LAST MONTH, 40 people were murdered at a PREDOMINANTLY Christian School in uganda. it’s a terrible and horrific tragedy that shows just how vulnerable christians are in certain parts of africa. But, there is at least one piece of good news to come from the attack – at the funeral of one of the students who was killed, a young man decided to give his life to Jesus.
It was at 15 year-old Amina’s funeral where the man became a Christian – and it was maybe Amina’s brave faith that inspired him to choose to follow Jesus.
Amina grew up in a Muslim home, and she and her mother were abandoned by their wider family when they chose to become Christians themselves just last year. They were taken in by a local church after their family chased them from their home. They were cared for by the church, with support from Open Doors partners.
Amina was just 15 years old when she was one of 37 students killed by Islamic militant group ADF in the attack. Her body was found in the nearby forest, over the border in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the Ugandan army was searching for the militants. A funeral service was held at the Kibwe Anglican Church, where Amina used to worship.
At the funeral service, the church leader bravely preached the good news of Jesus to the family and community members present, many of whom are Muslims. One of these men heard the words, and had already been questioning his faith in the wake of the attack. He chose to give his life to Jesus.
He has already received death threats, since this courageous decision, and it wouldn’t be safe for us to reveal any other details about his identity. But he knows he is taking a risk that is worth it. “I have been told that I cannot be on the earth and must be killed,” he says. “I fear as a human, but I am trusting Jesus to guide me. For me, even if they kill me, I will be in heaven with Amina.”
Join us in praising and thanking God for bringing this man to faith, and for bringing good out of this atrocity.
An Open Doors local partner recently visited Kasese to offer encouragement, prayer and fellowship. While there, they visited a school near the one which was attacked, where young Christians were singing and praising God. One of the songs includes the lyrics: “I will continue proclaiming that which concerns Your name Jesus; even if I die, I will resurrect in You.”
Elsewhere in the neighbourhood, though, Christians remain understandably afraid. “There is great fear among Christians of this church, but we hope God will continue to counsel everyone,” said Pastor Mirundu of St Luke Kibwe Church. Four members of his church were killed in the attack. “The few who come to church stay standing during the service because of fear that anything can happen any time. Christians are still in fear and some of them are still in hiding.”
But Pastor Mirundu is gradually seeing change. “Today, the number of those who attended the church service has at least raised a little. God is still in control. I therefore request our friends from within and outside Uganda to continue praying for us.”
For all who are grieving and missing loved ones killed in the attack
That there will be peace in the region and that Christians can worship and meet together without fear of attack
For the young man who became a Christian to know God's love, peace and protection, and that he will grow strong in his faith
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