Kanifa Namulondo and her five children narrowly escaped to safety after her husband had been beheaded for converting from Islam to Christianity.
Now almost six years later, she and her children had returned to their home in Uganda – but nothing prepared her for what would happen next.
Just days after she settled back into her home, she learned Muslim extremists were gunning for her family yet again – and you won’t believe what these extremists were plotting.
Namulondo was grateful to friends who helped reconstruct the home she had fled after her husband had been beheaded for his faith.
But she soon realized it wasn’t safe to stay when she overheard the sound of voices plotting her death in the middle of the night.
Morning Star News reported:
“At around 4 o’clock [in the morning] I heard people talking near the door,” Namulondo told Morning Star News. “One of them said, ‘The husband betrayed our religion. We should do away with the entire family.’”
She woke up her children and escaped out the back of the house, broke into a neighbor’s home and hid in the bathroom, she said. Soon her house was in flames, waking neighbors whose cries caused the assailants to flee.”
By the grace of God, Namulondo and her children survived the attempted hit on their lives.
But now they’re forced to flee yet again.
Sadly, this isn’t the first story of Christians in Uganda being persecuted for their faith.
Recently, a pastor who planted over 50 churches in Uganda was slaughtered on his way home from an open-air debate where he defended Christianity.
It was his wife and son who found his lifeless body.
And yet, in spite of the record number of Christians being killed in Uganda, God’s Word continues to bring people into His eternal kingdom.
In fact, it might surprise you, but Christianity is the largest religion in Uganda, making up 84-percent of the population reports the U.S. Department of State.
Muslims only make up 14-percent of Uganda’s population.
But even though Muslims are a minority, Muslim extremists are carrying out violent acts without discrimination.
Sadly, even teenagers who refuse to convert to Islam face persecution in Uganda.
In fact, many Catholics recall tales of brutal attacks carried out with such violence, it is truly unthinkable.
One father tells the story of his son Julius who was hacked to death by a machete.
“In neighboring Budaka district, Julius Musisi, 16, was killed in October after being attacked with a machete by Muslim extremists for refusing to convert to Islam. His father, Peter Mukisa, a Catholic catechist, said Julius was attacked on his way from the market and told he must convert to Islam.
“When my son refused to convert to Islam he was hacked to death,” said Mukisa.”
Christian persecution is real and it is happening all throughout Uganda.
Let us continue to lift up our brothers and sisters in Uganda in prayer, praying for their protection and strength to continue to boldly live out their faith.
God promises His Word never returns void, and the fact that over 80 percent of the country professes Jesus as Lord reveals the fruit of the good works of Christians who have risked their lives to spread the Gospel.
“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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