Oct 30: Somalia

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Area: 637,000 sq km

The mostly arid Horn of Africa east of Ethiopia and Kenya.

Population: 9,358,602    Annual Growth: 2.30%

Capital: Mogadishu

Urbanites: 37.4%


Peoples: 22 (77% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Somali, Arabic (few speak it)    Languages: 15 All languages


Largest Religion: Muslim

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Answer to Prayer

An infant Somali Church is emerging amid great tribulation. Somali Christians are despised and heavily persecuted, even martyred, but are also growing in faith and in vision. Burdened for their country, they are leading more boldly and will clearly not just disappear. Those in power admit that Somalis are no longer 100% Muslim but more stridently insist that all Somalis remain Muslim.

     For an additional Answer to Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

Challenge for Prayer

Christian specialist ministries:

a) The Somali Bible was first published in 1977; a recent revision is currently on sale in the USA and Kenya. Distribution can occur only outside of Somalia. Pray for the wide dissemination of the Scriptures.

b) Bible translation for the Maay Somali (Rahanwein clan), whose language is somewhat divergent, is in progress.

c) Christian radio is a vital evangelistic and pre-evangelistic tool for reaching Somalis from outside the country. Pray for the work of Somali Voice of New Life (CNC-SIM), Voice of the Path of Peace and broadcasts of FEBA, TWR, IBRA and Adventist World Radio. It is a constant struggle to maintain, and a challenge to expand, this service.

d) Other formats of Christian material for Somalis include audio resources from GRN and Bible Voice, websites such as Somali Christian Ministries and Bible Correspondence courses (CNC).

     For an additional 8 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Somalia.