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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:

Praise God that Ruth* and Elle* have been settling in well to their new team on the Indian Ocean Islands. Please continue to pray for them as they learn the local language and culture, and seek to build relationships with those around them.

Please pray for Amelia* and the workers on her Indian Ocean island as they are going through lots of changes at the moment, with old team members leaving, new ones arriving, and Covid-19 changing plans at the last minute. Pray that they will trust in God’s sovereignty over it all and provision for what they need. Pray that God would give them strength and that they will lean on his faithfulness.

*Amelia’s name has been changed to protect local Christians and those ministering among them.

Praise God for the technology which has meant that the Bible translation project on the Indian Ocean Islands has been able to keep going, despite how much Covid-19 infections have spread. Please pray for all those involved in the project, and for continued funding so that more of the Bible can be translated into the local language. To give to this translation project please contact Steve at donations.eu@aimint.org

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