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UGANDA: Christian Woman Loses Business and Home to Fire

UGANDA: Christian Woman Loses Business and Home to Fire

Radical Islam’s influence in Uganda has grown by more than 7% in the last three years, and many Christians within the majority Muslim border regions are facing severe persecution, especially those who convert from Islam.

When the restaurant she owned and operated was burned six months after she became a believer, Faridah assumed it had been an accident. But earlier this year, the two rooms she rented in a home were also burned, and neighbours mentioned smelling petrol.

Faridah lost everything she owned and now suspects her relatives were responsible for the fires.

After being abandoned by her husband, Faridah’s relatives had been helping raise her six children. But when she became a Christian, they cursed her and told her she would never have peace as long as she was a Christian. Her landlord is also demanding reimbursement for his loss.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Pray that God will meet the needs of Faridah and her children.
  • Pray that in spite of the suffering she has endured she will remain strong in her faith and even learn to rely more on the Lord.
  • Ask the Lord to have mercy on Faridah’s relatives and pray they will come to a knowledge of the Gospel.

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UGANDA: Christian Woman Seriously Beaten

UGANDA: Christian Woman Seriously Beaten

A young Christian woman from the village of Luwooko in eastern Uganda was ambushed and beaten last month for sharing her faith.

Lydia Nabirye, 23, is the daughter of an area evangelist. In early March, she shared her faith with a young Muslim woman who later came to salvation in Christ. After the new convert was threatened by family members, Lydia’s family gave her refuge, along with six other converts from Islam.

On 7 April, Lydia travelled to another village to visit a bereaved mother. As she returned, she was attacked by a mob, three of whom she could identify. The group said they intended to kill her because she was converting Muslims to Christianity. When nearby witnesses heard her cries, police were called and the assailants fled.

Lydia, her father Paul, and the rest of the family remain vigilant, knowing that Muslim villagers have sworn to harm them. This ministering family has particularly requested prayer for Muslim background believers in the area.

Sources: Morning Star News, Uganda Christian News

  • Praise God for the ongoing ministry of Lydia and her family in reaching out with the message of His salvation.
  • Pray for the protection of this ministering family and other Christians in Uganda who are sharing their faith.
  • Ask the Lord to encourage all believers, especially those who face anger from their families for turning to Christ.

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Ugandan Christians: Growing in Christ

Ugandan Christians: Growing in Christ

In Muslim-dominated south-western Uganda, people struggle for basic needs and simply cannot afford a Bible. A number of those who need a Bible are former Muslims who have now placed their faith in Jesus Christ and desire the Word of God to help them grow.

Voice of the Martyrs supports this part of the world by sending Bibles through a distribution team. The team travels all over the nation, unloading the Bibles box by box in preparation for large gatherings where many will come to collect a copy of God’s Word.

A pastor told his congregation at a Bible distribution that many people only think about the Bible as a tool during a crisis.

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Not Forgotten: Susan in Uganda

Not Forgotten: Susan in Uganda

Susan Ithungu accepted Christ as a young girl in 2009. When her Muslim father found out, he beat and threatened her in unsuccessful attempts to force her to deny Christ. He then locked her in a small space in their mud shanty.

She was rescued after six months, having survived on small amounts of food and water that her brother was able to secretly give to her. Susan suffered from untreated malaria while locked away and the months of calcium deficiency affected her growing bones, resulting in permanent leg damage.

Susan, now a teenager, has endured multiple surgeries. In September 2018 she developed an infection in her thigh that required another surgery and a long recovery.

Voice of the Martyrs continues to help Susan, now living with a Christian caregiver, with her ongoing medical expenses as well as general living costs.

If you would like to financially support the work of Voice of the Martyrs, please go to: vom.com.au/donate

Voice of the Martyrs Australia is an endorsed deductible gift recipient (DGR) by the Australian government. This means you can claim tax deductions for all donations over $2 to Voice of the Martyrs Australia on your tax return.

UGANDA: Relatives of Christian Convert Burned to Death

UGANDA: Relatives of Christian Convert Burned to Death

A Christian convert in Uganda is suffering tremendous grief after four members of his family – including his two children – were killed when suspected Muslim extremists set their home on fire.

Ali Nakabale, 36, lost his son, daughter, mother and stepfather when they were burned alive inside the family’s home on 20 August.

Nakabale lives near Uganda’s capital of Kampala in the Nakaseke district. Nakabale’s wife and other Muslims in the area were angered over the fact that Nakabale and his 56-year-old mother had accepted faith in Christ at an evangelism event in August 2018.

Nakabale was not home at the time his house was set on fire because he was visiting his aunt. “Upon arriving home, I found the house destroyed by fire that burned my four family members, including my two children,” he said. “On reaching the mortuary, I found their bodies burned beyond recognition.”

A neighbour who remained anonymous said that he became aware of the blaze around 1am. “We saw fire emanating from the house … with loud chants from Muslims shouting, ‘Allah Akbar’ [God is greater].”

According to Nakabale, his wife and relatives discovered his new faith in May after his young son innocently told his mother about his experience at an evening worship service he attended with Nakabale.

“When my wife began beating my son, condemning his action of going to church, then I knew our visit to the evening prayers had leaked,” Nakabale revealed. “The same day my wife walked out of the marriage and left the home. We got scared because we knew that our lives were in danger. For three months, no Muslims visited our home.”

Nakabale said that Muslim extremists were “monitoring” the family’s movements.

“Nakabale is depressed and is questioning God on the brutal deaths of his two little children,” an unnamed source said. “He needs counselling and prayers at this difficult moment.”

Although Christians make up the majority of Uganda’s population, there’s been a history of attacks against Muslim converts to Christianity by the Muslim community. Muslims make up about 12% of the country’s population.

Sources: Morning Star News, Christian Post

  • Ask the Lord to walk with Ali Nakabale during this time of great suffering. Pray he will receive much love and care from his fellow believers.
  • Pray the Lord will impress upon Ali the hope of being reunited with his loved ones.
  • Ask the Lord to strengthen the church in Uganda and protect His children from violence.

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