Ajith Fernando has been the National Director of Youth for Christ in war-torn Sri Lanka since 1976. He recently spoke at The Gospel Coalition conference on the topic: Gospel-Faithful Mission in the New Christendom.
During his address, Ajith shared how church planters among unreached peoples in Sri Lanka can expect persecution for the first 5-10 years. I immediately thought to myself how many of us in the West, particularly in America, would be so readily enthusiastic to plant a church under these conditions.
Ajith and his people are not only enthusiastic but joyful (cf. Heb. 10:34). What a challenge for us in the West as well as a testimony to the power and sufficiency of the gospel.
Let us not forget or fail to pray for the church planting efforts in Sri Lanka.