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Uganda: Charity’s Promise

Charity and her three children are having a hard time meeting their daily needs. Her husband used to help them, but he decided to stop going to church and become a Muslim. When he told Charity the news, she thought he was joking at first. Then he left his family and married two Muslim women, and Charity knew it was true. (Muslim teachings allow men to marry more than one woman.)

He told Charity he would only give her money to take care of their children if the children became Muslims.

Charity told him, “No thanks. My children are Christians, and I cannot give them away to anything. If we starve, it will be OK.”

Charity has to provide rent, food, and school fees for the children by herself. “I have made a promise not to turn away from Christ, even though the burden is very heavy,” she told a worker from The Voice of the Martyrs. “Please pray for me; I am exhausted.”

Pray for Charity’s strength and for the family’s daily needs.

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Look at the photos of Charity’s three children in this post, and Doreka and two of her children in the previous post. Do they look sad? Angry? Why might they be joyful even though they are having a very difficult time?


Uganda: Four Kids and Mom Choose Christ

Doreka and her husband were raising their four children as Muslims. But when Doreka left Islam to follow Christ, her husband kicked all five of them out of their house in Uganda and threatened to harm the children.

“In Islam, they teach that heaven is a garden,” Doreka told a VOM worker. But I heard that Jesus is the one who can take us to the Father, so I accepted Christ. No matter what happens, I stand firm in Jesus Christ because of His promises.”

Doreka and her kids first took refuge in a church to escape her angry husband. Then, with the help of The Voice of the Martyrs, they got a house of their own, and the children returned to school. Their church continues to support and encourage them.

Some Muslims in Uganda, like Doreka, are learning about Jesus and deciding to trust Him as their Savior. But sadly, some Christians who are not strong in their faith have turned their backs on the truths in the Bible.

(Photo: Doreka and two of her children)

Read in the next post about another family in Uganda who are suffering because of their faith in Christ.


Joshua: A Ugandan Kid of Courage

Joshua

“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.)


Uganda: Christian Family Struggles

Elizabeth, a Muslim mother of five children, managed a small shop in Uganda. One day while she worked, she heard a voice saying, “Seek Me and find your life.”

Elizabeth’s search for the meaning of the saying led her to a Christian church. She began visiting the church, and after a time, she came to faith in Christ.

But she kept her new faith a secret from her Muslim husband. When he was out of town, Elizabeth attended prayer meetings. But she stayed home when he was in town.

After about a year, Elizabeth realized that she needed to be honest with her husband. But when he found out that she had become a Christian, he left her — pregnant with their sixth child.

Elizabeth has a hard time making ends meet for her family, and others in the community mock her instead of helping her. Please pray that she will stay strong in her faith.

To read prayers from around the world for Elizabeth, visit icommittopray.com.

(Elizabeth’s eyes are covered in the photo above to conceal her identity from those who might want to harm her.)


Uganda: Boy Refuses to Deny Christ

One day, 12-year-old Emmanuel Nyaiti went on an errand for his grandmother. Emmanuel lives in Uganda, where many people are Christians. But radical Muslims persecute Christians in some parts of the country.

No doubt Emmanuel had done chores for his family safely many times. But on this particular day he encountered four Muslim men from his village who stopped him from completing his errand.

The men knew Emmanuel came from a Christian family. Radical Muslims had already sent threatening text messages to Emmanuel’s father (shown in the photo above) telling him to become a Muslim or move out of the village. But on this day, Emmanuel was their target.

The men started by talking to Emmanuel and trying to get him to deny Jesus and become a Muslim. When he bravely refused, one of the men slapped him and tried to choke him. Then they ran away, leaving him unconscious on the ground.

Emmanuel’s father and some neighbors began searching for him when he didn’t return home. Thank God they found him and took him home. Ask God to give Emmanuel and his family wisdom and guidance as they consider how to deal with hostile villagers.

(Sources include Morning Star News)