2018 in Review

2018 In Review

God has been so good to us at Reaching Africa’s Unreached in 2018. Please watch and see for yourself! We are blessed by the many who have been a part of what God is doing in the West Nile region of Uganda. We love the plans God!

For a  2018 year report on RAU’s agricultural ministry please visit this page:

https://reachingafricasunreached.org/agriculture-project/

2018 Blog Posts

April

Theological Training in Missions

A Sacred Feast

May

Staying The Course

Joy!

June

“Together” For The Gospel

July

North Sudanese Leader’s Retreat

Keeping Watch Over The Flock

Reproducible Pastoral Training

August

Mining The Treasures Of Christ

I am sure….

October

Some Certain Pilgrims’ Progress

November

Seeing Is Knowing And Knowing is Changing And Changing is Loving

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seeing Is Knowing And Knowing is Changing And Changing is Loving

Seeing Is Knowing And Knowing is Changing And Changing is Loving

By Carol Lee

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The more you get set into your own world, the smaller your world becomes.
― J.R. Rim

There is a kind of magic-ness about going far away and then coming back all changed.
― Kate Douglas Wiggin

Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

1 John 3:2-3

Jacob and I were once given this illustration (which I have put into my own words) of how living in another culture changes you:  “Imagine that you (an American, let us say) are culturally the color BLUE.  And imagine that the country to which you have moved is culturally YELLOW.  The “yellow” of the country to which you have moved begins to rub off on you and it mixes with the “blue” that you are.  Now, instead of being completely blue you are beginning to look a little “green” because, as you know, in the kingdom of art, blue + yellow = green.  When you return to your home country, you are no longer blue (you aren’t like everyone else) and, in the country from which you just traveled, you don’t blend in either because you are not yellow but green.  You will never be fully blue again nor can you ever be fully yellow.” This illustration describes Jacob’s and my experience so well as our “norm” has been scrambled by our cultural transplantation; its effect has been to make us somehow cultural “vagabonds” so we no longer comfortably “fit” in either place, nor do we think or see some issues the same way we used to.

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Traveling widely is not an automatic ticket to a broadened perspective and not traveling doesn’t exclude a person from treasuring the wider world — the needful for both is appreciation of a “foreign” measure or perception of beauty, values and practices.  However, experiencing (with all one’s senses) the novelties beyond home borders has an impact which cannot be compared with that which is only read about, seen via media or imagined.  There is a Ugandan proverb (found similarly in other African countries) which says, “He who believes his mother to be the best cook has never traveled beyond his own village.”  How impoverished we are if we have never tasted the goodness of other cultures and the richness of another’s community whether at home or abroad!!

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Diversity is spice and richness!  The world (along with the many Tribes and Nations and Peoples and Tongues) is vast with kaleidoscopic beauty and rich heritage.  Every culture bears the birth mark of our Creator and Father and reveals the creative variety derived from His very being.  However, self-centeredness has also marred every heart and culture, so each heart and every culture is in need of re-imprinting. Ultimately, God is the Designer and Definer:  we are His design:  vastly diverse and valuable according to His definition.  Lack of appreciation for cultural diversity diminishes us. Appreciation of differences enriches us for in the collective of them we see the multi-faceted immensity of God.

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More consequential than our own culturally-confined preoccupation is the greater impoverishment stemming from spiritual myopia–worldly centrism.  A pre-judging, narrow preference for our own culture is merely a symptom of our rebellion toward the One who envisioned and orchestrated ethnic diversity and an eternity filled with worshipers from every tribe, tongue, people and nation, an eternity full of the glory and beauty of the Creator Himself of which this world is only an inkling.  We simply cannot see what we are missing out on, not only by our cultural exclusivity but, especially, in dismissing the preeminent, eternal, glorious reality of God!

SEEING His glory and grandeur,  intelligence and creativity, purity and goodness and His justice and mercy makes us mindful of our smallness and our significance in His creative work. KNOWING the Lord by all the means through which He has revealed Himself and understanding His design enables us to embrace His priorities and worship Him above our (by contrast) petty lives, earthly perspectives and treasures.  First John 3:2-3 sheds light on the fact that seeing will result in full knowledge and fullness of knowledge will produce a change. The richness of our future hope will inspire cooperation in the process of being changed and CHANGING.  Restorative change will generate LOVING openness because we have been made new and, by new nature, we will be re-imprinted to display to the world the unifying God of diversity who breaks down dividing walls through the reconciling work of Christ, the perfect image of the invisible God. We will want to invite the world to experience the same redeeming love.  To the degree that we, the Body of Christ, do not declare this with our lives is the degree to which we have lost sight of or never had sight of the fullness of God.

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Recently, we welcomed our last team to RAU for a special retreat and ministry within various communities.  Stephen McConnell, and Bret Williams (from Currey Creek Church in Boerne, Texas) and Brenda Vordenbaum (from Lifegate, our home church) teamed up in Texas to make the arduous journey here.  A sure sign of love — that folks would travel 6 days (3 here and 3 back) to engage in Jesus-inspired, loving service in the remote West Nile region of Uganda.  The resources that they brought will have impact beyond their time here. Stephen had been before, but it was new for Bret and Brenda and their first impressions evoked emotions and wonderment.  The long drive from Arua to Moyo made room for them to see, begin to be changed and grow in love for new cultures and peoples.

Compassion does not just happen. Pity does, but compassion is not pity. It’s not a feeling. Compassion is a viewpoint, a way of life, a perspective, a habit that becomes a discipline – and more than anything else, compassion is a choice we make that love is more important than comfort or convenience.

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The team arrived Saturday. On Sunday, we headed to Aya Baptist Church to worship together with the church there. Each of the team shared a little, and Bret Williams preached the word.  [It’s a joyful inspiration —  being crowded into the Aya church with barely an inch to move and, yet, there are numerous indigenous instruments and much jubilating in song and motion!]  Afterward, we were treated to a wonderful meal through the hospitality of Pastor Tobious and his wife, Beatrice. This first event in Aya gave the team a foretaste of the dear people they had come a long way to see and know and love and of the bumping and jostling they were to experience in coming days and!!!

