Theological Training in Missions

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One of of our recent leadership retreats

This T4G (Together For the Gospel) panel discussion is very encouraging. They get at the heart of the “heart of missions”. Reaching Africa’s Unreached has had the privilege of working with Gospel Coalition – International Outreach led by Bill Walsh since its beginning and now also we have the joy of partnering with Reaching and Teaching led by David Sills. All those who have a heart for missions please set aside some time to listen to the discussion. It will propel us forward even more!

Video link:

https://missionspodcast.com/podcast/t4g-panel-on-theological-training-in-missions/

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A Sacred Feast

A Sacred Feast 

By Carol Lee

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

1 Peter 2:9-10

“The Lord has given us a table at which to feast, not an altar on which a victim is to be offered; He has not consecrated priests to make sacrifice, but servants to distribute the sacred feast“.   ~~~John Calvin

Whether here (in Moyo/Afoji, Northwestern Uganda) or when visiting in the USA, Jacob and I are conscious of the truth expressed in the quotes above. It is the very current on which we have been carried from the start and on which we continue to be carried:  God has, in extravagant love and self-sacrifice, enabled us to participate in His feast and to ensure, through loving self-sacrifice, that others have the same opportunity to enjoy and distribute the feast, not only in Jerusalem, but in the uttermost parts of the earth.

“As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.”

Jesus in John 9:4

As hard as it is to keep zig-zagging across the world, it is this “feast” which clarifies our focus and moves us to participate in the distribution of the sacred feast and to plead with others to do the same.  The travel is wearying, but the destination is a blessing: divine appointments and opportunities to fellowship with friends and loved ones, affect their mission worldview and to impact their affections and priorities.  This includes opportunities with our own family as well as many churches and individuals and we are refreshed by them and their loving care. Remembering that our days are numbered, it is a privilege to be weary for the right reason!

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

Romans 8:18

Family Pics

 

In the midst of busyness, God has been faithful to provide periods of respite and joyful reunion.  Without doubt, visits with our family are some of the best times:  reconnecting and getting a better glimpse into the joys, interests and challenges of each of our children and their families.  Parenting and grand-parenting is a lifetime occupation and we appreciate knowing more clearly how to pray for each family member and being able to continue to impact their lives as well as to enjoy who they are and who they are becoming by the grace of God and the Christ-conforming work of the Holy Spirit!

So…for now…this is our life!  We are endeavoring to see each season of our comings and goings as all part of the same calling – just different arms of the same body of work.

We were in the USA from February 8th until March 28th.  Our reunion was so sweet with our beloved biological family: (Josh and Becca, Eliza, Ben, Vera, Nora and our newest, Olivia; Anna came with the girls, Keira and Clara, and picked us up at the airport and Kenny joined them later) and spiritual family: Lifegate Church, Seguin, Texas.  During the initial weeks of our visit, we were privileged to meet with the faithful at Good Shepherd Evangelical Church (Geronimo) and Gospel Life Fellowship (New Braunfels).  We also met with our RAU American Board and received wise counsel, encouragement and accountability.  After just over two weeks in Seguin, we began our cross-country travels, first to Higgins, Mississippi with First Baptist Church .  Then, we had a few days back in Seguin before continuing the marathon of travel – to Forest Hill, Maryland at Forest Hill Presbyterian Church (PCA) , then on to Iowa for a couple days to see Jacob’s family, then to Stephenville Texas to see Anna, Kenny, Keira and Clara as well as our dear Rocky Point Baptist Church.  Lastly, we went to Chattanooga to spend time with Josiah and his fiancee, Unyae.  That was a blessed time getting to know the daughter who will be added to our family in December and who has already been added to our hearts!  Our last week and a half was back in Seguin where we, in a great flurry, were finishing up personal business, sorting and packing for our return trip to Moyo/Afoji.

And everywhere the Lee’s went, bad weather was sure to go!  This provided us with some good storytelling adventures: strong, chaotic winds with power outages and traffic jams, snow storms grounding planes, rain, rain and more rain!  We spent an awful lot of time being cold.  This made us miss the warm Ugandan climate – we realized that we prefer to be warm than cold!

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Thank you each and everyone from Jacob and Carol and the whole RAU team!!!

