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Growing relationship with Yumbe Imams and Sheikhs

September 20, 2015

Third meeting with leading Yumbe Imams and Sheikhs

On Saturday, the 19th , I headed to Yumbe with Zorah and Mindra. We picked up Charles at Pilgrim Church. I was given a third opportunity to speak with leading Imams and Sheikhs from Yumbe and Northwestern Uganda. Our topic was, once again, “Who Is Jesus?”.  The Muslim leaders were very kind and hospitable, just like in our previous two meetings. They came with a heart to learn more of what we believe about Jesus. The school we met in was in the shadow of Yumbe’s biggest  Mosque.


Yumbe’s largest Mosque



I rejoice in the “open door” to meet like this with these Muslim Yumbe leaders. I am told this kind of meeting has never taken place before. The Lord is doing a great work in Yumbe and I am thankful for the courage of these Imams and Sheikhs to be the first for this kind of dialog. This is not an easy thing to do on their part.


Imams and Sheikhs with courage were present

A lot of credit, on the human side, goes to my dear friend Charles and the Khard. The Khard is the leader of all the Imams and other Sheikhs in Yumbe. I have seen, over our three meetings, a great deal wisdom exhibited by this leader. I count him a friend and I hope he does the same with me. At the end he encouraged everyone to continue to read the materials given to them, especially the booklet, Adha in the Injeel, as they are soon to celebrate AL ADHA (Surah 37:99-111). This small booklet in both English and Arabic insight-fully compares this Muslim celebration with Passover and Jesus as our sin bearer.


My dear Yumbe friend Charles. He is a man aflame for Jesus!


Yumbe Khard encouraging the reading of “ADHA in the Injeel” and other resources

In the beginning of the meeting we gave out a number of reading glasses to those who were not present in the last meetings (extras as well) and one dose of malaria medicine to each man. In the middle of our 5 hours together we shared delicious, local meal, compliments of R.A.U.


New reading glasses


The small box is one treatment of malaria medicine



Food and fellowship


As custom we ate with our right hand. Here we are washing our hands after the meal.

In the beginning we also gave out a number of new resources we did not have with us for the last meetings which included Adha in the Injeel, Is the Injeel Corrupted?, For My Muslim Friend, A Series of Answers to Common Questions Asked By Muslims, The Son of God in the Bible and the Qur’an, personal notes-Who Is Jesus?- and outlines of my messages. If they did not receive it at earlier meetings, an Aringa New Testament, the book, Seeking Allah Finding Jesus:A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity,  , and a John Piper book in Swahili were given.


Aringa New Testament


Reading Seeking Allah Finding Jesus:A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity








I spoke first and sought to point them to beauty of Jesus as found in the Bible. My text was Mark 2:1-12. Charles did an excellent job of interpreting.


Proclaiming Jesus of the Bible









They listened intently and respectfully.










Then, after eating, a number of them spoke and I listened respectfully.








After that there was some short back-and-forth dialog.  They earnestly sought for me to become a Muslim. I sought to point them to Jesus as the only way of salvation and passionately painted Him as beautiful and the only one who cleanses us from our sin through His blood. I know they are hearing and reading things they have never heard before.


I believe in the power of the gospel (Romans 1:16) and the power of God’s people praying for open eyes. The seed of the Word is being planted and watered and due season the Lord will bring a harvest. I hope that I can see that harvest but even if I do not I will press on knowing that the Lord’s Word does not return void. Thank you for your prayers. Please continue to pray for these leaders. We are already working on a fourth meeting. Please pray that the Lord would continue to give us opportunity to proclaim the Jesus of the Bible with these leaders and the people of Yumbe District.

Thank you!


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Entering In Like Jesus

September 13, 2015

Entering In Like Jesus

by Carol

Now the Word became flesh and took up residence among us.”  John 1:14


Ron Zeiner, Eric and Kara Williams and David Jones

When we honestly ask ourselves which persons in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.

