On Sunday, Feb. 2, a group of Buddhist monks led a mob of 150 people to a house church in north central Sri Lanka. The mob demanded an end to the worship service and threated violence if it continued, but police allowed the Christians to continue the service. When the pastor went outside to speak with the monks and police after the service, the monks attempted to assault the pastor. They told him the village was a Buddhist village and Christian religious activities would not be tolerated. Although police protected the pastor from the mob, the officer in charge reprimanded him when he filed a police report. Later that afternoon, a group including three monks accosted the pastor, his family and eight others. They assaulted the pastor’s son and damaged the Christians’ vehicles. Three Christians were treated at a hospital afterward, and police arrested five people involved in the assault. The monks were not arrested.
Buddhist Monks Lead Assault on Pastor
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Praise God for the Release of Four Men and Faithfulness of Seven FamiliesFour Christian men arrested over the past two months were released from jail recently. The first believer to be arrested, "Sanyahak," was detained in early October after 40 people came to know Christ through his witness. The three other men were later arrested, amid ongoing harassment of seven Christian families in the community.
Pray for Arrested Christian Students and Children of Arrested ParentsSixteen Christian students were arrested earlier this month, the latest in a series of arrests since May 2017. The students, who were arrested after being discovered praying together, were held for more than two weeks before being released.
Village Bans Buddhists from Selling Food to ChristiansAuthorities in a Buddhist village recently established a law forbidding Buddhists from hiring Christians for work and from renting or selling anything to Christians. As a result, believers in the village are unable to buy food. Every day, village authorities pressure the Christians to return to Buddhism, promising that if they do they will be able to buy food again. The believers, however, are standing firm. "This is not a game," one Christian replied. "We were baptized. We believe in Christ 100 percent and we will die believing."
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