1. Be careful if you want to visit Africa if your parents and clan members tell you to – especially if you are a woman. The Bible says be as wise as a serpent and as harmless as a dove. Be careful that someone is not trying to trick you to go to Africa so that they can do something evil to you. Some Somali Christians have told me that they went back to Africa only to be locked in a room and beaten and had their lives threatened to try and get them to turn away from their faith in Christ. Be careful.
2. If you are a Somali Christian you would be wise to marry a Christian even if they are not a Somali. If you do not marry a Christian you may not be able to raise your children as Christians or even be able to go to church if your spouse doesn’t agree with you. Some Somali Christians have had their children taken away from them by other family members and taken to a different country. You are a new creation in Christ, a new person, and you serve the Living God. As a Christian you would be wise to marry a Christian. And it doesn’t matter what nationality they are – as long as they are a Bible believing Christian.
3. Be as wise as a snake and as gentle as a dove. A snake is very clever animal and shows up in one place then hides and shows up in another place. A dove is a very gentle bird that does not make anyone angry. Be wise if you want tell someone you are a Christian. It would be better if you told those who were interested in your faith and not tell those who just want to harm you. You have to use discernment. Jesus doesn’t not want us to deny our faith in Him; but He also wants us to be wise in who we tell and where we tell them.
4. You may not want to use your real name when you go to a church. Some churches like to publish the names of the people who go there and even put those names on the internet. You may want to use a new name like John or Sarah. And be careful about your photos. Some churches like to put photos of people who are baptized or attend their church on the internet.
5. As a Somali Christian you may find that you have to hide your faith and not go to church when you want to because you are living with friends or family members who disagree with your Christian faith. In the Bible it says “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another…” (Hebrews 10:25).
Jesus said: “But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 10:33). We cannot let the fear of people dictate what it is we do as Christians. The Bible says: “Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the LORD means safety.” (Proverbs 29:25). Pray and let the Lord guide you.
6. If you can, go to church every Sunday. You are now a Christian and you need to meet with other Christians in order that you grow in your faith. Too many Somali Christians are like new born babies who have not grown in their faith because they have never joined a church to learn the Bible and pray and spend time with other Christians.
7. You are now a Christian and you need to meet with other Christians if it safe and wise to do so; because they are now your new brothers and sisters in the Kingdom of God. It doesn’t matter what nationality a Christian is. We are all one in Christ. We are all one family in Christ. Listen and obey God, the Bible. Listen to the Holy Spirit and be led by Him.