555 Challenge – Week #47 Uganda

December 2, 2013 by Open Doors in Stories of Persecution

Uganda *Representative photo used to protect identity. A teenage girl in western Uganda still bears physical and emotional scars after her father tortured her for leaving Islam and putting her faith in Christ. Susan Ithungu, of Isango village in the Kasese district, had been hospitalized at Kagando Hospital after neighbors, with the help of the police, rescued her from her father, Beya Baluku. He was arrested shortly afterward, but quickly released. Susan and her younger brother, Mbusa Baluku, lived alone with their father after he divorced their mother. In March 2010, an evangelist from Bwera Full Gospel Church spoke at Susan’s school, and she decided to put her trust in Christ for her salvation. “I heard the message of Christ’s great love, of Him dying for us to get everlasting peace, and there and then I decided to believe in Christ,” she said. “After a month, news reached my father that I had converted to Christianity, and that was the beginning of my troubles with him. Our father warned us not to attend church or listen to the gospel message. He even threatened us with a sharp knife, saying that he was ready to kill us in broad daylight in case we converted to Christianity.” Pastor Joseph Baluku, of Bwera Full Gospel Church in Kasese, said that neighbors, who had discovered that the girl was being kept locked in a room with almost no food or water, notified authorities, and after her release took her to the hospital. Susan has been able to use this experience as a way to share her faith. Thank you for praying for Christians like Susan in Uganda! Share Give