Since 1991, hundreds of thousands of Somalis have died in their own brutal civil war. Millions have fled their homes seeking refuge in neighbouring countries and around the world. Tens of thousands now live in cities like Rome, Stockholm, London and Seattle, as well as in smaller communities, such as a town of 3,000 in rural America with about 300 Somalis. Some live in large public housing complexes while others know life in sprawling suburbs.
Almost all Somalis in America are refugees from their own civil war. All face complex issues regarding their future and their commitment to Islam. They tend to settle in cities where they have been welcomed. Often they live in tight knit communities that emphasise adherence to Islam and are not generally open to other beliefs. However, they are still known for warm hospitality and deep friendship. Many first generation immigrant Somalis (age 35 and older) dream of returning to a restored, peaceful Somalia. Second and third generation immigrant Somalis (age 34 and younger) face a tremendous identity struggle.
Minnesota is home to between 30,000 and 70,000 Somalis. The vast majority work hard at learning English and adapting while trying to earn enough money to support themselves, as well as their families back in Somalia. Since December 2007, six Somali young men have been murdered by other Somalis as a result of tensions in the community. This violence expresses the tremendous pain and challenges that come from living in a new culture. Christians in the region are increasingly aware of their need to love and serve their Somali neighbours.
- Pray that God would give true “shalom” peace to Somalia and its people around the world.
- Pray that God would open the eyes of Somalis in the States to see the surpassing value of the Kingdom of God (Matthew 13:44-46).
- Pray for the Christians, churches and ministries in the USA who are becoming friends with the Somalis.
Muslim ideas about Jesus
Jesus was conceived miraculously by God in the womb of Mary.
Jesus is only a prophet, he is not divine.
Jesus was actually a good Muslim and he taught an earlier form of Islam to the Jewish people.
Jesus did not die on the cross. He went directly to heaven.
Jesus will come again one day, he will marry, he will have children. He will correct the errors which Christians have said about him. He will die and be judged like all men at the Last Judgement.