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A Friend in Need

A Friend in Need

Ugandan pastor, victim of Islamist attack, treated in Israel.


Jan 6, 2012

Umar Mulinde, a 38-year-old evangelical pastor from Uganda who recently began preaching support for Israel, has arrived at Israel’s Sheba Medical Center for emergency medical treatment following an acid attack that severely burned his face, torso, and damaged his right eye.

Pastor Mulinde, who converted to Christianity after spending much of his life as a Moslem, was attacked with acid on Christmas Eve in Kampala. The assailants shouted “Allah Akhbar” (God is great) immediately following the attack.

“I was attacked by a man who called out to me shouting ‘Pastor, Pastor,’ and I turned to see who he was,” said Mulinde. “Then he poured acid which burnt part of my face. As I turned away from the attacker, another man poured liquid on my back and ran away shouting ‘Allah Akhbar’ (God is great).”

Pastor Mulinde and Dr. Haik at Israeli hospital

After being initially hospitalized at International Hospital Kampala, Pastor Mulinde appealed to come to Israel for more advanced medical treatment. The pastor reached out to Executive Director Andrea Gottlieb of Philadelphia for help. Gottlieb made contact with Prof. Zeev Rotstein, director of Israel’s renowned Sheba Medical Center. Sheba serves patients from across the Middle East and Europe, and conducts humanitarian medical missions around the world, including ophthalmological care and burns treatment throughout Africa. Prof. Rotstein offered to provide acute and rehabilitative care to Mulinde, free-of-charge.

The pastor arrived in Israel, via India and then Jordan. Visas for Mulinde were arranged on short notice by Israel’s Foreign Ministry, thanks to the assistance of board member Ilan Sharon of Minneapolis.

Mulinde arrived at the Israeli hospital on January 5, 2012. Dr. Joseph Haik, chief of the Sheba Medical Center burns unit, and Prof. Joseph Moisseiev, head of the Sheba Eye Institute, examined the Pastor upon arrival, and are directing his treatment. “Pastor Mulinde will require a series of dermatological repair operations over a period of several weeks,” says the plastic surgeon and burns expert Dr. Haik. “Our eye specialists will operate on his right eye, as well, next week.”

“Healing is deeply ingrained in Jewish history and tradition. So it was only natural that we agree to help Pastor Mulinde,” said the hospital director Prof. Rotstein. “Our hospital is very active and experienced in treating patients from around the world, including from Arab countries that have no diplomatic relations with Israel. I trust that we can rehabilitate him and perhaps help him regain his eyesight.”

Pastor Mulinde, son of an Islamic Imam, was trained in Islamic theology before converting to Christianity while attending University. He is an outspoken critic of Islam, and has publicly debated many Moslems across Uganda. Mulinde’s wife is a prominent gospel singer.

Pastor Mulinde learned about Israel through’s course materials. He has since taught the courses at his Gospel Life Church International and to neighboring ministers, and organized a 5,000-person teach-in about Israel in a local stadium.

Andrea Gottlieb, Executive Director of, the organization that has supported Pastor Mulinde in his preaching about Israel, said, “Pastor Mulinde uses our courses to share his love for Israel with others. He is a devoted and loyal friend of Israel. We quickly responded to the pastor’s urgent needs, and are grateful that he is now receiving the best medical treatment in the world.”

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Visitor Comments: 7

(7) Reuben Arana, February 20, 2012 5:41 PM

Good courage Mr. Umar Mulinde. All the best to you. Shalom!

Good courage Mr. Umar Mulinde. All the best to you. Shalom!

(6) Renee Bryer, January 19, 2012 6:16 AM

Wishing Pastor Mulinde a speedy recovery and continued success in his endeavours. The people of Israel want peace.

(5) Carol, January 19, 2012 12:58 AM

Beautiful story

I am not Jewish, nor have I been to Israel, but I have family and friends who ARE Jewish and I have tried to educate myself about the Jewish beliefs and practices. This web site has been a great source of information for me. I thank you who work to keep this going. I am so sorry about what happened to this Man of G_D. Hate seems to live on in ALL religions, but there are so many really caring, loving, good people in those same religions to help anyone in need, whether of their particular belief or not. This story is a wonderful portrait of the love and care that exists. May it always overrule those who wish to use their 'religion' in the name of hate. They have many, many lessons to learn, IMO. To Pastor Mulinde, I wish you the very best as you heal in an incredible facility.

(4) Anonymous, January 18, 2012 3:12 PM

Thank You Israel

There is Chesed deep in the soul of the Children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Chesed is the trait that characterizes the Patriarch Abraham as it was the trait Eliezer sought when choosing a bride for Isaac. Rebecca was full of Chesed. Thank you Israel for helping your Christian friends. All true Christians will find special love for the Jewish people and Israel in the depth of their hearts.

(3) Anonymous, January 17, 2012 11:28 PM

we are all on islam's hit list-act now

if 1 billion moslems consider themselves "good moslems" then we are all in a que as their targets. Be warned.Does that wake up call make you feel good?

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