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From Every People, Nation, Tribe and Tongue: The Aringa

July 28, 2015

“From Every People, Nation, Tribe and Tongue:  The Aringa”

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On Sunday, July 26th, Mindra, Zorah and I traveled to Yumbe and met up with Charles and the Youth/Choir from Pilgrim’s Church of Uganda.  Charles had written earlier in the week to say he had received an invitation from Muslims in Kulikulinga to come and preach the Gospel in their market place.  That was an invitation not to be turned down!  It was an experience not to be forgotten, either!  We, along with Charles and Pilgrim Church, had a fruitful and blessed time of ministry in this rural Yumbe District community and it was very evident that many intercessors heeded my urgent plea to fervently pray.

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Leaving RAU

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The Youth of Pilgrim’s Church: there were 18 of us inside the vehicle, along with equipment on laps and on the rack! Despite the overcrowding, there was spirited singing from start to finish!

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It’s a good thing the Land Cruiser is built like a tank!

When we arrived we found we had been pushed to the edge of the center, which was not acceptable to us. The Lord blessed our efforts for a location change and gave us a great spot in the middle of Kulikulinga trading center for the open air preaching. This put us nearer to the Mosque and to a more busy spot. The Kulikulinga Mosque is huge and there are very few Jesus-followers in the community. There has to be a lot of outside money coming in to build such a  large Mosque in Kulikulinga.

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Kulikulinga Mosque

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One-on-one throughout Kulikulinga

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We helped the elderly man to my right receive an immediate injection for typhoid as well as ones for next four days.

The one-on-one we did before the open air went well, for the most, part with the Muslims. We used Aringa and Arabic gospel tracts in our interaction. Surprisingly, I met one of the Imams from our past two dialogues with Yumbe Imams and Sheikhs. The Lord used that “per chance” meeting to cause hesitant Muslims to listen to us! We invited each and everyone to attend the preaching later in the afternoon.

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Gathering crowd for open air preaching

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A few of the believers worshiping with the choir from Pilgrims

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Preaching with passion

My text was from Mark 2:1-12 and it was proclaimed from a top the Land Cruiser. I used a number of Qur’anic texts to bridge into the Scriptures. Anything I had to say could not have had an impact apart from the help of a skillful interpreter and Charles did a most excellent job in interpreting. Those listening were well engaged in the message and all of us, as believers in Christ, sensed the presence of the Lord.

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Crowd at the showing of the Jesus Film. The picture doesn’t even capture well the number of people who came to watch.

Afterwards, we showed the Jesus” film for the first time in such a public setting in the native Aringa language…I still have chills as I think back to the very large crowd (estimated at 500+) that watched and listened attentively and interactively, (i.e. clapping, gasping, etc.). The Jesus film in the native tongue has been an effective tool in enabling people to have a clearer picture of who Jesus was (in history) and is. Thank you for your faithful intercession!!! According to Charles and other Aringa believers, less than 1% of Aringas are Christ-followers but the Lord is changing that!  He stated that this open air was the best ever he has been a part of.

Please continue in prayer that the Word planted in hearts would bear fruit! We gave out all the Aringa New Testaments we had with us.  We could have given 100 or more as the people wanted to be able to read the scriptures in their own tongue.

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The Aringa New Testament, first published last June, 2014.  I had a profound sadness in not being able to give a New Testament to all the Muslims seekers who asked for one (one being the Assistant Imam of the local Mosque.) We had given out all that we had.

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A portion of John 3 in the Aringa New Testament

I am making an impassioned plea for help in buying more Aringa New Testaments Hebrews 4:12 states, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”   It is powerful and there is no substitute to getting the Bible into the hands of people to be read.  If you would like to help us buy more Aringa New Testaments (we have to buy them in Kampala) you can help via our donation page: http://reachingafricasunreached.org/donations/ Please make a notation the gift is for Aringa New Testament’s. Thank you!
May the Lord continue to make Himself known to the Aringa!

Jacob Lee

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For those who have asked, small packages and letters may safely be sent to:

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Our “wish lists” may be found at Amazon (Click on the “Wish List” link and type in our name or email  address)

The greatest evil is having the gospel and not doing everything within our  power to get it to those who do not have it. May the Lord grant each of us His followers the wherewithal to be obedient disciples!  Jacob W. Lee

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“…praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication….”

