A small Christian community in Paharaiya, a village in northwestern Sri Lanka, say they won’t be seeking revenge against a group of radical Buddhists who destroyed their local church, and will continue to worship and pray — even if only under a tree. Asia News reports that the 12 Buddhist attackers, led by a monk, have been freed on bail after they destroyed the

Kithu Sevana (House of Christ) in Paharaiya on Jan. 5, which wa used by over 15 families and 20 other worshipers as a place to come together and pray. “No attack can stop us. We shall continue to love God and pray under a tree,” said Kamal Wasantha, a local farmer who is a member of the Christian community. Wasantha insisted that despite the loss of their church, the Christians have no desire to seek revenge. READ MORE