As we enjoyed being in our homes and spending time with our families on Christmas Eve, Peninah and her three children were watching extremists tear down their house.
The reason? Turning to Christ and rejecting Islam in an area of eastern Uganda where such a decision can have serious consequences.
Militant local Muslims, angered by Peninah’s conversion, had written several letters to her warning that her days were numbered. She is a single mum and the family are now homeless.
The attack on Peninah’s home in Pallisa came the day before masked men raided a church in Obokora village, in the same district, on Christmas morning.
Hearing jihadist chants, Pastor Erod and his congregation tried to escape through a back door – but they were badly beaten. Five church members were left with serious injuries, including broken bones.
The attack appears to be linked to the fact that a Muslim had given his life to Christ and been healed at the church the previous night – then told others about his new faith.
Pray that God will provide a new home and livelihood for Peninah and her children.
- Ask God to protect all those who are turning to Christ in Uganda: pray that their numbers will multiply despite the persecution.
- Pray that God would renew the strength of pastors such as Erod and re-envision them for the work He has prepared for them to do (Ephesians 2:10).
(Source: Morning Star News)
Please continue to pray for Christian lawyer Jiang Tianyong, who was taken away by Chinese security officials on November 22. His father-in-law has now received official confirmation that Jiang is being held in an illegal detention centre or ‘black jail’. Last month, a state-run newspaper alleged Jiang had leaked state secrets. Meanwhile, Christian lawyer Zhang Kai was detained for two days, December 27-29, before being allowed to return to his parents’ home in Inner Mongolia. He was released from prison last March after serving time for his defence of Zhejiang churches: pray that he will now be left alone. (Source: China Aid)
Thank God that our Sudanese brother Pastor Kowa Shamaal was released from prison yesterday, after a judge dismissed the charges against him for lack of evidence. However, the judge decided to proceed with the trial against Pastor Kowa’s fellow Sudanese detainees, Pastor Hassan Abduraheem and Mr Adbulmonem Abdumawla, and Czech Christian Petr Jašek: their next hearing is scheduled for Monday, January 9. The three are accused of serious crimes, including spying. (Source: Christian Solidarity Worldwide)
Please pray for our Indian brother, Tom Uzhunnalil, who was abducted from the Christian care home in Yemen where gunmen killed 16 people ten months ago. Pastor Tom appealed for help in a video released on Christmas Day by his kidnappers, who are thought to have links to Islamic State. (Source: Morning Star News)