Maldivian Christians keep their faith completely secret. There have been cases where spouses have only discovered after years that both of them were active Christians, as they had hidden their faith from one another. If they are discovered, they will lose their citizenship. Even owning a Bible can result in imprisonment. In practice no meetings are possible.
Most Christians in the Maldives are expatriates, they are monitored closely, and most prefer not to organize meetings out of fear of repercussions. Sharing the gospel with Muslims is illegal and can result in deportation.
The Maldives, especially its main island, Malé, is one of the world's most densely-populated countries. The close-knit, homogeneous communities are naturally alert to any deviation, including religious choice. All politicians tirelessly announce that they are keeping the Maldives 100% Muslim, leaving effectively no space for any deviation. Conversion to Christianity easily can result in being reported to Muslim leaders or authorities. Expatriate Christians, most of them working in the tourist sector and coming from India and Sri Lanka, are closely watched as well, making Christian fellowship very difficult.
The leaders of the Maldives claim their population is 100 percent Muslim and take pride in this. Any attempts to convert any of them out of Islam is punishable by imprisonment and/or fines. Therefore, Open Doors calls for increasing prayer support from worldwide Christians for more local believers to come to faith in Christ
Lord Jesus, please strengthen our brothers and sisters in the Maldives. Give people dreams and visions that reveal who You are, and how much You love them, that they might come to know You. Protect believers who meet in secret, and help them to remain true to You in the midst of their trials.
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