A young woman in central Uganda was stabbed to death by her Muslim father when he discovered that she had accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior, according to Morning Star News.
Like many Muslims in the world today, Amoti was seeing Jesus in her dreams. To learn more about the Jesus who was visiting her in her dreams, she went looking for someone who knew about Jesus and found a Christian neighbor.
“Amoti came to our home very early in the morning and needed to know more of Issa [Jesus], whom she had seen in a dream,” said her neighbor, who wishes not to be identified for security rasons.
“After explaining to her about eternal life and forgiveness of sin that comes from Jesus who came to take away the sins of the whole world, she willingly accepted Jesus for the salvation of her soul. I then prayed for her, and then together we went to church in Nansana.”
Amoti found Jesus and the news quickly spread. When her Muslim family found out, her father and brothers went into a rage. Soon after arriving home, her brothers began to beat her mercilessly. Her father took a knife, gouged out her eyes, and according to Amoti’s sister, said, “I want to remove these eyes so that you stop seeing churches forever – even if you die, we are not going to bury you.”
The story of Amoti forces us to ask, how could something as harmless as going to church cause such rage in a family that they would brutally attack and murder their own sister and daughter? What evil rages in the heart of man that is so threatened by the greatest love story ever told – the Good News of Jesus Christ?
Christians from the local community came together to remember Amoti. She was brutally beaten and murdered by her Muslim family, but her new Christian family honored her life and gave her a proper burial.
The story of Amoti reminds us of how true the words of Jesus were in John 15:18, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” And just as true as those words are, so too are the words of Matthew 16:25, “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.”
May Amoti’s martyrdom bring her Muslim family and her community into the knowledge of the one true Jesus Christ.