Friday, March 28, 2008
Violence against Christians escalates in Sri Lanka
Violence continues to escalate at a Gospel for Asia Bible college in Sri Lanka.In recent developments, a local elected official and a group of Buddhist monks have accused the school of being a front for the Tamil Tigers, a terrorist group. The school, located in Colombo, was later attacked as Buddhist monks staged a protest at the facility. A government official in Sri Lanka has also encouraged lawmakers to consider approving anti-conversion legislation. K.P. Yohannan, founder of Gospel for Asia, says violence and persecution against Christians has been increasing in Sri Lanka for some time now. He believes the violence is in direct response to the number of Christian conversions. "Obviously that is the reason why this persecution is," he confirms. "[I]n the Book of Acts, we find that as [Christians] were going about preaching the gospel they were beaten, abused, and persecuted, and this is what is happening today." Lal Vanderwall, a GFA ministry leader in Sri Lanka, says in a press statement that "accusing Christians" has become more common than ever as Sri Lankans are choosing to follow Jesus-despite the ongoing tensions. "We have more Bible college students this year than ever, and our churches are growing faster than ever before," says Vanderwall. "There are so many good things happening here that I am convinced this is all spiritual warfare. But we know that the Lord is on our side." Buddhists, Muslims, and Hindus make up the majority of Sri Lanka's population, and the country has been embroiled in a civil war for more than two decades.
As in the days of Noah....