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On August 4th, a student from the Evangelism Training College was leading a worship service at a home in the village of Mahiyanganaya. As the meeting concluded, a group of opposing villagers led by three Buddhist monks stood outside, demanding to speak with him. After questioning the worship leader about his religious activities, they began to physically assault him, demanding that he leave the village immediately. As a result, the young man suffered injuries to his head, stomach and spine.

To escape the attack, the injured theology student managed to ride his motorcycle 180 kilometres back to the college, where he was then taken to hospital for treatment. After his release two days later, a police report was filed.

Asiri Perera, head of the Methodist Church in Sri Lanka, shared the following message on social media: "I assure all Buddhists of Sri Lanka that we Christians will remain calm and peaceful in the midst of the persecution we face today in Sri Lanka. I humbly appeal to you to be kind towards the Christians who live with you...." For more information on the persecution facing Christians in Sri Lanka, go to our country report.

Pray for the complete recovery of the assaulted Christian student. May he persevere in his commitment to share the message of Jesus Christ among the people of Sri Lanka. Also prayerfully uphold the country's other Bible college students who are presently preparing for ministry, as they reflect on the cost that may be required of them when presenting the Gospel in areas of opposition. Intercede for those responsible for this recent attack, praying that they will come to understand the saving grace that God has made available to them through the atonement of His Son.

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Country Information

Population
23,044,123 (July 2021 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
Ranil Wickremesinghe (July 2022)

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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