It is too dangerous for Christians to meet openly in this strictly Islamic state. Terrorist groups such as al-Shabaab target converts to Christianity and strive to eliminate them. Aid workers, Christian or otherwise, require tight security due to the risk of abduction. The election of a new parliament and president in 2012 created a framework for a more legitimate government. However, for persecuted Christians the future still looks bleak, as the provisional constitution does not allow for religious freedom.
• Al-Shabaab, which is backed by al-Qaeda, remains a serious threat. Pray that its influence will diminish
• That Christian radio programs will bring hope to isolated believers and those who are seeking God
• Some of those who have returned to Somalia following the political changes have been exposed to Christianity. Pray this will bring more tolerance towards Christians.