Please pray for the future of the Somalia underground church
Orphans in Somalia whose parents were killed by Islamic extremist, Al Shabaab rebels, for their Christian faith, are becoming more numerous – and hungrier, an underground church leader said.
The pastor started a care center for the orphans three years ago in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, as more children of secret Christians were orphaned.
“Last year we lost a Christian family killed by the Al Shabaab, and the number of children rose from 30 to 35,” he said. “The Al Shabaab are now hunting down the children in Mogadishu, and we have moved the care center to a bit safer location.”
The leader has taken the children in because they had nowhere else to go, but he lacks resources to take care of them – the Christian orphans are crying for food, he said.
“The children look devastated and malnourished, so we as a secret church do appeal to our brothers and sisters in the free world to consider extending a hand to these persecuted children,” the pastor said.
The children receive little support from Somalia’s impoverished underground Christian community, and their needs are increasing as some have begun attending school, he said.
“If we can get at least $1,000 dollars a month, that will really lighten our burden,” he said. “Please pray for the future of the Somalia underground church. The orphaned children will form the future of Somalia’s underground church.”
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