July 24, 2015
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A Yumbe Mosque

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places….praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, …. that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.”

Ephesians 6:12 (ESV)

One of the great joys and comforts that Carol and I have as missionaries is knowing that we have many faithful intercessors. The real work of missions is prayer. Because missions is God’s work it is a prayer work. Prayer says, “I need you Lord“. This is especially true when taking the gospel into areas where there are very few believers and churches. Jesus tells us in John 10:16 that He has “other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.” 

In Carol’s last newsletter she mentioned yet another invitation from Yumbe Muslim leaders, this time the invitation is to come to one of their their trading centers (open market) and “do open air preaching.” This trading center is located near a large Mosque. The invitation comes on the heels of two previous dialogues with leading Yumbe and Northern Ugandan Imams and Sheikhs where these men had opportunity to hear the clear message of the gospel and receive Bibles. May I encourage you to faithfully remember to pray for these men that they will be given eyes to see and ears to hear and hearts to obey! My continual prayer for these men:  that “Saul’s,” in regard to their learning and zeal, will become “Paul’s” who love the true Jesus and have a passion to spread the gospel!

Late this coming Sunday afternoon (remember we are 8 hours ahead of EST) we are heeding the invitation that is as clear as Paul’s Macedonian call in Acts 16:6-10. Zorah, Mindra, and I will leave RAU Sunday morning and will meet Charles and the Pilgrim Church Youth choir in Yumbe. Then we will travel to the center where some of the youth will begin to set up while the rest of us walk throughout the market and engage in one-on-one witnessing and sharing gospel tracts written in the native tongue of Aringa. Once the sound system is set up the choir will start singing. There is only one volume setting for all music here, including our gospel music, i.e. rock concert loud! Then there usually are some testimonies from local brothers and sisters in Christ. In the past, after the testimonies, the local leading political figure (in Yumbe it is most always a Muslim) welcomes us, citing that there is freedom of religion in Uganda.Sunday, we hopefully will also have a leading Imam welcome us to preach. Then… the glorious privilege of proclaiming the gospel that saves (Romans 1:16)!  I will preach while Charles interprets (all from the roof rack of the Land Cruiser.)

When it gets dark we will show the Jesus film in the Aringa language about 100 meters from where we preached. As  most of you know it is a direct account of the gospel of Luke. It’s translation in Aringa just came out so this will be a first for many viewers. Our own Charles is the voice of Jesus and several others that I know have voice parts. Pray,pray,pray!

“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go un-warned and un-prayed for.” C.H. Spurgeon

As we have mentioned before, the dominant tribe in Yumbe District is the Aringa. According to Charles and other Aringa believers, Christians are less than one percent of the tribe. In the West Nile, Yumbe Muslims can be found as leaders in other towns and Districts. That includes our Moyo  and our own Afoji. The Imam next door to RAU is from Yumbe.  Please implore the Lord of glory to bring many Aringa to Him. Surely they are some of the “other sheep ” Jesus speaks of in John 10:16.

Please also be in special prayer for our protection and the protection of all, especially Christians. It has been reported that just last week three Somali terrorists were arrested in Yumbe. A new day has arrived in Yumbe and the Aringas’ hearts are are being softened. I have seen this first hand. Pray that the Lord would have His way and many Aringas, from leaders to those in streets, would worship at the feet of Jesus!

Please also pray for Ron Zeiner’s upcoming trip to visit us. He will be joining us for two pastor’s retreats in August, our 14th and 15th. We will also take him to various places for ministry. He is great friend and fine Bible teacher. It is his third time to be with us! Pray also for the container which currently is on the seas traveling to us.

We are praising the Lord for a bountiful soybean crop. Just today we have gotten it all bagged and ready for sale. According to calculations a good profit has been made. All that profit will benefit the ministry of Reaching Africa’s Unreached. Along with a good profit, many neighbors had jobs which, in turn, has helped their families. Our second season crop is now being planted. We are putting into the ground g-nuts (peanuts), soft lentil beans, onions, and upland rice. May the Lord bless the second season as He did the first.

“The prospects are bright as the promises of God.”

Missionary Adoniram Judson

Thank you for all your prayers and support!