Monday was a day of preparation for the upcoming retreat.  [I am extremely grateful for the wonderful crew the Lord has blessed us with in the men and women who work with us every day here at RAU.  Without their hard work it would be exhausting to clean all the buildings and make up 36 beds.  With their hard work, RAU has become “an oasis in a desert“.]  Bret, Brenda and Stephen were fine tuning their plan for presenting the overarching story of the Bible through storybook form and excellent, in-depth teaching.  Jacob  was administrating the many activities involved in bringing groups to RAU for training as well as what happens here at RAU everyday, including construction and Ag projects.  We were “ramping up” for the big event — a retreat for 36 people (13 couples and some who came without their spouses due to circumstances beyond their control).

This retreat was unique in that it was the first one for “couples” with husband and wife (Metu Mountain Pastors/church leaders and wives) learning side by side.  Brenda had brought many copies of  “The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name” along with protective covers (to emphasize care for the resource).  Her heart was to teach parents (and specifically, mothers) God’s view of children, how we teach our children (by example, demonstration, direct instruction, questioning, singing and stories), the role of reading (and story-telling) and that the Bible is God’s true story of Redemption.  Bret and Stephen had the weighty task of diving more deeply into the main themes (Biblical Theology) of the Bible.  Altogether, they came up with the brilliant idea of having Brenda read (exactly how she would have read to her kids and grandkids — with great animation) a story from the Story Book Bible which corresponded to Bret’s and Stephen’s more in-depth teaching of God’s redemptive plan throughout history.  This was an awesome way to communicate not only the important details of the message but also the joy of sharing the message with their children in an inspiring and interactive way.

It was entertaining to observe the impact of the teaching, to see husbands and wives following along together in the story book, to hear the important truths being underscored repeatedly and to know that the couples were hearing and receiving and being strengthened in the same information together.  Part of the retreat time was given to Emma to teach about “Farming as a Business” which has been timely in equipping the leaders in the Metu Mountains and other regions.

Having a “couples” retreat presented us with some unique challenges, though.  When women are involved, typically they are nursing babies.  So, we had to arrange for babysitters from their villages whom the mothers would trust to watch their children and we provided diapers and wipes (a rare convenience for mothers in the Metu Mountains); it was a first for me to have to buy diapers for a retreat!  We had a total of 8 children.  An interesting aspect of Registration and Orientation was demonstrating modern plumbing and the use of diapers, wipes and proper disposal.  What we, in the West, consider second nature and elementary, is a mystery and a novelty for those who have never had the exposure, so care was taken to make the women feel at home.

The retreat was a unique experience for a few of the men who had never been but, surely, for all of the women who rarely have an opportunity to get away from the demands of home.  We realized it was not easy for many of them to organize the family members left behind so they, as couples, could get away.  This was surely a hardship but, hopefully, also a refreshment. Our prayer is that what has been “sown in tears” will be “reaped in joy“!!

Not to give the team too much free time, Jacob took them to Gbari, Arapi, Duku and Oyo on Saturday after the conclusion of the retreat!  (I was laid low with a spasming back and had to stay behind.)  There were some joyful reunions as some of the people who attended the retreat were from these villages.  Those that gathered were blessed by Bret, Stephen and Brenda’s teaching and storytelling once again.  Tobious recently told us that children all around the Metu villages can be seen acting out Bible stories!!

Sunday was a completely new experience for the team:  Yumbe District for Open Air, one-on-one outreach and the “Jesus Film” showing.  The leaders (both Christian and Muslim) from Ambelecu (“c” is pronounced “ch“) had requested Jacob and the St. Paul’s Pilgrim Church Youth group to return for a second time — an encouraging sign and a request Jacob was happy to fulfill!  Such a trip never allows their return before midnight, so Monday was planned as a day of recuperation for the team.

Tuesday was the final day for a “White Knuckles Mission Adventure” with Jacob before Brenda, Stephen and Bret returned to the USA.  It was “the big one” — Ijujo, Cinyi and Oku — one of those “for the joy set before Him He endured the cross” kind of trips. The team experienced firsthand that reports of the grueling nature of this particular adventure were not at all exaggerated!  Anyone who has been there will agree that you had better do some physical training before attempting the climb back up from Oku/Lea!!  However, I think everyone who has been there also agrees that the joy is worth any cross to meet with the dear people who live so remotely.

The end of a team’s visit always comes around too quickly!  Jacob and I are familiar with that feeling of excitement in heading back home to the States to be reunited with family.  We are also too familiar with that sad feeling of waving goodbye to those heading back.  On Wednesday, our dear friend, Eric, came to drive the team to Arua for the puddle jumper to Entebbe and then their flight to the USA.  We were relieved to hear of their safe arrival back Stateside.  Thank you, team, for our wonderful shared adventure!!

Before leaving Wednesday afternoon, though, Brenda was so kind to help me (as my back was still a little touch and go) prepare for our friends, the Perry’s, missionaries in South Sudan and then in Uganda but now heading back to the USA.  Jeff and Elizabeth and their 8 children — and a dog! — needed a place to lay their heads while they cleaned the home they were leaving.  It was a sweet time.  We wish them well as they transition back to the USA where Dr. Perry will continue practicing medicine and Elizabeth will keep on doing her wonderful work of home schooling their children.  They leave a Christ-honoring testimony of loving service, friendship and community involvement and an example for me of acculturating in a way that honors the people with whom they lived.

Watching friends come and go has inspired Jacob and me continue to work towards and pray for others joining us in this journey.  Toward that end, Jacob has been taking advantage of a cleared ministry calendar to focus on the Mission House building.  He has the goal of a certain level of progress being made before our return to the USA for  our son, Josiah’s wedding (to Unyae Smith) in mid-December.  The house is taking shape and many projects will be done while we are away by our skilled and trustworthy Sub-Contractor, Pastor Joachim, who has proved himself well on this building.  The Lord has blessed us with other skilled men to do their part: Electrician, Moses, Plumber, Joachim and Carpenters, Tikka and NKata.  Pray with us for the right people to come at the right time and fill up this house and live in mission with us!

