Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India
The Christian communities of Sri Lanka are members of the Church of South India. The Jaffna Diocese is their local body of church governance. The Jaffna Diocese has been challenged for many years to find ways of promoting peace in a country torn by war. More recently they have been challenged to respond to the devastation of the tsunami. Much of the government’s relief delivery has been directed to serve the Sinhalese population. Tamils, in the north and northeast have been in conflict with the Sinhalese for over twenty years and the tensions are still high. Global Ministries support for tsunami relief in Sri Lanka has been directed to the Jaffna Diocese for assisting these Tamil Communities which are not being served by the government relief programs.