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    Maldives-With its leaders committed to strengthening Islam to preserve national unity, this 500-mile-long string of 1,200 islands in the Indian Ocean is one of the least evangelized nations on earth. The president must be a male Sunni Muslim appointed by the Parliament. Free speech is not respected for the press or for non-Muslim religions. In 1998, the country expelled all known Christian foreigners and arrested all known Maldivian Christians. Christians compose 0.1 percent of the nation.
    Galatians 2:20-It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.

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    Comoro Islands-The Comoro Islands gained their independence from France in 1975. Since then they have been plagued with 17 attempted coups, including invasions from France. In October 1997, a new constitution, approved by 85 percent of the voters, greatly increased the influence of Islam. Christians, who make up 0.6 percent of the population, are now forbidden to witness publicly or meet openly. Last October two Christians were sent to prison merely for possessing copies of the Jesus film in a local language.
    Galatians 2:20-It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.

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      Dear Father, I ask that You open up the way for evangelizing to go forth into these countries mentioned, and You say that You will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. Please make that possible to Your glory in the precious name of Jesus. AMEN.
      Whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus

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        Qatar-Almost all of Qatar is covered by desert, but there are huge oil reserves beneath the ground. The desolation of the countryside is mirrored in the hearts of Qatar's citizens. Before 1980, there were no known believers in Qatar. The emir and his family have declared the strict Wahabbi branch of Sunni Islam to be the state religion. Criticism of the Muslim faith or the ruling family is a crime. Women live under even harsher rules-they are not allowed to drive or travel abroad without permission from male relatives. Foreign believers may not worship publicly or even celebrate Christ's birth. Despite these strict rules, 6 percent of Qatar's people claim to be Christians.
        Galatians 2:20-It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.

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          Brunei-Brunei's 1959 constitution called for a monarchy with five advisory councils, but in 1962 the Sultan assumed emergency powers during a rebellion, and hasn't relinquished them since. He installed relatives as advisors and declared Beunei an Islamic state. Constitutional guarantees of the free practice of religion are steadily eroding. The Brueni government expelled Christian leaders in 1991, banned Christian literature the following year, and outlawed the celebration of Christmas even though 8 percent of the nation is Christian. Muslims are increasing due to the growth of local tribes and immigrants, and they control the nation's education system. Conversion to Christianity is restricted since it is illegal to evangelize Muslims.
          Galatians 2:20-It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.

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            Libya-Since 1969, Muammar al-Qadhafi has single handedly ruled Libya. This dictator is perhaps best known for his associations with other radical regimes and terrorist groups. But even Qadhafi is legitimately concerned about the growing threat of Islamists in his country. For this reason, he has attempted to appease Muslims by broadening Islamic law. Qadhafi shields his countrymen from all outside influence, which makes evangelism difficult. Christian literature may enter only through secretive means. There are very few Libyan believers. Almost all Christians(3 percent of the population) are foreign workers, and their meetings are strcitly monitored by the government.
            Galatians 2:20-It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.

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              Turkey-For centuries Turkey's Ottoman Empire was the guardian of the holy places of Islam. In the 20th century, the number of Christians in Turkey dropped significantly and the influence of the Muslim faith rose. According to Operation World, Turkey is one of the most unreached nations in the world, and only 0.2 percent of the people claim to be Christians. Of its 55 million people, only a small percent have ever heard the gospel. For the few in Turkey who dare profess Christ, life can be dangerous. Believers have been harrassed, threatened, and imprisoned for their faith in Christ. Evangelising is difficult because Turks tend to think of Christians in the same category as Armenian terrorists and Jehovah's Witnesses.
              Galatians 2:20-It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.

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                Cuba-Only ninety miles off the Florida Straits lies and island that stands as one of the last champions of communism. In 1959, Fidel Castro came to power threatening Cubans with socialism or death. In the 1960s, Castro labeled Protestants "social scum" and forced both laypeople and clergy into labor camps under inhumane conditions. Many changes occured in 1999. Open, evangelical crusaded were held for the first time since Castro came to power. There seems to be a growing openness for the Gospel, and 44.1 percent of the people claim to be Christians. However, some 1999 reports also state that Cuban authorities had burned thousands of Bibles near Arroyo Naranjo.
                Galatians 2:20-It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.

