“Sovereign Over Us”: 2020-2021 Ministry Video

This “season” of ministry for us has been particularly long with different kinds of challenges than in previous years. I imagine most of us could say that given the circumstances of the worldwide pandemic and the specific ways in which it has touched our lives personally.

This Ministry video is an accounting of the faithfulness of God even in the midst of chaos and change. No other situations than what we experienced from March, 2020 up to the present have given us greater schooling in looking to the Lord for grace and wisdom and faith and hope. No other circumstances have forced us to cling as desperately to His sure Word and find Him faithful. He is truly sovereign over the affairs of men. He is truly good, even when we can’t see the good so clearly. Ultimately, it’s all for HIS glory and our good. We hope and pray this video will find you singing along with us, “You [God] are Sovereign over us”.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
and your ways are not my ways.”
This is the LORD’s declaration.
“For as heaven is higher than earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways,
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
For just as rain and snow fall from heaven
and do not return there
without saturating the earth
and making it germinate and sprout,
and providing seed to sow
and food to eat,
so my word that comes from my mouth
will not return to me empty,
but it will accomplish what I please
and will prosper in what I send it to do.”

Isaiah 55:8-11

In loving service to God and humanity,

Jacob & Carol Lee

www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org

Tax deductible charitable donations may be made via PayPal or check.  PayPal also has a way to make recurring monthly gifts. Recurring 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/RAU, 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin Texas 78155.


PayPal Link for donations: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=WAR99DL4JFWXQ 
Go to RAU’s Facebook page for up to date reports, pictures, musings, and exhortations: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached 


RAU YouTube Videos: 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRmHafoBSemE7jS8kEHCG6Q/videos


RAU’s Mission and Vision Statements/Statement of Faith: https://reachingafricasunreached.org/about/

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

Jacob Lee

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

Jacob Lee

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!

Jacob Lee

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

Our goal in our gospel witness is to take our eyes off the “risk” and place them on the cause for the risk. When God compels us like this he often will not tell us the risks…after all there are no risks for the all-knowing, all-powerful God. So let us be AMBITIOUS (Romans 15:20) to see that ALL are reached with the gospel of grace (Romans 1:16) in ALL places…there are no closed doors to the gospel, just some which are more difficult to go through!

Jacob Lee

The “DNA” of RAU

DNA: “genetic instructions for the development, functioning, growth and reproduction of all known organisms.” (Wikipedia) “The fundamental and distinctive characteristics or qualities of someone or something…” (Oxford Dictionary)

From conception to growth, the “DNA” of Reaching Africa’s Unreached (RAU) is to be God-glorifying, God-empowered and people-loving in its development, function, growth and reproduction. RAU cares about God’s good towards His creation in ALL aspects of life, but most urgently and fervently about a person’s eternal good in God. This “DNA” instructs our vision, passion, energy, resources and outcomes and guides the development, functioning, growth and reproduction of this ministry.

While RAU is primarily a spiritually-driven ministry–a means for promoting the fulfillment of Christ’s promise to build His Church through the extension of the local church–we recognize that we also operate as an entity (NGO = Non Governmental Organization) in a geo-political setting that has its own agenda and expectations for those working within its borders (goals which include: “education, health, water and sanitation, environmental management, infrastructure development and a host of other important areas that impact the quality of life of Ugandans” as cited in the Ministry of Internal Affairs’ National NGO Policy).

The binding of these two “DNAs” has not been simple, but they are by no means mutually exclusive. In fact, they are like the double helix in a strand of DNA. We are convinced that RAU has the same priority to impact “the quality of life of Ugandans” and in many coinciding ways. RAU firmly believes that holistic attention must be given to the people it serves: education, health, clean and consistently accessible water and socioeconomic empowerment through capacity building.

