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Back in the USA for a Visit

October 7, 2014
Carol and I are greatly enjoying our time with family and friends. Thank you for all your prayers for a safe journey to Texas.
Carol’s and my internal clocks are still messed up as well as our stomachs. We keep getting up around 3 AM. Ten months in Africa does not allow a quick switch :-). Besides enjoying family and friends we have enjoyed eating a Kirby Burger at the local Seguin (Texas) burger joint Saturday, other meats at the church pot luck Sunday, cereal and milk, and delightful, warm showers :-). Our stomachs are having difficulty switching from beans,rice, and vegetables.
It was wonderful that the Lord allowed us to be here for the birth of our 4th grandchild, Vera Grace Lee. She joins her brother Ben, sister Eliza, and cousin Keira. When we booked our tickets last Christmas little Vera Grace was only seen by the Lord. We enjoyed our first weekend with all our Texas family and, later this month, we will be spending time  with Josiah in Chattanooga.

 Vera Grace Lee
 

Having fun with Ben,Keira, and Eliza
 
Our first Sunday back was spent with our sending church, Lifegate. Lifegate has been our  church family the last 32 years. It was a great joy to report back to them and preach from RAU’s theme verses of 2 Timothy 2:2 and Acts 19:9-10.We have many precious friends and memories with our dear ones at Lifegate.  We showed a short video that our friend Gary Greaves put together  on RAU and its mission/vision. The rest of our Sundays in America will be with various churches and we are trying to connect with as many of friends as we can on other days.
Please be in prayer for our special friend, Kevin Turner. He is the president of Strategic World Impact. He spent five days with us at RAU during the conflict which swirled all around us between the Madi and Kuku tribes.  The situation between the tribes has improved as result of many calling out to the Sovereign Lord. More information of the turmoil is at the RAU blog.  After Kevin returned to the States he came down with a very bad case of malaria and has been hospitalized. The incubation time for malaria is 7-10 days and, therefore, the symptoms didn’t show up until his return to the States.
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We just received a report from the Ugandan American Embassy that a case of the Marburg Virus has killed a person in Kampala and 80 people have been quarantined.  The Marburg virus is similar to Ebola and transmitted by fluids and through animals like fruit bats. We go through Kampala and do business there and are a hard days drive north to our Uganda base of operations near the South Sudan border.  Marburg and Ebola (Ebola is in West Africa and we are East Africa) are wicked cousins. Ebola does have the ability to be where we are…it has been in our area before. So keep the prayers going!

During our 10 months in Africa we have stayed healthy by the grace of God. In many ways, because of diet and lifestyle, we are more healthy. We  do not constantly take anti-malarials prophylacticly as it would not be good for our bodies. If and when we get malaria there are treatments. Please continue in your prayers for us to stay free from malaria, and that Marburg and Ebola viruses will  be contained and destroyed throughout the rest of Africa. Being in the will of God does not exempt us from getting these things and the many other nasties in the area (e.g., aids virus, sleeping sickness, stomach ailments etc.). We all are in the gracious and loving hands of our King.
 What David Sitton has said is right, “Risk is right when the cause is Christ!”  With the advance of the gospel there are always adversaries and trials. The Apostle Paul puts it this way,  “But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, AND there are many adversaries” (1 Cor. 16:8-9 Emphasis mine)The article below on
1 Corinthians 16:8-9, which I recently read, has been an encouragement:  “Kingdom Opportunities Mean Kingdom Adversities”.
Carol and I have had our first appointments with the dentist. Carol has to go back for more extensive work. We also need to get some general medical checkups.
Here are a couple of future projects we are hoping to complete after our return for which we covet your prayers:
* A short wall on the outside of the veranda with decorative ironwork above it to help protect  those in the Guesthouse/Hall of Tyrannus. We saw this need when we were seeking to watch over those displaced during the recent tribal skirmish near RAU.  Estimated cost:$10,000
* To switch our generator operated submersible water pump for a solar powered one which also can be run by the generator as a back up. We use a lot of water with all our guests and only more will be used as the facilities grow. Fuel costs are high and fuel is sometimes hard to obtain. This pump, as well as all panels/batteries/installation, has been estimated at $15,000+-.  An additional $2000for a solar hot water system could allow us to fix the showers in the Guesthouse.
I hope we get to see many of you while we are back. We head back to R.A.U.the second week of November. We could not be doing what we are doing without you! Thank you!

