Skip to content

*Pictures and Vision for the R.A.U. Guesthouse/Hall of Tyrannus*

Reaching Africa's Unreached geographical working area.

Reaching Africa’s Unreached geographical working area.

Update: Carol and I  moved into the Guesthouse/Hall of Tyrannus   July 15, 2013.

Link to the August 10, 2013: Dedication Service of the the RAU Guesthouse/Hall of Tyrannus**

**The most recent pictures of the work are at the bottom of the page.**

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 enhance 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, 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 with Micro-Finance opportunities. 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.

Our first goal  is to complete the R.A.U. Guesthouse/Hall of Tyrannus. The Guesthouse is where Carol and I will make our home. Carol and I will reside in one of the rooms. The other rooms will be for ministry teams and at other times for groups of pastors/church leaders/evangelists, and church planters which will come for several weeks at a time for Biblical training and encouragement.  With triple bunkers we will be able to sleep up to 25+. The large front room will be the teaching Hall, aka “The Hall of Tyrannus” (see Acts 19:8-10). Keep praying friends!

The pictures below show the on going progress being made on the R.A.U. Guesthouse.  The most recent pictures of the work will be added at the bottom of the page. Clicking on the individual pictures will increase them to full screen mode.

May the Lord grant wisdom in its building and provide for its completion!

Looking for a good site for the Guesthouse

Looking for a good site for the Guesthouse

This is it!

This is it!

Lots of tall grass to cut

Lots of tall grass to cut

African "thrashing"

African “thrashing”

Nurse Sam a "slashing"

Nurse Sam a “slashing”

This must go!

This must go!

Using my sharp American made "panga" which was given to me by one of my Texas students...thank you Matt!

Using my sharp American made “panga” which was given to me by one of my Texas students…thank you Matt!

Finishing up the clearing

Finishing up the clearing

Making Corners

Teamwork

Teamwork

Ready to dig the footings

Ready to dig the footings

Dirt is a flying!

Dirt is a flying!

Footings dug

Footings dug

A well deserved soda. Because of costs sodas are typically drunk only on special occasions.

A well deserved soda. Because of costs sodas are typically drunk only on special occasions.

Bringing foundation stones

Bringing in the foundation stones

The base of the footings

The base of the footings

Making water holding tank

Making a water holding tank

These ladies and others hauled water for our construction needs some distance. The "jerry cans" were carried on their heads with no hands and some of the ladies also had babies on their backs! Pray that we can get a well dug. It cost from $7-10,000 to dig and set up a well.

These ladies and others hauled water for our construction needs some distance. The “jerry cans” were carried on their heads with no hands and some of the ladies also had babies on their backs! Pray that we can get a well bored. It cost from $7-10,000 to drill and set up a well.

Thank you Lord for these hard working ladies!

Thank you Lord for these hard working ladies!

Mixing cement, sand, and small stones together

Mixing cement, sand, and small stones together

Bottom of the footings poured

Bottom of the footings poured

Discussing the location of water and sewer pipes with our master builder. This kind of work is seldom done in this area.

Discussing the location of water and sewer pipes with our master builder. This kind of work is seldom done in this area.

Many of our building supplies were purchased in Moyo 5 miles to the south. Other supplies were purchased in the capitol city of Kampala one days drive away.

Many of our building supplies were purchased in Moyo 5 miles to the south. Other supplies were purchased in the capitol city of Kampala one days drive away.

We had to hire transport for all our materials.

We had to hire transport for all our materials.

Loading cement bags

Loading cement bags in Moyo.

Purchasing supplies in Kampala

Purchasing supplies in Kampala

To travel to Moyo and the R.A.U. land from Kampala one must cross the Nile River . The Nile flows near Moyo.

To travel to Moyo and the R.A.U. land from Kampala it takes one day over rough roads (the last 1/3 of the way on dirt roads)  must cross the Nile River near Moyo.

Pastor Abraham, a member of the R.A.U. leadership team. Abraham is a passionate follower of Jesus and a savvy negotiator!

Pastor Abraham, a member of the R.A.U. leadership team. Abraham is a passionate follower of Jesus and a savvy negotiator!

R.N. Sam, a faithful R.A.U. co-worker. He helps keep everyone healthy and heads up our medical ministry!

R.N. Sam, a faithful R.A.U. co-worker. He helps keep everyone healthy and heads up our medical ministry!

Pastor Patrick and his two beautiful daughters. Patrick lives in Kampala and is a very valuable member of the R.A.U. leadership team coordinating our work in Kampala. His wisdom and anointed preaching/teaching is a great blessing to the Body of Christ!

Pastor Patrick and his two beautiful daughters. Patrick lives in Kampala and is a very valuable member of the R.A.U. leadership team. He coordinates our work in Kampala. His wisdom and anointed preaching/teaching is a great blessing to the Body of Christ!

My beautiful wife and most valued co-worker, Carol. Her commitment to King Jesus and His call humbles me. Carol's medical experience and ladies' ministry will be a great encouragement to many.

My beautiful wife and most valued co-worker, Carol. Her commitment to King Jesus and His call humbles me. Carol’s medical experience and ladies’ ministry will be a great encouragement to many.

Footings filled with rock and mortar.

Footings filled with rock and mortar.

Making ready for the top of the slab.

Making ready for the top of the slab.

All the concrete had to be hand mixed

All the concrete had to be hand mixed

Finishing touches

Finishing touches

The foundation is complete...thank you Jesus!!

The foundation is complete…thank you Jesus!!

The start of the RAU Guesthouse walls. All the bricks are locally hand made.

The start of the RAU Guesthouse walls. All the bricks are locally hand made.