Additionally, the ultimately important aspect of “quality of life” is spiritual and character-driven and so we gladly apply our energy to coming alongside those who have been given the task of shaping generations of individuals and families through God-centered, God-empowered teaching of Scripture–Pastors and leaders in the Church. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 states, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. RAU believes that a healthy, thriving and shining Uganda is one where individual citizens are at peace with and empowered in their knowledge of God, shaped by the Word of God in their character, bearing the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) and living in service of God’s glory and the good of their neighbors. Through the multiplying effect of 2 Timothy 2:2 (faithful people teaching faithful people who will teach others), this desired good will be like leaven which spreads throughout the whole lump of dough.

“In a democracy we are “citizen-kings” with obligations to shape the life of our land in all its business and professional practices and all its political and legal activity. While social and political life was controlled by a monarch, citizens could content themselves with private ethics. But where “citizen-kings” rule, there is personal responsibility for larger ethical issues.” ~John Piper (ideas borrowed from Rauschenbusch)

https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/moses-rauschenbusch-and-moral-distinctiveness

The true wealth of a nation lies not in it’s gold or silver but in it’s learning, wisdom and in the uprightness of its sons.” ~Khalil Gibran

“Governments cannot afford to fully replace the functions families perform for the benefit of their members and for the good of society. The family is the most powerful, the most humane and, by far, the most economical system known for building competence and character.” (International Federation for Family Development (IFFD) NGO in Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC)

RAU wants to strengthen the fiber and fabric of Uganda by focusing on the character and godliness of the individual and the family (which are the most important building blocks of any nation) through strong churches led by strong pastors. At the same time, RAU wants to do as much as is possible to holistically nourish socioeconomic growth and independence, health and wellbeing. As Jacob often says, “Sowing seeds of love and kindness should not be separated from preaching the gospel of sovereign grace but completely intertwined with it!”

The years, 2020 and 2021, put a road-block in the way of the trainings we had hoped to deliver to the Pastors and leaders whom we serve. Due to COVID restrictions, the larger gatherings for retreats and training at the RAU campus were not possible and the effects were felt. We pray for the day that circumstances will allow us to go full throttle with the trainings. Still, 2020 and 2021 opened the way to raise money for a special printing of 20,000 ESV Global Study Bibles which are on their way to RAU and also to receive 16,000+ books and ESV and Arabic Study Bibles (from The Gospel Coalition and Christian Books) for Pastors and Leaders (English and Arabic). We are confident that the good work the Lord has begun He will also continue and bring to completion! (Philippians 1:6). We rest with confidence on the words of Jesus (in Matthew) about Peter’s confession of Christ’s Lordship, “on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”

RAU Campus and Demo Farm–both sides of the road. Newly planted grafted mangoes on the smaller acreage on the left side of the road.

The RAU Demo Farm, through which we aspire to empower local leaders and community farmers, is coming to life with the seasonal rains (though late this year) so that plowing and planting have started. In fact, the maize and beans have already germinated and are growing quite rapidly. It’s amazing how everything becomes lush with every imaginable shade of green once the first rains come. The plan for the farm is to focus more on demonstration of common, market-ready crops (grains, legumes and vegetables) (specifically in box gardens–there are a total of 18) rather than large production of seed crops. Maize (posho) and beans will be eaten by us!! The demo farm continues to also focus on grafted mangoes to encourage local production so that a juicing plant will become an enticing possibility for the local economy. Zakeo, our Agricultural Production Officer, has planted 100 more grafted mango seedlings on the farm. He has learned the process of grafting which he plans to teach to local farmers.

Where the door of pastoral training seemed tightly shut, another door has swung wide open. RAU was able to forge ahead in providing clean water for a number of villages in desperate need of boreholes. RAU donors opened their hearts WIDE and gave enough funding for 6 new Boreholes–some in the Metu Mountains and some closer to us in nearby Moyo Sub-County villages. We are praying and asking for funding for 5 more boreholes. All 11 targeted villages have been tested for drilling sites and water locations have been identified. It’s only a matter of funding them. To date, RAU has been able to fund 11 boreholes in the past–Ayaa (2), Ijujo, Cinyi, Alugodu, Pamulu, Meria, Gbari/Arapi, Duku, Oyo and Fodia. Recently, several more boreholes were sunk in Kendi, Eria, Pacuahwi and Vura Opi. Additionally, these others are on the list: Gwere, Wano, Itia, Wele, Onyire, Abeso, and Padiga. We pray that the Lord will give success to the drillers and protect the equipment (which has been a bit problematic) and stir the hearts of people to donate towards this project.

