- Population: 20,409,000
- Evangelical & Pentecostal Christians: 1.2% – Annual Growth 2.3%
- FM Ministry Began: 2003
- FM Churches: 25
- FM Membership: 1590
- Ordained Ministers: 13
- Ministerial Candidates: 7
Canadian Tamil FM churches began ministry involvement in Sri Lanka in 2003, as a direct response to our Gateway Cities Initiative. In 2004 a Mission District was inaugurated under the oversight of The Free Methodist Church in Canada. Today, a fellowship of more than 30 congregations is overseen by local leadership with encouragement from a group of partnered Canadian churches. Ministry leaders in this challenging country value ongoing Canadian participation in the development of new pastors and church plants. International Child Care Ministry (ICCM Canada) began a child sponsorship program in 2011, specifically helping children of pastoral families.
Committed and caring pastoral families are attending to the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of this deeply wounded country. FM churches are planted amongst the most challenged socio-economic groups, attending to persons of all ethnic backgrounds. Pastoral training, development and encouragement are the most significant needs that Canadian FM churches are invested in. On a regular basis, teams from Canadian churches are invited to conduct children’s ministry teacher training programs.
We provide scholarships for approved ministerial candidates at several different bible colleges.
|Projects 2017 (see below)
Each year local churches identify small specific ministry development projects for such things as musical instruments, building repairs, or rent for worship facilities.
Each year two training programs for pastors are offered, including a family camp for pastors’ families.
|Colombo Ministry Centre
Maintenance support for the National Office.