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*Mission and Vision Statements/Statement of Faith*

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to reach Africa’s unreached people groups with the glorious Gospel of Jesus by planting Christ exalting churches in their midst. Furthermore, we will endeavor to strengthen local churches and their leaders through careful exposition of the Scriptures in word and deed that they may be strengthened to plant churches in nearby villages with  no church and unreached peoples in their geographical regions.

Vision Statement

Our greatest concern is that Jesus Christ would be exalted and worshiped among all nations, tribes, peoples, and languages (Revelation 5:9-10). We find our motivation to be in God and not man. Jesus has commanded us, “All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:17-20). The greatest need of every person and of every culture is the clear proclamation of the Gospel!

It is our conviction that the Gospel is the “power of God for salvation” (Romans 1:16) and we have been entrusted to proclaim it passionately and rightly. Our dependence is upon the Holy Spirit for the power to preach, teach, live and endure all things for the sake of the elect. (1 Timothy 2:10). As Christians, we are called to lay down our lives so that the Gospel will be preached to all. As ones who are confident in God’s sovereignty and passionate for His glory we seek to reach the many that have never heard of the Savior and His work of reconciliation.  We understand that this work cannot be accomplished in our own strength but only through the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit. The means He uses in His people are cross-centered living, sacrificial and loving service, Bible-soaked preaching/teaching, fervent intercessory prayer, and Christ-likeness.

We hold that the primary work of missions is to plant local churches which in turn plant other local churches. Our goals, therefore, are to see new churches planted in unreached areas and to assist operating local churches through Biblical exposition which is “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work” ( 2 Timothy 3:16-17).

As much as possible we will seek to instruct church leaders who can faithfully teach others (See: 2 Timothy 2:2 & Acts 19:8-10). Believers will be trained in a Biblical Worldview that understands the implications Christ’s lordship for all of life. RAU hosts pastors at RAU for four days for instruction in the “Hall of Tyrannus” in the fundamentals of the faith.

Study time

Study time at RAU

Yumbe Pastor's Retreat

Yumbe and Obongi Pastor’s at RAU. Christians in Yumbe town and District number  less than .5% of the population.

In January of 2011 the Lord providentially granted us the opportunity to purchase 12 acres and an additional adjoining 5 acres in October 2012 one mile south of the border of South Sudan and five miles north of Moyo North Uganda. South Sudan became the world’s newest country in the world in July  2011.

At our web site you can find the story of how the Lord connected the many “dots” to make this purchase possible. The Lord is to be praised! This land’s strategic location will enhances R.A.U.’s ability to bring in pastors, church leaders, church planters, and evangelists for retreats/conferences for Biblical encouragement with the expressed purpose that local congregations will be strengthened and become multiplying congregations. (See 2 Timothy 2:2 & Acts:19:9b-10). The R.A.U. compound will also serve as a base of operations to launch such conferences throughout North Uganda, South Sudan, Northeast Democratic Republic of Congo, and Lord willing further North so that the unreached and unengaged peoples in these regions will be reached with the glorious gospel.

Furthermore, we will endeavor to place ESV Global Study Bibles, ESV Study Bibles , Reformation Study Bibles, and high-quality Christian literature into the hands of believers. RAU also continues partner with Study To Be Approved placing Kindles loaded with Study Bibles and over 148+ Biblically sound books into the hands of key leaders in the region.

Over 1100 Global Study Bibles, over 3500 Biblical sound Christian books, over 40,000 gospel tracts are now ready to be placed into hands of pastors,evangelists, and church planters. Pray that the Lord would use these materials to strengthen His people and bring people into a saving relationship with God Almighty!

Over 1100 Global Study Bibles, over 3500 Biblical sound Christian books, over 40,000 gospel tracts are now being placed into hands of pastors,evangelists, and church planters. Pray that the Lord would use these materials to strengthen His people and bring people into a saving relationship with God Almighty!

These five young men were some of the first to receive a Global Study Bible and a book. I will be working them over the coming year with hopes that they will go forth to pastor and plant churches in unreached areas.

These five young men were some of the first to receive a Global Study Bible and a book. RAU will be working with them and their sending congregations over the coming year with hopes that they will go forth to pastor and plant churches in unreached areas.

Discipleship training in Kerwa.

Discipleship training in Kerwa.

