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The greatest evil….

April 9, 2015

Preaching

Grace to you and peace from God our Father

Colossians 1:2

I hope this post finds you with your hope secure in Christ Jesus and your feet taking the good news of the Savior to whoever crosses your path. Carol and I and all of us here at Reaching Africa’s Unreached  are forever grateful for your prayers, encouragement, and support in the mission of strengthening church leaders, bringing the gospel to unreached areas and demonstrating gospel love through medicines, medical care, and education. Because of your prayers and support the fame of King Jesus is spreading in this region of Africa. Thank you!

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By God’s grace we have been able to have 13 four-day retreats at RAU for pastors and church leaders. The retreats help us walk out our theme mission verses, 2 Timothy 2:2 and Acts 19:9-10. Most leaders have come from the various districts of the West Nile of Uganda as well as several districts from Northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

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A group of pastors getting ready to head back home from a RAU retreat with many helpful resources.

As a result of the retreats we have made many friends and have been extended many invitations to hold leadership seminars away from RAU. Thus far we have done so in Moyo, Yumbe, and Koboko Districts. Later, we are looking at more in the West Nile and as well as in the Congo and South Sudan. The new addition to the tukalu near the Guesthouse/Hall of Tyrannus is nearly complete. We are going to call it “Lydia’s House” based upon Acts 16: 15b, which says, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.”  It will allow us to host an additional eight leaders to our current 18 capacity. Twenty six will max out the Hall of Tyrannus.

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Leadership seminar in Koboko

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Lydia’s House

Being able to place ESV Study Bibles and solid biblical literature into the hands of these leaders is great help in strengthening their churches and denominations. These materials are “missionaries” which never die and never tire. At this time, we have 50% of the funds needed for 5,000 ESV Global Study Bibles which will be shipped in a container to us. Because we are buying them in bulk we are able to get them for $10 instead of $30! Will you and/or your church help us get these bibles here? They all will be freely given to leaders as well as to believers in Muslim dominated areas most notably Obongi, Yumbe, and Koboko. At the website there is a list of other things still needed. There are not many opportunities where you can place a study Bible into the hands of a believer where there is a theological famine!

Link for container information:

http://reachingafricasunreached.org/fill-the-container-study-bibles-books-and-more/

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Recently, I had the pleasure of spending some time with two young men, Shiloh and John, from Koboko. I often have young men and pastors come by to “visit”. Shiloh and John are both on fire for the Lord and are maturing in their faith. Both of them of are voraciously reading everything I place in their care. We discussed several questions which had come up from their reading and study, but spent most of time on the theme of being saved by grace alone, through faith alone, and in Christ alone. I had an extra copy of the works of Jonathan Edwards and have been waiting for the right person to give them too. Shiloh is the man! He has become a good “Berean” and I see him as a potential “leader of leaders” in the West Nile. One of my greatest joys as a missionary is times like I had today!

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Shiloh and John

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Great fellowship centered around the Word of God

This week we closed a deal for one hilltop acre overlooking the beautiful Gbari/Arapi valley in the Metu Mountains. Amazing Grace Baptist Church, outside of Seguin, Texas gave the money for the land and the completion of all the legal paperwork. Carol and I have written much and shared many pictures the last months about how the Lord has been saving many people Gbari/Arapi and in other remote village areas in the Metu Mountains. The Lord is establishing His presence in these mountain tops in the lives of people and now in physical ways. The rains have begun and everything is greening up. I am told that at certain times of the year one can find gorillas, chimps, and all sorts of monkeys in the surrounding hills. The Lord has given a beautiful spot for this newly birthed church in Arapi. Gbari believers are close enough to fellowship together with Arapi believers. We would like to build a structure that can serve both communities, stand the test, and be a lasting testimony of the grace of God. We are looking to raise $6000. If you would like to help, you may go to our website and make a special notation on your gift: Gbari/Arapi Church Building…thank you!

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Site for new church building

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The Lord is saving many in these mountains

RAU partnering with Aya Baptist Church has started seven churches remote villages (Gbari, Arapi, Duku, Oyo, Chinya, Lea, and Oku) in these nearby Metu Mountains where there was not a single one. Three young men Aya Baptist have committed to help oversee the young churches under the supervision of Aya pastor, Tobias and Ijujo pastor, Pasquino. RAU is also facilitating training and financial help.  When went to these villages via Land Cruiser and by walking and it was if they were ripe fruit ready for picking.  The Lord has opened many, many hearts! Here are several short videos from recent evangelism trips in this area. Please pray for these young churches.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EcQ5mT6CLg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UdvvsQzUpM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rDQ7giLx8I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmkpRzIn96Y

My heart is greatly burdened over the lack of pastors for these new churches and the many more that I believe will be birthed. While I trust that we will always have retreats I see also the great need also for more in depth training for those God is raising up to be shepherds. Please pray with us on the possibilities of how RAU could be part of the solution to this problem.

