Monday, 12 August 2013

SRI LANKA: Buddhists Assault Church

Bulletin Date: 7 August 2013

A Christian pastor and his congregation in Sri Lanka were violently assaulted by a Buddhist monk and his associates during a Sunday service on June 23. The sustained attack began as the unsuspecting pastor went on an errand a short distance from his New Life Church in Neluwaththuduwa, Colombo.

As the monk began to insult and attack the pastor with a tree branch, the pastor fled to his church only to be ambushed by 20 young men who beat
him and accused him of attacking the monk. The mob then raided the church where a service was being held, and began attacking the congregation of about 70 members.

When police arrived to disperse the mob, five Christians, including the pastor, were taken to a local police station, along with the monk and some of the other assailants. The pastor was able to register a case against his attackers. This attack took place just a week after a violent mob attacked a Methodist congregation in Valachchennai.

Source: Release International

Please Pray!

Pray for the safety of believers in Sri Lanka, and that their persecutors will have a life-changing encounter with the King of Kings.

"The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him." Nah. 1:7

The Voice of the Martyrs provides training for pastors in Sri Lanka. Read more about Christian persecution in Sri Lanka in our September newsletter, page 9.

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