Ahmed Abdi Welli

On February 7, 2013 at 10am, Ahmed Abdi Welli, a Somalian Christian living in Kenya, was assassinated in the middle of the street while talking with a pastor in the city of Garissa. We suspect the Al Shebabs to be the origin of the attack. The pastor with whom he was found, Ibrahim Makunyi, was injured and drove to the hospital to undergo an emergency operation.

Abdi Welli regularly received death threats because he left Islam in 1990 and was baptized 5 years later, but he remained unshakeable in his faith. Last year he declared, “I love Jesus more than anything. I have suffered persecution because I believe in him, I obey him, and I serve him. I will not live forever in this world and I want to leave behind a heritage for those who live after me.” He was the first Somalian to have openly declared his faith after conversion to Christianity. (published in French in Rencontres: Ensemble sur la brèche, Avril 2013, magazine n° 430)

I am encouraged because I believe that Ahmed Abdi Welli is a testimony to the fact that Muslims do not have to hide when they become Christians. You might think that is a little crazy being that he was just killed. But that is just it. The worst thing that these guys could do to him was to kill him. And what happened next? He immediately entered into heaven where he no longer experiences pain, persecution, or tears. He knew that this life was not eternal and that we must live for the next life. Abdi Welli truly believed what Christ said:

“For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” Matthew 16:25.

And now, having lost his life he has found life eternal. I pray that Abdi Welli’s dream would come true and that his life would be a heritage for all of those who still live. I pray that we would live life with Heaven in mind and remembering that our life here is short.

You can read more about Abdi Welli’s life and death (in English) here: http://somalisforjesus.blogspot.fr/2013/02/developing-story-prominent-somali.html

from: http://haretranslation.blogspot.com/2013/10/heaven-welcomes-new-martyr.html

2 thoughts on “Ahmed Abdi Welli”

  1. This is a powerful testimony. Indeed he has left a legacy for us to follow. Thank you very much for sharing it with us. May the Lord continue to uphold those who have been dear to him? Our lives in the hands of the Lord.

  2. I am also a Somali and became a Catholic so his legacy will forever live on. Thank you Abdi for your courage to praise Jesus when others are willing to kill you for it.
    Pray to see you in heaven one day, Amen!

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