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Soon Carol and I will make a short trip back to America to see family, friends, and share in a few churches. Most of our time will be in Texas.  Please pray for us in our preparations. Like our last visit if there is anyone in the Seguin, Texas area who could lend a vehicle to us that would be greatly appreciated.

In God’s Loving and Sovereign Grip,

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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Planted In The House Of The Lord

April 3, 2015

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 “Planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God. [Growing in grace] they shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap [of spiritual vitality] and [rich in the] verdure [of trust, love, and contentment].”

Psalm 92:13-14 (Amplified Version)

In the context of current societal values, the elderly can often feel obsolete…docked…useless.  However, in the Kingdom context, this is not to be.  At a time in their lives when “older” Christians have the most wisdom, perspective and, by God’s grace, spiritual growth, “old age” can be the time of greatest fruitfulness or effectiveness in the Kingdom of God!

And that’s what Jacob and I are telling ourselves…and each other!  Hmmmm!

Never have we experienced more clearly the truth of the scripture in 2 Corinthians 4: 16:  “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.”  We keenly feel the reality of our outer self wasting away and, yet, by the grace of God, we have never seen the prize so clearly or felt a continually renewed yearning to press on in the things that really matter.  So…if you see Jacob and me getting a little “sappy” and “green” you’ll know what’s going on!

A week ago, Jacob, Zorah and I, along with a vehicle full of passengers, went to Gbare and Arapi to follow up with the new believers there.  One of the main items on the agenda was negotiating with the elders (leaders in the community) the details for the land which is to be purchased for the Gbari/Arapi church meeting place and a home for its Pastor, Geoffrey, and his family.  That took up most of our time there, but it was important to make headway on this project.

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Members of the Gbari/Arapi community greeting us with song.

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Negotiation process…walking out the boundaries.

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Continuing the process of negotiation

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Descending from their “mountain top” experience

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Things were looking positive!

After agreements were reached everyone met together for a lunch prepared by the Pastor’s wife and other ladies.  Following lunch, Jacob encouraged the gathered crowd with an excellent teaching on some of the attributes of God while I met with the healthcare workers to divide up the medicines which we had brought along.  Our friend and fellow missionary, Denise Carlsen, had brought us a box of Ma’di Bibles from Yei.  We were able to distribute some of them at this time.

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Gathered for lunch followed by a teaching on some of the attributes of God.

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Geoffrey, missionary Pastor of Gbari Community Church

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Geoffrey’s wife

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Medicines being divided between two clinics

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The two healthcare workers (Aya and Gbari).

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Three Pastors, Geoffrey, Tobias and Pasquino: dividing up the Ma’di Bibles so that each area where churches are springing up can have copies of the New Testament. (The Ma’di language still does not have a translation of the Old Testament, although it is in the works.)

Finishing out such a day as we enjoyed in Gbari  brings with it the satisfaction that fulfilling of one of the central goals of Reaching Africa’s Unreached (RAU) – strengthening local pastors so that they can strengthen their people –  has made progress.

In between outings, it has been one of Jacob’s greatest joys to pour himself and resources into young men who show promise and a calling to being a shepherd/Pastor.  The two pictures below show Jacob and a young man, Patrick (full of zeal and promise), talking under the mango tree.  It was Jacob’s pleasure to provide him with a bag of resources from RAU and a Kindle library of books through the ministry of Delmar Hager (Study To Be Approved).

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Last Friday, as planned, we traveled to Yumbe District to a town called Okpotani where we had received permission by the township leaders to set up near the local market to do open air preaching.  While we were waiting to receive instructions as to where to set up the sound equipment,  the Youth Group from Pilgrims Church (Church of Uganda), Jacob, Zorah and other members from the local Church, handed out copies of John Piper’s Quest For Joy” (in Aringa and English) and talked to many of the people making their way to the market.

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While the sound equipment and instruments were getting their final adjustments, a worship team from the Okpotani Church of Uganda drew the crowds with some rousing worship songs.  They are a faithful and joyful group of men and women!

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A message from the Word of God from a local Pastor

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Members of the Youth Group from Pilgrim’s Church in Yumbe

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Song and dance

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Jacob’s favorite perch from which to preach

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Calling for a response from the listening crowd. There were nearly 50 who came forward. Follow up is forthcoming.

