Pressed Down, Shaken Together, Running Over!

Pressed Down, Shaken Together and Running Over

By Carol Lee

Give, and it will be given to you: A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be poured into your lap.  For the measure you use will be the measure you receive.”

Luke 6:38

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Imams and Sheikhs reading along in their Aringa New Testaments

It has been a while since we last sent out a newsletter due to a tight schedule, so we pray you excuse the length of the report!

These last three weeks of ministry have born witness to the truth of the above verse in Luke as we received two teams from the USA, back to back, during the first 3 weeks of September.  We knew it was going to be a busy season, but we were equally confident that the bounty we and the people of this region would receive was going to be immeasurable.  Whatever we at RAU have given to the mission was given back to us in such an extravagant measure as verse 38 describes!  A good measure. Pressed down. Shaken together. Running overPoured into our laps.  We couldn’t be more grateful!

When the team (Pastor Edward and Jennifer Heinze and their daughter, Kara Beth and Elder Tony and Kourtney Landes and their daughter, Kelci) from Rocky Point Baptist Church arrived here on Saturday, September 2nd, it was “hit the ground running” mode for the next 2 weeks.  With just an evening to get settled and rested, on Sunday we and the team walked to a local church where several of our coworkers attend (Fodia Pentecostal Assemblies of God). Pastor Edward preached and Tony also shared a word of encouragement from the Scriptures.  It was a joyful introduction to the exuberant and energetic way of worship experienced in most churches in Uganda.  The following days of ministry would take place in the Metu Mountains (Gbari/Arapi/Duku/Oyo/Aya/Ijujo/Alugodu/Cinyi/Lea and Oku), Moyo town, along the River Nile (Palorinya and Obongi) and in Yumbe.

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Kelci, Kara Beth, Edward,Jennifer Kourtney, and Tony on their way to R.A.U.!
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The stars represent the places we ministered with the Rocky Point Baptist team.

Jacob and I had requested that the focus of ministry teaching be on marriage, parenting and children’s ministry.  We have seen these topics as vital for growth in church members and it has also been frequently requested by leaders and others here in Uganda.  Without hesitation, I can say that the teachings “hit a nerve” and proved to be a great forum for looking at what scripture says versus what culture says about marriage and family.  Pastor Edward did a wonderful job of laying out scriptural principles and also of fielding very difficult questions relating to cultural scenarios such as polygamy (and implications for people in this situation who become believers), dowry, infertility, divorce and parenting.  We had some VERY interesting round table discussions in the evenings, trying to sort through what the Bible speaks to these issues in black and white and where scriptural prescription is gray! We were all stretched!

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Pastor Edward with Pastor Tobious who interpreted in a session at Gbari/Arapi Community Church.

On Monday and Tuesday, we packed into the Land Cruiser, experiencing a good measure of being pressed down, shaken together with lots of laughter running over and headed to Gbari and Arapi (Monday) and then Aya (Tuesday)!  Jacob and I loved giving our team this unique experience of rural “roads” (some, more like paths) where “everything that can be shaken, will be shaken”!  The difficulty of the terrain gave us all a greater appreciation and compassion for the communities who live in these remote villages and for the itinerant pastors who walk to them each weekend for Sunday prayers and discipleship.  I have never seen more grateful recipients of the teaching and children’s ministry than these gathered saints from Gbari, Arapi and Oyo and from Aya and Alugodu (and all of the subsequent church communities we met with over the next two weeks).

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On Wednesday, we remained at RAU, partially to allow the team to catch their breath, but also because Jacob was due to speak on the radio that evening.  He was happy to pass that baton on to Edward to give a special message to the community of Moyo and surrounding areas via TBS station within Moyo town.  The “down day” also gave the team opportunity to prepare for upcoming ministry and to unpack the 28 tubs of ministry supplies  which they had brought along with them that were shipped up from Kampala by bus!!!  Most of the tubs were filled with tracts designed for Muslims which Jacob had had made up in the USA, but there were also many other items which cannot be gotten here that Rocky Point members contributed to.  A special “thank you” to Kourtney Landes for your unbelievable packing and organizing skills and all the energy and love it took to accomplish such a feat.  We are sure you put more into it than any of us realize – and it was an immense blessing and that they all made it safely and intact as well – that is nothing short of a miracle.

