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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!

 

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Violence in our Midst

September 17, 2014
On Monday September 15 this Protestant Church very near RAU was burned down by a mob.

On Monday September 15 this Protestant Church very near RAU was burned down by a mob.

We, at Reaching Africa’s Unreached, cannot thank you all enough for all your prayers and and words of encouragement! Only the Lord knows the full effect of your intercession (2 Corinthians 1:11) for this conflict and all who are involved in it! We have the added blessing of receiving Kevin Turner on Thursday the 18th. He will spend a week with us.
We have had some sad and tension filled days here in Afoji beginning on Monday, September 15th. What was meant to be a peaceful protest march on Monday morning, a response to an earlier incident which happened across the border in South Sudan, turned violent.  The March proceeded from Moyo and went to the Afoji border post which is down the road a couple of kilometers from us. On the march back to town, 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 this week. We had  6 pastors from D.R. Congo and 14 pastors from Koboko and Maracha scheduled to be with us.] No harm was done here at RAU, but one of our faithful workers and friends, Zakeo, who is a native Ma’di, had two of the places he rents out in the Afoji market burned down.
On Tuesday the tension increased.  Throughout the day Kukus fled  to South Sudan with whatever they could carry. In Moyo town there were riots, tear gas, and bullets. An attempt to burn the police station was, thankfully, foiled.  Ugandan soldiers/police and SPLA (South Sudan) forces mobilized head to head on the border.The SPLA’s purpose was, allegedly, to cross over the border to “help bring their people (Kukus) safely back” into South Sudan. Throughout the day, many Ugandan soldiers passed our way to the border. By the end of the day we saw them heading back towards Moyo town to their barracks.  We are very grateful that calm minds prevailed…PTL!  The police and army forces did well in helping to keep the violence to a minimum.
I had a good talk earlier on this Wednesday morning with one of the men (military police) who was on the compound all night. He and his coworker faithfully watch over us and the compound each night and we had three of them with us on Tuesday afternoon as a precaution.  The police officer reported that the stand off at the border had calmed down between Ugandan soldiers/police and SPLA (South Sudan) forces. Keep praying that the lull in activity is a sign of improvement and not just a regrouping.
Though it was quiet here at RAU, during the  night, some more homes were burned down in Moyo and one person died in a struggle. Currently, in our neighboring villages, there are very few people left. Ma’dis have gone to stay in Moyo (or other places further away from the wrangle) fearing that the SPLA may cross the border and seek revenge; the Kukus have left for South Sudan fearing reprisals from the Ma’dis. This morning truckloads of people and their belongings are passing by from Moyo to South Sudan. The flow past RAU is incessant. Yesterday, most of the people, including children, were just taking what they could carry.  Today, trucks have been coming from South Sudan in convoy fashion to pick up people and belongings that were too big or numerous to carry.
Kukus in front of RAU heading for South Sudan

Kukus in front of RAU heading for South Sudan

 

 

 

 

 

Please focus your prayers on God bringing right thinking and right hearts in the two tribes, the Ma’di (Ugandan) and Kuku (South Sudanese). They have interacted for many years but tribalism is deeply rooted in their hearts and the hurts and wrongs on both sides are not easily forgotten….only the Lord can heal their hearts! “The heart of the problem is the problem of the heart” (H. Krabbendam)! Please keep praying!
Tensions are still very high. Leaders from both sides are meeting. This Ugandan TV report gives some background to the conflict:
We would like to be a part of helping the Afoji Church of Uganda congregation rebuild it’s burned down church. Helping in this time of need is a great evidence of Christ’s love for them and an encouragement that they are not standing alone. Please pray for these believers and all who are suffering because of this conflict. If you specifically want to help this church please make a notation of it on your gift.
Thank you!
Afoji  Church of Uganda

Afoji Church of Uganda

 

Mission Video and More…..

September 11, 2014

 

Thank you for your prayers!

Thank you for your prayers!

As mentioned in Carol’s last post, Preston and Laurel Sink  spent two weeks of July with us in ministry. They were a real joy to us and many others. They boosted Carol’s and my spirits. They made a short video of their trip for their Church, Seagrove Baptist Church from Florida, highlighting some of the things they did. They graciously gave us permission to post it here on the RAU blog. I think you will enjoy it!