We thank each of you who specifically prayed for this outreach!  Please continue to pray for the discipleship process.  Pray for the men of this area to find a meaningful life in Christ along with meaningful work rather than a mind-numbing existence in alcoholism .  Pray for the women who struggle to maintain their families that they would find hope and help in the Savior.  Pray that they all would be “oaks of righteousness, trees planted by the Lord to reveal His splendor.” (Isaiah 61:3)

Thank you, too, for the prayers you offered up for the outreach to Oku, in the Metu Mountains.  This last Tuesday, Jacob, Zorah and Mindra accompanied Tobias and some of his church members to the very remote village of Oku – so remote, in fact, that they had to park the vehicle and hike over hill and dale to reach it!  It was only slightly comical to see, the next day, some hobbling men who weren’t use to the rugged terrain of these mountains!  However, 10 people responded to the offer of salvation through Christ as it was shared in that village!  That makes every aching muscle worth it!  Here is the link to several videos and photos which Zorah took of the trip:

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Waiting to set out to Oku…in the rain. Thankfully, the rain did not continue for long.

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Along the steep and rocky trail

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Meeting a young girl who just lost her mother. RAU hopes to provide some help for her.

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Grandpa’s love…

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Praying for the gathering

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Gathering in Oku

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10 people responded to the offer of salvation through Jesus

Short YouTube Videos of time in the Metu Mountains Oku/Ijujo region:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EcQ5mT6CLg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UdvvsQzUpM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rDQ7giLx8I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmkpRzIn96Y

When they finished up in Oku they hiked back up to where the vehicle was parked and headed to Ijujo where several hundred people were waiting at Ijujo Baptist Church to be refreshed in the Word of God and to receive some medicines.  There are no end of opportunities in the Metu mountains.  It is the goal of RAU to come alongside the Pastors and leaders in this region to ensure that solid discipleship happens and that the church becomes firmly rooted in the knowledge and love of Christ.  The prayer that Paul prayed for the Ephesians is what we pray for the Church scattered throughout the Metu Mountains (specifically) and in the West Nile region (generally)!

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Coming into Ijujo

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A large gathering waits…

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Words of truth and encouragement

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For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,  from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,  that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,  so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love,  may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”  Ephesians 3:14-19

What an overwhelming and impossible task – from a human perspective!  But… thanks be to God who did not leave us without hope, but gave us a mighty Savior who did not leave us alone but gave us the awesome Holy Spirit to empower us for that task which He called us to do!

” Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3: 20-21

 April 2, Jacob, Zorah and Pastor Henery set off for Obongi where Pastor Godfrey had arranged for a meeting with some of the Imams and other Muslims with whom Godfrey has been in dialogue.  In past visits, RAU had been able to supply some literature to these men, including an ESV Study Bibles, a Arabic story book highlighting stories from the Bible, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus (by Nabeel Qureshi) and others.  They wanted to meet to discuss what they have been reading.

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Receiving a message from God’s Word in Luke 15

They met under a large Muvule tree along the main road through Obongi.  Jacob gave a teaching from Luke 15, directing everyone’s gaze to Jesus.  Afterward, a local healthcare worker handed out medicines which were provided through the generosity of those who support RAU and are a “fleshing out” of the love of Christ to the many Muslims in Obongi.  Jacob also handed out some of the last reading glasses we have (limited to number 2.00’s).  There was one more person who just could not read without the help of reading glasses, so Jacob gave him his own pair.  By the end of the visit there must have been at least 100 people who had gathered.  Our prayer is that the Lord would open their eyes to the beauty of Christ and that faith in His life and sacrifice would find a place in their hearts.

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Medicines to be given (for Malaria, dyspepsia, worms, fungal infections and other diseases)

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Crowd gathered around the healthcare worker who was prescribing the medicines to those who came with ailments

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Handing out reading glasses and tracts (John Piper’s “Quest For Joy” in Ma’di

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Women and children also came

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New sight with the help of Number 2.00’s!

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Reading a John Piper book in Swahili

Today, Zorah, Jacob and Godfrey headed out to Gbari (not without a few “knots” to untangle beforehand) to finalize the transaction on the land for the Church building.  It all went well.  Now for a few signatures from the sub-county department.  That is worth celebrating!

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A view from the top of the property looking down

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Gathered at the top

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Due to the rain the Land Cruiser became the “office” where papers were signed

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Speaking of celebrations, I had my 55th birthday “the other day” and we were blessed to celebrate it with our good friend, Denise Carlsen, who is living in Moyo for the time being – until it becomes clear where the Lord wants her to settle.  She had shown the folks where she is currently staying how to make guacamole and chips…man! That was good!  Thanks, Denise, for that memorable celebration.

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The expansion of the tukalu near the mango tree is coming along nicely.  It is as beautiful as it will be useful in the future when we are either housing visitors from the States (or elsewhere) or added room for 8 more pastors for a retreat bringing our total number of beds for pastors at retreat to 26.

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The tractor which Jacob was wanting to hire for plowing the ground finally arrived today.

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Thank you to all who have given towards the goal of getting 5000 ESV Global Study Bibles to load in the container!  We are making headway towards that goal.  Don’t forget about the other resources we have requested that will benefit pastors here in the West Nile region.  Bosco, a Pastor/friend of ours (who is a teacher as well as a pastor near Obongi) and we (RAU) were featured in an article which was written for The Gospel Coalition International Outreach.  The article highlights why filling up and getting another container out here is so important.

http://reachingafricasunreached.org/fill-the-container-study-bibles-books-and-more/

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It’s rainy season now…it rains pretty much every day, turning this place, once again, into a lush and green paradisaical location!  A great place to grow “sappy” and “green” in our old age!

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Plodding With Purpose

March 18, 2015

Plodding With Purpose

by Carol Lee

This hill, though high, I covet to ascend;
The difficulty will not me offend.
For I perceive the way to life lies here.
Come, pluck up, heart; let’s neither faint nor fear.
Better, though difficult, the right way to go,
Than wrong, though easy, where the end is woe.”
John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress

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And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.

Galatians 6:9

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In Arua

Jon Bloom wrote this in an article about “plodding“:   “Purpose to be a plodder. A plodder keeps moving. A plodder perseveres. A plodder presses on. A plodder knows the disappointment of unrealized ideals, feels the fear of failure and exposed deficiencies, and the ambiguity of too many demands, options, and tasks. But a plodder isn’t immobilized by them. He or she presses on in the faith that God will supply the needed strength (1 Peter 4:11), wisdom (James 1:5), and direction (Proverbs 3:6).

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In Arua

Most of what we do here at Reaching Africa’s Unreached is a “plodding” along in the tasks we have been given (and have chosen) to do.   As Johann Wolfgang von Goethe says, “In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world all rests on perseverance.”  What is recorded here is our day to day, doing-what-we-know-to-do activities (done, hopefully, in a faithful and joyful way).

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A young girl who came with intestinal troubles to receive help

Since our last retreat the pace has slowed, but only long enough to plan the next thing.  So often, too, the “next thing” just shows up, so we are learning flexibility and an attitude (I don’t say we have these attitudes down pat – but we are ever learning) of servanthood and compassion for whatever situation or person that shows up!  Many times it is a Pastor or Christian who needs a resource or some encouragement.  And often it is someone with a medical/physical issue which needs care and resources.  Both of these things happened just today:  Jacob received a young man who was looking for helpful theological resources; I received an elderly woman with conjunctivitis who needed help with the medication; also today we both spent time counseling a young man who was having pastoral and personal problems.  That is life – no matter where one lives – and plodding on faithfully and joyfully is our calling.

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On the way to Arua

This last weekend, we took a trip to Arua.   In past newsletters we told you about a 16 year old young girl (“N”) who trusted in Christ and was experiencing physical and emotional abuse from her family for leaving  of Islam to follow Christ.   In a miraculous way, “N” was given entrance into a Christian Secondary School in Arua.  Sunday was visitation day for families.  Visiting hours were supposed to be from 2-5 p.m. and Charles (teacher/pastor at Pilgrim’s Church Yumbe) and I reached there close to 5 p.m. by boda-boda hoping we would still be allowed to see her.  (Jacob and Zorah remained in Arua to take care of a mechanical problem which happened to the Land Cruiser on our way to Arua and which slowed our journey.)

The beauty of Arua

Our young student was happy to see us and greeted us enthusiastically with vigorous hugs.  I am sure she thought we might not come since it was so late.  It was a joy to see her and her environment and to provide her with some treats and supplies which she needed.  Her mother sent along some home-cooked goodies (which also tells of the work of the Holy Spirit in the softening of this mother’s heart for her daughter!).  It was a joy to also have an outlet for motherly love and encouragement and prayer for “N.”  Please keep praying for her to grow in her new found faith and her mother and other family members that they would know and experience the love and grace of Jesus through the Word of God and through the love of Christians  in Yumbe.

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Charles and “N” at her school on visitation day

Meanwhile, back at the mechanic shop,  Jacob and Zorah, as mentioned above, were hanging out, waiting for an ever-growing list of problems to be found and fixed.  This story, though it could be seen as a frustration and delay, has the providence and kindness of God written all over it!  Along the bumpy and dusty patch of road between Yumbe and  Koboko, one particular bump brought about a particular sound which, though it had a sort of musical clang to it, was NOT music to Jacob’s ears!  When he checked he found a broken stabilizer bracket in the the front end.  The reason we can see God’s kindness in this is that it happened on our way to a place where something could be done to fix it – rather than on some remote “road” in the Metu mountains where, apart from a miracle, nothing could have been done to fix it and no wrecker would have been available to come and haul the Land Cruiser to town!  Even the ever-growing list of problems was a blessing because the problems were identified in a place and at a time where they could be seen and fixed.  This is a blessing indeed as we look forward to some rugged outings in the near future.

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Checking things out

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Working on a double battery system. Jacob also wants to get a winch install to be prepared for the bush roads in the rainy season.

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Outdoor garage

This Friday, March 20th,  Jacob has been invited by some Koboko Pastors (who attended a RAU Retreat) to come to Koboko for a day of teaching for them and fellow shepherds.  I can’t think of many groups of Christians who would do this, but these men asked him to come and teach on the Biblical view of suffering, a topic which Jacob normally includes in the Retreat curriculum but which was left out due to a time crunch.  He may be able to provide 2 sessions of teaching so that their organizational effort can be maximized.  We so appreciate the desire of these leaders to grow in their knowledge of and obedience to the Word of God!  Please be praying for this event.  Jacob, Zorah and Joseph (who organized the event and is spending some time here with us) will go Friday morning and then Jacob and Zorah will come back on Saturday.  There will be 50 or more leaders present.

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Angurini Joseph, organizer, song leader

Next Tuesday, March 24th, we will head to Gbari (“Bah-ree“) for another day of discipleship teaching for new believers and medication distribution in the community.  (One of the bounties of our visit to Arua was finding a wholesale pharmaceutical shop where we were able to get de-worming medicines and to fill a wish list of medications for a nurse in the Gbari area whose clinic was in desperate need of medicines.)  Gbari is the place in the Metu Mountains where a fledgling church was started and where Geoffrey, from Aya Baptist, has been sent as a missionary Pastor along with his family. Nothing short of revival has been happening in this remote and rugged region. It is RAU’s commitment to stand with men who are sent to hard-to-reach and hard-to-stay places so that the living Church of the Living God can find a firm and growing foothold in a spiritual desert.

         “The work of evangelism is never complete until the one evangelized becomes an evangelizer.

Dr. Herschel Hobbs

Working together to spread the fame of King Jesus!

Working together to spread the fame of King Jesus!

With regard to this, we are asking for financial help on behalf of the Gbari church for $1000 which would purchase one half acre, build of a simple grass thatched church structure, a tukalu for Geoffrey and his family and a latrine for the church members to use.  Please pray for a desire and means to supply this need.

On Friday, March 27th, Jacob will do some open air preaching in a village market somewhere near Yumbe town.  It is a market Friday so more than the usual amount of people will be there. Virtually all of the listeners will be Muslims.  Please pray for “plowed ground” in the hearts of those who will hear the Best News Ever and for heart-penetrating and wise words from the preacher!

One resource that has been an immense help in the Yumbe and Obongi area is the book called, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesusby Nabeel Qureshi.  It is an autobiographical story of a young Pakistani man whose  journey took him from a sincere devotion to Allah and the tenets of Islam to deep faith in the saving work of Christ over a long period of questioning, searching and with the help of a humble, loving Christian friend.  We have placed this book into the hands of several Imams and other Muslims as well as into the hands of Christian leaders for whom this resource will be a benefit in their interactions with Muslims.  Just this weekend we heard of the testimony of the son of a Muslim man who died.  The son came to stay in his uncle’s home (who is a Christian) and, after reading this book, converted to Christ from Islam because the questions that he had were answered in this book.  Please consider purchasing copies of this for us to bring back from our Stateside visit which is coming up soon and/or to be placed in the container.

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On the following Tuesday, March 31st, we (and I am tentatively including myself in the “we“) will, once again, head up the Metu Mountains and then hike over rough terrain to another remote and virtually unreached village called, “Oku.”  From what we have heard, there has been little or no reach of The Best News Ever into this village.  Pray that as the Gospel Story is shared hearts will “see and savor Jesus Christ” (John Piper) and will gladly trust in His lavish love and sacrifice for them!  Pray that lasting fruit would be borne and that a thriving Church could grow there with the help of faithful disciple-makers.

We are so happy to report some fruit and progress on the medical need and provision of treatment that was written about a good while ago.  Many of you may remember “Mildred Forgive,” the young baby girl with hydrocephalus.  Recently, her mother brought her by for us to see her progress and to receive some help to get Mildred Forgive to her next appointment.  Oh. My. Goodness!  The transformation is amazing, as you will see in the photos below!  Thank you for giving and praying and loving!

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Pray for MIldred

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Prayers and love for Mildred Forgive bear fruit

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Healthy, chubby little girl

The building and renovation of the tukalu near the house is coming along nicely.  Once finished, it will accommodate 4 double bunks and a queen-sized bed.  It will have an enlarged bathroom and a sitting room attached.  Not only will we be able to include 8 more pastors at the retreats, but we will have a nice set-up for a visiting couple or family who wants to stay for a while for ministry.

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The expanded Tukalu; the slab to the right is ready to receive the 2nd container. The roof will extend over both containers to make a handy-dandy work space between the two.

Please also remember our “Fill the Container Drive.”  Praise the Lord, we have funds for 2000 of the 5000 Global ESV Study Bibles we are hoping for.  It is $10 per Bible, including shipping to Seguin, if we buy them in bulk (5000).  The money for purchasing and shipping the container here is already in place.  We only have to fill the container with the hoped for supplies.