As the end of the year is closing in and ministry events are over, so is growing season on our Ag Demo Plot.  We are expecting a great yield on the rice and the groundnuts (peanuts).  The bananas and passion fruit continue to produce and we have enjoyed the benefit of it.  We have hosted several teams interested in the Ag component of RAU: a group of TOT (Training Of Trainers) with ZOA and a smaller group of local farmers (Pamoju Farmers Association).  Emma, (Principle Ag Extension Office), always looking for some new crop to introduce, both for demonstration as well as our consumption is going to be planting “air potatoes”  which are actually from the yam family originating in Africa and Asia.  They grow on a crawling vine and, in this region, are used for their antibiotic properties among other benefits.  Another venture will be to plant “Brother’s heart” fruit trees which also have medicinal properties, particularly, anti-cancer.  This fruit is known in other places as “Soursop” or “Guanabana“.

Emma is keeping busy in many areas of life.  In addition to his work here at RAU, he is studying for his Masters in Project Planning and Management.  And!…to our happy surprise, he and Vivian announced their Introduction and Traditional Marriage to be held January 19, 2019!  Unfortunately, we will miss that since we will be in the States.  Please pray for him as his life, personally and professionally, is about to get even busier!

Jacob took a short, one-day trip to Obongi to encourage Pastor Godfrey, his wife, Lillian and the congregation, Obongi Town Church, he shepherds.  They have been meeting under a ‘constantly falling apart’ shelter.  Jacob wanted to spiritually strengthen them through the word of God but also look at what would need to be done to make a more sound structure in which to meet and which could be a witness among the Obongi town people. The church now has a metal roof instead of the tarp. The rains have been ravaging the roads which are used by many heavy vehicles making deliveries to the Refugee settlements along the road.  Jacob and his team almost didn’t make it but, as you might suspect, the Land Cruiser is a beast under tough circumstances.  So, Jacob’s goal was met!

As Jacob and I put things in order (a huge task in itself) to come back to the USA, one item on our list is to begin to transition our mindsets to another culture.  A little more “yellow” has mixed into our “blue” and so we are looking even more “green“.  Each trip, with all the blessings it brings, serves to remind us that we have changed; this world is not our home — we are sojourners. While we are in this world, though, we want to, with open arms and open hearts, embrace the people of each culture into which we are set and appreciate what God is doing in each place, each setting and each life.  Sometimes we do it well — and sometimes we don’t.  So, we need a lot of grace!

Please be praying for us in these last few weeks, especially Jacob.  He, though weary, is working with great focus to ensure that the quality of the work reflects the beauty and glory of the Lord and which sets the bar of doing all things well.  I am pushing on getting this newsletter done and then making a video to show when we travel in the USA.  I need lots of grace for that — in the form of patience, know-how, vision and creativity!

Some other things to keep in prayer and some things for which to give praise:

  • We have the money for 2 of the 5 boreholes (wells) we would like to put near remote villages in the Metu Mountains. Underground water has been found. Please consider this project in your year-end giving. Because of the remote and rugged terrain where the wells are being drilled the cost per well is $8000.

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  • Praise!  Here is what Jacob wrote about a very special gift we received just a few days ago!  “We have just packed 5,000 Bibles and 2,500 Creation-to-Christ ‘Story of Jesus Christ’ picture books in our container donated through Ben Cohen with Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship!  These Bibles, along with our 8,000+ ESV Global Study Bibles which came in 2013 and 2015 are being distributed. Our primary targets for the ESV Global Study Bibles have been for Ugandan, South Sudanese, and North Sudanese leaders as well as Imams and Sheikhs (the latter have also received ASB Arabic Study Bibles and Aringa NT’s).  Now, with these NASBs, we can also get Bibles into the hands of church members who can read English. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!  I love this quote of Ben Cohen: “The Gospel of Jesus Christ is dynamite in the heart. It is the POWER of God to save!”

The printed page is a missionary that can go anywhere and do so at minimum cost. It enters closed lands and reaches all strata of society. It does not grow weary. It needs no furlough. It lives longer than any missionary. It never gets ill. It penetrates through the mind to the heart and conscience. It has and is producing results everywhere. It has often lain dormant yet retained its life and bloomed years later.” SAMUEL ZWEMER

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  • Pray for Josiah and Unyae as they get close to their wedding day; pray that we all arrive safely and can celebrate it well!!!  We are so blessed to welcome her into our family, though she has already been deeply welcomed into our hearts!!  What a beautiful person she is!
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  • Pray for the harvesting rice and G-nuts (peanuts) and post-harvest handling activities.  It’s a busy time and there are many different Ag programs happening.

Growing season has been fruitful — and so has the long ministry season filled with team visits, retreats, ministry in hard-to-reach places and just plain hard places.  Jacob and I are, once again, thankful for every person who serves as a conduit of God’s grace in seeds sown, plants watered and fruit born.  The encouragement of your participation comes in so many forms: prayers, encouraging words, financial support, wise counsel, resources and physical presence.  We fervently desire the Gospel and gracious goodness of God to have long-term impact in the West Nile region of Uganda, South Sudan and (North) Sudan.  Please continue to partner with us financially on a monthly or one-time-gift basis.  There is so much yet to do!  As 2018 comes to a close, please consider RAU’s ministry in your year-end giving.  It will be an investment with eternal dividends. The message below expresses our hearts very well:

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Jacob and I will be back in the States, not only for Josiah and Unyae’s wedding, but also to visit other family and friends and churches.  First stop after the wedding will be in Stephenville with Anna and family as well as Rocky Point Baptist Church before we land in Seguin with Joshua and his family and our beloved home church, Lifegate. Seguin will be our launch point for all further travel.  We will be visiting churches throughout our stay in the USA  and we look forward to being reunited with many friends.  One special stop will be a visit with Edward and Jennifer Heinze at Southern Seminary where we hope to be able to meet others at the Seminary who might be keenly interested in joining full time with RAU.   While we are in Seguin, we will need the use of a vehicle.  If anyone has one we could borrow it would be greatly appreciated.

