The Somali people sometimes have a reserved and suspicious approach towards strangers. News from the Horn of Africa is often related to political unrest, conflicts, drought and hunger. For many, the struggle for survival is a reality, so the question about peace is natural when meeting new people. Somalis are also known to have strong national pride, often guarding the secrets of their culture and only sharing them on their own terms.
This might not sound very welcoming, but most people will still experience a warm and friendly reception when meeting Somalis. Just recently I was invited to a Somali friend’s home. His family welcomed me with Somali tea and a camel meat snack. While seated on the floor with my friend, talking and enjoying the food, children ran around playing and the women chatted in the kitchen. It was a great time, a peaceful moment! My experience with Somalis is that though it might take time to build relationships, when trust is established you become included into their lives. Behind the tough image are soft hearts!
There are about 20 million Somalis, and many of them live in other countries around the world.
When meeting new people outside of their country, what answers do they get to their question, “Is it peace?” Hospitality is so crucial when we receive our friends from Somalia. Let us welcome them and care for them and let them experience peace.
WAYS TO PRAY:
Pray that Somalis will experience the peace found in Jesus Christ, as in John 14:27.
Drought and war are devastating the Somali people. Pray for peace, and for restoration for the land and its people. Take inspiration from Psalm 104.
Pray for the Somali diaspora to meet hospitable followers of Christ who will show them peace.