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Pastor Bongo Martin was brutally killed on 23 December when he and other members of his church resisted the efforts of local militant Muslims to take over their land in the Namutumba district.

The 32-year-old church leader was attacked with a sword after protesting about a fence that had been put up in an attempt to encroach on part of the church’s land in Nansololo village. The opposing locals had previously complained several times, believing that the church was not far enough away from their mosque.

Just days prior to this, five Christians in the Budaka district had died after eating food laced with pesticide following a Bible study meeting in Kachomo, a predominantly Muslim village.

The study group leader and host, Hajii Suleiman Sajjabi, is presently in a coma. Four of those who died were his relatives, and the fifth was a pregnant woman. Prior to the poisoning, Hajii had been reprimanded by a local imam for distributing Bibles in the community.

Sources: Morning Star News, Release International

Prayer Points

  • Please uphold Pastor Bongo’s wife and two children in prayer, as well as his congregation. May God sustain these believers in their time of shock and grief.
  • Pray for Hajii that he may make a complete physical recovery. Pray the Lord will help him to come to terms with such a loss.
  • May the militants responsible for both of these crimes come to repentance, recognising their own need of God’s mercy and salvation.

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