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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!
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When at least 35% of the world, “the unoccupied fields”, have no access to the gospel, we (believers) must all do all we can to reach them. We who are saved owe the gospel to every lost person, most especially the 2.4 billion who will not hear unless someone breaks into their “unoccupied field” with no thought of their own life!
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Sowing seeds of love and kindness should not be separated from preaching the gospel of sovereign grace but completely intertwined with it!
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I am sure that none of us will say when in heaven that we prayed too much, we sacrificed too much, proclaimed the gospel too much, and were too passionate to get the gospel to those who have little to no access to this gospel of grace. Let us together press on to make it our  ambition to preach the gospel where Christ has not been named!
Jacob Lee

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Some Certain Pilgrims’ Progress

Some Certain Pilgrims’ Progress

By Carol Lee

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

~~~Proverbs 16: 9~~~

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

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
― Corrie ten Boom

It has been too long since I have read John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress” in its entirety, but what I remember about its description of our lives as an all-terrain journey is spot on!  There are “conflicts on the outside, fears within” (2 Corinthians 7:5 NIV) and, yet, in Christ we are “more than conquerors” (Romans 8:37)! The struggle with sin will not end this side of our destination, but Paul reminds us in Romans 8 that we are no longer under condemnation and are released from the power of sin. We have Christ as our best example who, though God in the flesh, learned obedience through suffering (Hebrew 5:8).  Yet, Jesus also promised us His peace that surpasses understanding and joy and fullness and power in the Holy Spirit.  Paul described himself and his companions as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10).  That is a pilgrim’s true journey and each of us are pilgrims in progress.

But, I am so glad that a SOVEREIGN and LOVING God is the one  superintending this journey towards dependence and growth with eternal foresight and wisdom and with the power to make something beautiful even out of our messes.  There are towering mountain top experiences we could not have imagined and daunting chasms and valleys I DEFINITELY would not have designed into our adventure.  Jacob’s and my journey is not more treacherous or dramatic than others’ by any stretch of the imagination (in fact, we have suffered little compared to many), nor more victorious or glorious for sure, (many have done greater exploits for the Lord)!  However, ours is the story we know most deeply and personally and so we have the greatest vested interest in our being certain of God’s love and sovereign plan and in making progress on our way!

Just like Christian, the main character of Pilgrim’s Progress, we have carried burdens and turned them loose at the cross, encountered pitfalls of discouragement but found comforting words written and offered to us like a life-line for which we have reached out fiercely and held on to tenaciously.  We have faced fiery darts of trials and temptations and found trusty weapons to overcome. Along the way we have encountered companionship and friendship in the “Faithful” and “Hopeful” who are on the same path.  As Christian fixed his eye on “that light” in the distance, we have fixed ours on Jesus, “who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)

For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 2:17-18

As you read the chronicles of progress over the last month and a half of these certain pilgrims, Jacob and Carol, I hope you will join us on this adventurous journey and that you will see and feel your part in this unfolding present-day pilgrims’ progress.  We apologize for taking too long in recording it.

Starting back in the beginning of September we welcomed Jacob’s dear friend, Don Fredricks, who comes to Uganda often to offer training in Aquaponics.  Jacob met him on one of his trips to Pakistan with SWI.  Thankfully, Don planned a detour to come and see us here at RAU!  He also brought his grandson, John Alcantara, to experience Uganda and to assist him in his trainings.  Emma was able to attend last year’s training as well as this year’s held in Arua.  Don and his wife, LeeAnn, are founders of a ministry, “Communities of Hope” in California where they live.

At the tail end of their visit we received several more visitors.  Two (North) Sudanese leaders and brothers in Christ stopped in to get some Bibles and other literature to take with them to the Republic of Sudan for ministry.   This happens fairly frequently now as our connections with Sudanese (north) grow, especially through our friendship with Joshua Abraham, a faithful man from Darfur whose story of coming to faith in Christ from a Muslim background is always faith-affirming and empowering. Just recently, Joshua brought another gentleman, Absalah, from Sudan who has been doing church planting in the Nuba Mountain region.  It was Jacob’s greatest pleasure to load him up with Bibles and literature, knowing that all of these resources will reach people with few resources doing Kingdom work (discipling and planting churches) in places where few people (if any) have heard and believed the message of redemption in Christ.

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Just as our visitors from Sudan were about to leave, Greg Lewis, with “Go and Tell Ministries” and his friends, Larry Nail, Dembe Arafat and Patrick Ngundo arrived.  Jacob took Greg and his team to some of his favorite places in the Metu Mountains for ministry and for the opportunity of seeing what RAU has been up to.  They came with a heart to love and serve the people of this area.

On September 15th, we had the privilege of receiving our dear family in Christ from Rocky Point Baptist Church who came for two whole weeks of ministry!  For the first time ever, we received a team from Eagle Air Uganda IN MOYO!!!  That was especially a blessing for the weary ones who had already been traveling for two solid days.  It was a blessing for us because it meant more time with the team and flying in directly allowed them a day to get settled and  acclimate to a new place and time zone.

Saturday and Sunday were days of preparation for the upcoming retreat, both physically (readying of resource bags and registration tasks) and spiritually (prepping for the upcoming FULL week of teaching for the men).  The attendees (second track of leaders) on their way were Sudanese refugees (from Darfur, Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile North Sudan and a few from the northern part of South Sudan) who had to flee and take refuge twice over in two different countries.  They were coming to receive teaching from Module 2 of the Reaching and Teaching curriculum,Hearts, Heads and Hands.”  On Sunday we headed to Pastor Henry’s church next door where we received a warm welcome and enjoyed the joyful gathering of God’s people to worship in song, prayer and the preaching of the word.

