January GAP newsletter

January 03, 2020 at 6:00 AM

Sri Lankans gather outside a church building in preparation for worship in December.   (Photo by Dr. Greg Kuiper)

January GAP newsletter

By Nathan Stob   Nathan short.jpg

Eight bombs exploded in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday 2019. The attacks left 259 dead and more than 500 wounded at churches and hotels.

Dr. Greg Kuiper and I recently traveled to this island country off the south coast of India. We met with Asia Regional Coordinator Dr. Julius Surjadi and a newer Luke Society ministry partner, Dr. Avindra Jayawardene.

It is a tense and religiously charged environment in which Dr. Avindra ministers. He runs a small clinic in Habaraduwa, Sri Lanka. Between the clinic and his home visits, more than 600 patients are seen per month.

One highlight of the visit was attending church in Colombo, the capital city, in which four of the Easter bombs went off. It was a blessing to worship with Christians who have been forced to face their fear and who continue to faithfully carry out the evangelistic mission in Sri Lanka.

There was deep prayer, communion and a high expectation for the Holy Spirit to move within the church. Preaching from Revelation 19, the pastor encouraged the believers to remember our role and Christ’s final victory. He reminded the listeners that “God’s people have one short hour before sunset.”

Let us join in prayer with this faithful, Christian minority. In spite of persecution, may the Sri Lankan Christians be faithful in their callings to love their unbelieving neighbors and be examples of peace. Before the Lord returns, may Dr. Avindra and other believers in Sri Lanka be given wisdom and courage to share the truth of the coming King.

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