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The Voice of the Martyrs learned this morning that the private members bill on the prohibition of forcible conversion put forward by a member of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) party has been listed in the Order Paper of Sri Lanka's parliament for today, 21st July 2004. According to procedure, those who object to the bill have just seven days to file objections with the Supreme Court, counting from today. Please pray for the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka and other Christian groups who are concerned that this legislation will severely restricted religious liberty in Sri Lanka.

SriLankanChristians.Com WebsiteThis week, a group of concerned Christian citizens from Sri Lanka released a new website, http://www.srilankanchristians.com/, dedicated to be a voice for those whose rights are being violated. SriLankanChristians.com come together from a variety of ethnic traditions and diverse denominations in Sri Lanka for the common purpose of ensuring freedom of religion, worship and practice for Christians in Sri Lanka. This website contains a good deal of relevant and helpful information and The Voice of the Martyrs encouraged you to get involved in speaking out on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka at this time.

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VOMC supports persecuted Christians in Sri Lanka as they witness for Christ in hostile environments through Biblical training, legal aid, and advocacy, as well as rehabilitation and emergency assistance.

Project Funds: Relief and Development, Legal Defense

Country Information

22,576,592 (July 2018 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Sinhalese (74.9), Sri Lankan Tamil (11.2), Sri Lankan Moors (9.2), Indian Tamil (4.2), other (0.5)

Religion (%)
Buddhism (70.2), Hinduism (12.6), Islam (9.7), Roman Catholic (6.1), Evangelical Christianity (2.0)

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Government type
Presidential republic

Legal system
Mixed legal system of Roman-Dutch civil law, English common law, and Jaffna Tamil customary law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Sri Lanka

Let's unite our hearts in prayer for those in Sri Lanka who are being persecuted for their faith, thanking God for what He is accomplishing despite the opposition. Ask that His people will be encouraged, strengthened and equipped by the promises of the Bible – the Sword of the Spirit – knowing that He is watching over His Word to perform it (Ephesians 6:17; Jeremiah 1:12). May they not only overcome the strategies of the enemy, but also serve as effective witnesses to those in need of eternal salvation and deliverance from spiritual captivity.


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Sri Lanka News

  • Family Refused Christian Burial
    A group of women praying together.
    Ask God to give Sri Lankan Christians wisdom and favour when dealing with opposing community members.

    After a member of the Grama Missionary Church in Karukkamunai, Sri Lanka, passed away, the family arranged for a funeral to be held at the public cemetery on September 27th. However, a local public

  • Churches Face Threats and Questioning
    Worship in Sri Lanka
    Pray with Sri Lankan believers as they seek to faithfully worship God.

    Churches in Sri Lanka have frequently faced harassment from community members, Buddhist religious leaders and civil authorities. To read previously published reports on some of these cases, go to our country report. The followin

  • Pastor Ordered to Stop Worship Activities
    A church in Sri Lanka
    Pray for the churches in Sri Lanka.

    As a Sunday prayer service was concluding on October 18th, six police officers arrived at the Assemblies of God church in Bakamuna. The pastor and one of his congregation members were taken to the police station where eight Buddhist monks were awaiting them. The O