Henri J.M. Nouwen, Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life


Helping to mark the resources with the RAU stamp

This quote poignantly describes one aspect of a good friendship.  What stands out is the idea of “sharing in” or “entering in to” someone’s pain as opposed to merely speaking to it from the outside.  While Mr. Nouwen is referring specifically to grief and suffering and how a true friend can come alongside another, I want to expand its application to a wider range of experiences – OURS!

Jacob and I and all those who are a daily part of RAU activities and interactions are blessed to experience people’s “entering in to” our lives in a myriad of ways.


Hike to Oyo

Who has friends who will (through monthly gifts, heartfelt donations, fund raisers, exuberant responses to needs made known) share in and help bear the daily cost of keeping a vision alive and real? – We do!

Who has friends (on the other side of the world) who will prioritize their time, muscles, expertise and resources to ensure that we can continue our mission and have the resources we need? – We do!

Who has friends that will set their alarms so they can wake up and enter in to our concerns through vigilant prayer? Or who will Skype? Or write letters? Or immerse themselves in our experience even if only through our Face Book posts? – We do!

AND…who has friends who will travel around the world to very personally enter in to our experience? – We do!


Kara and Eric Williams


Great friends, Ron Zeiner and Jacob


Tall tales from our tall friend, David Jones!

Such is the tangible blessing we enjoyed in the visit of David Jones, Eric and Kara Williams to RAU from August 27th to September 4th.  (During some of this time we still had the pleasure of Ron Zeiner’s company, too!)  Let’s see…they endured long, cramped flights, bumpy, dusty roads, jet lag, a hike to far away villages, a daily diet of beans and rice and uncomfortable mattresses with morning back aches (except for Eric and Kara!).  On the other hand, we had more than our fair share of laughter, camaraderie, and games of Rummy and Spoons (which has been described by some Ugandans as a very violent game!).  It was a joy to have Nurse Sam, who was on holiday, back at RAU while our visitors were here.  He not only was a great help in doing some medical outreaches but it was so good to hear his voice and laughter echoing through the Guesthouse.  Eric said that they came mainly to encourage us…and encourage us, they did!


Jet lag!


Sharing at Oyo.


Eric interacting with the many children




Making use of David’s height to store the books…well, he did use a ladder, too!


Hand washing


Eric sharing


Ron sharing

We were encouraged by their gifts of teaching – David did a great job of helping people see and appreciate the sovereign grace of God in adopting us as His children.  Eric reminded all of us of the personal nature of a relationship with the Lord: “taste and see that the Lord is good!” (with the help of a Hershey’s Kiss – you’ll need to ask him about that sometime).


David’s evening session


Eric’s session, Emma translating


Enjoying Jesus and Hershey’s Kisses

We were encouraged by their Jesus-like hearts as they served the folks who were attending the retreat.  David, Eric and Kara —ALL showed their skill in dish washing in addition to the many other ways in which they served.



We were encouraged in their friendship. We learned that Eric is a great hammock hanger and occupier, as is David. David is a loving father (he helped his son to transition to college life…from afar!)  Kara is a gifted singer, guitar player and card shark as well as a Registered Nurse.  Ron is an encouraging friend and a great resource of knowledge for anyone with questions.


Slinging up my hammock for me

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Testing it out for me, too!



Emma and Kara

There is only one disappointing thing about their visit – it was TOO short!  Jacob and I both had feelings of emptiness and sadness in the wake of their departure, but are so grateful to reminisce about their “entering into” our lives and experience.  Thank you Ron, David, Eric and Kara for sharing in our lives and calling, even if for a short while! You were and are a blessing to us!


The loss of their company makes us appreciate even more the daily presence of our RAU family, Zorah and Emma and all who work with us to keep RAU moving forward in its mission.  We have been blessed with these young men who are intelligent, hard-working and skilled.  We consider it a privilege to invest our friendship, energy, resources and time into their lives and we are strengthened by their gifts.  They give us hope for godly, future leadership in this country and in the Church.


