To be Maldivian is equated with being Muslim, so officially there are no Maldivian Christians, only ex-pat Christians. The government sees itself as the protector of Islam, and the law prohibits conversion to other faiths; those who do so face losing citizenship. There is extensive social control over all individuals to correct any deviation from the path of Islam. This pressure is mirrored within families and communities. Consequently, there are no church gatherings or buildings, and the few Maldivian Christians hide their faith to avoid being discovered.
- For encouragement and fellowship for the very few believers, who are extremely isolated.
- Christian literature is forbidden. Pray that doors will open to God’s Word.
- That the new president, elected in November 2013, will bring greater freedom to the people of this island.
Quick Facts About Maldives:
Main Religion: Islam
Source of persecution: Islamic extremism