Stories from Sri Lanka
Between July and December of this past year, through 11 Sri Lankan church planters, 1345 people heard the Gospel. Of those, 304 individuals accepted Christ, and so far, 60 have been baptized! This all happened during a heated and drawn out election in their country. Here are just a few encouraging stories, and prayer requests from the field.
- "Mrs. Rukmani and her husband, Mr.Suda, were very strong Hindus. Their 15-year old son, Sumash, was unable to speak. He was not this way at birth - it happened when he was seven years old, so he had been mute for eight years. His parents tried all the medicine and temple events they knew about, spending lots of money on him. However, nothing worked....In this circumstance, they received our invitation for the outreach we were holding. They came with Sumash. They came forward for the alter call prayer and God touched Sumash's tongue - the evil spirit left him. Now, the family is coming to our church and worshiping God!" ~Gihan*
- "Hindu organizations are indirectly troubling the ministry. They go to new believers' houses and warn the parents not to send their children to the church....Our goal for next six months is to distribute at least 5000 Gospel tracts, and reach at least 100-150 families in our villages with the Gospel of God; pray for them!
Mr. Lavindra* and his wife, Mrs. Asuntha*, are believers in our church. They have a 3-month old baby named Renuka*. Suddenly, Renuka became very sick, and doctors could not identify the sickness. The couple took the baby to my home for prayer. I prayed for Renuka and her parents; I also told Mrs. Asuntha she must breastfeed the child and continue praying. Next week at our Sunday service, they came with big smiling faces and shared that God healed the baby completely!" ~Ruwan*
- "People in this area are not coming to the church because they think that Jesus Christ is only for people born in Christian homes, and not for Hindus to hear about. New believers are treated badly by the Hindus....We will be starting 2 more house churches and visiting 2 new villages!" ~Sivagaran
Continue to pray for hearts and minds to be changed by the Gospel throughout Sri Lanka!*Names Changed for Safety