A young person in a divided home discovers the clear truth of salvation.
I was born into spiritual confusion, with a Muslim father and a Seventh-day Adventist mother. Both wanted my siblings and me to adopt their faith. Our father required us to go to the mosque on Friday, and the next day our mother would take us to church. It felt like a constant battle.
Confused and tired of the coercion, I quit attending worship services with either parent. This angered them both, and the tension grew every day. For over 10 years, we had no peace at home, no worship, no fellowship, and no spiritual sharing. With both parents adamant about their religion, I wondered which one was right. The only thing I knew was that neither one seemed willing to bend.
One day as I sat on the veranda of our house pondering our family situation, a neighbor walked up holding a pocket-sized radio next to her ear. “I have good news for you!” she called out. “There is a new radio station in town called Messenger FM. You need to listen to it! My favorite program is ‘Prophecies of Hope.’”
Curious, I began to listen to the station. I discovered it had a number of good programs: daily Bible studies, testimonies, and messages on health, family life and prophecy. As I tuned in each day, the truth became clear: Salvation is only in Jesus. My mother had been right not to give up her faith. It felt wonderful to know that this life will not last forever, that everything will come to an end and that Jesus will return to create this world anew! A desire grew in my heart to receive Jesus, but I did not know how.
Seeking out the local Seventh-day Adventist pastor, I told him that I wanted to be baptized. The pastor read me Matthew 28:19, 20 and told me that I should first come to know Jesus by studying His teachings in the Bible. We set up a time to study the Bible together several times a week. As we studied, my resolve grew: I must go all the way with Christ and be baptized!
One evening, I heard an announcement over the radio inviting those who wished to be baptized to go to the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Kakiika. I hurried to the church. Soon after I arrived, others joined me, and we were baptized together. My heart felt relieved!
I went home with a burning desire to introduce my father to Jesus. When I told him about the radio station, I was so excited to see his interest piqued! Tragically, he died in a car accident a week after my baptism. I was so sad that he died before accepting Jesus. I pray that God will give me the chance to tell others about Jesus before I die.
Through my Bible studies and from my family’s experience, I have realized that God plans for us to marry fellow believers. I have committed my life to Jesus, and I am glad to know that regardless of my past life of sin, He loves me. He kept seeking to save me even when I turned my back on religion! I now go to church with my mother every Sabbath, and we are both doing our best to spread the gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ. I will walk with Him all my life. I know that He holds my hand firmly!
Told by Aisha Nankunda to John Kaganzi, a district pastor in the Ruhandagazi area in Uganda.
How You Can Help
Pray for Pastor John as he preaches the Three Angels’ Messages on his radio station.
Pray for Aisha as she shares God’s message of salvation.
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