As we look towards the rainy season, we have as a major priority the mounting of a winch on the front of the Land Cruiser to help extricate us out of any “muddy situations” which may arise.

Jacob is also hoping soon to get the ground plowed and ready for planting another crop of soybeans and a good number more of grafted mango trees.  This will happen once there have been some ground-soaking rains to soften up the dirt.

Yesterday  (Tuesday, March 17th) Jacob took the whole day to refresh his soul in reading  Jesus Continued…Why the Spirit Inside You is Better Than Jesus Beside You, by J.D. Greear.  Jacob reported that it is one of the BEST books he has ever read on the work and role of the Holy Spirit in a Christian’s life.  He was personally encouraged, refreshed and enlivened by it. He highly recommends the book!

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I am enjoying Zorah’s love for and interest in guitar, music and worship.  We have a growing, common repertoire of songs and are enjoying practicing it has been refreshing to harmonize and play “the eggs” (percussion instrument in the shape of colorful eggs!)  Maybe, ONE DAY, we will include a video of us singing one of the songs!

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Zorah, who is interning with us.

We don’t hear as often from Sam these days.  He is very busy, immersed in his Nursing studies.  We are continuing to pray for him that the Lord would bless his mind and that Sam would be prepared for even greater service as he fine tunes his skills as a nurse.  He has been such a blessing to us at RAU and we are grateful for his partnership and leadership in RAU.

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Nurse Sam, doing his thing!

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Patrick Bukenya is doing well, along with his family.  He is doing a fabulous job of leading at First Presbyterian and is a vital liaison for RAU.  His children, Genesis and Gabby are growing and blossoming beautifully.  Vickie continues to show great wisdom and leadership in her profession as a Pharmacist.  Patrick has given us a good report on the 8 children that were sponsored to attend the school which was started by First Presbyterian Church of Uganda.  See them looking “smart” (the Uganda term for “beautiful”) in the photos below!

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Patrick, Vickie, Gabby (left) and Genesis (right)

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The Moyo area children at First Presbyterian Church’s School who are being sponsored.

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Richard, from South Sudan at First Presbyterian; standing straight on his feet after club foot surgery.

 

The men and women who help us here at RAU on a daily basis are such a blessing to us.  Our love and appreciation for them grows daily.  We are blessed to have them as co-workers with us in this West Nile Region of Uganda.  They, especially, understand the daily plodding in faithfulness, but they are seeing the bigger picture which is a steady progress in the Kingdom of God and blessings that come through faithfulness.

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Working on the front fence line.

Odendi (Zakeo), Mindra, Pastor Henery, Mundrugo, and John

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Lucy!

We cannot end a newsletter without also expressing our gratitude for the Rope Holders without whom we could not plod faithfully and joyfully!  Your financial support, prayers, love and enthusiasm are to us like the air we breathe – absolutely vital!  May the Lord bless your lives as you bless us!

Thanks for reading this.

Love, Carol (and Jacob)

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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 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

 

RAU Retreat Number 13 Complete

March 8, 2015

 

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Pastors from the upper northeastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo

 

I am happy to report to you all that we finished our 13th RAU Leadership retreat with a second group of leaders from the upper northeastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The northeastern D.R. Congo borders South Sudan, Central Africa Republic as well as northwestern Uganda.  The Guesthouse veranda was often full of joyful laughter and animated talk in Lingala, Kakwa, Swahili, Madi, French, and English throughout the four days the pastors were with us.  We also found out that the Congolese are gifted singers.

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Fellowship on the veranda

 

 

 It was an honor to study together with this small group of 17 men who are on the front lines proclaiming the gospel where there are few or no churches. Your prayers and support are a vital part of us walking out 2 Timothy 2:2 here at Reaching Africa’s Unreached!

“And the [instructions] which you have heard from me along with many witnesses, transmit and entrust [as a deposit] to reliable and faithful men who will be competent and qualified to teach others also.”

2 Timothy 2:2 (Amplified Version with emphasis mine)

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We had many good and intense discussions on what exactly the gospel is and the importance of understanding that salvation is by grace alone through Jesus alone (with theme of 2 Timothy 2:2 echoing throughout the Hall of Tyrannus all four days.) Pastor Patrick and I did the bulk of the teaching with intern, Zorah, taking one session. As I spent more and more time with these men my love for them grew. I greatly respect them as they labor in a very challenging part of the D.R. Congo. Their stories reveal the great love of Jesus for them and their great love for Him.

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Each pastor received an ESV Study Bible and was taught how to use it.

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Pastors receive a bag full of rich resources.

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Pastor Patrick

 

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With interpreter Abeson

Many possibilities are present to train leaders in their region that the fame of King Jesus would spread throughout their heavily forested area. I am told the terrain in their region is in itself challenging. We are in the process of working to get three more groups to RAU from their area and to travel there at least twice for leadership training before the end of the year. Lord willing, we will be able to accomplish this goal. Please pray that strategies can be successfully made and implemented.

