Uganda: Muslim Boys Come to Christ Then Must Flee for Their Lives
Veronica NeffingerReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2016 Nov 14
Two boys who converted to Christianity from Islam in Uganda have been forced to flee for their lives due to persecution.
According to ChristianToday.com, the two boys, aged 16 and 17, were driven out even by their own family members.
The boys found refuge in the home of a Christian man, but that man ended up having to flee with them after Muslim extremists attacked and destroyed his home and drove him out.
"I started receiving threatening messages in my phone accusing me of converting the boys to Christianity, as well as housing them in my house without the parents' permission, but I did not take it very seriously," the man who gave the boys shelter told Morning Star News.
Apostasy against Islam is a serious crime in Uganda and is punishable by death.
Although Uganda is not on Open Doors 2016 World Watch List of the top 50 countries where Christian persecution is worst, it is reportedly becoming more dangerous for those who hold to Christian faith.
A hardline Muslim sect called the “tabliqs” are growing in power in Uganda, and Christian persecution ministries are concerned about the effect they will have on the Christian church in the country.
Christian ministry Release International asked for prayer for the two boys and local Christians who have risked their lives to help them.
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Publication date: November 14, 2016