Work is often a family affair. Women often work with their babies on their backs.

Work is often a family affair. Many women  work with their babies on their backs all day long!

Walls up to window height

Walls up to window height

Front View of Guesthouse. Beginning to pour beams which will hold the roof.

Front View of Guesthouse. Beginning to pour beams which will hold the roof.

One of our women workers

One of our women workers

The Lord continues to pour out His blessings in our work.

The Lord continues to pour out His blessings upon our work.

Front view  of the R.A.U. Guesthouse

Front view of the R.A.U. Guesthouse

The West side of Guesthouse

The West side of the Guesthouse

Nurse Sam and some of the workers.

Nurse Sam and some of the workers.

Pillars for the Veranda being set

Pillars for the Veranda being set.

Steel for concrete roof supports are set (Northeast corner of the house).

Steel for concrete roof supports are set (Northeast corner of the house).

Veranda Pillars Set

Veranda Pillars Set

Steel for support beams

Steel for support beams

That is a Papaya tree in the foreground

That is a Papaya tree in the foreground

Break time under the shade of a nearby Mango Tree

Break time under the shade of a nearby Mango Tree

Front view of the Guesthouse

Front view of the Guesthouse

Our call: Making Jesus Known!

Making Jesus known with our neighborhood children!

Beam Work

Beam Work

"Unless the Lord builds the house we labor in vain"

“Unless the Lord builds the house we labor in vain”

Delivery of some more bricks. We have been buying all our bricks from our neighbors who hand make them and thus are helping the local economy.

Delivery of some more bricks. We have been buying all our bricks from our neighbors who hand make them, thus helping the local economy.

Some of our "young" help :-)!

Some of our “young” help!  :-)

Planting Eucalyptus trees around the perimeter of the R.A.U. land.

Planting Eucalyptus trees around the perimeter of the R.A.U. land.

I arrived back in Uganda August 26th '12 to help my brothers in the building of the R.A.U. Guesthouse. I am enjoying some time with Patrick and Vickie's two beautiful girls.

I arrived back in Uganda August 26th ’12 to help my brothers in the building of the R.A.U. Guesthouse. I am enjoying some time here with Patrick and Vickie’s two beautiful girls.

Enjoying time fellow R.A.U. leader Pastor Patrick Bukenya. Patrick's home in Kampala is our base of operation while in the city. His love for the Lord and knowledge of the huge city of Kampala is a great blessing  to R.A.U. and the work of the Lord!

Enjoying my time with fellow R.A.U. leader Pastor Patrick Bukenya. Patrick’s home in Kampala is our base of operation while in the city. His love for the Lord and knowledge of the huge city of Kampala is a great blessing to R.A.U. and the work of the Lord!

Faithful Co-Worker Nurse Sam

Faithful Co-Worker Nurse Sam

Taking a beak during one of our busy days in Kampala looking for the best deals on materials. We keep tracts with us to share with those we meet.

Taking a beak during one of our busy days in Kampala looking for the best deals on materials. We keep tracts with us to share with those we meet.

Sam and my preference of travel while working in busy downtown Kampala is Boda Boda- motorcycle taxi.

Sam and my preference of travel while working in busy downtown Kampala is a Boda Boda- motorcycle taxi.

We have to make decisions which building materials can come from locale markets in North Uganda or need to come from Kampala which we then would have to transport. The haul is long, over ruff roads (much of them dirt), and has to be ferried over the Nile River near Moyo.

We have to make decisions which building materials can come from locale markets in North Uganda or need to come from Kampala which we then would have to transport. The haul is long, over ruff roads (much of them dirt), and has to be ferried over the Nile River near Moyo.

Our bus trip from Kampala to Moyo was extra long (13.5). Because of the delay I had one of those experiences which will always remain in my heart and mind. Without the bus breaking down and the bad roads I would of never been able to have this experience-Crossing the Nile River in Uganda near South Sudan on a ferry in pitch darkness (no lights on the ferry at the time) with lightning flashing across the sky illuminating the river Nile and surroundings....absolutely beautiful ....Psalms 19:1-6 reverberating!

Our bus trip from Kampala to Moyo was extra long (13.5 hrs.). Because of the delay I had one of those experiences which will always remain in my heart and mind. Without the bus breaking down and the bad roads I would of never been able to have this experience-Crossing the Nile River in Uganda near South Sudan on a ferry in pitch darkness (no lights on the ferry at the time) with lightning flashing across the sky illuminating the river Nile and surroundings….absolutely beautiful ….Psalms 19:1-6 reverberating!

Unless the Lord builds the hose we labor in vain!

Always seeking to remember “Unless the Lord builds the house we labor in vain”!

We are finishing up the brick work and making ready for the roof. Our bricks were made on our land with our soil with local labor. Because of the heat in the area the ceiling will be about 11 feet high and each room has large windows with vent bricks.

We are finishing up the brick work and making ready for the roof. Our bricks were made on our land with with local labor.
Because of the heat in the area the ceiling will be over 11 feet high and each room has large windows with vent bricks.

We want lots of air flowing into the rooms thus the vent bricks. We will get fine metal screening in Kampala to put over the vent bricks and windows to keep out those nasty malaria biting mosquitoes.

We want lots of air flowing into the rooms thus the vent bricks. We will get fine metal screening in Kampala to put over the vent bricks and windows to keep out those nasty malaria biting mosquitoes.

Fellow R.A.U. leader Abraham is taking a walk around the R.A.U. Guesthouse veranda. We have a ten foot veranda around the house to shade the windows and allow the windows to stay open during the heavy rains in the rainy seasons. Carol and I will live in one of the rooms. The other rooms will be for ministry teams and at other times for groups of pastors which will come for several weeks at a time for Biblical training. With triple bunkers we will be able to sleep up to 25+. The large front room will be the teaching Hall, aka "The Hall of Tyrannus" (see Acts 19:8-10). Keep praying friends!

