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Eleven months ago, Ali Mustaf Maka'il converted from Islam to Christianity. The twenty-two year old student and cloth merchant from the Somali capital of Mogadishu became actively involved in a small house church in the city. Because of severe persecution, churches in Somalia remain very small for security reasons.

On September 7, Muslims gathered in the street chanting Quranic verses in honour of the lunar eclipse. When Ali refused to join in the prayers, he was shot and killed. The gunman was apparently loyal to the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC), an Islamic organization which has taken control of much of southern Somalia. The UIC refused to had over the body to his grieving family for twenty-four hours.

VOMC sources in the region have confirmed the attack and report that the other members of the house church are concerned for their safety. The small church consisting of less than ten members has temporarily suspended their weekly meetings.

Ask God to comfort Ali's brothers and sisters in Christ in the knowledge that they will be united again at the coming of the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:15-18). Ask God to provide the congregation with a way to continue meeting in order to encourage one another (Hebrews 10:23-25). Pray that the testimony of believers in Somalia will shine even in this dangerous country in such a way that others will see the Lord and come to love and honour Him (Matthew 5:14-16).

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

Country Information

Population
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)

Leader
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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