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Pastors also received reading glasses if needed as well as de-worming pills for themselves and their families. Carol attended to many other medical requests.

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During our testimony time a Congolese pastor said 99% of their pastors have received NO education (Biblical instruction.)  After his testimony I asked the rest the pastors if this could be true and they quickly said in unison, “YES”! They also said pastors have no biblical resources to help them shepherd their flocks. My heart was broken and I write now with a deep burden in my soul for them and many other shepherds in this region of the world. I have been pondering what Adoniram Judson, Missionary to Burma (1788 – 1850), once said and I pray that each day I will seek to spread the fame of King Jesus where there is famine of people worshiping Him with all their hearts, souls, minds, and strength! Thank you for your participation in this!

“A life once spent is irrevocable. It will remain to be contemplated through eternity… The same may be said of each day. When it is once past, it is gone forever. … How shall we then wish to see each day marked with usefulness! It is too late to mend the days that are past. The future is in our power. Let us, then, each morning, resolve to send the day into eternity in such a garb as we shall wish it to wear forever. And at night let us reflect that one more day is irrevocably gone, indelibly marked.” Adoniram Judson (Emphasis mine)

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At the retreat, along with teaching from Pastor Patrick, Zorah and me, the leaders received ESV Global Study Bibles and other solid biblical resources. Because of donated books through the Gospel Coalition International Outreach these Congolese pastors also received supplies in French and Swahili with their materials in English. The ESV Global Study Bible is a resource that pastors treasure and use. By the grace of God in and through us all we can take part in equipping pastors, thereby lowering that “99%” figure!  We now have funds for a little over 2,000 of the 5,000 ESV Global Study Bibles we hope to see in the container coming to Reaching Africa’s Unreached and which will be freely placed in the hands of church leaders in the West Nile region of Uganda, Southwestern South Sudan, and Northeastern D.R. Congo. Pray that we can reach the 5,000 number sooner rather than later as supplies are running low. Can you help us do that? More information can be found at our website ( http://reachingafricasunreached.org/fill-the-container-study-bibles-books-and-more/ ).

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We have the best friends!

In Jesus’ Sovereign and Loving Grip,

Jacob (Carol) Lee

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! JL

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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RAU Retreat Number 13 Coming Up

March 2, 2015

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On this Monday, March 2nd,  we, at Reaching Africa’s Unreached, are very busy preparing for our 13th RAU Leaders’ Retreat. Eighteen men from the Northeastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo will be spending four days with us, for strengthening in the fundamentals of the faith. Our contact man in Maracha, Joseph, has helped to identify these men and organize their transport. The Lord has blessed us with key men such as Joseph in various places to work hand in hand with us. As Zorah packs the resource bags for the pastors I am acutely aware of our dwindling supplies of resources (most notably, the ESV Global Study Bibles) we freely give to pastors who attend the retreats. These resources also go with us on outreaches.

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,  that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Mack Stiles rightly states, “Missionaries become missionaries when they are about the business of making disciples.”  It is one of the most effective ways you can help us make disciples here in Northwestern Uganda (West Nile Region), Southwestern South Sudan, and Northeastern D.R. Congo! Most shepherds and teachers have no resources whatsoever! Would you pray about helping us place ESV Global Study Bibles into church leaders’ hands? Plans are set in motion. We just need men and women of God to walk this journey with us!

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A RAU Leadership Retreat

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It was February 2014 when the first container arrived on the  Reaching Africa’s Unreached (RAU) compound.  What an exciting day!  The container was filled with many things but, most importantly, with all the ESV Global Study Bibles and other books (especially from The Gospel Coalition International Outreach) for which we had been eagerly waiting.  These resources are the heart of RAU’s ministry.

RAU’s main purpose is to come alongside pastors and church leaders in order to strengthen and equip them so that they can “equip the saints for the work of ministry” (Ephesians 4:12).  [Many of the pastors in the West Nile region have not had the blessing  and benefit of attending Bible College or seminary and they are very eager to receive resources that will aid them in their work.] Our model is found in 2 Timothy 2:2 where the Apostle Paul exhorts Timothy to entrust to faithful men (who will also be able to teach others) what he has taught Timothy.  Everything is passed along.  In this way, the truth of the Gospel does not become a stagnant pond, but a life-giving, outward-flowing river of life.

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Paul demonstrated this model in his own life when, as recorded in Acts 19:10 by Luke, he taught daily in the Hall of Tyrannus for two years, “so that all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.”   Paul himself did not reach each resident of Asia, but those who heard Paul told others who told others.  This is the ministry fruit we hope for at Reaching Africa’s Unreached.  We want the Gospel and all the truths of the Bible to be that life-giving river making its way out to all the West Nile Region and beyond!