Photographer extraordinaire!


Emma, translator extraordinaire!


A tremendous help in the ministry, serving well!



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Emma’s well received Agricultural expertise

As we move forward, please be praying for upcoming events:

*This week we will welcome a group of leaders, men and women, from D.R. Congo for a 4-day retreat which will be our 17th.  Pray for them as they travel here and back.  Pray for Jacob, Pastor Bob Gad, Emma and Zorah who will be involved in leading this week’s retreat.

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Group from Moyo District, our 16th retreat for leaders

*A third meeting has been planned for Jacob with the Imams and Sheikhs from Yumbe on Saturday, September 19th.  These men continue to desire and ask for meetings with Jacob to discuss the topic, “Who is Jesus?“.  The last two meetings were during the month of Ramadan when the Imams/Sheikhs were fasting.  This time, they will all enjoy a meal together, courtesy of RAU.


*The container has reached Kenya and is on its way to Kampala to be reviewed by the URA (Ugandan Revenue Authority).  Please pray that it will not be delayed there and that no major tax will be imposed and that it will make its way safely here to RAU.  The resources within that container are central to the mission of RAU.

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*Once again, we want to place the goal before you of erecting a two-classroom building which will be the start of a more formal Bible training school for key individuals in this area, especially in anticipation of (what we believe will be) a large influx of believers in the West Nile Region and the equally large need of having well-trained pastors to lead these new believers.  If you would like to give specifically towards this please indicate on your donation.  We have a turn-key bid of $25,000 from our builder.

Thank you for “entering in” through your monetary gifts, resources, prayers, love and friendship.  We are blessed!


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Third Meeting with Yumbe Imams and Sheikhs Forthcoming…please pray!

September 11, 2015


First meeting with Yumbe Imams and Sheikhs


Second meeting with Yumbe Imams and Sheikhs

The Lord has opened a way for a third meeting with Yumbe Imams and Sheikhs. I rejoice that hearts have been touched for continual dialog on the topic of “Who Is Jesus?“. Our first two meetings were cordial with back and forth, intense but friendly discussion on the topic. I was kindly given the bulk of time to present the Bible’s view of Jesus and our call to trust in Him and follow him.  Along with medicines and reading glasses, they each received a First Edition New Testament in their Aringa language,an ESV Global Study Bible, the book Seeking Allah Finding Jesus:A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity,  Bible Stories in Arabic (until copies ran out), and gospel tracts/booklets in Arabic, Swahili, Aringa, and English as well as some personal handouts. We now have on hand at Reaching Africa’s Unreached just over 1,600 First Edition Aringa New Testaments for distribution in Yumbe District.

In this third meeting they will receive the outline below and some other copied materials. I also have Fouad Marsi’s booklets Is the Injeel Corrupted? and Adha in the Injeel for them. If all goes according to plan we should have 4-6 hours together  which will include a meal which RAU is paying for. Since our time together is a dialog and not a debate I plan on using my opening address to share/preach from Mark 2:1-12. In our first two meetings I was allowed to speak first for 50 minutes.

Mark 2

The outline below will no doubt be helpful once our back and forth dialog occurs. I have openly stated before that I am with them as a friend who loves them, wants them to know Jesus and follow Him. I want to win them, not just an argument. God, in His loving providence, has orchestrated these unprecedented gatherings for His glory and to bring other sheep into fold.

I am praying and believing for a great outpouring upon the Aringa tribe which currently is around 99% Muslim. Please pray with me that the Lord will open eyes and that 1000’s upon 1000’s will be worshipers of the King of kings and Lord of lords!


Who Is Jesus?

Compiled by Jacob Lee 

Thank you for your hospitality! As-salaamu Alaikum

Christians are friends to Muslims. They should respect one another.

