Ugandan Evangelist Recovering after Attacks
An evangelist involved in cross-cultural ministry in Eastern Uganda is in need of prayer as he recovers from a violent attack in which he sustained serious head injuries.
Michael, 27, husband and father of two, was ambushed by a group of about 10 Muslims as he left an inter-parish fellowship and headed to what he thought was a business meeting at the local shopping center. Bystanders hearing his cries for help rushed over to see the mob, who had been beating and kicking Michael, run away. Michael was taken unconscious to a nearby dispensary with deep lacerations to his head and hand.
Open Doors co-workers visited Michael’s family shortly after the Feb 27 attack and found him heavily sedated because of swelling in his brain. Michael’s pastor told the visitors, “Michael has been very effective in evangelism and this greatly angered the locals and the families of converts.”
For some time before the attack Michael received a string of suspicious phone calls. The callers always asked Michael to meet them at the local shopping center for business. But during one call he was threatened with “judgement” if he continued moving around with “infidels.” On Feb 25, someone called Michael over 8 times, again asking to meet to discuss business of agricultural products. But since this is not Michael’s line of business and since he found the caller’s manner suspicious, he refused to go.
The next day another person, claiming to be a Christian, called and asked to meet at the shopping center for business. This time, Michael agreed and he was ambushed on his way there.
Police later arrested one suspect and said they were actively investigating the matter.
Michael is now on the path to recovery. By mid-April he could talk again and walk short distances. He is looking forward to resuming his ministry and the small business he started to take care of his young family.
“Thank you for coming to visit with me,” he told the Open Doors co-workers. “I was told about it when I regained consciousness and it comforted me greatly to know how much you care. May God richly bless you!” Open Doors, in partnership with the local church has also taken care of his medical review bills and medication and has provided support towards food items for his family during his recovery.
Uganda guarantees freedom of religion. Please pray for justice to be done and that people considering such attacks would realize that they will not be allowed to continue with impunity.
Father of mercy, we thank You for graciously sustaining Michael through this ordeal. We pray for complete healing for his body. And we pray for justice to be done in Uganda where the constitution grants freedom of religion. Strengthen the authorities to maintain peace. Thank You for the testimony of the faith of this young man and for the ways You have used his faithful service to spread the good news of the gospel of Christ. While the enemy meant this attack for ill, to thwart the work of Christ in this town, we thank You for the sure confidence that You are using it for good in Michael’s life and in Your kingdom work. Use this time of healing, Lord, to build the faith and unity of Your church in this town. As others see Your provision and Michael’s turning to You for comfort and for a heart of forgiveness, use this time of healing to draw others in the town to faith in Christ. And use this time of healing as a testimony to his community—and to us—that draws us all into a deeper relationship with You. In the name of Jesus, who walks alongside us in our suffering and makes known to us the path of everlasting life. Amen.