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 their link below. 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

Journey Mercies

October 1, 2014

Journey Mercies

by Carol Lee

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“Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!

Morning by morning new mercies I see.  

All I have needed Thy hands have provided.  

Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.” 

(From a hymn by Thomas O. Chisolm, “Great is Thy Faithfulness”)

The words to this hymn are the testimony of Jacob’s and my experience.  The Lord has been merciful to us on so many occasions in our lives and in these past weeks and He has rescued us from many trials.  But let it be said, along with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that even if we had not seen a physical rescue or had not been spared from suffering, our testimony would still be, “Great is thy faithfulness,” because the Lord has rescued us from something far worse than suffering in this life.

Afoji Church of Uganda

Afoji Church of Uganda

As Jacob already related in previous posts, we came through a rough and frightening experience at our home in Afoji as we watched violence and unrest erupt suddenly around us during a local tribal conflict.  The Lord was merciful in protecting us and those in our care.  Mercifully, He sent our good friend, Kevin Turner, with SWI, whose experience and expertise in war-zone areas was an extraordinarily timely encouragement and help.  By God’s grace, the tribal conflict was kept from becoming a full blown, long-standing war as leaders from both sides met together to find peaceful solutions for return to normalcy.  We know that the Lord worked through the thousands and thousands of earnest prayers sent up on behalf of all the people in the region of Moyo district and South Sudan.

We were grateful, as  you can imagine, that the disruption of peace did not prevent our long awaited trip back to the United States to reunite with family and friends.  Traveling from Moyo to Kampala (or anywhere in Uganda) has inherent dangers and discomforts.  The Lord was merciful, indeed, to bring us safely to our destination in Kampala, along with our traveling companions.

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In His mercy, the Lord made a way for some of our passengers to receive medical care here in Kampala, which they might not have gotten if not for the loving reach of Jesus’ arms through His Body. the people of His redeeming love.

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Jacob with Anzo who is getting her glasses after successful cataract surgery.

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Baby “Miracle” after first surgery (cleft lip) and now awaiting 2nd surgery (cleft palate). She has the most heart-warming smile!

Anzo returned with her father, Mindra, to have a check-up on her eyes after cataract surgery and to receive glasses which will help her as she attends school.  Little baby, “Miracle,” was admitted, again, to CoRSU Hospital in Entebbe for the second part of her cleft lip/palate surgery (repair of the palate).  We thank God for the mercy He has shown through you!

As it says in Isaiah 58:6-9

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
    and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
    and break every yoke?
 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
    and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
    and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
    and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness[a] will go before you,
    and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
 Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
    you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.”

This showing of mercy is intrinsic to the message of the Gospel and must be a loving not only in word or tongue, but with actions and in truth.  (I John 3:18)  Reading recently in John 1, I was again refreshed by this:  the Law came through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. We are acutely aware of the fact that RAU is an extension of the love and Gospel-giving commitment of our supporters and that, through you, the truth of the Gospel walks side by side with the grace that is shown to us in Christ and is seen in the lives of His people.

We are eagerly anticipating our journey to the USA to be reunited with our family and friends and to meet our newest grandchild.  We are eager for times of refreshing and reconnecting with those we love and with whom we are partnered.  Please pray with us for journey mercies on the next leg of the trip.

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“Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth;

Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;

strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,

blessings all mine with ten thousand beside.”

From “Great is Thy Faithfulness” by Thomas Chisolm

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 their link below. 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.

Video Timeline of the Regional Instability in Moyo/South Sudan Border

September 23, 2014

These Videos are a good history timeline of the events here in Moyo District. Each of them were taken here in Afoji just two kilometers from the South Sudan border. We remained here through this whole period of time. Kevin Turner, President of SWI, was with us and took most of the videos posted below. He and SWI are great partners in our efforts to spread the fame of King Jesus  throughout the West Nile of Uganda.

