Area: 65,610 sq km
Large island 80 km southeast of India.
Population: 20,409,946 Annual Growth: 0.88%
Official language: Sinhala and Tamil, with English as the link language Languages: 7 All languages
Largest Religion: Buddhist
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The emergence of Sri Lankan churches and denominations planted and led by Sri Lankan Christians is a point for praise. The establishment and growth of these groups that make a point of not being tied to any Western funding agency go a long way in establishing Christianity as a valid indigenous expression of faith.
Traditional mainline Churches have declined from 21% of the population in 1722 to 7% in 2010. The causes nominalism, theological liberalism, insufficient outreach and lack of indigeneity. Aggressive Buddhist proselytism and emigration of Tamil Christians steadily whittle away their flocks. Praise God for growing evangelical movements in most of the Protestant denominations today. Pray for renewal that will correct the above shortcomings and see God shape a purified, biblically sound indigenous Church with a focus on extending the love and truth of Christ in word and deed to all of Sri Lanka.
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