Sri Lanka

Praise the Lord that Christian Aid is reaching the nations!

— Donna K., PA

The letters we get from Christian Aid keep us informed of the needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Thank you so much.

— Charles and Susana C., KY

Thank God for the good work you are doing.

— David E., NY

I praise God for the GREAT and MARVELOUS work He is doing through your ministries to our Brethren.

— DonnElise K.

Thank you for the letters included with our receipts. They help me understand your work. They remind me to pray for you….because you are missionaries too.

— Janet H., MT

Praise God for your ministry! Many others need to do missions this way.

— Sonja K., ME

Praying for each of you every day!

— Kenneth S., FL

God bless everyone involved in Christian Aid.

— Sheila B., CA

As we welcomed a new granddaughter recently, our hearts also ached for these children born as refugees. May this gift, however small, alleviate some hungry cries. We continue to pray for peace.

— Ron and Natalie T., MD

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— Von Morgan, MN

Thank you for helping God’s people.

— Terri C., IL

Top 5 People Groups

Sinhalese: 10,681,000

Tamil Hindu: 4,636,000

Adi Dravida: 1,343,000

Tamil Muslim: 1,223,000

Ambalavasi: 655,000

Religion

Buddhist: 52.2%

Hindu: 37.5%

Muslim: 8.3%

Christian: 2%

Evangelical: 0%

Reference:

Operation World

CIA Factbook

Joshua Project

Wikipedia

About Sri Lanka

Formerly known as Ceylon, this island country off the southern coast of India is famous for its natural beauty, cultural diversity, and tea production. Sri Lanka´s once thriving economy is on the rebound following 26 years of civil war, coupled with devastation to seaside communities from the 2004 Asia tsunami. More than 35,000 inhabitants died in the natural disaster.

A long history of colonialism has created a resistance to Western influences, particularly Christianity. Coastal sections of the island were controlled by the Portuguese in the 1500s, followed by the Dutch in the 1600s. In 1802 it became a British crown colony. Ceylon gained independence in 1948 and its name was changed to Sri Lanka in 1972.

Tensions between Sri Lanka´s Sinhalese majority and Tamil separatists based in the northern part of the country erupted into full-scale war in 1983. A ceasefire was temporarily declared between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2002, but remnants of the independence movement were officially defeated in 2009. An estimated 60,000 -100,000 people were killed in the conflict.

Buddhism is the national religion, of which 70 percent of the people are adherents. Although freedom of religion is protected by law, sporadic violence against Christians is becoming more common. Traditional mainline churches have declined from 21 percent of the population in 1722 to only 7 percent in 2010. The number of evangelicals is rising, however, and comprises 1.2 percent of the population. Sri Lanka is home to 43 people groups, 36 of whom remain unreached according to the Joshua Project.

Recent Prayerline Posts

SRI LANKA. Heavy rains and wind recently belted the southern part of the 70-percent Buddhist country, killing hundreds and displacing hundreds of thousands more who need food, medicine and other items. ...

SRI LANKA. After a ministry’s computer and monitor were destroyed by high-voltage electricity, the ministry leader borrowed a laptop from a friend to continue communicating with mission teams and church planters throughout Sri Lanka. The ministry is praying for a new computer ($1,500) to carry on its effective outreach. ...

SRI LANKA. About 200 girls and women enter prostitution daily in South Asia, 80 percent against their will. An indigenous ministry wants to rescue and shelter abandoned, abused women. They recently found a young woman, pregnant with her third child ...

SRI LANKA. Native missionaries sense a season of openness among people in Sri Lanka. Many seek Bibles, and workers long to give the living bread that people crave. They see cults bringing their corrupted versions of the Bible and distributing them ...

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