Sri Lanka has a history that goes back thousands of years. Among the people who have been on that South Asian island the longest are the Sinhalese. Today the Sinhalese are the majority people, but the Tamils are a close second in terms of population.
In the late 1970s Sinhalese people began to migrate to Italy for employment opportunities as domestic workers. Others worked in call centers or restaurants. In the late 1970s, Roman Catholic Sinhalese arrived in Italy to work in homes for the aged. In the early 1980s others came to Italy to work for Italian entrepreneurs. Most of these people were not expecting to remain in Italy for more than a couple of years. In 1996 the Dini Decree made it easier for Sinhalese workers to bring their families to Italy. At this point the Sinhalese were more likely to settle in this European country.
Most Sinhalese in Italy are located in Lombardia, Milan, Lazio, Rome, and Naples. Those in southern Italy are likely to live in Palermo, Messina, and Catania.
The Sinhalese in Italy are primarily doing menial work, so they do not have much money. By working as domestic workers and such, they probably work long hours with little pay. Typically Sinhalese people send their children to English speaking countries for education, and consider the Italian schools to be substandard.
The vast majority of Sinhalese people in Italy are Theravada Buddhists. There are few Buddhist places of worship in Italy, and because of their work life, few Sinhalese people have the time to do much more than home-based Buddhist rituals. The places of Buddhist worship in Italy are usually funded and administered by Japanese Buddhists, so it's possible these places feel foreign to the Sinhalese. The Japanese are not Theravada Buddhists like the Sri Lankan Sinhalese. Two percent of the Sinhalese are either Protestant or Roman Catholic.
The Sinhalese need opportunities for better education and job opportunities. They need training for higher paying jobs.
They also need to have the chance to respond to the gospel in a practical way.
Pray for missionaries who will teach the Sinhalese people job skills so they can earn a better living.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among the Sinhalese in such a way that they will seek and find the only Savior.
Pray for someone to distribute gospel materials in Sinhala, their language.
Pray for a disciple-making movement among Sinhalese Buddhists in Italy.
Scripture Prayers for the Sinhalese in Italy.
|Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest|
|People Name General||Sinhalese|
|People Name in Country||Sinhalese|
|Alternate Names||Cingalese; Singalese; Singhalese; Sinhala; सिनलीज़|
|Population this Country||59,000|
|Population all Countries||400,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
Primary Language: Sinhala
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1776-1991)|
|FCBH NT (www.bible.is)||Online|
|YouVersion NT (www.bible.com)||Online|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||God's Story video||God's Story|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Sinhala||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Magdalena video||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||My Last Day video, anime||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||World Christian Videos||World Christian Videos|
|General||Bible for Children||Bible for Children|
|General||Biblical answers to your questions||Got Questions Ministry|
|General||Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws||Campus Crusade for Christ|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|General||YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Android Bible app: Sinhala||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app as APK file||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|Mobile App||iOS Bible app: Sinhala||YouVersion Bibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||Literacy primer for Sinhala||Literacy & Evangelism International|
|Text / Printed Matter||Tools for faith conversations||Campus Crusade for Christ|
|Text / Printed Matter||Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies||World Missionary Press|