Day 15

AUGUST | 2021

Sri Lanka

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Strict lockdown measures have been in place since May to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. However, trade unions and health inspectors report that garment manufacturing factories were ordered to remain open. This has resulted in outbreaks in the factories and the boarding houses where many workers live. Job speaks of horses that God has created who recognize the blast of the trumpets, the shouts of the commander and the call to battle. Today, how much more do we hear the call to battle in prayer? We respond by asking God to intervene in our world, struggling under the weight of the pandemic. We pray for the vulnerable, like factory workers, for mercy to abound (The Bible, Job 39:25).

Source: Sri Lanka: Protect Garment Workers’ Rights During Pandemic (HRW)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Twenty-six years of civil war pitted Sri Lanka’s government forces, representing the Buddhist Sinhala majority, against Hindu Tamil separatists. The conflict resulted in upwards of 100,000 deaths. Sri Lanka has the longest continuous history of Buddhism of any predominately Buddhist nation. Buddhism combined with nationalism results in a surge of violent persecution towards all who are not Buddhist.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Maithripala Sirisena
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Ranil Wickremesinghe
POPULATION
22,053,000
CHRISTIANS
2%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
Unknown
DOMINANT RELIGION
Buddhism
PERSECUTION RANKING
46
REFUGEES
33,170
LIFE EXPECTANCY
76.56 yrs
LITERACY RATE
98.1%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
8.9%