Ugandan Children Beaten by Parents After Christian Conversion

When eight children from a village in Uganda told their families that they gave their lives to Jesus Christ, they were beaten and cast away as "infidels."

According to Christian persecution watchdog Morning Star News, the children come from four different Muslim families who live in Busalamu village in the country's southwestern Luuka district and range in age from 9 to 16 years old.

The children converted to Christianity after meeting with 29-year-old Pastor Brian Mukisa from Power Gates Church.

After telling their parents about their conversion and newly discovered love for Jesus, the children were beaten and forbidden from attending worship services.

According to Morning Star News, the parents retaliated against the church with the help of a local mosque.

The families burned down Power Gates' rented facility on May 25, forcing Mukisa to relocate his congregation to a temporary home about six miles away from the location of the original church building.

Morning Star News reports that one of the enraged Muslims even threatened to kill Mukisa.

"Your church activities will not be tolerated in this area," the angry man was quoted as saying. "If you do not leave our village, then we shall soon come for your life."

According to Mukisa, the children, many of whom are still recovering from injuries they sustained from their parents' beatings, took refuge at the church on June 29 and are now staying with members of the church.

"The parents have totally disowned them as infidels," Mukisa told Morning Star News. "They need prayers to come to terms with the separation from parents for choosing Christ."

As the church continues to face the threat of persecution, destruction and death, Mukisa affirmed that persecution is something that is to be expected for Christians in Busalamu.

"Busalamu is a Muslim stronghold, and any church presence here will meet with strong resistance," he explained. "We are worshiping in a temporary church structure, and we also appeal for financial assistance in assisting both the persecuted young children and our young upcoming church."

Uganda is ripe with accounts of Muslims who've persecuted and honor killed their own family members because of conversions to Christianity.

In June, it was reported that a Muslim father in the Kamuli District tied his 9-year-old son to a tree and set it ablaze because he had converted to Christianity and refused to fast during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

In December 2015, five Christians were killed in eastern Uganda after their food at a Bible study was poisoned with a pesticide.

Just five days later, a Christian pastor in Uganda was hacked to death after opposing an effort by radical Muslims to take away the church's land.

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