Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wednesday's Voice - Uganda

Wednesday's Voice started out as place where I could share my husband's aunt's tireless work with Voice of the Martyrs.  Each week she prepares and e-mails out bulletins asking churches to pray for those being persecuted for their faith.  I will be continuing this as I think it is important to pray for those who are being persecuted for that which we in the western world take for granted.  That simple right to gather and worship without fear of persecution.

I am going to add something to Wednesday's Voice from now on.  After the weekly prayer for the martyrs, I also will be adding a linky prayer request list.  Many of us are hurting and struggling through our own trials and longing for a place to go for prayer.  I am hoping that this will be a safe place.  If you place a prayer on the list, I would ask that:
1  You pray for the person above you;  and
2  You pray for the weekly persecuted church
 I know that our voices will be heard in praise and prayer for each other and for those who cannot speak on their own behalves. 

Ugandan Christian brutally imprisoned by Muslim father
Source: Compass Direct

A 14-year-old girl in western Uganda remains in frail health 10 months after her father tortured her for leaving Islam for Christianity. In March 2010, Susan Ithungu came to faith in Christ after an evangelist came to speak at her school in Isango village, Kasese district. A month later, news reached Susan's father that she had converted to Christianity. He warned her and her brother, Mbusa Baluku, against attending church or listening to the gospel message, threatening to kill them in broad daylight if they embraced Christianity. Susan was then locked in a room with no sunlight. Her brother was warned against telling anyone of her imprisonment, but would secretly bring her food and water.

>In October 2010, Mbusa finally told the neighbors about his sister's situation. They then reported the case to the authorities and police freed her. Susan was extremely weak and unable to walk or talk. "Her hair had turned yellow, she had long fingernails and sunken eyes, and she looked very slim, less than 20 kilograms," said one pastor. Her father was arrested shortly afterward but quickly released. At last report, Susan was still struggling with her health -- unable to walk, but able to talk and eat soft foods. "The great news is that Susan is still strong in the Lord Jesus Christ," the pastor said. "She needs prayers and support, so that she can resume her education soon."

Thank God for Susan's rescue and pray for her continued healing.

Pray many Christians will be emboldened by her story of persevering faith and confidence in Christ (Hebrews 10:32-39).

Pray for safety for her brother. Ask God to bring her father to repentance and that he, too, will come to know Christ as Lord.


Shanda said...

It is heartbreaking and humbling so see so many suffering gladly for their faith. Thank you for sharing this story.

Bobbi said...

You challenge my heart with these posts...although I often don't take the time to tell you so. Thank you!

Amy Sullivan said...

Thanks for the advice on my funk...loud music usually snaps me out of a bad mood.

Jedidja said...

Thanks for this posting.

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