Susan’s Story

Susan Ithungu.  Photo courtesy of Compass Direct News.

Hi!  My friend Noelle told me a story this morning at Sunday School.  Noelle is a reporter—at least, that’s what she wants to be after she finishes school.  She’s in the same grade as I am, and she always has lots of interesting stories to tell.

Today, she told me a true story she read about a girl named Susan in Uganda.  Susan was 14 years old when she learned how Jesus loves her and died on the cross so that we can be forgiven.  Susan said, “I heard the message of Christ’s great love of him dying for us to get everlasting peace, and there and then I decided to believe in Christ…After a month, news reached my father that I had converted to Christianity, and that was the beginning of my troubles with him…”

Susan’s father didn’t believe in Jesus.  He ordered Susan not to go to church or listen to the Gospel message.  And, to make sure she didn’t, he locked her in a room—for 6 months!  He didn’t give her any food or water.  He didn’t let her out to see the sunshine.  It was terrible!

But, two people knew where Susan was—Jesus knew, and so did her younger brother, Mbusa.  Mbusa’s father had told him to never tell anyone where Susan was.  But, whenever their father would go away, Mbusa would roast bananas and sneak them to his sister.  He also dug a hole under the door so he could slip her some water to drink.

Finally, after months had gone by, Susan’s neighbors got worried because they hadn’t seen her for so long.  When they asked Mbusa about it, he was brave and told them what his father had done.  The neighbors told the police, and the police came and broke down the locked door.  They took Susan to the hospital.

I can’t imagine being locked up like that because I love Jesus!  Susan must have been so hungry and thirsty.  And bored—what would you do if you were locked up for six months and not allowed to see anyone or go anywhere?  I imagine she prayed a lot.  And, she knew she was not really alone.  Jesus promises to stay with us, wherever we are.  Have you ever been in a place where you felt alone but you knew Jesus was with you?  I’d love to hear from you-you can leave me a note here, if you’d like to.

If you’d like to read more about Susan and find out what happened after she went to the hospital, click on and check out the “Meet Jake’s Friends” page.

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