About 85 percent of the people in Uganda are Christian and 11 percent Muslim, but with some eastern areas having large Muslim populations. The country’s constitution and other laws provide for
religious freedom, including the right to propagate one’s faith and convert from one faith to another, but Christians in eastern Uganda are suffering continual attacks.
In Amuria, about 170 miles northeast of Kampala, on December 4, 2016, a Muslim sheikh, trained in Islamic proselytisation, went to a church service to kill a Ugandan bishop. Bishop George Edweu of the Pentecostal Upright Church, was preaching about hearing and understanding the voice of God. The 24-year-old sheikh was sitting among the congregation of 200 people waiting for his opportunity.
But as he listened to the bishop’s message, the power of the Gospel began to convict him of sin. It broke through the stony places in the sheikh’s heart, causing him to rush up to the podium
and fall at the bishop’s feet. Bishop Edweu stopped preaching and began to question him. “I was sent to come and kill you and destroy the church,” he told the shocked bishop, as tears rolled
down his face. He repented of his sins as Bishop Edweu prayed for him. Then the would-be assassin put his faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour and was born again.
News of the former sheikh’s conversion from Islam to Christianity spread swiftly, and the young sheikh had to go into hiding because of death threats. On January 2nd, when Bishop Edweu was on his way to his church at 5am, suddenly six masked men appeared and grabbed Bishop Edweu, kicking him and hitting him with sticks, demanding that he reveal the whereabouts of the sheikh. “As I fell down, a vehicle with bright lights flashed, which scared them away,” Bishop Edweu said. “The vehicle arrived and took me into the church compound. Inside the church building we found a letter with a threatening message: ‘We are going to destroy your church unless you show us where [name withheld] is.’”
Source: Morning Star News
Bible Study: Acts 9:13-19
JULY: PRAY WIDER for his attackers to be convicted of their sin and unbelief so they come to a living faith in Christ. Give thanks for Bishop Edweu that he was miraculously protected from violence and threats.