,“Have we done something wrong?” our Maldivian friends used to ask after we had hadn’t managed to visit them for just over a week. Maldivians (also called Dhivehis) are very hospitable, and our friends loved to serve tea and delicious food to us any time of the day and as often as we found opportunity to come by.

The Maldives is a chain of 26 atolls with hundreds of beautiful islands in the Indian Ocean, south-west of India and Sri Lanka. The islands are a paradise for tourists, but behind the curtain of external beauty there is much need and spiritual darkness. The Maldives is by law a 100 percent Muslim nation without religious freedom.

Corruption, divorce, abuse of women and girls, and drug addiction are widespread. Drug addicts and dealers may be sentenced to long terms in jail, but that doesn’t solve the problem.

Only very few Maldivians know Jesus as their Savior. After more than 20 years of Bible translation still only parts of
the Bible are available in Maldivian (or Dhivehi). It has always been difficult to find native speakers able and willing to help with translation and proofreading due to fear of the authorities, reservations towards the Bible, or religious convictions.

WAYS TO PRAY

  • Drug addiction devastates lives and families. Pray for those who suffer as a result of addiction to experience real freedom in Christ and for that freedom to spread throughout the Maldives.
  • Pray for more freedom of religion and opportunities to hear the gospel, such as through progress in translating the Scriptures.
  • Pray that many Maldivians would come to know Christ as their Savior and Lord.
  • Pray that a network of believers and house churches would come into being and, grow and be inspired by Isaiah 42:1–4.