A Christian pastor was reportedly beaten unconscious July 21 while officiating a funeral in Uganda — a terrifying moment that unfolded while the preacher was witnessing about Jesus.
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Pastor Davidson Okirori, 39, told Morning Star News Muslims threw stones at him and then beat him after he spoke about Muhammad and Christ, differentiating the power and ministry of the latter from the former and explaining the importance of Jesus’ resurrection.
“The deceased, being a Muslim who converted to Christianity, I carried with me the Koran, Hadith of Bukhari, and the Bible to show to the mourners the fact of the unique and powerful resurrection of Jesus as the Son of God,” Okirori said. “While at the same time mentioning that Muhammad, being just a prophet of Allah, did not resurrect.”
The preacher, who serves at Covenant Church of God in Buwenge, called the opportunity a “good platform for me to witness the love of Christ to Muslims who had gathered at the funeral.”
But not everyone appreciated Okirori’s efforts. As he began to preach the Christian Gospel, he said someone called him an infidel, accused him of blasphemy, and then chaos broke out.
“When I started mentioning verses from all these books, I heard a young man shouting, ‘You kafir [infidel], stop misleading us — if you came to bury your people, bury them, but don’t use the Koran without getting ablution. This is blasphemy to our Allah,'” the pastor recounted.
Others joined in and reportedly began tearing pages from his Bible, according to Morning Star News.
Then, the stoning began, and Okirori was reportedly struck in the head and fell to the floor. Tragically, the beating progressed from there.
“A Muslim man hit me with an object on my mouth, and from there, I do not know what happened again,” he said. “I found myself in Mulago Hospital with blood all over my body and my clothes.”
Fortunately, the Christians at the funeral stopped the assault. Okirori is recovering and asked fellow believers for prayer in the midst of his pain and suffering.
Despite being a Christian-majority nation, persecution still unfolds in various portions of Uganda.
“Local Islamists persecute Christians, especially along the eastern, southwestern and northern borders, where radicals have been steadily encroaching,” persecution watchdog The Voice of the Martyrs noted.
In addition to praying for Okirori, be sure to seek the Lord on behalf of those suffering such persecutions.
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