***FOR THOSE WHO WERE IN THE STREETS***
I'm sure that we've all seen movies and documentaries about what goes on in parts of Africa, but there are very few of us who have actually been there and witnessed things with our own eyes. There are many places throughout the world where people do not believe in God but do in fact believe in spirits in some cases, black magic. In every country, poverty can swallow people whole and can make one's ways lost forever, but there are also many that through divine chance, can make a radical 180º change in their lives for the good. We at Savior Watches had the pleasure of talking with a soul who's life changed forever.
Kusasira grew up in the streets of Uganda. He left home at the age of 12 because of certain hardship at his home. Shortly after his parent's divorce, Kusasira's father who was a very important part of his life passed away and staying home was not an option, so he decided to go to Kampala which is the capital city and the largest city in all of Uganda. With no relatives there, Kusasira had to turn to a criminal life just to survive. As a kid, just to make time fly by and nights less cold, Kusasira would drink alcohol heavily and smoke cigarettes to calm his nerves. At times, he would go days without eating and would have to rob others just to feed himself, then... he got a girl pregnant.
While walking the busy streets of Kampala and crossing a road, a terrible accident happened, Kusasira was struck by a car and rushed to a hospital where he spent the next 8 months of his life with nobody there for him at all. Inside the hospital, there was however local preachers praying over the sick and injured. They approached Kusasira and began praying over him for Jesus to heal him and enter his life. Day by day, these preachers would talk to him teaching him the word of God and the more they talked to him the more they fed Kusasira changing his life forever. The moment he was released from the hospital, he rushed to the church the preachers were from and gave his life to Jesus Christ. He actually thanks God for allowing him to live in the streets, stealing from others and the accident that occurred because it allowed him to be introduced to the higher power, the truth and the light.
So day by day, Kusasira would pray to God, read the bible and be taught by these preachers so he could get a better understanding of what his faith actually meant all while maintaining a job that pays very little. The more he was fed with God's loving words, Kusasira decided it was time for him to fully surrender to Jesus Christ and was baptized in the Kibale River in Uganda. Opening his eyes to a whole new life, he decided to take his learning even further and become a pastor himself.
Without a car to drive or any other type of transportation, Kusasira traveled by foot to different villages within Uganda to spread the gospel and introduce others to Jesus. He felt strong in his heart that his people must know Him and accept his loving ways especially with everything that goes on within his country. Uganda is one of the poorest nations in the world with 37.7% of the population living on less than $1.25 a day and it gets even more harsher in the country's rural areas. The poor cannot support their children and their schooling so dropping out was frequent forcing the children to help their mothers with domestic work or even get married at a young age. Others engage in prostitution and as the result puts them in a higher risk of contracting HIV / AIDS accounting about 57% of all adults living with HIV.
Though Christianity takes up 84% of their nation, practicing the word within the villages is not seen or heard as much. In fact, as we mentioned earlier, black magic was commonly practiced in this region resulting in thousands of children being sacrificed for another man's "gain." In Kusasira's city alone, rural districts around the city were badly affected by child kidnappings for sacrificial purposes. These witchdoctors would consult with these spirits by which we know them as demons for anyone who wanted to to pay a fee. Children were not the only one's getting sacrificed, they would also sacrifice various animals including goats to appease these evil spirits. These witchdoctors actually made a ton of money conducting these sacrifices especially dealing in human sacrifices, and since young children were easier to abduct, they fell victim to these murders more often than adults. They would bring the heart and blood directly to these spirits putting them in tins which they placed under a tree which voices of these spirits would communicate with them. Do you see how the devil works with these people to bring more souls to him and away from God?
On top of everything else, thousands of refugees fled to Uganda from neighboring countries such as South Sudan, Congo, Burundi, Somalia and Rwanda due to violence, civil war and genocide. Kusasira clearly remembers bodies floating down Ugandan rivers due to the Rwandan Genocide in 1994. 500,000-1,000,000 people lost their lives due to the Hutu targeting the Tutsi people and many fled to his country only to be placed in these tiny refugee camps which exists till this day. These are the types people that Kusasira preaches to.
Kusasira walks to different villages to speak to those trying to contact witchdoctors who try to fill a void in their lives which may be monetary wealth, women or power. He tries to get them to know that there is a higher truth, a higher power, and that these material or bodily things these people want hold no value whatsoever. He walks to these villages to introduce Jesus Christ to those who came from these war torn countries only to let them know that regardless of what they've experienced, all the suffering they endured... the love of Jesus Christ will be with them and that if they themselves accepts Him... if they themselves believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary, who suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried in the tomb only to be raised on the third day, that they too will receive all of God's glory and His riches... That whatever sins they committed, whatever filth they went through... their bodies and their spirits are washed clean because of the blood of Jesus Christ... and with that said, Kusasira has brought plenty of people to the cross who let go of themselves and gave their lives to Christ.
Because of Kusasira's faith, he falls victim on being attacked on many different levels. He constantly gets accused of worshipping an "American God" and following an "American Religion..." we put parentheses only because little do they know the global impact of the Christian faith. Witchdoctors wishing death to him, trying to send demons to attack him when he sleeps... Lets stop here for a minute... demons attacking you while you sleep... How many of you have had dreams where you were aware of your surroundings and something unholy tries to attack you? I personally have had several attacks like that, in fact, it happened during the time I fully committed to the Lord. Fully asleep, I would feel pressure of something trying to attack my soul... I would hear voices cursing God and would sometimes witness someone in my dream being possessed by that spirit. But within this dream, no matter of the situation, I felt that Jesus Christ was with me and I would say strong prayers over that person or that spirit casting it out, "In the name of Jesus Christ" I would scream casting that presence out of my life, my house and all of my surroundings... and that presence would leave. The power and love of Jesus is strong within us all, but we just have to accept Him, just like Kusasira accepted Him. And regardless of what people say or how he gets attacked, with the strength of the Holy Spirit, Kusasira holds the bible strong within his hands to spread the Word of God to save more souls just like he was saved himself.
Matthew 28:19-20 says...
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
God instructed us to spread His Word throughout the land... to people of every tongue... that all shall know that Jesus is Lord and that the only way to get through to God is through Him... our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Kusasira is an example and inspiration to us all, how our faith should be strong at all times... that no matter what sins we committed, our sins have been forgiven. That no matter what and no matter how we get there... whether it be by car or by foot, we must all trust in the Lord and go make more disciples. Kusasira heard of Savior Watches through our social ministry and everyday he prays for each and everyone of us in full support of what we do. We are much more than just a Christian watch brand, we are united Christians from different denominations who all accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior who's main objective is to bring more and more people to the cross... We are all one church, cleansed by the blood of Christ.
To this day, Kusasira still travels by foot to preach the Word of God to different villages in Uganda and also prays to have a building of his own in Kampala. Kusasira was a man living in the streets of one of the poorest countries in the world... although he did sin just like everyone else on earth, God did not give up on him or his life. He had a purpose for him and that purpose was to spread his Gospel. To those who lived in the streets or living in the streets now... never turn your back against God and His will, continue with your prayers and God will show mercy to you whether in this life or in His great kingdom. Kusasira also asked us if his testimony would touch people from the States.... Kusasira, your story, your faith and your love touched all of our hearts over here at Savior Watches... and we look forward to working with you in the days to come to help spread God's word. We say to you brother, God Bless you and Hallelujah! We thank you for all that you do and pray that God will bless you on your journey to save even more souls throughout Uganda and beyond... In Jesus name...
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