Somali Prayer Guide: - Prayer for the Nations.

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Somali Prayer Guide: - Prayer for the Nations.

Somali Prayer Guide:

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The Somali People

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created...

...and God saw that it was good.

Somalia was known as Punt during the Egyptian civilization. While

Egyptian traders traded with the population they also intermingled

with the Punt inhabitants. However, during the collapse of the Egyptian

civilization the Greeks took over the area making it a Greek-Punt culture.

Over the centuries following the Greek settlement the Phoenicians

invaded and settled in Punt but were eventually overturned by the

Romans who captured Punt. The Romans intermingled and traded with

the inhabitants and made several settlements across Northern Punt

and the west coast. Then the kingdom of Axum captured Punt putting

it under their control where it remained for 1, 000 years. During the

rise of Islam the migration of Semitic peoples chiefly Arabs populated

the area, and by 800 A.D. Somalia became a Muslim nation. The Arab

traders from Syria, Lebanon and Yemen made several settlements across

the coasts of the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. It was during this

period that Persian traders who had settled across the Indian Ocean

coast built the city of Mogadishu. The Somali peoples began to migrate

and penetrate the south where they mixed with the Bantu and Oromo

peoples. The Somalis today are a racial blend of Egyptians, Phoenicians,

Greeks, Romans, Ethiopians (Tigray and Amhara), Arabs, Persians,

Bantus and Oromo peoples. Their Cushitic language is beautifully mixed

with Arabic, Persian, Greek, and Ethiopian.

Somalis are a remarkable people, homogeneous in their language,

which is Somali, their culture, religion and identity. They are one of

the most beautiful people; tall in stature, slim with high cheek-bones.

They are predominately nomadic or semi nomadic herders and are

fiercely independent.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world

that He gave His only begotten son, that

whoever believes in Him, shall not perish

but have everlasting life.

Ask our Heavenly Father how He sees the Somali people and how

you should pray for them:

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Pray for salvation of the Somali people. For God so loved the

Somalis that He gave His only begotten son, Jesus Christ, that

whoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have everlasting

life

Pray for the Holy Spirit outpouring over the Somalis and that

they will receive dreams and visions about Jesus Christ

Pray that they will get a longing to return to the Father’s

house and will start to cry out for salvation

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History

Psalm 34:13-14 Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips

from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek

peace, and pursue it.

In the 7th century Arabs and Persians developed a series of trading

posts along the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. In the 10th century

Somali nomads and pastoral Galla from southwest Ethiopia populated

the area and for the next 900 years Somalis spread throughout the Horn

of Africa. In the 1880’s during the occupation of Britain and Italy, Somalia

remained under colonial control in different parts of the territory until

World War II. In 1941, Britain occupied Italian Somaliland and in 1948

gave the Ogaden region to Ethiopia although Somalis largely populated

it. By 1950 the United Nations had voted to grant independence to

Somalia, and in 1960 the two former colonies were united to form the

Somali Republic.

The Somali Republic was created in 1960 when the former Italian

Somalia merged with British Somaliland. Despite its initial coalition

government, Somalia’s political stability was soon threatened by

increasing ethnic tensions. Following an unsuccessful war with Ethiopia

in 1963-64 and two presidential assassinations, the army under General

Mohamed Siad Barre, seized power in October 1969. However, the

General’s autocratic rule gave rise to increased government opposition

and fighting which eventually forced Barre to flee from Mogadishu

in late 1990. The ensuing power vacuum triggered an intense battle

between the interim president, Mr. Ali Mahdi, and General Mohamed

Farah Aideed, which later escalated into a full-blown civil war that

has lasted throughout most of the decade. In December 1992, a UN

Task Force led by the US, known as “Operation Restore Hope” ended

in disaster; and since 1991 there have been no less than 13 previous

attempts to form a government.

On May 16th 1991, the Somaliland Republic declared independence

in the North. However, up to the present time, it has never been

recognized by any foreign power.

Psalm 34:17,18 The righteous cry out,

and the Lord hears, and delivers them

out of all their troubles. The Lord is near

to those who have a broken heart, and

saves such as have a contrite spirit.

Ask our Heavenly Father to give you His compassion for the Somali

people who went through so much pain.

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Pray for the men who were intensely engaged in fighting and

are still suffering from the trauma

Pray for the women who lost their husbands during this war

Pray for the children who have been affected from this whole

disaster

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Current Political Situation

Psalm 103:6 The Lord works righteousness and justice for

all the oppressed.

For almost 16 years Anarchy reigned in Somalia and different warlords

were fighting for power. Finally after all these attempts to form a

government, the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) was formed in

October 2004 in Kenya and relocated to Somalia in June 2005 at which

time Abdullahi Yusuf a former warlord, was elected President. The

warlords that still ruled Mogadishu opposed the TFG, and in June 2006

the Union of Islamic Courts disarmed the warlords in Mogadishu after a

bloody fight and they seized Mogadishu. One of the goals is to establish

Shariia, the Islamic law in Somalia, and there are also speculations that

there are connections with other Islamic Fundamentalist Organizations

like Al-Quaida.

It has been 16 years since the Somali people have experienced war and

chaos and their greatest longing is to return to peace and a “normal

life”. Because of this, many Somalis have left their country and are

fleeing to northeastern Kenya due to the fear of a new outbreak of war

and the news reports, which states that the Ethiopian Army has already

established their presence in Somalia.

Throughout history we have learned, that even in the greatest

chaos, God is still at work; and no one or nothing can stop HIM from

demonstrating His power in order to increase His kingdom.

Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the

government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful

Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the

increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will

reign on David’s throne and over His kingdom, establishing and

upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and

forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish it.

Ask our heavenly Father to reveal His heart and zeal for justice and

righteousness in Somalia.

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Pray that people will recognize that real peace can only come

through Jesus Christ, The Prince of Peace

Pray that the Holy Spirit will open the eyes of the people to see

Islam as a religion of destruction and not of peace

Pray that the refugees who are pouring into Kenya will hear the

gospel and will respond to it

Pray that Kenyan Christians will be ready to reach out to the

Somalis with the Good News

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Somaliland

Job 11:18 You will be secure, because there is hope; you

will look about you and take your rest in safety.

The main hope for peace lies in the northern parts of Somalia in

Somaliland, once a separate British colony but now relatively peaceful

and well governed. Somaliland has in effect seceded from Somalia and

yearns for full legal independence. It is not recognized internationally as

a separate state and because of its unofficial status, Somaliland cannot

enter into formal trade agreements with other nations or seek assistance

from world financial institutions.

The Republic of Somaliland (North West Somalia), situated on the tip of

the Horn of Africa, was formed in 1991 after separating from Southern

Somalia. From 1988-91, the people of Somaliland experienced more than

three years of bitter civil war resulting in the deaths of nearly 60,000

people. This war left massive displacements both internal and external,

and a near total destruction of infrastructure, communications systems,

banking and all public services.

Following a period of inter-clan conflict, the Somali people have used

traditional peace-building methods to settle internal disputes and have

started to rehabilitate and reconstruct their damaged country. A stable

administration has been formed with a smooth transition of leadership

following the death of former President Mohamed Ibrahim Egal, in May

2002. The new President is Mr. Dahir Rayale Kahin.

The majority of the Somali people are pastoral nomads. Camels (the

traditional currency of prestige and wealth), sheep, goats and some cattle

are raised in large numbers across the plains and rangelands of Somaliland

and provide both daily subsistence and the economic backbone of the

country. An estimated 60 per cent of the population depends either directly

or indirectly on livestock and livestock products for their livelihood.

