April 24, 2022

Somali Believers Standing Firm in Their Faith

In a world of growing diversity, Somalia remains surprisingly homogenous. Ethnic Somalis make up 85 percent of its 15 million people. Somalis pride themselves on their national and religious traditions, saying, “To be Somali is to be a Muslim.”

This insularity breeds suspicion of outside ideas, and when Somalis embrace the Gospel, they may experience some of the world’s worst persecution.

Despite these odds, God is working among Somali people, calling them to count the cost of following Ciise Masiix (Jesus Christ). 

Yasir, who leads a network of underground Somali house churches, counted that cost. 

His small flock was careful to gather in different locations every week for worship and prayer. Often, believers would silently mouth the words to hymns so neighbors wouldn’t hear and report them.

“To be together and silent with the Holy Spirit is better than being alone,” he said.

Yasir now sits in prison for sharing the Gospel, fulfilling the warning Jesus gave to his disciples: “If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you” (John 15:20).

Along with fellow prisoners, Yasir not only remains faithful to Jesus but finds opportunities to be a vibrant witness.

Pray for Yasir and other imprisoned believers. May God grant them strength and endurance to persevere.

  • Ask God to grant Somali believers boldness and courage in the face of persecution. 
  • Pray for the Kingdom of God to spread where these house churches are remaining faithful while under attack.


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