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Eleven Christians are currently in custody in Somaliland, a semi-autonomous area of Somalia.

Five believers were arrested on 21 January, including an Ethiopian woman and a couple with their newborn baby.

When they were brought to court on 25 January, the 11 believers were told they are suspected of spreading Christianity. Six other believers were arrested a few weeks later, and the prosecutor has 45 days to investigate and file charges.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

Meanwhile, other Christians are trying to flee the country

fearing that the whole house church network has been exposed. Another Somali couple was arrested in September 2020 and deported to Somalia, where they would be at risk from al-Shabaab extremists.

Let us pray.

  • Pray for the release of those who were arrested, may they know the Lord’s comforting presence. Pray for His protection over them.
  • Intercede for believers in the area who are scared and wisdom for Somali church leadership in how to respond.
  • Pray that seekers may be shielded from all harm and may their lives be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.