PRAYER POINTS

  • Pray that tourists and the tourist industry (which often brings in a sizeable amount of the country’s GDP) will put pressure on the governments to allow freedom of religion. Pray that the international community will not tolerate outbreaks of injustice and violence against Christians and will flood the U.N., U.S. Congress and European Union leaders with millions of letters crying out for justice for all citizens. (Amos 5:24)
     
  • The few Christians in the Maldives are continually watched―they can't meet together and have to secretively read the Bible. Pray that their faith would be strong and that their relationship with God would be blessed.
     
  • No Christian missionaries have ever been allowed into the Maldives. In 1998, 50 Maldivians suspected of being Christian were imprisoned and tortured. Pray for God to open the door for harvest workers to be allowed into the Maldives.

 

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FACTS
Population: 320,000
Total People Groups: 9
Unreached People Groups:6
Region: South Asia
Official National Language: Maldivian
Secondary National Language:
Religions: Islam 98.6%, Buddhism 0.8%, Hinduism 0.4%, Christianity 0.1%, Non-Religious 0.1%,
Persecution Ranking: 6
Percentage of People in Poverty: 21%

LOCATION
The Maldives (or Maldive Islands), officially the Republic of Maldives, is an island nation consisting of a group of atolls in the Indian Ocean. The Maldives is located south of India's Lakshadweep islands, and about 435 miles southwest of Sri Lanka. The Maldives' twenty-six atolls encompass a territory featuring 1,192 islets, roughly two hundred of which are inhabited by local communities. The Maldives holds the record for being the flattest country in the world, with a maximum natural ground level of only 7½ feet.

RELIGION
Maldives is comprised of 99.4% Muslims and only 0.1% of the population are Christians. The smallest Asian country in terms of population, Maldives is also the smallest predominantly Muslim nation in the world. The 1997 Constitution designates Islam as the official state religion.

CHALLENGES FOR CHRISTIANS
Maldives is ranked No. 5 among nations that are the worst persecutors of Christians based on Open Doors 2007 “World Watch List.” Islam is the only recognized religion and all other religions are totally forbidden.


Sources: 24-7 Prayer, Operation World, Wikipedia, Country Reports on Terrorism 2007, International Religious Freedom Report 2007, Open Doors