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A January 23 report from the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka outlined three separate incidents of persecution against Sri Lanka's Christian community since the beginning of 2006.

On January 1, the King's Revival Church in Alawwa was subjected to verbal threats and abusive language as the pastor and a small group of Christians gathered for Sunday worship.

On the evening of January 21, a mob of approximately twenty men armed with sticks walked into the home of an Assembly of God pastor in Alpitiya. Only the pastor's wife and her three small children were at home at the time. The mob demanded that the pastor stop all Christian activity. They then overturned much of the furniture before leaving. The worship service was held the next day as scheduled, but with police protection.

Following the worship service on January 22, a mob of approximately 500 militant Buddhists surrounded the fifty worshippers of the Assembly of God Church in Bolaththa, Ganemulla and demanded that they stop holding services. The militants threatened to return the next Sunday if services continued. Early the next morning, the pastor's house was also stoned. Windows were damaged in the attack.

Pray that these threats and attacks in Sri Lanka will not cast a shadow of fear over the country's believers. Pray that they will be able to continue to corporately enjoy the presence of their Saviour without fear of those who can only destroy the body (Matthew 10:28).

For more information on the persecution facing Sri Lankan Christians click here. Video reports on Sri Lanka can be viewed on www.vomcanada.com.

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Country Information

22,576,592 (July 2018 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Sinhalese (74.9), Sri Lankan Tamil (11.2), Sri Lankan Moors (9.2), Indian Tamil (4.2), other (0.5)

Religion (%)
Buddhism (70.2), Hinduism (12.6), Islam (9.7), Roman Catholic (6.1), Evangelical Christianity (2.0)

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Government type
Presidential republic

Legal system
Mixed legal system of Roman-Dutch civil law, English common law, and Jaffna Tamil customary law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Sri Lanka

Let's unite our hearts in prayer for those in Sri Lanka who are being persecuted for their faith, thanking God for what He is accomplishing despite the opposition. Ask that His people will be encouraged, strengthened and equipped by the promises of the Bible – the Sword of the Spirit – knowing that He is watching over His Word to perform it (Ephesians 6:17; Jeremiah 1:12). May they not only overcome the strategies of the enemy, but also serve as effective witnesses to those in need of eternal salvation and deliverance from spiritual captivity.


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