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Somalia: Pray for the President

“One of every six African Christians is persecuted,” a recent visitor from Africa told VOM workers. Many people believe that the most serious persecution in Africa happens in Somalia.

Facts About Somalia
*Most Somalis are Muslim.
*Bibles are illegal.
*There are no church buildings.
*After years of drought and war, more Somalis live outside Somalia than in it.

(Source: VOM’s 2021 Global Prayer Guide)

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is the current president of Somalia. He was born on March 11, 1962. He went to college in the United States.

On his birthday, will you pray for the president?
*Pray that he will rule wisely.
*Pray that he will use his power to see that Christians are treated fairly.
*Pray that he and his family will know the truth about Jesus.

(Photo: Somali Christian secretly reads a Bible. Source: VOM Canada and CBN.)


Kids in Jail

(Source: icommittopray.com)

Police in Somalia recently put a mother and father in jail. And they put the couple’s two children in jail with them! One of the children is a two-month old baby.

The police said, “[The couple] should be fully aware that they won’t escape the hand of law enforcement officers and that the spread of Christianity will not be allowed.” Now other Christian families are concerned that they might be arrested, too. Some have fled the country.

The Voice of the Martyrs sponsors safe house where Christians can take refuge from people pursuing them. The safe house has been overwhelmed with new families seeking safety.

Read more about life for Christians in Somalia and how to pray for them here.

Photo: Muslims in Somalia. Muslims in some countries believe that women and girls should be well covered. Learn more in the book Learning About Islam, available in the free Downloads section.


Uganda: Adam’s Search

Adam

Seventeen-year-old Adam was searching for the truth. During his search, he found an online video about Jesus. He watched the video with his Muslim friends, but most of them walked out before it was over. Adam watched the whole movie.

Adam used to live in Somalia, but after radical Muslims killed his father, he escaped to Uganda with thousands of other Somali refugees. Though he was a Muslim, he had bad feelings about Islam after his father’s death. [Islam is the religion of Muslims.]

Adam’s older cousin found out about Adam’s search for the truth. The cousin sent him to a Muslim boarding school to make him a stronger Muslim. When that didn’t work, the cousin took Adam back to Somalia and left him there among Muslims to encourage him to remain a Muslim.

Adam escaped to Uganda again, and this time, he enrolled in a Christian high school. But he still did not want become a Christian. His search for the truth online and among friends continued.

Eleven years after his search began, Adam trusted Christ as his Savior. By that time, he was married and had a son. When his wife found out about his new faith, she said their marriage was over. “I am no longer your wife,” she said. “And you will never speak to your son again.” She later changed her mind, and she now lets Adam talk to his son by phone. But she says she will never accept Adam back, unless he returns to Islam.

Today Adam receives threats from Muslims. “God has my life,” he said. “And if He wants me to live, I will live.”

Do you think some students in Adam’s Christian high school continued to pray for him even after he left the school? If so, they may not know that God answered their prayers. Can you pray for others even if you may not know the results?

How can you pray for the following?
*Adam’s wife
*Adam’s son
*Adam’s persecutors
*Adam

(Source: The January 2019 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine. Edited for length and age appropriateness.)


Somalia and Samosas

Somalia

There are no public Christian churches in Somalia. Christians meet in homes. About 99 percent of Somalians are Muslims, and a Muslim terrorist group, al-Shabab, controls part of Somalia. The group persecutes Christians.

A few years ago, al-Shabab made a rule that said no one could eat samosas, a common food in Somalia. Some people said the terrorists banned samosas because they accused traders of putting cat meat in them. But others believe that the Muslims banned them because the three corners of the samosas reminded them of the Christian teachings about the Trinity (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit).

Samosas

Follow the instructions below to make samosas.

Filling ingredients: ½ lb. ground beef, 1 tsp. crushed garlic, ¾ tsp. cumin, ¼ tsp. chili powder, dash of salt.

Filling instructions: Brown the beef over medium-high heat. Add the other ingredients, and stir well.

Shell instructions
Cut small, packaged, uncooked soft flour tortillas in half.
Fold each half in half again to make a three-cornered cone.
Spoon a little of the filling in the cone.
Wet the edges with water and seal the cone shut, pinching all the edges together.

Bake the samosas at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, then turn them over and continue baking them until they are light brown.


Kids in Kenya

VOM helped the children

The previous post told the story of a boy whose family escaped an attack by radical Muslims in Kenya. The Voice of the Martyrs helped Kenyan families after the attack.

Children in the families still clearly remember the attack more than two years later. They drew pictures of the attack  and wrote stories about it for VOM workers. Read part of their stories below.

Mercy’s Story
It was on a Saturday, 5th July, 2014 evening when we were celebrating my happy birthday party. After reaching the middle of the party, we heard some screaming coming towards our house. My father moved out slowly. He saw some smoke in the sky, and after some time we heard some gunshots.

My father took us to the forest. I was shaking like a leaf during the summer. On Monday morning, we packed all our things and prepared ourself, and we vacated that place. The Voice of the Martyrs supported us with food, school bags, solar lamps. God bless the work of their hands. I am happy God will provide what we need. God bless those who supported us. Thank you.

Blessing’s Story
It was on Saturday at night. They came from Somalia. The weared clothes like police uniforms. They hid their face with a piece of cloth. It was the worst day of my life.

Sunday morning the police got the message. Thank God that I am alive.

Mary’s Story
I heard the gunshots that signified that things had gone amiss. I thought it was only the police who used to shoot guns. We saw smoke-looking-like on the air and reddish color. It was the attacking. When my grandfather tried to call on his phone, there was no network.

We slept in the forest for three weeks. To go to school, it was impossible, because of the fear not to be attacked.

I will never forget that day.