Fellow R.A.U. leader Abraham is taking a walk around the R.A.U. Guesthouse veranda. We have a ten foot veranda around the house (15 foot in the front) to shade the windows and allow the windows to stay open during the heavy rains in the rainy seasons.
Carol and I will make one of  bedrooms our living quarters. The other rooms will be for ministry teams and at other times for groups of pastors which will come for several weeks at a time for Biblical training. With triple bunkers we will be able to sleep up to 25+. The large front room will be the teaching Hall, aka “The Hall of Tyrannus” (see Acts 19:8-10). Keep praying friends!

Sam in standing in the future north doorway. The breezeway runs through the entire center of the house so that the north-south winds can freely go through the whole house. Nurse Sam likes his Texas Longhorn shirt....you non Longhorn fans be kind now :-).

Sam in standing in the future north doorway. The breezeway runs through the entire center of the house so that the north-south winds can freely go through the whole house.
Nurse Sam likes his Texas Longhorn shirt….you non Longhorn fans be kind now :-).

Our work on the Guesthouse is a family affair. Along with the builders we hire ladies who cook and haul water so we normally have a number of children at the work site. Soon a Water Harvest International representative will be here to help in picking out the spot for our new bore hole :-).

Our work on the Guesthouse continues to be a family affair. Along with the builders we hire ladies who cook and haul water so we normally have a number of children at the work site. Soon a Water Harvest International representative will be here to help in picking out the spot for our new bore hole :-).

All the walls are complete! Next task, casting the top beams for the rafters.

All the walls are complete! Next task, casting the top beams for the rafters.

We had to spend a day to find this suitable forest of Eucalyptus trees. They are long and straight and will be great for our rafters.

We had to spend a day to find a suitable forest of Eucalyptus trees. These are long and straight and will be great for our rafters.

This one is too big!

This one is too big!

According to Salongo, brother and expert roof builder, this one is just right.

According to Salongo, brother and expert roof builder, this one is just right.

We all have been singing,"What mighty God we serve"!  Sam and Salongo went back to the forest the next day to oversee the cutting,trimming, hiring of transport and loading of our new timbers. Just as Abraham and I were driving home from an open air preaching event I received a call from  Sam that he had been arrested in Koboko. We started praying immediately! Sam and Salongo had harvested 68 long Eucalyptus trees for our roof rafters and hired a semi truck from Arua to transport them to the RAU grounds. Sam was riding with the hired driver when they were stopped. Before Sam called me apparently the driver on his own accord gave a large bribe so that the police (these guys are armed with AK's) would let them through. Bribe requirements are very common in North Uganda.While Sam was calling me he was overhead and taken to the chief who wanted to know who he was talking to. Sam said, "The Director". Immediately the chief took the bribe money and stuck it in Sam's hand saying and pushing"Go,go,go we do not take bribes!" Returning bribe money is UNHEARD of here. What a mighty God we serve!

We all have been singing,”What a mighty God we serve”! Sam and Salongo went back to the forest the next day to oversee the cutting,trimming, hiring of transport and loading of our new timbers. Just as Abraham and I were driving home from an open air preaching event I received a call from Sam that he had been arrested in Koboko. We started praying immediately! Sam and Salongo had harvested 68 long Eucalyptus trees for our roof rafters and hired a semi truck from Arua to transport them to the RAU grounds. Sam was riding with the hired driver when they were stopped. Before Sam called me apparently the driver on his own accord gave a large bribe so that the police (these guys are armed with AK’s) would let them through. Bribe requirements are very common in North Uganda.While Sam was calling me he was overhead and taken to the chief who wanted to know who he was talking to. Sam said, “The Director”. Immediately the chief took the bribe money and fearfully stuck it in Sam’s hand saying and pushing”Go,go,go we do not take bribes!” Returning bribe money is UNHEARD of here. What a mighty God we serve!

Off loading our Eucalyptus rafters next to the Guesthouse.

Off loading our Eucalyptus rafters next to the Guesthouse.

Rafters ready for the roof...thank you Lord for this provision!

Rafters ready for the roof…thank you Lord for this provision!

South Sudan is only a mile north of us.

South Sudan is near.

I have had opportunity to share Christ with the two border soldiers near me and leave them with a gospel tract. This station is less than a mile from the Reaching Africa's Unreached land. We had some laughs together too. They will be stationed there for awhile so Lord willing we can develop our new friendship.

I have had opportunity to share Christ with the two border soldiers next to me and leave them with a gospel tracts. This station is less than a mile from the Reaching Africa’s Unreached land. We had some laughs together too. They will be stationed there for awhile so Lord willing we can develop our new friendship.

Sundays are for worship and teaching the Word. Sunday evening are set aside for open air preaching in city and village markets. Here we are at the Moyo market. The Lord used the great music from Abraham's church and my "white" skin to draw a crowd upwards to a 1000. I preached the simple yet powerful gospel...praying that the Lord would use the preaching of His Word to bring many to faith in Christ Jesus!

Sundays are for worship and teaching the Word. Sunday evening are set aside for open air preaching in city and village markets. Here we are at the Moyo market. The Lord used the great music from Abraham’s church and my “white” skin to draw a crowd upwards to a 1000. I preached the simple yet powerful gospel…praying that the Lord would use the preaching of His Word to bring many to faith in Christ Jesus!

