The murder of Francis Namukubalo, a Muslim background believer in Bukikoso, Uganda, devastated his pregnant wife and their three children in September 2010. The well-known believer, son of a Muslim convert to Christianity, was stabbed to death by a gang of Muslim youth who left his mutilated body in a river. When a search party the morning after his murder found his body, it was riddled with knife wounds and his tongue and ears had been removed. Though several young men were captured and charged by the authorities immediately after the slaying, they have not yet been tried and two have been released without explanation through the influence of powerful Muslim leaders in the village.
Seven months after the killing, Francis’ widow, Irene, and their children are having a hard time coping with the realities of life without their husband and father. Irene, due to deliver the couple’s fourth child this month, remains traumatized by her husband’s violent death and overwhelmed by the responsibilities of single parenting. She said that the children deeply miss their father and are having trouble adjusting to life without him. Though encouraged by the support of family members, Irene recognizes her need to become independent and care for her children. The grieving widow is also trying to deal with the staggering confessions of two of Francis’ friends who admitted to helping plan and carry out his murder at the prompting of influential Muslim leaders in the village. It also seems increasingly likely that most of Francis’ killers will be released without sentencing.
The continual struggle of providing for three, soon to be four, children without her husband, facing the loneliness of widowhood and trying to forgive the men who killed her husband is taking a toll on Irene Namukubalo. This traumatized sister in Christ needs to know that she’s not alone and to feel the comforting arms of God wrapped around her through the body of Christ. Please pray for Irene and her children that the Father will comfort their hearts, provide for their physical needs and encourage their spirits. Please also be praying for health for Irene and her baby as she prepares to give birth. Prayer is not the only way you can minister to Irene right now. Join Open Doors’ campaign to send Irene letters of encouragement and support in this time of great need!
Father, thank you for providing for Irene Namukubalo and her children as they continue to cope with the tragic loss of their husband and father. Please protect this precious family. Be a Father to these fatherless children and a provider for their every need. We ask that you would encourage Irene and show her a way to make a living for herself and the children. Please grant her a safe delivery and a healthy baby. Raise up this new child along with its brothers and sisters to be mighty men and women of God filled with compassion and boldness to share your love with their Muslim neighbors. We ask that you bring Francis’ killers to justice, but also that their hearts may be softened to come to salvation in Jesus Christ. We ask these things in Christ Jesus’ name. Amen
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