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Pray for the unreached Indian Ocean Islanders

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 missionaries, 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 missionaries’ 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 missionaries to speak about Jesus, pray for people and encourage the reading of Scripture.

Prayer from AIM’s Daily Prayer:

Ruth* works in the Indian Ocean Islands seeking to share the gospel with people who have never had it explained to them. Please pray for Ruth as she continues to work with her language helper to learn the local language. Working together on translating Ruth’s testimony so that she can share it with local friends has led to bigger conversations about faith, so please pray that God will give Ruth the right words to say in response to questions about what she believes and why she believes it. 

Please pray for those in the Indian Ocean Islands who are meeting up with workers and local believers to look at the Bible together. Please pray that as they read through the story of the Bible, the Holy Spirit will open their hearts to understand why Jesus came. 

Please pray for the families of local believers in the Indian Ocean Islands to come to faith. Sometimes even though close relatives openly follow Jesus they still do not understand what Christians believe. Please pray that they will be interested in knowing more about Jesus, and that God would bring whole families to trust in him. 

Prayer from prayafrica.org

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