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July 18, 2014

Yumbe pastor's Retreat Number Three

Yumbe pastor’s Retreat Number Three

This is the third group from Yumbe which makes a of total of seven pastor’s retreats under our belt . It is such an honor to be part of what the Lord is doing in this region of the world. Thank you for all your prayers and support!

Below are videos of ministry in Yumbe District as well as testimonials from pastors who with us this last week.

Thank you for all your prayers and support!

Jacob (Carol)


Web Site: www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.com
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.

Yumbe Outreach

July 8, 2014

We just finished the first weekend in a month of ministry dedicated to Yumbe District. I preached in a Church of Uganda congregation in Eleke. RAU has been given an open door to preach in  Anglican, Baptist, Presbyterian, and Independent churches. Eleke was brimming with people, especially children!  The opportunity for them is great if they find a way to capture the hearts and minds of all these children.

Call to worship

Call to worship – in a culture where people don’t live by the clock.

Procession

Procession to the Church

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Preaching on the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant.  This is one of most compelling parables illustrating the gospel and how it is to be lived.

Confessions 2

Moving confession of and repentance from anger and unforgiveness following sermon

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Many children, waiting to be engaged in Christ’s commission

Later, from the top of the Land Cruiser, I had the privilege of heralding the gospel  in the market of Kerila, right after the Pilgrim’s Church Choir drew the crowds with their beautiful singing . Our preaching site was 100 yards from a large, beautiful, and brightly colored mosque and our message was lovingly aimed at the many Muslims of the area who are nearing the end of Ramadan celebration.  Whether they gathered around us or were listening from behind closed doors or from a distance, our prayer is that the Lord opened hearts to believe the Gospel message in the same way the Lord opened Lydia’s heart in Acts 16.

Choir

The choir leader

Choir 2

Worshipers

Attentive Muslim Women

Is there a Lydia among them?

Climbing

Climbing the “podium”! I know George Whitefield would have loved this platform!

Getting to know you

Chatting with Brother Barnabas who was my interpreter

Open air preaching 3

Preach the gospel to all of creation!

 

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Gathering to listen

The Land Cruiser served us well to not only take us back and forth from Afoji to Yumbe, but to ferry the choir, instruments and sound system to the church and market area.

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Loading up the Land Cruiser

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How full can we pack it?!!

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Every space used!

Loaded

African style!

We will head back this next weekend!

Updates:

We have been hard at fence work, giving RAU an amazing “face lift!”  A special thank you to Andy and Patsy Hildebrand from Seguin, Texas for supplying RAU with T posts and barbed wire which hitched a ride in the container.  Termites are especially bad in this area so wooden posts do not last long.  Also, animals love to come grazing if they’re allowed, so a sturdy perimeter is a must. Our soybeans, beans, peanuts,corn, and cassava are doing well.  A nice rain would be beneficial as it is getting a bit dry. The proceeds from the crops will go directly into the ministry.

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“Mildred Forgive”

We are sorry that we don’t have an updated picture of Mildred.   She is back home and looks like a normal little baby and doing very well.  She has a follow up visit at the end of this month.  The family is very grateful for the financial help of those who made the surgery possible.  Hopefully soon, we will be able to meet up with her and the mother to get some new photos.

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Thank you for all your prayers and support!

Jacob (Carol)


Web Site: www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.com
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 names)

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.

“Laying Hold of That For Which Christ Laid Hold of Us” by Carol

July 1, 2014

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It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”                                         –Leonardo Da Vinci

How far are we willing to go…physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually…to realize the the things we deem important?  The Apostle Paul spurs us on like this:  “Not that I have already attained this – that is, I have not already been perfected – but I strive to lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus also laid hold of me.  Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have attained this.  Instead I am single-minded:  forgetting the things that are behind and reaching out for the things that are ahead, with this goal in mind, I strive toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:12-14, NET)

We were blown away this last week by the lengths some of the retreat attendees went to obtain their goal of being taught and receiving resources.  They did not sit back and let things happen to them.  They went out and happened to things.  Three of the men cycled around 20 km – not on paved, level roads, but on hilly, rough and rocky roads, not with fancy ten speeds, but basic cycles – to get to RAU campus and then cycled back!

