Pray for Maldives

 Learn about and pray for Maldives in just 5 minutes per week!

Receive one email per week for 13 weeks about Maldives history, geography, persecution profile, and largest unreached people groups.


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World Watch List

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People Groups

Pray for the country's 10 largest unreached people groups.


The Maldives, is an island nation of over 1,000 islands in the Indian Ocean. It is known for its white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and stunning tropical reefs.

But while tourism is thriving in this tropical paradise, the gospel is not. The Maldives is one of a few countries on Joshua Project that is considered to be 100% unreached.

If Christians to evangelize, penalties range from fines to deportation to imprisonment for a number of years. The constitution of Maldives prohibits the practice of any religion other than Islam. If a Maldivian leaves Islam, they will lose their citizenship!

Read on to learn how you can pray for Maldives!

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Fast Facts

Capital City: Malé

Population: 496,000 (100% unreached)

People Groups: 7

Unreached People Groups: 7

Frontier People Groups: 3

10/40 Window: Yes

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Major People Groups: Indigenous 80%, Foreign 20%

Religion: Muslim 99%

Language: Dhivehi

GDP Per Capita: $19,300

Literacy Rate: 99.3%

Did you know? With its highest point reaching just 8 feet above sea level, the Maldives is the lowest country in the world!

Pray for the unreached people groups of Maldives

Maldives is a small nation of only 496,000 people and the Maldivian people groups make up 97.5% of them.

Below are the 7 unreached people groups of the Maldives.


Name Religion Population
1. Maldivian Islam 484,000
2. South Asian Hinduism 4,800
3. Sinhalese Buddhism 2,600
4. Deaf Islam 2,600
5. Gujarati Hinduism 1,100
6. Tamil Hinduism 800
7. Malayali Hinduism 800


What is the largest unreached people group in Maldives?

The largest people group in Bhutan are the Maldivians. They are an entirely Muslim people group of 484,000 people.

How many unreached people groups are in Maldives?

There are only 7 people groups in Maldives and they are all unreached.

Pray for Christians being persecuted

Maldives was ranked #18 in the 2024 Open Doors World Watch List.

Conversion by locals is illegal: with possible punishments ranging from loss of citizenship to death. Evangelizing is also illegal with potential for fines, deportation and imprisonment for several year.

World Watch List

You can learn about Christian persecution and pray for our brothers and sisters who being persecuted around the world by praying through the Open Doors’ World Watch List.


[God] has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.


2 Corinthians 1:10-11

How to pray for Maldives

Maldives is a small archipelago, but it is packed with challenges for the gospel. Here’s how to pray for Maldives…


Please pray for:

  1. Maldivians to count the cost and find Christ worthy
  2. boldness for underground Maldivian believers to witness to their family and friends
  3. healing for people who have gone through divorces
  4. foreign workers to demonstrate their faith through action
  5. salvation for the people of the Maldives

In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.

Joel 2:28

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