This Ugandan TV report gives some background to the conflict

Afoji Church burned down. It is 500  yards from RAU.

Rushing off to the hospital with police mounted on the roof for security

 

RAU Mission Base Attacked in Northern Uganda

 

Rejoicing in the morning after being attacked in the night. Jacob and Kevin were greeted by the boys

 

 

Madi- Kuku Conflict

Moyo situation getting worse

 

 

On September 21st the leaders met and tensions began to decrease. No doubt the prayers of God’s people were used to reduce the violence. May we continue to intercede on behalf of both the Kuku and Madi tribes.

With tensions lessened there was time to have some fun and it is in this context the following videos were made.

Window #3 and another morning of calm

 

 

Breakfast at Reaching Africa’s Unreached

 

 

Thank you for all your prayers!

Security needs for protecting against future attacks

 

Updates from the Afoji Uganda border conflict

September 22, 2014

 

September 22

This village which borders RAU eastern side is almost empty

This village which borders RAU eastern side is almost empty

We all made it through the night safely. Thank you all for your prayers. God heard them!

The women and children spent the night inside the house while the men, who were guests, slept on the veranda. We had five of us (two guards, Kevin , Mindra, and I) outside watching and Carol and Sam were manning things from within. The sighting of a leopard around 2 AM with its baby and, perhaps, a third one, was a big surprise, to say the least. It was a beautiful beast…most of the time we saw just its eyes but there were a few times when we saw its body move…it appeared big and looked to be black. It did not leave even when we all had our lights trained on it. Most likely it had a meal there on our fence line. I have always been told by the locals that leopards (lions too) are no longer here. Perhaps because of there being fewer people here, the leopard took greater courage in leaving its normal habitat in the nearby hills. The village on our east, which was numbered at 242, now has 10 people in it! The Lord sending a leopard to be on our north border fence is a very interesting answer to the many prayers that have been prayed!

 

A dear friend also informed me yesterday that around 90 men with their bows and arrows had formed a neighborhood (Afoji) community watch force. Also, a few regular members of the Ugandan army were mixed within them with their weapons…just another means by which the Lord answered your prayers! The powerful spotlight which Kevin  brought with him was also very effective. We received numerous reports by soldiers/police/others saying that seeing it from far off caused people to fear “this place”. No doubt intruders and those with bad intentions had fear placed in them as well. With the exchange of gun fire at RAU on Friday night, I am sure the word got out that this was not a place to target anymore. We have now had two peaceful nights. We also have been in contact with the American Embassy in Kampala. These are some of the ways the Lord answered your prayers! Thank you!

It is an honor to live and serve our majestic King along with my dear Carol and RAU co-workers Sam and Patrick in this area of His creation! It is so good of the Lord to send our dear friend, Kevin Turner, with StrategicWorld Impact ,to be with us in these very days of turmoil…what a blessing he is! He is another answer to the prayers of those who faithfully pray for my co-workers, Carol, me, the ministry of ReachingAfrica’s Unreached and the people of this region.

I don't need to die on every hill, but because of that hill called Golgotha, I can freely surrender the life My King gave me, knowing He can raise it up again or bring me safely home to a "City Without Shadows"!  ​Kevin Turner

I don’t need to die on every hill, but because of that hill called Golgotha, I can freely surrender the life My King gave me, knowing He can raise it up again or bring me safely home to a “City Without Shadows”!
​Kevin Turner

There is nothing on this earth that can keep us from proclaiming the good news of Jesus here. We have been told that refusing to leave Afoji and choosing to stay and help is having a strong witness in the community. May Jesus be exalted through this weak flesh (John 3:3)! Carol and I will spend the rest of our days here if the Lord so wills.

