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Changing Lives in Somali


Imagine living in a country where it’s dangerous to read your Bible or to express your faith as a Christian. That’s what young Amanuel faces every day. He is a Christ-follower in Somalia, a nation that’s 99.8 percent Muslim. This region in the Horn of Africa—bordered by Ethiopia to the west and flanked by the Somali Sea to the east—is plagued with violence and terrorism. The Christian community is small and under constant threat of attack.

Yet Amanuel and his Christian friends are receiving the hope of God’s Word through the goTandem Bible app.

“I’m so very glad to join the goTandem community of believers,” Amanuel told us. “This app is helping my friends and me find God’s direction for our lives and to grow our faith. So, I’d like to say thank you so very much for this Bible-based tool.”

For three years now, Amanuel has lived in Hargeisa, Somaliland, a sovereign democratic state. While people there are free to practice their own faiths, Islam is still the official religion, and so it is forbidden to propagate any other religion. Regardless, Amanuel and his colleagues are committed to serving as “workers of the kingdom of God.”

“Please, remember Somaliland and its people,” Amanuel says. “People here are still in darkness. And please pray for my fellow kingdom workers. I hope that God will bring me a wife who will serve with me. My dream is to do God’s work and to please the Lord.”


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