Bhutan, a Buddhist stronghold where the state religion is a form of Buddhism heavily influenced by animistic spirit worship, is one of the world’s least evangelized nations. Bhutan is essentially closed to outside influence and any attempt to convert people from the state religion is illegal. The Bhutanese constitution officially allows for religious freedom, but people who embrace Christianity and publicly practice their faith risk losing the basic benefits of citizenship and often face discrimination.
In June 2012 The Tide® began broadcasting a weekly radio program into Bhutan in the Dzongkha language, the official language of Bhutan. This radio program is titled “Lamtheam” (Show the True Way), and the radio pastor is a Bhutanese Christian with 17 years of ministry experience. As a native of Bhutan, he can travel freely throughout Bhutan to encourage people who listen to The Tide Dzongkha language radio program and to meet with listeners in this country where it is difficult for foreigners to gain access. Having someone who can discreetly move about in Bhutan is vital as Christians there face discrimination and persecution, and listeners are hesitant to enter into written correspondence because they fear that their mail will be screened by government agents looking for indications of religious or spiritual influence.