Agriculture provides subsistence for nearly 20 per cent of the country’s

Proverbs 23:18 There is surely a future hope

for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

Matthew 12:21 In his name the nations will

put their hope.

population and is practiced mostly in the east and northwest parts of

the country where there is sufficient rainfall. Crops grown include

sorghum, maize, fruit and vegetables. Somaliland also produces

frankincense.

Ask our Father in heaven to give you a spirit of hope when you

pray for the people in Somaliland.

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Pray for the government in Somaliland

Pray that the Somaliland people will not loose hope, but put

their hope in the Lord

Pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Somaliland

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Religion

Early in Muhammad’s ministry, a band of persecuted Muslims had with

the Prophet’s encouragement, fled across the Red Sea into the Horn of

Africa. There the Muslims were afforded protection by the Ethiopian

negus, or king. Thus, Islam may have been introduced into the Horn

of Africa well before the faith took root in its Arabian native soil. The

large-scale conversion of the Somalis had to await the arrival in the

eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth centuries of Muslim patriarchs.

The Somalis believe that their first ancestor was a member of the

Koreish tribe, to which the prophet Mohammed belonged. Until

today Somalia is 99.96% Islamic mostly consisting of Sunni Muslims.

Accordingly, the Islam religion shapes many aspects of Somali culture.

For example, there is strict separation of the sexes, women, and

sometimes prepubescent girls are expected to cover their bodies,

including hair, when in public.

Devout Muslims pray five times a day to Allah. The most important

holidays include Ramadan, where adherents fast for one month from

sunrise to sunset (pregnant women, the infirm, and children are

typically exempt), and Eid, a social celebration, which marks the end

of the fast. Many religious holidays and events are marked by the

ritualized sacrifice of a goat or lamb.

In the last years Islamic fundamentalist groups were identified in the

South of Somalia. Jihad groups linked to Al-Qaeda have also flourished,

murdering among others, foreign aid workers and journalists.

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Psalm 24:7-10 Lift up your heads, O you

gates, be lifted up, you ancient doors, that

the King of glory may come in. Who is this

King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty,

the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads,

O you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors that the King of

glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord Almighty-

He is the King of glory.

It is the heart of the Father and His Son Jesus that no one will be

lost, but will find the way home to the Father’s house. This is why

Jesus our King came and died. He died for the Somali people and

He wants to lead them into freedom.

Pray that the eyes of the blind will be opened and the Somali

people can see Jesus as the King of Kings

Proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness

for the prisoners (Isaiah 61)

Pray that the Somalis can see that Jesus is the perfect

sacrifice. He is the perfect, blameless lamb

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Somali Women

Psalm 18:6 In my distress I called to the Lord, I cried to

my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice, my

cry came before him, into his ears.

A story of Amina:

”Amina, in her teenage years was a very beautiful girl. Amina got married

and within 15 years she got pregnant 12 times. Two of her children died

during pregnancy, another one died during childbirth and another two

died of diarrhea when they were below 5 years of age. Another one of

Amina’s daughters died when she was 8 years old during a Female Genital

Mutilation (FGM) process. Amina wanted to spare the other girls from

it but could not because it is an acceptable practice in her village to

circumcise the girls. Ten years ago she lost her husband and one of her

sons in the civil war leaving Amina a widow and a mother of 6 children. She

runs a little shop from which she earns a daily living to support her kids.

One of her daughters, Samira, got raped 3 years ago by one of the Militia

fighters and she now has a little son from this awful incident. Because it

is very shameful to have an illegitimate child, Samira is fearful of leaving

her house so she remains inside, and suffers almost every night from night

mares. Amina is very worried about her daughter Samira. Amina has now

joined a women’s group where they produce various crafts to sell. Her

women’s group is quite involved in promoting equal rights for women,

stopping FGM and they advocate the inclusion of women in responsible

government positions.”

Somali women are very beautiful and are found in the range of the world’s

top beauties and fashion models. In as much as many women experience

a lot of rape during the civil war (especially in Mogadishu and Kismayo),

in Somaliland and Somalia you can find ladies who show immense strength

and are involved in the Health Sector and the peace building process.

Several women’s groups in Hargeisa and in Somaliland are extremely proactive

in the empowerment of women and emancipation from the brutal

practices of FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), which about 98% of all

Somali females undergo.

Mark 14:6 “Leave her alone,” said Jesus.

“Why are you bothering her? She has done a

beautiful thing to me”

Please ask your compassionate Father to give you HIS compassion

for the women in Somalia.

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Pray that all the Aminas who have suffered much pain and

loss, can experience that HE hears their cry and HE will be

their help and comfort

Pray that the Somali women will get to know Jesus Christ as

their savior and their closest friend

Pray that women who have been humiliated through rape and

other violating experiences, can experience His restoration of

their worth

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Female Genital Mutilation ( FGM )

Psalm 82: 3-4 Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless;

maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the

weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a cultural practice that started in

Africa approximately 2000 years ago. Many Somalis mistakenly view FGM

as a religious obligation. FGM is the term used for removal of all or just

part of the external parts of the female genitalia. The most common

form of FGM practiced in Somalia is Type III (commonly referred to as

infibulations and in Somalia, the “Pharaohnic circumcision”). It is the

removal of part or all of the external genitalia (clitoris, labia minora and

labia majora) and stitching or narrowing of the vaginal opening, leaving

a very small opening about the size of a matchstick, to allow for the

flow of urine and menstrual blood. The less radical or Type I (commonly

referred to as clitoridectomy and in Somalia sometimes called “sunna”)

is practiced mainly in the coastal towns of Mogadishu, Brava, Merca and

Kismayu.

Most of the girls are between four and eleven. This procedure is often done

without the care of medically trained people and the use of anesthesia is

rare. The instruments used by the mid-wife can be thorns, broken glass,

a tin lid, razor blades, knives, scissors or any other sharp object. These

items usually are not sterilized before or after usage. Once the genital

area for removal is gone, the child is stitched up and her legs are bound

for up to 40 days. This procedure can cause various side effects on the

girls, which can include death. Some of the results of this procedure are

serious infections, HIV, abscesses and small benign tumors, hemorrhages,

shock, clitoral cysts. The long-term effects may also include kidney stones,

sterility, sexual dysfunction, depression, various urinary tract infections

and various gynecological and obstetric problems. In order to have sexual

intercourse the women have to be opened up in some fashion and in some

cases cutting is necessary. After childbirth some women are re-infibulated

(to make them tight) for their husbands.

2 Chronicles 20:17a You will not have to

fight this battle. Take up your positions;

stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord

will give you.

Jonah 2:2 In my distress I called to the Lord

and he answered me. From the depths of the

grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry.

Jeremiah 31:9 They will come with weeping, they will pray as I

bring them back. I will lead them beside streams of water on a

level path where they will not stumble, because I am their father.

Please take a minute to reflect on this horrifying procedure that

little girls are subject to and then ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the

Father’s heart to you concerning this terrible mutilation. From

this revelation, pray (or cry) for the girls who are experiencing

this horror.