A big thank you to all who have been praying for Pastor Godfrey and the situation I alerted many of you about in a private email. Because of the situation I cannot give you details but know things are looking better. Please continue in your prayers! Thank you very much!

We had a great day in Obongi with seven young adults from 1st Presbyterian Church in Kampala on September 8th. I have had the blessing of knowing most them for a number of years, one of whom I met on my first trip to Africa in 2006. They were a great blessing to the 7 month old Obongi Town Church led by Pastor Godfrey. They brought clothes to give out and each of them shared a word of encouragement. I had the privilege of preaching and taught from The Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector. Our plan was to go tukalu to tukalu for evangelism after lunch but the heavy rains stopped us. Nevertheless, the Lord brought two people to us who were saved. One came because he was told in the town that this “group” could help him. He came in the middle of my message and afterwards approached us, wanting to know Christ. The other was a teenage girl who stopped by and with whom one of our youth spent a good hour talking; in the end she, too, was giving her life to the King of kings! When God is moving in a place no one can stop Him! On the way back we gained three more passengers who needed rides to Moyo, bringing the total in the Land Cruiser to 13. With all the rain we had to use the 4 wheel drive several times.

Heading to Obongi

Heading to Obongi

 

Children around Obongi Town Church

Children around Obongi Town Church

 

The promises of Matthew 19:29 are true!

The promises of Matthew 19:29 are true!

 

Each of the youth shared and led in some songs

Each of the youth shared and they all led in some songs

Distributing clothes brought from Kampala by the youth group

Distributing clothes brought from Kampala by the youth group

 

Lunch preperations

Lunch preparations

Pork and fish from the Nile were on the menu

Pork and fish from the Nile were on the menu

 

Packed in and ready to head back to Moyo

Packed in and ready to head back to Moyo

 

 

On Tuesday, the 9th, we had a beautiful day sharing Christ on Metu Mountain in several villages. The seven youth from Kampala, Sam, Godfrey, members of Aya Baptist Church, and I branched out in teams from Aya Baptist Church which is pastored by Tobius. The Lord opened the hearts of 13 people to confess Christ and many others heard the gospel message. I had the opportunity to share the gospel in a school and later  had the joy of seeing a very old man place his trust in Christ. We all returned to Aya Baptist to report, praise and eat! The camera was with me so I regrettably did not get any photos of the youth as they shared the good news of Jesus.  Clothing was also given out to Aya Baptist members.We left, after some beautiful fellowship, determined to go at a later date to the other villages in the area without one church! There are numerous villages back in the hills.  By God’s grace we must go to them with the gospel! What joy to work with young people and a church like Aya Baptist who love Jesus and put feet to that love. Preparations are continuing for the drilling of a well in Aya. It would serve Aya and surrounding villages. There are no bore holes in these hills.

Traveling to Aya

Traveling to Aya

 

This older man professed Christ after sharing the gospel with him.

This older man professed Christ after sharing the gospel with him.

 

I enjoyed sharing the gospel at this school. It brought back good memories of my times at Lifegate Christian School and Nixon-Smiley High School. Theere is open access to preaching the gospel in both government and private schools!

I enjoyed sharing the gospel at this school. It brought back good memories of my times at Lifegate Christian School and Nixon-Smiley High School. There is open access to preaching the gospel in both government and private schools!

 

We see everyone as in need of the gospel and seek to  proclaim Jesus

We see everyone as in need of the gospel and seek to proclaim Jesus

 

Worship at Aya Baptist

Worship at Aya Baptist

 

 

Clothes from the youth were given out at Aya Baptist

Clothes from the youth were given out at Aya Baptist

Lunch preperations

Lunch preparations

Lunch is arriving!

Lunch is arriving!

 

Having some fun on the way back to RAU...hum..I wonder where Isma is at :-) !

Having some fun on the way back to RAU…hmmm…I wonder where Isma is at :-) !

 

What a fine, fun, and Jesus loving youth group!