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In 2007  500 Reformation Study Bibles were given out. This one was given to a pastor and as you can see he has been in it much the past five years.

In 2007 500 Reformation Study Bibles were given out. This one was given to a pastor from Obongi North Uganda.

South Sudanese Pastor reading a John Piper book.

South Sudanese Pastor reading a John Piper book.

Pastor's Conference in Northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Pastor’s Conference in Northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo

J.I. Packer in North Uganda and South Sudan!

J.I. Packer in North Uganda and South Sudan!

As the Lord provides, the 17 acres gives opportunity to have a Medical/Dental Clinic, Orphan Care Center, Christian Primary and Secondary School for children, and a Vocational Training Center for adults. We are currently planting numerous fruit bearing trees (mainly Mango and Orange trees) on the 17 acres which would bring in a future income to help supplement our ministry efforts.

We welcome and covet the prayers of all faithful Christians. We commit to faithfully use our time and gifts given to us for the glory of Jesus Christ. We understand that mission work is costly. We agree with missionary Amy Carmichael who stated, “Mission work is no more and no less than an opportunity to die”.  The willingness of Christians to suffer for the cause of Christ disarms sin’s power, as well as Satan’s, and shows that the Christian’s purpose in life is to live for God’s will (1 Peter 4:1-2; Revelation 12:11). We understand there are countries and people groups which may well require martyrdom to be reached with the glorious Gospel. Our motto for Christ corresponds with missionary statesman William Borden who said “No reserve, No retreat, No regret.”


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Statement of Faith

The Scriptures

We accept the Bible, including the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament, as the written Word of God. The Bible is the only essential and infallible record of God’s self-disclosure to mankind. It leads us to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Being given by God, the Scriptures are both fully and verbally inspired by God. Therefore, as originally given, the Bible is free of error in all it teaches. Each book is to be interpreted according to its context and purpose and in reverent obedience to the Lord who speaks through it in living power. All believers are exhorted to study the Scriptures and diligently apply them to their lives. The Scriptures are the authoritative and normative rule and guide of all Christian life, practice, and doctrine. They are totally sufficient and must not be added to, superseded, or changed by later tradition, extra-biblical revelation, or worldly wisdom. Every doctrinal formulation, whether of creed, confession, or theology must be put to the test of the full counsel of God in Holy Scripture.
God Is Triune

There is one God: infinite, eternal, almighty, and perfect in holiness, truth, and love. In the unity of the godhead there are three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, co-existent, co-equal, co-eternal. The Father is not the Son and the Son is not the Holy Spirit, yet each is truly Deity. One God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—is the foundation of Christian faith and life.
God the Father

God the Father is the Creator of heaven and earth. By his word and for his glory, he freely and supernaturally created the world from nothing. Through the same Word he daily sustains all his creatures. He rules over all and is the only Sovereign. His plans and purposes cannot be thwarted. He is faithful to every promise, works all things together for good to those who love him, and in his unfathomable grace gave his Son, Jesus Christ, for mankind’s redemption. He made man for fellowship with himself, and intended that all creation should live to the praise of his glory.
Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, was the eternal Word made flesh, supernaturally conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary. He was perfect in nature, teaching, and obedience. He is fully God and fully man. He was always with God and is God. Through him all things came into being and were created. He was before all things and in him all things hold together by the word of his power. He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation, and in him dwells the fullness of the godhead bodily. He is the only Savior for the sins of the world, having shed his blood and died a vicarious death on Calvary’s cross. By his death in our place, he revealed the divine love and upheld divine justice, removing our guilt and reconciling us to God. Having redeemed us from sin, the third day he rose bodily from the grave, victorious over death and the powers of darkness, and for a period of 40 days appeared to more than 500 witnesses, performing many convincing proofs of his resurrection. He ascended into heaven where, at God’s right hand, he intercedes for his people and rules as Lord over all. He is the Head of his body, the Church, and should be adored, loved, served, and obeyed by all.
The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. Through the proclamation of the gospel he persuades men to repent of their sins and confess Jesus as Lord. By the same Spirit a person is led to trust in divine mercy. The Holy Spirit unites believers to Jesus Christ in faith, brings about the new birth, and dwells within the regenerate. The Holy Spirit has come to glorify the Son, who in turn came to glorify the Father. He will lead the Church into a right understanding and rich application of the truth of God’s Word. He is to be respected, honored, and worshiped as God the Third Person of the Trinity.
Man

