John is a Somali Christian who has accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour. He is persecuted for his faith and lives in danger of being killed. He is reaching out and sending these messages so that you can be encouraged in your faith, or accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour.
For first time Readers of the Bible!!!
This is for the Somali christian converts out there, i know it can be confusing for you when you first get your hands on the holy book of the bible, you may wonder where you will start from, at first nothing makes sense, so here is a guide for you to help you read the holy book in away that makes sense to you:
1- Its important to understand this:
- The Old Testament: Predicts Jesus, shows mankind’s failure in relationship to God without Jesus and sets stage for Jesus’ arrival.
- The New testament: discusses the teachings and the person of Jesus as well as events of first christians.
- The Gospels: meaning good news of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John tell the same story of Jesus life from four different perspectives.
- The next book of the acts of apostles tells selected events among the christians after Jesus’ death and resurrection.
- The rest of the books are letters of several early followers of Jesus explaining the significance of his life and death.
- The final book of the bible looks forward to and describes Jesus’ return to earth.
- The entire bible revolves around Jesus as Mankind’s access to god.
2- Becoming christian doesn’t mean leaving your identity, culture, and country behind:
- Take the good part of what you learned in your previous life before you are born again as god fearing servant, for that it will help you understand a lot of things when you are reading the bible, perhaps you will get confused by the names and locations mentioned in the holy book, don’t worry, search for it online and you will find that you have heard it all before either from your parents or from the teaching of the school you went before converting.
- Do not compare, just refer to it to understand it better, in a language you know, for example: In the book of Job, we hear and read how the lord tests Job. At first the name Job must be new to you, however you will find that it’s not and it’s the same as “Ayub” which you heard previously.
3- Take into account that not everything is according to the way you understand, sometimes you might find something you interpret according to your understanding and you might wonder why that happen in such way, well it’s not only you, often converts misunderstand the true meaning of the word of god for as we humans don’t have the mind to comprehend the wise words and the meaning behind it, search for more enlightenment when you find allegorical words.
4- The bible is a spiritual book, you will need both your intelligence and open heart to absorb it all, and remember this: Christians don’t have a relationship with the bible but with the author of the bible.
5- Create a schedule everyday where you read a chapter or two then hear it online through the YouVersion bible app in the App store and try to take down notes of how that applies to you and what you learned from it.
- You don’t have to do this but I personally recommend listening to the part you choose before you sleep in the bed and sometimes fall asleep to it, words directly will go to your heart, that’s my experience.
6- For first time readers of the Bible I would recommend starting with the Luke, then
begin Psalms (a few each time you read several chapters in another book) and Proverbs (one chapter each time you read several chapters in another book);
(After reading the above, a person has a reasonable grasp of what the Bible is about.) hopefully a person will go on….
Ephesians, Job, Philippians, First and Second Samuel, the Gospel according to Matthew, Colossians, First and Second Kings, First and Second Corinthians, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Galatians, Song of Solomon, First and Second Thessalonians, Jeremiah, First and Second Timothy, Lamentations, Daniel, James, the rest of the New Testament, the rest of the Old Testament.
Lord, Please open up my mind to help me to understand the Bible. Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions. Give me understanding so that I can know you better. Please give me spiritual wisdom and insight so that I might grow in my knowledge of you. Give me discernment to help me understand what I read.
So many of us struggle to make decisions that impact big parts of our lives, sometimes it just feels too much to handle, so many choices and so many options yet all seem to be hard, i know this can be overwhelming and you wish that it can go all away and things to go back to the normal that you got used to so much. But you must know that whatever challenge you are facing in your life is there for a reason and its not going to get away by its self neither we will just get over it but in the middle of it we can actually learn to overcome our struggle.
The world maybe is challenging but our god is same as yesterday, today and he is the same tomorrow and for ever we are his children, he has a good plan for us, in times like these we have to focus on Jesus and remember that heaven is our home and our home is in him alone.
That only is a very good news, thats why we will overcome our fears and struggles.
Satan is trying to take advantage of so many christ followers right now by bringing on a spirit of fear, and when he brings on this spirit it makes us feel hopeless and that our future is uncertain, he makes us feel that we can’t trust god, he starts lying to us saying ( its not going to work, you cannot do that, its never going to make any difference, its not going to happen) the lies are coming in, the pressure increases, we feel depression and anxiety.