Pray for both the Kukus and Ma’dis. Pray that the Lord would bring healing and peace! In the midst of this we are scheduled to fly back to the States for a short break soon. It will have been 10 months since we have been back or had even one break so please also pray that we can get things ready on this end for our visit to our beloved family, friends, and supporters. All the extra guests that have come here for refuge need a safe place until order is restored. We cannot just “kick them out”. We are already actively seeking to support their move and facilitate it if needed. Please pray for this as well. Thank you so very much!

​Many people have been displaced

​Many people have been displaced

Today we are working on harvesting the maize between the Guesthouse and the Tukalus. The Tukalus are where pastors stay for retreats as well as very special friends, like Kevin. After the harvesting I should be able to shred the area with the tractor, thus clearing the view between the house and tukalus for our night watches. Also, I am pumping water with the generator (which is loud!) for the fourth day in row. With all the guests we have been using a lot water and, besides, the pump is pulling the water very slowly. Ideally, a solar submersible well pump would be best as we would not be dependent on generators which consume a lot fuel . In times like these, fuel is very hard to get. I try to keep a reserve and we have been using it. Solar pump systems run between $6000-$14,000 depending on the type/quality and how fast one wants to pump. We have to pull water up about 140 feet from the water source. We are hoping and praying that we can get a good solar pump system in.

Pumping Water

Pumping Water

 

Kevin and I have a lot of little projects planned as well. He is such a servant and a fine representative of King Jesus! We did not think it wise to leave RAU at any time during this conflict.We have a lot of fun together while we work. I think even our loud laughter in the middle of night keeps intruders away! It is a challenge to switch into guard mode at times, especially with Kevin’s funny antics and stories. Thank you all for your precious prayers!

September 21


Looking northward at South Sudan with Kevin Turner. The second ridge is South Sudan.
Thank you friends and family! We had a quiet night. Five of us were up all night outside and Sam and Carol kept watch inside. We had a number of women and children sleeping within. We had the young men sleep outside on the veranda. I had my trusty spear, made by father in-law in India many years ago, and a panga, plus a few other items I can’t mention in an email. I am sure Kevin’s VERY powerful spotlight had a great psychological effect. Praise God, our guards were well armed. Most importantly, (and I am certain) the Lord heard our prayers and put a wall of protection around us. The Lord bless you all! The struggle is not over so please continue in your prayers for all in our area, especially for those who are suffering loss.
This is a Facebook post Carol wrote yesterday after a safe but frightening passage through the morning of the 20th:
“We are blessed, having been able to stay in our home through this nightmarish situation. My heart goes out to all those who have lost property and peace or have lost loved ones or have been injured or terrorized (and this on both sides of the conflict.) So many people have fled with very little, leaving their homes and possessions at risk for looting or burning. Who knows when they will have anything that feels like a good normal?
Last night we watched as tukalus around us were burned to the ground. We did have two different groups enter the compound, one group with gunfire that was directed at our house. I am thankful for return gunfire which deterred the encroachers without killing.
We are hoping that the “big whigs” who are supposedly meeting in Moyo Town today will figure out how to bring some semblance of law and order into this escalating “eye for an arm for two legs for a life” mentality which leaves no one the winner and everyone the loser.
The common grace of a society based upon law and justice cannot be taken for granted and is not easy to establish where staking your claim on Power Mountain is the way of life.
The following pictures, (on Facebook)  which normally bring me such pleasure on a daily basis, have a new and slightly more sinister beauty in being the directions from which the encroachers came last night and where we saw the devastating orange glow of tukalus burning to the ground and from where anguished screams were heard.”

Direction of attack on RAU
 
Video: RAU Mission Compound Comes Under Attack Sept. 20th 
are trying to find safer places for the women and children to stay.  It would be better for them to be out of Afoji which is being specifically targeted along with surrounding Moyo and Metu areas.
We are gearing up for another night.  There is a story circulating that the Kukus are being armed with fire power to launch a more effective tribal retaliation here in Uganda.  In light of that, we are trying to find safer places for the women and children to stay.  It would be better for them to be out of Afoji which is being specifically targeted along with surrounding Moyo and Metu areas.
Thank you for your continual intercession and support!