Jacob (Carol) Lee

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Blog: www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached

For those who have asked, small packages and letters may safely be sent to:

Jacob & Carol Lee, PO. 55, Moyo Uganda, East Africa

Our “wish lists” may be found at Amazon (Click on the “Wish List” link and type in our name or email  address)

The greatest evil is having the gospel and not doing everything within our  power to get it to those who do not have it. May the Lord grant each of us His followers the wherewithal to be obedient disciples!  Jacob W. Lee

Tax deductible  charitable donations may  be made via PayPal.  PayPal also has a way to make reoccurring monthly gifts. To do so  please click the PayPal link. PayPal deducts  a small amount from each gift as a processing fee. All gifts given through PayPal are now tax deductible as Reaching Africa’s Unreached has 501 c3 tax exempt status as a charitable organization.  If you wish to write a check you may write it out to R.A.U. and mail it to Lifegate Missions, 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin Texas 78155

Prepared for Action, Sober-minded

July 21, 2015

Prepared for Action, Sober-minded

by Carol

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Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.

~~~C. S. Lewis

Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

~~~1 Peter 1:13

If Christianity is of infinite importance than it is worthy of our utmost obedience.  I am privileged to witness this truth being lived out by Jacob.

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You might think that Jacob is working, but, really, he is playing on his toy!

After Preston and Laurel left we had no specific, immediate ministry event lined up, but!… it’s not as if there were nothing else to do. No, there was harvesting to be done.  I asked Jacob why having land necessitates plowing and planting and harvesting.  “Well,” he answered, “because it exemplifies hard work and productivity and it gives a good testimony within the community.” He also stated, “The ground needs to be ready to plant the second crop of the year and with upcoming pastor’s retreat time is limited to harvest and get the soil tilled for planting.”  So, around here, there is no “resting on our laurels.” (No pun intended, Laurel!)  Much of last week and this has been spent (on Jacob’s part) in overseeing and participating in the harvesting of our 10 acres of soybeans.  It looks to be a pretty productive crop, too.   One hundred percent of the profits will be placed into the ministry of RAU.

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Some of the local women who are happy for the income, doing the hard work of harvesting soy beans.

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It is tedious work, strenuous and tiring.

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The soy beans have to be beaten out of their pods. Tough work! We have thought of getting a machine, but then that would also cut people out of a job.

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At least, working together seems to add some enjoyment to this hard work. Lots of laughter is heard.

Jacob is respected for his getting out there in the middle of it all and working with everyone on the projects.  Little by little, he is also teaching the men how to operate the machines.  So far, he has trained a couple of men to use the lawn mower and weed-eater and during this harvest time was able to teach one of the men how to operate the tractor.   Jacob has grown to respect these men, too, for their faithfulness and hard work.

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Jacob showing Pastor Henery how to operate the tractor and the bucket.

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Getting the hang of it.

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Yup! There he goes…he’s in business now!

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In the middle of harvest time Jacob received word from Charles of another invitation by the Muslim leaders  to share the infinitely good news of the Gospel in their own trading center within Yumbe District.  It will happen on the 26th of July, this coming Sunday afternoon.  We have been told by Muslims leaders that the preaching of this message brings peace when it is heard and that is why they want the message shared openly!  It will be happening in a very busy marketplace from the rack of the Land Cruiser so, potentially, many people will be listening. The trading center is very near a large Mosque. Jacob loves to preach next to Mosques.  Please be fervent in prayer during this time.  According to the difference in time zones, it should be around the hours that people are getting ready to go to church (8-10 a.m.).  Charles also received some feedback through a friend that one of the Imams that attended the past two dialogues in Yumbe really enjoyed the gatherings and he very much wants to continue interacting because he “learned a lot about Christianity that he had not previously known.

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Jacob and Charles perched on their favorite open air preaching spot.

Jacob continues to keep his eyes on the prize and to set his hope fully on the grace that will be given when Jesus Christ is revealed on THAT DAY!  He is prepared for action and sober-minded.  May the Lord use that readiness to bring great glory to Himself and joy for all peoples!