Despite all that let me tell you something, Jesus wants to set us free from that spirit of fear , we do not have to live underneath, so are you ready to receive?
If you are ready to receive pray with me:
Father we thank you
God we thank you
You have given us the ability to come before you to receive what we need.
God you know the circumstances, i dont know everyone’s circumstances but you know, you see prosecuted christians who live in fear, you see people suffering from addictions, marriage problems, family fractions, arguments, unemployment, you see where we are father, god i ask our ears would be open to hear what your spirit is saying.
We say we are open god, touch us, change us, transform us, we pray in Jesus name, Amen.
*The story of Elisha
There is a very interesting little story hidden away in 2 Kings Chapter 6 concerning Elisha and the king of Aram. In the Bible we read of powers and principalities and battles in the spiritual realm yet only a few glimpses of this realm are given.
“Now the king of Aram was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said, “I will set up my camp in such and such a place.” The man of God sent word to the king of Israel: “Beware of passing that place, because the Arameans are going down there.” So the king of Israel checked on the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he was on his guard in such places. This enraged the king of Aram. He summoned his officers and demanded of them, “Tell me! Which of us is on the side of the king of Israel?” “None of us, my lord the king,” said one of his officers, “but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom.” “Go, find out where he is,” the king ordered, “so I can send men and capture him.” The report came back: “He is in Dothan.” Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city. When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked. “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha”
2 Kings 6:8-17 NIV
In one minute, his moment changed from ( Oh no) to ( Oh god) instead of being over that moment he decided to overcome it, he conquered fear.
How do we Conquer fear?
1- Look fear in the face:
For when you face it and look at it closely its no longer something to be afraid of but a challenge to conquer, Elisha calls it and recognized it when the servant said Oh No, he knew what was going on and assured the servant to not be afraid instead of focusing on the circumstances at hand.
2- Know that God is with us:
We know that god is with us, Elisha says to the servant don’t be afraid, those who are with us are more than those who are with them, now the servant may have looked at Elisha and wondered if he was crazy, he didn’t see many in their side but only 2 of them, but Elisha knew for that moment what the servant didn’t, that the almighty God is with them, for he is far greater than anyone else out there.
“You, dear children, are from god and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater then the one who is in the world”
1 John 4:4 NIV
So we can look fear in the eyes and know that god is with us.
3- Pray that our Eyes would be open to his plan:
Elisha prayed, he said “Open his eyes, lord, so that he may see.”
Elisha knew that god had plan, When that fear gripped the servant, he called on god and he prayed, he didn’t say to his servant lets just stop and count the cost here, but he said we have to call on god and pray that your eyes are opened so you can see that god has a plan.
My dear brothers, the more we are in fear the more we need to open our eyes and pray so that we can see the lords plan.
We hear and see unprecedented situations around the world, from people losing faith in god because of the financial crisis related to the Pandemic to even some of us who fear for their security, some of us have been even in situation of life & death, facing devil face to face but our biggest comfort in these dark times is to go back to the lord and pray so that we continue to see that the lord has still plan for us. In the moments that there is no answer he is the answer.
4- Believe for deliverance:
Fear causes us to doubt God’s plan when it comes in, it makes us skeptical that even god can provide and that he is a loving father, But Elisha servant didn’t doubt , when Elisha prayed he believed and he says “He looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha” 2 Kings 6:17 NIV
You see the enemy was strong, but when the servant saw with spiritual eyes what god was doing thats when he saw a hill full of gods army that was fighting on his behalf, thats when the deliverance came and god delivered them.
When the enemy started getting closer and closer and Elisha prays a bold audacious prayer that god would actually strike all the army with blindness, and god does it, they all go blind and then Elisha and the servant come out and they actually walked up to them and say the Elisha you are looking for is not in this city but we can take you to him, and thus they lead the entire army out of Dothan and go straight into Samaria where Elisha delivers the enemy into God’s people hand and the deliverance came.
“So the bands from Aram stopped raiding Israel’s territory”
2 Kings 6:23b NIV
You see god delivered them all finally, it wasn’t just Elisha and the servant but the whole Israel, God did it, he delivered them, but required a believe that he could do it, it required that they face the fear and believe that god was on their side, it required that they pray more audacious prayers to lead them out of that city.
