On 25 May, a pastor who was severely injured for his Christian witness was able to return home to his wife, six children and congregation in Kampala.
Pastor Umar Mulinde, a former Muslim, was brutally attacked on Christmas Eve in 2011 by militants who were angered over his leadership of a thriving church that consists of more than 1,000 believers. The pastor was left with serious injuries after the assailants poured acid over his face and back before fleeing the scene shouting, “Allahu Akbar.”
In the following months, the militants continued to threaten the pastor and the church. In July of 2012, they sent a note to the church with the warning, “Don’t think you survived us.” Acid was poured over the church veranda the following February.
Through the support of various groups, including Voice of the Martyrs, Pastor Umar was able to receive medical care in Israel. This past February, he underwent his eighth facial surgery to reconstruct his ear and save his hearing. The pastor has since been told by doctors that he is now able to resume all normal activities.
Source: Voice of the Martyrs USA
- Thank the Lord that Pastor Umar has been able to return home to his family and friends in Uganda.
- Pray his enduring faith will serve as a powerful witness to those who are opposed to the Gospel.
- Ask the Lord to grant peace and safety to Pastor Umar, his family and his congregation.