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UGANDA: Christian Convert Killed

UGANDA: Christian Convert Killed

Yusuf Kintu, a 41-year-old former Imam of Macca Mosque in Dolwe Island, Mayuge District was killed on 7 December by a Muslim mob. Yusuf had converted to Christianity a week before he was attacked.

According to Pastor Andrew Nyanma of the Full Gospel Church Dolwe, Yusuf had put his faith in Christ on 30 November after hearing the Gospel message.

“We had been talking on several occasions but he was so argumentative when we touched on matters related to faith. He was a brilliant Muslim Imam but also respected other people’s faith. On this day, he was calm and receptive. He gave me humble time to explain to him why Christ is the only way to the Father. He repented of his sins and committed to following Christ.” Pastor Andrew said.

Three days after Yusuf was saved, his wife Hashfa divorced him. She left with two of their young children to her father’s home in Bugiri District, leaving behind the two older children, Abudkriim 19, and Sauda 16.

According to several witnesses, the local Muslim community was upset with Yusuf for leaving Islam and becoming a Christian. Yusuf was severely beaten and was left unconscious. Pastor Andrew took him to the hospital, where he later died.

Islam’s influence has increased in the majority Christian nation in the past few years. Many Christians within the majority Muslim border regions are facing severe persecution, especially those who convert from Islam.

Sources: International Christian Concern, The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Ask the Lord to bring good from this tragedy. That Yusuf’s witness for the Gospel will live on and bear fruit.
  • Pray for the protection of Pastor Andrew and ask God to bless his ministry.
  • Pray for Yusuf’s family, that the Lord will minister to them as they come to terms with their loss.

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UGANDA: Pastor and Two Christian Boys Slain

UGANDA: Pastor and Two Christian Boys Slain

Pastor Wilson Niwamanya and his 12-year-old son were on their way home to Kabale on 21 November when they were stopped by Islamic militants.

They were returning after delivering Christian literature along the Democratic Republic of Congo border when four men stepped out of the bush and forced them to stop the motorcycles they were riding. Grabbing Pastor Wilson, one of the assailants declared, “This man must die for disrespecting our religion.”

The perpetrators began to beat the pastor on the head with blunt objects and then stabbed his son, Simon Peter, fleeing the crime scene when other motorcyclists approached. Simon Peter died at the scene, whereas Pastor Wilson succumbed to his injuries a few days later. Another Christian worker who was with them escaped with injuries to his hand. According to his wife, Pastor Wilson had received text messages prior to the incident, warning him to stop distributing literature that allegedly discredits Islam.

In a separate incident, relatives killed the six-year-old son of a former Islamic sheikh after he refused to renounce his faith in Christ. The Muslim relatives met at the home of Emmanuel Hamuzah on 23 November and, for two hours, tried to convince him to return to Islam. Later that evening, Emmanuel was outside his home with his son when five relatives reappeared. When Emmanuel once more refused to recant, they began to beat him; while others stepped on his son’s neck, causing suffocation to the child. The attackers fled when neighbours came to help, but the injured boy died before he could obtain medical attention.

While Muslims in Uganda are a minority, there are large concentrations in some areas. Some groups have become increasingly aggressive, particularly towards those who have left Islam.

Source: Morning Star News

  • Ask the God of love and mercy to embrace Pastor Wilson’s wife and surviving children, as they endure this time of grief and loss. Ask the Lord to bring physical and emotional healing to the worker who witnessed the event and suffered injury.
  • Prayerfully intercede for Emmanuel, his wife and their three other children, as they mourn the horrific death of their child.
  • Pray that those who instigated these attacks will come to understand that same eternal hope which can only be found in the light and love of Christ.

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UGANDA: Christian Radio Preacher Murdered

UGANDA: Christian Radio Preacher Murdered

David Omara was the pastor of Christian Church Centre and a well-known radio preacher in northern Uganda.

During his radio broadcast on 31 October, he contrasted Christianity to Islam. After finishing the broadcast at about 9pm, Pastor David received a phone call from a listener who expressed appreciation for his message and invited him to meet with some friends. Unaware of the danger that awaited him, Pastor David went to the meeting location, along with his son Simon Okut.

Upon arrival, the two were ambushed by six people. Simon managed to escape but Pastor David was strangled and beaten to death.

When his wife received the shattering news, she immediately passed out and, even after receiving treatment, was unable to recognise people.

Speaking of the incident, a colleague said of the slain pastor: “He worked tirelessly for the Kingdom of God to the day he breathed his last breath.”

The pastor is survived by his wife and their eight children who range in age from 10 to 30. The church is calling for prayer and support on behalf of this grieving family, and specifically for the recovery of his emotionally distraught widow.

Despite having a reputation for being one of the most Christianised nations in Africa, a strong militant Islamic stance has created problems in recent years.

Source: Morning Star News

  • Pray for Pastor David’s wife and children during this time of great sorrow. Ask the Lord to provide each one, much-needed comfort, strength, and hope for the future.
  • Pray the militants responsible for the murder will not only be brought to justice but also delivered from the evil one.
  • Pray that the faithful work and witness of Pastor David will continue to resonate in the hearts of all who have heard the Gospel message through his ministry.

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UGANDA: Woman Poisoned by Family

UGANDA: Woman Poisoned by Family

A VOM-supported Christian woman died earlier this month from complications due to poisoning.

After several days, she was struggling to walk and in great pain. Her family knew she was ill, and her father sent a message to her saying she would not survive. After a month in the hospital, she succumbed to the illness and died. Doctors found damage to her internal organs from poison, which her family likely administered to her while she still lived at home.

Anna is survived by two children, ages 6 and 12, who are being cared for by the pastor. “It is a very sad moment for us losing Anna,” the pastor said. “It is very sad for the children as well. Please pray for her children.”

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Ask the Lord to comfort these two children. Pray He will walk closely beside them as they come to terms with this tragic loss. Thank God for the pastor’s willingness to care for them.
  • Pray these children will come to know and understand the love their mother had for the Lord and desire to know Him for themselves.
  • Pray the death of Anna will not be in vain, but the Lord will use it as a seed for the Gospel for the sake of many, including her family.

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UGANDA: Christian Boy Feared Killed in Ritual Sacrifice

UGANDA: Christian Boy Feared Killed in Ritual Sacrifice

Sulaiman, a former Imam in eastern Uganda, became a Christian in 2017 and led his two young children to Christ. In July 2018, Sulaiman’s son, then aged 11, and daughter, then aged 13, disappeared from their home.

On 16 September, police rescued Sulaiman’s daughter from a well-known witch doctor named Isifu Abdullah, known for human sacrifices.

Abdullah reportedly took the daughter as his wife. Her brother was not found by police and it is feared that he may have been killed in a ritual sacrifice.

“We are mourning for our son who is alleged to have been sacrificed,” Sulaiman said. “We are mourning with my daughter, who has been used as a sex object by the Muslim shaman.”

A local woman, said to be a radical Muslim, opposed Sulaiman’s conversion to Christianity. Locals believe this woman is behind the abduction and sale of his children.

Abdullah is one of many witch doctors who are known to sacrifice humans using children’s blood, tissue, or organs in the belief that it will bring protection or good fortune.

Source: Morning Star News

  • Ask the Lord to bring His healing presence to Sulaiman’s daughter. Pray He will help her to overcome all she has suffered.
  • Pray for justice for this family and ask God to bring comfort to those who mourn over this tragedy.
  • Pray the Lord will frustrate the plans of Isifu Abdullah and all others involved, so they will be restrained from perpetrating evil.

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