VIDEO: [Open Doors USA] Expert Jack van Tol talks about the dangers faced by Christians across sub-Saharan Africa. Despite being persecuted, hunted and losing loved ones to horrific mob and machete violence, their faith in Jesus is unwavering. [Aug. 13, 2018]
Today in the 21st century, Jesus’ words in the Gospel of Mark are reality for millions of Christians persecuted for their faith. And for the more than 24 million and 99 percent Muslim Somali people of East Africa, Mark 13:12-13 is certain for any Somali believer who has left Islam to follow Jesus.
Farah*, now 43, is one of the few Somalis who has made the life-threatening choice to follow Jesus. And because of his decision, this Somali believer has lost everything—including his family and community. (For his safety, we can’t disclose his real name or the country where he now lives).
But we can tell you that Farah lives alone in a house that contains hardly anything apart from a few mats, a mattress, a chair and some clothing. When Farah said “yes” to Jesus, he also lost the tribal community Somalis normally enjoy. It is the consequence a Somali believer often faces.
The husband and father has come to expect nothing but enmity from the people in the area where he once lived. But he also knows he is lucky to be alive. For a Somali believer open about their Christian faith, the consequences are swift and often deadly.
This article continues at [Open Doors] Jailed, Hunted, Abandoned by His Tribe—Somali Believer Follows Jesus Through the Fire