Before the story lifts off to Uganda, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the churches and the many individuals who lovingly and faithfully partner with us in this adventure!  As always, we are grateful for our sending church family, Lifegate, in Seguin.  Their support and love are the fruit of decades of common life and uniting purpose.   We are expecting them to be a part of the Reaching and Teaching program next year.  A special “thank you” to Beth Baitz, secretary par excellence, whose help simply cannot be overstated!  We could not do what we are doing on this side without her doing what she does on that side! Also in Seguin, we have had the blessing and support of Amazing Grace Baptist Church, Faith Lutheran Church, and Good Shepherd Evangelical Church and, in New Braunfels, Gospel Life Fellowship, whose amazing generosity extends from even its youngest members.  Dayspring Fellowship in Austin has been a blessing “on the ground” through Paul George as well as through on-going prayer and financial support from both members and leaders. High Pointe Baptist Church in Austin has been an amazing partner in sending Reaching and Teaching teams and, particularly, through Delmar Hager (the “Kindle Man”) with Study To Be Approved.  We are looking forward to High Pointe member, Maeghan Bell, joining us for a 3 month period starting in May!  Rocky Point Baptist in Stephenville, Texas has become a second home for us as they have taken Anna and her family “under their wing” and have included us in that care. Through our partnership with Reaching and Teaching, we anticipate increasing team work with them. Rocky Point blessed us beyond measure by sending Kenny and Anna to work with us for  2 weeks.  Recently, we were graced to visit First Baptist Church in Wiggins, Mississippi and to experience their extravagant care.  We look forward to a visit from Pastor Robby Rikard and his family here in Uganda!  Further north, we visited Forest Hill Presbyterian Church (PCA) and Pastor Jason Van Bemmel and are overwhelmed to be beneficiaries of their prioritizing the spread of the Good News worldwide as well partnering in the Reaching and Teaching program at RAU.  Much thanks goes to M.A.R.S. (Missionary Agricultural Resource Services) who has been our primary partner in the Agricultural services and capacity building projects at RAU (Extension services, Inputs, Weekly Agricultural Call-in Radio Program and Demo sites). You have enabled us to keep Emma on board and to be a source for change in this community!

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The number of individuals and churches who budget us into their lives is simply astounding.  All of you together strengthen us to continue as “servants to distribute the sacred feast  Thank you from our hearts!

Our thanks cannot be complete without a huge commendation for Apiku Emmanuel (Emma) who managed with excellence and faithfulness all the activities and finances while we were away, providing us with detailed reports and balancing the books down to the last shilling.  Agricultural projects (such as the Funya chinyi–funya juu anti-erosion trenches and the planting of the soy beans) were initiated and completed.  He provided a training for our staff on Entrepreneurship, Business Planning and Financial Literacy.  When urgent and vital issues arose which affected normal operations and the safety of RAU, Emma handled them with wisdom.  He hosted many visitors, represented our organization well and made us very proud.

None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.” – Mother Teresa

The whole team here on the ground at RAU has been a blessing through their faithfulness in work and love and loyalty.  We love each one and are grateful for their vital part in the upkeep and functioning of RAU ministries.  Our campus looks as it does because of their hard work.  We were blessed by their welcome of us back to RAU as they greeted us with signs and singing, a goat and chickens.  After preparation of the goat and chickens we enjoyed a beautiful meal together.

We are grateful for Patrick Bukenya (Ugandan NGO Board of Directors member) and his beautiful family.  Patrick contributes wisdom to decision-making processes and is so helpful in operations from the Kampala side.  Nurse, Nyombi Sam (Ugandan NGO Board of Directors member) has been a tremendous help not only in the medical area but also in the daily operations prior to his going on to upgrade in the nursing profession.  We look forward to seeing how he will be used wherever the Lord directs him.

Our return to Uganda this time around was unusually blessed.  Kenny and Anna Danley, our son-in-law and daughter, were sent by Rocky Point Baptist Church to encourage us and to serve with us for nearly two weeks.  Though long flights are never fun, their company diminished the sting of saying our goodbyes and the discomfort of a long journey.  We had a few misadventures along the way – delayed flights, luggage missing the connections and adjustment in our plans.  Somehow, it was less disconcerting because we were in such good company.  When we finally arrived to RAU and our baggage also made it, Kenny and Anna were immensely helpful, unpacking, organizing and….doing it together was a blast!  Jacob got Kenny busy with the screw gun and a few projects.  Anna organized and labeled all my closets of supplies.

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Anna and Kenny had the unexpected opportunity to preach and encourage through the word of God and their testimonies.  Wednesday evening was Jacob’s turn to be “on air” at TBS radio station, Moyo.  Jacob gave his spot to Kenny and Anna, and, with Emma (ever faithfully interpreting), they did a fantastic job!  Both Jacob and I were beaming with pride to hear them both share with such clarity and genuineness.  They were well prepared and effective.

