The Greatest Enemy to My Christian Faith Is My Father: Part 2
In case you missed it, you can read Part 1 here.
04/23/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Charles Mudasir’s life radically changed in 2014 when he met a Christian missionary in Kenya. He accepted Christ, despite his upbringing and adoption by a very strict Muslim. When his father heard about his conversion, he began beating Charles. When these beatings did not change Charles’ faith, the persecution only escalated.
“In 2015, my father arranged a trip for me and my uncle, Mohamed, to Qatar. We were to be there for a month and come back,” explained Charles.
However, Charles did not know that this was part of a plan to kill him for leaving Islam. While at the airport with his uncle, Charles noticed his brother crying. Charles asked him what was wrong.
“My brother, who is still a Muslim, had compassion for me. He [told me of] the plan my father had devised; to have me beheaded in Qatar because I had refused to convert back to Islam. I acted very fast, escaped from my uncle at the airport and rushed back to the church. I was trembling and disturbed. Pastor Allan of AIC Ngong Road gave me shelter and counseling for two weeks,” Charles recalled.
Though this shelter made Charles feel safe for a short period, he knew that it could not last. “Pastor Allan also felt that I was not safe at his home and this could also endanger his family. He advised me to seek refuge at the Word of Life Ministries, where I also enrolled for discipleship classes. I was out of touch with my family for two years. I had given up on them.”
Then, one evening in 2017, Charles called his father to find out if his heart had softened. Charles had been praying for his father’s conversion, and he hoped for a peaceful conversation.
“He convinced me that he had forgiven me and asked if I was free for coffee. While having coffee together, he sent me for a newspaper outside the coffee shop. That’s when he poisoned my drink. My stomach started aching. I knew something was wrong. I went to the toilet to vomit, then dashed outside to buy milk. In a span of about four minutes, I passed out. A good Samaritan picked me up. He saw my Word of Life card and put me inside his car. I murmured to him that I wanted to go to AIC Ngong. Pastor Allan then took me to the hospital where I was treated for food poisoning. I regained myself after a week,” reflected Charles.
“While having coffee together, he sent me for a newspaper outside the coffee shop. That’s when he poisoned my drink.”
Charles continued, “After healing from my father’s poison, I purposed to never meet him or any other family member, including my two blood brothers. I also started volunteering at Word of Life, which gave me a sense of hope and a future.”
Despite his efforts to avoid his family, in March 2019, Charles was kidnapped and tortured for a week before he was released by the captors, who were sent by his father.
“While surfing in a cyber café in Mombasa [with] my childhood friend, some people blindfolded and whisked me into a waiting car. I was taken round and round by the men, [who were] praising Allah that they had found me. Finally, I was taken to a mosque and uncovered,” Charles told International Christian Concern through tears.
“I was later moved to another house and locked inside a small dark room. I was given seven days to repent and re-Islamize. Every day, I was given a blue pill with very little water. My captors told me that my father had sent that pill to help me remove unbelief from my thick head. Yes, my father again. My heart sank deeper,” mourned Charles.
Charles held to his faith in Christ throughout the seven days of torment, saying, “On the eighth day, I was told that they would take me to the mosque to either be killed or [to be dropped off after] injecting me with poison. I knew my end had just arrived. I said my final prayer for deliverance from the claws of the enemy or a gracious welcome to the heavenly presence of God. The Lord answered my prayer, and my captors asked me where I wanted to go. I told them that I wanted to go to the South Coast.”
He was again blindfolded, shoved into the car, and driven to the South Coast. Charles’ captors dumped him only a kilometer from the Word of Life Mombasa.
“A crowd that approached to see why I was being pulled from the car could not get an answer from [the captors] because they sped off. I was helped to the mission station and immediately taken to the hospital where I was admitted for a week. Then I was transferred to another Word of Life station because Mombasa was not safe for me.” Charles has since been living in his new home in secrecy. Despite the continued persecution from his own family, Charles concluded, “The Lord has spared me once again. May His name be praised forever.”
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