The Sinhalese are the dominant ethnic group in Sri Lanka, an island off the coast on India. The Sinhalese total about three quarters of the population of Sri Lanka, and are a predominantly Buddhist people. Because of the proximity to India, the Hindu caste system has influenced the Sinhalese, with the largest caste being the farming caste. Farming is mostly done with hand tools, and farmers grow livestock as well as crops.*
Engagement — What’s Happening Now
There are about 37 thousand Sinhalese in Qatar, with around 1.2% of them being Evangelical.* The church in Qatar is planted and growing, but still has great need of prayer and support.
Sustainability — The Bigger Story
Social unrest in 2011 signifies the local population is open to change. The Doha Debates on April 30, 2012 encouraged Arab governments to protect religious minorities. This is promising in a country ranked for several years in the top 25 worst countries in the world for persecution of Christians.
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Partnership — Move Beyond
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:
— The Lord to open up the hearts of the Sinhalese to the message of the Gospel
— The establishment of a strong national church in Qatar
— The Lord to move on the government leaders, opening their hearts to be receptive to the message of the Gospel
— The boldness and empowerment of the Holy Spirit to be at work in the believers among the Sinhalese in Qatar.
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* = Joshua Project, 2015.