Aug. 04, 2022 | Sri Lanka

Mob Beats Church Planters for Sharing the Gospel

[99] prayers in [8] nations have been posted for attacked church planters.

On June 8, nearly 50 adults and children gathered for an event organized by a group of church planters. Those who attended heard worship songs and the gospel. As people started leaving, a local Buddhist monk came and accused the event organizers of converting Buddhists to Christianity. Later, as the church planters left, men on three-wheelers followed them and crossed in front of their vehicle, forcing them to stop. Soon a mob surrounded them and cursed them for converting people to Christianity. About 10 men assaulted the church planters, who eventually fled. Today, four families from the village who attended the worship gathering have started a house church. Those who were beaten are planning to start additional churches in the village despite the threat of persecution. Pray for these churches and the safety of those who attend.

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  • Dear Lord Jesus I pray for these dear believers. I pray blessings on them and their families and the salvation of those who attacked them. May You keep their faith strong as they boldly serve You. Thank You for Your goodness and faithfulness to these believers. Thank You for Your love for them and everyone. In Jesus Name amen
    Allison F - USA
  • Father, I pray for these dear people who are starting churches. Please give safety as their converts seek to start a church themselves. I pray that You would bless their efforts and bring many to You.
    Cheryl B - USA
  • I pray in the name Jesus for the courage, protection, of house churches - those who attend these and church planters in Sri Lanka that all would continue standing for Jesus despite threats, hostility, - even violence, and be a beacon in this spiritual darkness that would cause some of the enemies to turn to Jesus - repent, confess, follow
    Michael Z - USA
  • Father, we thank you for the courage of these brothers and sisters who refuse to be silenced! When others hear about this incident and others like it where your enemies are using violence against your children, please cause them to think about your goodness and to have receptive hearts to believe.
    Brenda M - USA
  • I pray in the name Jesus for the courage, protection, of house churches - those who attend these and church planters in Sri Lanka that all would continue standing for Jesus despite threats, hostility, - even violence, and be a beacon in this spiritual darkness that would cause some of the enemies to turn to Jesus - repent, confess, follow
    Michael Z - USA
  • Lord I pray for attacked church planters. Strength them in their faith. Fill them with your Holy Spirit. Heal them from the wounds received. Continue using them for your glory preaching the gospel and winning souls for the kingdom of heaven despite the persecution. Protect those who attend churches. Protect church planters. Amen.
    Cristian G - Colombia
  • I do pray that these believers would be strengthened in their new faith, and that they would grow through Your word. May they have other believers come around them to disciple and encourage them, and i pray that this house church would have a bold witness to those around them. May those who are hostile to Your word repent and believe as well.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Dear Lord, thank you for these men and women who continue to share the gospel with boldness despite persecution! John 16:33 tells us that in this world we will have trouble, but that Jesus has overcome the world! Thank you, Jesus! I am always amazed and thankful for the faith of my brothers and sisters in Christ around the world! Hallelujah!
    Michelle D - USA
  • Father, thank You for raising up church planters in SriLanka. Bless and protect them as they share the gospel and set up churches. Place You angels around them to protect them and destroy the lies of Buddhism. Protect all those who attend the churches and draw lost people to faith in Christ. Do a mighty work in this community and others in SriLanka.
    Alan G - USA
  • Father, we praise You for the boldness of this group of Christians in Sri Lanka. Please keep the house churches safe, as well as the people attending them. Please soften the hearts of the village Buddhists to Your Son Jesus and to Christians. We pray many more Buddhists in the village would turn to Jesus, including the ten attackers. In Jesus name,amen
    David L - USA
  • Thank You for this event organized by the church planters and for the house churches that have come from it. Help these believers to continue to meet despite the persecution and to encourage one another. Help them to grow in their faith and in the study of Your Word. Protect them from further attack and help the persecutors to also come to faith in You
    Cynthia H - USA
  • Heavenly Father, We thank you for the Gospel going forth in Sri Lanka. We praise You for these church planters who are working to bring others to You. We declare that the Gospel will go forth, that the Buddhist monk will come to know You, and be an avid witness for You in his area. Let there be safety for You people in that area, in Jesus' Name, Amen!
    Michael S - USA
  • Father God, I pray for these families who have started this house church. Protect them. Enable them to come together to worship, learn, and grow. I pray for the church planters who are continuing to work in this village. Protect them. Enable them to continue the work. Continue to spread the gospel and build your church in this part of Sri Lanka. IJNA
