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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.)

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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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Zorah

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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!

Resources given to pastors

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

Open Doors of Opportunity

February 25, 2015

 Open Doors of Opportunity

by Carol Lee

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Children peaking through the open door at Pilgrim’s Church, Yumbe

Ephesians 5:15-16

Therefore be very careful how you live – not as unwise but as wise, taking advantage of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”

There is so much happening these days that it is hard to recall and record it all!  We are grateful for the many open doors of opportunity the Lord has given us through which we are gladly walking.

I am happy to report that the outreaches that were made into the interior of the Metu Mountains are bearing fruit.  In the last outreach to Oyo there were 21 professions of faith.

 [This is the big difference in planting the seed in this region vs. the Yumbe area, where Islam is deeply rooted.  In one area the “harvest sickle” is “bringing in the sheaves,” whereas in the other the seed is being scattered but we do not see yet and may not even see in our life time whether any seeds have taken root and are growing. We press on in both cases.].

It is now our big priority to ensure the discipleship process in the Metu mountains is done thoroughly and that shepherds are set in place to oversee the dear ones the Lord has saved by His sovereign grace.  Tobias and Geoffrey are doing a great job.  We are developing a strategy together for watching over the flocks that are scattered throughout the various hard-to-reach villages, many of which cannot be reached except by foot.  We  are working together in training  several young men  as disciple-makers and overseers. Tobias, Geoffrey, and several others are planning an area wide retreat at Aya Baptist Church for all the new believers to come together, receive teaching and encouragement and to fellowship with one another.  Our goal is to come alongside these key leaders and help them to be successful in their goal of being faithful shepherds over God’s flock.

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Working hand in hand with local churches to reach the unreached villages in the Metu Mountains

 

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Oyo

Last week we held our 12th Pastors’ Retreat.  Brothers from D.R. of Congo and Arua were in attendance.  We never grow tired of seeing the fruit of these retreats: joy and progress in the faith.  We want to equip and encourage as many pastors and church leaders as possible.  On That Day, we will look around in wonder and celebration at the eternal fruit born by every effort made to reach the unreached with the Gospel.  That inspires and energizes us to keep on doing what we are doing!

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Pastors and church leaders from D.R. Congo and Arua at RAU for pastors’ retreat

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Jacob illustrating his message

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Pastor Bob Gad presenting his teaching on what the church is and what it is not!

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Zorah explaining the Gospel

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Fully loaded with resources and ready to go and rock their world!

On Saturday, the 21st, we attended the wedding of Dominic, who runs the New Life Radio Station, and his wife, Gloria.  It was a beautiful and encompassing celebration!  So many people came to watch the ceremony and enjoy the lavish meal they prepared.  Dominic and Gloria managed to feed nearly the whole town of Laropi.  I was able to capture some pictures of that happy day, but it was as if I were a part of a large group of paparazzi, trying to squeeze my way to a good shot!

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Dominic and Gloria

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The ring ceremony

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The Bride and Groom

Dominic is doing a lot with what he has.  As a result of his radio outreach the Gospel is making headway in the West Nile region.  We would love to see his influence spread by an increase in the power of his radio broadcast through more solar panels and battery storage capacity.  Let us know if you have an interest in investing into that ministry.

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Preaching on New Life Radio, Moyo

On Sunday, the 22nd, we set out early to Yumbe.  Jacob preached at Pilgrim’s C.O.U. (Church of Uganda) on prayer in YUmbe town.  Charles, who pastors this flock, is starting a new series on prayer.  Jacob preached on “The Persistent Widow.”  This church is full of many young people!  It gives us great hope that, under the wise and zealous leadership of Charles, this group of believers will have a profound effect on their town of Yumbe and the surrounding villages.

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Delivering a message on prayer from “The Persistent Widow” at Pilgrim’s COU

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Beautiful colors on beautiful people

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Receiving a Kindle

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A new disciple receiving an Aringa New Testament

After a lunch break and short rest, some of the youth came back to load up the Land Cruiser with sound equipment and instruments…and many choir members!  I just love how folks here make the absolute best use of every square inch of space!  Every vehicle here is a HOV (high occupancy vehicle)!  After loading, we made our way…slowly…to Kuru for Open Air preaching and person-to-person contact with tracts (John Piper’s “Quest For Joy” in English and Aringa as well as others in English.)  After some joyful singing by the choir, Jacob climbed atop the Land Cruiser with Charles where he preached his heart out.  Charles is an animated and gifted interpreter and gave his best as well.  We are sure that many heard the Good News.  We pray that the seeds  that were planted fell on good soil and will bear eternal fruit for the joy of the hearers and angels!

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Loading up for ministry in Kuru

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A few moments of rest with Charles before afternoon ministry in Kuru

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Fully loaded! I really think there was room for one more thing…don’t you?!!!

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Setting up the sound system – Kuru

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Singing with gusto and drawing a crowd

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Some of the crowd dancing to the music

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Members of the Choir

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Telling the old, old story in a new way!

