The Maldives is comprised of over 2,000 islands of which only 200 are inhabited by people. The Malki live in the Maldives. The Maldivian government does not allow proselytization or conversion. The Maldives prides itself in being a country that is 100% Islam. The Malki have a very high divorce rate, 85 out of 100 marriages ended in divorce. Usually, the Malki live in villages which are ruled by chiefs and no one can leave or enter without his permission. The chief is also considered a religious expert. The Malki combine Islam with some animistic practices. They typically learn to recite Arabic but do not know how to speak Arabic. Many of the Malki live in fear of the evil eye and jinnis (demons).
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
There are very few Malki believers. There are many restrictions against sharing the gospel with those who live in the Maldives. There is much persecution and possible expulsion of those who convert.
Omar, Eurasia director states, “One fish at a time. This phrase accurately describes what will need to happen for the Church to be established in the Maldives. This isn’t a nation of open evangelism or large tent crusades. At this stage, opening a church door and inviting a friend to a service are not options. There are no nets to cast for large scale harvest. This task will require patience, time, much prayer, and the process of laying one spiritual line at a a time.”
To join in reaching the Malki of the Maldives visit Southern Asia Access.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
Even though the islands remain largely unevangelized and many of the Malki have never heard the gospel there is still progress. A neighboring country with a large Christian population and an active Assemblies of God fellowship has committed itself to reach the Malki by sending bi-vocational ministers who can creatively access the country through compassion ministries.
Partnership // Move Beyond
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:
- Pray that the hearts of Maldivian government officials may be softened to the message of the gospel.
- Pray for workers to be sent to the Malki.
- Pray that the Malki may be receptive to the message of the gospel.
- Pray for God to give many dreams and visions to the Malki.
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