MBALE, Uganda — A pastor was hospitalized after being attacked for his participation in a debate at which 37 Muslims reportedly put their faith in Jesus.
Pastor Arthur Asadi Babi was hospitalized eight days as a result of the Feb. 10 assault in Mbale, states Morning Star News, quoting Bishop Michael Okia of Living Stream Church of Christ.
Okia had received an invitation to the two-week debate from a mosque leader, who had organized the event. Okia said he sent Babi to the debate because of Babi’s knowledge of the Bible and the Koran.
On Feb.10, Babi spoke about Christ’s uniqueness as the Son of God and the only way to God the Father.
According to Okia, 37 Muslims — 29 adults and eight children — decided to put their faith in Jesus.
Babi and Okia said a group of Muslims — and some individuals who claimed to be Christian converts — immediately attacked Babi with sticks, clubs and stones. Ben Yasiini, a church member, was injured rescuing Babi, reports Morning Star.
Approximately 12% of Uganda’s population is Muslim. Uganda’s constitution and laws allow for freedom of religion, including converting from one faith to another. However, Christian churches increasingly have received threats of violence, and some Christian converts have been attacked, killed or excommunicated by Muslim family members, the World Atlas reports.
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