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Young boys in the crowd

 

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Handing out tracts

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Pensive girl reading English tract

The young lady seemed thoughtful and stayed the whole time. She was a serious listener. We pray she is a “Lydia”!

Right across from the area where we set up was the Yumbe District hospital.  Jacob, Charles, Zorah and some of the members of Pilgrim’s went over to the hospital and were able to hand out tracts and pray with people.  One experience, in particular, inspires hope and intercessory prayer.

In one of our recent letters we wrote to you about a young girl who came to faith in Christ out of a Muslim family.  She had received harsh physical and emotional treatment and even threats on her life from her family and even her mother.  By the grace and heart-softening work of God, this young girl was released by her once-opposed family and was allowed to be sent to a Christian school in Arua where, we trust, she will receive an excellent education academically and spiritually.  The first time we met the mother, her heart seemed hard and closed off to us.

Then, this last weekend, we found out that this mother had another daughter who just miscarried twins and was in the very hospital that was across from our open air ministry.   Jacob and Charles went to see the mother who was there caring for her daughter.  Jacob offered comforting and empathizing words, even with tears (as he thought of his own grandchildren.)  Charles and Jacob prayed for her and gave her a gift to help with expenses.  This once-hardened mother was moved visibly, expressing thanks for the compassion and care which she did not experience even from her own family.  We are praying that the visible, tangible love of Christ will make an inroad to her heart where Gospel seeds have been planted and that this will bear fruit to salvation.

The young girl we mentioned (that recently came to faith) is doing very well and overjoyed to have the opportunity to attend a school away from the harsh treatment she was receiving.  We plan to visit her in March when the school has an official day of visitation.

The eight children who were sponsored to attend First Presbyterian’s Primary school are doing very well, from what we hear.  They have adjusted well and are studying hard!  When we make our way to Kampala for our trip back to the States we hope to get some photos of these children so you can have more of a personal connection with them.

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First Presbyterian Church, Kampala, where the 8 children are attending school.

After a busy season of ministry, we have been so thankful for this week of slower pace – the opportunity to rest as well as take care of things here at home.  Jacob pushes really hard.  He, especially, has enjoyed the recuperation of slowing down for a bit.

A timely rest it has been because this coming week will be another Pastors’ retreat – another group of men from the D.R. Congo for whom our friend, Joseph, has been the “point man.”  The Lord is stretching our reach.  However, it makes us realize even more the need for resources that are either in Lingala or French.  We need to find and include more of these resources in our next container. The “Quest For Joy” tract has now also been translated into Lugbara and Kakwa. Any help you can give to help publish and print thee tracts would be greatly appreciated.

Please keep in mind the importance of the container and its priceless contents!  Our ability to provide resources is at the very center of our ministry.  The resources we give out freely ensure an effectiveness that outlasts face-to-face encounters.

Information on what needs to be placed in the container before it ships may be found here: http://reachingafricasunreached.org/fill-the-container-study-bibles-books-and-more/

The need for more pastors for the new churches being planted and the many pleas of pastors for more in-depth training keeps our plan for a pastor’s college in the forefront of our vision. In Northwestern Uganda (West Nile Region) there are very few places where pastors can receive pastoral training.  The Pastor’s college would not take the place of the retreats that RAU holds here – both have their place and benefit.  The Pastor’s College would hold several months of courses.  It is not possible, generally, for folks to be away from their families for much longer than that.

Jacob and I thank you for your never-flagging support, prayer, encouragement and love!  May the Lord bless each one of you!

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“Puttin’ on the Ritz” for the wedding!  That’s about as “Ritzy” as we get!

Blog: http://www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org

Facebook: http://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 the PayPal link. 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 in Answered Prayer

February 14, 2015
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Beating the trails to get the gospel to Oyo

 

“…While you also cooperate by your prayers for us [helping and laboring together with us]. Thus [the lips of] many persons [turned toward God will eventually] give thanks on our behalf for the grace (the blessing of deliverance) granted us at the request of the many who have prayed.”

2 Corinthians 1:11 (Amplified Version emphasis mine)

This verse expresses the heart of this short note of thanks to those who have prayed for us and especially for those prayer requests in my last newsletter. You can find the previous newsletter here:  http://reachingafricasunreached.org/2015/02/09/revival-fires/. You need to know how the Lord has moved since last writing so you too can join in thanksgiving and praise to our heavenly Father!