  • Surah 5:82“…you will find the nearest of them in affection to the believers (Muslims) those who say, “We are Christians.”
  • Jesus commands LOVE “And he (Jesus) said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40)
  • From the prophet Isaiah 1:18: “Come on now, let’s discuss this!” says the LORD. “Though your sins are bright red, they will become as white as snow. Though they are dark red, they will become as white as wool.”

Both Christians and Muslims should read & study the Bible/Gospel (Injeel).  The Quran urges Muslims to read about Isa (Jesus) in the Bible.

  • Surah 10:94“So if you are in doubt, [O Muhammad], about that which We have revealed to you, then ask those who have been reading the Scripture before you. The truth has certainly come to you from your Lord, so never be among the doubters.”
  • Surah 57:27 “…We sent after them Jesus son of Mary and bestowed on him The Gospel: and ordained in the hearts of those who follow him Compassion and Mercy…
  • Surah 2:136Say ye, We believe in God, and the revelation given to us, and to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob and to the tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to all the prophets from their Lord.:…
  • Surah 5:46And We sent, following in their footsteps, Jesus, the son of Mary, confirming that which came before him in the Torah; and We gave him the Gospel, in which was guidance and light and confirming that which preceded it of the Torah as guidance and instruction for the righteous.”  See also: Surahs 10:94 and 32:23.
  • 2 Timothy 2:15Study to show yourself approved a workman who is not ashamed who rightly handles (studies) the word of God.
  • The authority of the Bible is no where questioned in the Quran but positively emphasized. See Surah 3:3He has sent down upon you, [O Muhammad], the Book in truth, confirming what was before it. And He revealed the Torah and the Gospel.

God who is all powerful will not allow his Word to be corrupted or changed. God forbid! He has power over all things! No person or government has the power to corrupt God’s Word.

  • Surah 2:148For Allah Hath power over all things…” See also: 15:9, 6:114-115, 18:27 and 10:64. The Qur’anic word “nazzal” used in 15:9 and 6:114 is the same word used in 5:44 for the Torah and Injeel.
  • Jesus says in the Gospel For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. (Matthew 5:18).
  • Astaghfur ‘Allah! May God forbid that his Word could ever be tarnished by mere man. God has sent the Bible/Injeel and to say it has been altered by man is not to believe in the power of God. No one is stronger than God Almighty/Allah.
  • The Bible existed without corruption in Muhammad’s day. The Quran instructs a person to go the “scriptures” , “Torah”, “Gospel”—Surahs 10:94, 3:3, 32:23, 5:46, 2:136, 57:27.If the Bible was corrupted or spoiled the Qur’an would not have told people to go to it.
  • There are NO Surahs in the Qur’an that state the Bible which was in the hands of the Christians at the time of Muhammad had been corrupted. In Surah 2:79 the Qu’ran does speak of evil men who “sell it for gain”.  The Qu’ran does not speak of altering it but refers to greedy sale of it. It is not about inserting material but the sale of it. In the previous Surah it says “illiterate men”. How could such men alter it? They could not.
  • “TheDead Sea Scrolls are perhaps the greatest archaeological find of our time. Produced by Jewish monastic Essenes, the scrolls number about 800; 200 of which are of biblical material. In 1947, shepherds discovered them quite by accident in caves above the Wadi Qumran Valley, northwest of the Dead Sea. copies of Isaiah, written 1,000 years earlier than the previously oldest known copies have proven to be “word for word identical with our standard Hebrew Bible in more than 95 percent of the text. The five percent of variation consisted chiefly of obvious slips of the pen and variations in spelling.”
  • “There are over 6,000 early manuscript copies or portions of the Greek New Testament in existence today. When we include the Latin Vulgate and other early versions, we have over 24,000 early copies or portions of the New Testament (twice that many when including quotes by early church fathers). Some of these date only twenty to thirty years from the original autographs. According to a former director of the British Museum, “The interval then between the dates of original composition and the earliest extant evidence becomes so small as to be in fact negligible, and the last foundation for any doubt that the Scriptures have come down to us substantially as they were written has now been removed. Both the authenticity and the general integrity of the books of the New Testament may be regarded as finally established.” (Source: )
  • Conclusion: Evidence from both the Qur’an and existing Bible manuscripts which pre-date the Quran show that the Bible, both the Old and New Testament which we have today, is the same as what existed before Muhammad. God, Praise His Name, has faithfully preserved the Bible from corruption.
  • Hebrews 1:1-3:Long ago, at many times andin many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, But in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son (See articles on Son of God”:For My Muslim Friend” and “The Son of God in the Bible and Qu’ran” in this booklet), whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.  He (Jesus) is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he (Jesus) upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he( Jesus) sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high”