Monday, the first day of the our 29th retreat, was, as always, the most chaotic as final preparations were made and we waited for attendees to arrive and get them registered and settled in their Tukalus.  The value in having 2 ladies, Toni Tozzi-Wehnert and Alisa LaRue, to help with all the details cannot be overemphasized – not to mention, their awesome company made the mundane and stressful things a joy!  It was a “normal” Monday Registration as attendees trickled in from the various refugee settlements around Uganda.  Once everyone was settled in and had cleaned up and eaten lunch, the teaching sessions began and from there on out, the engines of the retreat machine were whirring steadily until the final day – Friday!

The Rocky Point men (Edward Heinze, Jeff Dyke, Scott Manley and Sterling Cooper) did a wonderful job of teaching and encouraging and fleshing out the truth. Module 2 covered an overview of the New Testament, the Pastor’s character, and prayer, joy and thinking all things honorable. It has been wonderful to have an already developed curriculum which covers all the important aspects of Pastoral care with regard to “head” (sound doctrine), “heart” (character issues) and “hand” (administrative responsibilities).

In the breaks between sessions or before supper, many of the young men would rally for a football (soccer) match or hang out with one another and members of the teaching team.  What I loved so much was the pastoral care that the attendees received from the men on the team:  excellent teaching + excellent one-on-one care = 2 Timothy 2:2.

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Included, very intentionally, in the retreat was an afternoon set aside for agricultural training by Emma who also has 9 Modules mapped out so that by the end of the Modules of Reaching and Teaching they will also have received training on many aspects of “Farming as a Business”, including vision casting, entrepreneurship, financial literacy and business planning.  In one of the photos below, you can see Salah Hamed, one of the attendees, who did his homework from the first module and is showing off his rice field!

When the last vehicle carried off our friends back to their homes after the retreat, it was a sigh of relief and satisfaction in having finished another wonderful training.  Thankfully, we had the rest of Friday and Saturday to recuperate and prepare for “the next thing” which was our outreach to Kulikulinga Trading Center in Yumbe District on Sunday afternoon and night.

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We left for Yumbe late morning on Sunday and then waited at a guesthouse there (sipping soda and relaxing) until the youth group from St. Paul’s Pilgrim Church (where Onduga Charles is one of the leaders) had gathered all their equipment and packed 15 young people into one tiny pick-up truck.  Then it was off via bumpy dirt roads to Kulikulinga.  There was nothing easy about setting up such an outreach–logistics are always a challenge.  Some of the youth immediately began assembling the sound equipment while the rest of us teamed up with other youth to canvas the neighborhoods handing out tracts and inviting folks to the open air preaching and the “Jesus Film“.  The youth team had already started singing worship songs and dancing to gather the crowd.  Then, Jeff Dyke (who was determined to give it his all though sick with “a bug”) preached a message on how we can receive a clean heart.  Edward took his turn next  and preached another clear Gospel message.  Charles did the interpreting (and you would not believe the fire in this man if you have only talked with him in person — the man can preach!).  Finally, Pastor Henry and Mindra assembled the huge movie screen and set it in place atop the Land Cruiser and the Jesus Film was shown to a large gathered crowd.  It was a long day and we did not arrive back to RAU until about 1 a.m. Monday morning.

Thank goodness for the “day off” on Monday.  We needed it for rest and to prepare for yet another retreat (Number 30), this time for leaders from the Metu Mountains, Moyo and Obongi, who arrived the next day, Tuesday. This retreat was specifically aimed at training the leaders in pastoral care (using the Pastoral epistles as a foundation) and addressing the many issues that arise in a church setting.

In the middle of the week, Wednesday, Alisa, Toni and I had arranged with Pastor Henry’s church next door, a women’s one-day seminar, using the framework of Ten Disciplines of a Godly Woman” (Barbara Hughes), but adding our own flavor and work to it. NONE of us considered ourselves teachers and we all felt out of our element, but we were received so heartily and as if what we offered was delicious food for hungry souls.  We all went away encouraged, built up and strengthened.  It was a joy to love on these women who pulled away from busy home duties and walked to the church to receive the teaching.  We could not have done anything effectively without the excellent interpreting skills of Flavia.  The seminar left us all with the distinct knowledge that such times of teaching need to happen more often.

I believe all of us felt spent in a very satisfying way by the end of Thursday!  There was only one more day left in which to enjoy new experiences in ministry.  Jacob had planned for the team to head up to Pristine (Aya, Ijujo, Cinyi and Oku/Lea).  Unfortunately, the trip could not be completed.  On the way back from Yumbe on Sunday Jacob had noticed that the Land Cruiser was having trouble with what he thought was the fuel pump or filter.  He had some work done on it and thought it was fixed, BUT…part way to Aya Jacob realized that the problem was not taken care of and they had to turn around and abandon the plans.  Disappointment all the way around!!!  The team had so been looking forward to experiencing Metu mountain ministry.  Jacob was able to take the vehicle to the garage and the problem was identified and solved, though not in time to make the adventure happen.

Friday became a day for relaxing and packing and enjoying one another’s company before departure on Saturday.  We enjoyed one more “Movie Night” with popcorn and then it was back to the Moyo airfield (literally a field with a small cleared landing strip) Saturday morning.  With sad goodbyes but happy memories we saw them off into the clouds.

Just a few days later we welcomed Paul Ortega and his team of 7 with Pearl Haven Ministries.  Paul Ortega, Brooke (his daughter), Kintu Deo, Emma Edu, John Wilson, Isaac Hakim, James Musasizi and Francis Ssenyondo drove from Mbale, where Pearl Haven Ministries is based.  Jacob was able to take them on two separate days to the Metu Mountains for ministry in the church plants there.  Through Pearl Haven Ministries nine churches were blessed with clothing that church members from Pearl Haven Church in Mbale had collected and donated in addition to much needed medicines.  It was a joy to interact and to hear of their zeal for discipleship and evangelism in their home places.  It was also a joy to be able to make an investment in them personally through interactions and with Bibles and several books for their libraries.  We are grateful for the desire the team had for ensuring that everyone, even those in our surrounding neighborhoods, had the opportunity to hear of Christ’s redeeming love.

