|Sources of Persecution||Religious Nationalism|
|Leader||President Maithripala Sirisena|
Sri Lanka: Local Pressure.
In Sri Lanka, all religions are considered inferior to Buddhism. This makes everyday life difficult for those who leave Buddhism to follow Jesus. Converts to Christianity are considered national traitors. Village monks and local authorities monitor their activities. Christians are even denied access to water and electricity.
Sri Lanka is recovering from a 25-year civil war. The country’s biggest challenge is reconciling the conflict between two major ethnic groups - Singhalese and Tamils. The church in Sri Lanka has been an example of creating peace between the two as they have Singhalese and Tamil members in the church.
Pastors still have to juggle this priority for peace as well as dealing with ongoing persecution. Many can lose their homes and church buildings.
Life can also be hard for children who come from Christian families. The majority of schools in Sri Lanka don’t teach Christianity. Children are forced to study Buddhism or Hinduism. Some have even been refused enrolment because of their family’s faith.
Your help makes a difference for persecuted Christians in Sri Lanka by:
Pray for those who sow hatred, that they will encounter Gods love for themselves.
Pray for church leaders to draw strength from the Lord whenever they feel weary.
Pray the local church is bold in sharing the gospel with their persecutors.