Several days of the week we go to villages which have no church at about 4. This picture is second evening in a village. Both Abraham and I preached and at dust we began the "Jesus " film under a huge mahogany tree. 500+ watch the film. A village that had no church has one now...the Lord has brought many into the fold!

Several days of the week we leave at about 4  to go to villages which have no church. This picture is second evening in one such village. Both Abraham and I preached and at dust we began the “Jesus ” film under a huge mahogany tree. 500+ watch the film. A village that had no church has one now…the Lord has brought many into the fold!

Tying the steel for the top beam.

Tying the steel for the top beam.

The upper part of the rafters will rest on this top beam once it is poured.

The upper part of the rafters will rest on this top beam once it is poured.

Casting of the upper beam.

Casting of the upper beam.

One of R.A.U.'s goals is to place Study Bibles into the hands as many evangelists,pastors,church leaders, and church planters as possible.

One of R.A.U.’s goals is to place Study Bibles into the hands as many evangelists,pastors,church leaders, and church planters as possible.

Sunday night evangelistic preaching in an outdoor market.

Sunday night evangelistic preaching in an outdoor market.

World Harvest International front team for boring wells were here. The first step was to pull a rope from our north fence line to our south fence line (300 meters/984 feet) with a cord that followed the rope.

World Harvest International front team for boring wells were here. The first step was to pull a rope from our north fence line to our south fence line (300 meters/984 feet) with a cord that followed the rope.

Every 5 meters a numbered stake was driven in and attached to a censer. A salt water solution was poured at the base each stake.

Every 5 meters a numbered stake was driven in and attached to a censer. A salt water solution was poured at the base each stake.

Here the computer is reading electrical charges using a generator to locate the best pools of water and their depth. Please note that this is being done in the African bush :-).

Here the computer is reading electrical charges using a generator to locate the best pools of water and their depth. Please note that this is being done in the African bush :-).

After pulling the survey line  from our north fence to our south fence along the west side of the Guesthouse it was found that  best pool of water on that line was right at the corner of of the Guesthouse. I am continually amazed at God’s favor! The water is at 42 meters (138 feet) and looks to be be good on the computer ….yeah no more bottled water and no more hiring ladies to haul water for us in jerry cans on their heads. Thank you for your prayers!

After pulling the survey line from our north fence to our south fence along the west side of the Guesthouse it was found that best pool of water on that line was right at the corner of of the Guesthouse. I am continually amazed at God’s favor! The water is at 60 meters (197 feet) and looks to be be good on the computer …yeah no more bottled water and no more hiring ladies to haul water for us in jerry cans on their heads. Thank you for your prayers!

Here I am with the welder who built our first window. The top has a screened vent and the bottom windows lift upward. This style is unknown here. Their windows do not have screens and most swing out with the burglar bars on the inside. After many drawings and talks we got it made. There still a few kinks to work out but we are there. Now to get several bids from the locals as well as one contact in Kampala. The Guesthouse has good number of windows.

Here I am with the welder who built our first window. The top has a screened vent and the bottom windows lift upward. This style is unknown here. Their windows do not have screens and most swing out with the burglar bars on the inside. After many drawings and talks we got it made. There still a few kinks to work out but we are there. Now to get several bids from the locals as well as one contact in Kampala. The Guesthouse has good number of windows.

Our trucked arrived with our water tanks, electrical supplies, and roof materials from Kampala. The truck had three blow outs and got stuck twice and had to be offloaded and reloaded both times. The roads from Gulu to Moyo are very,very bad. The Lord has granted grace and our supplies are now safely here at the site. Thank you for your prayers...please continue!

Our trucked arrived with our water tanks, electrical supplies, and roof materials from Kampala. The truck had three blow outs and got stuck twice and had to be offloaded and reloaded both times. The roads from Gulu to Moyo are very,very bad. The Lord has granted grace and our supplies are now safely here at the site. Thank you for your prayers…please continue!

Lord willing, these metal roofing sheets will be on the roof SOON.

Lord willing, these metal roofing sheets will be on the roof SOON.

Praise report: A land deal has been struck! The Lord has opened the way to purchased the small acreage located between our land and road. We have been in negotiations for almost a year. They agreed to our price and we will have a signing tomorrow with the land owners, village elders, and political officials....this is way land deals take place in the bush. (See report on the purchase of our 12 acres in 2011 here: http://reachingafricasunreached.org/land-purchase-for-r-a-u-complete/ ) Thank you to all who have been praying for the Lord to move upon hearts who are in the palm of His sovereign hand!

Praise report: A land deal has been struck! The Lord has opened the way to purchased the small acreage located between our land and road. We have been in negotiations for almost a year. They agreed to our price and we will have a signing tomorrow with the land owners, village elders, and political officials….this is way land deals take place in the bush. (See report on the purchase of our 12 acres in 2011 here:  http://reachingafricasunreached.org/land-purchase-for-r-a-u-complete/ ) Thank you to all who have been praying for the Lord to move upon hearts who are in the palm of His sovereign hand!

This is the road which is now directly in front of our land on which, as the Lord provides, future medical and educational facilities will be located. Please pray for our work here on the Uganda/South Sudan border and consider helping us walk out the vision the Lord has given us

This is the road which is now directly in front of our land on which, as the Lord provides, future medical and educational facilities will be located. Please pray for our work here on the Uganda/South Sudan border and consider helping us walk out the vision the Lord has given us

There is much brush to clear!

There is much brush to clear!

Loading lumber in Moyo town for the roof.

Loading lumber in Moyo town for the roof.