A night and day of rain postponed our visits into the Metu Mountains but gave us the opportunity to get REALLY organized, thanks to both Kenny and Anna.  There is nothing like community to make work seem less like work and more like fun!

Kenny and Anna got set down a little easy on our first trip to the Metu Mountains.  We were supposed to go to Oku on Thursday (which is the behemoth of outreach trips),  but we stayed home because of heavy rains to organize.

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So, on Friday, we went to Gbari/Arapi/Duku/Oyo as planned.  It so happens that the logging companies have been out that way and had forged a “road” all the way to Oyo, which means we did not have to do any hiking, except up the small, steep path to where the church meets.  One of the goals – to identify candidates for leadership in their church – was accomplished.  Places this remote need much care and so identifying faithful caretakers is vital.  Kenny and Anna shared beautifully there as well as in Duku, and Gbari.Arapi.

THE MAN!  THE MACHINE!  THE MISSION!

Saturday was the “dreaded” (by me) adventure to Cinyi and Oku where Anna and Kenny both spoke.  Anna had asked for Missionary boot-camp, so…she got just what she asked for! Hahaha!  It’s amazing how an outreach can be such a mixture of joy and misery all in one! But! That’s the Oku trail for you!  The fact that it requires so much discomfort and even pain (for us out of shape folks) makes the joy of reaching Oku a pleasure and encouraging them and being encouraged by their joy an even greater pleasure.  Feeling the crunch of the long hike down and up the mountain gives us such a major appreciation for the community members who must walk up the mountain path we walked, but even the rest of the mountain climb which we usually traverse by Land Cruiser.  The Lord has given us a heart for their situation and a desire to help them improve it in many ways, some of which are encouragement in the word, clean water, agricultural expertise and medicines.

We couldn’t believe that Sunday, our last full day with Kenny and Anna, had already arrived.  We traveled back to Aya to worship with our brothers and sisters from Aya and Ijujo Baptist Churches. Anna shared a testimony and Kenny preached. After a lunch hosted by Anzeti Ronald, one of the very successful participants in Emma’s Ag Extension outreach to the Metu Mountains, we headed back RAU so that Kenny and Anna could begin the packing process to return to the USA.  Our friend, Eric, came from Arua to pick them up.  Thankfully, he got here around 2 pm and so it gave us a little extra time with them.

We are so grateful to Rocky Point Baptist Church for sending them!  I can say emphatically that everything (and more) that Rocky Point intended for them to accomplish here they DID!  Jacob and I were immensely encouraged and I am certain that Kenny and Anna were changed by the experience as well.  The only cloud to their sunshine was seeing them go and then rattling around in this big building by ourselves and walking by “their room” and not seeing them in there.

Well…we can’t mope around forever! So, we are forging ahead, keeping our eyes fixed on the privilege of serving the sacred feast!

The first business at hand has been to take advantage of the rainy season to continue to dig and plant.  As I stated earlier, Emma made sure the soybeans were already in the ground.  However, it was decided to also plant G-nuts (ground nuts or peanuts) and soybeans in the land where the education center will be. There will be weeding done in the already planted soybeans this coming week, which will come in a timely way for preparing RAU for an upcoming training for which we will be hosts.  Emma and two other facilitators were asked by the local government to provide a one-day training on entrepreneurship and business planning.  Jacob will have opportunity in the beginning to give out Bibles ,welcome the participants, and share RAU’s vision. We will be receiving around 30 Local Council (LC) policy makers from Moyo District (from the LC-V [i.e. Governor of Moyo District] down to the LC-1’s).  Emma pushed to have RAU as the venue so that it could also provide an inspirational example for what will be taught.

Emma is continuing his radio Extension program every Thursday evening.  Increasingly, we are getting the most encouraging feedback about the concrete benefits of the Radio call-in show in so many communities in the Moyo and Adjumani districts, with reports of improved production and financial reward.

The man is the first photo with the carrots is Drani Charles, who recently and suddenly passed away after a bad reaction to a bee sting.  He left behind a widow and many children.  Please pray for his wife, Jesca, and the children as well as for the church who will step up to help her.

