Christians in Sri Lanka Attacked By Religious Extremist. The Nazarene Fund Responds.
Yesterday in Sri Lanka, while the faithful celebrated the resurrection of their Savior, suicide bombers, in a series of coordinated attacks, detonated their payload of death and destruction in churches and hotels across the country. The death toll has risen to 290 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.
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.
The news reports that 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.
This attack clearly demonstrates that the battle to combat religious extremism is far from over and the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities is a clear and present threat and one not confined to the battlefields of Iraq and Syria.
The Nazarene Fund will assist our brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka. We will continue to stand with all those who would deny the darkness. We will bring hope. We will rescue, restore and rebuild broken communities and shattered lives. We will be the light. Join us. Donate to aid those affected by the deadly Sri Lanka bomb blasts.