Thank you for your continued prayers and partnership!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached

For those who have asked, small packages and letters may safely be sent to:

Jacob & Carol Lee, PO. 55, Moyo Uganda, East Africa

Our “wish lists” may be found at Amazon (Click on the “Wish List” link and type in our name or email  address)

The greatest evil is having the gospel and not doing everything within our  power to get it to those who do not have it. May the Lord grant each of us His followers the wherewithal to be obedient disciples!  Jacob W. Lee

Tax deductible  charitable donations may  be made via PayPal.  PayPal also has a way to make reoccurring monthly gifts. To do so  please click the PayPal link. PayPal deducts  a small amount from each gift as a processing fee. All gifts given through PayPal are now tax deductible as Reaching Africa’s Unreached has 501 c3 tax exempt status as a charitable organization.  If you wish to write a check you may write it out to R.A.U. and mail it to Lifegate Missions, 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin Texas 78155

A Beautiful Friendship by Carol

July 9, 2015

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In friendship…we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years’ difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another…the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting–any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking, no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,” can truly say to every group of Christian friends, “Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.” The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.
C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

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Meeting with the church in Oyo which is being shepherded by Sam, from Ayaa Baptist Church.

No other words could as adequately describe our relationship with Preston and Laurel Sink than the ones above.  “Random” life events have thrust us together with this couple in serving Christ and Jacob and I couldn’t be happier!  There is not one occasion in which we have been together where laughter and joy have not been the dominating mood – not even on treacherous and rocky roads or in being squeezed beyond the naturally intended capacity, hot and sweaty, into a vehicle, not in hiking up and down steep forested hills where venomous creatures hide beyond our sight or going an arduous day of hiking with little food and water. We can only express our gratefulness to the Lord for allowing such a providential friendship.

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“Footing” to Oyo.

Once again, knowing we only had a short time with Preston and Laurel, we tried to fill up their stay here with as many ministry opportunities as possible.  We picked them up in Arua last Thursday (July 2nd) and allowed them one day to get some rest and prepare for what was ahead.  Ten days later, on July 12th we took them back to Arua for their flight back home on the 3rd.

On Saturday, July 4th, Jacob, Zorah and Preston traveled to Yumbe and met up with Charles and some other men from Pilgrim’s Church of Uganda (COU).  At the same school in which Jacob first met with local- and national-level Imams and Sheikhs, they all met, once again, to dialogue about the true nature of Jesus.  As expected, this dialogue was more specific and intense because it concerned the differentiating beliefs of both sides about who Jesus is.

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There were some new attendees so more materials (reading glasses, Bibles, books and tracts) were passed out.  Jacob also gave each one a full dose of Malaria treatment.  Preston presented several kick balls and a pump to the school which had been graciously donated by one of his friends in Florida.

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The meeting, about 4 hours long, ended amicably with yet more plans to meet again in the future.  You can read in greater detail about this meeting here.  Preston stated afterward that if he had done nothing else on this trip, this one meeting would have satisfied him because it was an unprecedented experience for him.

Though Jacob, Preston and Zorah returned to RAU, tired from a long day of interaction and driving, they were happy enough to celebrate America’s Independence Day in style.  Compliments of Laurel (and Preston), we had RAU decorated in style with party favors and photo ops befitting the occasion.  Our good friend and missionary, Denise Carlsen, joined us for the festivities, adding to our feast of beans, rice and pork muchomo, her wonderful pasta salad.  The evening was topped off by some wonderful singing, colorful cupcakes and S’mores (desserts compliments of Preston and Laurel brought with them from Florida).  Zorah, Lucy and our night guards were good sports in celebrating with us.  As you can see, Zorah somehow managed to stay out of the picture taking, but we had a rare opportunity to find out that he is a brilliant, spur-of-the-moment rapper!

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Just being goofy!

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Preston and Laurel

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The Ladies…and instigators…of the party!

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Lucy, looking fabulous!

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Preston and our friend, Denise.

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Messy S’mores

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The Lord was kind to bring someone to my neck of the woods as goofy as I am! What fun!

Our 4th of July celebration was truly a blast, but we couldn’t carry on too late as we had a full week ahead of us.  On Sunday morning, we headed to Ayaa where we spent a good part of the day with our friends from Ayaa Baptist Church.  (Pastor Tobias has been the faithful leader of that church for many years and instrumental in the start of a number of new churches in surrounding areas.)

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Young and old worshiping together

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Many, many young faces in the crowd!

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Receiving the blessing

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One of my favorite shots of the day at Ayaa

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An up and coming worship leader

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After the service, sitting under the big tree

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Ayaa Baptist Church’s trademark tree

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Preston and Laurel playing with and watching the kids who received several kick balls donated by a friend of theirs in Florida

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The tree of Ayaa Baptist Church whose shade draws a company of people together.

