Ministry Shifts Focus as Famine Cripples in Sri Lanka

The economic crisis in Sri Lanka continues. Not much has changed. Prices are sky high. People stand in line for 12 hours to buy the LPG cylinder.(Photo Credit: Gas queue in Colombo by Nazly Ahmed- Flickr)

Famine looms in Sri Lanka. The number of people in need doubled over the past six months, the United Nations reports. Two-thirds of Sri Lankan families say they cannot meet their household food needs.

Some turn to home gardens to survive. A 2010 survey of northern Sri Lanka found:

On average, each gardener cultivated nine plants on less than an acre of land, providing a steady supply of “fresh and nutritionally rich” produce, such as eggplant, okra, green chile, and long beans, sometimes additional income.

Sri Lanka faces its worst economic crisis since gaining independence in 1948. According to the World Bank, the national poverty rate nearly doubled between 2021 and 2022. Months of protests against high prices and shortages of food, fuel, and medicine led to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s ouster in July.

Pastor Clarence leads FARMS Lanka, a FARMS International partner. “[People are] suffering because prices of essential food items and other things are higher. Many people lost their jobs,” he says in broken English.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray believers can find relief from the economic pressure and financial hardship of this season. Ask the Lord to provide for them in miraculous ways.
  • When Sri Lankan Christians see only challenges, pray God will help them trust in Him.