Jacob likes to travel to each village with co-worker, Mindra, (the local government leader [LCI] for Fodia, where RAU is located) and has the opportunity to hear the pleas of the LCI’s and the community members and then encourage them with the cheering news that God, through His people, loves them and hears their cries and has provided the leg up they need. Some of the villages are nearly impossible for the drilling equipment to reach. Community members have had to put creative energy into digging a new road for the vehicles to pass. This is what happened at Gwere. The village members cut a path for the Land Cruiser which made it; however, the trucks with the drilling equipment could not make it up some steep roads. They hired a large tractor which also failed to pull the trucks up the hill. The next option was to borrow a government-owned caterpillar but that door closed. What was left? For the village members to make an alternate route for the drilling equipment–and they agreed and are busy making a passable road! Lord willing, this week, Gwere will have a road built and the Drilling company will make it there! Jacob hopes to also be there to document that wonderful event.

Clean water (and the lack of it) is still a major problem that affects many aspects of daily life. Our hearts are burdened for the women (and children) who struggle with heavy burdens to carry the bare minimum of water they need for each day, sometimes from holes in the ground. When clean water is provided, it impacts people in a number of significant ways as listed below.

1. 3.575 million people die every year as a direct result of water-borne illness. When people without access to clean water resort to drinking from contaminated water sources, someone could easily contract diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid, and polio. However, a major effect of clean water is that it helps prevent water-borne illness.

2. We ingest water through our food, and our body even absorbs some of the water we wash with. Therefore, both are difficult to do effectively if you do not have clean water. As a result, even if your drinking water is clean and purified, washing with unclean water can still make you susceptible to various hazards.

3. Hydration also helps the body naturally flush toxins from within. However, with unclean and contaminated water, more toxins enter the body than those that leave it, creating a harmful environment for bacteria and illness to spread.

4. Agriculture and food production are crucial for everyone across the globe. If a small village’s crops are irrigated with contaminated water, any bacteria and diseases found in the water can be spread to those who eat the contaminated crops. However, the safest food sources stem from working with safe and clean water.

5. Did you know that the average distance someone in a developing community walks to fetch water is 3.75 miles? In most cases, collecting the daily water supply falls on the women in a village. On average, a 5-gallon jug filled with water amounts to 44 pounds. Over time, the excessive weight of the water containers carried over a long distance can create additional health issues for the individuals carrying it. Also, imagine how much more challenging the task of toting a water jug would be when already suffering from dehydration brought on by drinking unclean water.

https://healingwaters.org/effects-of-clean-water/#:~:text=When%20people%20without%20access%20to,helps%20prevent%20water%2Dborne%20illness.
The Source of water at Gwere

Again, while our Biblical training was slowed to a halt for the time being, Jacob used the opportunity to renovate some of the buildings for that time when teaching activities come to life. The tukaloos, in which the pastors and leaders stay, the team quarters in the “Big House” and Lydia’s House were all targeted for improvements. Jacob likes to say, “We want things to last for generations–until Jesus comes, if necessary!” One of our aims is to make some of the buildings fit for families. Our hope has always been that other families or individuals would join us in this mission. There is simply too much work to do and not enough laborers. We are happy to report that Zorah (and his new wife, Josiane) are joining us full-time to work in the area of community development and discipleship. Also, our dear friend, Board member and brother in Christ, Nurse Sam (who recently graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree) will also be returning as a part of the RAU team to head up medical outreaches.

In the midst of the challenges of 2020 and 2021, we have also been experiencing the growing pains of our NGO recertification process and work permit renewals. The Daily Monitor (a Ugandan news source) reported in 2019 that “only 2,119 NGOs of the registered 14,027 NGOs were validated and issued with operational permits by the National Bureau of NGOs. This means a total of 11,908 NGOs were not validated.” Thankfully, RAU made the cut in 2019. However, it’s time to renew and the regulations for NGO certification have become more stringent than ever. By the grace of God, Thomas, our Financial Administrative Officer in Uganda is knowledgeable, wise and persistent and has been absolutely vital in getting us lined up with Ugandan policy as it relates to NGOs. Our brother and fellow Board Member, Patrick, is so instrumental in keeping our feet “on the ground.” Please pray that these renewals come through soon (five-year renewal of NGO certification and 3-year work permits)!

