Date: December 18, 2018
A church pastor from Avissawella, near Colombo, was abducted, tortured and left unconscious after he was stopped by a policeman.
The pastor was travelling home on his motorbike on the evening of 29 October and was flagged down by a policeman. When he stopped his motorbike, he was grabbed from behind. His mouth was covered with a piece of cloth and he was loaded into a vehicle and lost consciousness. His attackers then took him to an unknown location and tortured him with electric shocks until the following day.
The pastor was left unconscious and then dumped by his attackers. A passer-by came to his aid and he was later admitted to hospital. It is not currently known who the perpetrators were.
Christians make up eight percent of the population of Sri Lanka, and face frequent persecution and local opposition. Police often collude with or refuse to take action against the perpetrators.
From National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka
Please join us in prayer: Lift up this Sri Lankan pastor in your prayers. Pray that he will be comforted as he recovers from his ordeal secure in the knowledge that God is our strength every morning and our salvation in times of distress (Isaiah 33:2). Ask that he will be healed of the physical and mental injuries sustained in this brutal kidnapping.