Sri Lanka A Country Report

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Most of Sri Lanka is relatively flat, according to Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia “About four fifths of the island is flat or gently rolling”. In fact, the majority of Sri Lanka is made up of plains which are between approximately 98 to 656 feet above sea level (CSAH). Although most of Sri Lanka consists of plains, these plains are dotted with several mountains, the most well knowing being Adam’s Peak at 7, 356 feet. While Adam’s Peak is most well known as a result of numerous religious traditions, the largest mountain is actually the Pidurutalagala which is considered the highest point in Sri Lanka at 8,278 feet.
Sri Lanka’s climate is overall very warm year round as a result of its close proximity to the equator. The average temperature is in the upper 80 degrees Fahrenheit, although this temperature drops about 10 degrees in the Central Highland’s mountains. Although Sri Lanka’s weather is mostly sultry, between the months of December and January it does experience a slightly cooler climate (Countries of the World). Sri Lanka’s rainfall varies so largely that the island is often divided into a “ wet zone” and a “dry zone” ( Culture Smart). According to Culture Smart, “ Sri Lanka’s “dry zone” located to the east and north of the island, sees far less rainfall-an annual average of about 59 inches compared to 98 inches in the wet zone- and most of this occurs only during the monsoon period” ( 14).
Sri Lanka’s natural resources are mainly agrarian based or derived from mines. Some of the items Sri Lankans grow are, “…rice, rubber, tea, coconut and many other plantation crops” (COTW 41). Sri Lankans mine, “Limestone, graphite, mineral sands, gems, and phosphate” (UDS 1). Sri Lanka’s largest exports include, “clothing, tea, ...

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... began to increase ( Operation World). While this number continues to increase, according to Operation World there are still many “ Challenges for Prayer” ( 588).
There are several ways for churches to spread the Gospel in Sri Lanka. The first way they should spread the Gospel is by designing a vacation Bible school for children and teenagers. According to Operation World, “ Youth programs are limited and most young people have little meaningful contact with the gospel.” ( 589). Another way churches could spread the Gospel is by being mobile and involved in the local community. According to Operation World, “ There are 36,000 villages in Sri Lanka, but only 1,200 have Protestant Christian groups” ( 589). Within these villages there are, “ …urban slums”( 589) which not only need evangelized, but also need Christians willing to live out their faith through service.
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