God made man—male and female—in his own image, as the crown of creation, that man might have fellowship with him. Tempted by Satan, man rebelled against God. Being estranged from his Maker, yet responsible to him, he became subject to divine wrath, inwardly depraved and, apart from a special work of grace, utterly incapable of returning to God. This depravity is radical and pervasive. It extends to his mind, will, and affections. Unregenerate man lives under the dominion of sin and Satan. He is at enmity with God, hostile toward God, and hateful of God. Fallen, sinful people, whatever their character or attainments, are lost and without hope apart from salvation in Christ.
The Gospel

Jesus Christ is the gospel. The good news is revealed in his birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension. Christ’s crucifixion is the heart of the gospel, his resurrection is the power of the gospel, and his ascension is the glory of the gospel. Christ’s death is a substitutionary and propitiatory sacrifice to God for our sins. It satisfies the demands of God’s holy justice and appeases his holy wrath. It also demonstrates his mysterious love and reveals his amazing grace. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man. There is no other name by which men must be saved. At the heart of all sound doctrine is the cross of Jesus Christ and the infinite privilege that redeemed sinners have of glorifying God because of what he has accomplished. Therefore, we want all that takes place in our hearts, churches, and ministries to proceed from and be related to the cross.
Man’s Response to the Gospel

Man’s response to the gospel is rooted and grounded in the free and unconditional election of God for his own pleasure and glory. It is also true that the message of the gospel is only effectual to those who genuinely repent of their sins and, by God’s grace, put saving faith in Christ. This gospel of grace is to be sincerely preached to all men in all nations. Biblical repentance is characterized by a changed life, and saving faith is evidenced by kingdom service or works. While neither repentance nor works save, unless a person is willing to deny himself, pick up his cross, and follow Christ, he cannot become his disciple.
Man’s Inheritance Through the Gospel

Salvation, the free gift of God, is provided by grace alone, through faith alone, because of Christ alone, for the glory of God alone. Anyone turning from sin in repentance and looking to Christ and his substitutionary death receives the gift of eternal life and is declared righteous by God as a free gift. The righteousness of Christ is imputed to him. He is justified and fully accepted by God. Through Christ’s atonement for sin an individual is reconciled to God as Father and becomes his child. The believer is forgiven the debt of his sin and, via the miracle of regeneration, liberated from the law of sin and death into the freedom of God’s Spirit.
Sanctification

The Holy Spirit is the active agent in our sanctification and seeks to produce his fruit in us as our minds are renewed and we are conformed to the image of Christ. Though indwelling sin remains a reality, as we are led by the Spirit we grow in the knowledge of the Lord, freely keeping his commandments and endeavoring to so live in the world that all people may see our good works and glorify our Father who is in heaven. All believers are exhorted to persevere in the faith, knowing they will have to give an account to God for their every thought, word, and deed. The spiritual disciplines, especially Bible study, prayer, worship and confession, are a vital means of grace in this regard. Nevertheless, the believer’s ultimate confidence to persevere is based in the sure promise of God to preserve his people until the end, which is most certain.
Empowered by the Spirit

In addition to effecting regeneration and sanctification, the Holy Spirit also empowers believers for Christian witness and service. While all genuine believers are indwelt by the Holy Spirit at conversion, the New Testament indicates the importance of an ongoing, empowering work of the Spirit subsequent to conversion as well. Being indwelt by the Spirit and being filled with the Spirit are theologically distinct experiences. The Holy Spirit desires to fill each believer continually with increased power for Christian life and witness, and imparts his supernatural gifts for the edification of the Body and for various works of ministry in the world. All the gifts of the Holy Spirit at work in the church of the first-century are available today, are vital for the mission of the church, and are to be earnestly desired and practiced.
The Church

God by his Word and Spirit creates the Church, calling sinful men out of the whole human race into the fellowship of Christ’s Body. By the same Word and Spirit, he guides and preserves that new redeemed humanity. The Church is not a religious institution or denomination. Rather, the Church universal is made up of those who have become genuine followers of Jesus Christ and have personally appropriated the gospel. The Church exists to worship and glorify God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It also exists to serve him by faithfully doing his will in the earth. This involves a commitment to see the gospel preached and churches planted in all the world for a testimony. The ultimate mission of the Church is the making of disciples through the preaching of the gospel. When God transforms human nature, this then becomes the chief means of society’s transformation. Upon conversion, newly redeemed men and women are added to a local church, in which they devote themselves to teaching, fellowship, the Lord’s Supper, and prayer.

