Published: 00:00 GMT Standard Time - Friday 18 December 2009
Somalia - Teaching and Encouragement for Endangered Believers
|“The holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:35|
Chronic instability and violence plague the nation of Somalia, and its tiny Christian minority suffers grievously as a result. The lack of an effective government and the growing infl uence of conservative forms of Islam enable Islamist militias to thrive. These groups impose a strict interpretation of Islam on the communities under their control and are seeking to establish an Islamic state under the rule of sharia law.
Christians, who are almost all converts from Islam, are special targets of the extremist groups, who regard them as traitors. Many have been murdered in recent years, with radicals vowing to kill all the Christians in the capital, Mogadishu. Four Somali believers working at an orphanage were beheaded in July/August this year when they refused to renounce their faith in Christ.
In these volatile conditions, where Christians are not free to worship or share their faith, they urgently need Biblical teaching and encouragement to sustain them in their walk with the Lord. Barnabas Aid supports a radio and literature ministry based outside Somalia that produces evangelistic and discipleship programmes for Somali Christians within the country and elsewhere, and follow-up materials for interested listeners.
Barnabas Aid projects include:
Support for Somali converts in another country (Ref. 47-452)
- Pray for our brothers and sisters in Somalia as they seek to serve the Lord in uncertain and difficult circumstances. Pray especially for the families and friends of those who have been martyred for Christ.
- Ask the Lord of the nations to establish a wise, just and strong government that will restore peace and order and guarantee freedom of religion for the Christian community.
- Pray that the ambitions of the Islamist militias to create an Islamic state will be frustrated, and that God will reveal Himself to them in Christ through the courage and steadfastness of His people.