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In the latest of a spate of attacks on Christian churches this month, the Lighthouse Church -- located in Mawatura, Gampola in Kandy District -- was attacked on November 22. According to a November 23 report from the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka, the pastor and a church worker were inside the building when they heard an explosion and the shattering off glass coming from the front of the building at approximately 8:00 p.m. Rocks shattered the front window and came through the roof. Some of the rocks hit the church worker on the head, causing him to bleed profusely. He was rushed to a local hospital for treatment.

Pray that the attacks on Christians in Sri Lanka will cease. Ask God to give the church worker healing. Pray that Sri Lankan believers will be encouraged to continue to meet together despite opposition (Hebrews 10:23-25).

For more information on the persecution of Christians in Sri Lanka, click here.

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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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