A House Divided: Part 2
In case you missed it, you can read Part 1 here.
04/13/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Gusolo is not the only Christian to be ostracized from his community in Uganda.
To the average outsider, Uganda does not look like the typical persecution site. Uganda’s religious makeup is primarily Christian; out of 42 million people in Uganda, only 15% are Muslim.
However, a Muslim extremist group from the Congo known as the Alliance of Democratic Forces (ADF) has reportedly infiltrated Uganda to start a propaganda campaign. The campaign is specifically geared toward generating anti- Christian sentiment across the nation. So far, it’s working.
This change has amped up persecution in Uganda, with reports of attacks spreading across the nation. The UN reports that most ADF members are Islamists seeking to establish Sharia law in Uganda.
The Ugandan Church is providing refuge for exposed converts in the absence of government intervention. ICC recently travelled to Uganda and met with several pastors who were hosting hundreds of Muslim-background believers. Our team travelled through villages in western and eastern Uganda, listening to stories of persecuted believers.
Ayub’s mother was poisoned for converting from Islam to Christianity in 2011; his father chased him and his siblings from their home. They were eventually adopted by Christian families.
Another believer, Dorcas, and her children were chased away by her Muslim husband after they accepted Christ and started going to an evangelical church. The whole family has changed their names to avoid being identified by sheikh assassins.
Bwambare and Mumbere’s father was poisoned by Muslim friends following his conversion. Their Muslim mother deserted them and married her late husband’s friend.
Pastor Stephen’s house was burned by the local Muslim community for preaching the Gospel and taking in two Muslim-background believers after they were threatened.
Tom was stoned by Muslims during open air evangelism.
The testimonies are seemingly endless, but we must not forget that there are real people behind these stories. Though the future for Christians in Uganda is under threat, the Church is helping new converts with shelter and training.
International Christian Concern is teaming up with local churches and individuals to provide assistance and raise awareness about the plight of Christians in Uganda. As 2019 progresses, stay tuned to learn more about ICC’s upcoming initiatives in Uganda.
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