Ayesha (right) helps lead a Sri Lankan church that is under fire.
Ayesha (right) helps lead a Sri Lankan church that is under fire.
May. 16, 2024 | Sri Lanka

Church Awaiting Justice Remains Under Attack

[139] prayers in [8] nations have been posted for Anura and Ayesha.

Anura and Ayesha lead a church in western Sri Lanka that has been repeatedly attacked in recent years. Some of the perpetrators of these attacks are facing charges in court. However, Ayesha reported, every time the court dates near, groups in the village try to stir up trouble by breaking Buddha statues or throwing human feces on them and then blaming the church for dishonoring Buddhism. So far, no progress has been made in these cases. In 2023, attackers threatened new converts from the villages and pelted stones at their houses. Police have interfered with services and even directly threatened Pastor Anura to stop church services. Pray for Anura, Ayesha and their church to be bold and courageous as they bear suffering and continue to take the gospel to more villages.

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  • Father,
    You are the God of the opressed and of the down trodden. May you make the truth evident in the communities in Sri Lanka where your name is being maligned but those who would do anything to oppose your gospel. May your children win over the darkness by showing your love and by holding to the truth.
    Ross J - USA
  • Bless these saints, O Lord, and give them justice and peace in Jesus' name.
    Margaret D - USA
  • In the name of Lord Jesus, our heavenly Father, Adonai, as brothers and sisters in Christ we praise You for faithfulness of Anura and Ayesha. We ask for a hedge of protection, angels direct from heaven to encamp around and minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • In the forgiving name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah Jireh, God Who provides as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of Anura and Ayesha. We ask for provision, a hedge of protection and angels direct from heaven to encamp around and minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Father, encourage, edify, and comfort Anura and Ayesha as they lead other Sri Lankan believers while enduring persecution and harassment from unbelievers. By Your Holy Spirit, grant them the courage and boldness to stand firm in their faith in Jesus Christ. In the midst of suffering, empower them to faithfully proclaim the gospel to others in the area.
    Patrick V - USA
  • Praises to You Father for Anura & Ayesha & may they, and others like them, be assured they are under the shadow of Your wing. Strengthen their faith in this fire, & may they all be grounded in Your Word. Speak courage & strength to them. May the persecutors hear You also speaking to their hearts. draw them to repentance in the mighty Name of Jesus.
    Lisa T - USA
  • Dear family in Christ- I pray for you every day. God is faithful and he hears our prayers. I believe he's coming back soon and how glorious it will be when we see Jesus face to face. The Apostle Paul and so many of our brothers and sisters fought the good fight. Stand fast. Look up. Our redemption draws nigh.
    Susan R - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father I amen these previous prayers. I cont. to lift all my prayers I have prayed for Sri Lanka up to You. Give them the peace & the patience they need, for in time You will act & will bring justice. Until then, give them boldness to continue on in Your task to them. Expose the schemes of these instigators. In Jesus' Mighty Name amen.
    Johnathan K - USA
  • In the saving name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Yeshua, Our Savior, as brothers and sisters in Christ we praise You for saving Anura and Ayesha from sins. We ask for healing, provision, a hedge of protection, and angels direct from heaven to encamp around and minister to them. Amen.
    Gary F - USA
  • Lord I pray for these people in Sri Lanka that they would continue to be bold and courageous as they bear suffering and continue to take the gospel to more of their people. I pray that justice would come and people would see what's going on; you would expose the darkness and the lies of the devil. He would fight for your people in Sri Lanka. Amen
    Nancy G - USA
  • Lord, You are sovereign over all. Thank You for redeeming Ayesha and Anura. Help them to stand firm in faith and to follow You, leading their church to do the same. Help them to grow in wisdom, knowledge of You, grace and mercy. May Your love in them overflow to others, including their enemies. Help those who are Your enemies to repent.
    Beth P - 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. I praise You for their faith! Bring area Buddhist extremists, including those who targeted Anura, Ayesha & their church, to repentance. Save all Sri Lanka.

