On the evening of 16 February, a mob of approximately 250 villagers led by 11 Buddhist monks stormed a pastor’s property in Asgiriya, Kandy district, demanding that worship services at the site cease immediately.
The monks belong to the hardline nationalist organisation, ‘Bodu Bala Sena’ (BBS), which means ‘Buddhist Strength Force’.
The pastor, in response, explained to the mob that he has the right to religious freedom. However, the mob dragged the pastor and his wife from their home and physically assaulted them. The couple’s 18-year-old daughter was also verbally abused.
Afterwards, the General Secretary of the BBS gathered the villagers outside the pastor’s house and warned them against such ‘traitors’. He threatened the same treatment for any villager supporting Christian worship.
Sources: National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka, Release International
- Thank God for protecting this pastor and his family from serious harm.
- Pray the Lord will grant this pastor and other church leaders in the area courage and wisdom in the face of very real risks.
- Pray for the villagers and monks who launched this attack, may they hear the Good News and also come to faith in Jesus.