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.
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
Feeding Mothers & Children
Because of the extreme nature of these women’s circumstances, we feel it’s not only important to help them to develop sustainable projects, but to provide emergency food packets for one year, to nourish them while they work towards sustainability. A monthly budget was provided by the pastor and his wife to cover the cost of basics, including rice, fish, flour, spices, milk powder, and biscuits.
These monthly baskets are being distributed for a total of 12 months to each of the 20 families in Sri Lanka.
In addition to feeding these village families, we also have helped each of them to establish a sustainable project for long-term provision. The food baskets are temporary; these projects will ensure they continue to eat long after we’re gone.
Saroja sat with each woman to confirm her giftings and skills, and then helped her to purchase the tools necessary to establish the project. The projects are being monitored by a local church.
These 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 has been taking the Harvestime courses. Each month they come to study together, sitting with baby on knee, to learn from the Word together.
They will be graduating fall of 2023 with a diploma in Biblical Ministries, and an audio Bible in their own local language donated by In Touch Ministries.
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