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A 39-year-old man in eastern Uganda who recently put his faith in Christ is still recovering from a machete blow to his head by a Muslim relative in late June.

Abudlawali Kijwalo, who comes from a family of devoted sheikhs and hajjis (pilgrims to Mecca), was grazing his cattle on 27 June in Nankodo, Kibuku District when his brother, Musoga Murishid, confronted him, Kijwalo said.

Source: Morning Star News

Family members had warned Kijwalo against listening to Gospel music or claiming that Jesus Christ was his Lord and Saviour. Kijwalo said he had been listening to a Christian radio station earlier that day.

“Are you still a Muslim, or you are now a Christian?” Murishid asked him, according to Kijwalo. “I am for Christ,” Kijwalo told him.

His brother revealed a machete that had been strapped beneath his long robe and struck him on the head, sending Kijwalo sprawling and screaming, the Christian said. As he bled heavily, Murishid walked away, likely thinking he had killed him, Kijwalo said.

A village elder who witnessed the attack got some health workers and rushed to attend to him, Kijwalo said. They transported him by motorcycle to a medical facility in nearby Kasasira town where a highly respected doctor treated him.

The doctor said that Kijwalo will survive but needs rest and more treatment. Kijwalo has taken refuge at an undisclosed site.

Uganda’s constitution and other laws provide for religious freedom, including the right to propagate one’s faith and convert from one faith to another. Muslims make up no more than 12% of Uganda’s population, with high concentrations in eastern areas of the country.

Let us pray.

  • Ask the Lord to help Kijwalo overcome the physical and emotional trauma of the attack. Ask the Lord to give him the heart to forgive and to pray for his brother.
  • Pray Kijwalo may be led to other believers for encouragement and support. Pray he will grow in faith, knowledge and understanding of God.
  • Pray the bold testimony of this believer may be used by God to act as a witness to others, including his family.