A House Divided: Part 1
04/12/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – “No burial rites for you, a kaffir [infidel],” a Muslim villager said to Muhammud Gusolo, his words laced with scorn. In Uganda, burial rites are a society’s way of mourning the dead and properly placing the body into the grave. The removal of this rite was just one of many threats that Gusolo received from his friends and family in the first few weeks after launching his Christian ministry in his hometown, the Masaba village of Uganda.
After Muhammud Gusolo accepted Jesus as his savior in late 2017, God placed a burden on his heart to share the Gospel with his friends and family in his Muslim village. Initially, Gusolo’s conversion to Christianity was not met with pushback in the community. He continued to tend to his banana plantation and provided for his wife and six children, all under the age of ten.
This changed when Gusolo opened the doors of his home to study the Word of God in October 2018. Gusolo’s Bible study not only rocked the boat in the village – it tipped it over and threats began pouring in.
Even Gusolo’s family treated him like a criminal. His father, Mujenya Gusolo Zibail, grimly informed him that he would not receive his inheritance or be welcomed back onto the family land. The action of moving his faith from private to public threatened the local religious leaders, and Gusolo became a target.
These were not empty threats. On December 7, a mosque leader turned a mob on Gusolo’s banana plantation, destroying it. Gusolo fled from the village the next morning, terrified for his life. Even his Muslim wife refused to join him. She stayed behind in the village with Gusolo’s father, but he kicked her out a few weeks later when he caught the children singing Christian songs.
“My wife and children also turned against me,” Gusolo said. “I am a very frustrated man with no family. After being ostracized from my community, I have appealed for help to the government administration, but this has fallen on deaf ears. I am very far from my family and reside in a lonely environment in another village.”
Despite these dire circumstances, Gusolo is placing his faith in a heavenly inheritance, trusting God to provide, but he feels very alone.
*Original reporting by Morning Star News
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