The battle to combat religious extremists is far from over. The persecution of Christians and other religious minorities is a clear and present threat, not confined to the battlefields of Iraq and Syria.
Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka, while the faithful celebrated the resurrection of their Savior, suicide bombers, in a series of coordinated attacks, detonated a payload of death and destruction in churches and hotels across the country. The death toll has risen to nearly 300 with over 500 injured, including children.
Our prayers are with the victims, their families and with the people of Sri Lanka. The Nazarene Fund is prepared to assist the survivors, their families and the destroyed churches. But we need your help. Go to www.mercuryone.org orwww.thenazarenefund.org to give.
- Traditionally, Christianity has been in Sri Lanka for 2000 years with relics dating back to the 6th century C.E. and today, Christians make up 7.4% of the country’s 21 million population (about 1.5 million). This is an ancient community and a vital part of Sri Lankan society.
- As of Monday night, reports say the Sri Lankan police have Arrested 24 people in connection with the devastating attacks and the Sri Lankan Government has blamed National Thowheeth Jama’ath, a little-known radical Islamist organization, for the bombings. An official said the group, which had not carried out any serious attacks before, had help from “an international network” although this has not been confirmed and at the time of this writing no group has claimed responsibility.
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