SRI LANKA

Although Sri Lanka is a secular state, the new Constitution re-emphasises that Buddhism is the state religion and belief in the concept of Buddhist supremacy remains widespread

Sri Lanka

World Watch List RankWorld Watch List Score
4658/100
LeaderPopulation
President Maithripala Sirisena20.9 million | 1.9 million Christians
Main ReligionGovernment
BuddhismRepublic
WWL Rank in 2018Persecution Level
44High Persecution

Even after the civil war ended in 2009, Christians and Muslims continue to be persecuted by Buddhist extremists in Sri Lanka. Hundreds of Christian families are still displaced and struggling to survive.

Some young Buddhist leaders have been using social media to promote hatred towards religious minorities. Christians are portrayed negatively in the media, and false news stories lead to violent attacks against believers. Those who persecute Christians are often left unpunished.

New Christians come from a Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist backgrounds. Their faith in Jesus is seen as a betrayal to their family and community. New believers are often harassed, discriminated and face violent persecution. Many Protestant or independent churches have been asked to shut down.

HOW WE HELP

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.

PRAYER POINTS FOR SRI LANKA

  • For protection for those who convert to Christianity. One convert from a Hindu background was killed by her own mother.
  • For legal protection for pastors being bullied by the government or facing charges in the courts
  • For Open Doors workers strengthening victims of violence with medical assistance, livelihood support and help to rebuild homes and churches.
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  • Pray for those that are suffering by reading the latest prayer requests from persecuted Christians around the world.
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  • Advocate for persecuted Christians by signing the Hope for Middle East Petition.
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  • Consider donating your resources to Open Doors.
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