The civil war ended in 2009 but left vast swathes of displaced people, along with damaged infrastructure and a struggling economy.

There is freedom of religion in the nation, although extreme Buddhist groups often perceive Christianity as a threat, leading to occasional violence and a strong anti-conversion stance.

The growth of the church in Sri Lanka has been strong, and many natives have led the way without dependence on Western agencies.

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How to pray

  • For an increase in peace and understanding between different people groups in the shadow of the civil war
  • For the plight of children caught up in poverty, who are vulnerable to abuse and prostitution
  • For the growth of the church and numbers of native leaders to continue apace, with leaders focusing on genuine faith rather than seeking impressive numbers
  • For continued freedom of religion and protection from occasional extremist attacks
  • For workers who are willing to take the Gospel to rural areas, which have their challenges but are often open to the gospel
  • For the nation's church to look outwards, recognising the mission opportunities provided by immigration and being willing to send workers out to other unreached groups