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Pray that Somali ladies will unanimously unite against FGM,

and mobilize religious and other leaders through education,

to stop this horrible process of mutilation on women

Pray for the girl children who have been, and will be

traumatized by this evil procedure

Pray that the Lord will show his mercy and his compassion to

these girls and ladies who suffer from FGM

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Somali Men

Prov 12:3 A man cannot be established through wickedness,

but the righteous cannot be uprooted.

Traditionally, Somali men were the providers of their families’ basic

needs. However, when the civil war erupted more than 20,000 men lost

their lives and thousands were maimed or exiled. Over 300,000 people

were displaced externally and internally many of them were men who

have permanently settled elsewhere and married other wives. As a result,

many widows and orphans were left behind and women were forced

to become breadwinners in their homes. There is another significant

reason however, that forced women to become the breadwinners in their

homes. Most men in Somalia consume Khat, which is an addictive plant

leaf and flower bud, which contains a substance that stops users from

being productive. Somalia’s civil war also led to rampant unemployment

in Somaliland, which has one of the world’s poorest economies.

Polygamy has also contributed to the increasing number of female

breadwinners in Somaliland. Islamic tradition, which the Somalis follow,

allows men to marry up to four wives provided they are able to support

them. However, Somaliland’s men are so poor that they can barely afford

to support one wife; but when a man marries several women, his wives

are forced to take up an economic activity to sustain their families.

It is very easy for men to divorce their wives as women rarely receive a

fair hearing in a judicial system whose laws favour men. Husbands are

able to divorce their wives, leaving many women in the position of the

single provider for the household.

It seems that the war has devastated the family structure and destroyed

the Somali men. Our Heavenly Father’s intention is for the family structure

to remain intact, and I believe God the Father is longing for these hurt

and sick men to come to HIM. He wants to heal and restore them to be

men after His own heart because His compassion never fails.

Prov 11:19 The truly righteous man attains

life, but he who pursues evil goes to his death.

Ask our Heavenly Father to fill you with His compassion for the

broken men of Somalia.

Acts 13:22 After removing Saul, he made David their king. He

testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man

after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’

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Pray that Jesus would supernaturally reveal himself to these

men like he did to Saul, so that they can be restored to being

responsible God-fearing men

Pray that the Holy Spirit will convict and soften the “hard”

hearts of these men so that they can be broken and render

their hearts to their Creator and Heavenly Father

Pray that these men will be changed into men after God’s own

heart. Nothing is impossible for HIM

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Khat

John 8:34-36 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone

who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent

place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the

Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

Khat or Qat (Catha Edulis) is one of the most addictive substances

in Somalia and poses a dangerous threat to Somali society today. To

keep the potency of the drug, Khat or Qat is consumed by chewing

the fresh leaf and flower buds. It is chewed at social gatherings, in

homes, businesses and political discussions, usually after mid afternoon

lunch. There are people however, who eat Khat both in the morning

(Jabbane) and at night. The flower buds contain a substance, which

when consumed, is mildly stimulating and anorexigenic. If used

excessively it will affect the user’s judgment and self control, and also

suppresses the appetite and sexual desire. It produces lethargy and

general unproductive behaviors. It is an intoxicant that clouds, obscures

or veils consciousness and belongs to the family of Amphetamines. Qat

is the most devastating cause of broken bones and broken homes. In Qat

munching memory deteriorates, personality degenerates and character

disintegrates. Qat like other intoxicants offers a temporary and elusive

escape from problems and worries but leaves the user in a degenerate

and crushed position, thus multiplying the suffering rather than relieving

it. Qat soon overcomes the strongest man and turns him into a raging

beast, threatening those around him and insulting imaginary enemies.

In the mental hospitals, one out of every two patients are admitted

because of Qat related problems.

Women dealers, who seem to be the ones entrusted with the business of

selling the drugs rather than the men, sell khat openly on the streets.

This drug “helps” an entire country escape from the traumatic

experience of the last 15 years. Its captivating effect takes them from

bondage to the next. The truth however is, only Jesus the Son of God

can set them free.

Romans 6:22 But now that you have been set

free from sin and have become slaves to God,

the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the

result is eternal life.

Ask the Lord to give you a zealous heart of intercession against

this evil drug, which is leading an entire nation into addiction.

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Pray for boldness among the Somalis to stand up and speak out

the truth about the deadly effects of Khat

Pray that the Ethiopian and Kenyan suppliers of Khat, will pass

a law which prohibits the exportation of Khat to Somalia

Pray that during their Khat chewing sessions the Holy Spirit will

give visions about Jesus and people will come to the Lord and

be freed from this addiction

Pray for the women dealers of this drug to be convicted of its

danger and stand up against it

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Children

Psalm 72:4 He will defend the afflicted among the people

and save the children of the needy; he will crush the oppressor.

In Somalia, local authorities are increasingly confronted with rising

numbers of street children. Somalia is one of two countries that did

not sign the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). It has one of

the highest infant mortality rates in the world and some of the poorest

educational opportunities. Thousands of children are living destitute

in displaced camps or on the streets. Hundreds of children living in

orphanages are deprived of a normal family environment. In addition,

many children have been conscripted into militias and they get trained as

child soldiers. Others are sent abroad to get a better life, wave goodbye

to their parents in the drought-stricken heartland of eastern Somalia.

The smiles soon turn to tears as they wake up to the harsh reality that

they are the prisoners of gangs involved in child smuggling.

The report called “A gap in their hearts” exposes the scam, in which

parents pay as much as 10,000 USD to secure a better life for their

children who are then abandoned in Europe and North Africa. Others

are picked up by people who will exploit them. As many as 250 children

between the ages of 2 to 16, are being smuggled out of Somalia every

month.

Farhan’s story:

Farhan was eight years old when he arrived in a camp inside Somalia.

He was playing in the fields when fighting broke out and ran away to

a nearby town to get away from the fighting. Friendly townspeople

brought him to the camp when they fled and he has not seen his parents

since the day the fighting broke out and does not know if they are

alive. In the camp he has been paired with foster parents who have few

resources, so he sleeps at the local mosque. He has completed standard

eight in school and hopes peace will prevail so that he can return to

Somalia and to his family.

Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, “Let the little children

come to me, and do not hinder them, for the

kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Mark 10:16 And he took the children in his arms,

put his hands on them and blessed them.

Jesus’ heart was to bless the children. When we look at the

children of Somalia, let us speak prayers of blessings over them

and bless them with the Father’s love.

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Pray that this will be a generation who will get to know the

Father and can experience His blessing

Pray for the child soldiers, that they will receive healing from

traumatic experiences and become warriors for the Lord

Pray for the kids who were taken out of the country and

now live as strangers abroad, that they will get to know the

Father’s love in their new countries

Let us pray for the orphan’s that they can experience that God

is a Father to the fatherless

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Education

Job 34:4 Let us discern for ourselves what is right; let us

learn together what is good.

The fight against the Barre regime in the closing years of the 1980s decade

and the outbreak of civil war in 1991 completed the breakdown of the

formal education system. Many teachers and students were displaced, and

most school buildings were either completely or partially destroyed and

all educational materials and equipment were looted. With the exception

of Koranic classes, no formal education took place for at least two years

and Koranic schools dating back to the foundation of Islam common in

the Muslim world are institutions whose function is to inculcate religious

worship among children at an early age.

