Flag of Somalia Rank: 2
Score: 80/100
2013 Rank: 05
Leader: President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud
Government: Federal republic
Main Religion: Islam
Population: 10.3 million (A few hundred Christians)
Source of persecution: Islamic extremism

Christian Persecution in SomaliaPressure is increasing on the tiny Christian community in this Muslim-majority country. Islamic leaders and government officials publicly reinforce that there is no room for Christians, and there is a strong drive to purge Christianity from Somalia. The militant Islamist group, al-Shabaab, targets Christians and local communities. Ten believers are reported to have been killed by members of al-Shabaab in 2013. There is a high level of fear and mistrust among believers, who have to hide their faith for fear of betrayal.


  • Praise God that, despite the pressures, He has preserved a Christian witness in Somalia.
  • For the very few, often isolated believers. Ask God to provide ways for them to mature in Christ .
  • That Christians would have more freedom to worship Jesus.

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  • heather

    Praying for Somalis this morn. 2/11/13
    1:11 california, ca USA

  • Victoria WAGNER

    Father God, in Jesus’ Name, please send Your Son and deliver this world from these injustices. Somalia’s muslim leadership is strong because citizens are entrapped in lack of knowledge and are so very uneducated, spirits of “terrible 2s” as seen in babies, imprisoned in the bodies of violent adults armed to their teeth, where killing and maiming don’t even phase them. Oh God help this nation, and let Satan’s house destroy itself to powder in Jesus’ Name, save Your people Lord, Your martyrs. Help Mord, Help!

  • Dojcin Zivadinovic

    Praying for God’s children in Somalia…

  • Elizabeth Hiveley

    Father of light…shine Your light over this country today Lord.
    Encourage the belivers and bring many more into the kingdom of Your dear Son. Deliver them from this hard oppression. We ask that You do warfare over this nation and stop the many deaths. Encourage the believers through dreams and visions…Heal their wounds and bless them Lord.
    amen and amen

  • nicholette dusseau

    Almighty God creator of heaven and earth, please fill your beliviers with your power, righteousness, peace and love so that you may shine your truth to all who choose to become yours.

  • Misty Sundbeck Gallahan

    Lord, I come to You today thanking You for the small church that You have raised up for Yourself in Somalia! Lord, I pray that You would intervene and cause the threat and control of Al-Shabaab to diminish in this country. Lord, we know that they only want to destroy Your people and church and we pray that they would lose influence and followers in Somalia. Lord, I ask that You would bless and increase the access and number of people exposed to Christian radio programs. Lord, let this means of technology be a vehicle to increase the church and the number of people who love and follow You. Lord, I pray that those who have been abroad and returned to Somalia would relay their experiences with Christianity and that there would be a new tolerance and more rights and protection for Christians. Lord, let these opportunities for encountering Christ be fruitful! We thank You for answering and hearing our prayers! In the Sweet, Sweet Name of Jesus, Amen!!!!!

  • Bikash

    Our Father in heaven . You do know all this and here we all pray as ur scriptures says in matthew 18:19, in the name of ur beloved son jesus. Please, dismiss the power of evil spirit upon ur childs and let ur light shine over there to all over somaliya. Fill every body with ur holy spirit and give strength to all ur children who are under presecution to sustain in godly. We all believe that u have listen our prayer. In the name of Jesus .Amen

  • Tara Aricha

    I pray that God will protect their faith and srength. I pray they will continue to feel the presence and power of a loving God. I pray God will reach into Somalia and touch the hearts and minds of others in that country. That others will know the power, love and hope of a living God. I pray that God will mount up His children in Somalia and help them run and not grow weary and walk and not grow faint. I pray God will Bless His Children in Somalia in a big way.

  • Marianne Lordi

    Lord, your purpose and plan for the believers in Somalia will not fail. I pray for them to have the strength to keep in the race and to not lose hope. May you give them all a special joy this day and fill them with your peace. May you meet their needs and help them in their struggles. Father, let your power be known to those who want to persecute them. Give them hope, Lord. And please let them know that there are believers all around the globe who are praying for them. May all glory be to you, Lord Jesus!