On October 11, we were blessed to meet two men who had traveled all the way from California.  Timothy Barley, a pastor at Valley Bible Church in Pleasanton, and Daniel Olvera, an exuberant young man being mentored by Timothy, were a delight to have.  Their purpose in visiting was to “come and see” if their church and our ministry could be a good partnering fit.  They were such an encouragement to us and the family of God to whom they ministered and, I think I can safely say that, they were encouraged by what they saw and experienced.  We look forward to seeing how the Lord further connects our lives together with theirs and others from Valley Bible Church.

What may look like a lull in activity now for the next week and a half is not really that!  Jacob is continuing to oversee the building of the Mission House — and it’s coming along so well.  As I write, the roof is nearing completion, door frames will be put in soon and plastering will start.  I have been busy doing this–writing a newsletter and helping Jacob in all his activities.  We often entertain visitors who come to see the Demo Plot or have some interest in Agriculture.

One particular visit from a young Agricultural Scientist, Daniel Acema, was encouraging and helpful to our Ag program. Apiku Emmanuel (Emma), our Principle Agricultural Extension Officer, had gone to him in Arua to get the pheromone traps for the devastating fruit fly which Daniel, through his own research had developed and produced.  Through that meeting a plan was also put in place for Daniel to come to RAU to teach the men who work on our demo plot about controlling the fruit fly population and trimming the mango trees to maximize production and reduce pests and diseases. Emma had already instructed them in these issues; however, it was a great refresher course and an opportunity for hands-on learning and it helped to underscore the instruction they had previously received.

Our Agricultural program (the demo plot and the weekly 2-hour call-in Ag radio talk show) continues to be a great inspiration, encouragement and challenge to the surrounding communities. Emma stays abreast of all the latest research, seeds and products to ensure that what appears on our Demo plot is cutting edge.  Emma and Jacob are often seen walking through the fields and discussing problems, solutions and plans.  The feedback that Emma gets from leaders within local Livelihood organizations and personal stories from small-business farmers affirms that we are heading in the right direction in the Agriculture ministry.  Our goal is to inspire church leaders to improve their capacity to provide for their families and futures.  In the meanwhile, that capacity building has been extended to the community at large.  We are grateful for this opportunity!

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2: 10

They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.”  1 Timothy 2: 18-19

On Sunday, Jacob, Mindra and Pastor Henry (who have become very adept at assembling and disassembling the movie screen for the Jesus Film) and Charles (and the youth of Pilgrim Church in Yumbe) teamed up to return to Ambelechu for sharing the message of Christ with the community members through one-on-one, preaching and the Jesus Film.  Jacob went there 2 months ago and the Muslim leaders and other community members asked them to come back.  Jacob’s expectations were exceeded.  People were ready and eager to hear.  A large group gathered (with the drawing power of the choir) ready to hear the preaching from the top of the Land Cruiser.  Jacob’s text was Mark 2:1-12. Charles estimated that there were approximately 4,000 people who gathered to watch the Jesus Film.  Please pray that the Gospel which is the power of God for salvation would do its mighty work in the hearts of all who heard and that the whole district would enjoy the aroma of Christ.

Our Mission House is making great progress through our contractor, Amamaru Joachim, a local bi-vocational pastor.  He is proving to do great work and the house is looking really beautiful.  Jacob and I keep talking about and imagining those families whom the Lord will call to work alongside us!!

You have read of the many activities that have taken us over all kinds of terrain, both physical and spiritual.  You have met in these chronicles the “Hopeful” and “Faithful” who have journeyed with us. And you, our friends who hold the rope for us, are the hopeful and faithful who have accompanied us as well.  We pray you have seen your part and felt the value of your role in some certain Pilgrims’ progress!

Here is what is coming up and what really needs your intercessory prayer:

  • October 27 – November 8:  Dr. Stephen McConnell and Bret Williams (from Currey Creek Church in Boerne, Texas and Brenda Vordenbaum (from Lifegate and mother-in-law of Stephen) come for ministry (couples’ retreat with leaders from the Metu Mountains and discipling and evangelistic outreaches in Metu Mountains, Yumbe and Obongi).
  • November 25 – December 2:  First Presbyterian Church Youth tentatively set to come for evangelism, discipleship and mercy ministries in the Moyo area.
  • We have identified 5 remote areas in the Metu Mountains where there is clean water underground (testing has been done) and where 5 bore holes (wells) could be put in.  The only lack is the funding for them.  The cost for each bore hole is $8,000 due to the remoteness and difficulty of the terrain for the large truck and equipment.  Please consider contributing to this venture.  The exhilarating joy expressed by those whose struggle for accessible, clean water is infinity times greater than the depth any machine has to go to bring the water up.
  • Please pray for our brothers and sisters in the Republic of Sudan who are experiencing immediate threats and persecutions for their faith in Christ.  We received word from our friend, Joshua Abraham, that there were 13 Christian leaders who had disappeared without a trace.  These are the men to whom we have been channeling Bibles and other Christian literature, taken there by the very men we have been training here at RAU through the “Reaching and Teaching” program. You can read more about this persecution in the link.  Jacob just received word today (Oct. 22) that 12 of the 13 men were released. The whereabouts and condition of the 13th man are still not known.  Please continue to pray for him and for this whole situation.
  • Mid December:  Jacob and I return, by God’s grace, to the States where our first stop will be Chattanooga, Tennessee to celebrate the wedding of our son, Josiah, to Unyae Smith!  We are exuberantly excited!
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Josiah and Unyae

Thank you for all your prayers and support! We pray you continue in both!

Carol (Jacob) Lee

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

The greatest evil is having the gospel and not doing everything within our power to get it to those who do not have it!
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When at least 35% of the world, “the unoccupied fields”, have no access to the gospel, we (believers) must all do all we can to reach them. We who are saved owe the gospel to every lost person, most especially the 2.4 billion who will not hear unless someone breaks into their “unoccupied field” with no thought of their own life!
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Sowing seeds of love and kindness should not be separated from preaching the gospel of sovereign grace but completely intertwined with it!
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I am sure that none of us will say when in heaven that we prayed too much, we sacrificed too much, proclaimed the gospel too much, and were too passionate to get the gospel to those who have little to no access to this gospel of grace. Let us together press on to make it our  ambition to preach the gospel where Christ has not been named!