On Thursday and Friday we were back up in the Metu Mountains to meet with members of Ijujo and Cinyi (Thursday) and Oku and Lea (Friday), providing the same teachings on marriage, family and children’s ministry.  While Edward and Jennifer were with the adults, during all the teaching sessions, Tony and Kourtney Landes, along with Kelci and Kara Beth, poured their energy into children’s ministry.  They did a spectacular job with the many children in attendance.  It was a joy to see each one of these team members instructing, interacting with and loving on the children who, to a large extent, have never had this kind of special attention paid to them. I was especially proud of Kara Beth and Kelci for stepping up and playing a great part in serving and loving these young ones.  It always helps when there is a soccer ball (“football”) involved!  The soccer balls were special in that they were decorated with colors which represented the Gospel and which could be used as a means of explaining the Gospel to those who have never heard. Each of the churches was given a soccer ball.

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The Gospel Ball

We saved the physically most grueling day – Oku and Lea – for the last of the Metu Mountain ministry days.  As you may remember from previous posts or from Face Book posts,  not only is the RIDE down and back up the mountain a test in endurance for us and the Land Cruiser, but the hike down into Lea and Oku and then back up again presents me with my greatest attitude challenge and physical stress!  Jacob’s great delight to take new groups to the pristine “ends of the earth” in Oku, is pitted against my “I’ve already seen pristine” mindset and lack of physical stamina.  This time, the clock (and possibility of rain) was warning us against taking too long in the valley – and I was its mouthpiece!!!  The clock won out and we had to start our ascent without seeing the far reaches of Oku village. True to form, I, and those nice enough to stick with me were among the last to make it back up to the vehicle, puffing and panting and red-faced! The piece de resistance was squeezing as many additional, hot and sweaty riders into the Land Cruiser as space would allow taking the arduous, jostling ride back up the rocky mountain trail.

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The trail to Lea and Oku

Without a pause, we were back on the road on Saturday, this time to Yumbe and for a very unique experience – a meeting with Imams/Sheikhs and other Muslim community members who have seemed to be very open to hear of Christ and His teachings.  We met at a school in Aringa sub-county (a part of Yumbe district) and were greeted in a very friendly manner by all those gathered.  I was glad to see several women and many children in attendance as well as the men.  After some introductions, Jacob started up the teaching session (which is what the Khard, Ayile, had requested). (Note: a Khard is an elected leader of a geographical area from among other Imams/Sheikhs, very highly respected by the others.)  Jacob spoke from Mark 2:1-12, on how one truly receives forgiveness of sins, and then Edward spoke from John 1, on Jesus, the Word of God who became flesh and lived among us.  Khard Ayile gave us a specific time limit as he said it was market day and people needed to leave by 2pm.  The listeners were all amazed by the precision of our teachers stopping exactly at 2pm (American Standard time)!!  In addition to the teaching, Jacob passed out de-worming tabs, literature and English and Aringa Bibles.  We pray that these gifts may be used in any way the Lord sees fit to draw the Aringa people to Himself.

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Group photo after our meeting with Imams and Sheikhs. Many student also attended the meeting and heard a clear presentation of the gospel

On Sunday we headed back to Yumbe to worship with the lovely people of Pilgrim’s Church in Yumbe.  After the service and a quick lunch, Edward started on his marriage and parenting teaching, while the Landes’ and Kara Beth met with the children outside. The questions and concerns were no different here relating to marriage than in any of the other places we visited – always very lively questions and discussion!  We do not envy leaders here who have to counsel people in these very real and tricky issues.

Jacob and I and the team were all equally grateful to finally have another down day at RAU on Monday.  Four days in a row of travel and ministry was a real stretch for us all.  We were refreshed and enjoyed the fellowship of one another.

On Tuesday and Wednesday we were along the Nile River at two towns – Palorinya (where Edward and his son had had the privilege of being 6 years prior) and Obongi (where Pastor Godfrey lives).  This is where we finished up the marathon of marriage and family teachings and children’s ministry.  The time in Palorinya was especially meaningful for Pastor Edward to revisit and renew old friendships and to bring the rest of his family to a place which held great memories and meaning for him.  Wednesday, after the teaching time in Obongi, heavy rain seemed to be looming and the roads were already nearly impassable prior to rain (with potholes almost as deep as the Land Cruiser is tall), so we made a quick visit to the Nile River for some photo ops and then headed back to Afoji to RAU.

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Kelci, Kara Beth, Tony, and Kourtney ministering to the children in Obongi.

The team’s last full day at RAU, Thursday, was anything but a day of rest for them.  Knowing that we had a 5-day Pastor’s Retreat coming up the next week, they showed us the greatest kindness by helping us to prepare the tukalus and Lydia’s House for the visiting pastors.  It was a kindness which allowed Jacob and me to head into the Reaching and Teaching ministry with the least amount of stress we have ever felt prior to an upcoming retreat.  That was an amazing gift! Once again, we received in extravagant measure – pressed down, shaken together, running over and poured into our laps! Thank you, Rocky Point Team! On Friday morning, as they waited for their ride from Arua, they prepped their own rooms for the next group due in the very next day!

Our friend Eric, from Arua, has been a great help to us now in ferrying teams back and forth who fly in from and out to Entebbe from the airport in Arua.  It relieves Jacob of the pressure of driving back and forth and it saves the Land Cruiser from much wear and tear.  From the reports we have received from the 3 teams we have hosted since coming back, Eric is a perfect gentleman and an excellent, careful driver

It was a blessing to welcome another Reaching and Teaching (R&T) Team, 3 from High Pointe Baptist Church in Austin (Addison, Augi and Maeghan) and 1 from Tennessee (Scott).  The Reaching and Teaching curriculum and partnership is the perfect fit for what RAU has envisioned for church leaders in the West Nile region – an overview of the Bible as well as specific knowledge and study tools which every pastor or leader should have in caring for a flock.  The R&T plan consists of 9 modules from David Sills book Hearts,Heads, and Hands.  Module Three was the focus of study this time. Jacob and I rejoice in the partnership we are developing with the churches that send teams to teach and mentor. We particularly rejoice in the teaching and pastoral gifts that this team brought with them.

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Augie, Scott. Meagan, and Addison have now become life long friends!

Like the team from Rocky Point, the R&T team did not have much down time.  We walked with them the next morning to the PAG church next door where Addison and Scott shared the word.  In the afternoon, while the men were reviewing for the upcoming teaching sessions, Maeghan and I were finishing up prepping the gift and resource bags for the pastors.

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One of sessions.

Monday was like stepping up to the starting line of a race.  We were ready in position, poised to run.  As I stated above, I have never felt more prepared, thanks to the Rocky Point team and to Maeghan who was so helpful with all the details of registration.  The “starting gun” fired and we were off to a slow saunter as the first attendees started trickling in.  Jacob and the men on the team were so good in welcoming the arriving pastors/leaders and helping them get settled in their rooms.  Maeghan and I had the privilege of getting the attendees registered and set up with name tags, bottled water and a resource bag.  It was good to see familiar faces as all of the participants were here for the last R&T Module 2.

Once most of the men had arrived and settled and had had a bit of lunch, it was really “off to the races” as the R&T team took over the sessions and kept on course until Friday noon when, as it happens every retreat, it’s all over before we know it! Addison (an Elder at High Pointe), Augi (a member of High Pointe) and Scott (from Tennessee) did an amazing job of keeping the tight schedule covering various topics.  It was obvious from the interactions both in and out of the classroom that Addison, Augi and Scott cared as much about the people they were serving as in teaching with excellence.  At the end of the evening sessions there was Q&A time which always seems to be greatly appreciated for the biblical wisdom with which each question is answered.

