Christians around the world are being attacked by Islamic extremists. One of these groups, known as al Shabaab, Arabic for ‘The Youth,’ is a jihadist terror group based in East Africa. In 2014 it was estimated that the militant group had 7,000 to 9,000 members. (Source: Wikipedia)
Al Shabaab describes itself as waging jihad, or “holy war,” against the “enemies of Islam.”
The terrorist group has made no secret of its goal to eliminate Christians.
In April 2015, four members of al Shabaab pounded on the dorm room doors at Garissa University College in Kenya, demanding of each student, “Are you Muslim or Christian?” Muslims were allowed to flee. Christians were shot. By the time the attack ended, 147 Christians lay dead and 79 more were wounded. The siege didn’t end until all four of the gunmen had been killed.
Stay tuned for next month’s blog to learn more about Islamic persecution: Christians Facing Islamic Extremists: Boko Haram
- Pray for the creation and distribution of radio broadcasts and other evangelism tools in the Somali language.
- Pray that isolated Christians will find ways to connect with other members of the body of Christ.
- Pray that al Shabaab fighters will discover Christ and His love. May they become dissatisfied with the hatred, violence and bloodshed that currently surrounds their lives.