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Uganda: Adam’s Search

Adam

Seventeen-year-old Adam was searching for the truth. During his search, he found an online video about Jesus. He watched the video with his Muslim friends, but most of them walked out before it was over. Adam watched the whole movie.

Adam used to live in Somalia, but after radical Muslims killed his father, he escaped to Uganda with thousands of other Somali refugees. Though he was a Muslim, he had bad feelings about Islam after his father’s death. [Islam is the religion of Muslims.]

Adam’s older cousin found out about Adam’s search for the truth. The cousin sent him to a Muslim boarding school to make him a stronger Muslim. When that didn’t work, the cousin took Adam back to Somalia and left him there among Muslims to encourage him to remain a Muslim.

Adam escaped to Uganda again, and this time, he enrolled in a Christian high school. But he still did not want become a Christian. His search for the truth online and among friends continued.

Eleven years after his search began, Adam trusted Christ as his Savior. By that time, he was married and had a son. When his wife found out about his new faith, she said their marriage was over. “I am no longer your wife,” she said. “And you will never speak to your son again.” She later changed her mind, and she now lets Adam talk to his son by phone. But she says she will never accept Adam back, unless he returns to Islam.

Today Adam receives threats from Muslims. “God has my life,” he said. “And if He wants me to live, I will live.”

Do you think some students in Adam’s Christian high school continued to pray for him even after he left the school? If so, they may not know that God answered their prayers. Can you pray for others even if you may not know the results?

How can you pray for the following?
*Adam’s wife
*Adam’s son
*Adam’s persecutors
*Adam

(Source: The January 2019 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. Edited for length and age appropriateness.)


5 Ways Islam is Spreading in a Christian Country

A school in Uganda

Every morning, students at Christian schools in Uganda pray and read Scriptures. Christian leaders visit the schools to make sure the children understand the good news of Jesus. The Christians want to make sure the children are strong in their faith.

The majority of people in Uganda are Christians. But in parts of Uganda, Islam is growing. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.) Recently Brother Steven, a Christian from Uganda, talked about how the Muslims are spreading Islam in some areas.

1. “In our country, we have many orphans,” said Brother Steven. “Christians sometimes say, ‘Somebody else will take care of that child.’ But Muslims raise the money to support children in Africa so they will become Muslims.”

2. “Muslims give scholarships..,” said Brother Steven. “If you are to get a scholarship, definitely you must become a Muslim.”

3. Brother Steven also said, “They now have a strategy of building mosques everywhere — like every mile there is a mosque. [A mosque is a building where Muslims worship.] It could be a mosque for five people, or three people, but they are very optimistic about the future.”

4. “Fifty percent of the younger people have no jobs,” Brother Steven said. “[The Muslims say], ‘We have a job for you, but to do this job, we really need you to be a Muslim.’”

5. Brother Steven added, “It is a strategy to marry Christian girls. Young men who get a Christian girl, especially from a pastor’s family, get a [money] reward. They are a hero.” The Muslims believe the family the man starts with the Christian girl will be Muslim.

Pray
Look at each of the challenges for Christians mentioned above and pray about them. For example, you might pray, “Dear God, please help the people who care for orphans in Uganda find good Christian homes for the children.”

Brother Steven said, “We need to pray for the church to preach the gospel so people can hear the real gospel and receive it and also share it with others.”

(Source: VOMRadio.net. Edited for clarity, length, and age-appropriateness.)


Back to School

 

(Photo: Two children at a school in Africa. Their faces are covered to protect their identity from people who may want to harm them or their families.)

This is the time of year when most American kids return to school for the fall semester. But Christian kids in some countries don’t always have the freedom to get a good education in peace.

*Cuba
Christian children are sometimes mocked, bullied, and not promoted to the next grade.

*China
Officials in China closed a Christian school last year, claiming that the children were “brainwashed.”

*Indonesia
Muslim parents warn their children not to play with Christian children or make friends with them.

*Uganda
In parts of Uganda, Christian children are not welcome to attend school in Muslim areas.

*Mexico
In Chiapas, Mexico, authorities sometimes refuse to let children stay in school if their parents become Christians.

*Egypt
Christian children in Egypt have been forced to sit in the back of the class, and some students are given bad grades just because they are Christians.

*Pakistan
Christians in Pakistan are often hired to do only low-paying jobs. They sometimes can’t afford to send their children to school.

To Talk About
*Will you thank God today for your school assignments and for the opportunity to get an education?
*Ask God to protect and provide for children in each of the countries mentioned above.


Helping Christians and Seekers in Uganda

Most of the people in Uganda are Christians. But in some Muslim areas of the country, Christians are persecuted. In those areas, “When a Muslim child or family converts to Christianity, they are no longer welcome at the school,” said a VOM worker. Sometimes people who become Muslims get special treatment from the local leaders.

The Voice of the Martyrs distributes Bibles in Uganda to strengthen Christians and to help those who are seeking the truth to find Jesus — the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).

Watch the video clip from the Kids of Courage archives to see someone in Uganda who was very happy to receive a Bible from VOM.


Islam in Uganda and Hassan’s School

Hassan’s school

The previous post told about Hassan, a Muslim in Uganda who tried to disrupt Christian meetings — until he met Jesus. The majority of the people in Uganda are Christians. But Islam is growing, and parts of the country have more Muslims than Christians. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.)

Why is Islam Growing?
*Besides attacking Christian meetings, Hassan and other Muslims studied how to use technology and media to make Muslim beliefs seem more appealing.

*Muslims worship in buildings called “mosques,” and their holy book is the Quran. But Muslim media specialists may call a mosque a “Muslim church” and the Quran the “Muslim Bible.” They hope Christians will think, “Muslims are a lot like us!” (Check the Beliefs section to find several charts comparing differences between Islam and biblical Christianity.)

*A Muslim businessman may come to a town in Uganda and say, “I’m going to open a factory and hire 1,000 people to work for me. But everyone I hire has to be a Muslim.”

*Christian students are not welcome to attend school in Muslim areas.

After Hassan became a Christian, he started a school for children of persecuted Christians who were not welcome in their local schools. One of the things the school teaches the children is how to share their faith with Muslims.

The photo above shows the children in the school. Hassan is in the back wearing a red shirt.

To Think About
After reading this post, can you list five things to pray about for Uganda and the Christians there?