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Divehi in Sri Lanka

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,900 Maldivian Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Divehi in Sri Lanka

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Introduction / History
For centuries, there has been trade between the Divehi people of the Maldive Islands and nearby Sri Lanka. During that time, there have been people from each of the two countries settling in the other one.

Though Sri Lanka is primarily Hindu (Tamil) and Buddhist (Sinhalese), there is a sizable Muslim minority, including the Divehi people.

Where are they located?
Most Divehi people live in the stunningly beautiful Maldive Islands, but there is a sizable diaspora. Some live in Sri Lanka or India.

What are their lives like?
There is a fairly new youth center for Maldivians in Sri Lanka. It gives them access to games like foosball, billiards and ping pong. Youths will also be given an academic course on Islam, and taught life skills.

On the Maldive Islands, divorce is a plague on their families. Some men have had 10 wives, and family life is loosely structured. Children live with their mothers, and fathers sometimes support them. Marriages are not arranged, and they do not have much of a wedding ceremony. Most likely this situation also applies to Maldivians living in Sri Lanka.

What are their beliefs?
Maldivian Divehi speakers are noted for being staunch, dogmatic Muslims. However, their loyalties are not to orthodox Islam, but to quirky forms of folk Islam. This means that they blend their Islam with various animistic beliefs. They have a tremendous fear of the "evil eye," curses caused by a fixed gaze, and evil spirits.

What are their needs?
Believers can show these people, who almost all suffer the ill effects of divorce, what a Christian marriage can be like.

Prayer Points
* Maldivians have an exceptionally high divorce rate that leaves their families weak and their people without true love. Pray for them to seek and find biblical answers to this problem.
* Maldivians need to be liberated from the bondage to rituals that will not provide them with anything.
* Pray for a disciple making movement among Divehi speakers in Sri Lanka and the Maldive Islands.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2010-09-10
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Country: Sri Lanka
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:30 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:1,900
Largest Provinces:
Western (1,800)Eastern (200)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Divehi
People Name General: Divehi
Alternate People Names:
Malkiडिवेः, मालदीवियन
ROP3 Code: 112829
Joshua Project People ID: 17427
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,900
Population all Countries: 3,100
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: Divehi
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Maldivian (1,900 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): div    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1997-2017
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Maldivian
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
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Divehi in Sri Lanka

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People Cluster
    South Asia Muslim - other     Asia, South    
      Divehi Sri Lanka    
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            Divehi in Sri Lanka          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Maldivian  
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