Somali church survives Islamist occupation
The handful of members of the Mogadishu Church of Christ were scattered during the occupation, which ended when Ethiopian-backed government troops drove the Islamists from the city in early January.
Abdul fled to Nairobi, Kenya, briefly but returned to Somalia to assist a church member who miscarried a baby and was suffering health problems.
Abdul and the church members who remained in Mogadishu met in secret during the occupation.
“They tried to remove God’s light … through persecutions and threats,” Abdul said, but “we were ever hopeful of God’s care and delivery.”