PRAYER POINTS

  • Pray for God to defeat the plans of Al Qaeda, al Shabaab and other terrorist groups operating in Somalia. Pray that the demonic forces that are using these terrorist groups like puppets will be toppled, and that the people will be set free to worship the Lord. Pray that their leaders turn to Christianity. (1 Timothy 2:1–4)
     
  • Pray for Somalia’s government to stabilize and become vigilant against combating terrorism.
     
  • Pray that the influence of violent groups operating in neighboring countries will not spread to Somalia. (2 Timothy 2:24–26)
     
  • Thank God that Somaliland in the northwest has been able to stabilize the region and restore order.
     
  • As Christians immigrate out, Christianity is projected to slide from 2% of the population in mid-1995 to 0.7% of the population in 2025. Pray that Christianity will not be snuffed out of Somalia.
     
  • Somalis are desperate for peace. Pray that peace would come and that God would be glorified in it.
     
  • Although the majority of the population are Muslim, the greed and fighting between Islamic groups has contributed to the civil war. Some people are turning to more radical Islamic groups but many are totally disillusioned with Islam. Pray that they would find Jesus and find a real, dynamic and consistent faith.
     
  • Pray for the protection and safety of those delivering vital food aid and medical care.
     
  • The Somali church has been driven totally underground; some leaders have been named on a hit list for execution. Pray that God would protect them and that they would remain strong in their faith.

 

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FACTS
Population: 9,656,000
Total People Groups: 21
Unreached People Groups: 17
Region: East/South Africa
Official National Language: Somali 
Secondary National Language: English
Religions: Islam 99.6%, Christianity 0.3%, Hinduism 0.1%
Persecution Ranking: 4
Percentage of People in Poverty: Not Ranked

LOCATION
Somalia, officially the Somali Republic and formerly known as the Somali Democratic Republic, is located on the Horn of Africa in East Africa. It is bordered by Djibouti to the northwest, Kenya on its southwest, the Gulf of Aden with Yemen on its north, the Indian Ocean at its east and Ethiopia to the west. Somalia is located on the east coast of Africa on and north of the equator between the Gulf of Aden on the north and Indian Ocean on the east. Together with Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Djibouti it is often referred to as the Horn of Africa.

RELIGION
Somalia is comprised of 99.9% Muslims and only 0.1% of the population are Christians. The country has an entirely Muslim population and in some areas Shari’a law is implemented. Church properties were nationalized and missionaries expelled in the 1970s. Existing churches are permitted by the government so long as do not evangelize Muslims. All Muslim children, by law have to attend Islam classes in school, even if in private Christian missionary schools.

CHALLENGES FOR CHRISTIANS
Somalia is ranked No. 4 among nations that are the worst persecutors of Christians based on Open Doors 2007 “World Watch List.” On May 11, 2007, Islamist Web sites attributed the kidnapping of two aid workers in Puntland to the aid workers having allegedly used the provision of assistance as a pretext for proselytizing. Similar claims were made against Ethiopians who the Islamists have stated were attempting to Christianize the country as part of their military occupation. On September 17, 2006, Leonella Sgorbati, an Italian nun, was killed at a hospital in Mogadishu by gunmen, hours after a leading Muslim cleric, Sheikh Abukar Hassan, condemned Pope Benedict XVI for his remarks on Islam and violence. Hassan declared, “Whoever offends our Prophet Muhammad should be killed on the spot by the nearest Muslim.”


Sources: 24-7 Prayer, Operation World, Wikipedia, Country Reports on Terrorism 2007, International Religious Freedom Report 2007, Open Doors