Today we had men start on our septic system. I am having it built the way we have our systems in American. It is completely "foreign" here. After digging the hole we will brick the sides and stucco them and pour a concrete top with a man hole. The drain line will all be hand dug and we will have to break rock to make our gravel. We will also put at the bottom of the trench pieces of our left over fired brick pieces mixed with Nile River sand

Today we had men start on our septic system. I am having it built the way we have our systems in American. It is completely “foreign” here. After digging the hole we will brick the sides and stucco them and pour a concrete top with a man hole. The drain line will all be hand dug and we will have to break rock to make our gravel. We will also put at the bottom of the trench pieces of our left over fired brick pieces mixed with Nile River sand

Here the "young bucks" are dragging our Eucalyptus rafters to the side of the house.

Here the “young bucks” are dragging our Eucalyptus rafters to the side of the house.

Starting to put up rafters

Starting to put up rafters

Much of the time I am with Abraham and Sam gathering materials and organizing our work. This day was a little different. I got a bit sore from helping get our Eucalyptus rafters up...these timbers are about 36 feet long and heavy!

Much of the time I am with Abraham and Sam gathering materials and organizing our work. This day was a little different. I got a bit sore from helping get our Eucalyptus rafters up…these timbers are about 36 feet long and heavy!

Taking shape!

Taking shape!

Our God is good and He is good all the time!

Our God is good and He is good all the time!

Roof work continues

Roof work continues

More rafters up

More rafters up

Every wall is made of our home made bricks so the electrical pipes and plugs have to be cut into the wall. Later all the walls will be plastered.

Every wall is made of our home made bricks so the electrical pipes and plugs have to be cut into the wall. Later all the walls will be plastered.

The electrical rough in is nearly complete.

The electrical rough in is nearly complete.

Our inside water tank is in place!

Our inside water tank is in place!

This 5000 liter tank will gravity feed our rooms. Our hope is that the water will be warmed in the attic for our baths.

This 5000 liter tank will gravity feed our rooms. Our hope is that the water will be warmed in the attic for our baths.

Work continues on the septic tank.

Work continues on the septic tank.

This the view from the Northeast corner of Guesthouse just as a storm was approaching from South Sudan.

This the view from the Northeast corner of Guesthouse just as a storm was approaching from South Sudan.

Putting the last of our Eucalyptus rafters up.

Putting the last of our Eucalyptus rafters up.

Power tools have not been available for our work.

Power tools have not been available for our work.

Timbers for roofing going up

Timbers for roofing going up

Plumbing delivery

Plumbing delivery

Coke break in Moyo

Coke break in Moyo

Septic tank is ready to be plastered.

Septic tank is ready to be plastered.

Making ready for our septic tank top

Making ready for our septic tank top

We used our left over brick pieces for our septic line.
We used our left over brick pieces for our septic line.
Septic tank lid

Septic tank lid

Bathroom plumbing

Bathroom plumbing

Wood for the ceiling

Wood for the ceiling

A basic building supply: coffee

A basic building supply: coffee

Ceiling work

Ceiling work. It will soon be ready for plaster.

With our "master" roofer Salongo

With our “master” roofer Salongo. The Lord has greatly gifted this Christian brother and we are thankful the Lord has sent him our way!

Progress

This is the shop in Moyo which has been milling our lumber. Their saw is run by a generator.
This an old log which needed to be removed. It will be hauled off and made into charcoal.
This old log  needed to be removed. No chain saws here! It will be hauled off and made into charcoal.

Moyo has only one bank so we often have to wait long periods of time to get our money out. There is always an opportunity to share Christ with others who are waiting even the security guards.

Moyo has only one bank so we often have to wait long periods of time to get our money out. There is always an opportunity to share Christ with others who are waiting, even the security guards.

Here we are signing papers for a section of land which will square up R.A.U.'s property and give room for future ministry facilities. R.A.U. now has 17 acres to use for God's glory!

Here we are signing papers for a section of land which will square up R.A.U.’s property and give room for future ministry facilities. R.A.U. now has 17 acres to use for God’s glory!

Sam standing on our new east boundary line.

Sam standing on our new east boundary line.

This is R.A.U.’s new Southeast corner. The Guesthouse/Hall of Tyrannus is in the background.

This is R.A.U.’s new Southeast corner. The Guesthouse/Hall of Tyrannus is in the background.

The first iron sheets are up!

The first iron sheets are up!

The Mighty Salongo

The Mighty Salongo

A gathering from the neighborhood to worship, pray and hear about the vision of R.A.U.

A gathering from the neighborhood to worship, pray and hear about the vision of R.A.U.

Pastor Abraham's wife, Margaret, leading us in a praise song!

Pastor Abraham’s wife, Margaret, leading us in a praise song!

Sharing R.A.U.'s vision with the neighbors. We had a guest missionary with us who serving in South Sudan. She too is a Texan!

Sharing R.A.U.’s vision with the neighbors. We had a guest missionary with us who is serving in South Sudan. She too is a Texan!

Southeast view

Southeast view

A three fold cord is not easily broken!

A three fold cord is not easily broken!

Pastor Abraham and Margaret's family. ...a very beautiful family!

Pastor Abraham and Margret’s family. …a very beautiful family!

