There are nearly 11 million ethnic Somalis in Somalia. They are a very individualistic people, sharply divided into clans, and fights often occur between the clans, resulting in many deaths. Somalis enjoy telling stories and learning history through their poetry. Pray that many Somalis will come to know Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life. And ask God to grant favour and wisdom to mission agencies focusing on the Somalis.
Since the Middle East and North Africa have gone into lockdown, our Nisa’a team has been supporting families across the region. Nisa’a provides an online women’s magazine that reaches into 10 countries and with face-to-face workshops to support vulnerable women. The team are now looking to resume the ‘Heart Story’ workshops, but online. These workshops give vulnerable women a chance to express their needs and stories in a safe space; often the only chance they have to be themselves and to be vulnerable. Join with us in praying for the Nisa’a team and all the women they support across the region.
For some time, WEC has had a goal of establishing work among the peoples of the Horn of Africa, particularly Somalis. Initially, workers would be seconded to other organisations. We long for the Lord to send us people with a calling to this part of the world. Please ask the Lord of the harvest to raise up workers.
Please pray for the many women who have been raped, divorced and left by their husbands, and the many children who have been smuggled out of Somalia and into exploitation or abandonment. Many of them are in camps in other parts of the Horn of Africa and are in desperate need of hope.
Ask God to touch the hearts of Christians in northern Ethiopia so that they will be willing to share God’s love with the Somalis in the southern provinces. Pray that his love will break down any cultural divisions.
Pray for WEC’s leaders in Africa as they seek to see the work advance among Somalis. Pray for tools for mobilising new workers and for highlighting the needs of the region. Thank the Lord for the work already being done among Somalis in the UK and the USA, and pray that these initiatives will be the first fruit of a mighty harvest.
There are very small believing communities in various cities and towns in Yemen. Pray for God to knit these communities together in Christ as they care for one another in practical ways. Pray for God’s protection upon them.
Years of war in Yemen have created a nation of people who have buried loved ones, been injured physically and suffered extreme psychological trauma. Pray that God will stabilise the situation in Yemen, and bring peace to any Christians there who are living in the midst of huge upheaval. Pray for the people of Yemen to hear God’s word and come to follow Jesus.
Please pray for Somalis in the UK: that they will come into contact with the gospel while there. Pray for Christians in the UK to be good witnesses and to show God’s love towards all in their communities. Pray that this witness will provide opportunities for good conversations about faith.
The Yemen civil war has displaced people, caused famine and disease: cholera claimed nearly two and a half thousand deaths since April 2017. Almost one third of the total suspected cases are children under five years old. Pray for all who need water, for peace in Yemen to end the current food crisis.
Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the Middle East and has faced decades of instability. Since 2015, civil war has gripped the country and left the people in desperate need of humanitarian aid. More than 9,000 Yemenis have been killed, over 50,000 injured and 3 million people have fled their homes. Millions of people face shortages of food and water, and less than half the country’s health facilities are operational. Approximately 16.4 million people currently have no access to healthcare. Pray that the UN and the Saudi-led coalition would work together to reopen ports and resume the delivery of food, medicine and humanitarian aid. Ask God to protect the Yemeni people, bring an end to the conflict, and establish his peace in their land. Pray that believers will be bold to share their faith.
Please pray for the children of Yemen, who due to the current conflict are growing up with a very abnormal understanding of normal life. Many children have not been able to attend school, have not had common childhood immunisations or access to basic healthcare, and do not receive a proper diet. Many of them have lost family members due to the fighting. Pray for the Lord to wrap his loving arms around them. May his people in that land respond to these needs and show his love and compassion to these young lives.
Nadeen, a born and raised Yemeni woman in her late twenties, is not new to the faith. Before a civil war broke out in her country in 2015, she had already accepted Christ. A Christian woman she met at university was able to read the Bible and pray with Nadeen. When she graduated and her discipleship partner left the country, Nadeen was alone. She says “in my heart, I longed to participate in prayer meetings with other believers and learn more.” Through a Facebook account she was able to find fellowship, and she even learned of a secret community of believers in her city. Pray for Nadeen and her family - along with other believers in Yemen today.
Using the power of media, believers from Muslim backgrounds are effectively sharing Christ across the Arab world. Today, more than 125 million individuals use the internet in the Arab world providing a platform for both men and women, with otherwise limited access to Christian resources, to study God’s Word. As a result, our media follow-up network encourages seekers to explore the gospel online and mentors believers through interactive Bible courses.
Aid agencies warn that Yemen faces a terrible disaster. The combination of rising global food prices, severe water shortages, local conflict and a seriously weakened government have left around ten million people unable to buy food. Many children and babies are severely malnourished, and some are not able to survive. Yemen is the poorest country in the Arab world with unemployment around 40%. Please pray for God’s intervention in this drastic situation - for the Yemeni people to receive the urgent help they need, for food to be made available at affordable prices so that people can feed their families and for our Father to make His presence known to the Yemeni people.
Population: 25,408,000 (2013)
Official languages: Arabic
GDP (PPP) per capita: $2,476 (2017 est.)
Life expectancy: 65 years
Religions: 100% Muslim, <1% other religions