One of the mothers and babies we are keeping here at night

September 20


Prayer Update:I am getting ready to be out all night with other security personal. We have a large group of mostly women and small children inside. We must be extra diligent as we learned some disturbing things in our briefing. Please in special prayer…Carol will get post our from inside Lord will and Kevin Turner has his mobile and will make reports from the field. …we take our refuge in the Lord; He is our strong tower. Blessings to my friends!
A dear brother put this video together. May it spur you on in your prayers!
I cannot thank you all adequately for all your prayers,  words of encouragement, and support. May the Lord richly bless you!
Jacob

September 19


​It is good to have Kevin Turner with Strategic World Impact back with us
“Thank you for your prayers!  We (Reaching Africa’s Unreached, here at Afoji border) are praying and making preparations. As the saying goes, “We are hoping for the best but planning for the worst.” Things appear to be getting more unstable…roads are being blocked and there are pockets of conflict, and numerous reports of SPLA causing harm. In this type of situation there is also a lot of false information which gets spread. We do have good and well thought out contingency plans in place. Kevin Turner with Strategic World Impact has been a godsend for us in this. His ministry specifically targets war torn areas and he hosts Disaster Assistance Response Training (DART) one of which I attended. We not only have ourselves to look out for but may have a number of women and children also to care for (three of which are pregnant)…please keep praying!
 
Thank you for your faithful intercession, encouragement, and support!
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 Lee
 

​Many,many people are fleeing their homes on the road by RAU

September 16

Nearby church which was set on fire

Nearby church which was set on fire

 

We had a sad and tension filled day here in Afoji yesterday. What was meant to be a peaceful protest march, from Moyo on the road past us to the Afoji border, turned violent. The border is down the road a couple of kilometers from us. Homes (tukalus), businesses and a grass thatched Anglican (Church of Uganda – COU) church (within walking distance of us) were burned down. Because of this we pushed back to a later date the pastor’s retreat we were going to have here today through Friday. The article from one of Uganda’s national newspaper and TV gives you background behind the turmoil that is happening (Newspaper Article: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/S–Sudanese-attacked-in-Moyo-protest/-/688334/2453732/-/yashoa/-/index.html;http://www.ntvuganda.co.ug/news/local/15/sep/2014/moyo-residents-protest-arrest-district-leaders-south-sudan-soldiers#sthash.LIMT5sl1.dpbs).

 

No harm was done here at Reaching Africa’s Unreached but one of our faithful workers and friend, Zakeo, who is a native Ma’di had two of the places he rents out in the Afoji market burned down.

 

Outside Zakeo's place

Outside Zakeo’s place

 

Please pray for peace to reign here and for the authorities, most of whom I know, who have a very complicated situation before them. Pray that the violence will not spread. Our part is to minister the hope, love, and lasting peace that can only come through the Lord Jesus Christ!

Rev Tom and Sam inside the Afoji Anglican Church

Rev Tom and Sam inside the Afoji Anglican Church

Our good friend and co-laborer in Christ, Kevin Turner with Strategic World Impact is arriving on Thursday and will be with us a week. He has ministered around the world in this type of situation. His trip was not specifically planned because of this event but the Lord worked it out for him to be here. He and SWI are a grand blessing!

 

Currently, there is an eerie quiet here at RAU. In Moyo town itself there is rioting and  great unrest. We have unconfirmed reports of a village nearby where around 100 homes were burned in retaliation for things done to South Sudanese here. There is now a steady flow of people with their belongs going by RAU to South Sudan. They are primarily leaving out of fear. However, there are rumors also floating that they are leaving to clear the way for the SPLA to come this way from South Sudan. Please be in serious prayer!

 

RAU Mission Base Attacked in Northern Uganda

September 22, 2014

Our friend Gary Greaves with Strategic World Impact (SWI) put this video together on the events of the early morning hours September  20th. Kevin Turner, President of  SWI has been with us assisting us in these trying days. He has been a great blessing to us here at Reaching Africa’s Unreached. On behalf of RAU I thank Kevin, Gary,SWI and everyone who has been praying! Please continue in your prayers!

Thank you!

 

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 their link below. 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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