Last Updated on 17 January 2019
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Rev. 21:4
Abdi Mizan Ahmad, 70, one of the most recognisable Somali Christians in Addis Ababa, passed away peacefully on 14 January 2019. Abdi was hospitalised about 20 days before succumbing to the fatal stroke that robbed him of his vitality. Abdi died after 7 days in coma.
Abdi became a disciple of Christ in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, in 1983 after he was witnessed to by an American expat they met in Jeddah. Abdi has been a faithful follower of Christ since then, and he was known for his bold witness.
Abdi was a husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Abdi and his family have been living in Addis Ababa as refugees for over a decade. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees recognised Abdi and his family as refugees in 2015, and a resettlement program has been put in place for them. Abdi’s family will now leave Ethiopia without Abdi.
His wife, Anab survive Abdi, and ten adult children four of whom have been missing since 2012. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive Abdi.
The Somali community of faith in Ethiopia, especially in Addis Ababa, are mourning because of the loss of this wonderful man of God.
While Abdi was a man of few words, he was known for his smile and funny jokes.
Please pray for the family Abdi left behind. May the heavenly Father comfort his physical and spiritual families.
“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”