Read Churches in Sri Lanka Under Pressure at Mission Network News.
"The summer has been brutal for Christians in Sri Lanka. In the last four months, over 30 churches have been attacked by Buddhist extremists. We spoke via Skype with a Christian leader working with Asian Access in Sri Lanka, who confirms the reports. For security reasons, we'll call him Brother Amos. "With the Church beginning to grow, they [Buddhists] feel very insecure. Their economy is hurting because people are turning to Christ. As a result of that, they have turned against the churches, and that is their belief that by violence and by persecution, they can cause the growth of the church to be stopped." How does Asian Access train their leaders to confront persecution in places like Sri Lanka? "Our mandate is to develop leaders who become relevant to the soil and relevant to the nations. Part of being relevant to our nation now is to be able to face persecution. In the midst of persecution, one of the key factors has been helping our people to know that God still reigns and God is seated on the Throne." "