Jacob Lee

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Mining The Treasures Of Christ

Mining The Treasures Of Christ

By Carol Lee

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“…that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Colossians 2:2-3

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Miners are trying to unearth wealth. They dig. They probe. They poke around. They pick up rocks and turn them over, looking intently. Mining isn’t a leisurely afternoon’s recreation. Mining is a diligent, persistent, and even tedious examination. Hours are spent carefully combing through a small area, because if looking is not done carefully, a gem might be missed….You need the Bible and a desperate desire to find all the treasure that God has buried in the field of his Word (Matthew 13:44).” ~~~Jon Bloom

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When Jacob first came to northern Uganda in 2007,  he took keen note of the lack of  tools and apprenticeship in spiritual mining in ministry and deep treasure-hunting in the Word of God which leads to a discovery of “all the riches of full assurance of understanding“, “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” hidden in Christ. It was this awareness that conceived the vision of coming alongside Pastors and Leaders of the West Nile Region to equip them with the right tools for mining spiritual treasures and which birthed the ministry of Reaching Africa’s Unreached (RAU).  Eleven years after that first visit and five years after our move to Moyo/Afoji, Uganda, we have had 28 retreats thus far for training and equipping leaders from Uganda, South Sudan, D.R. Congo and now, the Republic of Sudan. In addition, thousands of Bibles and other Christian literature have been distributed far and wide.  The leaders in whom we invest this training are becoming enriched in their understanding and in their experience of the treasure which is Christ.  And we also are enriched by their perspectives, joyful steadfastness, endurance in hard conditions and service for the Lord.  As Ephesians 4: 11-16 states, our gifts and energy are given to us all in order to make this happen:

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,  until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,  so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.  Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,  from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

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It is our particular pleasure and privilege to meet many who share this same purpose and to see the scripture above exemplified through a great many people in a great many ways.  Recently, our friends Heidi and Pertti Soderlund, from Finland (who have been missionaries in Uganda for several decades) brought a team of  Finnish youth along with their pastor.  The hope was that the youth group would have the opportunity to see and be inspired by what ministry looks like in areas that are  difficult to reach.  Thank you, Pertti and Heidi, for bringing Petri (Pastor), Mirjam (Mimoo), Saara, Pauliina, Joonas, Kiese and Miise our way! We pray that God’s light will shine brightly in and through them and that a passion for missions will grip them.

After their departure we enjoyed a different kind of visit from our dear friends, John and Cathie Rutter.  They are missionaries from the UK who are working with the Kajo Keji (South Sudan) Diocese which had to relocate its college to Moyo due to the civil war in South Sudan.  John and Cathie came just for a short retreat away from their work.  What a joy to have their company and to be able to offer them a respite here at RAU.

Short on the heels of the Rutters return home we received the Reaching and Teaching team consisting of High Pointe Baptist team members, Addison Lawrence, Greg Aumann and Samuel Dimas, Scott Engel from Tennessee and Greg Keefer, a photographer on assignment with Reaching and Teaching for Track 1 leaders, Module 5.  The theme for this retreat was Hermeneutics, which is the inspiration for the theme, scriptures and quote in this newsletter.  This group of teachers did an excellent job of helping the participants dig deep into the word of God to find the treasure, Christ.  I don’t think I am exaggerating in saying that the teachings were transformative for many!

We have continued to have visitors surrounding our Agricultural ministry.  RAU hosted a joint meeting of the UNHCR and some of the 18 NGO organazations who are working within the Refugee settlements within our region.  It was their monthly Livelihood Review and Coordination meeting.  Hosting the meeting here gave the members an opportunity to see in person what RAU is doing in the realm of livelihood improvement.  There was a fine representation of the many NGOs in the area who are providing for the urgent needs and the subsequent phase of development of the refugee population in Uganda.

Just this last week we had a few days to interact with Dan Janzen, who works for CTEN (Commission to Every Nation).  Dan has a particular interest in sharing the Gospel within the context of livelihood development.  He and Emma (our Principal Agricultural Extension Officer) spent two pretty intense days interacting and sharing their agriculture knowledge with one another.

Very often we receive visitors who are keen to expand their knowledge and practice of Agriculture as a Business.  Tuesday, we hosted a small group from the Kajo-Keji Diocese, South Sudan, to “come and see” and learn from Apiku Emma, our Principal Agricultural Extension Officer.  They were attentive, had many questions and took a lot of notes.  At the end, they took home with them bananas and sweet potato vines for a fraction of what they could be purchased elsewhere.  They expressed genuine gratitude for the 5 hours in which Emma poured into them an abundance of agricultural wisdom.

One program and ministry of which we are very proud is the weekly, 2-hour Agricultural radio call-in show on a powerful private local radio station which Emma has run now for 2 and 1/2 years. It is similar to “Lawn and Garden” radio programs in America with a gospel emphasis.  He has designed a year-long program based upon a manual which he produced and which covers all manner of crops (vegetables, fruits, legumes, tubers and grains) as well as livestock.  He provides up to date information on the best farming practices and he covers the full gamet of each crop including nutrition, marketing and business elements, spacing, pest and disease control and post-harvest handling.  The feedback we have gotten to date is so positive and highlights the immeasurable capacity building that many communities are receiving from this easily accessible information which is presented in a manner easy to understand and replicate.  We received a rough estimate from those in the know that the listening audience has grown to around 300,000+/- listeners who are benefiting from this program every week.

