Churches attacked on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka
Three churches attacked on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka
Multiple bomb explosions at three churches on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka targeted Christians as they gathered to celebrate Easter.
The first blast was reported from St Anthony’s Church in Kochcikade in Colombo, the second from St Sebastian’s Church at Katuwapitiya in Negombo and third from a church in Batticaloa.
The death toll is rising, with over 200 people dead in the serial explosions and 450 people injured.
Eight explosions were reported including at the three churches and three in hotels frequented by tourists as reported by Reuters.
“This is a very heartbreaking time for Christians in this country,” says an Open Doors field worker from the region. “We don’t know who did it or why yet. Please pray.”
Sri Lanka is No. 46 on 2019 World Watch List. Christians comprise a small minority of the Buddhist majority population. Most of the persecution against Sri Lankan Christians comes from the community. Christian churches are frequently targeted by neighbors, repeatedly leading to mob protests against and church attacks, especially in rural areas.
According to the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka, there has been a sharp increase of attacks on Christians, including violent attacks often carried out through mobs.
At this point, no one has claimed responsibility for the attacks. Please pray with our brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka–and Christians around the world who risk their lives to be part of a church and come together to worship.
The Open Doors field expert gave the following ways to pray with the family of God in Sri Lanka as they suffer during what should be the most joyful day of the year for Christians:
- Pray for the victims and families of victims of the Sri Lanka bombings, pray for healing for those who were injured and comfort for the families experiencing heartbreaking loss.
- Pray for the Church in Sri Lanka to be a source of light and comfort to those who are hurting, especially as they are hurt themselves
- Pray for the Sri Lankan government as they investigate, pray for good leads. Pray for the Lord’s justice to prevail
- Pray for our field workers and partners in Sri Lanka, that the Lord would give them wisdom as they discern how best to help and minister to the victims.