What a fine, fun, and Jesus-loving youth group!

 

On Wednesday the 10th, I, along with 15 others (all much younger than me,) spent much of the day in Yumbe in one-on-one witnessing. We broke up into 5 teams and fanned out throughout Yumbe town. We all had very engaging and spirited conversations in this District which is tagged by locals at around 95% Muslim. The Lord was faithful and opened the hearts (compare Acts 16:14) of eight who have joined the family of faith. Thank you to everyone who faithfully intercedes and supports our work!
Getting ready to head into Yumbe town with the gospel. Can you tell we have a lot fun with each other?

Getting ready to head into Yumbe town with the gospel. Can you tell we have a lot fun with each other?

 

With John and Charles who are faithful followers of Jesus in Yumbe.  They are excellent interpreters. We were met with many challenging questions from Muslims who would agree to talk with us.

With John and Charles who are faithful followers of Jesus in Yumbe. They are excellent interpreters. We were met with many challenging questions from Muslims who would agree to talk with us.

Waiting for lunch

Waiting for lunch

 

Debriefing.....we all shared our stories

Debriefing…..we all shared our stories

 

Getting ready to head back to RAU and praising God for those who have come to know Him!

Getting ready to head back to RAU and praising God for those who have come to know Him!

 

On the 11th we all went to the Moyo prison. The youth shared and sang and faithfully challenged the inmates to follow Christ. They also brought sugar, soap, and clothes for them, displaying Jesus’ love in a very tangible way.  We were not allowed to take any pictures. The 12th will be spent in one on one witnessing here in Moyo District and then on the 13th they will all head back to Kampala. Each them of Jesus and I am confident they will be back with more of their fellow youth next time. When youth are challenged in the proper way I have found that  they meet and exceed the challenge before them. This mission trip was not easy for them as they were stretched; the stretching was good for them and all of us at RAU!

From the 16th to the 19th we have pastors here for a teaching retreat from Koboko, Maracha, and D.R. Congo.  Please be in prayer for this time of teaching and mutual encouragement in the faith. We now have some good contacts in these areas which help facilitate the bringing of these men here. The backbone of our calling  are these retreats. With your prayers and support we are able to bring these men here, feed and house them, give them an ESV Global Study Bible and other solid, biblical literature, and teach on the fundamentals of the faith. This is our 9th pastor/church leaders retreat and we have hosted over 200 guests.Our good friend Kevin Turner with SWI will be with us from the 18th to the 25th. He will be able to teach at the last part of the retreat and will be a grand blessing to us and all he comes into contact with. I confidently say that because of his deep and abiding love for Jesus!

 

 

Please be in prayer for Africa as much of it is increasingly in the bull’s eye of Ebola.  As you know, Ebola is rampant in West Africa. In the past, it has also been here in East Africa and in our immediate area. Please pray that its spread will stop and lives are saved. The following map gives the potential spread of it if it is not stopped. May the Sovereign God of the universe stop it in its path!

 

 

We head back to the sweet USA on October 2. It will be ten months since we have been back. We look forward to meeting the newest grandchild, number four, who is due just as we return. Both Carol and I are also looking forward to spending time with family, friends, and dear supporters! Most of our time will be in Texas; however, we will also be in Iowa for my parents 60th wedding anniversary celebration and in Tennessee with our middle son, Josiah.

 

With Love and Appreciation,

Jacob (Carol) Lee

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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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“The priesthood of all believers and its relevance to Africa today” by Conrad Mbewe

September 4, 2014
A RAU Pastor's Retreat

A RAU Pastor’s Retreat

“The priesthood of all believers and its relevance to Africa today” is a very important and timely blog post by African pastor Conrad Mbewe.  The messages and literature pastors receive from RAU also emphasizes this biblical truth.