The Qur’an speaks of Jesus in 93 verses. TheQur’an always speaks in a positive way of Jesus and in some of the same ways the Bible speaks of him. A thing I like about Muhammad is that he  pointed people to Jesus.  The Qur’an and Bible both state Jesus:

  • Is born of a virgin– Surah 19:20 & 21:91, Luke 1:27-35
  • He is highly esteemed– Surah 3:45; Philippians 2:9
  • Called the Word– Surah 3:39 & 4:171, John 1:1-2, Revelation 19:11
  • Called the Messiah– Surah 3:45 & 4:171, John 1:41, 4:25-26
  • He created life, healed the sick and raised the dead– Surah 5:113, John 21:25
  • Considered to be a Prophet– Surah 19:30, John 4:19
  • Messenger– Surah 5:45, Sent-John 20:21
  • Sign to Mankind not just Israel- Surah 19:34 & 21:91; Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8
  • Is Without sin– Surah 19:19, John 8:45-46,Luke 1:32,35
  • The Spirit of God (Ruhullah) – Surah 4:171, compare with Surah 58:22;Romans 8:9
  • Jesus is now alive in heaven– Surah 4:158, Luke 24:50-53
  • Jesus died and was raised up[Jesus said,] “Peace be upon me the day I was born, the day I die, and the day I am raised up again alive. Surah 19:33. The same wording is used for the death of John the Baptist in Surah 19:15; From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised (Matthew 16:21, Mark 8:31,9:31, Luke 9:22,23:37). Predicted by the Prophets: Psalms 22:1-8 & Isaiah 53
  • Jesus will return to judge-Surah 4:159 & 43:61, Matthew 25:31-46, Acts 10:42, 2 Timothy 4:8
  • He came with clear proofs– Surah 43:63; John 5:36
  • The Bible and Quran verses above present Jesus as MORE than JUST a prophet. He is revealed as unique, special, and one of kind!

The Bible also speaks of Jesus in the followings ways:

