Pastor Thomas Chikooma served at an independent Pentecostal church in the village of Ngalwe, Uganda.
He was invited by local Muslims to participate in an open-air religious debate in the larger community of Pallisa earlier this month.
Source: Morning Star News
“After giving his defence of Christianity, he was privileged to lead 14 people to faith in Christ, including six who had been Muslims.”
As the meeting was concluding, angry Muslims began to shout Islamic slogans, compelling Pastor Thomas to quickly leave with his son. He was followed by Muslim protestors on two motorcycles, which then sped past them. As the pastor and his son neared their home, they saw the motorcycles stopped at an intersection, waiting for them. Suspicious of their intent, Pastor Thomas told his son to follow at a distance as he approached the men.
The tone quickly turned violent and he was struck by one of the men. The boy fled through a field to his home and returned with his mother and some neighbours to search for his father. Pastor Thomas was eventually found beheaded with his tongue cut out.
Relatives and friends are shocked by the violence. The father of 11 children had planted 50 churches throughout eastern Uganda. This is only one of the many instances of persecution committed by Uganda’s Muslim minority, some of whom have adopted militant Islamist ideologies.
Let us pray.
- Intercede for Pastor Thomas’ wife, Jessica and their children, as they come to terms with this tragic loss. Ask the Lord to provide comfort, strength, courage and protection.
- Pray the local Christians, will demonstrate God’s love and grace to their Muslim neighbours –including the perpetrators of the crime.
- Pray for the 14 new believers who have been confronted with the potential high cost of following Him. May they be encouraged to remain faithful and receive opportunities to be discipled in the faith.