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In recent days, posters began appearing in Balana, Sri Lanka demanding that a local orphanage run by the Dutch Reformed Church stop renovation work. The church, however, refused to be intimidated. On August 6, according to the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka, approximately 200 people forced their way into the premises and began destroying the property. A Buddhist flag was planted on the roof of the facility and the house parents were told that if they did not leave, they would be burned alive. That evening, the house parents fled in fear.

Pray that the believers in Balana will be able to continue to demonstrate the Heavenly Father's love for the fatherless (Psalm 68:5). Pray that they will know that, in the face of their property loss, they have "better and lasting possessions" (Hebrews 10:36, 37).

For more information on the persecution facing Christians in Sri Lanka, click here. Video reports on Sri Lanka are available on www.vomcanada.com.