Maldives: Maldives is 99.04% Muslim, and is one of the least evangelized nations in the world, with neither Christian missions or literature allowed. The perception of Christianity is so unfavorable that political opponents use the term "Christian" to slander one another. The nation denies the existence of Christianity yet arrests those who do believe in Christ. At last count, there were 534 known Christians (0.17%), 235 (0.1%) of them evangelical, though it is more recently estimated by Open Doors that there are around a few thousand Christians. Maldives is #14 on the Open Doors World Watch List for a very high level of persecution, over 90% in almost every area of life: church, national, family and private. While the incidence of known violence is listed at only 6%, Christians are imprisoned and even tortured, as well as being mocked and ostracized by everyone from government officials to community and family members. Muslims who convert to Christianity are stripped of citizenship and punished for violating Sharia law. Expatriate Christians are closely watched and if caught sharing their faith, they are deported. Even though Christians mostly remain in hiding, the tiny church in Maldives is still growing. Please pray for Christians – for their protection, their courage in the face of great trials and for opportunities to grow in and spread their faith. Please pray for Muslims who are considering the claims of Christ upon their lives, that they will count the cost of discipleship in a nation dangerous for Christians, and still repent and trust Christ for salvation. Pray for new converts from Islam to endure persecution from family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and the government, that they will stand firm in Christ and be His witnesses. Pray for the lost hundreds of thousands in Maldives to be freed from bondage to an oppressive Islam that permeates all of society, that they will seek and find freedom in Jesus Christ Who sets the captives free. "The Spirit of The Lord God is upon me, because The Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and freedom to prisoners" (Isaiah 61:1).
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