Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Wednesday's Voice - Somalia

Somali Christians persevere amid severe persecution
Source: Somali Christian Ministries)

In recent years, a number of Somali Christians have been martyred or publicly named as targets for execution in the country, where Islam is the national religion. With a mere 0.05 percent of the population known Christians, many believers have fled to neighboring countries in fear for their lives. Nonetheless, new testimonies continue to affirm that many Somalis, including Muslim-background believers, are boldly embracing Christ, despite pressure, threats and violence.

A Somali woman who has faced pressure from her Muslim family members since becoming a Christian five years ago recently reported that her husband and children have also left Islam for Christianity. Another Somali, a Muslim-background believer living in Southeast Asia, came to know Christ in recent months. "No matter what will happen to me I will sacrifice my life for Jesus," he said. "I hope you pray for me, whoever you are. I believe that you are my brother or sister in Christ and you will ask Jesus to take away the blindness and sufferings of my Somali people."

Praise the Lord for these encouraging testimonies of Christ moving among the Somali people.

Pray Somali believers will continue to set Christ apart as Lord without giving in to fear, always prepared to share Christ while living a holy life (1 Peter 3:14-17).

Pray suffering Somali Christians will sense the encouragement and love of the various individuals standing with them in their plight.


Shanda said...

I am praying. Thank you for drawing attention to the plight of the Christians in Somalia

Mindy said...

Odd, but not coincidental this is the second mention today I've run into of Somalian believers, and the request to pray for them. I have both times, but sometimes I have a hard time praying blanket prayers for a whole country and it's believers. I know that's crazy because God knows each one by name. I will lift them up again. Thank you for the reminder.

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