Yusuf Kintu, a 41-year-old former Imam of Macca Mosque in Dolwe Island, Mayuge District was killed on 7 December by a Muslim mob. Yusuf had converted to Christianity a week before he was attacked.
According to Pastor Andrew Nyanma of the Full Gospel Church Dolwe, Yusuf had put his faith in Christ on 30 November after hearing the Gospel message.
“We had been talking on several occasions but he was so argumentative when we touched on matters related to faith. He was a brilliant Muslim Imam but also respected other people’s faith. On this day, he was calm and receptive. He gave me humble time to explain to him why Christ is the only way to the Father. He repented of his sins and committed to following Christ.” Pastor Andrew said.
Three days after Yusuf was saved, his wife Hashfa divorced him. She left with two of their young children to her father’s home in Bugiri District, leaving behind the two older children, Abudkriim 19, and Sauda 16.
According to several witnesses, the local Muslim community was upset with Yusuf for leaving Islam and becoming a Christian. Yusuf was severely beaten and was left unconscious. Pastor Andrew took him to the hospital, where he later died.
Islam’s influence has increased in the majority Christian nation in the past few years. Many Christians within the majority Muslim border regions are facing severe persecution, especially those who convert from Islam.
Sources: International Christian Concern, The Voice of the Martyrs USA
- Ask the Lord to bring good from this tragedy. That Yusuf’s witness for the Gospel will live on and bear fruit.
- Pray for the protection of Pastor Andrew and ask God to bless his ministry.
- Pray for Yusuf’s family, that the Lord will minister to them as they come to terms with their loss.