In the absence of a central government in Somalia for over one decade, the

education system declined and there has been little to no school service.

The result is, that an estimated 81 percent of Somalia’s population now is

illiterate and only 17 percent of Somali children go to school. A total of 81

percent of Somalis can neither read nor write and only one in four men and

13 percent of women are literate in today’s Somalia.

Through the efforts of international NGOs, Somali professionals and

communities, schoolbooks got printed and approximately one third of the

schools got rebuilt. There is still a lack of good teachers and most of the

children are growing up without formal education.

Before the breakdown of the government, there were some faith-based

organizations in the education system. Most parents wanted to send their

children to these schools because of the higher standard of education. A

good percentage of the believers in the country were schooled in a faithbased

education system. It is wonderful to see that when good seeds are

sown in young lives they take root and bring forth wonderful fruits.

Education is the key to success.... The bible says without a vision a

generation will die.

Proverbs 4:13 Hold on to instruction, do not

let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.

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Proverbs 16:20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,

and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.

Pray for the right teachers who can properly teach and instruct

the Somali kids to do the right things which will equip them to

make the right decisions for themselves and the future of their

people

More schools, so that boys and girls will have access to

education

For faith based schools, that more seeds can be planted and

that there will be fruit for eternity

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Child Soldiers

Psalm 72:4 He will defend the afflicted among the people

and save the children of the needy; he will crush the oppressor.

There have been more than half a million children worldwide, who are

under the age of 18, that have been recruited into government armed

forces, paramilitaries, civil militia and a wide variety of non-state

armed groups in more than 85 countries. In Somalia the most common

practice is to be recruited by warlords or forced to join the militias.

Somali teenage boy’s short Story:

“My parents who were from different clans got separated when I was

born. I lived with my Mom and I saw how she got torched, raped and

killed by soldiers. I could not handle it and ran away. I tried to survive

on the streets until an armed gang abducted me and they forced me to

become a “soldier”. My initial resistance got broken after I got beaten

with wire, raped and forced to watch the torture and murder of my best

friend”

Mark 10:16 And he took the children in his arms,

put his hands on them and blessed them.

This story speaks for itself in a heart-wrenching way. Take a

moment in wailing compassion and ask our Heavenly Father to

reveal His broken heart and his compassion for these abused

boys.

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Passionately intercede for the children who still suffer the

aftermath of being a child soldier

Pray that these practices will be stopped and that the

international rights for children will be enforced in Somalia

Pray that these boys can have the same opportunity as the

teenage boy who told his story, to receive healing therapy

through Christian therapists who can also minister to them

Pray that Jesus will reveal himself to them and that they will

be able to receive the love of Jesus

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Refugees

Matthew 25: 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something

to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to

drink, I was a stranger and you took me in, I was naked and

you clothed me.

When civil war broke out in Somalia around 1991, Somalis began fleeing

their homeland causing much displacement and suffering. Many Somalis

are still suffering the after-effects of these experiences and those who

were able, fled to countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia and Yemen, and many

died on the high seas during flight. Today many Somalis are living in the

United States, Canada and Europe.

A description of a Refugee Camp in Kenya:

Since the beginning of Somalia’s civil war, thousands of refugees have

poured into neighboring Kenya. The road to the compound where the

refugee camp’s aid workers live is lined with rolls of barbed wire. It is a

mini-fortress in the middle of a flat, scrubby, featureless landscape. The

area is awash with guns, which have flowed easily over the porous frontier

since Somalia’s civil war began in 1991. Because of the dangers in the area,

some of the ladies are afraid to go into the bush to collect firewood due to

the rapes that have taken place there.

The Somalis like to relate funny stories about themselves. Here is a story

of a Somali who moved to the United States:

Mahmoud had never seen a laundromat before. He knew he must first put

his clothes into the washing machine, so he did that. His next step was to

add quarters into the coin slot, so he did that too. Then he stepped back

and waited, but nothing happened. Someone finally pointed out that he

should press the little button with the instruction “Start”. Mahmoud looked

confused. “Why?” he asked, “they told me it was an automatic washing

machine.”

Somalis who have fled to Yemen are still fighting for greater assistance for

their kinsmen who are most vulnerable. They are fighting for adequate

healthcare, better protection, assistance in urban areas and resettlement

for all of them. Some protestors also demand that their national identity

cards, which allow them to work and send their children to school, be

Hebrew 13:2 Do not forget to entertain

strangers, for by so doing some people have

entertained angels without knowing it.

Somalis are now scattered all over the world. Let’s ask our heavenly

Father to open our eyes that we can seek out the Somalis in our

areas.

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renewed. Somalis entering Yemen are automatically granted

refugee status by the government. At the end of October, there

were some 79,000 refugees registered with the UNHCR in Yemen,

and more than 68,000 of whom were from Somalia. Most Somalis

in Yemen live in urban areas, with roughly 7,500 staying at the

Kharaz refugee camp in the Lahj governorate located in the south

of the country.

Pray that Somalis living abroad will find people who will share

the Good News with them and be an example in word and deed

Pray that Somali believers living abroad will have a burden

for the lost among their own people and will return and be a

witness to their brothers and sisters

Pray that the light of God will flood into the refugee camps in

Kenya, Yemen and other countries

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Djibouti

Isaiah 44:3 For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and

streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your

offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.

Djibouti is Africa’s smallest state. It is a hot dry desert land, the

hottest inhabited country in the world. Unemployment is as much

as 85% due to lack of water, industry and other natural resources.

There is freedom of religion in the constitution and culturally over

99% of locals are Moslem with a heavy overtone of secularism. For

about 140 years there has been, and still is, a colonial presence

despite achieving their ‘independence’ for almost 30 years. There is

a fair amount of stability in the region, and development of the port

and the presence of international aid organisations (as well as many

hundreds of western troops) has made some people prosperous and

lessened poverty in the region. There is an obvious material greed,

which has (sadly) developed in an open dependence on wanting more

than is necessary and a ’give me’ mentality, which seem to prevail

among the people.

There are Aid organizations, which are involved in bringing relief and

hope to the different areas.

Djibouti’s population is 45% Somalis. Over a long period of time,

people from all over the world laboured spiritually and physically in

this country. Despite many obstacles, the workers never give up and

God has answered many prayers. People are maturing in the Word

and many people are studying The Truth regularly and have made

commitments to follow Christ.

In the town of Djibouti, there is a legally recognised French

Protestant Church, which is visited by believers from the expatriate

community.

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Isaiah 58:11 The Lord will guide you always;

he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched

land and will strengthen your frame. You

will be like a well-watered garden, like a

spring whose waters never fail.

The Sun of Righteousness remains the only real ‘Hope’ for the

people of this region.

Ps 37:6 He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the

justice of your cause like the noonday sun

Pray for: maturity, growth and unity for the ones who follow

the Son of Righteousness

Pray that the Christians in Djibouti would walk in a manner

worthy of the Lord and in such a way that others will be

attracted to Christ

Pray for unity, a new spring rain and fresh anointing for the

workers in this dry and weary land

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Health

Proverbs 18:14 A man’s spirit sustains him in sickness, but a

crushed spirit who can bear?

