Published on February 28th, 2019
“I was taught from when I was young that Christians are not good people,” said Joshua, a 10-year-old boy in Uganda. “So I would approach them with caution.”
But then one day, Joshua’s older sister came home and said that she had become a Christian! Joshua’s strict Muslim father invited his relatives to come to their house. The relatives took turns punishing Joshua’s sister, but she stood firm in her faith in Christ.
Joshua became quite fearful of his father after that. But then he decided to act despite his fear. “One day I made a decision in my heart and simply started going to church,” said Joshua. “I just targeted one Sunday and ran to church. I understood everything that was said, and I learned how to make my own prayers, which was not the case before.” (Muslims pray certain memorized prayers five times a day.)
When Joshua’s father discovered that his son had become a Christian, he again invited relatives to the house to beat one of his own children — this time it was Joshua. For three months, Joshua’s father and uncles beat him when he returned home from church. “But I always went back home after church until they gave up,” said Joshua. “My family threatened not to give me school fees to attend school, but I have never stopped going to school. I still live at home with my parents.
“I love church, and Christians are good people and very friendly. I am still learning, and now with this Bible [given to him by VOM workers], I will have something more to read.
“My parents love me, but they keep threatening me about my faith in Christ. Pray that I remain strong in the Lord and help my friends to know Christ like me.”
(Source: VOM contacts. Edited for length and clarity.)