Last year, Emma did many field extension outreaches, taking the Honda XL Boda up into the remote communities of the Metu Mountains.  He was hoping to continue that outreach again, but the roads to those places are increasingly treacherous and risky for a motorcycle and until we are able to ensure his (and his colleagues) safety, we have to rely on other means of reaching the communities, such as through the radio program or when Jacob is taking trips in the Land Cruiser.  The trip Emma and Mindra took this last week was a frightening reminder of the risks he has been taking to reach unreached areas with hands-on Ag extension teaching.  Emma is a “resource” this community cannot afford to lose with value beyond measure.

We are in the very infant stages of building our “Mission House” which will be a home for future long-term team members (for both a family and single missionaries who are called to serve with us).  We are operating under that famous quip, “If we build it, they will come!” Hahaha!  We have to be fully ready for the Lord to answer our prayers, right?!!

Jacob is continuing his evangelism, church-planting and discipleship outreaches into the Metu Mountain villages, Obongi and Yumbe District.  There are difficulties in each place for different reasons, but the difficulties only push us to rely on the Lord for new strategies, new strength and trained leaders.  In the two opposite directions in the Metu Mountains, Aya to the one side and Gbari/Arapi to the other, we are planning and praying for permanent church structures.  Gbari/Arapi has had a foundation for some time, but we are looking for funding to raise up the building.  During some of the recent frightening cattle-rustling invasions by forces from South Sudan, people often sought refuge up on top of the hill where the Gbari/Arapi church meets.  We would love to see a church building there where many can gather for worship as well as trainings and be protected from the elements.  In Aya also, we have seen the foundation nearly completed with the help of some generous donors.  Aya is the main sending entity for church leaders and the central gathering place during trainings for the new church plants which have sprouted in the remote villages.  Pastor Tobious and his flock have struggled many years to keep a decent roof on the church which they have outgrown and we would love to also see them enjoy a solid church structure.

“The more obstacles you have, the more opportunities there are for God to do something.”  Clarence W. Jones

We, at RAU, want to be faithful in every way as servers of the sacred feast, to use the energy and resources entrusted to us to serve the surrounding communities spiritually, socially and economically.  If there are not fundamental changes in each of those areas , we will not have accomplished our goal of seeing people and communities encouraged and growing in their faith in Christ, equipped to multiply their faith and empowered to improve their lives, especially after we are gone.

“You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the   blessing granted us through the prayers of many.” 2 Corinthians 1:11

Please be praying for us in all these endeavors and take note of our specific needs:

  • Personally, we need encouragement from the Lord through His word and through others.  We need persevering grace through times of loneliness or discouragement.  Please pray for our marriage and for all the relationships we have with people in this area.
  • Pray for all the programs we are running, from the discipleship trainings retreats at RAU (Reaching and Teaching and others) and the Agricultural outreaches.
  • Pray for on going discipleship in church plants and for more churches to be planted in villages where there is not a church.
  • Pray for good progress of the building of the “Mission House” as well as the answer to our prayer for the right families to fill it!
  • Pray for safety as we live so near the South Sudan border.  We are not fearful, but we do recognize that things could change quickly, too.
  • Pray for the funding to complete the Gbari/Arapi and Aya church buildings
  • Pray for the testing and drilling which will take place this week for a well (bore hole) at the base of the hill where the Gbari/Arapi church meet.
  • This week, on Wednesday, Jacob has been invited to teach at the Anglican Kajo Keji Christian College here in Moyo on dialog with Muslims based upon his study and experience of dialoging with Imams and Sheikhs.  Pray that his teaching and the resources will be helpful in equipping the students for loving, wise and knowledgeable interaction with Muslims that will bear the fragrance of Christ
  • Pray for continued financial support to walk out what God has called us to be and do.

 

Thank you and God Bless You,

Carol (Jacob) Lee

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The greatest evil is having the gospel and not doing everything within our power to get it to those who do not have it!
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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!
Jacob Lee

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From Grace-filled Past To Hope-filled Future (2017 in Review)

From Grace-filled Past To Hope-filled Future (2017 in Review)

by Carol Lee

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And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

2 Corinthians 9:8

Gratitude looks back to grace received in the past and feels thankful. Faith looks forward to grace promised in the future and feels hopeful.

~John Piper~

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It is painful to read through some portions of the history of God’s people as recorded in the Old Testament, so discouragingly repetitious.  God is gracious to raise His people up; they grow contented in this grace…and forget; God disciplines them through hardship; they suddenly remember…and repent and walk with God again.  This is repeated again and again and again!

