Worship service cancelled due to threats

September 22, 2018 

From 06:00 p.m. onwards, the pastor received 03 phone calls from youth in his congregation, who informed him of threats to his life. They had been told to convey the message to the pastor that he would be physically assaulted if he entered the town the next day to conduct the Sunday worship service. The threats were issued by an individual who opposed the pastor’s worship activities and was involved in previous incidents against the Christian place of worship. The next morning, the pastor was informed by members of his congregation that groups of individuals had assembled around the town and were planning to accost and harm the pastor if he entered the town. At around 08:00 a.m., the pastor called the Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) in Homagama to inform him of the prevailing situation. The ASP advised the pastor, for the sake of his safety, not to conduct the worship service that day.