When the government collapsed in January 1991 and Siad Barre lost

power, Somalia’s health situation deteriorated and the escalation of

diseases persisted into the early 1990s. The results were alarming and

reflected a difficult environment, inadequate nutrition, and insufficient

medical care. When the revolutionary regime came to power, the

unfortunate disasters of drought, flood, and warfare, which resulted

in the refugee problem, left diets more inadequate than before.

The obvious reality that major changes would be necessary in order

to make the environment less hostile was an important factor. Such

changes would have to include the elimination of disease-transmitting

organisms.

Diseases such as pulmonary tuberculosis, malaria, and infectious

and parasitic diseases were prevalent in Somalia. In addition,

schistosomiasis (bilharzia), tetanus, venereal disease (especially in the

port towns), leprosy, and a variety of skin and eye ailments severely

impaired health and productivity. In early 1992, Somalia had a human

immune-virus (HIV) incidence between 1 and 1.4%.In addition, Somalia

has a high prevalence of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and low

awareness on HIV transmission. Combined with high levels of stigma

and discrimination, these factors could quickly evolve into a serious

problem unless there is rapid and adequate support for carefully

designed HIV/AIDS prevention and control across Somalia.

It is quite heartbreaking to see the lack of availability and access to

medications and proper medical supplies in the hospitals in Somalia.

Patients are therefore required to supply their own medications, which

are supplied through the black market when it is available. The doctors

further exploit these patients, as they are required to pay extra money

if they want the medication professionally administered.

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Mark 2:17 On hearing this, Jesus said to

them, “It is not the healthy who need a

doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call

the righteous, but sinners.”

Matthew 14:14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd he had

compassion on them and healed their sick.

Seek the Lord’s compassion over the Somali people who are not

only physically sick, but spiritually and emotionally.

Pray for an increase of medical field workers in the Christian

Aid organizations in Somalia who will be involved with the HIV

campaigns

Pray that Christian believers in medical organizations will

be moved with compassion to go into Somalia and serve the

people with the love and compassion of Jesus

Pray that the medical personnel will be used through prayer

and the laying on of hands, to see the healing power of Jesus

demonstrated among the sick in Somalia

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Mental Health

Lamentations 3:32 Though he brings grief, he will show

compassion, so great is his unfailing love.

Mental illness is hugely stigmatized in the Somali community where

few physicians are trained as psychiatrists. There is only one hospital in

the entire country that deals with mental health issues. In general, this

psychiatric hospital takes care of severely ill and psychotic patients.

Visitors are faced with the horrendous reality of the treatments of

patients who are strapped and chained, yelling and talking non-sensibly,

and others sitting in their own excrement.

Many Somalis believe depression was not a serious health issue among

the Somali population, or they just merely ignored the existence

until the start of the civil war in the 1990s. Others believe it existed

but was not recognized or treated. The war resulted in relocation,

refugee camps, malnutrition, trauma, and death and the traditional

Somali society was largely destroyed. Many people were killed and/or

separated from their families, lacked financial support and were forced

to transition from a nomadic to a Western society. It is believed that as

a result of all these changes, people started experiencing depression.

A study showed that 80% of cases of schizophrenia disorders is connected

with excessive Khat abuse.

The Somalis are deeply religious and the Muslim faith greatly affects

their response to traumas and sadness. Firstly, Somalis often see traumas

as “God’s will” and that they are chosen by Allah to deal with these

traumas. Secondly, the Koran states that a person who commits suicide

will go to hell. This has impacted the people and has lessened the

frequency of suicide ideation and attempts in the general population.

There is an obvious prevalence of insanity in Hargeisa, as men walking

naked and babbling incoherently can be commonly seen in the

streets.

Our Father sees them as people he created and he loves dearly.

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Pray for deliverance from torment among the Somalis

Pray that the Somali people will admit the reality of mental

health and submit to the proper medical assistance

Pray for availability and accessibility to proper medications

and that the sick will be given human rights and treated with

dignity

Pray for more mental facilities and Christian Organizations to

pro-actively serve and bring hope to the Somali people

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Disabled

Psalm 22:24 For he has not despised or disdained the suffering

of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from

him but has listened to his cry for help.

In the words of a 19-year-old disabled Somali girl: “People with disabilities

are invisible. They are treated insensitively and are much more vulnerable

than the other people of Somaliland. There are no special provisions made

for the disabled and they have to climb staircases, operate wheel chairs

without the rolling entries that would normally accommodate people in

wheel chairs. They are treated inhumanly by other people and by parents

who deny them of the privilege of going to Koran or other public schools.

Parents are either ashamed of their child’s disability or afraid that their

child will be subject to abuse and insensitive treatments, so they are kept

home in the confines of a safe environment.”

In the 1970s when Jama was still a child suffering from Polio, his mother

took him to southern Somalia to live with his uncle so that he could attend

a Koranic school. He used walking sticks made by his parents to move

around. “All my childhood I was picked on” he says. “Children would

watch me in the playground and say I was not normal. They would ask me

why I was like this. I would answer that it was due to a car accident, or

because of God - anything to keep them quiet.” Jama also experienced

severe discrimination in the home where his father would verbally abuse

his mother for caring for him. “I was lucky my mother was more civilized

than my father,” Jama says. ‘In most families here, disabled children are

ignored by the whole family. If parents have three children and one is

disabled, the other two are sent to school and the disabled one is barely

clothed and fed and stays indoors.’

Most of the disabilities in Somalia are results of such diseases as Polio

and Leprosy; and these diseases are also connected with old myths that

are traditionally used for cures. For example, people in Somalia believe

that leprosy can be cured with the liver of a young child. This particular

myth started before the civil war when the Somali Police quarantined all

the people who were afflicted with leprosy on an island in the South of

Somalia where they lived isolated from their families.

Many people in Somali still suffer from Polio and Leprosy. Let us

stand in the gap, especially for those who have been rejected by

their society, that they may know how precious they are in the

eyes of their Heavenly Father, who loves them and wants them to

experience His love and their worth in His eyes.

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Pray that Christians with a call to serve the disabled, will go to

Somalia and serve there

Pray that children suffering from Polio and Leprosy can receive

the Father’s love and know that HE is not rejecting them

Pray that The Leper Community will experience the power of

Jesus that will remove stigma and shame and replace it with

His love and compassion for them

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Landmines

Psalm 34:18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted

and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Somalia’s long history of conflict and the common use

of landmines have caused major disruption in many

communities. Most of the landmines in Somalia are scattered

across pastoral lands, near water holes, and along secondary

roads, which are frequently used by the people commuting

to and from the markets. Nomadic farmers have been

forced into the cities because the landmines are generally

present in agricultural lands, and the economy of Somalia

has traditionally depended upon the grazing and sale of

livestock. The economy has suffered greatly because of the

landmines that have been responsible for killing livestock

and disrupting productive farmers.

In 1995 an eight-year-old girl faced an audience of hundreds of

people from all over the world at an international conference

in Geneva and spoke passionately about her plight caused by

a landmine that had blown off her legs at the age of four.

She now uses artificial legs but continues to be traumatized

socially and physically. There are organizations that are

attempting to de-mine the fields, especially in Somaliland;

however, this is a long process.

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Psalm 9:18 But the needy will not always

be forgotten, nor the hope of the afflicted

ever perish.

