Cut Off from Family for Christ
By Nathan Johnson
05/12/2020 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – In September 2019, Bwambale Abraham and some of his friends decided to attend a Christian outreach event in their hometown of Kisinga, Uganda. He had no idea that the small trip would change his life entirely. Bwambale may have lost everything due to this decision, but in the end, he has gained so much more.
“One evening, my friend and I decided to go to town and attend a gospel crusade that was showing the Jesus Film. We were watching from a distance to avoid being spotted by fellow Muslim friends. After the emotional movie, the pastor explained its meaning and why we needed Christ for the forgiveness of our sins. That is when I began thinking a lot about Christ and His love for humanity,” he continued.
The son of a Muslim Imam at Kisinga Mosque Kasese District, Bwambale had been raised to believe and follow Islam. He had no love for Christians or Christ. Yet when this young man heard the story of Christ, through the Jesus Film, he could not shake off the feeling of love and hope that Christ displayed.
“We were brought up as Muslims and my father is a respected Islamic leader in Uganda. He is the Imam at the Kisinga town Mosque, where he has labored for many years in spreading the Islamic gospel,” explained Bwambale in an interview with ICC.
His father was not aware that he had gone to watch a Christian movie. The following day Bwambale asked his father whether he had heard about Jesus Film and what it was all about.
“I wanted to find out if my father had watched the Jesus Film and what his thoughts were. I knew he would not want to watch such a movie. I was looking for a way to inform him that I was interested in attending the crusade in town. Everybody in our family feared taking an opposing view from him. He said that he would hit my head hard if I attended the crusade,” continued Bwambale.
Despite his father’s harsh words and hatred for Christ, Bwambale could not stop thinking about Jesus and the message that he had heard. A few days later, Bwambale met a Muslim-background believer evangelist, Chamada Joseph, who explained the good news to him again.
“Chamada is a Christian evangelist who has a vast knowledge of the Bible and he loves God. He explained to me the gospel and pointed me to Christ. I got converted. After my conversion, I was courageous enough to face my father and break the news of my new faith. I told him that I was now a changed man and Christ was my personal savior.”
Bwambale’s father became very furious with him. He chased him away together with his wife and children.
“My father would not allow us to even explain why I had decided to become a Christian. We packed our belongings and left his home. A friend of mine in Kasese town gave us a small room to sleep for the night. This room has been our home for six months now. My father vowed to kill me if I ever went back home. He said I was demon-possessed and deceived by the Christian gods.”
Without the support of his family and the job he had before, life has become harder for Bwambale. Despite this. He has not lost his faith or passion to follow Christ. He may have lost his earthly family for now, but he has gained a much larger heavenly one, and he hopes to even bring his father to Christ.
During the interview, he was still staying in Kasese, assisting in metal fabrication in a small garage where he makes some little money to support his family. He is also a faithful member of the nearby church.
“The local Christian Community here has been very supportive. I attend Sunday service at the St. Mark Church and I also attend weekly fellowships for my nourishment. My prayer is that I shall continue to love Christ and be an example to the many Muslims around me. I also believe that there is nothing impossible with God and my father is not beyond salvation.”