IFES

Students Reaching Students with the Gospel

Mauritius

In this often missiologically neglected region, God is at work. However, Francophone Africa is challenged by instability, conflict, corruption, poverty and suffering. Longing to see the church grow in depth and maturity and have a transforming influence on the region, we thank God for students and graduates of the indigenous national movements who are living for Christ in this challenging context.

Mauritius is becoming more and more well-known internationally because of its economic stability, tourism and multi-cultural society. However drug problems, teenage delinquency, divorce rate and corruption are increasing. Being a Christian in this context is very challenging and the church in Mauritius has a clear call to be a light in this darkness.

Since there is hostility towards evangelical Christians due to a high percentage of the population being Hindus, students cannot meet officially on campuses. Therefore meetings are organised at the SCF office where students from different institutions gather together. Where possible, students meet unofficially on campus.

The movement’s greatest strength at present is their staff team, consisting of young emerging leaders with servant hearts and a desire to see students grow in their knowledge and love of God. They are increasingly encountering Christian students with nominal faith and much of their effort and energy goes into building biblical foundations.

View from the inside

Linda Chung, General Secretary of SCF Mauritius, says, ‘I believe that God has called me in this ministry! It is very exciting to see each student being touched and transformed by God’s word and love.’

She is inspired by Isaiah 9:6-7: ‘For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God’. She comments, ‘This encourages me to press on, in spite of persecution, accusation and tribulation because we know that at the end, God’s plan and purpose will prevail.’

Please pray:

  • that students will grasp the real meaning of salvation in Christ;
  • for God’s guidance as the movement makes plans to reach out to more students across the island;
  • for new contacts with local churches to develop into fruitful relationships.