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The 36 pastors were kept and cared for well all week long by the RAU staff.

Maeghan was a particular delight to me – to have female companionship and a servant-hearted person was a gift.  We had many opportunities to get to know one another as we ensured that meals and snacks were served and medical needs were addressed.

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The retreat was over but we could not let the team leave without giving them of “taste” of the Metu Mountains terrain, people and ministry.  On Saturday we took them to Cinyi where believers from several villages had gathered.  It’s safe to say that Addison, Augi, Scott and Maeghan felt they had received blessings “pressed down, shaken together and running over” that day and in all the days preceding. I believe the “West Nile Bug” has bitten them and they will be back one day!

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Reaching and Teaching Module Three group photo outside the Hall of Tyrannus.

The only thing Jacob and I have disliked immensely about these last 3 weeks has been the goodbyes!  Addison expressed amazement that, in such a short time, a group of strangers could become so closely knitted together.  We agree! It’s wonderful, but, at the same time, that connection makes us vulnerable to the pain of parting.

Jacob and I have had a very different week – quieter but not boring!  We have definitely taken time to reflect on and rejoice in the friends we have come to know and love.  At the same time, other opportunities to serve this region are put before us to consider, pray about and work towards.

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Our Agricultural extension service has continued throughout these 3 weeks as Emma has taken his expertise to the rough, hard to reach places in the Metu Mountains as well as over the airwaves on TBS radio station every Thursday evening.  RAU is privileged to play a role in the development of the West Nile communities through Ag development.  The positive feedback we receive encourages us to continue our efforts in Agricultural training in addition to discipleship, evangelism and church planting.

Here are the opportunities before us as we serve the communities in northern Uganda:

  • Please pray as we will be hosting six Muslim background pastors from North Sudan who were forced out their country and are in a nearby refugee camp (Uganda now has passed 1 million refugee mark with most of them staying in our West Nile area). This next Monday and Tuesday they will be at RAU for Bible study. We are hiring a van to bring them. Omar, a former Sheikh who has become a very outspoken believer, and a friend he has been witnessing to will join us too. A young Imam will be with us too. He is a young man to whom we have been witnessing for the past four years…he recently has confessed Christ. Also, another Sheikh who has confessed Christ as Savior will be with us. It should make for a very interesting two days. Jacob is thrilled about this opportunity to study the Word together with them. The men from North Sudan may pave the way for other opportunities to reach a very needy place for the gospel!
  • Jacob hopes to spend much time the next 6 weeks in evangelistic outreaches and continuing discussions with Muslim leaders in Yumbe District and Obongi sub-county.
  • We are targeting 3 unreached villages in the Metu Mountains for church plants as well as bore holes. These villages have no witness of Christ love in them. Pray that these villages will also have living active churches joining the 8 other villages which now have a new churches. Funding has been given for one of the three bore holes already.
  • A recent incident which took place near Aya highlights the medical needs which are always pressing. Here is a recent post which Jacob made on Face Book:

