PRAYER POINTS

  • Pray for the defeat of the terrorist organization Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
     
  • For two decades, children have been kidnapped or recruited into the Tamil militia. These child soldiers suffer both mentally and physically as a result. Pray for God to end this travesty. Pray for the healing of these children. Pray for all the children and adults coping with the trauma of the experience of war.
     
  • The northern area of Sri Lanka was hit by the full force of the 2005 Tsunami, killing 31,000 and destroying coastal villages. Pray for restoration of the people there as well as their land.
     
  • Thank God for the commitment of many missionaries over the years, which has seen the churches in Sri Lanka multiply. In the 1970s only 26 new churches were planted, but by the ‘90s this number had grown to over 330.
     
  • Most of the Christians live in the urban areas of the island, yet there are 35,000 villages that have no contact with any Christians. Pray that Sri Lankan Christians would develop a vision to see the gospel spread all over their nation, especially into the poorer rural areas and urban slums. 
     
  • Buddhism is religion based on non-violence and tolerance, so the violence of Buddhist extremists against Tamil Hindus and Christians has shattered the illusion. Pray that in this uncertainty people would begin to look for Jesus.
     
  • Pray for church leaders—that God will give them wisdom in responding to the current wave of persecution. (Daniel 2:14)

 

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FACTS
Population: 20,931,000
Total People Groups: 50
Unreached People Groups: 43
Region: South Asia
Official National Language: Sinhala
Secondary National Language: English
Religions: Buddhism 70.0%, Hinduism 12.8%, Islam 8.5%, Christianity 8.4%, Non-Religious 0.2%, Other 0.1%
Persecution Ranking: 30
Percentage of People in Poverty: 22%

LOCATION
Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is an island nation in South Asia, located about 18½ miles off the southern coast of India. Popularly referred to as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. The island of Sri Lanka lies in the Indian Ocean, to the southwest of the Bay of Bengal and to the southeast of the Arabian Sea. It is separated from the Indian subcontinent by the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait.

RELIGION
Due to its location in the path of major sea routes, Sri Lanka is a strategic naval link between West Asia and South East Asia, and has been a center of Buddhist religion and culture from ancient times. Today, the country is a multi-religious and multi-ethnic nation, with a quarter of the population following faiths other than Buddhism, notably Hinduism, Christianity and Islam.

CHALLENGES FOR CHRISTIANS
The majority of Sri Lankans follow Buddhism, the state religion. There is a growing resentment towards Christianity―, which is seen as a colonial religion. Sri Lanka is ranked No. 30 among nations that are the worst persecutors of Christians based on Open Doors 2007 “World Watch List.” Christians have encountered harassment and physical attacks on property and places of worship by some local Buddhists, who believed they were threatened by these groups and were opposed to conversion. Some Christian groups occasionally also have complained that the government tacitly condoned harassment and violence aimed at them. In some cases police response was inadequate, and local police officials reportedly were reluctant to take legal action against individuals involved in the attacks. The National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka has stated that in 2005 there were 39 attacks on Christian churches, organizations and religious leaders.


Sources: 24-7 Prayer, Operation World, Wikipedia, Country Reports on Terrorism 2007, International Religious Freedom Report 2007, Open Doors