A bomb blast in the Somali capital Mogadishu, on Saturday, May 3, killed seven people and injured 25. The intended target was a prominent official named Abdikafi HIlowe whom al-Shabaab called the “enemy of Allah” and accused of working for foreign intelligence services and of committing “crimes against young Muslims.” The bomb detonated near Abdikafi’s vehicle, killing him and six others. A spokesman of al-Shabaab warned that there are many others on the list to be eradicated just like Abdikafi. Al-Jazeera reports that the attack is the latest in a string of bombings in the city attributed to al-Shabaab who are fighting to overthrow the country’s fragile, internationally-backed government. Somalia is in the 2nd position on the World Watch List, published annually by Open Doors International, of the 50 countries in which it is most difficult to be a Christian.
The small body of believers in Somalia is under great pressure. Even if the current government is able to bring long-term stability, Christians have no prospect of religious freedom since Somalia remains an Islamic state. Praise God for the believers’ faith despite the extreme difficulties they face.
Father, we thank You for believers in Somalia who are small in number but living faithful lives amid persecution. Strengthen them Father, and encourage them. Grant opportunity to live out Your gospel in this place of spiritual darkness. Strengthen the government of Somalia in their quest to restore peace in this war-ravaged nation that has sustained decades of anarchy. We pray that the threat of al-Shabaab would be eradicated. Thank You for the sure knowledge that You are building Your church in Somalia. We pray for an outpouring of Your Spirit upon them. In the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Amen.