Persecution Update, June 2016: Somalia

Somalia has been on the list of nations that severely persecute Christians for more than twenty years. Not only does Somalia rank high for religious persecution, it also ranks as one of the most corrupt nations in the world. Its competing Islamic tribal groups are very robust, imposing harsh sharia law as their ruling code. In spite of Somalia’s claim that it is 100% Muslim, there are approximately one thousand Christians who are seeking to serve Christ underground. The Islamic terrorist group, al-Shabaab, continues to flex its muscles—most recently by killing two Somalian members of Parliament who voted to accept financial support from the West, calling it “an invasion of Christians into Somalia.” Furthermore, al-Shabaab extremists promote the beheading of Christians from village to village in their attempts to remove any vestige of Christianity. Please pray both for the Gospel’s advance in Somalia and also for Christians there to persevere as they follow Jesus in isolation, greatly needing fellowship and discipleship.