As we celebrated new life on our Lord’s Resurrection Sunday, we also grieved with our brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka where multiple bombings took place. Initial reports have highlighted that Christians appear to be the primary target of these attacks, as both Catholic and Evangelical churches suffered devastating explosions during Easter services. The identities and motivations of the attackers are not yet clear, and Sri Lankan authorities continue to sweep the cities for additional bomb material. One thing is certain though – Sri Lanka needs the gospel, and the believers there need our help.
Our founder, Dr. David Shibley, traveled to Sri Lanka in the 90’s to minister to pastors during a season of civil war and instability. Sri Lanka has thrice been the gathering place and host nation for our South Asia Initiative Leadership Summit. Over the weekend we received real-time reports from our Sri Lanka national team, and were glad to be able to offer prayer and encouragement while “everything was going crazy,” as one pastor put it. We immediately began evaluating how and where we should be involved to help.
We conducted a Marketplace Missions conference there in February, and will be following up with leadership training for women through the Esther Initiative later this year. But it is in times like this that we are so grateful for your support of the Alpha Relief initiative, which is positioned to act immediately to support Christians caught in crisis or persecution, and to aid local churches as they band together and share the love of Christ with their community. Thank you for standing with us to support our brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka.