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Returning to R.A.U.

February 6, 2016
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Enjoying chilly Chattanooga 
Our time in the States is fast drawing to a close.  We are feeling the tug of war in our hearts – sadness at leaving those we love behind and excitement at heading back to a country and people we love and a mission which captivates us and propels us forward.
We started off enjoying a beautiful Christmas celebration with our children, Joshua and Becca, Josiah, and Anna and Kenny as well as our dear grandchildren, Eliza, Ben, Vera and Keira (We have yet to meet sweet Nora who is due to make her appearance at the beginning of April).  Though we were trying to recuperate from a bouts of malaria, the Lord gave us a window of health and energy in which to enjoy our family. We were also reunited with our church family, Lifegate, and were refreshed as we worshiped the Lord with them on our first Sunday back.
Shortly after that, though, both Jacob and I hit a wall and were laid a bit low while continuing to recover from another bout of Malaria (and a UTI for me).  Jacob took a total of 4 treatments before he overcame the parasites which had invaded his bloodstream. We both recuperated and returned to “normal,” which was good because we began a rigorous schedule of travel.
We enjoyed a wonderful visit with our son, Josiah, in his new home in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where the order of the day was rest, enjoyable conversation and “hang out time” with our beloved son. While in Chattanooga we were also able to meet up with good friend, David Jones (who has made two visits to RAU, Uganda) and his Dad, Van Jones.
After a week in Chattanooga we flew to Stephenville where we spent some time with our daughter, Anna, and her husband, Kenny Danley and their daughter, Keira.  We have enjoyed our growing relationship with Rocky Point Baptist Church where Kenny and Anna attend and very much enjoyed the hospitality of some generous friends from Stephenville. Anna drove us back down to our home base in Seguin, Texas.
This trip to the USA has afforded us many blessings, among which are the visits we have made with our supporting churches: our own beloved Lifegate family, Amazing Grace Baptist Church, Rocky Point Baptist Church, Dayspring Fellowship, Bread of Life, Good Shepherd Evangelical, Gospel Life Church and Faith Lutheran. Jacob and I are fully aware of the great and rare gift of not only all our supporting churches but the myriads of individuals who give and pray, love and encourage and even visit us in Uganda!
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Jacob sharing about the ministry of RAU with Bread of Life Church (Uvalde Texas) elders and wives.

Making visits to the States allows us to renew and strengthen relationships, be refreshed in many ways and make connections which will allow us to continue in our calling in Uganda.  We are also able to stock up on supplies which are either not available in Uganda or which might be expensive there.  We are always blessed to visit with Delmar Hager and his family who provide us with Kindle resources for pastors and leaders.
Jacob frequently emphasizes to retreat attendees and visitors that RAU is merely a conduit of grace to the people in the West Nile region.  We have nothing to offer them apart from what is provided by the love and grace of God through the intentional, loving and gospel-centered generosity of so many local churches and individuals.
As we fly out on Tuesday, February 9th for Uganda, we are returning with our faith and fervency bolstered and our eyes on the prize (Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith).  Thank you for your love, prayers and support! We thank the Lord for you all!
Continuing needs before Us:
 
*Prayers as Jacob and I travel back to R.A.U. 
 
* Funding for on going operational expenses, (e.g. 4 day retreats for church leaders at RAU, ministry outreach for discipleship, evangelism and church planting, Land Cruiser fuel and upkeep, etc.)
* Implementation of a three-month, intensive Bible School : Building of two Classrooms=$25,000 and $10,000 for start up costs.

*Continued funding for our Agricultural Training for pastors and our surrounding communities.

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The Grace of the Lord Jesus be with you!
Carol (Jacob) Lee
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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

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.

Report from America

January 7, 2016

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RAU is located just north of Moyo on the Ugandan side of the border with South Sudan

Happy New Year praying Friends and Family! May the Lord’s blessings, guidance, and provision be with you throughout 2016!

Thank you to all who have prayed for Carol’s and my health. We both have recovered. However, I do really sense that my many bouts of malaria are taking a toll on me physically so your continual prayers are appreciated for ongoing health and strength to carry on with the beautiful calling the Lord has given to us…and YOU…our prayer and financial supporters.

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This newsletter will be short, the goal being to provide praise reports as well as the needs before us.

Praise Report since our last newsletter:

* Healing from malaria for both Carol and me and the UTI for Carol.

* Being able to reconnect with family and many friends.

* Funds given for completion of a second well in the nearby remote region of the Metu Mountains where we are proclaiming the gospel.

*Funds given or promised for re-sponsorship of a second year of education for 9 children from the West Nile in quality schools.

*Opportunities to speak in a number of churches in Texas

* Funds given to bring back literature in Arabic, including Bibles, for our work with Muslims.

*Continuing to be able to encourage church leaders through teaching, Study Bibles and Biblical literature (2 Timothy 2:2).

*Continuing open doors to proclaim the gospel to the unreached Aringa tribe and opportunities to strengthen/encourage Aringa believers.

* Continuing opportunities to empower our local Moyo area through agricultural training and agricultural resources.

Needs before Us:

*Prayers as Carol and I travel and speak in churches to share the vision of R.A.U. 

* Funding for on going operational expenses, (e.g. 4 day retreats for church leaders at RAU, ministry outreach for discipleship, evangelism and church planting, Land Cruiser fuel and upkeep, etc.)

 * Reading glasses and  over the counter medicines (e,g., pain, flu/cough and allergy medications)

* Implementation of a three-month, intensive Bible School : Building of two Classrooms=$25,000 and $10,000 for start up costs.

There are only a few days left in our t-shirt/ hoodies fundraiser. Different styles of t-shirts and hoodies are available. All profits go to Reaching Africa’s Unreached. Thank you!

Here is the link and a picture: https://www.bonfirefunds.com/reaching-africas-unreached

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Thank you for your ongoing prayers and loving sacrificial support. We are sowing and watering together and God is giving the increase!.

 “What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.  So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor.For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.”

1 Corinthians 3:5-9 ESV (Emphasis mine)

The Grace of the Lord Jesus be with you!

Jacob (Carol) Lee

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

Greatst Evil
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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.

Looking Back With Thankfulness, Looking Forward With Hope

December 31, 2015

Looking Back With Thankfulness, Looking Forward With Hope

By Carol Lee

Christmas 2015 with our family in Seguin, TX

Jacob and I hope your Christmas Season was blessed and joyfully celebrated! In spite of illness, the Lord gave us a gracious window of health in which to enjoy a special time with all of our children and grandchildren. What a blessing! We pray that this New Year will hold many God-orchestrated adventures of grace and growth.

We arrived in the States a little weary and bedraggled after starting our journey…both of us…with a bout of Plasmodium falciparum malaria (and a UTI to top it off, for me!) And, just when we thought we were healing, Jacob came down with another bout of malaria to lay him low! It was his 8th time. Fortunately we brought medications back with us. What a great opportunity to put into practice

2 Corinthians 12: 9-10:

“But he said to me,“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

We are mending a little more slowly than we would like, but we ARE on the mend.

Looking back over the last few years we wanted to remind you of all the Lord has done and has allowed us ALL to participate in through financial partnership, prayer and hands-on involvement.

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*19 four-day retreats held at RAU (since its beginning) comprised of foundational teachings as well as, now, agricultural training. The average attendance is 20 church leaders per retreat. Our theme verses are 2 Timothy 2:2 and Acts 19:9b-10. Due to the completion of Lydia’s House, we have been able to include women church leaders in the retreats.

Retreat number 19. A group of church leaders from Northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo

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*Evangelism in the neighboring Yumbe Aringa tribe which is 99% Muslim; working hand-in-hand with the few Aringa believers. Goal: to plant Christ-exalting churches among the Aringa.

