Day 29

DECEMBER | 2021

Maldives

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Because the Maldives is a nation made up tiny islands, it is rapidly feeling the impact of climate change. One island documents it has lost 60 meters of its beach since 2015. Floods are more frequent, and children now have to wade through water to get to school. It alarmed us at how humanity’s lack of care towards God’s creation is now affecting our world. Pray for God’s wisdom in making appropriate plans to slow down the effects of climate change. Pray for the people of the Maldives to seek after the only One who can give hope beyond this earth. We proclaim Jesus as the eternal Savior of our world (The Bible, 1 John 4:14).

Source: Wading to school in Maldives (UNICEF)

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, claiming to be 100 percent Muslim, and heavily repressing any Christian influence. Only a handful of secret Believers live in the Maldives. With dozens of Maldivians joining IS in recent years, the island nation is believed to be “fertile ground for recruitment” to radical Islam. Surprising results in general elections a few years ago saw the opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih defeating the former president, Abdulla Yameen who faces corruption charges. 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 and attempts to recover in 2021 were hampered by the severe outbreaks in India.

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
15
REFUGEES
45
LIFE EXPECTANCY
75.37 yrs
LITERACY RATE
99%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
16%