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 end of the civil war came amid much violence and probably human rights violations; but effectively removing the threat of the Tamil Tigers can potentially spell a new era for Sri Lanka, one that will involve safety, stability and the free and open movement of the gospel of Jesus Christ. A sense of peace and freedom of movement now prevails.
Christian media ministries:
a) Literature is in great demand. Literacy is high, but affordable quality literature that is culturally relevant is lacking. The main publishers Margaya Fellowship, Pragna Publishers, The Bible Society, Gospel Ministries, YFC, Lanka Bible College and Colombo Theological Seminary (theological books and study materials), SGM (Scripture portions) have produced much, but there are too few points of distribution. Pre-evangelistic materials are needed, especially for Buddhists. New Life Literature has a printing press, which is much used for printing gospel literature and the Gideons New Testaments in Sinhalese and Tamil. EHC has been involved in a nationwide gospel-literature distribution programme several times. CLC has recently established three Christian bookstores with a growing distribution ministry.
b) The JESUS film has been extensively shown. Weekly, national TV broadcasts the Indian production Jesus Calls in three languages. Other Christian television content is increasingly available.
c) Radio. Sri Lanka is thinly covered by international broadcasters FEBA, HCJB, GFA, TWR, Christian Vision and AWR all beam shortwave to Sri Lanka, but only a small proportion of it is in Sinhalese or Tamil. However, BBI locally broadcasts nearly 30 programmes a week in Sinhalese and Tamil. TWR broadcasts from Sri Lanka on medium wave to South Asia, with 77 weekly programmes in 24 different languages.
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