And you know what?
Just like Elisha and the servant, every time that we look fear in the face and conquer it, the enemy recognizes that they can’t win anymore.
5- Have Faith and Put our trust in god:
At the end of the day when that darkness comes in and fear sets in, when it looks like are surrounded, when we are not sure how we are going to make it, we have to have faith and put our trust in god, faith and trust go hand in hand, weak faith will not get us through in this time or in the years to come.
God is taking us deeper into our faith to show that Jesus can provide for you what you cannot provide your self.
So believer trust in god and know that his plan is bigger than mine or yours, trust that he is working all things together when you don’t understand it.
Listen and obey and open your heart to Jesus.
“ but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm”
Proverbs 1:33 NIV
“ For god has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind”
2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV
3 Things god is calling us back to:
1- the Presence and power of the holy spirit.
The presence of god is how we live in the coming days, his presence is oxygen in our lives.
Maybe you have lost your faith in the past few weeks or months or years but god is calling you back to the power of holy spirit.
2- To the word of God:
The more angry the world gets the more harder is going to be a christian.
The days of easy christianity is over, the next 10 years as christians are not going to be as same as the last 20 years.
The world changed forever, Corona Virus reset the world, god used it to reset the world and we christians cant hide it anymore, we gonna have to standout.
The more polarized, angrier and argumentative the world gets the harder it will be to be a christian because we are not going to fit in to any of it.
The message of Jesus is not going to be easy & its not going to be popular, we need the word, we need to believe.
The days of weak faith is not going to get us through this, but god is in it, historically every time it gets hard for christians in the last 2,000 years revival breaks out, every-time prosecution starts to elevate revival breaks out, you know why?
Because when its easy people leave the church empty but when it gets hard people comeback and look for comfort in his name.
“ But in your hearts revere christ as lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give reason for the hope that you have”
But do this with gentleness and respect
1 Peter 3:15 NIV
“Do your best to present yourself to god as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth”
2 Timothy 2:15 NIV
The holy spirit is beginning to draw people to himself, and i believe as you and i live our faith as never before, the holy spirit in us is going to begin to be so attractive to those around us who are hurting, broken and confused, those who feel hopeless.
Holy spirit draws people.
This is the comeback but its not going to be easy but we are victorious, its the comeback, big time, biblical proportions.
It starts with us, we have to comeback to Jesus.
Pray to the lord to bring us back to him and bless us with humility.
JOHN’S STORY – FULL TESTIMONY
My name is John. I was born May 13, 1990 in H District of MOG, during the SOM Civil War. My family left the civil war, like the rest of my people, and went to KY, TZ then eventually settling in YN from 1992 to 1998. In 1998 we returned to a city in the PL Region of SOM called B. B is where I grew up and went to school. I went to a school named HR. The school was built by the brother of a Dubai ruler. And was run by a Sudanese Institute that was funded by Dubai Royalty. Even though the school was funded we still had to pay school fees. We had 2 Sudanese teachers, the headmaster and the history teacher. The deputy head of schools and the Islamic Studies teacher were known members of the II. II was the Jihadi group that existed before Al-Sh in SOM. II ruled B in the 90’s and had major influence in the education and religious sectors of this region even after their defeat by Al-Sh. Mosques known to be run by II were still operating in the city in 2005 & 2006. My school, HR, like the rest of the city started a major funding campaign for the IUC which compromised Al Sh and other Islamist in southern SOM. The Islamic Studies teacher was recruiting youths, including my classmates, for the war between the PL Region and the Islamists in central SOM. Some of my classmates were killed during this conflict. The teacher was later arrested by PL forces for being part of Al-SH. Due to clan influence he was released and fled to MY where I saw him years later. I avoided him so he would not recognize me.
The huge campaign of supporting terrorism and installing hate in our hearts was very difficult for me. The social disarray of SOM, the unrest, the clan based system and the corruption made our lives a living hell.
My family is originally from YN but we lived in SOM since the days of my great grandfather. Even though we were minorities we considered SOM our home. There is no way we could survive with the clan based system. We lived poor most of our lives and had to live on what we could get.
At age 10 I tried to work whatever job I could find. At a young age my father abused my sibling and me. Between the ill treatment, beatings and the difficult social structure in B City; it was a very difficult upbringing.
