Day 15

DECEMBER | 2022

Sri Lanka

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Sri Lanka continues to struggle with its national bankruptcy. Chronic fuel and food shortages continue, and medicines are running low, but there is no money to replenish stocks. UN-administered aid programs aim to provide very basic provisions for more than one million of the most vulnerable people to prevent starvation and inadequate health care. Pray for financial provision. Pray that Christian churches and ministries who are also responding to people’s felt needs will find that doors are opened for them to share the joy and good news of Jesus’ birth this Christmas season (The Bible, Luke 2:10).

Source: Sri Lanka: Cost-of-living crunch threatens to sink millions already facing hard choices (UN News)

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. Although the conflict ended in 2009, tensions and accusations remain, and promised truth and reconciliation commissions have never been forthcoming. Sri Lanka has the longest continuous history of Buddhism of any predominately Buddhist nation. This, combined with nationalism, results in the ongoing violent persecution of all who are not Buddhist. This year the nation was plunged into bankruptcy, with major food and fuel shortages bringing people onto the street in widespread protests that forced the president to resign and flee.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Ranil Wickremesinghe
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Dinesh Gunawardena
POPULATION
22,053,000
CHRISTIANS
2%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
Unknown
DOMINANT RELIGION
Buddhism
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
33,170
LIFE EXPECTANCY
76.56 yrs
LITERACY RATE
98.1%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
8.9%