|Maldivian, Malki of MaldivesMost of the Maldivian are fishermen, merchants, and boat builders who take advantage of their position in the center of Indian Ocean trade routes. Despite their trade travels, the Maldivians have been influenced little by the outside world. Each inhabited island has its own chief. No one is allowed to leave or come onto the island without the chief’s knowledge. Islamic law is the law of the land. No one may legally marry a non-Muslim, and all children are given Arab names. Ironically, however, the Islamic religion is really only a ritualistic tradition that most people follow. Many Maldivians are superstitious people who often live in fear.Ministry Obstacles Access to the Maldives is quite restricted, and any kind of Christian witness is prohibited.Outreach Ideas Pray for the Gospel of Christ to be available via radio, television and Internet, and for people to desire to listen and view.Pray for the followers of Christ If there are followers of Jesus Christ among the Maldivian people, they are very few in number. Pray the Lord will soon begin calling many to himself.Pray for the entire people group Pray the people of the Maldives will soon be delivered from superstition and fear.Scripture Focus “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest?’ Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.” John 4:35||
When most of us hear the name of this island state we think of idyllic holidays on sun-kissed white beaches-this is true but it is only part of the story and reality. In reality these islands are a prison of Islamic ideology, societal pressures, immorality, fear and crime. These people badly need the gospel of God’s grace in Christ.
Pray for weekly radio broadcasts that bring the gospel to this very closed archipelago nation where it is illegal to be anything but a Muslim. Radio programs are one of the best ways to reach Maldivians. May the Lord prove that He can open what man thinks he can shut!
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If you lived on the Maldives, your chances of becoming a believer in Christ would be slim indeed. All religions bar Islam are outlawed. There is no Bible in Dhivehi, your language, but if you search hard and long enough, and get past government blocking you may find something on the internet. Look here! With God nothing is impossible. Lord show your power by breaking down all barriers to reach these people and call out a Maldivian church for thy glory.