BIBLE SCHOOL STUDENTS BEATEN BY MASKED MEN
“But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord”
– Philippians 3:7-8 [NIV]
Sri Lanka – South East Asia
Ten students from Believers’ Church Bible College in Putlam district were attacked as they walked to the school by a group of masked men on motorbikes.
They were beaten with rods and kicked. More men arrived in a van and dragged a student inside, where he was beaten severely. When the attackers left the scene, one of the victims who hid during the onslaught managed to run to the Bible school to get some help, but a masked man immediately followed him close behind.
A few hours before the incident, a member of the Wennappuwa Provincial Council met the students and learned about their destination. The same council member then arrived later on the same day at the gate of the Believers’ Church Bible College threatening to shut down its operations. A security guard from the school was also beaten by a masked man, who escaped after the assault.
The injured students were rushed to the Lunuwila Government Hospital and three of them were transferred later to the Marawila hospital for additional treatment.
Evangelical churches have been growing rapidly but Buddhist nationalists have introduced new laws to curb this. Anti conversion laws are under discussion and permits to build churches are limited.
Source: National Christian Evangelical Alliance in Sri Lanka / Open Doors
- Pray that the students of Believers’ Church Bible College in Sri Lanka would be protected from further attacks and that the school would remain open.
- Pray for the continuing growth of the evangelical churches in Sri Lanka and that there would be freedom to preach the Gospel.
- Pray that plans to introduce new laws to curb Christianity would be thwarted.
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