Sri Lanka Churches Suffer Targeted Attack

Advisory

Phoenix, AZ March 21, 2019

Sri Lanka Churches Suffer Targeted Attack

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As Christians celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ around the globe Easter Sunday, coordinated terror attacks struck three churches and hotels in Sri Lanka which killed over 207 and injured over 450. At least eight blasts were reported. The three churches in Negombo, Batticaloa and Colombo's Kochchikade district were targeted during Easter services. A temporary curfew was imposed along with restrictions in the use of social media immediately following the blasts. This violence ends a decade of relative peace following the Sri Lanka civil war ending in 2009. Sri Lanka is approximately 8% Christian, while the majority are Buddhist or Muslim.

CEN condemns these senseless attacks against Christians and tourists in Sri Lanka. An attack on any house of worship is an attack on all people of faith.

CEN Safety Security Officers are closely monitoring the situation and consulting with our federal partners to receive any information which may be a direct nexus or threat to churches in the U.S. There is no known threat against US Faith Based Organizations at this time. However, CEN urges churches and places of worship to exercise vigilance.

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Mary Marr, Founder and President of CEN said: “This tragedy is another reminder for Christians worldwide to pray; to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement; and to care for those affected by this tragedy including the Sri - Lankan citizens and families of U. S. citizens who who were killed by this attack.” Stand ready: Habakkuk 2.

Pray

For Christians to respond with the love and Hope of Christ as others may ask: “Where is God in this?” regardless of faith affiliation. For First Responders to be protected and vigilant both in Sri - Lanka and here in the U..S. For CEN to continue to work even more closely with first responders on behalf of the Christian community particularly in the areas of information sharing to prevent incidents, to build upon law enforcement relations, and to respond to incidents effectively.

Care

Review your ReadyChurch security plan and insure your congregation is reporting suspicious activities in and around your church facility. Report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement as these reports have substantially reduced incidents in the past two years according to the FBI. Demonstrate the love of Christ with all those He places in your path regardless of faith affiliation.

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Words of encouragement to your local first responders who put their lives on the line every day for our safety and recovery. ReadyChurch with your pastor and staff for your own congregation to be ready spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically if there is an incident at your church. ReadyCity with your Christian city leadership to form a citywide response team ready to respond to incidents like these in a manner which Glorifies the Lord.

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