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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:

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.

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