Abdiwelli’s work in Kenya among Somali Muslims helped many come to faith in Christ, but it also cost him his life.
Growing up in Garissa, Kenya, Abdiwelli Ahmed (Abdi for short) was wholly committed to Islam.
He descended from a long line of devout Muslims from Somalia, where “to be Somali means to be Muslim,” and was taught that Islam was in his blood. Staying true to his family’s expectations, Abdiwelli served as leader of his high school’s Islamic society.
But in 1993, while in college, Abdiwelli began to wonder if there was a different way of getting to heaven. “Deep down in my heart I was facing some emptiness,” Abdiwelli said in an interview years ago, “because in Islam there is no peace, eternal security or satisfaction in the individual’s heart.”