Somali is one of the world's most highly restricted nations for Christians, but God still prevails there.
Somali is one of the world's most highly restricted nations for Christians, but God still prevails there.
Oct. 15, 2020 | Somalia

Family in Police Custody

[284] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Family arrested for evangelizing.

A Somali Christian family is in police custody after being arrested for evangelism in Somaliland, a semi-autonomous region of Somalia. Hargeisa police released a statement on Oct. 5 that they had captured “two individuals who were apostates and evangelists spreading Christianity … [The individuals] should be fully aware that they won’t escape the hand of the law enforcement officers and that the spread of Christianity will not be allowed.” As a result, other Christians in the region have fled the country in fear, anticipating more arrests. A safe house sponsored by VOM has been overwhelmed with believers seeking temporary refuge. The arrested couple have two children who are in prison with them, including a two-month old baby. Please pray for all Somali believers in this critical time along with the family in police custody.

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Write your own prayer for Family arrested for evangelizing

  • Father, be with our brother, sister and their two children throughout their imprisonment. I pray that the Somoliland authorities will go against the grain and show mercy rather than wrath. I pray that other Somoli believers who are aware of this family's plight will have the courage to come to their defense and stand with them until they are released.
    Patrick V - USA
  • Father show mercy on our brothers and sisters in Christ overseas who are being persecuted for your name's sake. May they be protected and given strength. May you enlighten and have mercy on their enemies as well. Obtain the conversion of many through their suffering in Jesus' most precious and Holy name. Amen.
    Angela L - USA
  • Lord I lift up this family to you from Somalia. I pray for the release from prison and for the comfort of the presence of the Holy Spirit in their midst. I pray protection over that baby and mother and the other child as well as the father. I pray for all Christians in Somalia that you would please protect them and give them boldness in Jesus name amen
    Nancy G - USA
  • My Father, I lift up this Somali family to you. Thank you for their testimony about Jesus. Please strengthen them as they are imprisoned. Please meet their needs and fill them with your peace. May others in the prison see the love of Jesus in their lives and manner. Please watch over all Somali believers and strengthen their faith. Amen.
    Jennifer W - USA
  • Lord God, O please be with this dear family. Lord, may there be some nice guards. Help them to have good conversations and draw many to You in the darkness they are in. Lord, I pray against the evil one who is trying to stamp out Your Name in Somalia. Please shine so brightly there in Your people. Help this young family be freed, too, and persevere
    Amy G - USA
  • Please Lord, please free this arrested coupIe pray that Somali believers would be able to worship freely. Please stop this heinous persecution in the Mighty Name of Jesus, amen.
    Pmandy Y - USA
  • Father I offer this prayer as a petition to help any way I can. Please protect and bless this Christian family and give them the Peace that passes all understanding. May their time in prison be blessed by others in prison getting saved. Amen
    Della H - USA
  • LORD we pray for the Christians that YOU have positioned in Somalia and for the family that has been detained for no other apparent reason other than teaching YOUR WORD. We ask that they would be protected and released in JESUS name amen.
    anthony c - USA
  • Lord bless this Somali family for standing up for You even though they face great persecution. Send your Holy Spirit to them to comfort them, give them hope, peace, wisdom, courage, strength & love. Remind them that You are in control and their reward is in heaven. Work on their behalf to be treatly well in prision and prepare for them once released
    Angie E - USA
  • Dear Shepherd and Loving Father, I know You are very aware of this dear family. I ask you to please send them relief. Please give them supernatural strength and protect them from the Evil One. Please cause the officials to soften towards them and release them. Please cause others to hear of their testimony and be drawn to You.
    Susan B - USA
  • Heavenly Father, you are the God of the impossible. Nothing is too hard for you. Please intervene in this situation, turning good from bad. Grant these precious believers wisdom and courage, please make a way.
    In Jesus name, Amen
    Lis S - USA
  • Father, I thank You that Your word will endure despite the man made laws of this land. I pray this family is keenly aware of Your hand of protection upon them as they suffer for the sake of the gospel. I pray they will find favor within the prison and Your hand will move in the hearts of authorities for their release. In Jesus name. Amen.
    Nancy E - USA
  • Dear Father in heaven, Please protect this family whose faith in You and your Son has put them in harm's way. Please take care of them all and provide a way of escape to a safe place. Help the parents care for their little ones during this frightening ordeal. May they feel Your love wrap around them, giving them strength and comfort. In Jesus name.
    Madeline T - USA