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You might wonder, given the beautiful cornucopia of languages that are spoken in this region, whether English Bibles and literature would even be helpful.  They are!  Because of the presence of the British in the late 1800’s and the first half of the 1900’s, English is widely spoken and is the language in which education is done in schools across the nation.  Therefore, many Ugandans as well as a good number of South Sudanese and even small numbers of Congolese  have a working knowledge of English and are able to benefit from the materials they are given.

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The first container held 1100 ESV Global Study Bibles as well as thousands of  theologically sound books.  Each of our 13 pastors’ retreats has been an opportunity to give these resources out.  Pastors also come by for discussions almost on a daily basis so it is helpful to have resources to give them.   As we see the supply dwindling we are made aware of the need to replenish the supply so that no pastor will be turned away from receiving these books.  Most of the books we give cannot be bought in Africa.  Bibles are available, but Study Bibles are not…at least, not readily and at an affordable rate.  That is why this project of filling another container with mostly books is so urgent.

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At this time, Crossway Publishers has offered a 70% discount on ESV Global Study Bibles if bought in bulk (5000).  Broken down, this comes to $10/Bible (including shipping) to have them delivered to Seguin Texas and placed in a container under the care of Lifegate (our home church), but we must buy in bulk to receive this rate. Usually, one ESV Global Study Bible costs close to $30 in a retail store.  The funds for purchasing the container and the shipment of it to RAU are available. All that is needed are the resources to be put in the container. Will you help? (Update March 2nd: We have $14,600 of the $50,000 needed for the 5,000 ESV Global Study Bibles )

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The Gospel Coalition (TGC) International Outreach has once again given a large number books!  The Gospel Coalition International Outreach Theological:Famine Relief for the Global Church is doing an amazing ministry in providing resources where there is a famine of the Word of God and is worthy of financial and prayer support. Thank you  Gospel Coalition (TGC) International Outreach !

Another resource we would love to see coming in the container is the 9 Marks of Healthy Church  series.  This series describes nine characteristics which should be evident in every church that is seeking to live biblically.  It would be a wonderful resource to give to pastors.

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Also helpful would be many copies of Wayne Grudem’s, “Bible Doctrine.”  For those for whom Bible College seems an impossibility, Bible Doctrine could be the next best thing and an effective tool in purifying pastors’ understanding  and application of the Word of God.

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We already have 80,000 Gospel tracts printed by Literature Ministries International  which will be delivered to the container, sixty thousand of John Piper’s, Quest for Joy” in EnglishMa’di and Aringa (20,000 each) as well as 20,000 of Richard Bennett’s tract, What Every Catholic Should Know.”  We have found it helpful to include photographs  in the tracts that are taken locally to catch the eye of the reader and draw him in to the wonderful message within.  A tract is an effective means of outreach because, for one, people have very little to read and snatch up any reading material that is available, and, two, each tract will be passed along to a dozen or so other people. We just finished translation work of theQuest for Joy” in Lugabara and Kakwa. Layout and printing is in the works by the fine folks with Literature Ministries International.   It would be a great opportunity, especially while we have a container coming, to include these and greater numbers of each tract if anyone has the specific vision to provide for more. Each tract costs only 14 cents.

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Since we have a container coming over, we have an item we would like to see included which is not a resource for pastors, but a help to the physical facilities here at RAU:  T-posts and barbed wire.  Termites are fierce around these parts and wooden posts are typically demolished within a year or so!  A clear and strong fence line is very important here to demarcate property as well as keep grazing animals out.

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East fence line

25% of RAU's perimeter fence is complete. Posts and wire are needed for the remaining 75%

The West fence line has been set in place with materials which were in the first container. Posts and wire are needed for the remaining 75%

Please consider contributing towards these resources.  Every bit helps us reach our goal.  For example, Mrs. Falor’s elementary class at Lifegate Christian School has already jumped on board and has had two successful bake sales with proceeds going towards Bibles.  So far we have $1400 in that fund!  For the ESV Global Study Bibles, you may go to our donation page and follow the instructions for donating, making a special notation that the money is for Bibles.  If you want to give to any other item which we have listed please designate it, whether it be via PayPal or check.  We are trying to keep the contents very specific to these specific books and bibles as weight and space are at a premium.  When the funds have reached what is necessary to buy the Bibles/books we will place the order and have them delivered to Lifegate Seguin Texas. When the container is full it will be shipped to RAU. It will provide a safe, dry, and rodent free place to keep the literature.

You may mail or bring any of these items to:

Lifegate Ministries

395 Lifegate Lane

Seguin, TX, 78155

We are privileged to have the best partners in the Gospel and we appreciate your enthusiastic response to the requests we put out there.  Thanks so much for giving and going and praying and sending!

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The RAU Guesthouse/Hall of Tyrannus March 2015

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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 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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