Members of the Somali Islamic terrorist group Al Shabaab cannot tolerate a former Muslim family responding to the light of Christ, and so murder a mother and her son.

Suleiman Abdiwahab, 38, was at home the morning of February 10. His wife and children were still asleep when Islamic rebels affiliated with Al Shabaab attacked. “We cannot allow the defiling of our religion with a foreign, Western religion. Allahu Akbar!”

Gunfire filled the house as the jihadists shot and killed Suleiman’s wife, Faduma. She had done something no Somalian woman is supposed to do – she had stopped following Allah’s prophet and started worshiping the only Savior, Jesus.

The sale of livestock at a market in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia. (Photo: Relief International)

But Faduma wasn’t enough. The terrorists also killed Suleiman’s 11-year-old son, Ahmed. Suleiman was also supposed to die. Neighbors found him lying next to his dead wife and son, shot in the chest. Somehow, he survived, along with their three remaining children, who escaped out the back door.

The spiritual darkness and hopelessness in Somalia, dominated by Islam, is clear in incidents like this. There are less than 1000 evangelical believers left in Somalia.

In February of this year, a new Somalian president was elected, the country’s former Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo (who interestingly holds both Somali and American citizenship).   As the unstable country is on the verge of a second devastating famine and continues to face ongoing threats from Al-Shabaab, there is little likelihood that the newly elected President will bring about any significant improvements for the Christian community in Somalia.

Newly elected President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo (Photo: AP Photo)

Despite the reality of this grim outlook, we know our God is actively searching the earth to give strong support for those willing to suffer for His name and whose hearts belong completely to Him. (2 Chronicles 16:9)  Pray for Somali believers like Suleiman, who have suffered things almost beyond comprehension, to know the comfort of Christ.

We serve a God who gives eternal life to His children and whose glory stretches across the expanse of the skies. Pray for the glory of what is to come to comfort this family in Somalia as they struggle with the pain of this heartbreaking loss.

“The nearness of God is my good.” — Psalm 73:28

The Lower Shebelle region of Somalia (Photo: Wikipedia)

Pray —

4/23 – Pray for the precious promises of God’s Word to be a steady comfort for Suleiman and his children in their grief.

4/24 – Ask God to protect and shelter Suleiman and his children from further harm and guide them in His steps.

4/25 – Pray that each Christian in Somalia will be filled with bright, unfading hope at the already-secured victory of Jesus.

4/26 – Ask God to keep Somali Christians in His perfect peace while their minds trust in Him completely. (Is. 46:3).

4/27 – Ask God to remove the scales from the eyes of Islamic persecutors in Somalia that they would see His salvation.

4/28 – Pray for Somali Christians to hunger and thirst daily after the righteousness of Christ and know His favor.

4/29 – Ask God to remind Somali Christians that the Kingdom belongs to those with a childlike faith in Him.

4/30 – Pray that Somali Christians will entrust justice and their circumstances to the only One who judges justly.

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