Sri Lanka Background

The Sri Lankan Apostolic Church began in the 1970's and has grown to over sixty churches across the nation today. There are well over 30 ordained pastors with as many additional full time workers caring for churches. The national church membership exceeds 5000 people with an additional 2000 children and young people.

The recent history of Sri Lanka reveals a picture of a nation that has endured some difficult times; the civil war and tsunami natural disaster have had a particularly significant impact. The Apostolic Church has not been immune to the consequences of the instability in the nation. However despite its difficulties and struggles, the church continues to know God's blessing and experience growth.

Most years the church holds a National Youth Camp which enables hundreds of young people to come together from all over the country. This enables them to grow together, learning from God's Word, worshipping passionately and developing great relationships.

The national church leadership has known significant transition in recent years. The Pastors Council meets through the year and there is a real sense of emerging leadership, that will take the church forward in Sri Lanka over the coming years with a desire to be granted autonomy.

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Sri Lanka - Latest Report

Update April 2014...

The most recent trip to Sri Lanka was in November 2013. It was Pastor Eric Parker’s first trip to the country but one of many trips made by Pastor Andrew Jenkins, who has been visiting the Sri Lankan nation for nine years and seen the progress made in a nation troubled by wars and disasters.

Three regions were visited Jaffna in the North; Wenapuwa in Central Sri Lanka and Colombo in the South.  While in the country Eric and Andrew were able to preach, teach and support the leaders and to view progress in the Bible College building.

This trip also coincided with the 50th Jubilee Celebration events with the three regions visited holding special services. These were very well attended and proved to be a great blessing. Gifts were given to each region from the UK to mark the occasion. Similarly presentations were made to both the UK National Church and ActionOverseas , which were gratefully received.

The Sri Lankan Apostolic Church are most grateful to the UK for their partnership which they seek to maintain.

 

 

Sri Lanka Profile

Originally known as Ceylon, in 1972 the country was re named, 'Sri Lanka,' meaning 'resplendent island' in Sanskrit. The capital of the country is Colombo.

There are two main people groups, Singhalese and Tamil. Much conflict has arisen in the past with a Sinhalese government which spoke Sinhala and followed Buddhism, as opposed to the not significant Tamil population who spoke Tamil and followed Hinduism. Civil war raged between 1983-2009 where a separatist military organisation LTTE fought for Tamil independence. Many thousands died, yet on 19th May 2009, the Sri Lankan President officially claimed an end to war and the defeat of the LTTE.

Today there are approximately 20 million people in Sri Lanka, 82% Sinhala and 15% Tamil people who live mainly in the north.

The government is relatively stable, leading a democratic and socialist republic with a presidential and parliamentary system. the economy is relatively strong, although there is much poverty but with an end to the war there is hope for a strengthening economy.

Buddhism is the official religion accounting for 70% of the population. Islam, Hinduism and Christianity are approximately 7% each, evangelical growth is strong but is concentrated in certain areas, therefore church plants are necessary to carry the gospel into unreached places.  In a recent Gallup poll however, Sri Lanka was found to be the 3rd most religious country in the world with 99% saying religion was an important part of their daily life.

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