Nothing has taught us more clearly that we must hold our ideas and plans loosely than the COVID pandemic and the ensuing disruptions–in both 2020 and 2021. Yet, the sovereign goodness of God gives us the greatest comfort that “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” No doubt, the things that have been accomplished have happened through human strategy and agency and under geo-political jurisdiction. However, while we encrypt in human language the “DNA” for RAU’s purpose, though we submit to the authority of human governments, our hope is built solidly on a greater Designer whose plans for us can never be thwarted and Whose DNA we carry! “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). May we be found faithful in ALL He has given us to do and may we do it for the glory of God and the good of the people we serve!!

In loving service to God and humanity,

Jacob & Carol Lee

www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org

Tax deductible charitable donations may be made via PayPal or check.  PayPal also has a way to make recurring monthly gifts. Recurring 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/RAU, 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin Texas 78155.


PayPal Link for donations: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=WAR99DL4JFWXQ 
Go to RAU’s Facebook page for up to date reports, pictures, musings, and exhortations: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached 


RAU YouTube Videos: 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRmHafoBSemE7jS8kEHCG6Q/videos


RAU’s Mission and Vision Statements/Statement of Faith: https://reachingafricasunreached.org/about/

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

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

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!

Our goal in our gospel witness is to take our eyes off the “risk” and place them on the cause for the risk. When God compels us like this he often will not tell us the risks…after all there are no risks for the all-knowing, all-powerful God. So let us be AMBITIOUS (Romans 15:20) to see that ALL are reached with the gospel of grace (Romans 1:16) in ALL places…there are no closed doors to the gospel, just some which are more difficult to go through!

Jacob Lee

“Eyi Ni Lidri” – Water is Life! Part Two

“Eyi Ni Lidri” – Water is Life! Part Two

By Carol Lee

“When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.”

Benjamin Franklin

There really is no need to convince people of the importance of water. Most are acquainted with the rise of panic when they turn a faucet on and nothing comes out, even if the inconvenience is short-lived.

No need for statistics. No need for pleading. People get it! YOU get it! No one knows that better than Jacob and I as we have seen your response to the expressed need through our newsletters, posts and pictures. Your hearts have been “flesh” and not “stone” and the result is that 10 Boreholes (water wells) have been drilled in the Metu Mountains in very remote villages and 1 in Fodia, the village Reaching Africa’s Unreached (RAU) resides.

Recently, we made known to you the need for a borehole in the village of Kendi (which has 3,000 members) in Moyo Sub-County. In a matter of days, the funds were there. In a matter of weeks, the funds came in for 2 (out of 10) other boreholes in villages formally requested for consideration of need by the Moyo Local Government. We have a great desire to answer that plea for help for the relief, health and joy of the community members–especially the women whose job it typically is to carry the water to their homes.

Additionally, without even requesting, funds were pledged for a borehole in another village in the Metu Mountains — Abeso. If any place ticks off the boxes of the need for clean, accessible water, it’s Abeso: remote with rugged terrain (check), no borehole (check), only available water is a 15-20 minute walk to a stream which becomes a trickle in dry season (check), animals and people use that water source for drinking, bathing and washing–meaning that the water is likely to be contaminated (check). It was the truest, joyous privilege to visit with the village members and announce that money has been provided for a borehole!