Psalm 62:5 Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes

from him

Pray that more organizations will be involved in the de-mining

process

Pray that those who have been victimized by the presence of

landmines, and have lost body parts as well as hope, will have

an experience and a relationship with the true hope-giver

Pray that those who have been victimized, will experience the

faithfulness of God in all areas of their lives

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Water

Psalm 42:1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my

soul pants for you, O God.

Somalia has two perennial rivers - Juba and Shabelle rivers.

In late April 2005, heavy rains, which resulted in widespread flooding

throughout the regions of Somalia and Ethiopia, caused the Shabele River

to overflow its banks. Since May 2005, there have been over 100 confirmed

deaths caused by flooding in the Somali Region alone.

In Somalia, wells, which are as precious as a ‘town bank’, are guarded

with weapons and controlled by warlords. As a result of the three-year

drought that relentlessly plagued the region, water, which is considered a

valuable commodity, is worth fighting over and dying for.

It has been reported that across East Africa, an estimated 11 million

people have been affected by the drought as well as the deaths of large

numbers of livestock, which left various carcasses of animals as well as

hearty camels rotting in the sun. The drought has caused the eruption

of a battle between two clans over the control of a watering hole in a

dusty, drought-stricken trading town. Villagers call it the “War of the

Well”, which lasted for two years, leaving 250 men dead as well as ‘well

widows’, ‘well warriors’ and ‘well warlords’. There have been reports of

bloodied, swollen bodies left by the well in disgrace and shame, and the

level of violence, which had never been seen before proves that “thirst

forces men to the horror of war.”

Although the local people have figured out a system whereby they can

be supplied with drinking water, the warlords who have taken control,

deny them this access. The situation of a deplorable condition of drinking

water that is unfit for human consumption has resulted in widespread

disease among the local people. As one Somali nurse exclaimed, “It’s like

the start of the water wars right here in Somalia.”

Psalm 63:1 O God, you are my God,

earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you,

my body longs for you, in a dry and weary

land where there is no water.

Isaiah 44:3 For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams

on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and

my blessing on your descendants.

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Pray that God will flood this land with his Holy Spirit and open

up this dry and hard ground

Pray that the Somali people will become thirsty for the truth

Pray that the Somali people will experience that only Jesus can

supply them with living water

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Nomads

Isaiah 49:10 They will neither hunger nor thirst, nor

will the desert heat or the sun beat upon them. He who

has compassion on them will guide them and lead them

beside springs of water.

Sixty - seventy percent of the Somali population are

pastoral nomads, and are entirely dependent on livestock.

The Nomads are seen as dispersed, aimless, obstinate and

inferior people. It is very difficult to provide them with school

classes or clinics, as they rarely take advantage of any of

the social services. Nomads have special ways of adapting

to the arid and unreliable climatic conditions. They have a

strong and viable social system and community organization,

which enhances their self-reliance and survival capacities

to meet their needs, even during times of disaster such as

drought. Nomads are symbols of survival and have survived

long droughts, epidemic diseases and all kinds of hardships

without any external or government assistance. Over the

years, they have developed their own methods of treating

livestock with a fair degree of success.

For centuries milk produced on the rangelands constituted the

main diet of the nomads during several months of the year,

depending on the size of the herd and pattern of droughts.

But since the market economy came in contact with nomads

their diet has substantially changed. Nomads have more or less

full control over the management of pasturage. They restrict

and direct their wanderings and focus on tribal holdings,

depending on the availability of food supply (fodder) and the

technology for exploiting it. Each clan has focal sites that

they occupy for a considerable period of the year.

John 4:14 But whoever drinks the water I

give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I

give him will become in him a spring of water

welling up to eternal life.

Ask our Heavenly Father to show you His heart for this special

community

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Pray that the Nomads will find their home in the Father’s house

Pray that they will find the living water and rest for their souls

in and through Jesus

Pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit over this community,

that they will dream dreams and have visions about Jesus

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Bantus

Psalm 9:9 The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a

stronghold in times of trouble.

The Bantus of Somalia have a long history of slavery and are

divided into three groups. There are the indigenous Bantus,

Bantus who migrated to Somalia and Bantus who were brought

in by Arab slave traders in the 1800s and settled in the rural

south of Somalia along the Juba River. The Bantus have always

been treated as second-class citizens even after the country

gained its independence. They worked as farmers and only

few were allowed access to education. In the beginning of

the civil war most Bantus left Somalia and entered Kenya

and Tanzania as refugees. After leaving Somalia, many were

injured, raped and killed.

The Bantus are the most liberal Muslims in Somali society. The

Bantu women’s role in the community is a very liberal one.

They are allowed to work in the fields, and even though they

are modestly dressed, there is no evidence to link them to

any fundamentalist, religious, or extremist political group.

There were no evident Christians among the Bantus who first

arrived in the refugee camps. However, a few years later a

small number had converted to Christianity in a refugee camp

where several hundred Christian Ethiopians resided.

Psalm 82: 3 Defend the cause of the weak and

fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and

oppressed.

Psalm 146:7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food

to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free.

The Father heard the cry of His precious Bantu people. Some of

them have already come home to the Father’s house and many

more are on the way.

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Pray that an indigenous church among the Bantus will be

formed and that it will draw many to the Lord

Pray that Bantus will return to Somalia and bring the Good

news to those who were once their oppressors

Pray that the Bantus will be used to spread the gospel

throughout all of Africa

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Mogadishu

Ps 127:1 Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders

labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the

watchmen stand guard in vain

The Somalis in the Mogadishu area were connected through

trade to other communities along the Indian coast as early

as AD 800 and Muslims from the Arabian Peninsula colonized

Mogadishu around AD 900. Mogadishu being a very large

city was most likely to become the capital and most focal

center in the region. In contrast to most of the Somali coastal

areas, Mogadishu’s fertile terrain is potentially promising for

agriculture and could support a larger population. There was

a very prosperous trade alliance between Mogadishu and the

interior, which gave way to the spread of Islam throughout

Somalia. The historic Mosque of Fakr ad-Din, built in 1269,

still stands.

After Siad Barre lost political power, warlords controlled

Mogadishu for about 15 years. A green line divided the city

into North and South Mogadishu, and travel into the city was

not allowed without armed bodyguards.

The first Battle of Mogadishu is known as “Black Hawk down”,

when the USA sent an army into Mogadishu to capture a

warlord. It was during this Battle of Mogadishu that the

Somalis killed 18 American soldiers. The second battle was

in the beginning of 2006 when the Somali warlords and

the Islamic Court Union (ICU) were fighting over control of

Mogadishu. Since June 2006 the ICU has controlled Mogadishu

and is making a strong effort to reduce lawlessness in the

city. Under the control of the ICU, the international airport

was reopened and is now in full operation.

Ac 14:21 They preached the good news in that

city and won a large number of disciples

Ps 55:11 Destructive forces are at work in the city; threats and

lies never leave its streets.

At present, the city reflects destruction and despair. However,

our Heavenly Father sees with different eyes and He wants to

show HIS mercy again over this city and to be welcomed and

worshiped in this city.

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Pray for God’s mercy over the people in Mogadishu

As Islam spread from Mogadishu into Somalia pray that the

gospel will be preached in Mogadishu and from there, spread

to all the other cities and villages in Somalia

Pray that Mogadishu will become a place where worship and

intercession will go up to the throne of God

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Poetry

Isaiah 12:4 In that day you will say: “Give thanks to the

LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what

he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.”

