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.
The majority of Somalis live in Somalia, Ethiopia, or Kenya, but a small number have made their way to Western countries like Denmark.
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.
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.
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.
* 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.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|Link Up Africa|
|Praying for Somali|
|Primary Language||Somali (10,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||som Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Somali|
Primary Language: Somali
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1972-1976)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|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|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|