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Uganda: Sheikh sent to assassinate pastor experiences Saul-type conversion.

A Muslim sheikh, trained in Islamic proselytization, went to a church service to kill a Ugandan bishop. Like Saul of Tarsus persecuting the earliest Christians, God had other plans for his life.

In Amuria, about 170 miles northeast of Kampala, on December 4, Bishop George Edweu of the Pentecostal Upright Church, was preaching about hearing and understanding the voice of God. A 24-year-old sheikh who had come with murderous intent was sitting calmly among the congregation of 200 people. But as he listened to the bishop’s message, the power of the Gospel began to convict him of sin.

‘I was sent to kill you and destroy the church’

The Word and the Spirit broke through the stony places in the sheikh’s heart, causing him to rush up to the podium and fall headlong at the bishop’s feet. Bishop Edweu’s eyes widened when he saw the young man approach, he stopped preaching and began to question him. “I was sent to come and attack, to kill you and destroy the church,” he told the shocked bishop, as tears rolled down the sheikh’s face. He repented of his sins as the shaken congregation looked on as Bishop Edweu prayed for him. Then the would-be assassin put his faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and was born again.

News of the former sheikh’s conversion from Islam to Christianity spread swiftly, and the young sheikh knew he had to go into hiding because of death threats. His wife and two children, ages 2 and 4, took refuge with him at an undisclosed location.  …

On January 2nd, when Bishop Edweu was on his way to his church at 5 a.m. for a morning devotion, he saw a young man on the ground, apparently in trouble. As a Good Samaritan, he got out of his car to attend to him. As he approached, six masked men suddenly appeared and grabbed Bishop Edweu, demanding that he reveal the whereabouts of the sheikh. Some of the men began slapping and kicking the bishop; others hit him with sticks.

“As I fell down, a vehicle with bright lights flashed, which scared them away, and they disappeared into the nearby bush,” Bishop Edweu said. “The vehicle arrived and took me into the church compound. Inside the church building we found a letter with a threatening message: ‘We are going to destroy your church unless you show us where [name withheld] is.’” …

‘More persecution could be imminent’

The bishop and his congregation fear more persecution could be imminent. The incident was the latest in a series of anti-Christian attacks in eastern Uganda.
About 85 percent of the people in Uganda are Christian and 11 percent Muslim, with some eastern areas having large Muslim populations. The country’s constitution and other laws provide for religious freedom, including the right to propagate one’s faith and convert from one faith to another, but Christians in eastern Uganda are suffering continual attacks by non-state figures.

Source: Morning Star News
Joel News International, #1027, February 20, 2017

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