NAIROBI, Kenya — A Somali pastor of an underground church in Kenya is recovering from an attack suffered because he and his wife left Islam to become Christians.
The pastor’s father-in-law and other Muslims beat the man (name withheld for security) on Aug. 10 in Kenya’s Wajir County, Morning Star News reported. He became a Christian in 2015, a year after moving to Kenya from troubled Somalia. His wife, whom he met and married in Kenya, also put her faith in Jesus Christ.
In 2015 the man became a pastor of an underground church.
The family had been threatened since some Muslim women visiting their home in 2021 saw a Bible on a bookshelf. Soon afterward some boys beat one of the couple’s four children.
Constitutionally, Islam is the state religion of Somalia and leaving it can be considered apostasy, which is punishable by death, Morning Star News noted.
Somalia is No. 3 on Open Doors’ 2022 World Watch List of places most difficult to be a Christian. Kenya is not on the list.