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On the night of October 13, a prayer centre in Hingurakgoda, Sri Lanka was vandalized and set on fire, according to a report from the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka. The unidentified assailants stole a keyboard, carpet and mats, desecrated the interior of the building with human waste and then lit Bibles and hymnals on fire. The fire did not spread throughout the building. The pastor and his wife, who usually sleep in the building to protect the premises, were gone that day and had left the building unattended.

Pray that the church in Hingurakgoda will find strength in their circumstances as they wait on the Lord (Isaiah 40:31). Also pray that there will be no further attacks.

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Country Information

Population
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)

Leader
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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