                “Thank you to all who prayed for Opini. He is now back at his home, continuing to recover. Opini was the boy who was bitten by a cobra while grazing his family’s goats in a remote part of the Metu Mountains near Aya. By God’s grace, Pastor Tobious was nearby and quickly took him by motorbike to the Aya clinic. Carrying him by foot would have taken some time, but because of our generous supporters, we have been able to provide a motorcycle for Pastor Tobious to use in all of his overseeing ministries in the Metu Mountains!
The rural and isolated mountain clinics often do not have meds for snakebites or run out of them quickly. Again, by God’s grace, we had delivered injectable hydrocortisone on the previous Saturday to Tobious to give to several clinics. Fortunately, Tobious had some doses remaining with him and brought it with him to the clinic to refurbish their supply. The clinic personnel gave him a dose immediately. He was unconscious most of the night but woke feeling good enough to eat some food and walk to the bathroom. We just received word from Pastor Tobious that, when he went to check on the boy this morning, he found that Opini had already gone off to school! Wow!
The picture below is Opini with his mother in the Aya clinic. In His love God has brought about a remarkable recovery in answer too many who have prayed and through the many who provided funding for medicines…thank you! Since the time we began ministering in these Metu Mountains communities, this is the 4th person we have heard about whose life has been saved by injected hydro-cortisone! Praise the Lord!
This makes Carol and me want, all the more, to help get more of this medicine to Metu Mountain clinics. We receive many requests from clinics for help in stocking helpful item and so, as often as we have funding, we are trying to get de-worming tabs, malaria treatment, anti-fungal creams and others to the clinics and into the remote villages. It is a long walk to the Metu trading center and to Moyo. Through your help we can continue to buy more of these drugs and put them into the hands of trained district medical personnel.” (https://reachingafricasunreached.org/donations/ )

  • Through a generous donation given specifically for the purpose of starting a Christian School, we are able to purchase a piece of land across the road from RAU. The money is enough to purchase it, clear it, fence it and make it ready for school buildings. Pray that this vision will become a reality.

 

Thank you!

Carol (Jacob) Lee

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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!
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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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“…so that many will give thanks…”

 

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New well in the remote Metu Mountain village of Cinyi

“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

Carol and I have been back to RAU from our USA visit now for almost three weeks. As I ponder over all the Lord has enabled us do in the West Nile of Uganda, my heart returns with thankfulness to my King and to the many who have encouraged us, stood with us in prayer, and graciously given. Let me help you remember, too, so that you also may give thanks for the blessing granted us through your prayers and the prayers of many! You have been a vital part of the work God is doing in our gospel needy region of the world.

It has been 11 years since our first trip to Africa, 10+ years since I first ministered in the West Nile of Uganda where we now live, 7+ years since Reaching Africa’s Unreached was established, 6+ years since the RAU land was purchased and exactly 6 years since we cleared a spot in the thick bush and broke ground for the first building in which I am now sitting while writing to you. The facilities and land we now have are tremendous tools in proclaiming the gospel of grace. There is a photo history of the building progress at this site here.

I remember and I give thanks for  gifts of God’s people and the grand “blessing(s) granted us through the prayers of many.”

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Six years ago, setting corners for the first building. More history pictures located here: https://reachingafricasunreached.org/r-a-u-guesthouse-building-pictures-2/
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The first building as it sits today. By God’s grace there are now also seven other smaller structures on the compound.

I remember and I give thanks for the gifts of God’s people and the grand “blessing(s) granted us through the prayers of many.”

It has now been 4+ years since we made our permanent move to Afoji just a mile off the Ugandan/South Sudan border. The Lord has watched over us, given us favor with believers and unbelievers, allowed us to host at RAU 23 multi-day church leader retreats, be a part in planting churches for seven remote Metu Mountain villages which previously had not one single church, provided countless opportunities for open air preaching and one on one witness by which many have been gloriously saved by grace through faith alone Thousands of Bibles and solid biblical books have been   given to leaders. Hundred’s of Kindles loaded with solid biblical books and the Jesus film in numerous languages,via Delmar Hagar’s Study To be Approved , have also been given out out to church leaders. The Lord has opened the way for 15 dialogs on the topic “Who Is Jesus?” with leading Aringa tribe Khards, Sheikhs, and Imams have been organized and done. By God’s grace much has been accomplished for His glory these last 4+ years.

I remember and I give thanks for  gifts of God’s people and the grand “blessing(s) granted us through the prayers of many.”

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The 23rd retreat and the first one in the new and enlarged “Hall of Tyrannus”. RAU is now partnering with Reaching and Teaching International in training pastors using their curriculum of “Hearts, Heads, and Hands”.
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Carol’s heart of love and service is much appreciated wherever we go!
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Sharing God’s Word with faithful co-worker Pastor Tobious  in one of the Metu Mountain Church plants
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Baptism service in the Metu Mountains.
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One of our Christian-Muslim dialog groups.

