Drukpa in Bhutan

Unreached of the Day  8/15/2018

Drukpa in Bhutan

The name Drukpa has been derived from their original habitat, known as the land of the Dragon (druka). The Drukpa refer to their country as Druk-yul, the land of the thunder dragon. Bhutan was closed off to the rest of the world for centuries, as the dragon held this group under the tight grip of Buddhism. The Drukpa believe they have been Buddhists since Padmasambhava flew across the Himalayas on the back of a tiger to bring Buddhism in 746 AD. Young men are required to make an oath of allegiance to Buddha at age 15. Only in recent years as the Gospel started to gain a small foothold among the Drukpa.

Ministry Obstacles

Bhutan is more open to outsiders today than in former times, but access to the people remains something of a challenge.

Outreach Ideas

The Church is growing in Nepal. Perhaps Nepali Christians will minister to the Drukpa not only in Nepal, but will include Bhutan as they minister.

Pray for the followers of Christ

There are Christian believers among the Drukpa of Bhutan. Please pray the Lord will protect their faith and will teach them how to live holy lives, filled with His Spirit. Pray they will be given an interest in telling family and friends how they also can know the creator God.

Pray for the entire people group

The Drukpa are the largest ethnic group in Bhutan. They are strategic insofar as reaching the entire country with the Gospel. Pray the Lord will open their hearts to his invitation to come to him in faith, believing.

Scripture Focus

"For behold, darkness will cover the earth, And deep darkness the peoples; But the Lord will rise upon you, And His glory will appear upon you. And nations will come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising." Isaiah 60:2-3



People Name Drukpa
Country Bhutan
10/40 Window Yes
Population 228,000
World Population 241,000
Language Dzongkha
Primary Religion Buddhism
Bible Complete
Online Audio NT Yes
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image