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The Plight of Somalis and The Horn Project

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Why focus specifically on the Somali people as we seek to make the gospel known to all the peoples of the earth?

That’s a good question, and it highlights the need for The Horn Project that we introduced last week. Go here to find out more about the project. By simply taking 9 minutes to watch and share the video below—which contains a summary of God’s plan of redemption in the Somali language—you can be part of an effort to get the message of the gospel to the Somali people.

To highlight the desperate situation of the Somali people, consider the following …

1. Somalis are numerous: There are 16,965,100 Somalis, which is more than the populations of Michigan and Missouri combined. [1]

2. Somalis don’t have access to the gospel. The Somali people are listed as Unreached, which means that there is not a community of Somali believers capable of engaging in church planing. The percentage of evangelicals is less than two percent. In fact, almost 9.6 million Somalis are listed as Unengaged, which means that there is currently no church planting strategy to reach them.

3. Somalis are persecuted and forced to flee. Over half of the nearly 17 million Somalis live in Somalia, which is ranked second in the world in terms of countries where Christians face persecution according to the World Watch List.  The unstable government in Somalia combined with the reality of Islamic terrorists and Somali clan authorities makes for an environment that is extremely hostile to Christians. Somalis are #3 in the world in terms of number of refugees, with approximately 1 million Somalis being forced out of their homeland (and this doesn’t count those who are displaced within their own country).

4. Somalis live across the globe, including right here in the U.S. In addition to Somalia, Somalis also live in the U.S. (42,000), Canada, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Italy, Kenya, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and Yemen.

— All statistics are taken from peoplegroups.org and Joshua Project unless otherwise noted.

[1] U.S. State Population Statistics

Watch and share the video for the Horn Project.

David Burnette serves as the Chief Editor for Radical. He lives with his wife and three kids in Birmingham, Alabama, where he serves as an elder at Philadelphia Baptist Church. He received his Ph.D. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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