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According to reports received this week by The Voice of the Martyrs, Pastor Shueb Maalim Madkheyr was killed and his body burned beyond recognition on April 25 in the Dinsor district in southern Somalia.

Starting in mid-April, Pastor Shueb had been going into villages in the area, seeking to plant underground churches and sharing the Gospel with teenagers. Word began to spread that Shueb was teaching the Bible to children. On April 25, he was confronted by two armed men and accused of poisoning the minds of young teenagers. According to witnesses, a heated discussion on religion ensued. One of the armed men then shot and killed him. It is believed that the armed men may have been part of an Islamic militia group.

Pastor Shueb was married to Dhaba Dimbile and had five children between the ages of eight months and thirteen years.

Pray for the friends and family of Pastor Shueb as they deal with this tragic loss. Pray for the continued ministry of sharing the Gospel in this difficult country. Shueb was actively involved with the Kenyan office of World in Need, working in relief work as a way to spread the Gospel. Pray that those responsible for his death will discover the love and forgiveness found through Jesus Christ.

For more information on the persecution of Christians in Somalia, click here.

Country Information

12,094,640 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Somali (85), Bantu and other non-Somali (15)

Religion (%)
Islam (99.6), Christianity (0.3), other (0.1)

President Mohamed Abdullah Mohamed (2017)

Government type
Federal parliamentary republic

Legal system
Mixed legal system of civil law, Islamic law, and customary law (referred to as Xeer)

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Somalia

Please join us in praying for our ministry partners who are effectively reaching Somalians through the multiple radio broadcasts, specifically asking God to further strengthen and equip them so they can continue with their vital outreach work. Also, pray that the hearts of those yearning to learn more about the Lord will be greatly encouraged through the broadcast messages. May these spiritual seekers be shielded from all harm, while their lives are being radically transformed by the ongoing work of His Holy Spirit.


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