MBALE, Uganda — A father of four who helped begin an outreach that saw more than 100 Ugandan Muslims put their faith in Christ in one year has been slain.
Ahamada Mafabi, a 37-year-old father, had participated in a Christian-Muslim debate Jan. 2, after which Islamists killed him.
Morning Star News reported 13 Muslims had put their faith in Christ during the debate in Nakaloke, and tensions rose as Islamists demanded Mafabi leave. A pastor assigned two Christians to escort Mafabi to his home in Butaleja District, but Islamists accosted the three on the road, and the two escorts fled.
In December 2020, Mafabi put his faith in Christ and had to be given a secure place to live, Morning Star reported. The next year he helped a pastor begin the outreach of Christian-Muslim debates and subsequently escaped four assassination attempts.
Mafabi’s wife and children now need to be relocated, a pastor told Morning Star.
Approximately 12% of Uganda’s population is Muslim. The country’s constitution and laws allow for freedom of religion, including converting from one faith to another, but Christian churches increasingly have received threats of violence, and some Christian converts have been attacked, killed or excommunicated by Muslim family members, World Atlas reported.