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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)


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.)