(Reading time: 1 - 2 minutes)

Peninah Fatuma -- Photo: Morning Star News
Peninah Fatuma
Photo: Morning Star News

On Christmas Eve of 2016, Peninah and her three children stood helplessly by as they watched militants tear down their home -- all because they had turned to Christ. This single mother and her children live in an area of eastern Uganda where a decision to reject Islam can have treacherous consequences. The family is now left homeless.

Angered by Peninah's conversion, the militants had written several letters warning the mother that her days were numbered. The attack on her home in Pallisa came the day before masked men raided Pastor Erod's church in Obokora village, of the same district, on Christmas morning.

Hearing jihadist chants, Pastor Erod -- along with members of his congregation -- tried to escape through a back door but they were badly beaten. Five church members were left with serious injuries, including broken bones. The attack appears to be linked to the fact that a Muslim, who had given his life to Christ and received a miraculous healing at the church the previous night, excitedly told others about his new faith.

Pray that the Lord will provide a home and needed resources for Peninah and her children. Ask Him to protect this suffering family, and all others in Uganda who have shamelessly submitted their lives to Christ. In fact, may the enemy's attempt to thwart Christianity cause the number of believers to multiply exponentially despite the threat of persecution. Uphold the country's spiritual leaders, such as Pastor Erod, asking the Lord to renew their strength and re-ignite their passionate vision to reach the lost so they can effectively continue the important Kingdom work God has prepared in advance for them to accomplish (Ephesians 2:10).

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.

end

Select a Region

Uganda News

  • Two Arrests Relating to Case of Slain Pastor
    Faluku Gaju's arrest
    Faluku Gaju was arrested for his part in Pastor Barnabas' murder.
    Photo: Morning Star News

    Two men in eastern Uganda have been charged after the September 12th murder of an evangelist, Pastor Barnabas Musana. According to another pastor from a nearby village, some of the militant Muslims in the area

    ...
  • Attacks Perpetrated by Family and Neighbours
    Abudlawali Kijwalo and Hajat Habiiba Namuwaya
    Abudlawali and Hajat
    Photo: Morning Star News

    Three recent incidents of violence against Christians in Uganda reveal the costs of following Christ. For believers in this African nation, opposition can come from many directions, even close family members, and may potentially result in serious injury

    ...
  • Pastor Killed for Reaching Out to Muslims
    A church in Uganda

    Security officials have arrested an imam who confessed to killing a pastor on June 11th for sharing the Gospel with Muslims in Uganda. Bishop Francis Obo served as the senior pastor of Mpingire Pentecostal Revival Church Ministries International in the village of Odapako and was also responsible for

    ...
  • Widow's Family Narrowly Escapes Arson
    A church in Uganda - Photo: Flickr / Rod Waddington
    Christians in Uganda are facing growing opposition.
    Photo: Flickr / Rod Waddington (cc)

    In September 2015, Siriman Kintu was beheaded because he converted from Islam to Christianity. He left behind his wife Kanifa Namulondo, who had also converted, along with their five children.

    Following her hus

    ...