Pray for: Sri Lanka

Flag for Sri Lanka

Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Asia
Capital: Colombo
Population: 21,497,306
% Urban: 18.9 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 24 %
Official Language: Sinhala and Tamil, with English as the link language
Languages: 7
Literacy Rate: 95 %
HDI Ranking: 72 / 189
% Christian: 8.4 %
% Evangelical: 1.2 %
Largest Religion: Buddhist
% Largest Religion: 70 %
People Groups: 41
Least Reached People Groups: 79
% Unevangelized: 37 %

Sri Lanka

Title: Sri Lanka

Tier: 1

Type: country

The end of civil war was an answer to prayer. Government forces defeated the “Tamil Tigers” in 2009, but with much violence. Sri Lanka suffered greatly in the past generation from the long civil war, the excessively bloody end to the conflict, and the 2004 tsunami. Over 100,000 people lost their lives, and over 900,000 (mostly Tamils) fled the country. More than 1 million people left their homes. Many Tamils feel deep resentment. Corruption and ethnic prejudice remain common. Pray that this new era might bring a time of safety, stability, justice for all ethnic and religious groups, and freedom for the gospel.

Sri Lanka

Title: Sri Lanka

Tier: 1

Type: country

Sri Lanka once was known for its tolerance and non-violence. For centuries it was a Buddhist kingdom that welcomed refugees from India (Hindu, Muslim, Christian). But Buddhist extremism has grown in this multi-religious, multi-ethnic country. Many reacted to the Tamil violence, to Muslim growth, or to inappropriate methods of Christian evangelism. Persecution against Christians comes in waves, and at least 250 churches were destroyed or damaged in recent years. Beneath the layers of Buddhism and Hinduism the ancient spirits, gods, and demons still hold power. Pray for the power of Christ to break these strongholds.

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.