We planned to spend 3 days in the Metu Mountain region, each day being an increasingly arduous and intense one.  Sunday was the easy day. It was a joy to worship with Tobias’ church.

On Monday we headed to the Gbari/Arapi area after picking up Pastor Tobias and a few other men at Metu trading center.  Upon arriving in Gbari, the first “business” of the day was to go to the land on top of a small hill in Arapi which has been purchased for the building of a church and a small home for Geoffrey and his wife and family through the donations of Amazing Grace Baptist Church Seguin Texas. The view from this location is spectacular – what a great place in which to worship our God!

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From there we drove as far as the Land Cruiser could take us (where the path narrowed and ascended to the village of Oyo) and “footed”  the rest of the way.  In Oyo we spent some time checking out a tukalu which Sam, the one who is moving there to shepherd new believers, wanted to rent.  Little did we know that this tukalu, which was reported to be “just a short way beyond” Oyo, would turn out to be a good little hike in itself!

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As much as our bodies complained about the extra walking, it gave us a real picture of and feel for what it will cost these men from Ayaa Baptist to take the gospel to and disciple the believers in Oyo.  These are the men for whom we brought “Gospel shoes” (some very sturdy hiking shoes) to make their trekking a little more comfortable.

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Praying over a piece of land that could be purchased for Oyo Community Church, beginning with a grass-thatched lean-to and a tukalu for Pastor Sam. Currently, the new believers meet under a tree

After Jacob, Preston and Laurel shared some words of encouragement with the men, women and children who had gathered, we ate a meal together and then handed out de-worming tabs and malaria treatment for the children.

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You can imagine the suffering of the people in these very remote areas who have little to no access to medical care – preventative or emergent.  Please pray for these folks who are scattered across distant hills and valleys.  Pray that they will experience the grace and mercy of Jesus through words of truth and deeds of grace.  We can leave these hills and valleys, but this is where they live.

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The hike back to the vehicle seemed shorter than the hike to the village (well, it was mostly down hill)!  It was a happy sight to spot the Land Cruiser standing out amidst the tall grass.

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Back in Gbari we met with the believers there – under the trees – for yet another meal which they had graciously prepared for us.  After a short greeting and word of encouragement for those gathered we were off again to Metu trading center to drop off the ones we had picked up for the day.

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Tuesday was set aside to visit the very remote village of Oku.  Once again, we picked up Tobias, but this time at his church in Ayaa.  It was an opportunity for Preston and Laurel to take some important pictures and videos which highlight the specific needs of Ayaa Baptist church for which they hope to raise interest and funds back home.

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Jacob had warned us of the rugged terrain and the arduous nature of the hike down to and up from Oku.  It was certainly as tough as he made it out to be, but it was a hike to remember!  From Ayaa Baptist Church we drove to Ijujo where we picked up several more men, including Pastor Pasquino who shepherds the church at Ijujo as well as Chinye.  We drove from there to Chinye, a drive which can be characterized as the poster child for “White Knuckle Missions,” my term of endearment for some of the scariest and most remote places Jacob has gone.  Not only is there no real road, but the paths are treacherous and rocky with deep gullies where rain has washed away the soil.  On more than one occasion I pleaded with Jacob to “stop here before we get into trouble.”  His standard reply was, “You’ll be glad we drove as far as we are going to drive.

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The road was steeper and more treacherous than it appears in these pictures

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Sometimes the road was just a path

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We had no sooner SAFELY arrived at Chinye when someone from that village stated that he wanted to become a follower of Jesus.  He had heard the Gospel on a previous visit and wanted to make a profession of faith.  It was a joy and privilege for Pastor Pasquino to pray with him right then and there!

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Pastor Pasquino praying with the gentleman who wanted to be a Jesus follower

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This is Chinye. These people kept a beautiful compound and were innovative and industrious

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Chicken coops…up high to keep them away from predators.

From the beautiful plateau of Chinye we began our descent into the valley – on foot.  There were several villages there which had been visited before, but our final goal was to reach Oku.  It was a challenging descent for our legs (especially for Preston, Laurel and me) – we had to have mountain-goat reactions to the rocky slopes.  One misstep on loose rocks and we might have been tumbling down the deep valley to our right.  At the same time, it was a breathtaking view and these “photographer eyes” of mine couldn’t help but stop every couple of yards to snap another photo.  It’s a good thing no one was following too closely behind me or it might have meant a quick trip to the bottom for both of us with my sudden stops and starts to get the perfect shot!

