Hope for Sri Lankans after Deadly Attacks

Jesus wraps his arms around grieving men, women, and children in Sri Lanka

Months after the deadly bombings in Sri Lanka earlier this year, hearts are still hurting.

On Easter Sunday, a series of eight bombings targeted churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka’s biggest cities, including the capital of Colombo, Negombo, and Batticaloa. More than 250 people were killed, and another 500 were injured.

“Crying and weeping had been desperately seen everywhere around. Innocent blood drops were scattered all around the walls of the house of God,” said the General Secretary of the Ceylon Bible Society, the Rev. Pryantha Wijegoonawardena.

Since that day, Sri Lankans have been in mourning. But even amid such suffering, hope is rising.

Bible-based Trauma Healing Transforms Pain into Hope

How does a nation heal from such tragedy? It begins with Jesus. Ceylon Bible Society has launched Bible-based trauma healing ministry to help victims of trauma experience Jesus’s healing.

Trauma healing places participants in small groups where they read stories of other traumatized people who have found healing. A trained facilitator uses Scripture to remind them of God’s love and presence during their suffering. Then participants are invited to bring their pain to Jesus, where he offers his peace and comfort.

Ceylon Bible Society, in partnership with local churches, are working to bring the hope of Jesus to those suffering after the attacks. They have:

  • Mobilized more than 200 trauma healing facilitators to lead healing groups
  • Visited the three bombed churches and distributed 200 Tamil Bibles and 200 Tamil audio New Testaments on DVD
  • Provided a trauma healing resource called “When a Disaster Strikes” for churches to distribute to congregants
  • Launched a one-hour radio trauma healing program for mass radio reach

Hope is powerful. Rev. Wijegoonawardena reminds us where this hope can be found. “Let us console the broken hearts with the hope of the risen Christ and inspire people to march forward as a community of faith and eternal hope in Jesus.”

Pray for:

  • Healing. Ask God to heal those suffering with physical, emotional, and spiritual wounds.
  • Financial Resources. Pray for the funds needed to continue to provide the trauma healing ministry.
  • Ceylon Bible Society. Pray for strength, courage, and protection as the staff serves the people of Sri Lanka.


You can provide the hope of God’s Word to Sri Lankans suffering from the trauma of the Easter bombings. Will you help them experience God’s love in action?

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Nena Podbury
Nena Podbury

Nena Podbury is a Prayer Mobilization Associate at American Bible Society. Originally from the Bronx, she served in children’s ministry for 12 years doing Sidewalk Sunday School. Nena is married with two children, Noah and Emilia.

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