Violence is nothing new for Christians in Sri Lanka, but the horrific bombings that happened on Easter are leaving a permanent scar in the hearts of Sri Lankans. At least 321 people have died in six blasts—three of which targeted churches during Easter services. The other bombs targeted hotels in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankans remain tense. There is much uncertainty due to rumors of more bombs being planted in other public places and schools. This tragedy has affected all of Sri Lanka, but the Churches of God congregations and house churches in Sri Lanka were not attacked in the bombings.
Christians in Sri Lanka are routinely targeted by physical attacks and systemic persecution. Last year, there were sixty-seven reported attacks, not by Muslims, on Christians between January and September alone. Sri Lanka ranks 44th on the 2018 Open Doors World Watch List of “The Top 50 Countries Where it’s Most Dangerous to Follow Jesus.”
I believe that the Easter attack will lead to the advancement of God’s Kingdom in the Church of God in Sri Lanka through:
- A stronger focus on Prayer within the churches and house prayer cells of the Church, led by Christian women,
- An increase of evangelical Outreach, and
- An increased sense of Unity among all churches.
The Church of God in Sri Lanka is honored to partner in ministry with the North American Church of God on the island. Your partnership supports Missionaries Steven and Peggy Beverly (Project # 42.10004) as they walk alongside the national church in Sri Lanka working toward self-sustainability.
Steven and Peggy work alongside the Church of God in Sri Lanka, partnering to teach and train Sri Lankan pastors and leaders. Together with Sri Lankan church leaders, their goal is to connect pastors across the nation and develop a strong, self-sustaining, and multiplying church. The currently serve as transitional members of the national leadership team.
Thank you for your contribution to the 42.10004 - Beverly, Steven & Peggy (Sri Lanka) Project