  • Phillip

    LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, You are sovereign and in control of all things. You are the creator of heaven and earth, and LORD of all creation. You have called upon the body of CHRIST to stand as one and pray for those who are suffering. I lift up my brother and sisters in Somalia to You in prayer. Protect and strengthen them to be strong in You to be Your witnesses in a land where there is so much darkness and violence. LORD raise up more of Your witnesses to be a light for the people of Somalia, to see Your love, mercy and grace. For it is Your desire for everyone to know YOU for Your salvation to extend to the ends of the earth and be saved through faith in JESUS. Help us to be faithful in standing alongside of our persecuted brothers and sisters. In is for Your praise, glory and honor. In JESUS name we pray, Amen.

  • Marisol Ortega

    Father, in
    Jesus wonderful name and by the sacrifice of His precious blood we ask you Father
    to protect your children in Somalia. May their faith raise big in them. Make
    them know that you are with them at all times. We bind and rebuke the evil
    spirits of death and anarchy in Somalia and ask you Lord to extend your kingdom
    there. We declare that your control, Father, increases and Al-Shabaab decreases
    to nothing. We ask you to bring hope, peace and growth through the Christian radio
    programs there. We ask you to keep edifying your people at all times including
    those that have gone back to Somalia and that have been exposed to
    Christianity. We thank you that your will be done in Somalia and that nothing
    can come against your mighty power. In Jesus Name Amen.

  • Terry Contreras

    Praying for Somalia today.

  • Lori Stevens

    Somalia will always hold a special place in my heart as my husband served there with the US military during operation “Restore Hope”. My husband recalls a land with natural beauty filled with man made desolation, destruction, and evil. The US military didn’t succeed in their mission but God never fails! He “Restores Hope” every day. I will continue to pray for Somalia and for the believers suffering there.

  • Amy

    Lord, I come to You this morning on behalf of Somalia. I know, Lord, that in You there is always hope. Even the darkest of times is not lost when You are involved. You promised that although weeping would endure for a night, joy comes in the morning – and I know that Your joy is coming to the nation of Somalia. Thank You for the believers that you have raised up in this nation – even just the four of them. You only needed twelve men to change the world… You can do whatever you want with the smallest amount of people. I pray for these believers that remain – for their protection, for Your supernatural wisdom over them so that they would know when to speak and when to be silent, when to push the gospel and when to hold back. I know that You are more than able to grant that wisdom and to preserve Your church even in the darkest of lands.
    I pray right now and stand with those praying across the country in agreement against Al-Shabaab. I ask that You would take care of this threat against Your people, and that You would not allow this organization to gain any more power. I ask that the persecution of this group against believers would cease in Jesus’ name! I ask that the influence of this group would diminish and even that You would save the members and turn them into powerful forces FOR You and not against You, just as You did with Saul.
    I also lift up all of the Christian radio programs in Somalia. I ask that they would be able to encourage believers who get no fellowship or consistent teaching – let the speakers on the radio be Spirit-led with the topics that they choose to speak on. I also pray that these programs will reach those who have never heard about Jesus or who have dismissed Him, so that those people can have a chance to put their hope and their faith in Him. I ask that You would anoint each speaker and open the hearts of the listeners so that the seeds of Your gospel would be planted in good soil. I ask that You would somehow send people to those who have made confessions of faith in You… that they can be helped to understand the decision that they have made and to learn more about what it means to be Your follower.

    Finally, I pray for the many people who have returned to Somalia after the political changes that have been made. I pray specifically that these people would be exposed to and drawn by Christianity in a way that they would not have been able to have been previously. I pray that You would use any and every circumstance to draw people to Yourself and that hope would come again to Somalia. This is a huge request, but I know that to You it is not huge – as there is nothing impossible for You. I ask all of these things in Jesus’ name, amen.

  • Jay

    Jesus was the 24th prophet and Mohamed Peace be upon him was the last messenger of God. May god guide those who are none Muslim into the right path of Islam.

    • Ernest Zenone

      Jesus is my Lord, God and Savior who has forgiven all my sins. Compare the Bible to what the Koran says about sin and see that only the Bible has authentic history. And Islam has many sects who do not trust each other. Look at what is happening in Syria. Some Muslim factions are killing one another because they believe only their version of Islam is the right path. Jesus is the Son of God. Can God do this? Is this impossible for God? How so? Also, have you really read the Bible itself? Finally, there is no freedom in Muslim lands for a Muslim to convert to Christianity without severe penalties, even death, as you must know. An American pastor and former Muslim who is an American citizen is in a death prison in Iran for preaching the gospel. This is not how we do things in America. Where is there freedom of religion in Muslim lands?

