Establishing the Ministry – Jaffna

Will, Vinnie & children after return to USA

Griers’ – Will, Vinnie & Children

The Griers’ work touched Colombo, Peradeniya and Nuwara Eliya. Little did they realize that the seeds they planted sacrificially in those early years would bring an abundant harvest in the years to come.

jjb desilv

J J B de Silva

They left in 1917, handing their work to Rev George H Doyal. Rev Grier’s ministry had  touched a number of locals, among whom was J J B de Silva, a Baptist lay-preacher who received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

In 1924, his work with the Government Audit department took him to Jaffna, where he found a good response to the gospel, and founded the Assembly of God, Jaffna in 1927. He was the first Pentecostal Sri Lankan to establish a Church in the country.


Dedication of the AG Jaffna Church

AG Jaffna Church




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