The plea has gone out that this same program should be also produced in English and Arabic so that members in nearby large refugee settlements can also benefit.  We have a wonderful partnership with M.A.R.S. (Missionary Agriculture Resource Service) who fuels our agriculture ministry and has made it possible to bring Emma on as our Principal Agricultural Extension Officer.  M.A.R.S. funds our current radio program in Ma’di.  What we are praying and asking for is another partner or partners for a one-year commitment of sponsoring another Ag radio call-in show which would be in English and then translated into Arabic.  Adding this program would require an additional $500/month on our Agriculture budget.  Please prayerfully consider partnering with us in this.  It is a strategic time to be targeting the refugee population while they are still able to tune in and benefit from this livelihood improvement program.

On Saturday, Jacob took a trip back into the Metu Mountains to Oyo where the road conditions proved too much for the Land Cruiser (due to excessive rain) and they ended up hiking the rest of the way.  The purpose of the journey was to encourage the new believers through gifts of clothing and medication but also through the vital spiritual food of the word of God.  RAU is working with a couple of men to be spiritual leaders in the community of Oyo.  In remote, resource-poor regions of northern Uganda, every effort made to enrich them and help them become self-sustaining (physically and spiritually) is worth it.  In this case, it means long days of rough riding and walking to display Christ’s love for the people of Oyo and to ensure that they also may mine deeply from the word of God to find their treasure in Christ.

Jacob writes of another ministry opportunity on one of his Facebook posts: “I had a great visit today with brothers from Darfur (North Sudan). Their love for Jesus is even much larger than their physical size. What a privilege to fellowship and partner with men who are actively walking out 2 Timothy 2:2. They bring targeted leaders from Darfur to their Bible School and give them intensive biblical instruction and livelihood training . The men go back to their homes equipped in spreading the gospel. In the picture (below) is a sample of the literature from RAU they are taking back to their students. I was greatly encouraged when they asked if they could start translating my Christian-Muslim Dialog booklets into Arabic. Pray for these men and all those laboring in gospel work in the Republic of Sudan!”

At RAU, our field of riches is broadened as our interaction with others expands.  Each “part” working properly makes the Body grow and build itself up in love. We not only know Christ through His word, but also through those to whom Christ has revealed Himself.  In our vigorous discussions and times of interaction our perspectives are challenged, sometimes changed, but always deepened and broadened.  The more we lay hold of that unifying goal of treasuring Christ, the more we are encouraged and knit together and the more we “reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”  This is a privilege beyond compare!

Personally, I am mining the riches of the Ma’di language through my teacher, Angua Perpetua.  She is a joyful, humble and knowledgeable soul and has made the difficult process of learning Ma’di enjoyable!

We are continuing to make good progress on the Missionary House as we pray for those who will one day be called to fill it!  The next phase is the roofing!

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Please continue to pray for us and partner with us as we press on in this mission described above.  There are more opportunities than we have time for and we need wisdom to know how to say “yes” and “no” so that our focus and energies remain clearly on our priorities as a ministry.  These are some of the events coming up which need your prayerful participation:

  • Almost daily visitors who come with an interest to benefit from our Agricultural ministry and church leaders looking for encouragement.
  • Jacob along with co-worker Charles are meeting Sunday (September 2nd) afternoon with the two top Muslim leaders in Yumbe District. It is our prayer that dialogs with  the Aringa Yumbe Sheikhs and Imams can resume.
  • Rocky Point Baptist Church arrives September 15th for Module Two of Reaching and Teaching of the 2nd tier of leaders (Republic of Sudan).  Topics include:  Prayer, Joy, being honorable, an overview of the New Testament and the character of a Pastor.  In addition to the Reaching and Teaching Module, in their second week with us we will be hosting a short retreat for 21 of the leaders from Metu Mountains, Obongi and Yumbe we are pouring into more specifically.  The ladies on the team and I will have some teaching times within the nearby community.  There will also be outreaches into the Metu Mountains and Yumbe;one-on-one evangelism, open air preaching in a market, and Jesus Film in Aringa.
  • Don Fredricks ( Jacob became good friends with Don in Pakistan) will be here September 5-7 for some Agricultural consultation and demonstration.  Don and his wife, LeeAnn are co-founders and directors of their ministry, Communities of Hope.
  • Greg Lewis, from San Antonio, will come for a few days of ministry on the heels of Don Fredricks.  Greg is with Go and Tell Ministries.
  • We have identified another remote village in the Metu Mountains where a church has been planted in which we would like to sink another much needed bore hole. Because of the remoteness and difficulty of getting the equipment in, it costs $8,000 from start to finish. Please pray about giving towards this project.

Thank you for your love, prayer and support!  We believe the truth written below in the collage and are privileged to have so many of you who stay and send.  We also appreciate those of you who make the difficult journey to come and help!

Carol (and Jacob)

Thank you

http://www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached

RAU was recently registered with Amazon as a non-profit organization to which a percentage may be donated for every dollar you spend there.  Here is the link if you are interested:

https://smile.amazon.com/

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

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

The greatest evil is having the gospel and not doing everything within our power to get it to those who do not have it!
———–
When at least 35% of the world, “the unoccupied fields”, have no access to the gospel, we (believers) must all do all we can to reach them. We who are saved owe the gospel to every lost person, most especially the 2.4 billion who will not hear unless someone breaks into their “unoccupied field” with no thought of their own life!
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Sowing seeds of love and kindness should not be separated from preaching the gospel of sovereign grace but completely intertwined with it!
—————-
I am sure that none of us will say when in heaven that we prayed too much, we sacrificed too much, proclaimed the gospel too much, and were too passionate to get the gospel to those who have little to no access to this gospel of grace. Let us together press on to make it our  ambition to preach the gospel where Christ has not been named!
Jacob Lee

Tax deductible  charitable donations may  be made via PayPal or check.  PayPal also has a way to make reoccurring monthly giftsReoccurring monthly gifts are very helpful to the ministry. To do so, please click on the PayPal link below. PayPal deducts  a small amount from each gift as a processing fee. All gifts given through PayPal and by check are tax deductible as Reaching Africa’s Unreached has 501c3 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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