    • rw

      LOL I don’t even know what to say to that.

      Do you know your history? Here’s a crash course: When the white race (the West) gets fed up with really unacceptable behavior by other nations to where it truly feels threatened – it lashes out in unimaginable cruelty. Re: Hitler (60 million dead), Stalin (20 million), Hiroshima, Nagasaki (300 thousand, 2 bombs) Japan ww2 (2 million dead) and Operation Desert Storm (1 million) Iraqis, etc. It has always happened this way. The West can do this again (especially with a war hawk President). Right now we have a peace time President, but they don’t come around all that often, if you know your history. I know the cowardly acts of Al Maliki now that ISIS is just outside of Baghdad. So this means that there are cowards among you and your cause. There are no cowards in the US military. None! Are you ready to lose another million or so brothers?
      I think you are. And the West will kill as many as it takes to stop radical Islam. We simply cannot turn Western civilization over to your beliefs. Aint gonna happen. You’ll have to go conquer China, Russia, North America, South America, and all of Europe.

    • Mike

      Jesus was not just a prophet. HE is the image of GOD. Creation was done by HIM, for HIM and through HIM. This is what the Bible says, the same bible that your prophet respected and found no fault un

  • Ernest Zenone

    Lord I pray that you will grant a government that will protect and encourage Christians, for freedom to worship and to evangelize. Please protect your people and provide safe houses for Christians fleeing persecution. Provide, dear Lord Bibles and faithful Christian books for your people. May thy Kingdom be established in Somalia and the land be subject to Jesus Christ as Lord, King and God. I ask this in Jesus Name. Amen.

  • Betsey

    Greetings fellow believers in Somalial,
    God has burdened my heart for you and your country. I know he hasn’t forgotten you. We continue to lift you to God in prayer, that he will keep you in his care. In Christ,

  • Amy

    Lord, I come to You today on behalf of the country of Somalia and all of the people in it. I lift up this nation to You today and ask for Your hand to move mightily and that many souls would be saved.
    I pray for the government of this country. I ask in Jesus’ name that You would direct the hearts of the leaders of the nation to fulfill Your plan for Somalia. I pray that You would help the government to a place of stability and that You would provide the finances so that these insurgent groups can be stopped. I pray for corruption in the government to be exposed and stopped in Jesus’ name. I pray for the salvation of government officials – even just one Christian in the Somali government could turn the tide of a nation.
    I pray for the few believers in Somalia today and thank You that they exist! Thank You that no matter what a government decides, they can never wipe out Your witness completely, as persecution just serves to make it stronger. I pray for Your supernatural strength, wisdom and encouragement for every believer in Somalia. I pray that You would allow them to find ways to fellowship with one another, even if it is just one additional person. I ask that You would be faithful to Your promise and provide every need that they have, even when there is no natural way of providing it. I ask that You would be their comforter and their guide as so many of them are suffering or unable to function normally in their society because of what they believe. Bless them today, Lord, and use them to the absolute maximum. Don’t let them just try to “survive” to “arrive safely at death,” as I’ve heard said, but help them to be witnesses and preachers and evangelists as You give them opportunity to speak. I also pray that You would provide them with opportunities to grow in their faith and to mature as believers. Make a way for training to somehow reach them so that they can grow in Christ.
    I pray overall for an increase in religious freedom in Somalia. I pray that believers would not have to worship in complete hiding and that they would be able to have worship services together and meet together to encourage one another. Lord, move mightily in the nation of Somalia and bring many more believers to a saving knowledge of Christ! I ask that You would make a way for Bibles to be put in the hands of more people so that they can experience You through Your Word. I ask all of this in Jesus name!

  • mongupp

    Amen and Amen!

  • jjvors

    Nothing is too hard for You, Lord! Fill the church in Somalia with Your mighty Spirit and miraculously protect them as they witness to the glory of Jesus Christ! Send a Spirit of revival in the Church and let it advance, converting their very enemies, Al Shabaab to submission to Jesus Christ. Withhold the hand and power of the adversary and triumph evermore, Lord Jesus. In Your Name we pray, Amen.

  • Carol Stern

    Blessed Redeemer, King of Kings and Lord of Lord’s, I pray for boldness for your people working amongst the lost. Make their feet as hinds feet and strengthen what remains. May your power shine forth through them. For you are the light of the world. Open doors no man can open and to close doors no man could close. May your laborers boldly proclaim your gospel and may you give understanding to those who hear and may the seed of your word take root in you the for you are the one who gives the increase. May your word not return unto you void, O our hope. I pray that you would keep your people faithful unto death.

