the World Around

We believe in the power of prayer at First Baptist Harlan and are committed to praying for our church, our community, our state, our nation and our world.  Each month we will focus on a different nation to pray for.  The third Sunday of the month, we will focus our corporate prayer on that country and would ask others to remember it in prayer throughout the month.

I Thessalonians 5:16-18 says "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

September's Nation - Somalia

SomaliaThe 637,000 sq km area Federal Republic of Somalia is a sovereign state located in the Horn of Africa east of Ethiopia and Kenya. The population is 14.32 million, about equal to the population of North Carolina as of 2016.  The capital is Mogadishu.

Two-thirds of Somalis are livestock herders.  There is some agriculture in the south and northwest. The economy was devasted by the predations of warlords and the ruin of years of civil war. Millions are dependent on aid and remittances from relatives outside the country.

An infant Somali church is emerging in the midst of great struggle and tribulation. Somali Christians are despised and heavily persecuted, even killed for their faith.  Most of the country continues to be Sunni Islam.

Prayer Needs


Pray that future rulers might learn from the past, govern the nation for the good of the people, respect human rights and grant true religious freedom.


Civil war has devasted the economic structure. Pray for order and stability.

Medical Needs

Somalis have the lowest health budget of any nation and the highest infant mortality rate; nearly 12% of all children die.  Pray for increased medical personnel, Doctors without Borders and other aid groups to intervene.

Work of Missions

Pray for missionaries to the Somalis to be called, committed and ready for service when the doors to the country open.

Somali Church

Pray for protection as well as discipleship and fellowship opportunities.  Pray for the de-escalation of targeted persecution so the boldness of the church may continue to grow. Pray that the prejudice against Christians will disappear.