This would be laughable if it didn’t step on our toes with the jarring pressure of conviction about our own propensity towards forgetting the Lord’s grace (unmerited favor) and His mercy (withholding of just punishment), of not recognizing His gifts and not seeing His goodness.  Indeed, we are no different in our amnesia and blindness.  We need a “swift kick“, a reset, a new beginning!

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That is the gift of “a new year” –  a specific and recurring point in time to reflect, remember, praise, repent, plan and expect.  Time is a continuum that cannot truly be divided up into neat, unrelated sections of events.  However, the specific allocation of “a new year”  makes for a consistent marker for us to remember and not forget what the Lord has done, is currently doing and what, through hope-inspiring grace, will do.  His goodness must be rehearsed and rejoiced in time and again, lest we forget.

I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
    yes, I will remember your wonders of old.
I will ponder all your work,
    and meditate on your mighty
deeds.”

Psalm 77:11-12

God has been so gracious to Reaching Africa’s Unreached (RAU).  Looking through the year of posts which represent our activities makes “the head swim” with amazement just to be reminded of it all and then, more so, in trying to capture a “snapshot” of it in review.

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First and foremost, Jacob and I and the RAU team on this side are grateful to the Lord for His empowerment, sustaining grace and opportunities.  We also thank Him for the trials that have tested our faith and have drawn us closer to Him.  We are grateful for the RAU team members on “that side” of the world, all of whom have been a part of God’s goodness to us and to the people we serve.  Foremost in our remembering is that the Lord is our “Sun“, “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.  To Him be glory forever. Amen.” (Romans 11: 36).  He is the One who is at work in us “both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” (Colossians 2: 13).

We remember our primary calling to come alongside what God is doing in the West Nile region of northwestern Uganda and extending to South Sudan, (North) Sudan, D.R. Congo and regions beyond:  building His church, against which “the gates of hell will not prevail.” (Matthew 16:18). Because of our commitment to 2 Timothy 2:2 (to train faithful people who in turn will train others) our greatest energy and the most resources have been poured into training Christian leaders from all the regions mentioned above through discipleship training retreats.  We have been pleased to be working hand in hand with Reaching and Teaching, in addition to other pastors and teachers who have visited us from the USA.  During 2017 we completed the 25th retreat since we first moved to Afoji in 2013.  What a blessing for us and the leaders from these areas to have had so many come and share their gift of teaching in addition to many resources.  Equally vital are those who have given the funding which allows these activities to happen.

We are mindful that through generous donors and visionaries, we have been able to continue distributing to leaders  ESV Global Study Bibles, books from Gospel Coalition International, Kindle Fires from Delmar Hager (containing the Jesus film in various languages and many books), ASB Arabic Study Bibles and Bibles in Aringa ,Ma’di, Swahili, and Arabic.  These resources are gold to those who otherwise may not have access or funding to purchase them.  We have great hope that the wise use of these resources will have visible impact and bear immeasurable fruit.

We have, this year, had the blessing of meeting and knowing Joshua Abraham, a MBB (Muslim Background Believer) from Darfur who now lives in the nearby Bidi Bidi camp with his family.  Joshua has been a wonderful partner in ministry to pastors/leaders in a number of the Refugee settlements, not only in the Moyo/Yumbe area, but also near Kampala where there are many refugees from (North) Sudan. With his help we have had two retreats here at RAU geared especially for MBBs who were from nine Sudan tribes which are just under 100% Muslim. They are from Darfur, Nuba Mountains, and Blue Nile states of (North) Sudan. We hope to have them back often. They want to go back to their tribes to preach the gospel and plant churches.  Joshua’s help in distributing ESV Global Study Bibles (around 900) and other materials to key Christian leaders across many denominational lines in the refugee settlements has made him a valuable partner with RAU in Kingdom work.  He works tirelessly in church planting and to see that solid leaders are raised up with a heart for the unreached.

Many of the donated resources and, additionally, booklets which Jacob has written or compiled and has had printed up specifically for Muslims who are willing to read them, have made it to Yumbe through our continuing dialogs with Aringa Sheikhs and Imams from Yumbe district (a total of 12 so far).  We encourage you to go back to our posts throughout the year and be reminded of the grace God has shown through these opportunities.  Our friends and partners in Christ, Omar and Charles, have been faithful in the distribution of  Bibles, literature and in fostering discipleship relationships, even at great risk to their own safety.  Their consistent witness and presence in the face of opposition is faith-building and encouraging.  Omar, a former Imam, continues to stay with us off and on to read, study and work on his English.

