Day 29

AUGUST | 2021

Maldives

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Pray for the very small and underground Christian community that they may be on their guard. May they have great wisdom and may they learn to hear the guiding voice of the Holy Spirit very clearly. Pray that they will stand firm in the faith despite being such an overwhelming minority. Pray that they will be courageous to share their faith quietly and carefully with others around them. May the Lord lead seekers to the Christian Believers. Pray that they will be strong. Pray also for the government, that their hearts will soften and that greater religious freedom will come into this nation (The Bible, 1 Corinthians 16:13).

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

The Maldives is Asia’s smallest country by area and population known for its lucrative tourism industry. It is an extremely closed country, boasting 100 percent Islam, and heavily repressing any Christian influence. Only a handful of secret Believers live in the Maldives, believed “fertile ground for recruitment” to radical Islam. Dozens of Maldivians left have joined IS. The new government has begun reforms, but has struggled to see any real effective change take place. COVID-19 had a significant impact on the tourism industry in the first half of 2020, but looks set to recover.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
HEAD OF GOV.
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
POPULATION
393,000
CHRISTIANS
0%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
14
REFUGEES
45
LIFE EXPECTANCY
75.37 yrs
LITERACY RATE
99%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
16%