“We curse you and your family. You are an apostate according to Islamic law, and you deserve to die.”

Uganda– Malik was an Islamic sheikh (teacher) when a pastor in his village visited his home and told him the Good News. In April 2016, Malik turned from Islam and began trusting Jesus. But he kept his conversion a secret.

In the following months, the pastor discipled him, and on November 13, 2016, Malik openly professed Christ during a local church service. Word spread, and Muslims, including his own relatives, from a mosque in a neighboring village began threatening the 30-year-old convert.

Malik received death threats through text messages, and then one day he was attacked by three Muslims. They shouted that he was “a disgrace to the Muslim fraternity,” and broke his hand and bludgeoned his head. They also destroyed the crops in his fields.

Malik Higenyi and his family are unable to return home for now but are taking refuge at an undisclosed location. (Photo: Morning Star News)

Praise God that Malik’s wife and two children (who are also believers) were spared from violent assault. One of the most incredible parts of Malik’s faith story is that after he was beaten and chased from his home, his 60 year-old mother came to visit him. After sharing his faith with her, Malik’s mother, Aimuna Namutongi, also placed her faith in Jesus Christ!

On December 8th 2016, while Malik and his mother returned to his family’s former home to harvest what crops they could, they were again attacked. This time, Muslim relatives left Aimuna with a deep cut to her head and a battered hand.

Malik and his family are now in hiding.

“That the earth might be filled with the knowledge and glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” — Habakkuk 2:14

Pray —

1/1 – Pray that God will bless Malik’s witness for Christ and use his life to draw many Muslims from the community Malik used to teach to the abundant life in Jesus.

1/2 – Pray that Malik will turn to the Word of God for daily sustenance and light for him, his wife, and children. Pray that his mother Aimuna will heal completely from the wounds she suffered and be able to forgive her attackers.

1/3 – Pray for God to provide a supportive Christian community for Malik and his family during this season.

1/4 – Ask God to remind Malik that, while he is rejected by men, he is accepted and called beloved by his Heavenly Father.

1/5 – Pray that God provides what Malik’s family will need for food and an income after their crops were destroyed.

1/6 – Ask God to bless the pastor who led Malik to Christ.

1/7– Ask God to turn the hearts of those who beat Malik toward remorse over their sin and hunger for the Gospel.

1/ 8—Ask God to protect Malik and his family in hiding and give them a new place to call home.

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