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The start of our descent into the valley

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Jacob, Pastor Pasquino and Zorah

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Keeping up the smiles even though it was tough terrain

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Deep cliff to the side of the path

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Beautiful vistas

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Pastor Tobias, guiding Preston and Laurel down the hill

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One slip on a loose rock could mean a quick trip to the bottom of the hill

Once at the bottom we still had a ways to go to reach Oku and we passed through several clusters of tukalus before arriving there.  The path was narrow and the grass was close and tall.  It was not lost on us that these paths had perfect hiding places for snakes and other critters.  To keep on walking meant subduing fears of the potential dangers.  Somehow, on the way back, I was “leading the pack” and I did see a snake a few feet ahead of me. I couldn’t get my camera out fast enough.  It slithered very quickly into the grass, but it also reinforced the very real nature of our fears.

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Reaching the bottom of the hill

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Crossing one of many streams

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Narrow, grassy paths

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Bamboo forrest

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One of the paths…trying to keep our imaginations in check!

Reaching Oku was a solemn ending to our hike.  We had found that, that day, a couple had lost their infant child to the very treatable malaria or some other illness.  They weren’t even sure from which illness because they live too far away from a clinic.  As we walked into Oku we could see them building a rough, simple and  small casket.  The hole had already been dug in the ground near the parent’s tukalu.  Jacob used this opportunity to share their sadness and urge them to find hope in the Savior, Jesus, and to think about the brevity and uncertainty of life as the backdrop against which hope in Jesus appears most beautiful.  Several raised their hands indicating a desire to be Jesus followers.

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Praying with some Jesus-followers

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Preston and Laurel, once again, had the opportunity to hand out some kick balls to the children in the village which brought broad smiles.  And, of course, we didn’t leave without handing out de-worming tabs and malaria treatment.

Being hot, tired, thirsty and hungry were prompters to gratefulness for the men who have made a commitment and priority to trek to these remote places to ensure that professions of faith are not mere tallies of numbers, but souls in need of care.

Members of Oku

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“They are precious in His sight.”

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As I stated previously, Jacob was not exaggerating the difficult task of climbing back up the mountain.  The men with whom we had come and who seemed to be able to climb the steep paths without producing a sweat or labored breathing, were gracious to us – slowing their pace to make sure we were not left behind or unable to manage a particularly steep and rocky pass, carrying our packs and encouraging us.  We stopped frequently to catch our breath which seemed harder to find than strength in our legs.

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Jacob stayed with me and helped to keep my feet from faltering

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Chinye

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My first sighting of Chinye…at the top of the hill

 I have never been happier to see the top of a tukalu than on that day, indicating that we had reached the top of the climb and would, from there on out, rely on a machine to carry us the rest of the way up the mountain.  The Land Cruiser did incredibly well, proving itself to be a “tank” as it met and mastered the challenge of the steep, rocky climb.  There were some pretty desperate prayers and white knuckles as we “empathized” with the strain on the vehicle – but “old Bessie” held up!

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A ravine which had to be loaded with stones before the Land Cruiser went across

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Steeper than it appears to be

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The “road”

Wednesday, July 8, was unanimously declared a day of rest!  We nursed aching muscles, caught up on laundry and enjoyed some friendly (?) card games.  Thursday ended up being a “down day” too, as there were some things that needed to be done here at RAU. (Photographic evidence withheld to protect the weary.)

Friday, July 10th, we headed to Obongi to visit Godfrey, Bosco, Aliga and our brothers and sisters at Obongi Town Church.  It was also Jacob’s and my 34th wedding anniversary – what a way to celebrate!

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Aliga, a member of Obongi Town Church; he has become a voracious reader

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Pastor Godfrey

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Pastor Bosco

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Zorah, Jacob’s right-hand AND left-hand man; a real blessing in RAU’s ministry

The first thing we did was to visit the piece of land that was exchanged for the previous one which had given us much trouble.  This piece was agreed upon by everyone and will, by God’s grace, provide a peaceful way forward. It is almost 3 times larger and will allow for more development in time.

