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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Protestant evangelical witness did not exist until after independence in 1964 British rulers did not permit it. Praise God for steady, albeit slow, growth since then. There are around 500 evangelicals in the 10-14 Protestant congregations and house churches in Malta. Pray for:
a) The Baptist and Pentecostal groups and their increasing outreach to the Maltese and to tourists. Official opposition to Protestant activities is a thing of the past, but social pressures on seekers and new converts can be intense. For most, to be Maltese is to be Catholic. Pray for multitudes to come to living faith in Christ.
b) The older, English-speaking mainline denominations, which have long catered to the needs of the expatriate community. There is much nominalism and little effective outreach to the indigenous population.
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.