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. …