In 2017, God has been gracious towards His people in the Metu Mountains, especially among the young church plants and Aya/Ijujo Churches, the sending and overseeing churches for the itinerant pastors in the remote villages of Oyo, Duku, Gbari/Arapi, Oku, Lea, Cinyi and Alugodu.  These mountain villages have been the beneficiaries of teaching and resources (spiritual and physical – retreats, marriage and parenting seminars, medications, agricultural training and extension services and bore holes (water wells in some of the most hard-to-reach places like Cinyi, Ijujo and Alugodu).  Pastor Ojji Tobious has proven himself a caring overseer and has born a heavy burden for the welfare of the churches in distant places.  Under his care and that of the itinerant pastors and in partnership with RAU, these mountain villages have experienced the goodness and light of Christ as witnessed in the 168 baptisms (Gbari/Arapi/Duku/Oyo and Aya/Alugodu/Ijujo/Ciny/Lea/Oku) during 2017 and in all of the activities described above. Many others are in the docket for baptism.

Situated within the beauty and productivity of RAU’s main campus and demo site, we are frequently reminded of God’s grace to this West Nile region through the RAU Agricultural Training program [spearheaded and facilitated by Apiku Emmanuel (Emma)] which has seen a widening sphere of influence:  RAU demo plot and the increasing number and types of crops successfully grown, hands-on training and extension service in the Metu mountains (Gbari/Arapi and Aya side), extensive training via the weekly radio call-in program on TBS (98.6 FM) which Emma does in Ma’di, and cooperative efforts with other NGO’s working in the Refugee settlements to train people in Entrepreneurship, Business Planning and Financial Literacy.  RAU hopes to extend this specific training to many more within the surrounding communities to increase socioeconomic expansion in the West Nile region.

Recently, Emma received feedback from a consultant with FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) that, over the last two years, agricultural yield has sky-rocketed in Adjumani district.  When farmers were interviewed, Emma’s name and the RAU agricultural radio program were mentioned time after time as the reason for their improved yields.  RAU is grateful to play a part in this progress and socioeconomic empowerment.

Anyone who saw RAU in its infant stages of development and who sees it now cannot help but acknowledge the blessing of the Lord in the amount of development that has happened, both in agriculture and in the new structures which have sprung up.  In 2017, we watched the new Hall of Tyrannus built, as well as the screen house for grafting mangoes and other fruit trees, two new tukalus which allow more attendees for trainings and a small guardhouse next to the gate to provide cover and safety for the guards.

God blessed us, through a significant donation, to purchase land (and to clear, plow and fence it) for a future school. A Christian School has been a part of the vision from the beginning.  It was in 2017, though, that God’s provision materialized.  While we wait expectantly for future funding, the open field will be planted with Sunflowers or rice or another crop.

God’s faithful care is remembered in the life of Mundrugo (who died last January ’17).  Though Mundrugo’s passing left a gaping hole for the family, the Lord provided for his widow through the compassionate gift of a friend.  Educational needs were met for two more of his children and his eldest son has been hired on as well.  RAU continues to encourage Mundrugo’s widow by assisting her in an entrepreneurial venture so that she may become self-sustaining through her business.

The Lord’s loving encouragement and care to Jacob and me and all who work with us at RAU was seen and felt by the many who came and entered into our experience and work in 2017:  John and Angela Howarton, Muhtar Awdalla, Nyombi Samuel, Patrick Bukenya (who manages so many issues for us in Kampala), Misengile Samuel (from D.R. Congo), Onette Zorah, Heidi and Pertti Soderlund and their friend, Jonas, Dr. Stephen McConnell, George Smith and his many team members, Edward, Jennifer and Kara Beth Heinze, Tony, Kourney and Kelci Landes (all from Rocky Point Baptist Church in Stephenville), the Reaching and Teaching teams of Delmar Hager, John Krause, William Sebree, Kacey Hanson, Augie Bacalor, Maeghan Bell and Addison Lawrence (from High Pointe Baptist in Austin) and Scott Engel (from Tennessee), Presbyterian Youth Group from Kampala, David Jones and Eric Williams from Tennessee, and Jason Van Bemmel, Jonathan Koppenhaver and Bruce Graham from Forest Hill Presbyterian (PCA) in Maryland.

All of this remembering is a psalm of praise to the Lord.  It tells of His loving kindness for peoples whom He loves, of His good plans for them and of His desire to be glorified among the nations.  It tells of His provision – through visionary givers, through the common grace and goodness of rain, sunshine, soil and expertise, through a small army of teachers and servants, through open doors, grace and endurance to persevere.  It tells of the Holy Spirit Who is actively at work in hearts, bearing fruit and making the Word living and active and life-changing in so many.

