nepal.
People in Bhutan worship their king, who embodies religious and political authority. Social, political factors behind country’s reluctance to allow Christianity to grow
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ICC is constantly monitoring the state of Christian persecution in countries around the world and looking for ways that we can act as bridge between our supporters and the persecuted church. Beyond the projects you see above, we are working in many other areas to provide practical assistance to our brothers and sisters in Christ. View our other projects page to understand more of our work and keep up to date on our current projects.