Somalia is an oral society with poetry as an important

aspect, woven into the fabric of the culture, making them

famous for being a nation of poets. Somali poetry is still

primarily experienced through listening rather than reading.

The language was first written in an officially recognized

script in 1972 and, prior to that, poetry was, with very few

exceptions, composed, retained and performed solely in oral

form. A Somali proverb says that “he who looks at paper

never becomes a memorizer”, and the skills of listening and

repeating are gradually applied to the creation of poetry.

Many of the day-to-day tasks carried out by the people in

the countryside, are associated with poetry in the form of

work songs. This poetic form of expression is also the key to

mass communication, serving as advertisement, instrument

of influence and path to power in a turbulent land. In Somalia

the poet is a person of prestige and power, respected for

his cleverness and sometimes even feared for his afmishaar

— his “mouth like a saw.” Poetic contests between competing

poets have always been a feature of Somali life.

There are several modern technological contributions to the

poetic expression of Somalia. Cassette tapes passed from

hand to hand and group-to-group and radio are some of the

most common ways that Somali poetry is communicated.

Agrarian tribes in the south communicate with the nomads

of the north through poetic debates aired on the national

radio.

Acts 17:27-29 God did this so that men would

seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find

him, though he is not far from each one of us.

For in him we live and move and have our being.

As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his

offspring.’

Colossians 4:4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.

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Pray that the poets will come to know and accept Jesus as Lord

Pray that the Good News will be proclaimed in Somalia through

poems and drama

Pray that through poetic communication the Gospel will be

spread throughout all of Africa

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Radio Gospel

2 Timothy 2:8-9 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the

dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I

am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal.

But God’s word is not chained.

In 1854, Richard Burton, the first European explorer who visited Somalia

noted its inhabitants had a deep interest in news from the outside world.

The typical Somali greeting is “Iska warran!” meaning “Bring news”. A century

later, this curiosity led to Somalis becoming avid listeners to radio broadcasts.

Somali remains the smallest language used by the shortwave service of the

BBC; life inside the country slows down every evening at 5:30 when the BBC

broadcasts the news. During the beginning of the civil war, the government

briefly tried to ban listening the BBC, but this move was a total failure.

While Somalia still had a functioning government, missionary work was

severely restricted. Bookshops were rarely able to sell Christian literature

or Scripture. Open preaching was never possible. After Somalia became a

“failed state” in 1991, opportunities to hear the Gospel message or obtain a

Bible have become even more difficult. This is likely to become even worse

with the spreading grip of the new Islamist regime.

However, thanks to the means of shortwave radio, Somalis still have the

opportunity to hear the life-changing message of the grace of God. Neither

sharia law nor violence can prevent these radio waves from penetrating the

Horn of Africa. Since 1974, those with radios [and the means to listen privately]

have been able to hear regular preaching of the Word. At present, there are

six different Christian broadcasts; two are nightly with a total of an hour. The

other four are heard on one or more evenings throughout the week.

As hundreds of thousands of Somalis have scattered across the world in their

Diaspora, many have been able to remain in contact with these broadcasts.

Sometimes listeners may not write for many years; contact is often renewed

in a totally different part of the globe.

Here is a translated excerpt of response from a listener. It demonstrates the

effects these broadcasts have as the Holy Spirit anoints the preaching of the

message of freedom and forgiveness through faith in the Messiah:

1 Corinthians 1:21 God was pleased through the

foolishness of what was preached to save those

who believe.

“...we have listened to your radio programs for the last five years...we

were unchanged in the first two years. Even the third year was

the same, although by then some doubts had entered our minds. However,

by the fourth year the Holy Spirit affected us, and we decided to think

objectively. We thank God that we could hear a word from you. It changed

our life completely and made our souls bold and joyful. What is the

word we heard from you? ‘Nobody is able to overcome Satan until he get

supports from the power of the Holy Spirit.’ That is the truth, because

immediately all our confusion was finished. Our lives become meaningful

from our decision, so we thank God for that. Know that we are feeling

that we are Christian four months although we are only Christian in “in

our hearts” because we have never read the Bible. Thus, we hope that you

will understand more about our need, and that you will send us the Gospel

book and the course One God, one way.“

Romans 10: 14 And how can they believe in the one of whom

they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone

preaching to them?

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Commitment and gifting for the six teams producing Somali

Christian broadcasts

Guidance from the Holy Spirit to lead many Somalis to regularly

listen to these broadcasts

For providential opportunities for privacy for both seekers and

believers to listen safely

For isolated believers to be able to find each other so as to form

house churches

For open opportunities for follow up via email, post and visits to

listeners

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Seekers

Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me when you seek

me with all your heart.

Somali people have a great interest in gaining knowledge and are

passionate truth seekers. They can be found in chat rooms where

they seek spiritual knowledge and are engaged in anonymous

online bible correspondence courses. They are curious about

Christianity and Islam and usually have many questions. They

love to dialogue about faith and are not shy about confronting

the person with confusing questions during their conversations.

You can see it quite often happening that when somebody comes

in first contact with Christianity, that they usually get very

protective of their Islamic roots and make an external show

of their faith by expressing very traditional and strict rules of

Islam. They become much more conscious of the Five Pillars of

their faith, and the women make an outward show of conserving

themselves in veils and traditional clothing. Somalis who seek to

know more about the Christian faith, are much more comfortable

outside of their national environment and they are less fearful of

being stigmatized as a betrayer of their faith.

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A Christian community, inside and outside of the country, faces

the challenge of answering spiritual questions and being ready to

testify about Jesus Christ.

John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the

life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Pray against the spirit of confusion and for the eyes of these

precious people to be touched supernaturally so they will see

the truth clearly

Pray that Christians will be ready to share the Good News

Pray for better access to Christian radio and TV programs in

Somalia

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Dreams and Visions

Genesis 40:8 “We both had dreams,” they answered, “but

there is no one to interpret them.” Then Joseph said to them,

“Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.”

In the beginning of the 90s there was a sandstorm in Somalia where

hundreds of people saw the face of Jesus in this storm. After many

years, they are still testifying about it:

“I have had a dream!” Probably the most amazing phenomenon is

the powerful role that dreams and visions have played in drawing

people to Jesus. And just as how God prepared Cornelius to hear the

Gospel through a vision, He is preparing Somalis today in the same

way to respond to His good news.”

In the account of one believer, he had a dream of a figure that he

later believed to be Christ. The figure was robed in white and called

the man to come to Him. In another dream (which he relates to

the first), he recalls that the same figure’s arms were extended,

beckoning him.

In another account, a person who had suffered with severe headaches

was lying on his bed when a man with a beautiful, peaceful face

appeared. The stranger was dressed in white and walked to the head

of the man’s bed and touched him three times on the head. The next

morning his headaches were gone, and his son also encountered a

complete healing. The man now recounts with confidence, “I believe

in prayer in the name of the Christ.”

The great majority of dreams seem to fall into one of two broad

categories. The first could be considered the preparatory dream.

Like Christ appearing in a white robe, the vision confirms thoughts

or conversations one has been having about Christ or the Christian

faith. The second could be called the empowering dream. Here the

dream or vision commonly gives the believer strength in the face

of persecution. Short of persecution, it may embolden believers,

strengthening the nature of their witness.

Joel 2:28 And afterward, I will pour out my

Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will

prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your

young men will see visions.

