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A New Family

Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life (Mark 10:29-31).

Syamusudini began sharing the Good News of Jesus with his friends at school in Uganda. It might seem strange that he would encourage others to follow Jesus, because Syamusudini’s life had become difficult when he first became a Christian. His Muslim family kicked him out and no longer accepted him as a member of their family. Syamusudini moved in with his pastor and became part of a new family.

Muhindo was a Muslim friend of Syamusudini’s. He listened carefully when Syamusudini shared his faith.

Muslims believe that Arabic is the language of Allah. The majority of Muslims in the world do not speak Arabic as their first language. But it is customary for all Muslims to say their daily prayers in Arabic, even if they do not understand the language well.

Since he didn’t speak Arabic, Muhindo had never understood the Muslim prayer services, but he understood the words of Jesus. He decided that he, too, would follow Christ.

Like his friend Syamusudini, Muhindo was rejected by his family. When his father learned of his Christian faith, he came after Muhindo with a machete. Muhindo fled to his friend, where he, also, was welcomed as part of the pastor’s family. “I am a new creation, and I understand the one I pray to,” he said. Pray for Muhindo and Syamusudini as they mature in faith, and pray that their families will also come to know Christ.

(Source: Photo: Muhindo and Syamusudini. Their eyes are covered to protect their identity.)