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Heading out to the piece of property

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Discussing details

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Preston praying over the land

Back at the church we enjoyed some energetic songs of worship, led by a local policeman (OC = Officer in Charge) who worships with Godfrey.  He is from the Alur tribe but has been stationed in Obongi.  It was joy to hear yet another unfamiliar chain of meaningful sounds which is called language and to hear it in song – and accompanied by dance!  Words of encouragement were shared.  Preston and Laurel (as usual) found their way into the children’s hearts with pictures and games.

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Singing with gusto

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Laurel loving on the kids

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Preston getting in on the game of “Which hand is it in?” Trying to be tricky

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Please pray for Godfrey and Obongi Town Church as it shines its light in a dark place.  Pray that a branch of the Hall of Tyrannus could go up soon so that the church of Obongi can have a place in which to worship and grow.

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Prize-winning smile and one of the sweetest faces ever!

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Kids will be kids…no matter what…no matter where!

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This young man was an excellent caretaker of his little sister(?)

On Saturday, the 11th, Preston and Laurel’s last full day, Zakeo, one of the men who works with us here at RAU, took the two of them to his church to meet with their children’s choir.  They also went to Afoji market where they talked to some of the people gathered there.

As I sit here LOOKING BACK on our time with Preston and Laurel it is with such mixed emotions.  We took them to Arua on Sunday to catch a connecting flight to Entebbe for their trip home.  Laughing, working and playing and praying together make up the flavor of our memories.  Being back here at the Guesthouse without them leaves us feeling rather sad, missing the laughter and the comradery of a common Savior, a common love and common goals.  Preston and Laurel, we are rich for having experienced life together with you!  Thank you for making it a priority during your summer off from school to spend some of it with us!  Thank you, Seagrove Baptist Church, for sending them and for supporting us with resources (the Sinks as well as the things you sent along with them)!

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Preston and Laurel and the gang

Looking forward to a busy season ahead is keeping us from wallowing in the “slough of despond”  and also reminds us that we are rich, indeed, with many friends whose beauties we also enjoy and appreciate.  At the beginning of August we will, once again, welcome Ron Zeiner to spend 3 weeks with us.  During this time we will have 2 Leadership Retreats at RAU and some opportunities for ministry in between.

In September, if the Lord graciously allows it, we will also welcome back David Jones, Eric Williams and his wife! 

Praise God!  The second container has left for Uganda from Lifegate, our home church, where it was parked and loaded with the precious resources of Bibles, books, fencing materials and other things.  Please pray for its safe arrival here with minimal interruption of its journey at the URA (Ugandan Revenue Authorities).

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Container being loaded

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Please pray for the various projects that are in one stage or another:

*The Gbari/Arapi church building – construction has started with a toilet and bathing station which can be used during the building process.

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*Obongi Town Church/Land acquisition – we have signed on a swap of land which is larger and in a decent location. Please pray that all the paperwork will be done properly and without loopholes so that building on the land can start.

*Bible School – we have talked before about the growing need for a short, intensive training for new potential pastors.  $25,000 is needed to build several classrooms on RAU land.

*Upcoming leadership retreats at RAU

*Further meetings with Yumbe Imams and Sheikhs as well as the many evangelistic efforts we are continually involved in.

*The Land Cruiser – while we were in Arua we found some brake problems which required parts and repairs.  Thankfully, it happened in Arua where a good mechanic and parts were available.  Repairs and maintenance are an on-going need.

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Major brake work in Arua – replacement of shoes and drums.

Thank you for your continued prayers and partnership!

Blog: www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org

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For those who have asked, small packages and letters may safely be sent to:

Jacob & Carol Lee, PO. 55, Moyo Uganda, East Africa

Our “wish lists” may be found at Amazon (Click on the “Wish List” link and type in our name or email  address)

The greatest evil is having the gospel and not doing everything within our  power to get it to those who do not have it. May the Lord grant each of us His followers the wherewithal to be obedient disciples!  Jacob W. Lee

Tax deductible  charitable donations may  be made via PayPal.  PayPal also has a way to make reoccurring monthly gifts. To do so  please click the PayPal link. PayPal deducts  a small amount from each gift as a processing fee. All gifts given through PayPal are now tax deductible as Reaching Africa’s Unreached has 501 c3 tax exempt status as a charitable organization.  If you wish to write a check you may write it out to R.A.U. and mail it to Lifegate Missions, 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin Texas 78155

