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Did You Hear About Sri Lanka? Please Read & Pray

June 5, 2013 by Open Doors in

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When I was in college, I had a Communications professor from Sierra Leone. I learned a lot from this man, but one thing he taught me will stick with me forever…

“Some of you may know that there is a stereotype of Americans being ethnocentric…that they are uninformed in regards to world events that do not affect them,” he said in his West African accent. “I couldn’t understand why at first, but then I realized that it was because American news typically only reports on international events which affect America. So I challenge each of you- read an international newspaper for a week and let me know if you notice a difference.”

Well, sure enough, I did notice a difference. There were a lot of stories around the world that I had not read about in an American news publication.

That lesson stuck with me…to this day I try to read both domestic and international news.

Today, we received a prayer request from Sri Lanka…many of us were not even aware of the floods which were mentioned in the prayer request. I have talked with a few people since and it seems like barely anyone has heard about these floods.

Unfortunately, since hardly anyone has heard about this in the news, hardly anyone knows that the people in Sri Lanka are in need of our prayers. Would you take a moment to read about the situation and pray?

On Dec. 19 there were very heavy rains which caused severe flooding in Sri Lanka’s Central, North Central, North Western, Uva, and Eastern provinces.

“Several churches and Christian families were also affected, displaced and in need for relief supplies in many places,” said Thoumiya, Relief and Development Coordinator of the National Christian Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL). “The raining will likely continue in the coming days. There is urgent need for cooked meals, dry food, clothes, bed sheets, mats, water and tarpaulin sheets.”

Floods and landslides devastated about 5,200 families in districts like Hambantota, Galle, Matale, Kandy, Bandulla, Nuwara Eliya, and Baticaloa. In these same areas, Open Doors ministry has extended aid to believers who live in Buddhist or Hindu communities and have suffered persecution for following Christ.

Please join us in praying for God’s presence and provision for Christians in these provinces. If you feel lead to help with emergency situations such as this one, would you consider giving a gift where needed most today? Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and pray!

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