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The priesthood of all believers and its relevance to Africa today

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In a previous blog post, I argued that the modern popular view of the pastor within Charismatic circles is simply another form of the traditional view of the village witchdoctor. It is full-blown African traditional religion that has returned dressed with a thin veneer of Bible verses made to say what the Holy Spirit never intended them to say when he first inspired the biblical writers to pen them.In this blog post, I am answering the question, “How can we bring down this popular unbiblical view and chase African traditional religion out of the church in Africa. How can we restore true Christianity to the African church?” It seems to me that this will only happen when we restore the New Testament teaching of the priesthood of all believers to the place it once held within Protestantism.The priesthood of all believers in history
“The priesthood of all believers” is a teaching that was particularly popularised by Martin Luther, the great reformer of the 16th century. Prior to the reformation in the church that he is known for, there was a very thick divide between the clergy (who were called “priests”) and the laity (the ordinary church members).

The priests were a specially trained and appointed group of people in the church who claimed to have special dealings with God. They alone could handle the Mass (an unbiblical form of the Lord’s Supper), baptism, weddings, and even prayers for the people of God. They mediated pardon too, and so God’s people came to them to confess their sins in order to receive God’s pardon. Through their mediation, the people of God could get their relatives who died outside Christ to cut short their period in purgatory (an unbiblical form of temporal hell).

In this way, the laity was totally dependent upon the priests in the church for everything…until Martin Luther came around. He showed that, according to the Bible, all Christians have equal access to God through prayer because all of them come to God through the mediatorial work of Christ. “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5). Through the death of Jesus Christ, he has paid for the sins of all his people and so God accepts them on the basis of Christ’s merit alone. Christians do not need a human mediator to receive any blessing from God—none whatsoever!

The results of the loss of this teaching today
These biblical truths are what Christians on the African continent today need to hear. Those who claim that we need to go to them to get a “breakthrough” or “deliverance” in whatever situation we are going through are impostors, cheats, and swindlers. There is no longer an altar in the front for you to go to in order to be prayed for. The brothers and sisters sitting next to you in church—indeed you as well—have the same access to God as those charlatans calling you to the front.

It is because we have lost this truth of the priesthood of all believers that we have now created a very sleek class of “men of God” in Evangelicalism. In the name of having special spiritual powers (which they call “anointing”), these guys are milking the church of its money and sexually abusing its women. They wear costly designer suits, drive the most expensive cars, and own property that even chief executives of our biggest business corporations only dream of. They do not even carry their own Bibles. Like chiefs, they have henchmen to do it for them.

Every weekend and during conferences, they invite us to go to them for spiritual breakthroughs and deliverance. As Johan Tetzel told the people in Luther’s day to buy indulgences by putting money into his tin box and once coins hit the bottom of the box the souls of their dead relatives would spring out of purgatory, today’s “Tetzels” claim that your socio-economic breakthrough will be bigger if you give them more money. Thus the poor are getting poorer as they give them their earnings, while they are getting stinking rich. This is daylight robbery!

The last two lines in this German poem read
“As soon as the coin in the coffer rings
The soul at once into heaven springs”

The one difference between the priests of the medieval era and today’s “men of God” is that the former often falsely promised a heaven after you die while the latter falsely promise you a heaven on earth while you still live. They invite you to their meetings in order for them to pray for you so that you get married or you get your loved one back who has run away with another man/woman. They say they will give you a breakthrough so that you get a job or a promotion at work. They claim that through their prayers you will get delivered from your persistent sickness or failure to conceive. They prey on the souls and wallets of men and women through the door of human greed. And thousands are falling for it.

We all have access to God through Christ
Yet the apostle Peter declared to all Christians, “You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ…. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellences of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:5,9). In other words, if you have been saved from sin, i.e. brought out of darkness and into Christ’s marvellous light, you are part of a royal priesthood that has direct access to God. You do not need someone else to act between you and God. No, you can go and talk to God yourself. Period!

Every Christian is a priest to God. He has access to God the Father through Jesus Christ. The only barrier that any Christian can have in terms of his access to God is his own sins. If you are living in sin the Lord will not hear you. We read this in Isaiah, “Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies; your tongue mutters wickedness” (Isaiah 59:1-3).

