Sri Lanka is home to 22 million people and is an island of many cultures, languages and ethnicities. Three ethnic groups—Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim—make up more than 99 per cent of the country’s population. 72 per cent of Sri Lankans call themselves Buddhist, and less than 1.5 per cent identify as evangelical Christians. The majority of Sri Lankans live in rural areas, so radio is a powerful and effective way to reach this nation with the good news of Jesus.
Since 2014, TWR Canada has been sponsoring a weekly radio program called God’s Unique Book to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to the majority Sinhala Buddhist community in Sri Lanka. The team in Sri Lanka creates original programming written for a Buddhist audience that covers topics such as salvation, the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, who God is, what the Bible is, the authority of the Bible and family issues.
Listener testimonies reveal that God’s Unique Book is an effective tool for evangelism. Sri Lankans of different faith backgrounds are sharing with us that they are curious about Jesus and enjoy listening to our program:
"My husband and I have been listening to this program for about three months. We come from a different faith, but we find it very interesting to listen to your programs.”
"I follow a different faith, but for the past two weeks, I have been listening to your program. It was really good."
"For about four months, I have been listening to this program. Although my husband comes from a different faith, he likes to listen to it."
“I am a Buddhist and I get to learn about Jesus Christ from your program. Your program is easy to understand, and I learn many things from your program.”
"I am of a different faith, and recently I started listening to this program; it is wonderful. Through these programs I am blessed, and I like it a lot."
"I am not a believer, but I listened to your program for the first time recently. It is very nice."
“I heard this program recently and it is very nice. I am a Buddhist. I want to know more about Jesus Christ because after I listened to your program, I feel much peace and freedom in my mind.”
“I am a Buddhist. I have been learning Buddhism since my childhood and I decided to become a Buddhist nun. I also considered becoming a Roman Catholic sister. But I got frustrated and disappointed by religions. There are 330 million gods in this world but none of them could save me from my frustrations and troubles. The gods I followed couldn’t help me at all. I wrestled with this for a long time until I heard your program. I found the answer I was looking for through your program. Only Jesus Christ was able to save me from what I am going through. I give thanks to God and your program and thank him also for your ministry.”
In addition to reaching non-believers, God’s Unique Book also helps Christians grow in their knowledge of the Bible. We receive calls from listeners sharing that they tune in to our program faithfully and often listen with their families or friends.
"For three years, I have been listening to this program. It’s really wonderful."
"I listen to this program frequently and it's nice. I have learned a great deal from the Bible."
"I listen to this program daily. It is very useful for my spiritual life.”
"I have been listening to this program with my family for a long time. The episodes are fantastic. Thank you."
"I listen to the program with my husband and children. It’s really nice."
"I am listening to your program and it's great. My wife and I listen regularly."
Praise the Lord for these faithful listeners! We thank God that many of them can listen together in community. Please join us in prayer for the TWR Sri Lanka team as they minister to people of other faiths and encourage new believers.