Last month suspected al Shabaab militants murdered a woman professing the Christian faith. Sufia was at home with her parents when a group of armed men burst into her home. Leaving her parents untouched, the men grabbed Sufia, forcefully dragged her from the home at gunpoint, and then publicly shot her, firing into the on-looking crowd as friends and neighbours attempted to save her.
Immediately following the execution, Sufia’s killers fled the scene. Despite ongoing efforts by police to locate them, Sufia’s murderers remain at large.
According to al Shabaab, an al-Qaeda-linked terrorist network, all Somalis are born Muslims by default. Somalis found practising other religions are considered guilty of apostasy and should be put to death.
Source: International Christian Concern
- Pray the Lord will comfort Sufia’s shocked and grieving family. Pray they will they will trust wholeheartedly in Jesus Christ concerning the promise of His salvation, for Sufia and for themselves.
- May the gunmen be found and brought to justice. But even more importantly, may these perpetrators repent of their wrongdoing and come to faith in our Lord.
- Pray that the church in Somalia will continue to grow, despite the harsh persecution God’s children endure.