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 continue to pray for the work of translating the Bible into the language of the Indian Ocean Islands. Pray that those working on it will be able to create a clear and faithful translation. Pray against things that might cause unnecessary delays to the work. 

Kay and Elle have just finished a short internship in a local hospital on the Indian Ocean Islands ahead of starting a new medical team in a new location. Please pray that the experience of local healthcare that they have had will help the team to serve the community well and be a strong witness to them of God’s love. 

Please pray for the Indian Ocean Islands. The effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on supply chains added to local tax increases has meant that the Islands have been experiencing shortages of everyday food items. The cost of living has also increased. Please pray that the Islands will receive the supplies they need. 

Please pray for Dawn in her work of translating resources into the Island language. Please pray that she will be able to spend the time she needs with her fellow translators in order to finish what needs to be finished before her upcoming Home Assignment. 

Please pray for local believers on the Islands, who live in a difficult context. They are often isolated and can be discriminated against if others learn that they are believers. Pray they will persevere in faith despite the persecution and injustice they experience, and for courage and wisdom for being salt and light in their context. 

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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