By ICC Field Staff
10/22/2021 Uganda (International Christian Concern) – Hajaruya Peace is a 26-year-old single mother with three children. She lives in Makindye Kosovo, Uganda.
Peace, who speaks Swahili, shared her story with ICC through her interpreter and caretaker, Mrs. Margaret Mukamazimaka. “My husband kicked me out of the house when I became Born Again on January 12th, 2021,” she recalled. “I went to my parents’ house, but they didn’t accept me.”
Unfortunately, Peace’s story is not uncommon in Uganda. While the country is not known for Christian persecution, those who convert from Muslim backgrounds are likely to face hardships.
Many new Christians suffer at the hands of their families and former friends due to conversion, whether it be through social boycott, threats, or violence.
Thankfully in Peace’s case, while her family had abandoned her, she was able to find refuge through a stranger’s kindness. “My children and I were brought to Mrs. Margaret, who took us in,” Peace continued.
Out of the goodness of her heart, Mrs. Margaret helped Peace and was able to care for her and one child. However, Peace was forced to leave her two oldest children with her parents, since she could not afford to care for them all.
Ever since Peace was forced to leave her two children, she has yearned for a way to make enough income to get them back.
When ICC heard about her story, a representative travelled to Kosovo to see what could be done for Peace. Then, she expressed her desire to own her own shop, where she could earn a sustainable living to care for all her children.
About one month after that meeting, ICC returned to Peace with the means to buy her a fully stocked shop of her own. She was also given additional funds to help restock items and cover two months’ worth of rent and utility bills.
Peace was speechless when ICC returned with the good news. “Who am I to own a shop in Kampala?!” she said.
An ICC representative travelled with Peace to her new shop and oversaw the official signing of documents. Peace will continue to receive help when needed as she gets settled running her new business.
“I am so excited that I am going to be self-employed, may God bless you,” she said. “I am grateful to God that I have been given a chance to own a shop. This will help me to be independent and settle with my children. Thank you so much.”
Mrs. Margaret also expressed her joy: “I don’t know what to say because of what I am seeing, but I pray the almighty grants blessings to ICC.”
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