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Flowers surrounding a poster saying, ''Pray for Sri Lanka''
Photo: Wikimedia Commons / Andreas Schwarzkopf (cc)

As the nation of Sri Lanka faces its worst political and economic crisis in recent years, life for the common people has been severely impacted. Anti-government protests have led to a crackdown by authorities, introducing restrictive measures to curb the unrest – including nationwide curfews. Unfortunately, as officials take action, some have contravened the rights of citizens. There are growing concerns that the church will be caught in the middle of the situation and subjected to greater discrimination from the authorities as they enforce the new restrictions. In particular, gatherings such as church services and prayer meetings are at risk of being targeted.

Much of the problem originates with the nation's fuel shortages, resulting in distribution issues and the shortage of goods. Prices have increased dramatically, and dismayed citizens have taken to the streets in protest. The unsettling situation has led to the resignation of the country's prime minister, as people have blamed the societal problems on government inaction.

During the first three months of 2022, the NCEASL documented 31 incidents of violence and intolerance against Christians in the country. Most commonly, the perpetrators have been public figures. For other accounts of oppression against our Sri Lankan brothers and sisters in Christ, go to our country report.

Please pray for the "Prince of Peace" to provide greatly needed ministry among the suffering people of Sri Lanka, mediating through His dedicated servants in spite of the opposition they encounter from disgruntled community members, leaders of other religious groups, and government officials. As this nation struggles to regain its footing, ask the Lord to also grant wisdom and guidance to those overseeing the various aspects of its governance. In the midst of the present political unrest and uncertainty, may Sri Lankan church leaders be a great source of stability, reaching out with the unshakeable hope of the Gospel.

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VOMC supports persecuted Christians in Sri Lanka as they witness for Christ in hostile environments through Biblical training, legal aid, and advocacy, as well as rehabilitation and emergency assistance.

Project Funds: Relief and Development, Legal Defense

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
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa (2019)

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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  • Upheaval Causes Concerns for Churches
    Flowers surrounding a poster saying, ''Pray for Sri Lanka''
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons / Andreas Schwarzkopf (cc)

    As the nation of Sri Lanka faces its worst political and economic crisis in recent years, life for the common people has been severely impacted. Anti-government protests have led to a crackdown by authorities, introducing restrictive measures to

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  • Christians Ordered to Cease Worship
    Worship service
    Photo: VOMC

    On March 6th, a large mob forced their way into the Mercy Gate Chapel in Amalgama, Sri Lanka, demanding that all religious activities cease immediately. Thankfully, police were able to disperse the crowd without further incident, though Buddhist monks continued to declare that the place

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  • Mob Demanded Christians to Stop Worship
    Two women praying in the foreground; others behind them, also praying
    Ask God to make His comforting presence known to Sri Lankan believers.
    Photo: VOMC

    In the late afternoon of Sunday, March 6th, a large mob consisting of approximately 600 people, including about 60 Buddhist monks, forced their way into the Mercy Gate Chapel in Amalgama, Sri Lanka. The mob demanded t

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  • Christians Beaten Following Prayer Meeting
    Man praying - Photo: Pixabay
    Ask God to grant believers opportunities to safely join in the fellowship of prayer.

    On the afternoon of November 20th, the pastor of the Gospel Tabernacle Church in Polgolla, Sri Lanka, went to visit a Christian family with another member of his congregation for a time of prayer. As they were conclu

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