I remember and I give thanks for  gifts of God’s people and the grand “blessing(s) granted us through the prayers of many.”

In Romans 2:4b we are told that one of the ways the Lord leads us to repentance is through His kindness….”…that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?…”. Often and wrongly so, mercy ministries and gospel preaching are subtly  pitted against each other. As ones created in God’s image, kindness ought to be active part of all we do, including proclamation of the gospel of grace. With that in mind and by God’s grace we have been able to give out medicines, help in surgeries and children’s education,assist people in going to clinics,distribute reading glasses, put in four bore holes (wells) in villages where they were getting their water from holes and streams, and empower church leaders ,Imams/Sheikhs as well as the community at large through agricultural training. Over and over again we have seen how these acts of love are being used to draw people to listen to the gospel of grace.

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

 

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This is one of the four new wells which has been completed in the Metu Mountains. There have been many challenges to drilling in these Appalachian size mountains BUT God has given grace to push onward for the clean water many now drink for the first time in their lives.

Celebration at the new Cinyi Bore Hole:

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lraapUoT1-A )

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A Sheikh receiving reading glassing and literature.

 

 

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One of the several cash crops we are teaching church leaders to grow is watermelon. Also the community at large is growing in understanding “farming as business” through RAU’s weekly 2 hour Ag. call in program hosted by RAU’s Ag. specialist, Emma.
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Emma doing some hands on training on grafted mangoes with pastors at RAU

I remember and I give thanks for  gifts of God’s people and the grand “blessing(s) granted us through the prayers of many.”

As we remember God’s grace in the past it encourages us that His grace is with us in the present and will also be with us in the future! With this encouragement we press on and build upon the foundations which have been laid. In the same vein we pray you all will continue to stand with us in prayer and support.

“You must also pray…” (1 Corinthians 1:11)

Upcoming August events for prayer:

  1. I have an upcoming meeting in Obongi with Muslims from five different Mosques. The leading Sheikhs have given me an invitation  to meet their people. I will have opportunity to speak and will bring Bibles, Christian literature,reading glasses, Ag products and medicines. It has taken about three years to get to this level of friendship and trust with the Obongi Muslims. Pastor Godfrey’s welcoming heart has had a large part in this. Pastor Godfrey has been leading the church well in Obongi which RAU planted in December 2013.
  2. We are seeking to plant a church in a trading center near Yumbe town. This center currently is around 99% Muslim.
  3. Continued discipleship training in Metu Mountain seven village church plants.
  4. Harvest of RAU soybean and grinding into meal for the Madi/Aringa community and South Sudanese refugees as the Lord enables.
  5. Planting of second season crops…mostly upland rice.
  6. Continued distribution of ESV Global Study Bibles to pastors in the South Sudanese Bidibidi refugee camp , now the largest in the world. Pray for peace in South Sudan, for the many refugees in Uganda, and those working with them.
  7. Continual prayers for health and safety. Here is a report on a battle not long ago which took place just across the South Sudan border station of Jale which is just a couple miles from our home in Afoji. Uganda is doing a good job keep things peaceful, safe and secure in Uganda. Pray for Uganda in this challenging task.

Upcoming September events for prayer:

  1. A six member team from Rocky Point Baptist Church Stephenville Texas will be arriving to RAU on the 2nd and leaving on the 18th. They will be teaching in many venues on the biblical view marriage and family. In these sessions the children will also receive ministry from the team members. Carol and I are very excited about them being here with us and sharing their gifting with the people we love and work with. Pray for them as they prepare to come our way!
  2. A five member team with Reaching and Teaching International arrives on 19th and will be with us at RAU through the 27th. They will leading a group of pastors through session three of nine of “Hearts, Heads, and Hands”. I am very happy and excited about our partnership with Reaching and Teaching International!

