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We are excited to share with you this quick update that we are moving to Sri Lanka in mid-May. The Lord has answered your prayers as well as ours, and everything is prepared for us to go. At long last, we have all four visas approved. Thank the Lord that he is making a way for us to serve him in Sri Lanka.

In light of the recent terror attacks, we do not make this move lightly. We have had many discussions with the teams in Taiwan and Sri Lanka. Our safety is their top priority. We are thankful that security in Colombo is at an all-time high and that the current situation presents no obstacle to our following the call to serve there. Nevertheless, we will be prepared to leave quickly should the situation deteriorate. Please pray for safety both in our travels to and our life in Sri Lanka.

We post regular updates to our Facebook group “Sri Lankan Vicar-hydes.” These posts are more frequent than our newsletters, enabling you to catch what’s happening as it breaks. If you use Facebook, type “sri-lankan vicar-hydes” into the facebook search bar to find us.

Vicar Benjamin and Grace Vanderhyde serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) as missionaries in Sri Lanka. In his role as vicar, Benjamin trains up musicians to serve the Ceylon Evangelical Lutheran Church while assisting the other LCMS missionaries serving in Sri Lanka with their work and learning from them. You can read more about the Vanderhydes at