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*Church-planting/discipleship in remote areas of the nearby Metu Mountain range and Obongi sub-county.

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Discipleship training in local churches and conference settings. This one was in Koboko.

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*Medical aid to children and adults in dire need.

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*Clean water to remote areas through a bore hole.

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*Educational sponsorships for Primary and Secondary students.

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Preaching on a local radio stations.

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*Basic Agricultural training and capacity building/economic empowerment in partnership with M.A.R.S. and our Agricultural Extension Officer, Apiku Emmanuel.

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*Widespread dissemination of literary resources to Christian leaders and Muslims who are willing to receive them.

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*Transformation through development in the Afoji Border area, not only of the physical locale, but in the lives of those who work with us at RAU and those who live in the region who have benefited from resources and medicines.

The Lord has opened so many doors of opportunity! And there are more that are opening. This instills great hope in us as we look towards what the Lord will do! However, the open doors come with the need for some planning and development! As we anticipate the move of God among the Aringa and see the growing number of small church plants in the Metu Mountains and Obongi, we are made aware of a huge need to prepare men who can step into the role of shepherd as new churches are planted. We want to be ready for the great white fields of harvest! This is what our goal is moving forward:

*Establish a Bible School in 2016 for $35,000 for two classrooms and upfront start-up costs

We have on-going, yearly needs so that we can continue and finish the work that has been started!

As we look to 2016:

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*We need more monthly financial partners to help us as we budget for daily operating costs of ministry. Even a small, monthly donation of $15-30 is extremely helpful. (Daily operating costs , retreat expenses, Land Cruiser upkeep and fuel, copying and distribution of Muslim apologetic booklets and foreign language Bibles etc.).

*We still have several children who need private Christian school sponsorships for the school year at $900/child for the whole year. This includes room and board. There are many more children to sponsor if there are donors. School fees, including in government schools, are the hardest for people to come up with as cash flow is always a problem for most families in our West Nile region. They may have food to eat from their gardens but not enough cash to pay for their child’s school fees. Kids often drop out of school for this reason or they may have to wait until school fees can be collected before returning. In addition, the local government school classroom size ranges from 100-200 students per teacher making it very difficult for children to receive a quality education.

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A few of our visitors in 2015

*Funds to continue the construction of two church structures in the Metu Mountains

Please take a look at a link to one of our fundraisers!

https://www.bonfirefunds.com/reaching-africas-unreached

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Most of all, we want you all to know the depth of our gratitude for your working alongside of us through the years and, in particular, this past year. What a blessing and an encouragement to be fellow workers with the Lord in the West Nile region of Uganda and beyond to Southwestern South Sudan and the Northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Jacob’s theme verse as we travel to churches this furlough is 1 Corinthians 3:5-9 which speaks of the common goal and unity of those who plant and water. This is includes you – all of you who pray and give to the work of RAU or any other Christ-exalting ministry. What you do on this side fuels everything that happens “over there!”

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. As it is written,

“He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor;

his righteousness endures forever.”

He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.”

2 Corinthians 9:8-12

Grace and peace to you all through our Lord Jesus Christ!

Love,

Carol (and Jacob) Lee

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

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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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Help Support the Ministry of RAU

December 26, 2015

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Here is way you can help support the ministry of RAU. Different style t-shirts and hoodies are available. All profits go to Reaching Africa’s Unreached. Thank you!
Please feel free to pass this on to your friends.

https://www.bonfirefunds.com/reaching-africas-unreached

Video:2015 in Review

December 8, 2015

 

This short video gives a brief overview of the ministry of Reaching Africa’s Unreached in 2015. Carol, the R.A.U. staff and I (Jacob) thank all our faithful intercessors and financial partners. You are God’s means in working through us to spread HIS glory and fame throughout the West Nile (Northwestern) of Uganda and the neighboring countries of South Sudan and D.R. Congo. May God bless you and continue to use you! Thank you!

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