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Sri Lanka: Courage and hope

May 7, 2019

You would have heard that on Easter Sunday a series of bomb attacks tore through parts of Sri Lanka. Churches and hotels were specifically targeted. Hundreds were killed, and many injured.

But, in the midst of the heartache and grief, there is still courage and hope.

One week after the attacks, an Open Doors worker went to a service in a small Sri Lankan church. They said, “Initially, Sunil* [another Open Doors field worker] mentioned that there wouldn’t be as many attendees as normal. His estimate was that only 10 would attend. But when the service started, there were about 20 to 25, with several new believers too! I was touched by the courageous faith of this small congregation…

“If there is one opportunity that God is showing me while here in Sri Lanka, it’s the opportunity to see for myself His precious, devoted remnant. The bombings, though horrific, have made a distinction between those who shrink back and those that stay on and persevere. It’s also showing me that we’re on the right track in prioritising the strengthening of the Christian family in Sri Lanka.”

Thanks to your support, Open Doors will help approximately 250 families in the affected areas. Open Doors partners will also host persecution survival training seminars, because, sadly, we cannot assume the threat has gone away.

Pray this now for Sri Lanka

Loving God, thank You for our brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka. Be amongst them as they meet in their churches. Strengthen them by Your Holy Spirit and enable them to see You – for You see them and are closer to them than the breath they breathe.

We pray for all who were caught up in the attacks on their churches and communities on Easter Day. Bring healing to those who were injured and comfort those who have experienced loss.

Thank You for all who are visiting the affected, praying with them and listening to their needs. Give them all the resources they need to bring our brothers and sisters comfort and hope.

We pray for those who were behind the attacks. Sovereign God, You understand their motives – only You can change their hearts. Risen Lord, give them a true Easter experience and turn their lives around – for Your glory.

Download your free prayer guide

We have created a free, downloadable guide to help individuals, churches and groups pray for Christians in Sri Lanka at this time. It contains information, prayer points, meditations and reflections to help you pray.

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