A church leader training conference heads for Sri Lanka, despite an anti-conversion movement.

By February 16, 2004

Sri Lanka (MNN)–The issue of conversions to Christianity is snowballing in Sri Lanka.

The country’s leading Buddhist organization is demanding the government ban all nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) engaged in anti-Buddhist activities, and introduce an anti-conversion law soon.

Global Advance’s David Shibley, undaunted by the trouble, describes the atmosphere church leaders work in. “The sentiment seems to be that they are trying to incite a religiously inspired warfare, so to speak, between even the Hindus, Muslims and Christians, in order that an anti-conversion law might be passed.”

In spite of the fact that the government may have an anti-conversion provision in the works at the month’s end, Shibley says they’re planning a Frontline Shepherd’s Conference for February 24th through the 26th.

It’s important, he says, because, “We believe we’re going at a very opportune time. It is a volatile situation, but we’re confident that the hand of the Lord is with us and that we’re going to encourage these wonderful pastors who are standing in the very heat of persecution.”

Global Advance is in India in days leading up to the Sri Lankan conference. Please pray for the safety of the travelling teams.

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