Buddhist monks demanded that the church in the village stop meeting.
Buddhist monks demanded that the church in the village stop meeting.
Mar. 05, 2020 | Sri Lanka

Buddhist Monks Lead Assault on Pastor

[208] prayers in [12] nations have been posted for Attacked Christians.

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.

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  • Lord Jesus, please continue to strengthen Your people with Your grace and wisdom and courage. May they know how to respond to this assault, and may they walk forward in peace, knowing that You are ultimately in control. May these priests have hearts softened by You and become receptive to the gospel.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Jesus I pray that you would bring justice for this pastor and his family and that those who hurt them and their vehicles will be held responsible and be reprimanded.
    michele r - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for believers in Sri Lanka: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them.May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Bring their opponents, like Buddhist monks, to repentance. Give recently attacked Christians recover fully from trauma & keep growing. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Christians in Sri Lanka: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Bring their opponents like Buddhist monks to repentance. Help recently attacked believers recover from trauma & bring the attackers to repentance. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for believers in Sri Lanka: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Being Buddhist monks to repentance; open the hearts of others to You. May recently attacked Christians heal from trauma. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Holy Father, strengthen Your children who are facing persecution for believing in You in a hostile place. Help them to remain faithful as those around them wish to harm them. May Your Spirit be seen in powerful ways, and convict those who need You come to know You.Surround Your children with other believers who will encourage them,In Jesus' name,Amen
    Eli S - USA
  • LORD,
    Heal those assaulted by this violence. Heal there minds & bodies. Protect Your people and cover them all in Your love. Bring Justice quickly. May Jesus name continue to be preached no matter what. Give strength to Your people Lord. In Christ name, Amen
    Deidre S - USA
  • Dear God & Father I pray for believers in Sri Lanka L Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love committed to Christ. Bring their recent attackers to repentance. Bring full trauma recovery to the attacked believers. May believers in this land thrive. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Christians in Sri Lanka : Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Open the harts of their opponents to You; bring their recent attackers to repentance. Give recently attacked Christians hope & healing. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Father, redeem this situation for your glory. Protect, provide, and bring justice. May this assault only increase the boldness of the Christians in this village through the power of Your Spirit. Grant grace for forgiveness and opportunity to share the gospel with their enemies. God we claim this village and everyone in it for Your glory and salvation.
    Cheryl W - USA
  • Dear Lord, thank You for Your courageous servants in Sri Lanka, be glorified. We thank You for the police who protected and brought order in accordance with Your will. Open the eyes of the villagers to see peace thru the Christians & chaos thru Buddhist monks - reveal truth. Thwart activities of darkness & confound the liar. By Your grace, save many.
    Peg B - USA
  • Father God, I pray that you would encourage this congregation. Please protect them physically. Please protect them from fear and anger. Please help them to continue to live out a bold and loving faith in the face of all opposition. Draw their oppressors to you. Open their eyes to truth. IJNA
    Kevin R - USA
  • Lord, TY our dear family was under YOur wing & that they remember that is where they will stay. May they be hidden in Christ. TY for complete continued healing for all. May their faith not be shaken, but only go a deeper place in You in Jesus' Name! Would You speak to the hearts of the persecutors. May they hear YOu calling & respond in JesusName
    Lisa T - USA
  • Abba Buddhism has infiltrated into every fiber of SriLankas society. The believers have paid heavy price during riots, govt has slaughtered many innocent mercilessly. Grant peace & strength to overcome the enemy of our soul. May the fear of judgment grip the hearts of monks cause sever distress to envy joy of believers in suffering.Father forgive them
    BENEDICTA N - USA
  • The persecuted pastor can know the false God in this picture will be destroyed and has long been defeated.
    There is nothing to say about this other than what Jesus has already said.
    "It is finished".
    Amen.
    Bruce M - USA
  • Father God,
    Blessed are my brothers and sisters persecuted for Your kingdom and Your righteousness. Please comfort the injured Christians and heal them totally physically and emotionally. Please bring the monks to justice, conviction of their sin, repentance, and salvation. In Jesus' name, amen
    Debbie D - USA
  • Father I pray for strength for Christians in Sri Lanka. I ask that you help them in the face of constant persecution from Buddhist Monks and even government official. Lord, touch the heart of the monks to know you as Lord and Saviour. I pray for religious freedom to be effectively implemented in Sir Lanka.
    Sola O - Nigeria
  • Lord I lift up the son of the pastor who is experiencing this persecution firsthand and is wounded. I lift up those wounded and ask for healing and hope and peace. I pray that Your Word would comfort them and community would be around them as the body of Christ. Lord I pray for Your hope to be tangible and comforting. I pray for Jesus to reveal himself
    Joy H - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for believers in Sri Lanka: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage &guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Bring the Buddhist monks to repentance. Open the hearts of others surrounding to You. Give recently attacked Christians full trauma recovery. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Father, I pray for the physical and spiritual well-being of the pastor and his congregation. May they not become weary in well doing but always abounding in the work of the Lord; knowing that their labor is never in vain in the Lord. I pray that You will heal any lingering adverse effects from this attack and show Yourself mighty in power and strength.
    Patrick V - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Christians in Sri Lanka: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Bring Buddhist monks to repentance. Open the hearts of others around them, to You. Give recently attacked Christians healing & full recovery from trauma. Amen
    Lisa D - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Christians in Sri Lanka: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Bring Buddhist monks to repentance. Open the hearts of others around them, to You. Give recently attacked Christians healing & full recovery from trauma. Amen
    Lisa D - USA
  • Lord, I pray that you would break down Buddhism's control over the Asian people. Use your people to show love and compassion for those still lost in darkness. Please heal those wounded and touch the hearts of the monks with your love. I pray that you spare the green and take the ripe and your will be done forever and always. Amen.
    Cassie K - USA
  • Praise you, Lord, for the word you're doing in Sri Lanka through missionaries and churches! Would you bring believers together that they would be unified in their message and strengthened as they face persecution. Pierce the hearts of these Buddhists that they would come to know Jesus as their savior and join the growing number of Christians.
    Lori B - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for these Attacked Christians: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Bring the Buddhist monks to repentance. May these Attacked Christians experience healing & restoration from trauma. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • I pray for protection and peacefor the pastor, his family, and the people of the Church. I pray the persecutors will get to know Jesus as Lord and Savior. I also pray God provide a new vehicle for them. I praise You for the faith of the Church in Sri Lanka.
    Tara A - USA
  • Lord bring peace that passes understanding to your children. Bring these monks to a saving knowledge of You. In Jesus name amen.
    David H - USA
  • Lord,
    I thank You for our Christian brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka and their willingness to endure intimidation and assault by Buddhist monks. I pray that they would shine like a light for Your love and grace to the lost. Please strengthen in their faith, recognizing that they will be rewarded for their suffering. What a gift it is to serve You.
    Lysander S - USA
  • Lord, I pray for all our brothers and sisters who are suffering persecutions in Sri Lanka. Please let your Holy Spirit guide, comfort, and bring peace into their hearts. May you restrain the sons of satan from further attacks against your people in Sri Lanka that they may worship you without fear, and that they may witness boldly to those in the dark.
    Isaac M - USA
  • Father, I thank You for sparing the lives of our brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka who suffered this persecution. I pray for a complete healing for all of them and I pray that they rejoice in knowing they were counted worthy to suffer on behalf of the gospel. Please strengthen them for the future. In Jesus name. Amen.
    Nancy E - USA
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