Somali in Denmark


Population
10,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge


Somali People Video

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Introduction / History

The Somali first appeared in the Horn of Africa around 1200 and began expanding westward and southward about 150 years later. They converted to Islam around 1550, under the influence of Arab traders that had settled along the coast of present-day Somalia. By 1650, they had moved into Ethiopia.

The Somali share a common language, adhere to a single faith, and share a cultural heritage that is an integral part of their lifestyle. Their name is derived from the words, "so maal," which literally mean, "Go milk a beast for yourself!" To the Somali, this is actually a rough expression of hospitality.


Where Are they Located?

The majority of Somalis live in Somalia, Ethiopia, or Kenya, but a small number have made their way to Western countries like Denmark.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Somalis came to Denmark in the 1990s. For several years European nations like Denmark allowed Somalis to enter as refugees, but that is changing as refugees arrive from Iraq and Syria. Believers who come in the name of the Lord must do so before the Somalis are settled into a new land. Missionaries make it clear that once migrant people are settled they tend to be far less open to spiritual change.

Somalis are becoming less welcome in Denmark. Many Danes suspect them of being terrorists and criminals.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Although the Somali are nearly all Muslims, numerous beliefs and traditions have been intermingled with their Islamic practices. The standard Islamic prayers are usually observed; however, Somali women have never worn the required veils. Somali frequently turn to the wadaad (a religious expert) for blessings, charms and advice in worldly matters.


What Are Their Needs?

Somalis, in Denmark as well as the rest of the world, need spiritual discernment. They also need a hunger for something better than the spiritual lives that they have settled for. On an economic level, they need to learn the local Danish language and job skills that will help them prosper in the new country.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the Somali's would come to know Jesus Christ, who is the bread of life.
* Ask God to grant favor and wisdom to mission agencies that are focusing on the Somalis in Europe.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to soften Somali hearts towards believers so that they will be receptive to the gospel.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to birth a cascading discipleship movement among the Somalis in Europe for God's glory.
* Pray that God will raise up prayer teams to go and break up the soil through worship and intercession.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/14983/DA
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/14983/SO
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somalis_in_Denmark
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somali_diaspora
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMuRv2lkWEs
http://cphpost.dk/news/denmark-considering-revoking-residence-permits-of-100-somali-quota-refugees.html
https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/voices/somalis-copenhagen-growing-children-unwanted-immigrants
http://content.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1951906,00.html


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Link Up Africa
Praying for Somali
People Name General Somali
People Name in Country Somali
Population in Denmark 10,000
World Population 20,079,100
Total Countries 23
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Issa, Ogaden, Sab, Shabelle, सोमाली
People ID 14983
ROP3 Code 109392
Country Denmark
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Denmark
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Somali (10,000 speakers)
Language Code som   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Somali
Primary Language Somali (10,000 speakers)
Language Code som   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Somali

Primary Language:  Somali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1915-1935)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1972-1976)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1979)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video I Against My Brother (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Somali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Kitaabka Quduuska Ah
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Somali Bible
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source Anonymous  
Video Source LinkUp Africa
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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