“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

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

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

Container News Contained Below!

Container News Contained Below! By Carol Lee

Hall of Tyrannus at Reaching Africa’s Unreached (RAU): Pastoral Training in Progress

“It is estimated that by the middle of this century, the number of professing Christians in Africa will be around 600–700 million. All these Christians will need to be in churches, under well-trained church leaders and pastors. Ninety percent of the people who are currently functioning as pastors are untrained. If our churches are truly forward-looking, they ought to be preparing for this windfall by putting in time and money to train these future leaders. This is not the time to claim that we do not have money. Pastoral training is not an optional extra. It is an essential part of every church’s ministry if it is to participate responsibly in the Great Commission that Jesus left with the church.” ~~Conrad Mbewe in “Ten Things You Should Know About the African Church”

The above exhortation is exactly the vision and passion of RAU and what guided the birth of this ministry. When the response to the shared Gospel was considerable and yet there were no pastors to care for those who professed faith in Christ, in Jacob’s heart a plan germinated for pastoral training in areas where formal seminary training is non-existent or beyond financial means. The heart of RAU’s ministry is to come alongside the work that God is doing in the West Nile region and beyond and build up pastors in their faith, scriptural knowledge and pastoral care. This has been the impetus for bringing Study Bibles and other literature for distribution.

“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing even to the point of dividing soul from spirit, and joints from marrow; it is able to judge the desires and thoughts of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

The single most important resource that can be placed into the hands of leaders in the church in Uganda and other neighboring countries is the Bible. A good study Bible is preferable. Since Jacob’s initial push of ministry in the West Nile region of Uganda, approximately 9,000 ESV Global Study Bibles have already been distributed and also around 2500 Aringa New Testaments, several hundred Ma’di New Testaments, 5,000 Small print NAS (New American Standard) Bibles primarily to students (these were a gift from another ministry given to RAU for dissemination), Arabic Study Bibles and other Arabic Bibles. These Bibles have been chiefly for church leaders, but have also been given to community leaders, teachers as well as Sheikhs and Imams (anyone who may have influence over others). As the stock of Bibles dwindled, Jacob knew that effort must be put into getting another container of them here.

2020 was the year of rallying funds for the enormous goal of purchasing a special printing of 20,000 ESV Global Study Bibles to be delivered to RAU’s campus. This colossal goal was achieved, thanks to so many who gave generously and to those who trumpeted the need! 2021 is the year for making the special delivery of Bibles a reality–by the grace of God! Once the funding goal was reached, Jacob went into immediate action to notify his contacts so that the special printing with Crossway Books could be set in motion. As of now, printing has begun and, depending on circumstances, the Bibles should arrive Lord willing sometime in September.

Recently, Crossway Publishers posted an interview in their online magazine on RAU. The article entitled “Gospel-Centered Partnership: Distributing Books and Bibles in Africa” provides a history of RAU’s vision and mission. Crossway has been a great partner with Reaching Africa’s Unreached in fleshing out our mission in walking out 2 Timothy 2:2.

Below are the encouraging comments of some recipients of the ESV Global Study Bible regarding their treasured gifts: “I am thankful to God that I am one of those who benefited by getting the ESV Global Study Bible from RAU. I never had the opportunity to go to a theological seminary but with the help of the ESV Global Study Bible, I am able to understand what I usually struggled to understand. With the help of the ESV Global Study Bible, it has become very easy to get other scripture references which relate to a given topic. This has now made it easy to prepare topical biblical teachings. The extra information from the ESV Global Study Bible helps me to understand God’s Word much better than before and I am able to do Bible exposition without much challenges. Another benefit from the ESV Global Study Bible is that it has a daily study guide and this helps me to study the Word of God almost daily. May God bless those who contributed to get the ESV Study Bibles to us.” ~~Mr. G. Michael, a teacher

I would like to appreciate my brother Jacob for thinking about us and for giving us the numerous books more especially the ESV Global Study Bible. Since I don’t know English well, I so much read my study Bible in Arabic. This is the first ever Bible that I got. The good thing I got from this study Bible is that it gives details which even our Qur’an doesn’t give us. For example I was reading about Abraham and the sacrifice story. The Biblical story is given into details and more information is given in the study notes. Secondly I was able to read stories about Noah, David and Jesus and the ESV Global Study Bible notes gives more information and it is therefore easy to understand the Biblical stories since there is extra information.” ~~A Sheikh who received a Bible among other resources

The ESV Global Study Bible is a great blessing to me. As a preacher of God’s word, there are times I am called to share within a short period of time where there’s not enough time for preparing the sermon. So the ESV Global Study Bible helps me to prepare my sermon easily and am always there where they call me.” ~~Evangelist/Missions Pastor Onduga Charles, Yumbe

1-The language is very clear and understandable, 2-The commentary is very excellent and clear, 3- the introduction of the books is wonderful; it makes easy for us to study the Bible book by book and to develop more topical studies and biblical messages. This is one of the best study Bible I ever used and many other Church leaders are testifying the same.” ~~Pastor Joshua Abraham, Sudan (Refugee in Uganda). Joshua has been one of our main facilitators in getting the ESV Global Study Bible, Arabic Study Bible, and books in English and Arabic into the nearby refugee settlements to leaders and those in training as well as to leaders living in both South and North Sudan.

