Eastern Uganda: Faith That Wins The Prize

Brother Hassan is a former Muslim sheikh who came to faith in Jesus in 2003.


Shortly after his conversion, his enraged family and neighbors beat him. Later that same year, his Muslim wife left him and he was fired from his job as a teacher at an Islamic school.


Hassan lives in a predominantly Muslim village of 5,000 people where he is well-known by all for his tireless evangelism. After losing his job, Hassan started a Christian school.


Hassan’s evangelism and the school’s success infuriated the local sheikh. There were 235 students enrolled in the school and one-fourth of them came from Muslim homes!


The local Muslim leaders tried unsuccessfully to discourage parents from sending their children to the school because Hassan was leading them to Christ. He was arrested on false charges without a hearing and was jailed for a month before he was released.


In 2012, nine years after the school opened, the previous owner of the school land denied having sold it to Hassan and a court closed the school. Later that month, local Muslims burned down Hassan’s house.


In 2014, Hassan’s precious 12 year-old daughter Grace was strangled to death by local Muslims.


In 2015 Hassan nearly died after his relatives conspired to kill him at a family gathering by putting insecticide in his tea.


Last month, Hassan was arrested on false charges of kidnapping. He was later released after the supposedly kidnapped girl was found. The girl testified that her father had beat her and threw her out of their home and made up the abduction story because she became a Christian.


Two weeks ago, Hassan decided to leave his home and village.


Hassan’s story is a much needed beacon of light for us in the West. So much of the New Testament was written by those who were persecuted and for those who are persecuted.  But here in the West, our comfort and safety can hinder our ability to understand or appreciate the New Testament context.


Consider Hassan’s testimony in the light of the following verses.


“You will be hated by all because of My name,
but the one who endures to the end,
he will be saved.”
(Mark 13:13)


“Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial;
for once he has been approved,
he will receive the crown of life
which the Lord has promised
to those who love Him.”
(James 1:12)


Please pray for brother Hassan and share his story with your church and friends who love Jesus and pray.


grace and peace,
brother Dominic


Special thanks to Morning Star News for reporting the news from Uganda.