It is this caliber of person that gives us such joy and satisfaction to host at our Pastors’ retreats.  But whether the pastors and lay leaders have come from near or far, their expressions of gratefulness to the Lord for His provision are equally genuine and spur us to continue what we are doing.  This last week we hosted a group of Pastors and lay leaders from the Church of Uganda in Moyo, Lefori, and Koboko.  We enjoy each group that comes and love to hear their stories, empathize in their struggles, pray for them, equip them and encourage them to press on.  At the end of the retreat we set aside time to hear from them.  That’s where we get especially encouraged as they give thanks to God for the blessings they have received during the week.

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Fiery and gifted preacher and teacher, Patrick Bukenya, with Robert interpreting into the Kuku (Bari) language

 

Jacob Lee, visionary architect for RAU and gifted teacher; Robert, interpreter extraordinaire

Jacob Lee, visionary architect for RAU and gifted teacher; Robert, interpreter extraordinaire

 

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Some of the women lay leaders who attended, along with Robert.

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Seriously taking notes!

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The group photo

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Collecting quotes from the talking walls

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A joyful smile

Thanks be to God for all our faithful supporters!  As time passes we see so much more clearly that you are like a tree and we are like the branch.  You support us; you provide the sap that keeps us alive!  Thank you for faithfully giving and praying!

This coming month of July has been set aside for ministry in Yumbe and Yumbe District.  We will spend each Sunday in Yumbe where Jacob will have the privilege to preach.  During the week we will have other opportunities for ministry – teaching, medical and evangelism.  We are expecting a young couple, Preston and Laurel, to join us from Florida in the last two weeks of July.  We look forward to including them in the ministry that is planned and pray that it will be a time of mutual blessing!  From July 15th through the 18th we will be hosting our third retreat for pastors and leaders from the Yumbe area here at RAU.  There are many unreached and unengaged people in Yumbe District, so we feel it particularly crucial to focus on the spiritual care of the Christians in this region.

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Resources needed!

As we look forward to years of serving pastors and church leaders, it has been on our minds that we need to start working on the next container – this time, perhaps, a smaller one with just Study Bibles, books and tracts.  Knowing that it will take some time to reach the goal financially, we feel the urgency to think and talk about it now!  Our hope is to get 5000 more ESV Global Study Bibles as well as other literature from The Gospel Coalition International Outreach, as we have in the past.  Confining the container strictly to literature will, we hope, keep it from being bogged down at customs in Kampala.

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Resources for pastors and church leaders which have been given during retreats

 We will keep you updated on the details of this plan, but keep this as a matter of priority in prayer and giving.  Without resources our impact will be softened.

Please keep praying for  our growing opportunities for medical outreach and care.  The Lord continues to place people with special needs before us and it is a particular joy to be able to be involved in changing their lives through surgeries and other treatments.  Thank you for always responding so joyfully and promptly when we place these medical needs before you.

Some very happy mothers! Thank you for your prayers and support!

Some very happy mothers! Thank you for your prayers and support!

The two children who received cleft palate surgery are doing well.  The second child still needs the palate reconstruction.  (A generous couple has come forward to provide funds to see that it happens.)  Mindra’s daughter, Anzo (whose name means “happiness” or “gratitude”) had her cataract surgery and she is healing wonderfully and able to see with greater clarity during the day.  We still have plans to ensure surgery for the two young children with orthopedic abnormalities (club foot and knock knees).

Awaiting provision for surgery at CoRSU Hospital in Kampala

Awaiting provision for surgery at CoRSU Hospital in Kampala

Little Mildred, with hydrocephalus, is at the CURE  Children’s Hospital in Mbale, Uganda, which specializes in neurological problems.  When we found out that the surgery was not free, a wonderful couple stepped up to provide the funds.  Understandably, the surgery is not free.  It costs the hospital around $2000 USD to perform it, but because it has been subsidized by donors, the cost is $400 or 1 million Ugandan Shillings plus care while in the hospital and transport to and from the hospital.    Mildred, we just found out, had her surgery several days ago and is recovering very well in the ICU. She still needs a second surgery. Please pray that the shunts will remain open and functional.  Statistically, shunts have a 40% chance of closing off within a short period of time, requiring repeat surgeries.

2 month old Mildred with hydrocephalus

2 month old Mildred with hydrocephalus

Last week, we received some photos from our friend, Ben, in Yumbe, of children who have various correctable problems.  Four of them have cleft lips/palates, one has hypertrophied adenoids (severely enlarged adenoids – to the point where he is barely able to swallow) and the last child has both male and female genitalia.  We will continue to help these children with surgery as the Lord provides.

Please pray about funding a specific surgical need.  We don’t want to make any promises to these families without having the certainty of provision.  Also, we don’t want to drift from our primary purpose of pastoral training, so any provision of medical care will be from funds raised specifically for each medical need or case, and not from money that is given generally towards RAU’s ministry.

As we press on, please pray about the following needs.  As the Lord moves your heart to give financially, please indicate, along with the gift, to which ministry you want the funds allocated.

1.  Pastors’ Retreats

2.  Literature Resource Container

3.  Medical needs of Children:  2 orthopedic surgeries (our next priority), 4 cleft palate surgeries, 1 enlarged adenoids, 1 child with both male/female genitalia

Now to Him who by the power that is working within us is able to do far beyond all that we ask or think, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

(Ephesians 3:20-21)

With love and gratefulness,

Carol (and Jacob)

Web Site: www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.com
Blog: www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached

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

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

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

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.

First Ever New Testament in Aringa!

June 25, 2014

 

Great Rejoicing in Yumbe

Great Rejoicing in Yumbe

Yesterday we attended the dedication service (June 24, 2014) of the first translation and publication of the Aringa New Testament! It was a beautiful day of celebration! What a joy to be a part of this history making day for the Aringa people and the Kingdom of God! We look forward to be a part of placing this New Testament in the hands and hearts of the Aringa people.  If you too would like to take part in this, each Aringa New Testament costs around $3 depending on the going exchange rate. We are also rejoicing that we have 20,000 Quest For Joy tracts in Aringa ready to make their journey here from Texas. Pray with us that Yumbe District which has very few Christians will be filled to over flowing with worshipers of Jesus!

This little house represents  the goal of placing a New Testament in each Aringa home

This little house represents the goal of placing a New Testament in each Aringa home

 


 

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John 3:16

 

Charles Onduga was on the translation team and also part of the team which translated the Quest For Joy tract into Aringa.

Charles Onduga was on the translation team and also part of the team which translated the Quest For Joy tract into Aringa.

 

We were able to assist 2 month old “Mildred Forgive” (and her mother and grandmother) to go to Mbale for treatment for hydrocephalus.  We were told, on this end, that the surgery would be free and our part would consist of transport and upkeep costs.  However, when the three arrived in Mbale, they were told the surgery would cost around one million shillings or, roughly, $400.  This is in addition to what we have already paid for travel and living expenses.  If your heart is moved to help towards the surgery costs we would be most grateful, as would the family of little Mildred.  This little girl has no hope of a good outcome without the treatment.  She has been sickly and weak from birth, unable to suckle effectively and sufficiently.  They may have to delay surgery until her physical and nutritional condition are compatible with surgery.

2 month old Mildred with hydrocephalus

2 month old Mildred with hydrocephalus

 

Pray for MIldred

Pray for Mildred

 

The 26th-28th we will be hosting 22 pastors/church leaders from the Moyo area. This will be our sixth retreat. Please pray for our gathering together that each leader may be refreshed and strengthened through the teaching of God’s Word. May the Lord be exalted! Please pray for us!

Hall of Tyrannus Sign

Thank you for all your prayers and support!

Web Site: www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.com
Blog: www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached

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

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

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

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.

Rejoicing!

June 22, 2014

 

 

 

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. “

Philippians 4:4

Carol and I have much to rejoice in as we come close to completing our first year as missionaries  in Uganda, just a couple kilometers off the South Sudan border. There have been many challenges and difficulties mixed with many successes and triumphs. We can rejoice at all times because we know, from God’s promises as well as His presence, that He is always with us and in His presence is fullness of joy (Psalms 16:11)! We rejoice, also, because we know we have a battalion of prayer warriors and supporters who are standing with us in spreading the fame of King Jesus here in the West Nile region of Uganda. Thank you!

I am rejoicing that we now have a new Aringa  web page at RAU’s blog featuring the excellent  gospel tract Quest For Joy written by John Piper ( Desiring God ). The Aringa translation and editing work was done by Yumbe friends, Onduga Charles, Angoli Alex and Angupale Andrew.  Thank you Charles, Alex, and Andrew! The excellent layout work on the Aringa Quest For Joy tract (English version here) was done by graphic designer Dan Thompson. Doug Salser with  Literature Ministries International  helped spearhead this web edition as well as a print edition. Many thanks to Dan and Doug! They were also the ones who did the same work with the Ma’di Quest For Joy. Twenty thousand of the Aringa Quest For Joy tracts have been published and purchased by Reaching Africa’s Unreached and are to be distributed in Yumbe District. Preston and Laurel from Florida will be bring around 8,000 to us when they visit for a ministry trip in the last weeks of July. We are praying that the rest can come with other visitors.

The distribution of these tracts corresponds with the first ever translation and publication of the Aringa New Testament through Here’s Life Ministries.  On the 24th we are rejoicing that we get to be part of the dedication service for this first ever translation of the New Testament in Aringa. God is getting His Word to the Aringa people!

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. “!

Proclaiming Jesus in Yumbe West Nile

Proclaiming Jesus in Yumbe West Nile

We will be spending most of July in Yumbe itself involved with discipleship, evangelism, along with distributing de-worming medicine. July 15-18 we will host, here at RAU, our third group of church leaders from Yumbe District. This coming week, we host a group of pastors/church leaders from Moyo. As I have mentioned before, these retreats are the backbone of RAU’s ministry. We are very desirous of teaching faithful men who in turn will teach others (2 Tim. 2:2). The key to the unreached and unengaged people’s being reached with the glorious gospel is multiplication not addition! Your prayers and support are a very vital part of this ministry! Thank you!

Along with RAU’s discipleship and evangelism, the Lord has brought, and continues to bring, children with special needs our way. Eight year old Anzo, who is our neighbor, had successful corrective surgery on both eyes for her congenital cataracts this past week. Earlier in the year, RAU was able to assist, because of God’s people, two babies from Yumbe with cleft pallet surgeries.  On Friday a 2 month old baby with hydrocephalus was brought to our attention through a local friend,Michael.  The baby is very,very weak , and she is pitifully thin. The baby is too weak to even cry!
2 month old baby with hydrocephalus

2 month old baby with hydrocephalus

She is currently in the Moyo hospital getting paperwork/recommendation for transfer to Mbale for a shunt. There is no such facility available here to care for the special needs of these precious children and so it requires traveling long distances. Hopefully, the surgery can be done free, just like with the other children or, at least, inexpensively. The definite need is for transport and care while in the hospital. (When someone takes their child to a hospital that is outside of their home area, they must pack pots and pans and everything they will need to feed and clean and care for themselves.) There is also a 6-8 year old boy with bilateral club foot and a 3-4 year old girl with severe knock knees whom we would like to also help. They both live near by. As with the other children, this is where we feel we can be a part of God’s transforming love. This ministry has been set before us and we know we are here for this purpose as well preaching and teaching. Pray for these children and us. Help us us if you can. Thank you! At this link there are instructions on how you can give: http://reachingafricasunreached.org/donations/

 

Thank you for all your prayers and support!

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Carol and Jacob

Web Site: www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.com
Blog: www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached

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

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

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

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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