All members of the Church universal are to be a vital and committed part of a local church. In this context they are called to walk out the New Covenant as the people of God, and demonstrate the reality of the kingdom of God. The ascended Christ has given gift ministries to the church (including apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers) for the equipping of Christ’s body that it might mature and grow. Through the gift ministries, all members of the Church are to be nurtured and equipped for the work of ministry. Women play a vital role in the life of the church, but in keeping with God’s created design they are not permitted “to teach or to exercise authority over a man” (1 Timothy 2:12 ESV). Leadership in the church is male. In the context of the local church, God’s people receive pastoral care and leadership and the opportunity to employ their God-given gifts in his service in relation to one another and to the world.
Sacraments of the Church

Water baptism is intended only for the individual who has received the saving benefits of Christ’s atoning work and become his disciple. Therefore, in obedience to Christ’s command and as a testimony to God, the Church, oneself, and the world, a believer should be immersed in water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Water baptism is a visual demonstration of a person’s union with Christ in the likeness of his death and resurrection. It signifies that his former way of life has been put to death, and vividly depicts a person’s release from the mastery of sin.

As with water baptism, the Lord’s Supper is to be observed only by those who have become genuine followers of Christ. This ordinance symbolizes the breaking of Christ’s body and the shedding of his blood on our behalf, and is to be observed repeatedly throughout the Christian life as a sign of continued participation in the atoning benefits of Christ’s death. As we partake of the Lord’s Supper with an attitude of faith and self-examination, we remember and proclaim the death of Christ, receive spiritual nourishment for our souls, and signify our unity with other members of Christ’s body.
The Consummation

The Consummation of all things includes the visible, personal and glorious return of Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the dead and the translation of those alive in Christ, the judgment of the just and the unjust, and the fulfillment of Christ’s kingdom in the new heavens and the new earth. In the Consummation, Satan with his hosts and all those outside Christ are finally separated from the benevolent presence of God, enduring eternal punishment, but the righteous, in glorious bodies, shall live and reign with him forever. Married to Christ as his Bride, the Church will be in the presence of God forever, serving him and giving him unending praise and glory. Then shall the eager expectation of creation be fulfilled and the whole earth shall proclaim the glory of God who makes all things new.

21 Comments leave one →
  1. Pst. Evans Okeyo permalink
    July 21, 2010 6:20 am

    Praise the Lord, I’m a Pastor from Kenya. I’m really glad in what you people are doing in Africa. I would like to urge you to continue and even reach our unreached places here in Kenya. Actually there are places here in Kenya which i believe this gospel need to reach. I believe of working with you some days.
    Pst.Evans Okeyo,
    Victory Christian Centre,
    P.o Box 20335-00200,
    Nairobi, Kenya.

    • July 26, 2010 1:14 pm

      Thank you Pastor Evans! May the Lord continue to bless you in reaching the unreached in Kenya. Let us pray together and for each other that we can faithfully make Jesus known where He is not Known.

      May the Lord in His providence grant us fellowship time before we meet Him heaven.

      Blessings,
      Jacob

  2. November 5, 2010 7:08 am

    Hello Brother .greetings from Uganda.l believe its the time of the lord for us to serve him together.personally am a pastor with an Evangelist anointing that God called to serve in 1987 and l have been serving in many places in my a married man to one wife and 5 children.l pastor a church of 500 -700 people in my town where God has called.but by the grace of God l have been to many countries preaching the gospel like Sudan,Kenya,Tanzania,Burundi,Rwanda,Zambia and Congo.these are countries within Africa and l see the hand of the Lord blessing his people in may ways.
    however,when l read your mail it wasnt a shock because God had lead me and l knew it in my spirit that someone is coming my way by the leading of God and l confirmed it when l got your God be praised.Amen.
    l run a church called THE BRIDGE OF HOPE MINISTRIES.
    lf there is anything that l have left out and you what to know please ask freely and l know its the Lords making for us.please your welcome to uganda and send me you phone contact.you can call me on the numbers below.
    thank you.
    brother James odeke
    uganda lira
    +256772675744
    +256785644415

  3. George Laban permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:02 am

    A pastor George form Kenya,God bless you for what your doing to reach the unreachead.may the favour of God continue be with you. Amen.

