God Led Us
Summer of 2022, we fasted and prayed for 40 days. During this time of prayer we heard, “Go to the other side.”
We felt Him specifically direct us to Sri Lanka, an impression He confirmed as we learned about the economic crisis there. He also led us, through the Scripture reference of Matthew 24:19, to partner directly with the single mothers, giving us a particular burden for those who are pregnant and nursing.
And so we’ve gone, to the other side, where great need awaits. As of now, 20 mothers have been equipped with sustainable projects and discipleship training in Rakwana, Sri Lanka, and another 20 are currently being trained and equipped in Mudur, Sri Lanka.
To learn more about our ministry in Sri Lanka, please go HERE.
About Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, island country lying in the Indian Ocean and separated from peninsular India by the Palk Strait. It has a maximum length of 268 miles (432 km) and a maximum width of 139 miles (224 km).
Proximity to the Indian subcontinent has facilitated close cultural interaction between Sri Lanka and India from ancient times. At a crossroads of maritime routes traversing the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka has also been exposed to cultural influences from other Asian civilizations. Ancient Greek geographers called it Taprobane. Arabs referred to it as Serendib. Later European mapmakers called it Ceylon, a name still used occasionally for trade purposes. It officially became Sri Lanka in 1972.
The distinctive civilization of Sri Lanka, with roots that can be traced back to the 6th century BCE, is characterized by two factors: the preservation of Theravada Buddhism (the orthodox school of Buddhism having its literary traditions in the Pali language) and the development over two millennia of a sophisticated system of irrigation in the drier parts of the country. This civilization was further enriched by the influences of Hinduism and Islam.
In 1948, after nearly 150 years of British rule, Sri Lanka became an independent country, and it was admitted to the United Nations seven years later. The country is a member of the Commonwealth and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.
What God is doing
in Sri Lanka
Each mother enrolled in the one-year Discipleship Training Program in Sri Lanka receives a sustainable project, in order to care for her family. The mothers are all single mothers, their husbands either ill, disabled, or having passed away. They have children to care for, and so these projects enable them to do just that, and in the process, they unite with other mothers in a microfinance program which teaches them to tithe to their local church from the profits they make.
Our national director sits with each woman to confirm her giftings and skills, and then helps her to purchase the tools necessary to establish the project. The projects are then monitored by a local church.
Projects include sewing machines for tailoring, gas ovens and food supplies for making and selling food, chickens and coops for chicken farms, salon equipment for hairdressing, and laptops for teaching computer to local youth.
In addition to meeting their material needs, each of the Sri Lanka mothers is enrolled in a one-year discipleship program consisting of 12 Bible-based courses. Each week they come to study together, and eat a meal together.
These courses, supplied by Harvestime Institute, train the mothers to not only love themselves as Christ loves them, but to share the gospel with their children and their neighbors. Courses include Biblical Theology, Strategies for a Spiritual Harvest, and Intercessory Prayer.
Mothers then graduate after one year with a one-year Discipleship certificate.
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