Roof near completion

Roof near completion

Our RAU Guesthouse/Hall of Tyrannus (See:Acts 19:9-10) roof is nearly complete! We have a wide veranda around the house. This allows the many large windows to stay open even with  heavy rains and provides shade. There are many ventilation bricks on the outside wall and the hallway runs through the entire house to catch the strong north to south and south to north winds. The ceilings are a little over eleven feet tall. The large roof vent should take a lot of heat out of the attic. I am HOPING that by placing our 5000 liter water tank in the attic we will not have to heat our water for baths....electricity will always be an issue. I have seen some pretty cool solar water heaters which sit on the roof but they are bit pricy. We need about $20,000 to put it where Carol and I can move in to it for ministry. If you would like to help just shoot me an email and I will tell you how  :-)  JacobLeeRAU@gmail.com

Our R.A.U. Guesthouse/Hall of Tyrannus (See:Acts 19:9-10) roof is nearly complete!
We have a wide veranda around the house. This allows the many large windows to stay open even with heavy rains and provides shade. There are many ventilation bricks on the outside wall and the hallway runs through the entire house to catch the strong north to south and south to north winds. The ceilings are a little over eleven feet tall. The large roof vent should take a lot of heat out of the attic. I am HOPING that by placing our 5000 liter water tank in the attic we will not have to heat our water for baths….electricity will always be an issue.  We need funds to complete the Guesthouse so that Carol and I can move in to it for ministry. If you would like to help just shoot me an email and I will tell you how :-) JacobLeeRAU@gmail.com

East Side of Guesthouse

East Side of Guesthouse

Northwest View

Northwest View

West View

West View

The R.A.U. Guesthouse/Hall of Tyrannus is finished! Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Another praise report: Through the sacrificial generosity of Jesus loving people funds have come in to complete the Guesthouse/Hall of Tyrannus or get it close to completion. Please continue to pray that we will walk God's wisdom throughout the rest of the building work. Thank you for your prayers and gifts!

The R.A.U. Guesthouse/Hall of Tyrannus roof is finished! Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Another praise report: Through the sacrificial generosity of Jesus loving people funds have come in to complete the Guesthouse/Hall of Tyrannus or get it close to completion. Please continue to pray that we will walk God’s wisdom throughout the rest of the building work. Thank you for your prayers and gifts!

This is our water survey for the well which is going to be drilled soon by Water Harvest International. God saw to it that the best pool of water on our 17 acres just "happened" to be about 10 yards/ 3 Meters from the northwest corner of the Guesthouse/Hall of Tyrannus. "Luck" is not part of our vocabulary !

This is our water survey for the well which is going to be drilled soon by Water Harvest International. God saw to it that the best pool of water on our 17 acres just “happened” to be about 10 yards/ 3 Meters from the northwest corner of the Guesthouse/Hall of Tyrannus. “Luck” is not part of our vocabulary !

Water Harvest International hard at work boring our well. This is answer to many prayers offered up by many of God's people and sacrificial gifts! Thank you Jesus! Thank you our brothers and sisters in Christ!

Water Harvest International hard at work boring our well. This is answer to many prayers offered up by many of God’s people and sacrificial gifts! Thank you Jesus! Thank you our brothers and sisters in Christ!

Pump being installed

Hand pump being installed

Our new R.A.U. well. Thank you Jesus! Our next step will be to build a tower for 10,000 liter tank which will gravity feed all our systems. We also hope to get a solar pump installed.

Our new R.A.U. well, it is 60 meters (197 feet) deep. Thank you Jesus! Our next step will be to build a tower for our 10,000 liter tank which will gravity feed all our systems. We also hope to install a solar pump.

All our windows,interior and exterior doors, and garage doors were made in Kampala and trucked to the Guesthouse

All our windows,interior and exterior doors, and garage doors were made in Kampala and trucked to the Guesthouse

Garage Doors Set

Garage Doors Set

Walk with me through Reaching Africa’s Unreached Guesthouse/ Hall of Tyrannus

West View

This big window will bring a lot of air into the Hall of Tyrannus....very needful during the hot season!

This big window will bring a lot of air into the Hall of Tyrannus….very needful during the hot season!

Front view

Front view

Plaster work

Plaster work

Plaster work

Enjoying the well

Enjoying the well

Neighbors enjoying the RAU well

Neighbors enjoying the RAU well

Please continue in your prayers for us as we seek to spread the fame of King Jesus. If you would like information on how to help us in this endeavor please send me a email at:  JacobLeeRAU@gmail.com

Southeast view

Southeast view

Outside plaster work

Outside plaster work

Completing the plaster work

Completing the plaster work

Painting has begone!  Front View

Painting has begone!
Front View

Front

Front

East veranda

East veranda

Front Veranda Ceiling

Inside Corridor

Inside Corridor

Hall of Tyrannus

Hall of Tyrannus

Ceiling in the Hall of Tyrannus

Ceiling in the Hall of Tyrannus

Here we are with our two new water tanks. The large 10,000 liter one will be on a tall stand near the well and the 5,000 liter one will be in the attic above the breezeway in the Guesthouse. The large tank will gravity feed the one in the house and ,Lord willing, also future facilities, e.g. medical clinic,school, etc.

Here we are with our two new water tanks. The large 10,000 liter one will be on a tall stand near the well and the 5,000 liter one will be in the attic above the breezeway in the Guesthouse. The large tank will gravity feed the one in the house and ,Lord willing, also future facilities, e.g. medical clinic,school, etc.

Footing for outside water tower

Footing for outside water tower

Water tower construction

Water tower construction

Setting the water tank

Setting the water tank

Thank you Jesus!

Thank you Jesus!

Stone work around the base of the veranda.

Stone work around the base of the veranda.

Road Sign

Road Sign

Guesthouse kitchen counter top

Guesthouse kitchen counter top

Tile work in the Hall of Tyrannus

Tile work in the Hall of Tyrannus

The Hallway runs all the way directly through the center of the Guesthouse affectedly catching breezes either from the north or the south.

The Hallway runs all the way directly through the center of the Guesthouse affectedly catching breezes either from the north or the south.

