Tibet, South Asia
Political Leader: President Hu Jintao (under China rule)
Religions: Buddhist 80%, Other 19.8%, Christianity 0.2%
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked (China is No. 12)
Number of Terrorist Groups: None Listed
Acts of Terrorism: Not Listed; Casualties: Not Listed
Percent of Corruption: Insufficient Data to Rank
% of People in Poverty: Not Ranked
Tibet is a plateau region in Central Asia and the indigenous home to the Tibetan people. With an average elevation of 16,000 feet, it is the highest region on Earth and is commonly referred to as the “Roof of the World.” Tibet is part of the People’s Republic of China with a small part, depending on definitions, by India.
Tibet is mostly Buddhist (80%), and Christians comprise only 0.2% of its population. Tibetan Buddhists believe in reincarnation. They also believe that every action influences how the soul will be born in the next life. Such teachings have caused them to live their lives in bondage and fear.
Challenges for Christians:
The constitution of the People's Republic of China provides for freedom of religious belief and the freedom not to believe in Tibet. However, the government have sought to restrict religious practice to government-sanctioned organizations and registered places of worship and to control the growth and scope of the activity of religious groups.
- Pray against the spirit of Buddhism that is keeping the Tibetan people bound.
- Ask God to raise up prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil in Tibet through intercession.
- Pray that the doors of Tibet will soon open to missionaries.
- Ask God to encourage and protect the small number of Christians in Tibet. Pray that these believers will have opportunities to share Christ with their own people.
- Ask God to open the hearts of the Chinese governmental leaders to the Gospel.
- Pray that God will set Buddhists free from the bondage of fear in Tibet.
- Ask the Lord to reveal Himself to the Tibetans through dreams and visions.
- Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Tibetans.
Sources: 24-7 Prayer, Operation World, Wikipedia, Country Reports on Terrorism 2006, International Religious Freedom Report 2007, Open Doors, The Unreached Peoples Prayer Profiles, The World Factbook