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The Dutch Reformed Church in Galle (the Groote Kerk)
was originally constructed in 1640 and is one of
the oldest churches in the country.
On the morning of February 6, a man came to the Dutch Reformed Church in Galle, Sri Lanka looking for the pastor. The pastor was not there at the time, but the man spoke to the caretaker and the pastor's wife. The man threatened to cut off the pastor's limbs and kill him if he ever visited the Hikkaduwa area again. He then left after making derogatory statements against Jesus Christ and Christians. Previous threatening letters against the pastor had also been received last month by Christians in the village of Werellana in Hikkaduwa.

According to the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL), information has been received that anti-Christian groups in the Galle area have made a list of prominent Christian pastors and could suggest the beginning of an organized plot to unleash a wider circle of violence.

Pray for every name on the list of potential targets. Ask the Lord to surround them with a wall of protection and to give them the strength to carry out the Great Commission without fear of what man might do. Pray especially that the Lord would protect the pastor of the Dutch Reformed Church and his wife.

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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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