Anytime a Muslim converts to Christianity – the stakes are high.
But for those who are new in Christ – their newfound faith is worth risking everything for – even their own life.
And when one former Islamic teacher placed his faith in Christ, he never dreamed it would be his own family who would set the trap that ultimately took his life.
Saban Sajabi had embraced the Islamic culture his whole life, even teaching Islam in mosques throughout Uganda.
But then he met Jesus and everything changed.
Instead of respecting his decision to leave Islam – family members began to threaten his life, so he left his Muslim wife and fled – going on to marry a Christian woman named Sarah Birungi.
But the threats on his life continued.
Then one day, Saban received a phone call from a relative notifying him that the very uncle who had led him to Christ was sick, reported Morning Star News.
Immediately, Saban left to go visit his uncle, not knowing the call was a setup to take his life.
Sarah Birungi spoke of the horrific trauma she endured, watching her husband get buried alive and killed before her very eyes.
Morning Star News reported:
“Immediately two motorcycles arrived carrying three men each,” she told Morning Star News.
“They started beating my husband and then dragged him to a nearby anthill, dug into it and pushed his head inside, and he breathed his last.”
During the assault, one of the assailants covered her mouth and warned her that they would also kill her if she cried for help, she said.
“What you have witnessed happening to your husband today is for the disobedience of your husband not heeding the advice given by the family that he should return to Islam, since Islam cannot tolerate infidels,” one of the assailants told her, Birungi said.”
Our hearts ache for Sarah and the loss of her husband – and for her children’s loss of their father.
Sarah is still fearful that family members may continue their revenge on her and her children.
Let us pray for Sarah and her children, that God will keep them safe and heal them from the trauma they’ve endured.
We know on this side of heaven Christian persecution will continue until Jesus returns, but we must continue to pray for those who are persecuted – and pray for the strength to withstand our own persecution should that day come.
“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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