|Sources of Persecution||Religious Nationalism|
|Leader||President Maithripala Sirisena|
Sri Lanka: Dangerous Climate For Christians.
In Sri Lanka the idea of Buddhist supremacy is on the rise. Dangerous attitudes continue to grow, especially in rural areas. Buddhist monks regularly attack believers. Pastors feel unequipped to face persecution and are left traumatised and unsure. Christians are exposed to acts of extreme violence and discrimination. One woman, after converting from Islam to Christianity, was murdered by her own mother. Attacks like these are often covered up and hidden from the rest of the world. If believers want to worship, they can only do so in registered houses. They are regularly visited by angry mobs and Buddhist monks. There was even discussion of a new law to make converting people illegal.
Persecution At School.
School is difficult for Christian children. Religious education is compulsory, but due to the lack of Christian teachers, most kids are left attending Buddhist classes. If they do not want to they are punished and even fined. They are subject to harassment, bullying and bad grades. Some children are even denied entry to a school because of their faith.
Christians are often prevented from accessing wells or electricity. They’re treated like second class citizens. Believers aren’t allowed to be buried in public cemeteries unless they perform Hindu rituals. The pressure to deny Jesus is relentless. Christian businesses are often boycotted and families' livelihoods suffer.
Pray that Buddhist supremacy doesn't increase and for the protection of believers, especially those who convert to Christianity.
Pray for more Christian teachers in the school system.
Pray for Christian businesses to flourish and for access to equal rights.