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44Sri Lanka

  • Leader: President Maithripala Sirisena
  • Population: 20.9 million (1.9 million Christians)
  • Main Religion: Buddhism
  • Country fact sheet

The Christian minority is partly tolerated, but converts to Christianity are not.

The main sources of persecution are radical Buddhist movements, which are often supported by local officials. They claim Sri Lanka as a Buddhist nation. In the rural areas Christian converts are often abused by their own family and village officials, who demand they leave the village. Non-traditional churches are frequently targeted by Buddhist monks and local officials, who campaign to get church buildings closed down as they regard them as illegal.

Read more about persecution in Sri Lanka

Please Pray 

  • For pastors who are mocked and harassed for conducting services
  • For legal protection for churches and pastors being bullied by the authorities – many are unaware of their legal rights
  • A radical political group, ‘Lion’s Blood’, has risen to prominence - pray for protection for Christians and that acceptance for minorities will prevail.
 

How Open Doors helps

Open Doors strengthens persecuted believers in Sri Lanka by:

  • Providing Christian literature for graduates of Bible colleges and others
  • Providing assistance through income-generating projects for believers affected by persecution
  • Assisting pastors and churches who have faced violent attacks by supporting the rebuilding of homes and churches
  • Providing medical assistance for victims of violence
  • Preparing believers to deal with persecution through Standing Strong Through the Storm seminars.

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