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The beach at Kalkudah, Sri Lanka - Photo: Flickr / ''christophe_cerisier''
The beach at Kalkudah, Sri Lanka
Photo: Flickr / ''christophe_cerisier'' (c)

On the morning of September 21st, six Christians were on their way to a worship service at the Berea Prayer House in Kalkudah when they were accosted by ten villagers. After they had been beaten with sticks, the believers were taken to area hospitals for treatment.

Two of the ten people responsible for the attack were arrested for assault and mandated to appear in court the following day. Prior to this attack, the pastor and members of the church have faced continuous harassment from a group of hostile individuals in the community.

Opposition against church meetings is relatively common in areas of Sri Lanka. On September 14th, a large mob gathered at the Zion Revival Church in the village of Iddagolla. Included among this opposing group were six Buddhist monks and several police officers. While uttering threats of arrest, the officer-in-charge demanded that the pastor stop all religious activities in Iddagolla and never enter the village again. To view a video on the persecution of Christians in Sri Lanka, see this page.

Prayerfully lift up all those who have suffered physical harm in these September attacks, asking the Lord to help them fully recover from the resulting injuries and emotional trauma. May His strength, wisdom and encouragement empower the members of these churches, and others facing opposition from community members, so they can continue spreading the message of the Gospel throughout the nation.

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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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