In my imagination I always desired peace, respect and freedom. It was my understanding that religion should give you the purpose and goal for peace. Yet we were fighting in the name of Allah. Youths were sent to their graves for that name. Money was taken from the poor and given to groups in the name of Jihad. Those who weren’t in the “circle of trust” were attacked, humiliated and kicked out. Often I was seated at the last table in the class because I didn’t want to participate in the campaigns to recruit for the ICU. These injustices forced me to leave and search for a peaceful life. I also left to find a solution for my people. The believe that the root of the evil of my people, had everything to do with religion. This evil was in my ears day and night along with passages from the Koran, the Islamic Holy book, calling for violence and hate.
Finally, on April 14th 2007, at a young age of 16, I left my country I called home and went to MY because it was the only country, at the time, giving free visas for SOM people.
MY although Islamic, was a more liberal country where different ethnicities lived. I cherished the experience and enrolled in an English Language school. Unfortunately, I ran out of money to pay the fees required by the school. By mid, 2008 at age 17, I was sitting at home without any finances. Although, disappointed, I was determined to make my own opportunities.
I went to UNHCR and received an asylum seekers card. I always had questions about faith and wanted to find peace. There were students in my class from different parts of Africa who always looked happy and cheerful. They were caring, polite and respectful. They often invited other students to join them for meals. The students always seemed to care about each others situation. After becoming close friends, they invited me to their church. I happily accepted the invitation. At the end of that day we were singing and praising the Lord in a church in the middle of KL. Shortly after that they invited me to their bible study. As my excitement and participation grew, my friends decided it was time to take me to the priest of the church to be baptized. Upon learning of being a born Muslim, the priest informed me that the law of MY did not allow his church to baptize people who were born Muslims. Although devastated and crushed I did not give up.
My African brothers and sisters advised me to look for other SOM Christians to be baptized within the community. I took their advice and started searching for SOM Christians. It was during that search that I came across SCM. In 2009 I connected with Pastor A from SCM. Pastor A is the most patient, kind and God-fearing man I have ever met. Many emails and hours of Skype, Pastor A explained everything to help me dismiss my doubts.
In 2010 Pastor A connected me to a brother from the U.S., who was working in MY. This brother took me to his church and gave me a bible. This brother eventually went back to his country. I spent many months learning and reading. I was also able to write and record voice for SCM website. I shared my experience on the website to help other SOM to find peace and the true Lord. Pastor A was the voice of an angel through my ears. He taught me to always hope for the better. His powerful prayers got me through difficult times. Pastor A daughter, L, although sick and unable to speak and not aware of her surroundings, prayed when anyone around her prayed. To me this was a miracle from God that we were able to experience.
This new change to my life gave me purpose. I continued to learn and take chances to make sure I never go back to SOM. The only way I would go back to Somalia is to teach my people about the word of God.
Pastor A introduced me to the 3 most wonderful Christians I could ever meet. They were 3 brothers from the U.S. that took me under their wings and invited me to their bible studies with their families. Eventually they took me to their church and baptized me. I was finally John and not A anymore. I was very proud, and I felt born again.
In 2012 UNHCR office in MY helped me find employment in a 5 star hotel in KL. I started working in the call center. I rose through the ranks until I was promoted to guest relations officer at the front desk. I won many awards from employee of the month to excellency in service awards. I received the MY Tourism Promoter Award and I was finally able to afford to go to a good university. I started working and studying and eventually earned my diploma in Information Technology in 2016.
In 2015 I changed jobs for a better opportunity that allowed me to work and train at the same time. After I graduated. I focused on my job and reached the level of Guest Service Executive. I was proud that I was in a good position and was happy I was able to voice my faith. Looking back, it might have been a little mistake to be so vocal regarding my faith, but at the time I thought it was my duty to carry out the Word of God by sharing with others. I thought I was doing my part in saving people from their own ignorance.
I joined an A missionary friend named C. I helped him organize and preach the word of God to the Muslims that dared to ask in MY. This made me feel wonderful. For the first time I was able to make a difference with the ability the Lord gave me, to help others.