  • james petrr

    Greater is HE that is in us.
    Prayer is the greatest help I or anybody can do.
    I will pray for you.

  • Karen Hosier

    Lord, I thank you that it is your love and kindness that draw men to you. I pray that you continue to pour your love out upon the Somali believers. I ask that you give them supernatural wisdom in how they meet and grow in you. I ask that you provide Bibles and Christian materials to them in miraculous ways. I pray for any non-Somali Christian relief workers that they be culturally aware as they share your Good News. I ask that you would visit the men in al-Shabaab in their dreams and draw them to you. I pray that within the Somali government you draw men to you. You died for every person in Somalia and your heart must break over the ways your people are treated there. Lord, nothing is impossible for you, even growing a church in Somalia. May you become famous in this land. I pray that no death of a believer will be in vain but that out of the blood of the martyrs your witness will grow. In the mighty name of Jesus may you move in this land.

  • Elise Martel

    I thank you for Somalia. You have filled it with beautiful people, but so many of them are lost and without hope. Government corruption has caused many to be forced into dangerous, very difficult situations, and there is unrest all over the country.
    Father, I pray that you would open the eyes of the Somalians. I know that you are working there already. You are already preparing hearts to accept your truth. May the workers that you send out into the field be able to say, as Paul did: But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (2 Timothy 4:17-18).
    You promised that through Abraham you would bless all the families of the earth. Somalia is still far from that blessing. I pray that you would work mightily in the lives of these peoples to bring about the fulfillment of all that you have promised.

  • Deanna Webster King

    Father, give Your wisdom to church leaders – help them find ways to shepherd and teach Christians. Help all the believers to trust You and to grow strong in Your grace. Help them to know that other believers around the world are praying for them.

  • PJ Meduri

    Father, we ask you to provide your children in Somalia with grace, mercy and peace. Protect them, strengthen them and give them increasing faith and endurance. May they have fellowship, may the light of Christ be seen in them and my you supply all their needs, physical, mental, spiritual and emotional. And above all may the constant sense of your presence and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with them and known, moment by moment. Amen.

  • Andrew Wheeler

    Father, please intervene in Somalia on behalf of your people. Strengthen the faith and courage of those who face persecution for following you. Lord Jesus, grant them the blessings you promised to those who are persecuted on your behalf. And make them a blessing to those around them, especially their persecutors. Change the hearts of thosd who have set themselves against you. May your word go forth among them with power to save.

  • Hussein Jamac Hirsi Gaas

    I am in somalia I need a help I knw we wrong but we dont se help from christan people

  • Katya Pledger

    Father God, we praise you for the work you are doing in Somalia and around the world! You are great and you have promised to never leave us and to ways love us. For our brothers and sisters in Christ give them freedom to worship you and to share their faith. Give them peace in knowing you are there and in your never ending presence. Lord may they know you more and love you more.

  • Texas ParentsCare

    Father God, we praise You, Jehovah Jireh, as the Provider for the Christians in Somalia. Give them Your mercy, protection and grace as they trust in You. Give them eyes to see and ears to hear in who may receive the gospel message. Protect them from the evil one and those who perpetrate evil on the innocents. We pray for Somalia to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and be transformed to Your Glory! In Jesus Name we pray, amen!

  • Brendan

    Praying that God preserves and expands Christians in the Somalia land. I pray that the Christians would continue to be light and salt in a barren land. Praying that they are encouraged and strengthened and that their prayers are answered.

  • Jaan Wickramasinghe

    These Uneducated Muslims doesn’t have the capacity to understand anything but fundamentalist ideology in one man’s teaching.

  • Family4Christ

    Praying in Kentucky USA for Somolia today 10/6/2014

  • robdanet

    Padre nostro che sei nei cieli
    sia santificato il Tuo nome
    venga il Tuo regno
    sia fatta la Tua volonta`
    come in cielo cosi` in terra
    dacci oggi il nostro pane quotidiano e
    rimetti a noi i nostri debiti
    come noi li rimettiamo ai nostri debitori
    e non ci indurre in tentazioni
    ma liberaci dal male.

    Supplico la beata sempre vergine Maria, gli angeli, i santi e voi, fratelli, di pregare per la Somalia il Signore Dio nostro.