For Dukashini, everything changed that day. Her mother was gone, and her father was left to care for her and her three siblings. Her father, Prashant, is a Sri Lankan day laborer who works as hard as he can to take care of his four children. But often—especially in the rainy season—there is no one who will hire him for construction work.
Prashant is illiterate, so Girija would read the Bible to him every evening. Now, since her mother’s death, Dukashini has taken over that role. Every night, she reads God’s Word to her father.
“I like the book of Daniel especially,” she tells us. But when asked if she can read a small portion to us, she chooses Psalm 23.
Listen to Dukashini as she reads from the Psalm:
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Open Doors stands with the Zion Church victims in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka by encouraging them and praying with them. We currently have a team on the ground who is looking into the best ways to give Dukashini’s family extra help. If you’d like to help Open Doors assist children and believers like Dukashini all over the world, click here.