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Persecution Watch: Praying for Believers in Somalia

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(Voice of the Persecuted) You are invited to join us on Thursday, February 25, 2021 in a prayer call for the persecuted church.

Somalia: Population 16.1million, Christians: in the thousands.

It is impossible to publicly admit your Christian faith in Somalia, and “church life” is non-existent. Islam is considered a crucial part of Somali identity, and if any Somali is suspected of having converted to Christianity, they are in great danger. Members of their family, clan or community will harass, intimidate or even kill them. Women may be raped and forcibly married. Christians are also in danger from al-Shabab, a violent group that advocates Shariah (Islamic law) as the basis for regulating all aspects of life. Christians from a Muslim background are considered a “high-value target” by al-Shabab, who have often executed believers on the spot,when discovered.

Christians are also in danger from al-Shabab, a violent group that advocates Shariah (Islamic law) as the basis for regulating all aspects of life. Christians from a Muslim background are considered a “high-value target” by al-Shabab, who have often executed believers on the spot,when discovered.

If a Christian man is killed or abducted, his whole family suffers, as the man is usually the breadwinner. The remaining family are often left unprotected and seen as a stain on the community.

What has changed in Somalia? Somalia remains No. 3 on the World Watch List, as one of the countries where Christians face the most extreme persecution. The pressure on Christians remains at an extreme level. Christians in the country risk being killed by Islamic militants, and clan leaders, elders and family members monitor the movements of any suspected Christian convert.

In recent years, the situation appears to have got even worse. Islamic militants have intensified their hunt for Christians, particularly any in a position of leadership.

All Christians from a Muslim background are in great danger in Somalia—and everybody is considered to be from a Muslim background. Those living in areas under the control of al-Shabab are particularly vulnerable.

NGOs supports Somali believers across the Horn of Africa by focusing on discipleship support, literature distribution and community development, as well as broadcasting radio programs into the region.
Somalia remains No. 3 on the World Watch List, as one of the countries where Christians face the most extreme persecution. The pressure on Christians remains at an extreme level. Christians in the country risk being killed by Islamic militants, and clan leaders, elders and family members monitor the movements of any suspected Christian convert.

In recent years, the situation appears to have got even worse. Islamic militants have intensified their hunt for Christians, particularly any in a position of leadership.

All Christians from a Muslim background are in great danger in Somalia—and everybody is considered to be from a Muslim background. Those living in areas under the control of al-Shabab are particularly vulnerable.

NGOs supports Somali believers across the Horn of Africa by focusing on discipleship support, literature distribution and community development, as well as broadcasting radio programs into the region.

Pray for the President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and his staff that the Lord will meet them and that they will be convicted and protect Christians from persecution.

  • Pray that the Lord will appear to the radical Muslims and members of al-Shahab in their dreams, convict them and connect them with believers who can give them the good news.

  • Pray for the families of those who have lost loved ones that been murdered for their faith, that they would receive the comfort of their Heavenly Father and be healed from bitterness.
  • Pray for a strong church to grow among Somali people, relying on Jesus and with a hunger and thirst for the righteousness of God.

  • Pray for those who are responsible for the killings of Christians to be convicted with the fear of the Lord.
  • Pray that the NGOs, in this hostile environment. Pray that the Lord will show them how to effectively minister to the persecuted Christians.
  • Pray to the Lord that believers sense His presence and know that they are not alone, that we are praying for them.
  • Pray for pastors and elders to be granted wisdom and protection in covert ministry work and show them creative ways to meet. Protect them from informers.

  • Pray to the Lord for discernment for believers as the discern who to trust, who they will share the gospel with and who will welcome them.
  • Pray for easy access to the internet and that both Believers and Muslims will see messages that encourage and or convict them.
  • Pray the Lord will enable Christians to forgive their persecutors.
  • Pray to the Lord will open up Somalia, that the He will grant Christians the ability to worship Him openly without fear – and that this will lead to churches to be planted in Somalia and nothing will stop the GOSPEL from moving forward.

Again, we want to lift up persecuted witnesses to the Lord:

  • Leah Sharibu, prisoner of Boko Haram since 2018, Alice, a nurse and mother of two children. Pray for their release.
  • Pray pastor Wang Yi to be released from prison.
  • Pray for Anita, a Christian convert facing persecution from the government with hope to live in a country where she can express her faith openly. Pray also for her family.
  • Pray pastor Wang Yi to be released from prison.
  • For the release of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani from Iran, and his family as their Persecution continues. Pastor Nadarkhani is serving the second year of his six-year sentence, recently reduced from ten years.
  • Pray pastor Wang Yi to be released from prison.
  • For the release of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani from Iran, and his family as their Persecution continues. Pastor Nadarkhani is serving the second year of his six-year sentence, recently reduced from ten years.

    Andy, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Moderator

    Prayer Conference Call Details

    Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

    From any location on your phone

    Time:

    9:00 PM Eastern

    8:00 PM Central

    7:00 PM Mountain

    6:00 PM Pacific

    Call in number: 712 775-7035

    Access Code: 281207#

    Recommended: For those who may be subject to added charges for conference calls. Please download the app, it’s free!

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    If you are experiencing any difficulties joining the call, please let us know.

    What is Persecution Watch?
    Persecution Watch is a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the global Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine Scogin led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God.

    The group meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night at 9pm Eastern (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and our missions became one. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch is an important part of our own.

    With the passing of Blaine into glory on December 26, 2019, Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with our dedicated prayer warrior team.

    On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the call to share the trials they’re facing. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer.

    Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better understanding of the situation that persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs.

    Persecution Watch also hosts callers who want to pray united from other nations. If your heart is perplexed by the sufferings of our persecuted brothers and sisters, you no longer need to pray alone. We welcome all who desire to pray for the persecuted church and consider it a joy to pray together with you.

    If you’re new to the call and can’t find your voice, listen in and pray silently or on mute. We are grateful and thank the Lord for bringing us all together to pray in agreement for our persecuted family in Christ. We can all be prayer warriors on this call!

    NOTE: Persecution Watch has a new email address for the prayer team and those who would like to receive urgent prayer requests, weekly call prayer points and notification of special prayer events and special guest speakers.

    Please fill out the form below to be included in our new distribution list to receive this important information. We are grateful for your prayers and to the Lord for guiding us as we continue the Persecution Watch prayer call mission.

    Note to Voice of the Persecuted (VOP) readers: The Persecution Watch prayer team is also the prayer team of Voice of the Persecuted. SIGN UP today.


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