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Ugandan mother and son beaten for leaving Islam

Becoming a Christian is risky enough in some parts of eastern Uganda. But if you’re a Muslim preacher, turning to Christ is a dangerous move.

That’s certainly the case for 30-year-old Malik, a former Islamic teacher who was beaten unconscious by relatives when he spoke publicly about his conversion last month.

His mother, Aimuna, aged 60, became a Christian after seeing how Malik was persecuted and learning about his faith. Last week, family members beat her badly too.

Please ask God to heal Malik and Aimuna, and keep them safe.

Relatives raided their farm in Butaleja district last Thursday as Malik and Aimuna were trying to gather cassava without being seen. They had been forced to abandon the farm last month, after Malik was warned he’d be killed if he returned.

Malik managed to escape and presumed his attackers were unaware of his mother’s new faith. But news of Aimuna’s conversion had spread too: she was attacked and left with a broken hand and head injuries.
  • Pray that God will provide for Malik, his wife and children, and for Aimuna. Pray that He will bring them out into a ‘spacious place’ of rest (Psalm 18:19).
  • Thank God that police responded to the family’s cry for help and made several arrests. Pray that officials will take tough action against religiously motivated attacks, to deter further violence.
  • Pray that God’s people in Muslim areas of east Uganda will draw close to Him and place their total trust in Him.
(Source: Morning Star News)

UPDATE
Please continue to pray for the swift acquittal of four men on trial in Khartoum, Sudan, for crimes that carry a potential death sentence or life imprisonment. The next hearing is scheduled for Monday. Pastors Hassan Abduraheem and Kowa Shamaal, Abdulmonem Abdumawla and a Czech national, Petr Jasek, are accused of supporting rebel movements. At a hearing on December 12, a Darfurian man whom they helped gave testimony, which the men’s lawyers hope will be of significant benefit to the defendants’ case. Praise God that the four men are said to be in good health and have been allowed to attend church services in prison. (Source: Middle East Concern)
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