Thank you” to all who have participated in the ministry of Reaching Africa’s Unreached in one way or another: prayer and financial partnership, purchase of resources that have been sent over here, hands-on service along side of us, encouraging words and so much more.  Every means of participation is an expression of faith in the Lord and His plans for this part of the world to make His name glorious and to draw many to Himself.  A special thanks to Lifegate Church, our sending church which covers us with love and prayer and blessing.  May the Lord bless you all!

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God Bless You,

Carol (Jacob) Lee

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!
Jacob Lee

Tax deductible  charitable donations may  be made via PayPal or check.  PayPal also has a way to make reoccurring monthly gifts. Reoccurring 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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Doing All of the “Alls” We Can

 “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

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Dear Friends,

“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”

This quote is most often attributed to John Wesley, though we have also read statements refuting that authorship.  While we may not be sure of who wrote it, we heartily laud and actively seek to follow the exhortation, and “all the more as we see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25: “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.“)

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Embedded in the vision of Reaching Africa’s Unreached (RAU) is the value of caring holistically for every person in RAU’s ministry radar.  It is not at all off track for us to serve the needs of people in a variety of areas in their lives:  spiritual, emotional and physical.  The Gospel of grace and sharing that message is not merely one aspect of ministry and mission, it is the core from which all ministry radiates.

“Sowing seeds of love and kindness should not be separated from preaching the gospel of sovereign grace but completely intertwined with it!” Jacob Lee

Since our last newsletter, which included the retreat for church leaders from (North) Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda, things have been busy; however, each season of busyness looks a little different.

“Do all the good you can…”  A lot of activity has taken place in the Agricultural arm of RAU ministry.  Since finishing his post-graduate course in Project Planning and Management, Emma (RAU’s Principle Ag Extension Officer) has been busy in several trainings, one which he helped in conducting in Zone 5 of Bidi Bidi camp on behalf of RAU and in partnership with DCA (Danish Church Aid) and Genex Agribusiness Agency and which covered the topics of Entrepreneurship, Business Planning and Financial Literacy.  Needless to say, Emma was greatly appreciated, not only for his knowledge of these topics, but for his inspirational method of teaching. He worked hard to fulfill commitments here while also travelling to Yumbe from where he was taken to the settlement daily to be a part of the training. He represented our Lord Jesus Christ and RAU well!

A couple of weeks later he attended a week-long training in Arua on the topic of Aquaponics, an innovation taught by Don Fredricks ( Jacob became a friend with Don during one of his Pakistan mission trips back in ’09) which displays the symbiotic nature of plants and fish, each one doing for the other what the other needs to survive and both producing for man what he needs to survive.  Emma was broadened by this experience in so many ways: knowledge and practical experience, friendship and spiritual mentorship.  It has given us another demo idea to think about!

Last week we started harvesting the upland rice which thrived and ripened beautifully.  Harvesting is a labor intensive operation when you are operating on a small scale, non-mechanized farm, but we always have more than enough laborers who jump at the chance to work and earn some cash.  The yield has been very good (there is still more to harvest which was not initially ready).  Our hope is to make the seed (Namuche 5, a drought and weed resistant variety of Upland rice) available for sale at a discounted price for the community.  We have successfully demonstrated to the community that Upland rice can be organically grown in this region.  In general, our hope is to inspire community members to see that there are cash crops which can do well in our region and which can be exported to local and distant markets, thereby contributing to change in the socioeconomic landscape of the West Nile region.

 

Besides the extension work in the Metu Mountains and the weekly radio call-in Ag program, Emma is working on a training session and manual which covers Business Planning, Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship which will be used here at RAU in a couple of weeks for around 30 farmers/church leaders from the Metu Mountain region. We continue to target this area because of their need for socioeconomic development and empowerment which has a great deal to do with their remoteness and lack of access to services. We are already seeing changes and over the next few years we hope to see big and lasting economic differences.  This tripartite training template Emma also hopes to use with many other groups of local leaders and community members.

“By all the means you can…”  Another area of interest has recently come into greater focus for us…a Christian School providing a quality education for local children.  Since a friend donated the money, we have purchased and cleared a piece of land (~3 acres) across the road from the main campus.  While we are praying and  waiting for provision for building and developing a school, we will plant crops there.  Jacob has worked hard right alongside our coworkers to clear the land and to level it.  It is a venture of faith which, at this point, we are greeting from afar! May it be done as the Lord wills it!