    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. I praise You for their faith! Specifically, bring Buddhist extremists, including those who targeted Anura, Ayesha & their church, to repentance. Amen.

    Lisa D - USA
  • Lord God, I do pray that these believers would hold tightly to Your Word and what You have proclaimed there. May they trust Your promises and follow Your commandments and may they have many opportunities to proclaim the gospel to those around them.
    Danielle 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. I praise You for their faith! Bring Buddhist extremists, including those who targeted Anura, Ayesha & their church to repentance. May all Lebanon be saved. Am
    Lisa D - USA
  • Our Father, strengthen Anura and Ayesha as they wait for justice. Protect them from future harm. Bring justice to those who are attacking their church. May Anura and Ayesha's faithfulness to You bear fruit by bringing others to You. In Jesus' name, Amen
    Elizabeth S - USA
  • Jesus please give Anura and Ayesha boldness and the gift of forgiveness please take any fear or hatred out of there hearts and give them love and forgiveness for there enemies. Jesus loves you and is very pleased with you. We ask this in Jesus name.
    Craig M - 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. I praise You for their faith! Bring Buddhist extremists, including those who targeted Anura, Ayesha & their church, to repentance. Save all Sri Lanka. Amen.

    Lisa D - USA
  • Dear heavenly Father bless the church in srilanka and remove all hindrances given to anura and Ayesha from doing their ministry. Let the people troubling them repent and come to know you. Protect the new converts, help the church to receive grace goverment authorities. Give them faith and strength to boldly proclaim your gospel. In Jesus name we pray.
    Rajkumar S - India
  • Lord God our Heavenly Father, bless Anura and Ayesha that they will remain faithful to You despite the slander and harassment they are receiving from their community in Sri Lanka. May the new believers remain faithful and true. May those persecutors repent of their sins and be forgiven when they put their faith and trust in You. In Jesus precious name!
    Bill P - 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. I praise You for their faith! Bring Buddhist extremists, including those who targeted Anura, Ayesha & their church. And so may all Sri Lanka be saved. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Lord God, I pray Psalm 140 for Anura and Ayesha. Deliver them and their Church from evil. Preserve them from violence. You are sovereign over evil plans and those who stir things up. Cover their heads with the helmet of salvation and give them your strength to be bold and faithful. Let them abide in the hope that the righteous shall dwell with you.
    Rachel Albro H - USA
  • Father God take Anura, Ayesha and their church under your special protection . Keep them safe from harm, from wicked lies. Give them strenght to bear up all the sufferings for the sale of your church in sSriLanka Change the hearts of the persecutors. May they receive salvation
    Lord cover Anura, Ayesha and church with Precious Blood of jesusAmen
    max d - India
  • 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. I praise You for their faith! Specifically, bring Buddhist extremists, including those who targeted Anura, Ayesha & their church. Save all Sri Lanka. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Father, you know the troubles that surround this church. Please protect them. Soften the hearts of the attackers and others to have a desire to know more about Jesus. May the church let Jesus live through them in love and forgiveness to their enemies and not give way to fear. Give them wisdom to know what to do and work your perfect will Lord. Thankyou
    Vicki Y - USA
  • In the powerful name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Elohim Shomri, our Protector, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of Anura and Ayesha. We ask for a hedge of protection, angels direct from heaven to encamp around and minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Avi Ad! I thank You that Your Son, Christ Jesus, is leading not only Anura and Ayesha's hearts,but their congregation's hearts into the full knowledge and action of the Love of God. And are greatly supplied with patient endurance, which comes from Christ Jesus. In Yeshua's name
    Randal A - USA
  • Lord Jesus continue to build Your church through Anura and Ayesha, and may the gates of Hell not prevail against it. Strengthen them, protect them, and let Your light shine ever brighter in western Sri Lanka.
    Andrew S - USA
  • Please grant this church boldness and courage. Help them to trust in your righteousness to prevail.
    Rebecca H - New Zealand
  • 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. I praise You for their faith! Specifically, Bring Buddhist extremists to repentance, including those who targeted Anura, Ayesha & their church. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
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