Elle

Sent from Regent Chapel Christian Fellowship, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Elle has joined a team on the Indian Ocean Islands, and will in due course hopefully begin medical ministry in a team setting.

When Elle became a Christian at a Gloddaeth camp in rainy north Wales, she was already planning to become a doctor; but God challenged her that while he loves us to serve people practically, the biggest need anyone has is hearing and accepting the gospel.

On her gap year in a Creative Access country, where it isn’t possible to publicly preach the gospel, Elle met Christians using ‘normal’ jobs to build relationships and share the good news. God gave her a heart for the people they were trying to reach: they are so difficult to get the message to, and face so many dangers if they accept it. Elle felt called to this work.

During medical school Elle stayed with an AIM team on an Indian Ocean island and worked in the hospital there. She saw God work in amazing ways: People wanted to talk about God, sought out the Bible, and even had dreams about Jesus. She wanted to go back as soon as possible.

Elle has now returned to the island to join the AIM team there. She will primarily work as a children’s doctor in the hospital and rural clinics, but her intention will be to make friends with staff and patients and share the essential truth of the gospel with them.

Could you partner with Elle in this work?

Latest Prayer News

Please pray for Elle and Ruth as they continue to learn the local language on the Indian Ocean Islands. Pray that God will enable them to speak clearly to friends and neighbours about their hope in him, and that he will be preparing people’s hearts to hear about Jesus. 

Please pray for the members of the future healthcare team on the Indian Ocean Islands as they prepare to begin internships with local hospitals ahead of the formal launch of the team in the autumn. Pray that they will learn how they can best serve in the Islands’ healthcare system, and for more workers to join the team. 

Praise God for the opportunities that workers on the Indian Ocean Islands have had to speak to friends and neighbours about Jesus during Ramadan. Please pray that they will be led by the Holy Spirit as they seek to keep those conversations going. 

AIM team members serving among the Indian Ocean Islands have also contracted Covid-19 and although recovering, a number are still feeling the after effects many weeks later. Pray for full restoration to health and for renewed energy.

Recently Covid-19 has swept through the Islands with devastating effects. The healthcare systems are not able to cope with severe cases and many have died. Pray for God’s mercy on the Islands, for Islanders to cry out to him and be saved.

Indian Ocean Islands

These beautiful tropical islands are 99.9% Muslim and for security reasons we refer to this area as the ‘Indian Ocean Islands’ rather than naming individual islands. Islam is deeply rooted on these islands and to be an islander is to be a Muslim. There are a small number of believers on each island but many follow Jesus secretly for fear of rejection and persecution.

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