Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Sri Lanka

In light of recent events, I decided to read up about Sri Lanka.

From Operation World:
- Most of the Christians live in the urban areas of the island, yet there are 35,000 villages that have no contact with any Christians. Pray that Sri Lankan Christians would develop a vision to see the gospel spread all over their nation, especially into the poorer rural areas and urban slums.
- Religious breakdown:
Buddhist 71.93%
Hindu 12.00%
Muslim 8.00%
Christian 7.62%
non-Religious/other 0.20%
Sikh 0.15%
Baha'i 0.10%
- missionaries:
missionaries from Sri Lanka - 717
missionaries to Sri Lanka - 145

From the Joshua Project people group listing:
- 73 people groups, 19,138,702 people, 62 people groups considered unreached

From the CIA factbook:
- land is slightly larger than West Virginia
- age structure:
0-14 years: 24.8%
15-64 years: 68.2%
65 years and over: 7%
- language:
Sinhala (official and national language) 74%
Tamil (national language) 18%
other 8%
note: English is commonly used in government and is spoken competently by about 10% of the population

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