I felt I was living as a hypocrite if I had to lie about my faith, so I thought it would be necessary to share my faith with my family. I shared my faith with two of my uncles that visited me in MY. My uncles told my mother along with my brothers and sisters. My father openly fought Christians and always accused normal SOM people of being apostates. My father believed that Muslims who lived by Islamic Sharia were the true Islamists. My father died in 2014. News of his death crushed me because I was not able to save him and he died in ignorance.
After my father’s death in 2014, my family (4 brothers & 2 sisters) argued about my faith and insisted I come home and repent of my sins before it was too late. So, feeling responsible for my family, I return home to B, SOM. For two weeks I tried avoiding arguments that would harm me. People in my family tried to intimidate me. They tried forcing me to stay in SOM and get married. The devil tried to use many circumstances to get me to follow my family’s wrongful ways. At this point, I thought it was necessary to go back to MY but thought that I would never be in a position where my faith could be used against me. The Lord was watching out for me and saved me from harm .
Once back in MY, my secret to my family was no longer a secret. They knew by then I left evil and chose the truth. I received very few calls from them asking for money. Most calls were threats saying that I had to “repent” for my new beliefs. I held the fort strong. I never gave them the chance to let me down. The story of Peter was my inspiration that gave me the strength to live alone without any support.
In MY I was at least safe as long as I kept my faith to my self. But in 2017, the government started to enforce strict laws relating to foreigner employment especially non manager positions. In March 2017 I was informed that my current visa was not going to be renewed. I had to leave MY by the end of April 2017
After research, I found JO to be the next and easiest option. I had friends that lived in JO. They were not aware of my faith but understood my current visa situation, so they recommend I give JO a chance. So I went and tried looking for employment and a place to study. After one year I found JO to be expensive to live in and employment was very difficult to find. With the reality of running out of finances, the reality of having to go back to Somalia loomed in the background but I was determined to find an alternative.
The PH was my next best option, so I went there. So once again I tried to find and employment and a place to study. The only jobs that seemed to be available were part time jobs in restaurants. After a year and a few months I was almost out of money, the Covid 19 lockdown was coming. The PH economy was not great and I was not able to pay for college. I applied for extended time on my current visa hoping that I would be able to stay longer. I was not able to seek assistance from anywhere. All the doors of options and opportunities were closing. I clearly understood that being stuck in the PH without a visa was not a good idea. I would probably be imprisoned for a few years and then deported back to SOM thus exposing my identity and faith forcing me to face persecution from my family and relatives.
I decided to leave the PH and go to SOM hoping to get help once I arrive back in SOM. The good news is I could go back quietly and anonymously and on my terms while trying to leave as soon as possible before being discovered.
On February 26, 2020 I arrived back in MOG secretly and avoided my family who live in B along with family members that lived in MOG in areas near the airport which included the M District and HA. These were areas of my biggest concern and where I faced serious consequences if I was to be discovered. The bad news is I had to live on strict budget, I could not look for employment because getting a job involved clan and family members. So, the whole time I was back in SOM was about not being exposed to family and those who know me. This was a very horrible experience that I do not wish on anyone. I kept my hope high and was inspired by those who were persecuted before me.
After 6 months of living in a hotel off the radar my visa was approved to go to another country and on September 3, 2020 I was finally able to leave SOM and go to there.
But, you would be mistaken to think my story is over, now that I left SOM to the illusion of safety, Nope!!!
Another mission started for me, The 6 months I have been in MOG has been very awakening to me. I felt born again. I am once again certain that my people need Christ in their heart. They need to know the love of Jesus and his sacrifice for us the believers. They need peace, unity and faith. I believe it is my responsibility to witness to them these great things about Christ. It is my responsibility to let them know the truth and to tell them they will die in ignorance and sin if they don’t accept Jesus Christ, Son of God and our Savior.
What I have seen in MOG during my 6 months has changed my perspective. I am no longer considering to give up on SOM. I am not ready to let terrorism, drugs, hunger, loss of morality among the society, unemployment, corruption, lack of compassion, lack of integrity and lack of empathy stop me from trying to change things on the ground. I am more determined to start making the changes in my people. I realized more than ever that Youths in SOM need a witness, guidance, They need someone to show them the way. They need an alternative to being brainwashed about terrorism and addiction. (Chewing Khat, Alcohol, Drug abuse, Pills abuse, weed, and all sort of addiction)
My mission is no longer to escape from persecution. My mission is to overcome the enemy and be in position to fight evil with love, by sharing the truth and by welcoming believers to the kingdom of our Lord.
