Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wednesday's Voice - Somalia

Convert from Islam whipped in public in Somalia
(Source: Compass Direct News) 

Somali convert from Islam was paraded before a cheering crowd recently and publicly flogged as a punishment for embracing a "foreign religion." Sofia Osman, a 28-year-old Christian from Janale city in Somalia's Lower Shabelle region, had been taken into custody by al Shabaab militants in November. 

The public whipping was meant to mark her release. She received 40 lashes on December 22 while jeered by spectators. "Sofia was whipped 40 lashes ... but she didn't tell what other humiliations she had suffered while in the hands of the militants," an eyewitness said, adding that the whipping left her bleeding. "I saw her faint. I thought she had died, but soon she regained consciousness and her family took her away." The whipping was administered in front of hundreds of spectators after Sofia was released from her month-long custody in al Shabaab camps. 

In the days after the punishment while Sofia was nursing her injuries at her family's home, she would not talk to anyone and looked dazed, a source close in touch with the family said. "Please pray for her quick recovery," the source added. 

Pray the Lord will completely heal Sofia of all physical and emotional injuries. 

Ask the Lord to protect her from further harm. 

Pray that she will rest in the knowledge that the Good Shepherd walks with her through this difficult time (Psalm 23).

Pray her faithful testimony will be used as a witness for the gospel. Pray for all Christians in Somalia.

The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray (Samuel Chadwick)

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~Rain``` said...

Praying that God will strengthen and heal this woman and inspire others to follow Christ through her example. We ask in the precious name of Jesus: may this event be used for Good and the furtherance of God's News of Peace.

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