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A Distant Grief The Real Story Behind the Martyrdom of

A DISTANT GRIEFis about the persecuted Christians in Uganda and is a compelling witness to the Western Church It confirms the truth that in suffering is the glory richness and power of Jesus Christ known fully The force of the underworld is expressed as the book recounts the diabolical mind and actions of Idi Amin But Christ is sufficient and wipes the tears from the eyes of His martyred saints and the burgeoning Body of believers in East AfricaA DISTANT GRIEFis about the persecuted Christians in Uganda and is a compelling witness to the Western Church It confirms the truth that in suffering is the glory richness and power of Jesus Christ known fully The force of the underworld is expressed as the book recounts the diabolical mind and actions of Idi Amin But Christ is sufficient and wipes the tears from the eyes of His martyred saints and the burgeoning Body of believers in East AfricaA DISTANT GRIEFis about the persecuted Christians in Uganda and is a compelling witness to the Western Church It confirms the truth that in suffering is the glory richness and power of Jesus Christ known fully The force of the underworld is expressed as the book recounts the diabolical mind and actions of Idi Amin But Christ is sufficient and wipes the tears from the eyes of His martyred saints and the burgeoning Body of believers in East Africa


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    On January 25 1971 Idi Amin overthrew the Ugandan government of Milton Obote That June the author his wife and baby returned home after study and marriage in England and The Netherlands he was to lecture in art history at Makarere University quickly start an orphanage and eventually to pastor a large rapidly growing Redeemed Church of Uganda By May 1972 they were a congregation of over 4000 with 35 elders August 4 1972 Amin gave Uganda's Asians 90 days to leave the country Two days later Chef saw himself the brutal evidence of torture rape mutilation and murder beginning to mar the land Reacting against this horror a prominent outspoken atheist businessman and politician professed faith in Christ and joined the church In January 1973 Kiwanuka was a godly chairman on the church board Preaching In November 1972 when Chef pronounced the benediction a young boy crippled from birth was healed The mother brought the boy to an amazed preacher and with them came to witch doctor whose medicine had failed to heal the boy The witch doctor asked for the power that healed the boy She trusted Christ and brought her many fetishes to be burned By the next month 150 witch doctors became Christians burning their idols Another feared witch doctor cursed the Redeemed church only to suddenly drown during a magic ritual min sought help from Libya to make Uganda Muslim An estimated 90000 people were killed in 1972 The church ministered to heal and counsel suffering families In February 1973 Amin ordered his Nubian assassination squads of the State research Bureau to torture and brutally murder 2000 prominent leading Ugandans There were televised public executions Muslim army officers were now the rulers of the land No one dared resist the brutal open violence Easter 1973 over 7000 attended worship among them five secret police who were to kill Chef after the service Threatening him with instant death Chef heard himself telling these men that they were the ones in danger of eternal destruction The soldiers asked Chef to pray for them They left promising to protect him The leader returned asking what was a born again man to do one who had murdered over 200 people He and his comrades were now among 14000 attending the church They protected many fellow believers In April 1973 Chef and family flew to Amsterdam escaping the growing persecution In September against the advice of their friends the Rookmakers they flew back to Uganda They found themselves R targets They had to flee to Kenya and returning to Amsterdam narrowly escaped deportation back to Uganda Amin's thugs were now murdering Ugandans in Europe too as they had done in Kenya In February 1974 the family moved to America for theological studies By the next year a ministry was established to send material help to suffering Ugandans The book was written in 1978 with Amin's estimated death toll at over 300000 It is a remarkable testimony to God's grace among a suffering people of lives transformed