Acts 10:3 One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision.

He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said,

“Cornelius!”

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Pray that the people who saw the face of Jesus in the

sandstorm will be reminded about it and call out to HIM

Pray that people who have experienced Jesus in a dream will

seek to find Him and receive Him in their hearts

Pray that there will be many more dreams and visions of Jesus

among the Somali people, and that they will come to know

Him as their Lord and Saviour

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Followers

Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone

would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his

cross and follow me.”

Somali Believers can be found in different areas of the

country, and it is a beautiful experience to meet them. They

are often secret believers who live out their faith privately

and are not aware of where or who the other believers are.

Their clans or families often persecute anyone who makes

a commitment to follow Jesus. It is quite common to hear

of people being killed or tortured because of a decision to

change their faith; so Somali believers have a tremendous

fear of being discovered when they make a commitment to

the Christian faith.

One of the recent highlights in Somalia was the opportunity

that some of the Christians had to gather for a reconciliation

prayer event, where they were able to meet and fellowship

with other believers from different clans and areas. It was

powerful to see how they talked about their hurts and faults

and how people from different Clans entered into a special

time of forgiving each other.

These believers are very precious in the sight of the Father

who takes delight in them. Jesus himself is interceding day

and night for them, that their faith will not be stopped.

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Mark 10:28 Peter said to him, “We have left

everything to follow you!”

I believe that the Somali believers who were able to forgive what

was done to them by other Somali clans, have a strong calling

and anointing to bring reconciliation to other people groups and

countries.

Matthew 4:19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you

fishers of men.”

Pray for Somali MBBs to grow in grace, strength and wisdom

Pray that they would have wisdom to plant seeds of faith in

the hearts of their families and friends and that whole families

and clans will become followers

Pray that they can follow the call to become fishers of men

themselves

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Martyrs

Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the

death of his saints.

“The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church”.

This truth was witnessed in the Early Church and is a

testimony of the 21st Century Church, a truth, which

cannot be denied but is evident in the sacrificial life of

the missionary. In reflection of the last 20 years, we see

followers (native and expatriates) who have laid down their

lives for the gospel in Somalia. As we have already stated,

when a Somali makes a commitment to be a follower of

Christ, it is with the knowledge and understanding that he

is subject to death by his own family.

After observing the life of believers over a long period

of time, one Somali lady counted the cost and made a

commitment to serve Christ. She knew that it could cost

her everything and for a while lived her faith as a secret

believer, but eventually felt compelled to be a witness to

the people around her. She was a very joyful lady and she

saw it as a privilege to serve the Lord. After a couple of

years people saw her as a threat and decided to kill her

leaving a husband and small kids behind.

Revelation 7:14-15 And he said, “These are they who

have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed

their robes and made them white in the blood of the

Lamb. Therefore, “they are before the throne of God and

serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on

the throne will spread his tent over them.

It is not easy to conceive with the natural mind why believers have to

suffer death because of their faith, but we have to believe that the

blood of the martyrs will not be in vain and out of this soil will come

fruit, fruit for eternity.

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Pray for the family of martyrs who are left behind, to receive

the comfort of their Heavenly Father and be healed from

bitterness

Pray for those who are responsible for the killings of Christians

to be convicted with the fear of the Lord

Pray that a strong church in Somalia will emerge out of the

seed of the martyrs

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Authority in Jesus

Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and

blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities,

against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual

forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

The Bible says that our fight is not against people but against the

spiritual forces of evil. In Somalia there is a demonic oppression that

is often experienced along with darkness and the actual presence of

demons. There is a spiritual stronghold of death, division, deception

and confusion that is very obvious throughout the land.

In the last 15 years family members who have shown no regard for

human life, counting it as worthless, killed thousands of people. Anger

often ends in death. The general mentality of the Somali children is to

exercise their right to kill anyone that they dislike.

The Somali proverb, which states ”I and Somali against the world; I

and my clan against Somalia; I and my family against the clan; I and

my brother against the family; I against my brother” is an example

of the division that exists in the land. This divisive mentality has

been experienced by many organizations that have found it difficult to

maintain team unity inside the country after experiencing team splits

and fragmentation. There have been news reports from the BBC and

New York Times, addressing the confusion that exists in the land, and

these reports are often times contradictory because of the confusion

and disunity that prevents the real truth from being reported.

Luke 10:19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and

scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will

harm you.

Jesus gave us authority to overcome the power of the enemy; now

let us take this authority in prayer and stand against these spiritual

forces.

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Matthew 16:19 I will give you the keys of the

kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth

will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose

on earth will be loosed in heaven.

Pray that the spirit of death will be bound and the spirit of life

will be released in the name of Jesus

Proclaim John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and

destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to

the full.

Pray that Somali believers will utilize the vital weapon

of spiritual warfare and operate in the opposite spirit,

demonstrating in a practical way what reconciliation and living

in unity means

Stand in prayer against the spirit of confusion and proclaim the

truth in John 14:6 - Jesus answered, “I am the way and the

truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through

me.”

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Workers

Matthew 9:37-38 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “The

harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of

the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest

field.”

I have begun this Chapter with an appropriate song, titled ‘Soldiers’

Soldier, stand along the battle line

Far from the comfort of the water and the wine

Get your armor’ which is still so shiny and so new

But there will be a time,

Where it will be dirty from the battles you’ve been through

Soldier, keep your eyes straight ahead

Help the wounded, so it hurts to leave the dead

Keep your weapons and your spirit; get ready all the time

The lights go out, you lie down to rest,

Know that I’m proud of you I know you’ve done the best

Let me hold you for a while

Yes, you are a mighty warrior,

but don’t forget, you are still my child.

I am with you, when the world keeps charging in,

I will be with you until to the very end

Soldier, keep my flag flying high,

don’t let it fall in battle or be stolen in the middle of the night

Don’t you loose your battle cry,

If your arm is weak and weary I am strong by your side

This Song is an honest description of what frontline workers in Somalia and

similar regions are experiencing. If our only aim is to fight, then in the

end we will find ourselves fighting our brothers and sisters and forgetting

the most important thing. We are called to be rooted in the Father’s love

and to be confident in the knowledge that He is pleased with us and has

equipped us to serve Him according to the truth of His word.

Before the Civil War in Somalia many workers served in the educational

and Health Sectors. There was a remarkably high standard in Mission

Schools and Health Posts, and because of the good reputation of these

Christian workers, many Somalis were blessed

with their services. A vast majority of workers

served selflessly in various ministries and some

of them even gave their lives unto death. (Psalm

116:15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.)

Things have changed since the civil war, and access into the country

is far more difficult than it was before. Most workers are only given

a short-term entry. However, God has opened amazing windows of

opportunities and different doors through which Christian workers can

bring light and hope into a dark and hopeless country.

There have been numerous accounts, where people have left this

specific harvest field very discouraged and wounded.

Let’s take some time to seek our Father’s heart regarding the specific

needs of these workers and to ask for His anointing and strength to

bring in the harvest.

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Pray for discouraged and weary workers to be restored and to

receive the revelation of the Father’s heart of how pleased He

is with them

Pray that many workers will be released into the harvest field,

which is ripe and ready for harvesting

Pray for endurance and perseverance to those who feel

called to serve the people in this land but are experiencing

discouragement from making their decisions

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