Jacob and Carol's living quarters

Jacob and Carol’s living quarters

Bedroom floorJacob and Carol's Room

Bathroom 1

The glass has now been installed in the windows and doors

The glass has now been installed in the windows and doors

Guest Bedroom/Bath

Guest Bedroom/Bath

Looking out of Hall of Tyrannus. The kitchen is to the right

Looking out of Hall of Tyrannus. The kitchen is to the right

Lower Kitchen Cabinets

Lower Kitchen Cabinets

All our vents and screens over them to help keep out those nasty malaria biting mosquitoes!

All our vents and windows have screens over them to help keep out those nasty malaria biting mosquitoes!

North Side of Guesthouse/Hall of Tyrannus June 20th 2013

North Side of Guesthouse/Hall of Tyrannus June  2013

Northwest View

Northwest View

Northeast view

Northeast view

East view

East view

View from the front (south side). The veranda in the front is 15 feet while the veranda on the other three sides is 10 feet.

View from the front (south side). The veranda in the front is 15 feet while the veranda on the other three sides is 10 feet.

Installing our sub-measurable water pump

Installing our sub-measurable water pump

The sub-measurable water pump is in! The wiring still needs to be made more secure

The sub-measurable water pump is in! The wiring still needs to be made more secure

Our "power room" is located in the center of the house and its two 200 amp batteries are fed by two 230 watt solar panels. The batteries which power the whole house can also be charged by our generator if the need arises. As the Lord provides we will need to add more panels and batteries. Praise God for electricity!

Our “power room” is located in the center of the house and its two 200 amp batteries are fed by two 230 watt solar panels. The batteries which power the whole house can also be charged by our generator if the need arises. As the Lord provides we will need to add more panels and batteries. Praise God for electricity!

Our solar panels and generator.

Our solar panels and generator.

We have electricity in the middle of the African bush :-) !

We have electricity in the middle of the African bush :-) !

Our working Kitchen!

Our working Kitchen!

Cleaning up the compound

Cleaning up the compound

Things are shaping up! That is a newly planted mango tree in the foreground. We will be planting more of them as well as avocados, orange, and papaya trees around the Guesthouse. They will join the many others at many stages of growth all over RAU's 17 acres.

Things are shaping up! That is a newly planted mango tree in the foreground. We will be planting more of them as well as avocados, orange, and papaya trees around the Guesthouse. They will join the many others at many stages of growth all over RAU’s 17 acres.

Our first triple bunk bed is in place. All it needs now are its mattresses and mosquito nets.

Our first triple bunk bed is in place. All it needs now are its mattresses and mosquito nets.

Our first table in the Hall of Tyrannus. By God's grace at this table people's bodies and souls will be nourished.

Our first table for the Hall of Tyrannus. By God’s grace at this table people’s bodies and souls will be nourished.

Here Carol is with Lucy. She is our full time help in the house. Her pleasant personality, good cooking, and excellent work ethic is a great blessing! In this picture Carol and I were visiting her family in Moyo.

Here Carol is with Lucy. She is our full time help in the house. Her pleasant personality, good cooking, and excellent work ethic is a great blessing! In this picture Carol and I were visiting her family in Moyo.

Lucy and Carol team up on the clothes washing.

Lucy and Carol team up on the clothes washing.

Our two night guards are Christian brothers. They have  become good friends!

Our two night guards are Christian brothers. They have become good friends!

***August 10, 2013: Dedication Service of the the RAU Guesthouse/Hall of Tyrannus**

34 Comments leave one →
  1. victoria permalink
    March 18, 2012 12:50 pm

    Praise God for the work so far done.we serve a mighty God

  2. March 18, 2012 1:20 pm

    Coming along. How exciting!

  3. Becky permalink
    March 23, 2012 5:00 pm

    Wow. The walls are going up quickly. Won’t be long now.

  4. Jeff permalink
    March 26, 2012 2:56 am

    good to see the progress

    • March 28, 2012 3:08 pm

      It looks quite exciting and coming along nicely. The people there will receive a blessing when you and Carol arrive. We will be sad and glad for you at the same time. Trying to work that out within me. The only way is to keep my eyes on Jesus.

      • April 27, 2012 12:53 pm

        Leaving family, and friends like you, will be difficult but Carol and I are trusting in God’s grace which will be with us and our family/friends. We only have one life here and ultimately the only thing that counts is living faithfully for our KING…then what we do will echo throughout eternity for God’s glory!

  5. Bob-Gad permalink
    April 19, 2012 1:06 pm

    What a mighty God we serve!! See how he is building the house.To him be the glory.

  6. Marcia Davis permalink
    June 2, 2012 5:00 pm

    Wow!….. I will continue to pray for you and your wife….God bless you both

    • June 2, 2012 5:03 pm

      Thank you Marcia! Please plan on bringing a team from your school when we get moved :-).

  7. July 21, 2012 2:40 am

    Jacob! What an amazing work God is doing with and through you! This has been a long time in the making and you have been faithful. My husband and I plan to visit!

    • July 21, 2012 3:46 am

      Thank you for words of encouragement Dawn, they mean a lot. Lord knows we would of liked to have already moved but our King’s timing is not always ours. He has been connecting the dots one by one for us and I am so grateful. It would be an honor to have you and husband come…I know you have hearts for the Lord and His people in this region! Our door will always be open to you. Please keep praying that we remain faithful to the call our Lord has given us…blessings!!

  8. victoria permalink
    September 21, 2012 7:50 pm

    Praise GOD for the progress on the house .I cannot wait to make a trip.we are praying for you.

    • September 22, 2012 4:29 am

      Thanks Vickie. You will be most welcome to come very often :-)!

