The Somali share a common language, a cultural heritage, and adhere to a single faith. The Somalis 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 Somalis consider themselves warriors. They are a very individualistic people, sharply divided by clans. Fights often occur between the clans, resulting in many deaths. The results in recent decades have been tragic. Somalia is basically ungovernable, and their economy is in shambles. As many as are able flee to other parts of the world like Sweden.
There are Somali communities in Borlänge and Stockholm.
A good number of Somalis in Sweden are refugees or asylum seekers with a high unemployment rate. But others have settled into Swedish society well. There are Somalis who are distance runners, models, musicians, and even a politician.
Although the Somali are nearly all Shafiite Muslims, numerous beliefs and traditions have been intermingled with their Islamic practices. Some observe the standard Islamic prayers, but Somali women have never worn any kind of traditional Muslim veil. Somali frequently turn to the wadaad (a religious expert) for blessings, charms, and advice in worldly matters.
Though there is not yet a movement to Christ among Somalis in Sweden, one Somali woman, Mon Walters, is a high-profile believer. With the protection of the Swedish government, this woman is able to tell Somalis that Jesus Christ offers what they have always needed.
Somalis in Sweden have an alarmingly high unemployment rate. They understand that they need to learn Swedish and develop useful job skills for the Swedish economy. Believers can give them the training they need and teach them the ways of Jesus in the process.
* Pray that Muslims will listen to Muslim-background believers, and turn to the God of love.
* Pray that believers will reach the Somali community in Stockholm.
* Pray for them to reach this Somali network in such a way that there will be a church planting movement among the Somalis in Sweden that will extend to Somalia.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2016-04-02|
|Link Up Africa|
|Praying for Somali|
|Primary Language||Somali (45,000 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|
|Amazon||National Bible Societies|
|Forum of Bible Agencies||World Bible Finder|
|Gospel Go||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|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|