Bhutan is a small, landlocked, mountainous country between China and eastern India. This remote Himalayan kingdom is proudly independent, with strongly established traditions and deep-rooted religious beliefs. To preserve the Bhutan culture and traditions, there is a strict entry limitation policy, and all visitors must be accompanied by a authorized guide.
Bhutan law says, “ Religious institutions and personalities remain above politics.” This part of the constitution empowers monks and religious persons to persecute and impose their religious rituals upon Christians and other religious minorities in Bhutan. Apostasy is punishable by death, but usually ends with losing your family, expulsion and loss of citizenship for the converted. One convert showed a Christian film to a group of people—he was sentenced to 3 years in prison!
They boast of religious freedom, but when submitting an application for registering a church, they are refused. Thus Christians are allowed to only meet and hold prayers in their homes.
As a child, PK had malaria and “died”, but on the way to the prepared pyre, he awakened. This happened again later. Then one day he was in a traffic accident, and “died”. Again, while carrying him to the pyre, he awakened. Years later PK said, “I was saved 3 times from the pyre. I know God has a plan for my life.”
PK was married with 2 girls and one boy. He became a Christian convert (Assembly). He heard about the Adventist Bible doctrines and wanted to know more. Pr. Deep Thapa shared with him the SDA doctrines, but then Pr Thapa died. PK made a trip to the SDA church headquarters in nearby Falakata and told the President of the Conference that he wanted to be baptized. Thinking that PK may just be looking for a job, he sent PK home to study the state of the dead. PK returned the next month for baptism. Again he was sent home to study the 3 Angels Message with a copy of The Great Controversy. PK returned and the pastor asked him what his beliefs were regarding all 28 doctrines. He agreed with all of the doctrines. PK was baptized.
Then it happened. One day PK found all of his clothes and shoes outside his front door and the door locked. He knew what that meant—his wife had not accepted Christianity. With her parents pushing, his wife was kicking PK out of her life. PK continued to tell others about his new-found faith.
Six months later, PK told me the above experiences in front of the pastor. Then the pastor turned to me and said, “I recommend him to become a Gospel Outreach worker. May we have your permission to do so?” The next year when I visited, PK had been imprisoned for 3 days due to charges of proselytizing. Later PK found a job as a brick salesman in an attempt to camouflage his “other intent.” But a brick maker turned him in to the police for sharing a Bible with him. Again, he was imprisoned for 3 days.
About that time, he asked for permission to translate The Great Controversy into the Dzongkha language of Bhutan. PK told me that his brother was an English professor in the Thimpu Bhutan University, and he would edit the translation.
One day, PK saw a poor elderly lady who had been lame for seven years. PK told her the story of how Jesus healed the lame man, so she invited him inside to pray for her. While praying her son quietly went out, but came back with a policeman who arrested PK. While in jail, he told every guard his story and asked to be taken to the woman to prove that she had invited him in. No guard listened until the 25th day of imprisonment. When the new guard and PK arrived at the lady’s home, she ran to him and hugged him joyously exclaiming, “Your God healed me. See, I can walk!” With that, the guard said, “Let’s go back to the police station. I will write your discharge.” PK said that for the guard it was, “Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.”
Now, PK has completed translating The Great Controversy and Steps to Christ into the local Dzongkha language. The need now is to get these books published. It will be approximately $20,000 for the first printing of 10,000 copies of both books. The population of Bhutan is about 800,000 people. PK’s hope is to distribute this book to every literate family in Bhutan. This first printing may reach literate families in 2 major cities, with hopes for more printings in the near future to distribute to all major cities in 2 years—the capital city will be scheduled last in an effort to prevent religious antagonism where the king’s family lives.
PK says, “Twenty thousand US dollars is a lot of money to us. But we are ready for the results of this mass distribution. We need help to get these books printed. Won’t you please join us in this effort to spread the good news to my dear people who are so entrenched in Buddhism but need Jesus. We also want to see Jesus soon! Thank you.”