Crowd storms Sri Lankan church

Sri Lanka (MNN) — In early March, a group of 600 people burst into a Sri Lankan church, Mercy Gate Chapel. They threatened the pastor with death if the service did not stop. The police arrived and managed to calm the crowd, but 60 Buddhist monks insisted the church was illegitimate.

Rajeeve Sathianathan with Awareness of the Christian world explains the religious situation. “In the southern part of Sri Lanka, the majority of the Sinhalese ethnic group is Buddhist. And in the northern part, most people are Hindus. In Sri Lanka, there are nearly 40,000 villages. Most religious persecution takes place more in the villages.

Ministry of CWO in Sri Lanka

CWO began talking to pastors in southern Sri Lanka, seeking to begin ministry there. In fact, one pastor they spoke to was mentored by the Mercy Gate Chapel pastor.

Currently, CWO works in the north of the country.

They started in 2021 by adopting one of the villages. The people there are considered by Sri Lankan culture to be a lower caste. Sathianathan says, “What we do is we build relationships with them. And the way we build relationships is to meet their needs first. We do charity work and look after older women who don’t get help from anyone else.

“In addition, we help young children to go to school. We take the opportunity to build relationships with their families. We live the gospel.

The CWO cannot just walk into the village and start publicly declaring Jesus. But once they have established relationships, they can say on whose behalf they are helping.

Pray that the people of this village will find hope in the love of Jesus. And pray that the CWO will have the chance to work with many other Sri Lankan villages, including those in the south of the country.

The header image shows a Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. (Photo courtesy of viduransi on Pixabay)

Charles K. Eckert