    • December 31, 2010 1:04 pm

      Thank you Pastor George. May our Lord’s presence and power be working in you for His glory throughout Kenya!

  4. December 31, 2010 8:40 am

    We bess God for what he ‘s doing through your ministry but remember Benin in your prayer

    • December 31, 2010 1:08 pm

      Blessings to you Idohou! Yes…may Jesus be exalted in all of Benin and throughout all of Africa…may the Name of Jesus be exalted in each and every village, town, and city!!

  5. June 1, 2012 1:32 pm

    Thank you for the good work you are doing.

    • June 1, 2012 1:46 pm

      Thank you Michael! Once Carol and I are moved you have an open invitation to come and minister.Thank you for your faithful service in the Body of Christ!

  6. June 17, 2012 11:56 am

    Am pastor Agneta in Kenya, I have the Chech in Mt Elgon.
    I have been seaching for any Organizations to help me to fulfill the call of God, and to reach millions of People in Africa.
    So i want to inform you if you can stand with me.
    God bless you i need to hear from you.

    • June 17, 2012 12:10 pm

      Let us pray for each other as we seek to make Jesus known where He is not! May the Lord’s blessings/anointing be upon you and your witness for King Jesus! Be encouraged my brother that “God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply” and that “God isn’t looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him” (Hudson Taylor-17th Century missionary to China). Press on my brother!

  7. June 26, 2012 12:10 pm

    I need you to reach in kenya am pastor Agneta.
    agnetanafula@yahoo.com

  8. apostle geoffrey simiyu makokha permalink
    August 5, 2012 5:23 pm

    i will be part of this wonderful vision

  9. Pastor Praise permalink
    February 2, 2013 6:14 pm

    Going through your website and seeing some of what you are doing for the expansion of God is a prove that you are call and that you are intact to the ministry
    May God whom you are working for never forsake you
    You will not miss the track where he place you
    we are praying for you
    God is using RAU so much in the land of Africa
    Man of God, you are lifted, just keep it on
    Africa more faithful and vision driven servant of God like you
    yes you are one the sent one to Africa, we are praying for you people, your home and ministry
    you are lifted
    Pastor Praise Bamisaye
    tellpastor@gmail.com

    • February 2, 2013 6:29 pm

      Thank you for your very kind and encouraging words. Thank you most of all for your prayers! Our lives are not our own but belong to our King. It is He we joyfully serve seeking to spread His fame to all!

      May the Lord’s riches blessings be with you!

  10. Loruma Nyerizi Joseph permalink
    March 7, 2013 12:27 pm

    Praise servants of God,

    I am very glad to read this great web site after I have been given its address by A friend from USA last year under the title Desiring God international with sub title Theological Famine for the Global Church.

    I’m Pastor Loruma Nyerizi Joseph from Evangelical Free Church involving in Church planting, Leaders training at the rural areas particularly at Arilo area of South Sudan EAstern Equatoria State.

    After reading this web site, I am really move by the work your are doing to make the word of God known by many in various countries I would rather encourage you to continue spreading it to all the places. South Sudan is like ready harvest that have been prevented by the heavy rain but the rain has now stop but harvesters remain few and I believe Theological Famine for the Global Church will be of great means for the word to be preach in all corners of S. Sudan

    Pastor. Loruma Nyerizi Joseph

    email Nyerizi@yoo.com
    Tel: +211955489469

    • March 7, 2013 1:00 pm

      Praise God for your ministry Pastor! We are located just across the border from South Sudan with the nearest town being Kajo Kechi South Sudan and Moyo North Uganda. It is our vision and mission to actively work in South Sudan as well as Northern Uganda and Northeastern D.R. of Congo. Please keep us in your prayers as we seek to spread the fame of King Jesus in these regions. May the Lord use you as well! If you are ever in our area please stop by for fellowship and tea. Lord willing, my wife and I will be moved to the R.A.U. land by June.

  11. April 30, 2013 4:43 am

    Praise God, iam impressed by the work you are doing for reaching unreached. iam a servant of God in the slums of Kenya , pray for our children orphanage ministry in kenya that some day god open doors for our Ministry which ministers to many in the slums to bring hope to them. God bless you richly .

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