  • the Creator– John 1:3,10
  • the Word became flesh -John 1:14
  • Son of Man- Mark 2:10, 10:45 compared to Daniel 7:13-14 where the “Son of Man” is worshiped and given everlasting dominion.
  • God With Us, Immanuel– Matthew 1:23
  • The Christ the Son of the living God- Matthew 16:13, Luke 1:35. Note: The “Son of God” is used 42 times in the New Testament/Injeel. (See articles on Son of God”:For My Muslim Friend” and “The Son of God in the Bible and Qu’ran” in this booklet).
  • Called the “I AM” – John 8:59 (compare Exodus 3:14, God in the burning bush says His Name is “I AM”) I AM statements: 1) John 6:48- I am that bread of life.
    2) John 8:12- Then spoke Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followed me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
    3) John 10:9- I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
    4) John 10:11- I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.
    5) John 11:25 -Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he was dead, yet shall he live.
    6) John 14:6 -Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
    7) -John 15:1- I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman
  • being worshiped– Luke 24:52
  • called my Lord and my God– John 20:26-28
  • one who forgives sin- Mark 2:1-12, 9:2, Matthew 26:28, Luke 7:48
  • Chief Cornerstone: Ephesians 2:20
  • Firstborn over all creation: Colossians 1:15
  • Head of the Church:Ephesians 1:22,4:15,5:23
  • King of kings and Lord of lords:1 Timothy 6:15, Revelations 19:16
  • Light of the World: John 8:12
  • Prince of peace:Isaiah 9:6
  • Son of man:Mark 2:10 compare with Daniel 7:13-14
  • Son of David: Matthew 1:1,9:27, 15:22
  • Alpha and Omega (Beginning and End):Revelation 1:8,22:13
  • Lord of All:Acts 10:36
  • True God:1 John 5:20
  • Author and Perfecter of our Faith:Hebrews 12:2
  • Bridegroom:Matthew 9:5
  • Deliverer:Romans 11:26
  • Lamb of God:John 1:29
  • Mediator:1 Timothy 2:5
  • Rock:1 Corinthians 10:4
  • Resurrection and Life:John 11:25
  • Savior:Matthew 1:21, Luke 2:11
  • Philippians 2:6-11 confirm the following facts:

1) Jesus was God while on the earth and at the same time took on human  flesh

2) Jesus was the only person who ever lived on earth uniting the divine and human nature in a perfect way (See also-Romans 1:3-4)

3) Jesus, being the only sinless human, was able to offer Himself as a perfect sacrifice, dying on the cross for the sins of all those who believe and accept Him.

4) This was the mission of Jesus and He was perfectly obedient to it.

5) Jesus receives the highest Name ever; all people will have to bow to Him and accept His authority.


*Conversation between a Muslim and Christian concerning the Christian claim that Jesus is God:

“*Muslim: Jesus cannot be God; no human person can be God!

*Christian: Is there anything impossible for God?

*Muslim: No, God can do anything!

*Christian: If God would decide today to walk in a human body in front of your home and at the same time still control the whole universe would you be able to prevent God to do it?

*Muslim: No, nobody can hinder God to do what He pleases!

*Christian: Well, God decided in history to appear in a human body form on earth—and that person is called Jesus! How can you dare to say, this is not possible for God?”

(From: Ask Your Muslim Friend by Andreas Maurer)


As a follower of Jesus my hope is in Jesus to overcome death.


Jesus said: “I am the Resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.”

(John 11:25)


*What is your hope and assurance of heaven?

*My old bones are at rest and I am peace with God!  My faith and confidence are in Jesus’ merit, His forgiveness and resurrection.

*I do not have confidence in my good works to bring me to heaven.

*I trust in Jesus who loves me, washed me clean from my sins through His sacrificial death. His cleansing blood has removed my shame before God Almighty and brought me into the presence of a Holy, righteous and just God.

*Judgment Day is coming for us all.

*Place your trust in Jesus for your salvation.

*Ask Him to reveal Himself to you – He will!

*Put your trust in Jesus alone for salvation.

*I love you.

*I will continue to pray for you!

Thank you for your hospitality! As-salaamu Alaikum

Jacob Lee



With Charles my faithful Yumbe friend and interpreter. He loves Jesus so much!


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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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African Bush Musings

September 9, 2015


Some African bush musings….While the gospel never changes and the need to proclaim the Word remains the same, I am continually challenged to think about the most effective and strategic ways to get the gospel to people who, for generations, have had little to no gospel witness. Phrases like “we have never done it this way” or “that is not the way the missionaries did it before” are not helpful. Sure there is much to learn and wisdom to glean, but, more and more, I am learning that one must not be harnessed to another’s methodological yoke even if it was helpful for them.

The remote villages of the Metu Mountains, the Nile River plain of Obongi, and Muslim dominated area of Yumbe all require the same gospel brought to them in innovative proclamation methods different from each other and much different than in America. Just because the gospel has not impacted them significantly does not mean it cannot.


