On Christmas Eve, Muslims threw acid on Umar Mulinde, pastor of Gospel Life Church in Manasuba, Uganda, and a convert from Islam. The vicious attack left him with severe burns that have blinded one eye and threatened sight in the other. “From his hospital bed in Kampala, he told Compass that he was on his way back to the site for a party with the entire congregation and hundreds of new converts to Christianity when a man who claimed to be a Christian approached him. ‘I heard him say in a loud voice, Pastor, Pastor, and as I made a turn and looked at him, he poured the liquid onto my face as others poured more liquid on my back and then fled away shouting, Allahu akbar [Allah is greater],’ Mulinde said, still visibly traumatized two days after the assault. ... ‘The burn caused by the acid is so severe that there is an urgent need for specialized treatment,’ said area Christian Musa Baluku Symutsangira. ... ‘I have been receiving several threats for a long time, and this last one is the worst of all,’ Mulinde said. Mulinde is known for debates locally and internationally in which he often challenges Muslims regarding their religion. His extensive knowledge and quotation of the Quran in his preaching has won him enemies and friends. Often criticizing Islam, he has relied on police protection during revival campaigns throughout Uganda. ‘Mulinde poses a big threat to those who cannot take the challenge as he engages the Muslims in debate,’ said Dr. Joseph Serwadda, an area church leader. Mulinde is married and has six children ages 14, 12, 8, 6 and twins who are 3. Mulinde has faced several injuries and attacks from Muslims since his conversion to Christianity in 1993” (“Muslim Extremists in Uganda” Christian Post, Dec. 28, 2011).
(Friday Church News Notes, January 6, 2012, www.wayoflife.org firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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