It’s 6:30 AM. It doesn’t matter what day, they are all the same. She heads out the door for a grueling day in the Sri Lankan tea plantation she’s been working in for most of her life. She knows that her daily quota is 18 Kilos (40 pounds) of the freshest tea leaves on the plantation. Row after row she must concentrate, only picking the greenest leaves from each bud while the high-altitude sun bears down on her head and blood thirsty leeches attack at her feet. She does this to earn roughly $3 for her labor. If her quota isn’t met…then her wages are halved. The goal is to make enough money to eat. There is little hope for this Tamil people group, Hindus brought from India to Sri Lanka as slave labor for the tea plantations.
Home life isn’t much better. Her husband is abusive and spends his earnings on alcohol. More than likely to dull the depression of his existence. These stateless persons of Indian origin still live without housing and land rights. The same two-room home they reside is the same one the British built for the first Tamil that were brought over. There is no running water or electricity, meaning the wood burning stoves are the only source of heat and light. Sometimes the fumes will choke her due to poor ventilation.
This is the life of thousands just like her. Her gods can’t hear her pain. There are over 3 million Hindu gods, but they don’t answer…they don’t exist. Her struggle is endless and will remain endless for eternity.
There is less than 7% of Sri Lankans who know Jesus, but there is a church in this area. It’s work for the Lord advances in this sea of lostness and hopelessness. Open air evangelists preach in the evenings as the workers come home from a long day’s labor. The Gospel is being shared and some of these Hindus are finding, for the first time, the joy of Salvation. They are finding life and hope. Their new hope doesn't necessary come in physical reprieve, but in spiritual. In fact, Jesus says, “I have come that they may have life, and life abundantly”.
For the pastor and evangelist...It’s difficult and dangerous work. Sri Lankan believers will be persecuted for their faith, but they do what they can to press on. There is too much at stake not to. But there is so much work to be done. These pastors and church members live and work alongside the Tamil, struggling to earn a living. Struggling to make ends meet. Struggling for basic necessities.
Will you help? Your support will equip the church and it’s members with the most basic tools for life. Clean water. Solar electricity. They will use this as tools for ministry and for their children in the home. For just $200, you can provide sustainable electricity and clean water to a family in need. For $500, you can provide power to the church. Will you be the one who provides hope? Love trickles down…from you…to the church…to those still waiting to hear the good news of Jesus.
Join the cause. Give hope now.