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Uganda: Muslim extremists beat pastor and demolish his church for leading 23 Muslims to Christ

The disturbing treatment of Agaba Ezera illustrates yet again how conversion to Christianity is so often the occasion for persecution of Christians — both of the converts and of those who brought the converts the word of the Gospel. 

Among the Christians of Uganda are around 35,000 Orthodox Christians. 

For previous ChristianPersecution.com coverage of Christian persecution in Uganda, see here.

“Pastors Wounded in Separate Attacks in Uganda,” Morning Star News, November 29, 2022:

Pastor Beaten, Church Building Razed

In Katantala village, Kiboga District, in the Buganda Region northwest of Kampala, Muslim extremists on Nov. 8 beat a pastor and demolished his VOSO (Voluntary Salvation Outreach) Church of Christ building for leading 23 Muslims to Christ in August, said Pastor Agaba Ezera.

The conversions took place after church members visited homes to share the gospel on Aug. 14-17, he said.

“This angered Muslims, and they came and attacked the church on Nov. 8 at about 8 p.m., while we were in the evening fellowship,” Pastor Ezera told Morning Star News. “From out of nowhere, people came shouting and chanting Islamic words as if they were going to attend Eid prayers. They started beating us and pushing the church building down, as well as pulling off the iron sheets.”

Some church members fled from the church site in Katantala village, 27 kilometers (16 miles) from Kiboga town, he said.

“I was beaten badly with blunt objects, but glory be to the Lord Jesus because I survived though they thought that they had killed me,” Pastor Ezera said from his hospital bed. “This incident happened because of our evangelistic activities in the Muslim community of Katantala and Kapapali villages.”

The pastor, who sustained leg, back, arm and head injuries, said he recalled one of the assailants saying, “You brought kafiri [infidels] here and converted our elderly woman by giving her salt and soup – you must die today.”

Police said investigations were under way….

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