Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, is an island country lying in the Indian Ocean, separated from peninsular India by the Palk Strait.

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.

“Working with The Lulu Tree team has been an invaluable experience, and I am grateful for the opportunity to witness firsthand the positive change that can be achieved when passionate individuals come together for a common cause.”

~ Director of Lulu Tree South Asia

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).

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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

Equipping Families

Sustainable Projects

We prayerfully select 20 vulnerable mothers for each one-year discipleship program. The mothers chosen belong to a local church and are widows, or abandoned, or their husbands are disabled or ill. Each participant receives a sustainable project of her choosing, in line with the allotted budget.

The projects are then monitored by the local church, and training given monthly in finance, budgeting, and tithing.

Projects include tailoring, catering, goat or chicken rearing, decorating, hairdressing, and providing educational services such as computer skills.

Upon completion of the year, it is expected that each mother would then use some of her profits to assist another needy woman in her community, thus continuing the cycle of ending poverty.


Equipping Churches

Harvestime Training

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. The mothers gather weekly to study together and eat a meal together. Often they will also engage in a form of game. 

The biblical 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, strengthened in the knowledge that they are a beloved daughter of the Most High God.


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