Pray with Sri Lankan churches—authorities warn of more attacks

October 18, 2019 by Lindy Lowry in Stories of Persecution

We have reports from our field in Sri Lanka who tell us there have been warnings of more potential attacks on churches between Oct. 15-25. Reportedly, security has been tightened, but fears of attack are still high since Easter Sunday 2019 when coordinated bombings hit three churches on Easter Sunday in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa, killing at least 300 people and injuring hundreds. Some 176 children were left without parents.

A report in the Sunday Times indicates the threat has been verified by state intelligence services but was denied by police officials until later. The paper reported that three bombs had been found near St. Mary’s church in Rawattawatte, Moratuwa, the first week of October. The Sri Lankan army also reports finding three hand grenades in an abandoned area in Moratuwa. However, it’s not clear if these weapons are also the same explosives found near St. Mary’s.

Praying for the church in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan churches ask for prayers from the worldwide Church during this uncertain time. The attacks last Easter Sunday were devastating.

  • Please pray against future attacks and for God’s protection over His people.
  • Our local team also asks you to pray for wisdom for the relevant authorities in charge.
  • Our field shares: “Pray that God would strengthen the church as another attack could drastically weaken the faith of many believers. They say the level of fear among believers has already increased. Pray for guidance for pastors and church leaders to encourage their believers, and pray for the Holy Spirit to give peace and comfort to the people of Sri Lanka.”

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