In the last few weeks, Jacob, Mindra (a RAU co-worker and Local Government leader) and I have taken trips to 4 places–Kendi, Eria, Pacuahwi and Abeso–to survey the situation, document with photos, engage in fact-finding and explain the 5-step process of getting a new borehole situated in their respective villages. For the sake of sustainability, we have found it necessary to allay misunderstandings and ensure realistic expectations so that each village takes ownership of the gift they have been given. Lately, Jacob has used the metaphor of a “leg-up” to help them understand that RAU (the pipeline through which your gifts are delivered) provides the initial significant boost (monetarily speaking) and then the borehole belongs to the village members (meaning, they must collect money for ongoing maintenance) and not to RAU. This has been an effective strategy in the places where boreholes have already been drilled and they are doing an awesome job of maintaining the boreholes in working condition.

Lord willing soon, Jacob, Mindra and I will visit other villages on “the list” to set in motion the process of providing other boreholes, the beginning of which is to fact-find and then to fund-raise. There are 7-8 other villages we know of that are in desperate need of boreholes.

Our prayer is that you will not grow weary in well-doing (Galatians 6:9-10) but that you will see the temporal and eternal value in this endeavor. (The boreholes have been a source of physical blessing but also an open door for the presentation and display of the Gospel of Grace.) Paul commends the churches in Macedonia for not only their generosity but their motivation and attitude in giving: “We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints— and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.” (2 Corinthians 8:1-5)

Would you consider helping and also passing on this information to those outside our small circle of friends who also may be interested in providing funds for these wells?

  Tax deductible charitable donations may be made via PayPal or check. 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/RAU Bibles, 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin Texas 78155.  
PayPal Link for donations : https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=WAR99DL4JFWXQ

 “There is no success without sacrifice. If you succeed without sacrifice it is because someone has suffered before you. If you sacrifice without success it is because someone will succeed after you.” (A. Judson 1788-1850)

With love and godly affection,


Jacob and Carol Lee

www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org

Tax deductible charitable donations may be made via PayPal or check.  PayPal also has a way to make recurring monthly gifts. Recurring 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/RAU Bibles, 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin Texas 78155.


PayPal Link for donations: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=WAR99DL4JFWXQ 
Go to RAU’s Facebook page for up to date reports, pictures, musings, and exhortations: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached 


RAU YouTube Videos: 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRmHafoBSemE7jS8kEHCG6Q/videos


RAU’s Mission and Vision Statements/Statement of Faith:

 https://reachingafricasunreached.org/about/

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

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

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!

Our goal in our gospel witness is to take our eyes off the “risk” and place them on the cause for the risk. When God compels us like this he often will not tell us the risks…after all there are no risks for the all-knowing, all-powerful God. So let us be AMBITIOUS (Romans 15:20) to see that ALL are reached with the gospel of grace (Romans 1:16) in ALL places…there are no closed doors to the gospel, just some which are more difficult to go through!

Jacob Lee

Eyi Ni Lidri: Water Is Life!

Dear Friends and Family,


I am writing a brief note to inform you of our desire to put more boreholes (water wells) in some of our neighboring villages. The need for clean, accessible and sustainable water is great!


One of our mottos here at Reaching Africa’s Unreached is  “Sowing seeds of love and kindness should not be separated from preaching the gospel of sovereign grace but completely intertwined with it! Sadly, many times “preaching the gospel” is pitted against “doing deeds of mercy” and vice versa. We strongly believe in the “both/and” approach and not the “either/or”.  We have found that placing strategic boreholes in villages shows the love of Christ and the Holy Spirit, as he wills, uses this act of kindness (Romans 2:4b) to draw people to listen to gospel preaching (Romans 1:17) and draw them (John 6:44 & 65) to Christ alone for salvation.  James 2:15-17 says, “If a brother or sister is without clothes and lacks daily food and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, stay warm, and be well fed,” but you don’t give them what the body needs, what good is it?  In the same way faith, if it does not have works, is dead by itself.”  We simply cannot avert our eyes or our heart from the physical needs of those around us. “Eyi ni lidri!” : “Water is life!”.