A special thanks to those of you who sacrificially give so that we can continue in spreading the fame of King Jesus in our area. We commit to be good stewards of the resources placed into our hands. We invite others join in this grace of giving.

Thank you and God Bless,

Jacob (Carol) Lee

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http://www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached

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

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South Suddenness pastors receiving ESV Global Study Bibles and other resources. They are now living and serving in the nearby BidiBidi refugee camp. BidiBidi is reported to be the world’s largest refugee camp in the world.

 

 

 

Stepping Back And Looking Ahead

“Stepping Back and Looking Ahead”
By Carol Lee
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Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgement will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.
— Leonardo Da Vinci

Our visits to the USA run the gamut:  from doing  (a very little) little or nothing to fun with family and friends to taking every possible opportunity to visit and personally thank our loving supporters or to connect with new ones.  Our Stateside visits are helpful to us in many ways, one of which is to be refreshed and rejuvenated so that we can return with vigor to our calling in  Northwestern Uganda.  We are stepping back from our work to gain that perspective and rejuvenation in order to return to it with clarity and energy.

Unfortunately, one of the activities from which we tend to step back is our frequent communications.  It has been longer than we are comfortable with since our last newsletter.  (Our goal is to write at least two times a month.)  However, we are “back on the radar” and want to update you on everything that is happening in our lives before we step back to a busy season of exciting ministry opportunities,

We arrived in Texas at the end of May and were almost immediately laid low (both of us) by a bout of Malaria.  Fortunately, we had the treatment with us and started up on it right away.  It’s not how we wanted to spend our time on a furlough, but we recovered in relatively short period of time.  Thank you to all who prayed for us, brought us food and who showed care and concern.

One of our big priorities for this visit was to reconnect with family.  We had some memorable times at the onset with Josh and Becca (son and daughter in law) and their four children and Anna and Kenny (daughter and son in law, who picked us up from the airport) and their two children.  It was our first opportunity to meet Clara, the latest addition to the family (Anna and Kenny’s daughter).

We had hoped for TWO Sundays (at the front end) with our church family at Lifegate Ministries and our sending church before we began our travels.  Sadly, we missed that first Sunday due to illness, but then Jacob preached the next Sunday, sharing a message from 2 Corinthians 1:11 (“You must also help us through prayer”) through which he hoped to encourage all who participate in our ministry in many ways but, especially, through prayer.  (This was the message he shared in all the churches we visited.) It was refreshing to gather and worship with the people we love and call family!

Our first stop on our next two and a half weeks of travel within the USA was Chattanooga, TN, where our son, Josiah lives.  It is consistently a refreshing visit.  The pace slows and allows us to catch our breath.  We so enjoyed our time with Josiah: daily walks, a beautiful hike in Cloudland Canyon, entering into his world for a few days, great food and time to sleep in a bit.  We are so proud of Josiah and the beautiful character of Christ we see being formed in him.

We flew back to Texas and thoroughly enjoyed our stay with Anna and Kenny.  One of my favorite things is to “just do everyday life” with our kids and theirs!  Waking up together and doing everyday things is a huge treat! Their church family, Rocky Point Baptist Church, has also become ours – it is an encouragement the way they have opened their hearts to us and have jumped on board in support of RAU and its ministries.  We are eagerly anticipating the team they are sending in September and the Marriage and Family teaching as well as children’s ministry which will be happening during their stay here.

Our final flight before returning to our hometown, Seguin, was to Iowa, where Jacob’s family lives.  Especially important to us was to visit Jacob’s Mom and Dad.  An additional blessing was to see all his siblings as well as aunts, uncles and cousins!  Jacob’s mom has recently been placed in a nursing home due to some health complications.  Thanks to Jackie, Jacob’s sister, a meeting hall was reserved where we could all enjoy lunch together and then receive other family in the afternoon.  A very wonderful time!