With Yumbe Imams and Sheikhs


On the September 19th we will have our third dialog with Yumbe Imams and Sheikhs. The topic will again be: “Who Is Jesus?”

My mind often spins (hopefully in sync with the Spirit) about strategies to reach and disciple those in our immediate area, specifically the MOST untouched with the gospel. I continue to find the Lord is always way ahead of me in preparing the way to take the “thoughts” into implementation to the heart of battle and into the trenches. This is when the real steps of faith begin. I believe the Lord has great plans for the Metu Mountains, Obongi, and Yumbe and I want to be a part of it!


Trekking to remote villages in Metu Mountains….”How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?…” Romans 10:14

What a joy and honor to be a fellow worker with God (2 Cor. 6:1) and with so many faithful followers of Jesus!

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In Obongi with Pastor Godfrey

“When I go to the cross…and enter into His passion, then my passion is revived and my vision is renewed…Our calling as evangelists (or whatever station in life) is not to silver or satin or silk or stones precious, but to blood, toil, tears, and sweat. May our commitment be so complete that we will make hell gasp for breath. Yes our commitment needs to be that complete.”

George Sweeting

When will Jesus return?

August 28, 2015

And this gospel of the kingdom
will be proclaimed
throughout the whole world
as a testimony to all nations,
and then the end will come.
Matthew 24:14

New Testament scholar George Eldon Ladd, writing in the 1950s, comments:

The subject of this chapter is, When will the Kingdom come? I am not setting any dates. I do not know when the end will come.

And yet I do know this: When the Church has finished its task of evangelizing the world, Christ will come again. The Word of God says it.

Why did He not come in A.D. 1oo? Because the Church had not evangelized the world.

Why did He not return in a.d. 1000? Because the Church had not finished its task of world-wide evangelization.

Is He coming soon? He is—if we, God’s people, are obedient to the command of the Lord to take the Gospel into all the world.

. . .  “How are we to know when the mission is completed? How close are we to the accomplishment of the task? Which countries have been evangelized and which have not? How close are we to the end? Does this not lead to date-setting?”

I answer, I do not know. God alone knows the definition of terms. I cannot precisely define who “all the nations” are. Only God knows exactly the meaning of “evangelize.” He alone, who has told us that this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a testimony unto all the nations, will know when that objective has been accomplished.

But I do not need to know. I know only one thing: Christ has not yet returned; therefore the task is not yet done. When it is done, Christ will come. Our responsibility is not to insist on defining the terms of our task; our responsibility is to complete it. So long as Christ does not return, our work is undone. Let us get busy and complete our mission.


. . .  Here is the motive of our mission: the final victory awaits the completion of our task. “And then the end will come.” There is no other verse in the Word of God which says, “And then the end will come.”

When is Christ coming again? When the Church has finished its task.

When will This Age end? When the world has been evangelized.

“What will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?” (Matt. 24: 3). “This gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations; and then, and then, the end will come.” When? Then; when the Church has fulfilled its divinely appointed mission.


Do you love the Lord’s appearing? Then you will bend every effort to take the Gospel into all the world. It troubles me in the light of the clear teaching of God’s Word, in the light of our Lord’s explicit definition of our task in the Great Commission (Matt. 28: 18-20) that we take it so lightly. “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” This is the Good News of the Kingdom. . . .  All authority is His. “Go ye therefore.” Wherefore? Because all authority, all power is His, and because He is waiting until we have finished our task. His is the Kingdom; He reigns in heaven, and He manifests His reign on earth in and through His Church. When we have accomplished our mission, He will return and establish His Kingdom in glory. To us it is given not only to wait for but also to hasten the coming of the day of God (II Pet. 3:12). This is the mission of the Gospel of the Kingdom, and this is our mission.

George Eldon Ladd, The Gospel of the Kingdom: Scriptural Studies in the Kingdom of God (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1959), ch. 9, “When Will the Kingdom Come?”



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