The Sri Lankan crisis explained—and how Christians are impacted

May 3, 2022 by Christopher Summers in Persecution updates

The ongoing economic crisis in Sri Lanka has had far-reaching repercussions. Not only is the cost of living skyrocketing, but the situation has worsened to a health crisis as the country faces severe shortages of medicines and medical equipment.

Believers have shared in the country-wide struggle to survive. Christians have not been suffering any more than others simply because they are Christians. Christians, Buddhists, Muslims and Hindus alike have set aside their differences and stepped out of their homes to protest together. For this, we praise God! 

But most persecuted believers in the country belong to the group most vulnerable to the effects of the present crisis. They come from rural parts of the country, and many of them belong to low-income households.  

“Although the cost of living has increased, people’s income has not,” Sunil, an Open Doors field partner, shared. “Pastors who relied on tithes and offerings from the congregation are also struggling now. Since people can barely afford to give, pastors have limited resources.” 

However, the present crisis has not only affected people in rural areas. The urban poor are also some of the most affected people. The cost of living is higher in the metro region of Colombo, the largest city in Sri Lanka, than in rural areas; and thus Christians and pastors in these parts of the country have also been faced with many challenges. 

Open Doors field partners are supporting pastors and believers who are affected by this crisis by providing relief aid. Packs containing essential items will be distributed to these families with the help of field volunteers. 

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Join us in praying for Sri Lanka:

1) Pray for the pastors and believers who are struggling financially during this present economic crisis. 

2) Pray that God would open doors for churches to help their local communities during this time. 

3) Pray that the economic crisis in the country would be resolved soon. Pray for wisdom and guidance upon the leaders of the country implement concrete solutions. 

4) Thank God that persecution has not gotten worse, and that Sri Lankans of all backgrounds have come together.


Pictured: a Sri Lankan worship service

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