Second Meeting with Yumbe Imams and Sheikhs

July 5, 2015
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We had a good meeting on July 4th with leading Imams and Sheikhs from Yumbe and Northern Uganda. I cannot think of any better way we could have celebrated the 4th of July than to proclaim freedom for the captives and rescue from darkness to light!
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Two weeks ago we had our first meeting. First and foremost, I want to thank you, all who prayed for this God-ordained gathering. For it to happen once was unprecedented and for it to happen a second time was evidence of God’s sovereign grace. More get together’s are also on the docket.
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We were together for around four intense hours. The setting was to be a back and forth dialog rather than a debate and, for the most part, that was followed. We (Preston Sink from Florida, Zora, Charles, and a couple of young men from Pilgrim Church) were treated respectfully and hospitably. We, in turn, sought to exhibit the love of Christ in our words and actions.
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Preston’s heart is as big as he is. His warm friendly spirit was much enjoyed by everyone!

In the beginning, we again gave out reading glasses for those who didn’t come the first time. Others brought the reading eyeglass numbers for family to whom we also gave reading glasses. Each man also received  one complete treatment for malaria. Resources such as the New Testaments in Aringa, ESV Global Study Bibles,the book, Seeking Allah Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Jesus, Bible Stories in Arabic and various tracts in Arabic, Swahili, Aringa, and English were given to those who did not receive copies the first time.
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One malaria treatment was given to each Imam and Sheikh

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An Imam using his new reading glasses to go over the material given him before our meeting start. This Imam was right at 7 foot tall and was over all butcheries, making sure all slaughtering was done in accordance with Islamic standards.

I began with some introductory points to set the stage for the discussions. Then Preston, along with some Imams and Sheikhs who were not with us the first time, introduced themselves. It was such a joy to have Preston with us. His love for Jesus and his joy in Him shone brightly.
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Introductory points to set the stage for the discussions.

The Khard (leader of the leaders) gave me the bulk of the time to speak; my primary aim was to proclaim the Jesus of the Bible. Then one of them spent time speaking on who Muslims believe Jesus to be and gave a rebuttal to the points I had made. By then they had to go to their prayers. It is Ramadan.
When they returned, Preston and I shared briefly with them. They, in turn, had several who spoke briefly again. We all left on friendly terms and wanting to meet again. A number of them stated again that this type of dialog has never happened there before. Charles did a wonderful job of interpreting and being a part of organizing the meeting with the Khard.
Who is Jesus?
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“So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
Isaiah 55:11
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The Muslims turn on “Who Is Jesus?” 
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Helping find a verse in the Qur’an

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Then Preston shared briefly and well from Matthew 16:13-17 and I also shared briefly on the point that Jesus was indeed a prophet and much more… both in the Qur’an  and the Bible Jesus is called the “Word”, both state He was sinless, both say He was born of a virgin, both state He is alive in heaven and coming back to judge the earth….. Jesus is the  I AM in Exodus 3:14. I then urged them to follow Jesus of the Bible!
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Final comments from one of the leading Muslim “evangelists” in Northern Uganda.
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I firmly believe in the power of the gospel (Romans 1:16)! You could see them in deep thought while hearing the clear message of gospel for second time and the new comers for the first time. Each of them have the Bible and Aringa New Testament in their hands along with a book which gives a clear testimony of God’s gracious, saving work in the life a once-devout Muslim. Pray that the the Lord will open their hearts and give them eyes to see just like He has done for you and me!
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Blog: www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached

For those who have asked, small packages and letters may safely be sent to:

Jacob & Carol Lee, PO. 55, Moyo Uganda, East Africa

Our “wish lists” may be found at Amazon (Click on the “Wish List” link and type in our name or email  address)

The greatest evil is having the gospel and not doing everything within our  power to get it to those who do not have it. May the Lord grant each of us His followers the wherewithal to be obedient disciples!  Jacob W. Lee

Tax deductible  charitable donations may  be made via PayPal.  PayPal also has a way to make reoccurring monthly gifts. To do so  please click the PayPal link. PayPal deducts  a small amount from each gift as a processing fee. All gifts given through PayPal are now tax deductible as Reaching Africa’s Unreached has 501 c3 tax exempt status as a charitable organization.  If you wish to write a check you may write it out to R.A.U. and mail it to Lifegate Missions, 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin Texas 78155

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