He [Jesus] replied, “What is impossible for mere humans is possible for God.” Luke 18:27

We are incredibly grateful for everyone of you who prays, gives, encourages, and heralds with us the BEST NEWS we could ever receive:

“The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.  He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.  He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.  (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”)  For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. ” John 1: 9-16

 Stay tuned for updates on the completion of the printing and the delivery of Bibles! May the Lord grant sight and eternal life to many through His eternal Word!

“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) 

Wit love and godly affection,

Jacob and Carol Lee

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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!
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

Rejoicing…ESV Global Study Bible funds are in!

For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.  No creature is hidden from him, but all things are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give an account.

Hebrews 4:12-13

I am pleased to announce that as of now, the $200,000 goal has been reached for 20,000 TruTone ESV Global Study Bibles, a container and shipping from USA to RAU on the Uganda/South Sudan border!! A lavish “Thank You” to all who participated: encouraged, prayed and gave! What a great way to start the new year. Any extra funds beyond what is needed for the Bibles, container, and shipping will be used to add more Bibles or other literature for pastoral module trainings and regional language tracts.

Now, the next step is to strike a deal to have a special printing of 20,000 Tru Tone ESV Global Study Bibles which will be put into a 40-foot container for shipping from USA to Mombasa, Kenya then overland to Kampala and then north to the RAU campus.

Current picture of containers sitting at RAU. The new one would be set to right with the roof continuing and a space between which, Lord willing, would possibly become a chicken coop/covered shed.

As Carol and I have written in one of our previous posts, many American Christians trade out their current study bible for the latest “study bible” (I know I have) as often as folks upgrade their vehicles! Can you imagine what even one single study Bible can mean to pastors where such resources are very, very scarce or beyond their ability to buy?

This study bible will be a great help in the Reaching Africa’s Unreached in walking out 2 Timothy 2:2 in our module curriculum for pastoral/church leadership in the Hall of Tyrannus. Part of our training includes instruction on how to best use a study bible. The study bibles coming in this third container would be primarily for church leaders in the West Nile of Uganda, South Sudan, the Republic of (North) Sudan as well as local government leaders,teachers, and Imams/Sheikhs. English is widely read, spoken and understood! With peace being established in the Republic of (North) Sudan recently and with trusted Sudanese brothers we know personally, it will be even easier to get Bibles into Sudan as well.

A study Bible, in particular, has qualities that can serve a pastor or leader well who has little formal Biblical training. An overview of an ESV Global Study Bible may be found here: https://biblebuyingguide.com/crossway-esv-global-study…/ . In this article by Tim Challies entitled, “What Makes a Really Good Study Bible?,” https://www.challies.com/articles/what-makes-a-really-good-study-bible/, Challies highlights how a study Bible can be a great tool for leaders in the church.

The word of God is not a trifle; it is a matter of life and death. If you treat the Scriptures as a trifle or as empty words, you forfeit life…our physical life is created and upheld by the word of God, and our spiritual life is quickened and sustained by the word of God. How many stories could be gathered to bear witness to the life-giving power of the word of God!

Indeed, the Bible is “no empty word for you” — it is your life! The foundation of all joy is life. Nothing is more fundamental than sheer existence — our creation and our preservation.

All this is owing to the word of God’s power. By that same power, he has spoken in Scripture for the creation and sustenance of our spiritual life. Therefore, the Bible is no empty word, but is your very life — the foundation and kindling of your joy!

John Piper, Desiring God

Now that we have completed the fundraising step by God’s grace and the love of his people, please pray with us for the best deal to be made on the printing/purchase of the Bibles and for their expedited journey to northwestern Uganda for distribution to Pastors and Leaders. Any extra funds beyond what is needed for the Bibles, container, and shipping will be used to add more Bibles or other literature for pastoral module trainings and regional language tracts. Once purchased and packed into a container, the Bibles will have a long and potentially eventful passage by freighter. Once they are brought to Uganda, they have to pass muster with the Ugandan Revenue Authority (URA) which usually requires some form of tax. Finally, the container has to travel from Kampala to Moyo on less than ideal road conditions. In thinking about the potential difficulties, holding fast to the sovereignty of God brings much comfort and hope.

“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 & Carol 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!

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