In this matter, there is enough evidence in the media today that these “men of God” who are claiming the powers to bring breakthroughs and deliverances in our lives are as steeped in sin and iniquity as the Herods of the Bible. As their wives sue them to court for divorce, we are discovering that while they were laying their hands on the innocent and unwary—and making them pay for this service—their wives were often catching them with their pants down behind closed doors. In outrage these women are now saying, “Enough is enough!” and letting the skeletons fall out of the wardrobes. Alas, these “men of God” are as corrupt as the Roman Catholic priests were in Martin Luther’s day—if not worse!”

imageSome of the resources given to church leaders at RAU  retreats

The Open Hands of the Gospel

August 26, 2014

A RAU Pastor's Retreat

A RAU Pastor’s Retreat

Because of the generosity of so many faithful followers of Jesus, we and so many here in the West Nile of Uganda are seeing Jesus magnified! On behalf Reaching Africa’s Unreached I thank each of you who pray for and sacrificially give to this ministry!

As Kent Hughes states, “One of the effects of the gospel going deeper into our souls is that it frees our fingers to loosen their grasp on our goods. Generosity is one of the great evidences of truly being a Christian.”  and “There is no such thing as a Christian scrooge,” he says. “We may know some scrooges who claim to be Christians, but I don’t think you can claim to really know Christ and be a stingy person.” The gospel opens our soul — and with it, our hands.” Below is one of the best encouragements and exhortations I have read and  have listened to on the Biblical understanding of generosity. May it bring encouragement to you as well!

“The Open Hands of the Gospel”

by David Mathis

The Open Hands of the Gospel

He may have been a wee little man, but he was the kingpin of the Jericho tax cartel. He was a filthy rich little guy, this Zacchaeus.

But when he met Jesus, everything changed — not only his heart, but his hands. The same fingers that once reached to extort filthy lucre, now extended with generosity to the poor, and to pay back fourfold anyone he’d defrauded (Luke 19:8).

Sign of a New Soul

It’s only a few verses earlier in Luke’s Gospel that Jesus encountered another wealthy man, who we call “the rich young ruler.” His great possessions were the barrier to him following Jesus. Veteran pastor Kent Hughes, who served nearly thirty years at College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, says the contrast is unmistakable: How we handle our money has everything to do with how we orient on Jesus. The rich young ruler chose his wealth over Jesus, but for Zacchaeus, meeting the Messiah loosed his hold on his material possessions.

There’s a very intentional theology of generosity in the Gospel of Luke in particular, and the point, as Hughes captures it, is generosity is a sign of a regenerate soul.

“There is no such thing as a Christian scrooge,” he says. “We may know some scrooges who claim to be Christians, but I don’t think you can claim to really know Christ and be a stingy person.” The gospel opens our soul — and with it, our hands.

“Generosity is a sign of a regenerate soul.”

Is Tithing Enough?

Generosity is more than tithing, and more than just money. A stingy person can give ten percent, says Hughes. “Ten percent is good, but that’s not the point. The point is to be generous.” He points out that the total prescribed giving in the old covenant amounted to about 23%, not ten. Tithing isn’t necessarily a sign of grace. It can be very legalistic.

The issue is giving sacrificially. “Christians ought to give in such a way that there are things we forego in order to be generous — that vacation, that new car. Christianity encompasses all of our life.”

And so the regenerate are generous — not just with their finances, but with their time and possessions.

Why We Give

But for the Christian, the issue is not just that we give, but how. “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). And giving gladly rests on the great why of Christian generosity: that Christ himself — our Savior, Lord, and greatest treasure — demonstrated the ultimate in generosity in coming to buy us back. “Though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9). If Jesus is in us, then increasingly such an open-handed tendency will be in us as well.

One of the effects of the gospel going deeper into our souls is that it frees our fingers to loosen their grasp on our goods. Generosity is one of the great evidences of truly being a Christian.

“As the gospel goes deeper in our souls, it frees our fingers to loosen their grasp on our goods.”

In this new episode of Theology Refresh, Kent Hughes reminds us that not only it is Jesus himself who speaks most often, and warns us more severely, about the danger of greed, but he is also the one who so strongly appeals to our joy and says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).

To access this 14-minute episode, subscribe to Theology Refresh in iTunes, download or listen at the resource page, or watch below.

 

 

 

 

 

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