Girl in Uganda Loses Use of Legs After Leaving Islam for Christ
Susan Ithungu, a fourteen-year-old girl from western Uganda, learned about Christ when an evangelist from the Full Gospel Church in Bwera spoke at her school. “I heard the message of Christ’s great love, of Him dying for us and everlasting peace. There and then I decided to believe in Christ,” Susan 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 me and my family members not to attend church or listen to the gospel message. He even threatened us with a sharp knife and that he was ready to kill us in broad daylight in case we converted to Christianity.”
Susan and her brother Mbusa lived alone with their father after he divorced their mother. Upon hearing about her decision to follow Christ, her father, Beya Baluku, was enraged and locked her in a windowless room without food or water, threatening her brother not to tell anyone. Feeling pity on his sister, Mbusa dug a hole in the dirt floor under the wall to her room and poured water into it. He also stuffed roasted bananas through the hole when his father was away, but most of the time she could feed only on mud.
After several months, a neighbor was concerned that she had not seen Susan and inquired of Mbusa who finally confided his sister’s plight. The neighbor reported the situation to the police who broke into the house and rescued Susan, taking her to the provincial government hospital where she remains in treatment. She has since regained speech and is able to eat soft foods, but still does not have use of her legs. Her father was arrested following her rescue, but was released shortly after.
Members of the Full Gospel Church in Bwera are praying for her and have visited her in the hospital. Pastor Baluku said that the congregation will take up a collection and arrange for payments for her medical care. At this government-subsidized hospital, rates are low and arrangements for payments are flexible. Pastor Baluku reported that they are praising God that she survived this ordeal and that she remains strong in the Lord Jesus Christ, but asks that we continue to pray for her.
Father, while our hearts weep for Susan, we thank you so much that You used her brother to rescue her from certain death. We pray that You would soften Beya’s heart to receive Christ and follow Him, and we pray that for her brother Mbusa as well. As Susan recovers, strengthen her to complete her education and be a mighty testimony to Your faithfulness and power to save. Amen