Africa
Inland Mission

Pray for the
Indian Ocean
Islanders

Each of the the Indian Ocean Islands has its own distinct people group, with their own language, culture and beliefs, but all practice some form of Islam. Gospel proclamation often causes strong opposition.

Where are the Islands?

That’s a question we can’t really answer for security reasons. Suffice to say, they’re in the Indian Ocean! They’re strongly influenced by Islam and open proclamation of the gospel invites opposition, for our mission partners, and conversion to Christianity can bring persecution for island people. By living and working in these communities, learning local languages and understanding culture, it is possible to develop relationships through which the gospel can be shared. Bringing skills like English teaching and vocational training, lends legitimacy to our mission partners’ presence and helps the communities.

What do they believe?

Each island has its own distinctive people group, with their own language, culture and beliefs, but all practise some form of Islam, mixed with a variety of traditional animistic beliefs, occultism, ancestor worship and fear of the spirit world. Some younger people, who have studied abroad, are influenced by more fundamentalist Islam, while others are questioning their traditional beliefs and becoming more materialistic. There are few who follow Jesus.

What is being done to reach them?

TIMO (Training In Ministry Outreach) teams have lived and worked on the islands in recent years. Now several individuals and families are continuing that pioneering work longer-term. English language classes, literacy & numeracy teaching for women, and medical work are bringing positive benefits to the islanders. Friendships which have been formed enable mission partners to speak about Jesus, pray for people and encourage the reading of Scripture.

Prayer Resources

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If you are organising a prayer meeting or just looking for material to help you pray with more insight for some of Africa’s unreached people, why not download a printable Prayer sheet on the Indian Ocean Islanders

 

Latest prayer updates…

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Related articles:

  • A door for the gospel - F* has recently joined a team serving in the Islands. He shares how teaching English to the Islanders is opening doors to share the gospel.
  • Life on an Indian Ocean island - We asked Amy what’s it’s like to live on an Indian Ocean island and to seek to share the gospel there.
  • Serve through Aviation - “All pilots are liars and no one can actually follow all the rules,” an Island aviation official told me recently. Sadly in Africa, that is often true. It’s into this ‘wild’ industry that we will go as Christian workers displaying integrity and professionalism.
  • An Island Quest - One of our short termers who is considering long term ministry in a creative access nation shares her TIMO Quest experiences (name withheld for security).