Each Friday I pray and fast for nations where Christians suffer the worst persecution around the world. This week I am praying and fasting for:
Maldives. 333,000 people with .2% Christians.
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. (Open Doors Watch List)
The Maldives, an Islamic Republic, is an archipelago of 1,191 islands in the Indian Ocean…Maldives is one of the least evangelized countries in the world. The 0.2% figure for Christians refers to expatriate Christians. Citizens of the Maldives are automatically Muslim, and non-Muslims may not become citizens. The open practice of any religion other than Islam is forbidden. Maldivian believers are carefully watched. They suffer ostracism, mockery, incarceration and even torture. Christians cannot meet or read the Scriptures openly. Expatriate believers have been expelled, especially after sharing their faith. (Voice of the Martyrs)
Today, I prayed:
Lord, I pray that You break through the walls of the kingdom of darkness and lead the people of Maldives out of the gates of captivity into Your freedom and that You guide them in their journey. (Based on Micah 2:13)
Join with me on Fridays to fast and pray for prisoners, according to Hebrews 13:3.