At the beginning of 2020, we launched a pilot project to reach the Somali people. We started coaching and training a local social media team to apply our proven social media strategies. The first program gathered 12,000 views in just 4 hours!
“When we researched the possibilities, we came across a former partner, which allowed us to jump-start the work to Somalia. We know one another well and trust each other”, says Martien Timmer, 3xM CEO. “A lot needs to be done, but the reward is great. To share God’s love in a secluded country like Somalia is a pioneering mission in new ways and territories”.
To become a Christian in Somalia can have severe consequences. However, this does not stop people from watching our video content in private and reaching out to our follow-up team anonymously. The number of Somalis using mobile phone internet continually increases. It is a unique opportunity for the Gospel!
MEET BAYANA from Somalia
Are you interested how some of the conversations with our follow-up team look like? Read the exerts from conversations that took place over few weeks time:
“There are many things that draw me to Christianity like peace, love, and the ability to worship God in one’s own language,” writes Bayana, a young Somali man on our social media page. “God cannot prefer just one as He understands all languages… I have not converted to Christianity. I fear what my family would do.”
[Later] “I have downloaded the Bible in French on my phone to study it.”
[Later] “When can I say to myself: ‘You are a Christian’? I mean I don’t know the proper way to pray. I have never visited a church. But whenever I am alone, I talk to the Messiah. I say, ‘Oh Messiah, oh Jesus’ and I pour my heart out. I hope he will guide me the right way.”
Please PRAY with us
- give thanks for the tremendous response we got during the first weeks of the pilot program in Somalia. May these seeds find good ground.
- pray for expansion our counseling team. Pray to find a Somali Christian workers and funding to expand the counselling team.
- pray for the protection of our courageous partner. Somalia is in the top three countries for Christian prosecution