  • Let your mercies come to this family oh Lord. Revive and strengthen them. Please deliver these needy ones when they cry, these poor who have no helper. redeem their lives from this oppression and violence and fear. Through the greatness of Your power may Your way be known on Earth and your salvation among all nations
    Julie C - USA
  • Father thank You for the church in Somali, please be iwht keep safe and bless all the believers there. Have mercy on them Lord. I pray for safety and protection for Somali believers that You would send Your Holy Spirit to help them lead and guide them and provide them with refuge. In Yeshua's Name, Amen.
    Kia W - USA
  • Father please protect this family in prison... from harm, from ill treatment, from discouragement and fear. May they be kept together in decent conditions. Give the authorities a mind to release them soon. Help all those following Christ to trust You in these fearful times & wisdom as to what to do & where to go. May their faith be strengthened.
    Carolann P - Canada
  • Father please have mercy on this family. Please meet all their needs. Help them to honour you in the place where they are. Please grant them their freedom soon.
    Rebecca H - New Zealand
  • Father, you see the difficulty these Christians in Somalia face. Please minister mightily to those in prison by the power of your Spirit encourage them bringing scriptures and psalms to mind that they can think on and pray as they deal with the persecution. Please give grace to the children and keep these in perfect peace that only can be by you.
    Vicki W - USA
  • Father in Heaven I pray for this dear family that they would remain strong in these incredibly hard times. I pray that they would be released and that their captors would show them mercy. I pray for all of our brothers and sisters in Somalia that they would some peace and comfort in these trying times. May your Kingdom come.
    Paul K - USA
  • Father God, I pray for Your protection over the couple with 2 small children that were arrested and are in prison, their children with them. Please provide safe places for those fleeing in fear of more arrests. Open the spiritual eyes and hearts for those who do not believe to see You are the One True God and to come to faith in you.
    Helen W - USA
  • Lord I pray that you give this family your strength in this time of uncertainty & pain. Lord I pray that they would take refuge in you & seek first the Kingdom. I pray Holy Spirit that you would comfort each one of them & give them peace even though they face persecution. Thank you Jesus that it is a privilege to die for you, Amen! Philippians 1:21
    Arianna C - USA
  • Father in Heaven, We pray to intercede for this precious family, our brothers and sisters persecuted for being faithful to you. I pray that you would protect them from all evil and may your light shine upon them so bright that many will come to your salvation through them. Have great mercy on them, that they might be strengthened by your Holy Spirit.
    Giselle S - USA
  • Father, I pray for this Somali Christian family. May they not be fearful but trusting you and have the joy of their salvation. Strengthen them. May all the Somali believers that are suffering for you. Fill them with our peace and joy. And may they see your protective hand. Turn their enemies to you through their witness.
    Darlene E - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for all Somali believers: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Sustain & shield new believers. Give the arrested couple favor with authorities. Open the hearts of more Muslims to Christ. Bring extremists to repentance. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that you would set those free that have been arrested for evangelizing. I pray that you would reveal yourself to their persecutors and allow Somalian believers to live in peace.
    In your name I pray,
    Marisa M - USA
  • Thank you that we get to pray for our brothers and sisters in Somalia! Thank you that you have elected worshippers there. Be their Safehouse. Hide them from those who would arrest and persecute them. Provide for this imprisoned family especially their children. Provide the nursing mother with all the nourishment she needs to feed her baby. Deliver them
    Lori R - USA
  • May His favor be upon you
    And a thousand generations
    And your family and your children
    And their children, and their children

    Kelly U - USA
  • Lord, nothing can separate us from Your love. Fill this family & all Somali believers with the awareness of Your love. We pray for release and relief. Until that time we pray for improved prison conditions. Grant this family favour with guards. Save others in prison through them. Let them influence the most influential persons. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Claire F - Barbados
  • Holy Father, please protect and release this family from jail and provide their every need, safety to continue evangelizing, a home, income and Christian fellowship. Please save those who persecute Your followers. Please give VOM the resources to help all those who are fleeing the country. Amen
    Sharon L - USA
  • Father, You have the keys to the prison cell. I pray that you will set these captives free. Protect the children from further trauma. I pray that for courage and hope for the believers who were arrested. I pray for wisdom for the Christians who fled. Please provide shelter, food, jobs and a way of life to those who are refugees. Your kingdom come
    Laurie P - USA
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