Order a Prayer Lantern Day 13: pray for MALDIVES The Maldives are still a country living in two worlds. Internationally they have the image of being a holiday destination of paradisiac dimensions; on the other hand, the country follows a strict form of Islam and is struggling with unrest and many political challenges. This results in a dichotomy of cultures in the Maldives: one that is highly Westernized and pleasure-seeking/hedonistic, and another that is increasingly Islamic and fundamentalist. The latter was shown by several incidents during this reporting period. On February 22, 2015, former president and opposition leader Mohammed Nasheed was arrested and accused of terrorism. This shows that the current conservative Islamist government cares less about its international image than sticking true to their perception of Islam. Consequently, not even a month after the arrest, on March 13, 2015, he was sentenced to thirteen years’ imprisonment without a fair trial. In response, May Day 2015 saw one of the largest protests against the government the country has ever witnessed, with an estimated 20,000 participants. Some were later dismissed for taking part in the demonstrations. In the aftermath, leading figures of the three opposition parties were detained. Towards the end of the reporting period, on September 28, 2015 there was an explosion on the president`s boat when he returned from the Hajj. His wife and several aides sustained injuries. While first reactions spoke of an accident or a technical failure, authorities now suppose a planned attack. According to the BBC, on October 24, after the sacking of the defense minister some days previously, the vice-president, Abdullah Ahdeeb, was detained as well. PRAY Pray that God would lead secret believers to find fellowship. Pray for Christians to have access to the Bible, which is contraband under Maldivian law.READ Isaiah 40:31…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.