Muskathlon Sri Lanka 2017
6-15 October 2017
We are very excited to be launching our first ever Muskathlon to Sri Lanka, a region of the world where we have seen a big increase in persecution recently. This fantastic trip includes team devotional time, a visit to a church under pressure, meetings with local Sri Lankan Christians and pastors, the opportunity to meet Christians from India and of course the all-important post Muskathlon celebration.
Who are our Muskathletes?
We have three courageous Muskathletes who are taking part in the Sri Lankan Muskathlon.
William has been supporting the work of Open doors for many years. Since retiring he has been doing a lot of cycling to keep fit and he is cycling 75 miles. Dave will be running 26 miles for Open doors and Violet will be walking 39 miles and hopes to help refugees and internally displaces people by raising funds that will provide food, shelter, trauma counselling, education and spiritual care.
More about Sri Lanka?
- Sri Lanka has a population of 21.6 million, and only 1.9 million Christians. Christians are very much in the minority and are often persecuted. Neighbouring India has a population of 1.3 billion with 63 million Christians. Sadly persecution in all forms is on the increase here mainly due to radical Hindu extremists.
- The church is under severe pressure in Sri Lanka and surrounding countries. There are reports of Christians being physically beaten, losing their jobs, or being forced to flee their homes. On average a church is burnt down or a pastor beaten three times a week, this violence saw India rise to number 17 on the World Watch list this year.
- Sri Lanka is known for its jungle and hilly terrain. The Muskathlon track leads partly over dirt roads through the mountainous area and partly over main roads.