Twenty-seven-year-old Shamira Nakato attended a Christian church service on Christmas day with her two small children – after hearing the sermon, she felt convicted to accept Christ.
She confessed this desire to the Pastor who prayed for her and invited her back the following day. By God’s grace both Shamira and her eight-year-old accepted Christ!
But when her Muslim husband returned early from an out-of-town trip – and heard from neighbors his wife and children were attending a Christian church – his anger caused him to do the unthinkable.
The husband, Hamidu Kasimbi, decided to see for himself that his wife was really going to church.
He received a tip of where she might be, and when we went and saw her seated in the back of the church – he dragged her out and beat her, according to a witness.
His rage continued to build – and became even more intense.
Neighbors were alarmed when, later that day, they saw men wearing Islamic caps putting together a wood structure outside of Kasimbi’s home – later, during the night, they heard screams from the house, reported Morning Star News.
When a neighbor went to Kasimbi’s house early the next morning – nothing prepared him for the horrific scene.
Tragically, not only did Kasimbi continue to beat his wife – he hung her – along with their two children (ages 3 and 8) – simply because Shamira became a Christian.
Morning Star News reported:
“The neighbor said the door was unlocked, so he entered the house and found Nakato and her two children hanged. The wooden structure built earlier appeared to have been used to elevate the victims before hanging, he said.”
This situation in Uganda is tragic and evil, but it is common, not only in Uganda, but in many countries throughout the world.
Many Christians face unspeakable persecution – even fatal consequences – for deciding to follow Jesus.
And sadly, family members, often feeling “disgraced” by the conversion to Christianity, that end up killing the newly converted.
We must continue to pray for our Christian brothers and sisters around the world who are risking their lives to follow Jesus.
Many of them accept Christ knowing the risk that comes with their new beliefs, but their love for Jesus empowers them to not only live for Christ – but to die for Him.
As for those who slay Christians, God can, and does, change even the hardest of hearts – but He works only with those who are willing to repent and quit their wicked ways.
We must pray for those who are still walking in darkness – that God will rip the veil from their eyes so they can see their sin – and turn from it. They and their families need our prayers.
May God grant comfort to Shamira’s loved ones, as they grieve the losses of her and her precious children.
We take heart as Christians, that death does not have the final say – and we rest in the promise that one day Jesus will make all things right again.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
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