 

At all the times you can…” In anticipation of on-going trainings (Reaching and Teaching modules, Retreats/Seminars and Agricultural trainings), two more tukalus have been built to accommodate more attendees.  With the additions, it increases our capacity by 12 beds, making a total of 44 beds.  There is so much to be done in the many areas of training.  It requires being ready in-season and out of season.

In all the ways you can…” Last week, in now an on-going ministry partnership, youth from several Presbyterian Churches in Kampala,Uganda, came as a team to serve some of the church plants in the Metu Mountains and to have their own vision and hearts broadened by ministering in areas where the needs are greater than their own.  Jacob loves to take them to the remote village church plants to open their eyes to the challenges of the people in these hard-to-reach places. The youth group always comes with a spirit of generosity and servanthood.  Their visit blesses and encourages us and we have the benefit of seeing that spark of mission set ablaze in their hearts for Christ.

In all the places you can…” The push to get more accessible and clean water sources in the Metu Mountain villages continues as the drilling has begun again.  Our plan was, this time, to search for a spot in Meria as well as in Pamulu.  There is no more motivating activity to stir up compassion than going to the distant and difficult places where each of these villages currently retrieve water.  Usually, these water holes are open and easily contaminated; the community suffers from many GI distresses.  Several attempts have been made to find water but, so far, the efforts have not been successful. Please pray that good water will be found near each of these villages.  We have money for the well in Meria. Please consider contributing towards one in Pamulu.  There is another village named, “Agugwe” where we would like to see a bore hole.

To all the people you can…” We are continuing to make a push to get ASB Arabic Study Bibles for the (North) Sudanese church leaders who have taken refuge in Uganda who, one day, hope to return to their country and tribes with the Gospel of grace.  Please please consider ordering some of theses Bibles online and having them sent to our friend, Pastor Jason Van Bemmel, who is planning to come with a team at the end of December.   Our plan is to have a retreat for a large group of these refugees (both North and South Sudanese) during Jason’s visit. The Bibles would need to at arrive at Jason’s church before Christmas.

Link for ASB Arabic Study Bible: http://www.arabicstudybible.net/#endorsements

Pastor Jason Van Bemmel/ Forest Hill Presbyterian Church

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“With all the people you can!..”  (That one I added!! Hahaha!)  This past week, we were overjoyed to welcome David Jones and Eric Williams back to RAU for ministry.  These friends have been an ongoing blessing to the ministry of RAU and they especially displayed the love of Christ to believers in the Metu Mountains and Obongi.  Most often we hear expressions from the community of believers here that they feel remembered by the Lord when our friends visit and encourage them.  The relationships that we have made are a particular blessing to us and spur us to continue!

As long as you ever can….”  Jacob and I are so grateful for your loving support which allows us to do what we are doing “as long as we ever can.”  We continue to be overwhelmed with gratefulness to the Lord for all of you who keep sending, giving, praying, loving and coming!  May the Lord bless you abundantly!  Our hope is that you will not grow weary in this partnership with us, but that you, also, would experience the joy and reward of seeing the fruit of your investments in terms of prayer, giving, sending,  coming, teaching and ministering.

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Please pray for upcoming events:

  • Our RAU Christmas celebration: pray that our coworkers would feel their worth to us in the ministry.
  • An upcoming visit with several Imam/Sheikhs who would like to see RAU firsthand and experience what Christmas means to us.  Pray that it would be a meaningful celebration.
  • The upcoming visit of Jason Van Bemmel and his team from Forest Hill Presbyterian Church (Maryland).  Pray that the leadership training would be a blessing to those attending from the refugee settlements (37 South Sudanese pastors).  There will also be ministry in the Metu Mountains.
  • John Howarton’s visit in January and all the ministry which will be happening during his 3 weeks here (Youth conference in Yumbe at Pilgrim’s Church among other venues in the Metu Mountains and Obongi).
  • The Ag retreat for the Metu Mountain farmers/church leaders for Emma’s teaching on Business Planning, Entrepreneurship and Financial Literacy.

Thank you,

Carol

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!
—————-
Sowing seeds of love and kindness should not be separated from preaching the gospel of sovereign grace but completely intertwined with it!
Jacob Lee

Tax deductible  charitable donations may  be made via PayPal or check.  PayPal also has a way to make reoccurring monthly gifts. Reoccurring 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.

PayPal Link: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=WAR99DL4JFWXQ

Zealosu for good works