St. Anthony's in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO (A2)  It was sobering to drive beside and walk through St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Hearing the story of our driver who overcame fear to drive to church that fateful Sunday when several churches were bombed as well as a few hotels and seeing the pictures of the aftermath at St. Anthony’s was overwhelming.

We walked through the barricades that now protect the church and saw the area where so many lives were lost as well as the memorial they set up to remember what had happened that day.

memorial for bombing at St. Anthony's

As we saw the impact of persecution, we thought of you and the prayers and support you sent to help the people. Thank you.

 

Hope Rising

We also were encouraged as we participated in Asian Access' graduation. These are graduates who are committed to living for Christ despite the threats of the terrorist groups and the challenges of their government. They had inspiring stories of how God encouraged them through the two-year journey of Asian Access. I hope we can post some of their video testimonies soon.

In addition, our MC for the evening was Prashan De Visser (above right) who began a movement called Sri Lanka Unites which is trying to unite the youth of the country for a better future. Prashan’s father is Asian Access VP Adrian De Visser (below, center) who leads Asian Access/Sri Lanka and guides our ministry in partnership development for new countries.

Prashan shared Asian Access vision to ‘Change the Few who Change the Many’ and impact the nation in powerful ways. What a joy it is to have him as part of our greater family. Check out his work that has now grown global: http://www.globalunites.org/

These stories were so uplifting that I had a clear sense of hope in the midst of despair. God is doing something of enormous import in overcoming the darkest forces of this world shedding light and bringing transformation that only Jesus can provide.

What a joy to serve pastors like these. No matter what is thrown their direction, they carry on to share Jesus in the midst of such tragedy, loss, and pain.

Pray for them. And, pray for us as we seek to empower them in their call.

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Joe Handley, President

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