Global Advance was honored to engage pastors and leaders in Bhutan through our NextGen initiative last month. Our national team drove hours through the twists and turns of mountain roads to the Indo-Bhutan border, where over 700 rising leaders received two days of NextGen training. Representing a new era of ministry, most were first generation Christians between the ages of 18 and 30.
Bhutan is a small nation nestled in between China and India in the eastern Himalayan mountains, and is categorized among the least reached people groups with less than 2% of the population identified as Christ followers. These scattered believers often face persecution or social ostracism, and are often severely limited in their gatherings. It is considered illegal to build a church, so many of these believers meet underground in homes. Pastor K strongly believes in empowering the next generation to fulfill the Great Commission. With the help of our partners, Global Advance is coming alongside our brothers and sisters in Bhutan to equip and deploy these young leaders to the unreached areas of their nation.
At the final session of the NextGen Conference, Pastor K gave a closing “call to action,” where 500 young people committed to boldly declare and clearly demonstrate the gospel of Jesus Christ in their spheres of influence.
Dr. James Chacko, Global Advance Field Director to South Asia, reiterated the urgency to train leaders in Bhutan following his recent visit to train pastors and strategize with the Global Advance Bhutan National Team:
“THIS WAS THE FIRST EVENT FOR THIS REGION OF BHUTAN. THERE WAS GREAT RESPONSE AND HUNGER IN LEADERS TO LEARN. MANY TRAVELLED ALL DAY TO REACH THE VENUE. THESE ARE FIRST GENERATION CHRISTIANS THAT HAVE COME TO FAITH FROM BUDDHISM. THEY HAVE A REAL BURDEN AND PASSION AND VISION TO REACH BHUTAN FOR JESUS, AMIDST GREAT OPPOSITION TO THE GOSPEL.” - Dr. James Chacko
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