  9. Bobby & Barbara Walker permalink
    September 22, 2012 5:20 pm

    Hello Jake! Thank you for sharing the progress with us and for all of the wonderful pictures! We praise God for his continued grace & blessing on all of you and on the work there. We also thank him for all of the wonderful workers, old & young, who are helping you, and we are asking Him daily to pour out abundantly blessings on them and their families for their faithfulness to God’s work there! Our prayers are always with you all! Keep us posted! In Christ’s Love, Bobby & Barbara

    • September 22, 2012 5:33 pm

      Thank you for your encouraging words and prayers! Your long term friendship means so much. I am going to try post pictures more often on this page. Please keep praying! Thank you!

  10. lolu moses permalink
    September 23, 2012 7:05 am

    Lolu Moses:
    To God be the glory and honor.Am impressed for the hard work you brethren are doing.God bless you.

  11. Denny Walsh permalink
    September 24, 2012 8:59 am

    As I watch You come and go from the States, and return to R.A.U’s site to see God’s progress, I can now see why HE has chosen such a humble servant to bring so many who were Lost to HIS Throne! “God Bless You Jabob & Carol Lee!”

    • September 24, 2012 9:22 am

      Thank you Denny! Your words are so very encouraging….our Lord and King is so good! Sorry I missed seeing you before I left. Please continue to pray as there is much work to do and building in the bush presents many challenges. The ministry opportunities are abundant! I pray that you and family will be able to come visit us in this beautiful part of God’s creation. I arrive back home on the 26th of October. We need to get together! Blessings!

  12. sserufred@gmail.com permalink
    September 27, 2012 12:47 pm

    God is doing a great work in you.Blessing.

  13. Lester permalink
    October 1, 2012 12:47 pm

    Hey Brother Jake, I have always teased you about how well you supervise, but you really look like you’re working hard in a few of these pictures!!! What a blessing to see the guesthouse making such progress! May the Lord continue to guide, strengthen, and reveal His love through all of you. Oh, and I’m sure your expert supervision is welcome, too:)

    Lester

    • October 1, 2012 1:00 pm

      Thanks Lester. Honestly, I do do whole lot more supervision than actual physical work :-). Laborers are plenteous,need work, and rather inexpensive so my time seems to be better spent “pointing” :-).

  14. Marlene Aspenson permalink
    October 9, 2012 10:01 pm

    Love your updates. When they come in I stop what I’m doing to read the progress and praise the Lord for His goodness. The guest house looks beautiful and I think about the many ways God will show Himself in that place…already sensing the filling of the Holy Spirit’s power. Bless you and keep you.

    • October 10, 2012 4:27 am

      Thank you Marlene! Your prayers and words of encouragement are such a blessing! The Lord has been showing Himself strong for us every step of the way. We so much want everything done here to be for the spreading of the fame of King Jesus. Please greet and give my love to all the “Iowa” family!

  15. Amanda Samrani Wings of Healing-South Sudan permalink
    October 29, 2012 2:01 pm

    Jake, Looks great! I am in Kampala picking up the Ugandan nurse that will be working with us in S. Sudan. I head back on Wednesday night, I’ll go see it in person. I was talking to Duane Jones, president CornerStone International (CI), my sending agency about you, R.A.U., Lifegate and it seems he knows Bob Odom well. He was actually a board member at CI for years. Such God connections can’t be ignored. Reminds me of Mark 10:29-31. I count R.A.U. as part of my 100 fold!!! See Yall!

    • October 29, 2012 2:33 pm

      It was so wonderful meeting you Amanda! There certainly is nothing by “chance” in God’s economy :-) ! Yes, Pastor Odom served many years on the CI board. Furthermore, I have been good friends with Ron and JoAnna Zeiner since the early 80’s. I also count Ross Hindman a good friend…and now you too! Both Carol and I look forward to many times of good fellowship/comradely with you !

      • Amanda Samrani Wings of Healing-South Sudan permalink
        October 29, 2012 2:37 pm

        :D

  16. January 12, 2013 7:06 pm

    We have a God whom we can trust seeing all these, I know he is faithful God indeed!

    • Michael permalink
      February 8, 2013 3:00 pm

      Hello Brother Abraham
      I am very impressed for your continued commitment into God’s work, may He continue to bless you and strengthen you and your love ones. Agatha and I are continuously praying for all of you. Be blessed.

  17. Michael permalink
    February 8, 2013 2:49 pm

    Wow this is awesome progressive pictures, Brother Jacob Lee your desire for The Lord and continued commitment is amazing me each moment. My wife Agatha and I are in continues prayers. May The Lord continue to show His Love for those who love Him like yourself.

    • February 8, 2013 3:13 pm

      Thank you and Agatha for your prayers and words of encouragement. The LORD is to be praised! What HE begins HE completes (Philippians 1:6)! Please continue in your prayers. Lord willing you will be able to visit us in Aforgi! :-)

  18. Hopie Shuford permalink
    March 19, 2013 4:45 pm

    What a BLESSING to have you and Carol in Cheraw, SC last week (3/16/13) for our missions conference :-) As you know, God has given me a heart for missions in Africa during my 3 months in Kenya in 2010. Anne and I want to have an active part in your work and ministry…we believe that God will continue to move our hearts toward the part He wants us to have with you and Carol. Please pray for us as we continue to pray for y’all.

    • March 19, 2013 5:51 pm

      We had such a wonderful time with with you and your church Hopie! Your kindness and love were real expressions of your love for our Lord Jesus Christ! We do have a kindred spirit and I know we will be lifelong partners in working to see Jesus exalted in Africa. Carol and I look forward to the days ahead when you and Anne as well as your extended family can minister in some short term mission trips with us…our door will always be open to you! Our prayers are with you and thank you so very much for yours!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 72 other followers

%d bloggers like this: