Somalis originated in the horn of Africa, so they are very close to the Arabian Peninsula. Today, many live in Saudi Arabia, and most of those in Saudi Arabia live in urban centers. Traditionally, they are herders, and the more affluent have camels as well. The Somali men consider themselves "warriors," often leaving the women in charge of the herds so that they can train to become more effective fighters since fights are common, especially between different clans. They are Muslims, and they believe in evil spirits that bring sickness by possessing their victims.
Ministry obstacles include major illiteracy, inability to reach some because of their nomadic lifestyles, and strong allegiance to the Muslim religious system.
Outreach opportunities could involve literacy training for adults as well as for children; however, their language did not have written script until 1972, so few can read. Oral and visual means of sharing the gospel would be more effective with the Somalis.
"For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth." Acts 13:47
Pray that the believers in today’s people group become God’s light to their own group and to the nations of the world.
Pray that this would be the decade when there is a massive spiritual breakthrough among Somalis in Saudi Arabia and Somalia. Pray for a spiritual hunger among Somalis that will drive them to seek and find the only Savior. Pray for Christ's ambassadors to reach the Somalis in both Saudi Arabia and Somalia.
|Online Audio NT||No|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|