At this time (March 2020), RAU, by the grace of God and through His people whose hearts are full of love, ten bore holes have been set in place in the Metu Mountain villages of Aya (2), Ijujo, Cinyi, Alugodu, Arapi, Duku, Oyo, Pamulu, Meria, and one in Fodia, where RAU is  located. Because of the rough and difficult terrain in the mountains, our costs have  increased to $8,000 per bole hole. We have worked closely with a local Moyo driller, local Metu Community Churches and Metu/Moyo Sub-County leaders. These boreholes are maintained by their community members. They knowingly take responsibility to care for the wells. Leading Moyo district officials have informed us that there are eleven villages which are in desperate need of better access to clean water. We are first wanting to target our neighboring village of Kendi. 

Our first task was to meet with the Kendi village leaders, elders, and members of the community who could be present which we did this last Tuesday (23rd) when Carol, Mindra (RAU co-worker/ local leader= LC1 Chairperson of Fodia)  and I went to the neighboring Kendi. Villages here are spread out in family units. We met under a mango tree with the Kendi LC1 Chairperson, village elders, and other community members and listened to their cry for closer and more reliable access to clean water. We were told that Kendi has about 3,000 people. Our hearts were touched! We then took a tour. There is only one small spring with a small amount of water and one borehole on the edge of the village which is a long distance for most of the community. 

The second task is to locate water which is plenteous, deep and most centrally located. Several sites were picked; now, our local driller with whom we have worked on the last ten boreholes will bring his testing equipment and see if they are suitable.

The third task:  money is needed. The fourth and final task is the drilling and  testing of the water in Kampala (which is done to make sure it is not contaminated for some reason). The good thing here in this region is that there are very few things which can contaminate the water when sited in a proper place. We are looking for $8000 for each of the eleven boreholes of which now $3550 has been given.

Would you consider helping and also passing on this information to those outside our small circle of friends who also may be interested in providing funds for these wells?

At this link is a short video of one the places where Kendi’s 3000 people find water.

YouTube: “A Borehole for Kendi”

A Borehole for Kendi

Please pray with us and consider helping. THANK YOU!  Tax deductible charitable donations may be made via PayPal or check. 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/RAU Bibles, 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin Texas 78155.  
PayPal Link for donations : https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=WAR99DL4JFWXQ

 “There is no success without sacrifice. If you succeed without sacrifice it is because someone has suffered before you. If you sacrifice without success it is because someone will succeed after you.” (A. Judson 1788-1850)

With love and godly affection,


Jacob and Carol Lee

www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org

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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!

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

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!

Our goal in our gospel witness is to take our eyes off the “risk” and place them on the cause for the risk. When God compels us like this he often will not tell us the risks…after all there are no risks for the all-knowing, all-powerful God. So let us be AMBITIOUS (Romans 15:20) to see that ALL are reached with the gospel of grace (Romans 1:16) in ALL places…there are no closed doors to the gospel, just some which are more difficult to go through!

Jacob Lee

2020: Blessings In Review

2020: Blessings In Review

by Carol Lee

Wow! 2020 — what a year! Most of us breathed a deep sigh of relief, I am thinking, and looked to 2021 for a deep, new breath of hope–and some changes. No two experiences have been alike–some have said that 2020 was a really great year for them–but I am pretty sure we can all agree that the chaos of 2020 blindsided us and we don’t want a repeat! In spite of the stress of the CoVID-19 Pandemic, I would also venture to say that some very good things happened. Here is OUR list of 2020 blessings:

