A Muslim Imam is Saved - Kampala

AE Admin | October 15th, 2018

The recent Kampala Mission in the Rubaga district reached over 78,000 people with the Gospel. The mission spanned the entire district and people from every walk of life were reached with the life-saving message of the Gospel. We are always in awe of God’s faithfulness in reaching the lost and how He prepares the hearts of those He is calling to Himself. 

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Mission Volunteers on Mobile Gospel Rallies

Tamale was an Assistant Imam at his mosque in the Busega area of Kampala. This area is predominately Muslim and he took great pride in his position in the neighbourhood. However, there was one verse in the Quran that vexed him. Verse 10:94 reads, “So if you are in doubt about that which We have revealed to you, then ask those who have been reading the Scripture before you. The truth has certainly come to you from your Lord, so never be among the doubters.”. No one seemed to have an answer to this verse that could satisfy him and it continued to press on his mind. Tamale understood the people the verse referenced to be the Christians however, he was not permitted to read the Bible inside the mosque where he lived. He decided to go instead to the public library to read the Bible in secret, hoping that there his worries would be laid to rest.

“He decided to go instead to the public library to read the Bible in secret, hoping that there his worries would be laid to rest.”

Throughout mission week, members of Martyrs Church in the Busega area had been preaching door to door and taking part in mobile Gospel rallies in the busy, congested marketplaces. The mission had made quite a commotion, especially in this predominately Muslim area and Tamale had heard about the mission activities from others at the Mosque. Tamale had now been reading the Bible in secret for some time and felt keenly interested in what the Christians were saying during their preaching. But fear of being outed as an unbeliever made him keep his distance.

However, late one evening, while sitting in his room at the mosque, a heavy conviction came on Tamale and he knew that he needed to meet the Christians and find out more about Jesus.

“However, late one evening, while sitting in his room at the mosque, a heavy conviction came on Tamale and he knew that he needed to meet the Christians and find out more about Jesus.”
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Tamale at church to give a public confession of faith

The mission volunteers from Martyrs Church had just come back from a long day of outreach when Tamale walked in the door, fully dressed in his Islamic attire. The team was surprised to see a Muslim in the church and wondered if they were facing a security threat. Oscar, one of the prayer leaders, approached their visitor to find out what he was looking for. When the mission team heard Tamale’s story and learned why he had come, they spent time explaining our need for salvation and eventually led him in a confession of faith in Christ. Tamale was full of joy and his heart finally felt at peace. He asked them for a Bible of his own and they happily obliged.

Tamale knows that the days ahead will not be easy for him. The Islamic community does not always look kindly on converts, especially ones of his position. He faces community rejection and physical risk because of his decision to follow Christ. 

“Tamale was full of joy and his heart finally felt at peace. He asked them for a Bible of his own and they happily obliged.”

Tamale has moved out of his room in the mosque and is currently living with one of the local mission volunteers. Arrangements have been made for him to leave Kampala for his safety and the local mission team has linked him with a church outside the city who will walk with him in discipleship. He needs our prayers for protection and sustenance in his new faith. Praise God!

“Tamale’s testimony is a powerful reminder to us that God has faithfully been preparing the hearts of the lost to see Him. Of the over 78,000 people reached with the Gospel during the mission, nearly 9,000 of them made confessions of faith in Christ!”
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Tamale at the AE offices with the mission team.

Tamale’s testimony is a powerful reminder to us that God has faithfully been preparing the hearts of the lost to see Him. Of the over 78,000 people reached with the Gospel during the mission, nearly 9,000 of them made confessions of faith in Christ! We’re thanking God for the harvest reaped in Kampala and we are so thankful to you, our supporters for being there with us every step of the way! Thank you!