The pastor received a letter from a local official stating that his religious worship activities were not registered and that he could only continue with them if he registered in accordance with the 2008 Circular, issued by the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs. The Circular requires all new constructions of religious places of worship to be registered, though it has no basis in Sri Lankan law.
A little while later, on Saturday and Monday, his home was pelted with stones, the first time for more than an hour. The pastor, who has conducted religious worship activities in the area for the past 17 years, has lodged complaints with the police.
Source: Release International
- Pray for protection for this pastor and his congregation. Pray for wisdom.
- Pray that church leaders in rural areas of Sri Lanka would not be intimidated by officials’ use of the 2008 Circular.
- Pray the Holy Spirit will be at work mightily in Sri Lanka to bring repentance and salvation to many, including those attempting to intimidate this pastor.