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Damaged church building and Pastor Zaake
Photos from Compass Direct
According to a November 10 report from Compass Direct, approximately 40 Muslims armed with machetes and clubs attacked the World Possessor's Church International in Namasuba, just outside the capital city of Kampala, Uganda, on November 1 while believers were holding a worship service. When the church members heard the Muslims outside, they gathered at the front door to try to prevent them from entering. Some Christians were able to escape through the church's rear door. When the Muslims noticed one of the Christians taking photographs of them, they beat him severely. Nearby residents eventually arrived on scene and helped the Christians ward off their attackers. When police arrived, they assisted in stopping the assault but made no arrests.

Local Muslims have long opposed the existence of the church in Namasuba, complaining that church members try to convert Muslims in the area. They have also argued that the church building's outdoor stairway encroaches on the alley and that the church members make too much noise. Many of the believers are reportedly too fearful to return to church and attendance for the worship service held the following Sunday decreased from 250 to 100 people. "Since the attack we have been receiving a lot of threats from the Muslims," said Pastor Henry Zaake. "There is a conspiracy that we can't understand. This trend really gives me sleepless nights."

Ask God to sustain all the victims of this attack through His peace and grace. Pray that the members of the church will grow in Christlikeness through the ongoing opposition they face (James 1:2-4).

Country Information

Population

43,252,966 (July 2020 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Baganda (16.5), Banyankole (9.6), Basoga (8.8), Bakiga (7.1), Iteso (7), Langi (6.3), Bagisu (4.9), Acholi (4.4), Lugbara (3.3), other (32.1) (2014 est.)

Religion (%)
Protestant (45.1 [Anglican 32.0%, Pentecostal/Born Again/Evangelical 11.1%, Seventh Day Adventist 1.7%, Baptist .3%]), Roman Catholic (39.3), Muslim (13.7), other (1.6), none (0.2) (2014 est.)

Leader
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (1986)

Government type
Presidential Republic

Legal system
Mixed legal system of English common law and customary law

Sources: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Uganda

As persecution increases, ask our Heavenly Father to fill believers' hearts with peace to rest in Him and boldness to continue to share the gospel. Pray that new believers will be discipled in solid biblical doctrice and practice. Ask the Lord to soften the hearts of those responsible for the opposition so that they will turn to Jesus Christ.

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