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In 2021 Lucy will join a medical team on the Indian Ocean Islands.

When Lucy 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, Lucy 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. Lucy felt called to this work.

During medical school Lucy 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.

Lucy is now preparing to go back to the island and 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 Lucy in this work?

Latest Prayer News

Input from local language helpers is an important part of Bible translation. A language helper involved in the ongoing translation work on the Indian Ocean Islands has increasing commitments from work and family. Pray for wisdom for the way forward with the project. 

God has been using dreams to encourage and guide believers on the Indian Ocean Islands in sharing the gospel with other people. Pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ as they tell people about Jesus and pray that people’s hearts will be ready to receive their message. 

We have two workers preparing for new assignments on the Indian Ocean Islands, beginning with Africa Based Orientation (ABO) in January. Please pray for them in these final weeks before they leave. Pray that administrative preparations will fall into place, and that their travel will be smooth and safe. Pray that ABO will prepare them well for beginning ministry, for good relationships with the rest of their ministry team, and please continue to pray for them while they settle into their new assignment and location.

“…things continue to heat up politically with tensions bubbling under the surface… We have heard multiple rumours that there could be unrest towards the end of the month and into the new year. Please pray against any violence and for continued peace and stability for these wee islands, which have had such a turbulent history. Pray for true and lasting peace that comes from Islands that are not only reconciled with each other in terms of politics and public affairs, but with the Prince of Peace.”

“With the opening of schools, we are preparing to open English classes and I have been busy lesson planning. I haven’t taught since 2013 and hope to have 2-3 lower level classes which should start at the beginning of September. Please pray for preparations for these. Ownership of these classes is on each group or association, and we work alongside coordinators who are responsible for contacting students, organising books, premises, times etc. Please pray for a smooth start and for smooth speech.”

Indian Ocean Islands

We write about the ‘Indian Ocean Islands’ rather than naming individual Islands because Christianity on ‘the Islands’ is often viewed with hostility and in some cases outlawed by the Islamic rulers. Political violence has left these islands desperately poor and natural resources are in short supply.



We long to see Health Professionals practising, modelling and mentoring competent, compassionate medicine, but doing so in places where they will influence unreached people groups for Christ. LEARN MORE
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