Italy is home to 5200 Somali people. Some descend from Somali-Italians who migrated when the southern half of Somalia was an Italian colony, and in recent years many are refugees in Europe. They are predominantly Muslim and many come into Italy with little money and little hope. However, this affords Christians a great opportunity to minister and share the gospel with people who previously would never hear it.Engagement // What’s Happening Now
AGWM personnel are aiding arriving refugees to Italy, including those from Somalia. In November of 2015, AGWM personnel went to a housing center to distribute blankets and New Testament Bibles. The center eventually asked them to stop giving Bibles. When they returned to the center to give out winter clothes, a refugee couple asked them, “Why didn’t you give us a New Testament when you came last time?” Again, at another center, they invited refugees to church and some went up for prayer at the end.
These people have limited access to the gospel, and the opportunity they received to minister became a light to these refugees.
See the full story here.Sustainability // The Bigger Story
The mainland evangelistic effort of the Assemblies of God in Italy is Missione Interna. They seek to evangelize all within their borders. Pray their efforts will bring the gospel to the Somali in Italy.Partnership // Move Beyond
1 John 5:14 says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” (NIV).
Here is how you can pray:
- Pray for the safety, nourishment, and salvation of the Somali refugees coming into Italy.
- Pray for the AGWM personnel working to help the Somali refugees.
- Pray for those whom God is calling to work among the Somali people.
- Consider how God might be leading you to work among the Somali in Italy or Europe.