This mission grew on me while in MOG, as I witnessed violence at an unprecedented level. Often I seen explosions, assassinations, Improvised explosive devices going off, attacks and so on in front of my own eyes for the first time in my adult life.
I saw Satan ruling over my people and guiding them into the darkness. More than ever I saw Youth following Satan without any hesitation. Youth in SOM are the most troubled among the society. The youth have a hunger for corruption. The lack of Morale in SOM has lead to serious consequences like the rise of violence against women & children all using the name of Islam as the reason behind terrorism and the violence.
All of this made me certain that I need to do something before it’s too late. I am one person, but I am more than confident that I have the will and the faith to make changes. God has called me to make a difference in the youths of SOM. In the past 4 months I have been mentoring to 5 youths. I have been showing them love and compassion and have been trying to steer them away from idea of radicalism & drug addiction. All I have is a strong will and the blessing of almighty God. I have no doubt that the Lord has called me for this mission. I believe it in my heart.
These 5 youths, let’s call them ( T, H, A, A, Z) have showed improvement after I was able to share with them the truth indirectly. By removing the doubts and the fake news they heard about Christianity. After spending many hours with them, they have agreed that they have misjudged Christianity and some of them even said that if they were independent from their family they would seriously consider accepting the truth. The others were open to hearing more. All of this was done in a manner that didn’t blow my cover as a believer, as it can be dangerous not only for me but for them. Here is one of the methods I used to mentor them and steer them closer to our Lords Kingdom:
QUESTION: Lets say you met Christian person, would you be open to talk to him about faith?
QUESTION: Do u mind him being friend?
QUESTION: Do u think if you are convinced you will leave Islam?
QUESTION: What you know about Christianity?
Mostly they answer wrong answers, misconceptions propaganda created by Islamist scholars
I then proceed to explain and talk about comparisons, especially talk about the love and care Jesus had for us and the fact that he sacrificed himself for us and for our sins.
I share stories about faith, neighbor, relationship between god and us.
The example above is a conversation between me and the Youth I mentor, me asking questions and them answering. This is one of the methods I used. The other methods include how Satan was able to use them being part of SOM youth to reach his goals of destruction using Islam, what I found is astonishing!!
Most people in SOM, especially the young which represent 2/3 of the population, believe that religion destroyed them. By religion here I mean Islam as they have not been told the truth. They only know what the elders have brainwashed them with while growing up. They are ready to accept Jesus, they just need a little encouragement.
Although it might seem easy there are challenges to this. One of the difficult things is to get these youths financially independent from their family because they already disagree spiritually. Another challenge is to establish a training school where youth can learn computer skills, painting, language and other skills. The youths learning these things would be one step closer to the independence previously talked about. Learning these things would also give them purpose and future. While the youths are learning these skills, I would also be mentoring them and sharing with them about the truth which would save them from hell and darkness.
Training the youths and other business ventures would help me stay under the radar so no one discovers my Ministry. By staying under the radar I will have access to youth in different parts of Somalia.
Right now I must equip myself with enough knowledge so I can be able to answer all the questions of those I am mentoring. Also, so I can tell the truth with the full confidence of someone who knows his faith and what he is talking about. For this reason, I left MOG few days ago. I did not necessarily leave Somalia to avoid persecution because I am not afraid to be a martyr. I left Somalia because there was little opportunity to equip myself as I discussed. By being here I can freely look for a good university where I can study the bible and be in an environment where I can be open about my faith and continue to learn. As of now I am still searching for the perfect university and environment that suits me.
I dream of a day where I can go to a church in MOG and the rest of SOM and being able to walk the streets as a proud Christian.
Please pray for me so I can find a theology college, wherever that is, so I can equip myself with knowledge to continue my mission to share the truth with SOM people.
Pray for the SOM Church, that Christians can someday walk around in Mogadishu without the fear of prosecution.
Pray for my ministry in Mogadishu, one day for it to be fully operational.
Pray for the SOM people, May the Lord open their heart to accept the truth.
Pray for Johns safety as well.
JESUS LOVES ME AND WILL NEVER ABANDON ME.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
A message about Somalia:
“Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?. If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline
then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, so that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it”