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Jacob’s parents and siblings

While in Iowa, I was blessed to see my brother, John Mayer, and his wife, Nancy and their daughters, Rachael and Becky.  (Ruth could not make it.) That is a rare event and cherished all the more because of its rarity!  There was a lot to catch up on, but we did a lot of it in the 4 or 5 hours we had together.

Back in Seguin, some special days were prioritized to spend with Josh, Becca and their 4 children.  Investing in their lives through time and hugs, reading, wrestling, kisses and tickles filled our cup of joy to the brim.  We are amazed to see their growth and development (which reflects on their parents) from visit to visit and cannot wait to see what the Lord has in store for them.

During the remainder of our furlough we were in the Seguin area, but visited several churches and met up with dear friends. Making all of these connections is a unifying and energizing thing.  When we are back in Uganda, the relationships we have nurtured over decades and the last few years contribute greatly to the confidence and strength we have to be where we are and do what we do.

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Samuel

Though we were away for 6 weeks, it by no means indicates that activities came to a screeching halt at RAU.  One of the greatest blessings has been the forging of new friendships and partnerships in life and ministry.  Under the excellent management of Samuel (from D.R. Congo), who has been working with us for the last year, RAU was “still in business”.  Samuel has been a tremendous blessing.  Our emotions are torn as he prepares to return to his beloved D.R. Congo in just a few days from now.

Emma, our Ag Extension Officer from Moyo, in addition to maintaining the rigorous schedule of the weekly radio program and post graduate course requirements, did superb work in making regular visits to the Metu Mountains for Ag training.  He used a participatory approach, rotating between participants’ gardens, using discovered problems as his agenda for training and then having all the attendees contribute to improving the garden in which they were being trained.  His exuberance and passion for his work is contagious and makes us proud to have him on board at RAU, contributing in such a significant way to the development of this region and displaying the love of God in such a tangible way.

Another accomplishment which is worthy of celebration that happened while we were gone is the completion of  a total of 4 bore holes in the remote villages of the Metu Mountains, all paid for!  Seeing firsthand what these community members endured for years, collecting water the way it has been collected for centuries, pressed our hearts into action.  Two of the villages who were beneficiaries of a clean water source were very difficult to reach.  Community members of these villages were asked to do what they could to make the “roads” passable for the drilling rigs.  They gladly complied and did back breaking work, literally digging into the side of the mountain to make a way for the vehicles.  However, the reward of that is immeasurable!  Thanks to all who generously gave towards these projects!!!

Our furlough is never a relaxing vacation “away from it all”, though we do have snatches of that scattered throughout.  As the title of this letter indicates, we are only stepping back momentarily in order to continue looking forward to what the Lord has planned for the West Nile region of Uganda.  Our “break” away from ministry in Uganda is always a mixture of leisure and planning for future ministry.  Amy Carmichael must have been acquainted with this need for maintaining a healthy perspective for she writes:

We have all eternity to celebrate the victories but only a few hours before sunset to win them.

Returning to the USA tends to reinforce this mindset in us as we see a culture which is, to a great extent, focused on momentary leisure and entertainment and not on eternal pleasures.  Jacob and I can easily trip and fall into this “pot hole” and so it requires reminding and vigilance.

We are now safely back at RAU, all of our cases with ministry supplies having reached safely.  We are unpacked, organized and poised and ready for the next thing!  Helping us kick start a new season of ministry are John and Angela Howarton from our hometown, Seguin.  What a blessing and encouragement they are.  Our dinner conversation and gut-busting laughter are healing and strengthening.  We look forward to our first day of outreach into the Metu Mountains tomorrow as we visit several of the church plants there and see the bore holes which have been set in place.

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John and Angela Howarton

Please keep praying for us.  Only the Lord can fully see what victories are won, eyes opened and hearts healed through those prayers.  We always appreciate your letters and feedback.  If you write about your lives it also gives us an opportunity to help you through prayer and keeps us connected with you more closely.

Thank you for your love and support!  We are all in this together and it takes all of us to get it done!

God Bless You,

Carol (and 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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