  1. A slower pace with time to renew, refresh, breathe, think, read, re-connect. Jacob and I thank God for the unplanned goodness of emotional, spiritual and physical SPACE for us as a couple, and even as a ministry team. We needed it even more than we realized. The Lord taught us so many life-changing truths. Primarily, He taught us to trust Him — and His sovereign goodness even in life’s difficult circumstances. The year 2020 has put us in better shape to serve in humility, passion and hope in the coming years–as many as the Lord will give us.
  2. An opportunity to re-vamp, build, renovate. Jacob’s creative and forward thinking mind has been at full throttle throughout 2020 to bring about some very beautiful renovations to the buildings and other structures that will serve us well for many, many decades to come. When CoVID-19 restrictions ease and life returns to more of its normal pace, we will be ready with our facilities to host Pastors/Leaders and Teachers (finishing up Reaching & Teaching Modules) and Medical personnel (medical team outreaches) and farmers and student groups on the Demo Farm.
  3. The urgency to replenish resources. With continued requests for Bibles and other literature and a dwindling supply, the urgency of raising funds for more ESV TruTone Global Study Bibles (GSB) pressed in upon Jacob. By God’s grace, the response of God’s people and special help in bringing awareness, by year-end all the money needed to purchase a special printing and delivery of 20,000 ESV TruTone Global Study Bibles’ came in! As of now, the Bibles are being printed and we anticipate their delivery in November of this year. RAU will also be receiving 16.5 pallets of books from The Gospel Coalition-International Outreach (TGC-IO) delivered to Uganda on a Christian Book container. This is an exciting gift as we look forward to many more years of Pastoral/leadership training and Kingdom expansion to new regions.
  4. Aringa translation work and printing. Though it has been a long while since Jacob has been able to meet with Imams/Sheikhs in Yumbe, he has had the persistent desire to revamp his Christian-Muslim Dialog booklets (which he did) and combine them into 3 larger booklets (instead of 7). We know that there is a desire among some to continue the dialog. RAU is also partnering with Onduga Charles (our dear friend in Yumbe) to have some excellent tracts translated into Aringa for distribution in Yumbe District. While we eagerly anticipate open doors of evangelism, RAU has had the opportunity to show love to our Muslim neighbors in action and in truth through some medical projects relating to Diabetes education and disease control.
  5. Expanding and refining of the Ag Demo Farm. The ‘down time’ of 2020 allowed us to refine the vision for the Ag Demo Farm, and to streamline the focus of our Agricultural efforts. The construction of more box gardens was one focus area, bringing the total to 18 box gardens. Another focal point was the “live fence” which was planted around the periphery of the campus and around a box garden; this is to demonstrate the sustainable means of crop protection from grazing livestock, which is a huge problem and results in the loss of produce as well money (as livestock owners have to pay for damaged gardens).

For a more detailed description of what happened in 2020, you may click on the links below. The links will route you to posts that were made throughout the year.

February 2020

March 2020

April 2020

June 2020

August 2020

October 2020

November 2020

December 2020

The year, 2020, could not have been more unexpected in its impact and direction. However, we have so much to be grateful for. The bedrock truth of God’s sovereign goodness, even in trying circumstances, has been of utmost comfort and encouragement.

“…history is like a giant piece of fabric with very intricate and complex patterns. During the limited span of our lifetimes we see only a tiny fraction of the pattern. Furthermore, as has been observed by others, we see the pattern from the underside. The underside of a weaving usually makes no sense. Even the upper side makes little sense if we view just a tiny piece. Only God sees the upper side, and only He sees the entire fabric with its complete pattern. Therefore, we must trust Him to work out all the details of history to His glory, knowing that His glory and our good are bound up together.”

Bridges, Jerry. Trusting God (pp. 81-82). The Navigators. Kindle Edition.

Jacob and I praise God so much for every person, group and church that faithfully locked arms with us in 2020. The possibility was there for it to be a challenging financial year–BUT GOD! We are all the more encouraged that where God guides He will provide. These sentiments that Paul expressed in prayer for the Philippians is what we pray for all who are joined together in the Gospel in a myriad of ways, both here in Uganda and among supporters in the USA. “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:3-6.

Tax deductible charitable donations may be made via PayPal or check.  PayPal also has a way to make recurring monthly gifts. Recurring 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/RAU Bibles, 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin Texas 78155.

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

Go to RAU’s Facebook page for up to date reports, pictures, musings, and exhortations: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached  

YouTube Videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRmHafoBSemE7jS8kEHCG6Q/videos  

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

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

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! 

Our goal in our gospel witness is to take our eyes off the “risk” and place them on the cause for the risk. When God compels us like this he often will not tell us the risks…after all there are no risks for the all-knowing, all-powerful God. So let us be AMBITIOUS (Romans 15:20) to see that ALL are reached with the gospel of grace (Romans 1:16) in ALL places…there are no closed doors to the gospel, just some which are more difficult to go through! 

Jacob Lee