Sri Lanka LK

1,818,285

GMO Gospel Visits 2014

142,000

Indicated decisions 2014

21.6 million

Population

1.7 million

Christians
243,000 are evangelical

For detailed information on the Primary and Secondary Cultural Characteristics, go here.

  • Stats for Sri Lanka
  • Social Control

    Shame-based 
  • Cultural Distinctions

    None
  • Top 25 Stats

    None
  • Fastest Growing Religion

    Muslim
  • Human Development Index

    73/187
  • Internet Access

    19.90% (101st)
  • Ethnic Groups

    Sinhala (75.9%); Tamil (14.3%); Sri Lankan Moor (8.3%); Other South Asian (1.5%).
  • Common Languages

    Sinhala, Tamil, English
  • Economy

    Textiles, tea, tourism, and money sent home by expatriates are main sources of income.
    The civil war slowed what could have been a healthy economy.
    Infrastructure has been damaged and many people are unemployed and displaced.
  • History / Politics

    Independent from British from British; Mistreatment of minorities led to civil war.
    This war was between Sinhala and Tamil communities, and was off and on from 1983-2009.
    The war has ended, but a satisfactory solution has not been reached.
    More than 100,000 lost their lives, and 900,000 (mostly Tamils) fled.
    Tamils still feel deep resentment; Corruption and ethnic discrimination continue.
  • Spirituality

    Christian churches have often been involved in the violence and had churches burned.
    Christian are divided between ethnicities, denominations, and older and newer churches.
    Evangelicals grow by emphasizing evangelism, but discipleship needs to be stronger.
    Many casualties of the war, orphans, and widows need compassion from Christians.
    Most Christians live in the cities and need to extend their witness to rural areas.
  • Prayers

    Pray for unity among different Christian groups.
    Pray for reconciliation for the violence that occurred and for help for orphans and widows.
    Pray that the church will begin reaching into the rural areas also.

Note:

All of the information on the number of Christians and Evangelicals is from Pray for the World! or Operation World.