    Kevin R - USA
  • Lord, please send Your angels of protection around them! Help them feel as bold as lions with You by their side! When You are for them nothing can be against them, Lord! Help them know this and take strength from it! In Your mighty name, Amen!
    Esther D - USA
  • Father, Praise your name in Indonesia. These believers are not thwarted. Bless them! Thank you for continuing the work in spite of opposition. May the attackers turn and be saved.
    Laurie P - USA
  • Heavenly Father God thank you for the 4 families who chose to follow Jesus Christ and start church homes. God bless the front line workers who helped them, and that are staying to help start more churches. To your Glory God be praised!
    Jesus Christ heals, loves and changes hearts, lives and minds. May the Buddhist Monk be first to be called by Jesus.
    Pam W - USA
  • Lord, please allow much fruit to come from this persecution of believers in Sri Lanka as they plant more churches and continue serving you.
    Bill B - USA
  • Father, all glory to Your name in this report! To see the steadfastness of our brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka in the face of this persecution is so encouraging and I pray Lord that their testimonies will be used to stir the hearts of those opposing them. May Your hand of protection be strong upon these believers. In Jesus name. Amen.
    Nancy E - USA
  • Lord Jesus, bless these brothers and sisters of ours, as they courageously continue to build up Your kingdom in Sri Lanka. Please protect them, and bring salvation to many people there.
    Jocelyn L - USA
  • Dear Lord, You know the heartaches of the people in Sri Lanka and how desperately they need to hear the good news of Jesus. We know that the monks are hating You and in turn taking it out on Your people. Please help the monks to discover the true gospel and help them to believe in it whole heartedly and begin to preach the only true gospel!
    Donna H - USA
  • Thank you for being faithful to Chris't call. May the Lord use you mightily in His plan for your country. I praise God that you are not intimidated by the enemy but continue serving God with your whole heart and strength. Praying that many come to saving faith because of your faithfulness.
    Kathi M - USA
  • I would pray that the churches would continue to meet and for the safety of those who attend. I would pray that the men who beat the church planters would come to justice. Mark Beal
    Mark B - USA
  • Lord, I pray that you will comfort, strengthen and direct the church planters who were attacked. Please heal them physically and emotionally and help them to be able to continue in their ministry. I also pray that the believers in that community will be able to continue their efforts in starting a house church. Continue your work in that area.
    Christa B - USA
  • Lord Jesus thank You for the church planters in Sri Lanka. Build Your church there and may the gates of hell not prevail against it. Protect and guide the church planters to establish and grow Your church. Amen
    Andrew S - USA
  • Father God, I pray for those 4 families that have started a house church. I pray your protection over them and that others will be drawn to Christ through their witness. I pray for the church planters as they plan to start additional churches in this village despite the threat of persecution. Strengthen them and bless them as they serve you, God.
    HELEN W - USA
  • Father God, I pray for those 4 families that have started a house church. I pray your protection over them and that others will be drawn to Christ through their witness. I pray for the church planters as they plan to start additional churches in this village despite the threat of persecution. Strengthen them and bless them as they serve you, God.
    HELEN W - USA
  • Father God, I pray for those 4 families that have started a house church. I pray your protection over them and that others will be drawn to Christ through their witness. I pray for the church planters as they plan to start additional churches in this village despite the threat of persecution. Strengthen them and bless them as they serve you, God.
    HELEN W - USA
  • Lord God may your hand of grace ,love n mercy be upon the people n country of Sri Lanka that they may be brought out of their darkness into the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ bless and protect the church planting with success and protect it and your people from the evil one may even those who oppose repent and be saved In Jesus name I pray !
    Dean B - USA
  • God, I thank You for these fearless believers who are faithlessly serving You in Sri Lanka. I pray these planned churches will come to fruition, and for them too have a great impact on the community. I ask for Your protection of these brothers & sisters, and pray for the Buddhist persecutors to repent before they have to give an account before You.
    Curtis M - USA
  • Dear Lord, thank you for the work you're doing in Sri Lanka. In spite of the persecution, people are stepping out and spreading the gospel. Thank you for giving them courage. Continue to increase their faith and give them boldness. Continue to pour out your Spirit and draw many people to yourself.
    Holly L - USA
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