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                  Sri Lanka-This fertile island with its palm-lined beaches and exotic tropical fruits is a potential paradise, but since the early 1980s violence has reigned in Sri Lanka. Civil war broke out in 1983 between the two powerful political factions, and since then Sri Lanka has been in a near-continous state of emergency. Two centuries ago, Christianity had much influence in the country, but today Christians, who make up 7.6 of the population, find themselves persecuted by the Buddhist majority. Many Sri Lankans have negative attitudes toward believers, perceiving Christianity as a foreign religion and a colonial imposition. Free choice of one's profession and access to education are restricted for followers of Jesus.
                  Galatians 2:20-It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.

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                    Yemen-The great cities of the Queen of Sheba, who traded gifts with King Solomon, are buried beneath Yemen's desert sands. Yemen has many Christians until the 7th century, when Muslims overran the country and cut off nearly all outside influences. Yemen was two states until 1990, and today tensions between the North and South threaten this country's very existence. Yemen is one of the world's least evangelized countries, and the government will not allow the few resident Christians(0.06 percent) to witness. Their walk is difficult due to discouragement and isolation from the Body, yet some Christian expatriates are working and quietly witnessing for Christ in Yemen.
                    Galatians 2:20-It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.

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                      Myanmar(Burma)-Since Japan invaded in 1942, Burma has been well acquainted with struggle. Renamed Myanmar by the currect regime, this union of seven districts and seven ethnic minority states has been the site of many ethnic wars. A military dictator rules the nation and refuses citizens' attempts to democratize the country. This military regime attempts to control every religious activity. Almost all Christian missions were expelled in 1966, but thankfully the seeds of evangelism had already taken root and Christians, who make up 6.5% of the nation, have held fast through adversity.
                      Galatians 2:20-It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.

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                        Cyprus-A British-controlled state until 1960, the country has now been split into Greek and Turkish communities. This long-standing political situation is in dire need of resolution. According to Operation World, more Mormans and Jehovah's Witnesses live on the island than evangelicals, although 78 percent of the people classify themselves as Christians. Cyprus has only a handful of missionaries, and they face opposition. In the Turkish North where almost everyone is Muslim, no active witness is tolerated and the Church is limited to a few small groups of believers.
                        Galatians 2:20-It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.

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                          Syria-The president of Syria gained power in a 1970 coup. In 1973, the government declared Syria a secular state, but Muslims are still given preferertial treatment in many areas of society. The Syrian government rules with an iron fist-the Emergency Law of 1963 allows authorities to conduct "preventative" arrests and hold detainees without legal safeguards. Christians(8 percent of the population) find it difficult to spread the gospel freely under such conditions. Missionaries are not given visas to enter the country, so Christians are able to exhibit their faith only in professional and informal friendship settings.
                          Galatians 2:20-It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.

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                            Egypt-During the early centuries after Christ, Egypt was predominantly Christian. In a.d. 969, the country was conquered by Jawhar al-Siqilli and Cairo founded as the new capital, but thankfully Egypt's Coptic Christian church never disappeared. Today, Egypt has the Middle East's largest Christian community, making up 14.2 percent of its people. However, the country's constitution gives preference to Muslims; and Christians are treated as second-class citizens, denied political representation, and discrimanated against in employment. The government uses an 1856 Ottoman Empire law to keep any church from being built, repaired, or even repainted without the permission of Egypt's president. Christians are also susceptile to attacks by Muslim extremists, which often go unpunished by Muslim extremists, which often go unpunished by Egyptian authorities. Christian girls are sometimes raped and then forced to marry Muslim men. Others have been abducted and forced to convert to Islam.
                            Galatians 2:20-It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.

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                              Algeria-For more than 30 years a one-party socialist regime backed by a strong army has ruled Algeria. "Free" elections in 1999 didn't change the country's leadership, but may have opened the door for peace between Islamic rebels and the government. In recent years, Algerian Christians have suffered a reign of violence from the Islamic Salvation Front. Members of this Muslim rebel group have been known to march through towns and slit the throats of anyone who has not lived up to their call to Islamic fundamentalism. Two-thirds of Algerians are so young that they have known nothing but the confusion offered by the socialist system. Algeria now has very few Christians(o.4 percent) and the church is suffering discouragement. Social pressures have often led Christian girls to marry Muslims, and some believers are withdrawing from fellowship due to intimidation from family, friends, and Muslim extremists.
                              Galatians 2:20-It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.

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