Area: 316 sq km
Three small but strategic islands in the central Mediterranean. Dry limestone hills with no rivers.
Population: 409,999 Annual Growth: 0.37%
Official language: Maltese, English. Maltese is a unique blend of Arabic, Latin and Punic Languages: 4 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Immigration presents a massive challenge. The numbers attempting to enter Europe (2,000 per year and increasing) could potentially overwhelm the small population of Malta. Policing its waters as well as housing and providing for such immigrants are a significant strain on Maltas limited resources. Its proximity to North Africa a launching point for immigrants from a host of nationalities makes it all the more vulnerable. Maltese demonstrate general antipathy to those who exploit its accessibility. Most immigrants want to move from Malta; living in a detention centre is more akin to prison than the freedom they sought. Pray for Maltese to demonstrate compassion and Christian love; pray that many of these immigrants might discover the living Christ.
For an additional 6 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Malta.