Despite the increase in persecution of Christians in Sri Lanka over the past several years, one pastor who lost his daughter in the tsunami says that Christians have been able to gain respect even in the sight of their persecutors for their willingness to serve people of all religions.
Christianity Today – The most powerful earthquake in 40 years erupted under the Indian Ocean near Sumatra on December 26, 2004. It caused giant, deadly waves to crash ashore in nearly a dozen countries, leaving 300,000 dead or missing…Pastor Lawrence lost his daughter, who was walking to her father’s church that fateful Sunday morning. She was swept away by a gigantic wave. But even in his mourning, Pastor Lawrence reached out to the distraught families of his congregation who also lost loved ones. Once a member of the feared rebel military group Tamil Tigers, Pastor Lawrence became a Christian in 1984. He says the tsunami has helped Christians gain respect in the Buddhist-dominated country because they are showing the love of God to people of all faiths, even to those who had formerly persecuted them. Persecution of Christians has increased in Sri Lanka over the last several years. Statistics from the World Evangelical Alliance show that from January 2003 to March 2004 more than 140 anti-Christian incidents were recorded. These incidents ranged from mild threats to death warnings, arson, and the destruction of church buildings. Church leaders are especially at risk. There are currently efforts by Buddhist monks to pass an anti-conversion law [Go To Full Story]