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In Arua

First, there has been a change of heart of the Muslim family of the 16 year old girl from Yumbe whom the Lord recently saved; she has become a firm follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. Relatives, who are all Muslims, convinced the young girl’s mother to allow her to attend the school we were looking at – a very good Christian secondary school in Arua.  Zorah, Carol, and I were told this good news Thursday morning on our way to Arua when we picked up Charles and John in Yumbe. Previously, the family was determined that this young girl be placed in an Islamic secondary school. While in Arua, Charles, John, and I met with an administrator at Ushindi Christian School. Even with short notice the school graciously accepted our young girl. On our drive back to RAU on Friday we met the girl’s mother and grandmother in Yumbe. I shared with them that we and Jesus love their daughter and, as an expression of love, we wanted to help their daughter receive an excellent education. The Lord is doing a work in this family and clan. Please continue to pray for this young girl and also for her family that they would come to Christ. If you would like to help in covering the costs of her secondary education it would be appreciated. Because of sponsorship eight primary students from Moyo are now all settled in and have started school at Covenant Presbyterian School in Kampala.

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Charles with mother, daughter, and grandmother

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What a lovely new sister in Christ

While in Arua I got some front end work done on the Land Cruiser. It has been taking quite a beating in our outreaches. We also purchased bulk supplies of beans, rice, sugar, posho, and Royco (spices used in cooking), and traded an empty cooking gas tank for a full one. We have two upcoming pastor’s retreats and we go through a lot food.  Buying in bulk in Arua saves us money. Please pray for the pastors from Congo and Arua who will be with us 17th - 20th and another group of Congo pastors March 3rd - 6th.

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The roads, especially in the Metu Mountains, have been very hard on the Land Cruiser.

Some money was given to help the local child who was brought here by her mother who had an umbilical hernia repair at age 3.  We will be sending her to Moyo hospital for an ultra sound and will seek a referral to Gulu’s Lachor Hospital, which specializes in children. Depending on what needs to be done, we will see if the donation will cover all the costs. Pray that it does!

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Preaching in Ayo

The day after writing the last newsletter we went back into the Metu Mountains for another evangelism outreach. The Metu Mountains (Southern Appalachian size) stretch on our east side.  We went to Ayo, which was the last village among of string of villages we preached in (Gbarai to Arapi to Duku and Ayo.) We drove as far as we could and then walked the rest of the way into Ayo. A little over 30 adults and many children gathered for the preaching of the Word. I preached my heart out and the Lord came down! At first it seemed that there would be no response to my exhortations/pleading with them; then, one older lady stood and as soon as she did 19 other adults stood to make open professions to follow Jesus. Our hearts leapt with joy along with the angels (Luke 15:10).  After sharing more and getting names, we, along with the local clinic nurse (she also confessed Christ in Ayo), gave out many medicines which RAU brought along. Upon leaving we were told that a woman who could not make the walk (because of being burned badly as child) wanted salvation. We walked down to the stream and met her.  Geoffrey shared the gospel and she immediately believed! Thank you for your prayers! Pray now that we can work out strategies for discipleship and the planting of a church there. It is too far of a walk to Gbari. There is one more village beyond Lea in a nearby string of hills that we know of which still needs to be reached. Plans are set in motion to go there soon. Keep praying. God is hearing your prayers!

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Those standing are the ones who are saying “I trust in Jesus for salvation and want to follow Him”!

 

You Tube Video in Ayo:

Tomorrow I am preaching at Laropi Baptist Town Church and next Sunday, the 22nd, in Pilgrim Church of Uganda in Yumbe Town. Later in the day we will have open air preaching (following the example of George Whitefield) in Kuru market. Kuru is just outside of Yumbe and is considered by the Christians in Yumbe (that I have talked with) to have the most ardent Muslims in Yumbe District. It was confirmed to me by two Christian “men of the soil” that 95% of the people of Kuru are Muslims. I am asking/imploring you all to pray daily and fervently that the gospel would make inroads into the hearts of the people in Kuru.

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We have already been in Kuru on several occasions for one on one witnessing and handing out tracts in Aringa.

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Kuru market

Please continue to pray for the rest of the money to come in for the 5,000 ESV Study Bibles we seeking to get. They would be placed in a container which would come to us.  See: http://reachingafricasunreached.org/fill-the-container-study-bibles-books-and-more/

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Pastors with their ESV Global Study Bibles

On this Valentine’s Day I am reminded of the grand blessing Carol is to me and to so many others. True love is exhibited not only in words but with words that are accompanied by actions. My dear wife of 33 years is a person who exhibits this kind of love for Jesus and His church, her family, friends, people of another culture, and for me. She has left behind ones she deeply loves and the securities and comforts which come from living in America to be with me to serve Jesus whom we both supremely love! I love you, Carol, and I say that not just because it is Valentine’s Day! I am grateful she has followed this wild man to the African bush! This is why “security” is not an issue for Carol:

Where does your security lie? Is God your refuge, your hiding place, your stronghold, your shepherd, your counselor, your friend, your redeemer, your savior, your guide? If He is, you don’t need to search any further for security.” (Elisabeth Elliot)

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In a village church in Yumbe District

Thank you for all your prayers and support. Carol and I appreciate them and you. May the Lord richly bless you!

Pressing on with Jesus and You,

Jacob (Carol) Lee

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Blog: http://www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org

Facebook: http://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 the PayPal link. 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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