We get to sit and watch our big flat screen TVs; purchase whatever Bible translation we like or Christian music; fuss and fight about the praise and worship music in our local churches. But this is not the case for many of our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world.
“Islamic extremists from the rebel Al Shabaab militia last week publicly beheaded a mother of two girls and her cousin in southeastern Somalia after discovering they were Christians, Morning Star News reported from sources inside the country.
In the port town of Barawa, the extremists March 4 called residents to the town center to witness the executions of the 41-year-old mother, Sadia Ali Omar, and her 35-year-old cousin, Osman Mohamoud Moge, the sources said.
Before killing them, an Al Shabaab militant announced, “We know these two people are Christians who recently came back from Kenya. We want to wipe out any underground Christian living inside of mujahidin [jihadists’] area,” according to an area resident whose name is undisclosed for security reasons… read more, emphasis added
Let’s pray for these persecuted brothers and sisters, who do not enjoy the freedom that we do, simply because of their Christian faith.
They didn’t choose to be born in these nations. But this fact remains: they came to faith in Jesus, and because of this, they continue to face death all day long (Rom. 8:36).
For our brothers and sisters in Somalia, to follow Christ, is to court death.