Introduction of Pastor Umar Mulinde from Uganda
I was born in a staunch Muslim family. My parents were staunch Muslims and my grandfather was a famous Imam (Muslim teacher). During my teenage years, I was schooled in the teachings of Islam as I was being groomed into becoming a Sheikh (Moslem teacher) well versed in memorizing and interpreting the Arabic Qur’an verses and other Islamic teachings.
But later on I found truth and love in the gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of the Living God. I was drawn to the Bible and eventually decided to become a Christian. I joined Prayer Palace Christian Centre Church in Kampala, Uganda and during several discipleship classes and continual fellowship, a ministry call of God upon my life was realized.
Committed Prayers and Church ministry training ushered me into missions where I involved into hundreds of outreaches leading thousands to Jesus Christ and I planted Gospel Life Church International, which I started in 2005 with 3 people that is me, my wife and another new convert from Islam whom we had just led to Christ about 8 months before, but to date, Gospel Life Church International has over 1000 members of which 35% are ex-muslims.
Because of my conversion to Christianity from Islam and progressive Gospel preaching that has changed many, on 24th/12/2011, I was attacked in a horrific terrorist attack by Ugandan Muslim extremists who poured acid on my face.
When acid is poured on a person, the result is horrifying. Nitric, hydrochloric, or sulphuric acids all have a catastrophic effect on human flesh. It causes the skin tissue to melt, often exposing the bones below the flesh, sometimes even dissolving them. An acid attack on your body would dramatically change your life. Most survivors of acid attacks are forced to give up their education, occupation and other important activities in their lives. This is because recovering from the trauma takes up most of their time and because of the disfigurement they have to bear debilitates and handicaps them in every conceivable way.
Acid burnt me to near death, had God not helped. I have undergone lengthy specialized treatment in Israel. It is really a miracle to see that I am back doing things as I used to do them before.
Despite my sufferings, I know from the Bible that God can take a disadvantage, and turn it into an advantage (Genesis 50:20). Apostle Paul writes in Philippians that he was imprisoned for the furtherance of the gospel, and as a result, many of the brethren in the Lord were emboldened by Paul’s bonds to speak and preach the word without fear (Philippians 1:12-14)
In a very like manner, I carry a very compelling and a very sobering message, with an aim to: motivate Christians to not be so timid in their faith; to preach boldly the Truth; and for Christians to stand up and be the light of the world regardless of the challenges brought by political correctness and humanism ideology.
You can get a snapshot of my story hereby reported by Fox34 Television in Lubbock, Texas.
Here is another good video summary detailing my story.
In Uganda, along with the normal ministries of our church, we help adults and children who are victims of religious persecution. Please stand with us in Prayer and faith to help us solve the following urgent needs of our ministry in Uganda.