Read Trouble Is Brewing for Christians in Sri Lanka, by Christian Aid Mission, at Mission Network News.
"Churches are facing harassment and closure in Sri Lanka. Facing opposition from their Buddhist and Hindu neighbors, Sri Lankan Christians fear for their freedoms as extremist groups try to shut them down. Sarla Mahara is the South Asia director for Christian Aid Mission, your link to indigenous missions. She explains, "In the southern part, especially where the Buddhist population is, we're seeing more and more hostility toward Christians, and there have been several attacks, pastors being beaten up." The news of increasing violence poses an interesting question: is persecution happening more, or is it just being reported more? Both, says Mahara. "Because of the growth of churches, they see more people coming to Christ. They see more house churches. So the movement is more, and that's why I think the persecution is more, as well" -- which means the Gospel is going forward, too. Plus, "I think that there's been a new unity among evangelicals, and more awareness of who is where and how these attacks are happening." Prayer and funding are vital to growth. Learn more at MissionNetworkNews.org, keyword "Featured Links." "