The Family of God

The Family of God

By Carol Lee

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Gathering at Gbari/Arapi Church for Baptisms

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,  from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,  that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,  so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,  and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:14-21)

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Playing the Adungus for worship

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Pastors praying for the people’s needs

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The Ladies hard at work preparing lunch for the gathering

  This beautiful section of scripture heralds belonging, love and family and the God who displays it and makes it so. Our awesome Trinitarian God lives and works in loving community: “Let US make man in OUR image.”  (Genesis 1:26)  He means for us to live and work in loving community as well.  God created and placed Adam in the Garden to work it and keep it and then said, “It is not good that the man should be alone.” (Genesis 2: 18)  God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit have so wonderfully modeled for us what it is to exist together in loving and humble community.  It is our desire, at RAU, to see this pattern fleshed out among ourselves and multiplied among those who have received the call to love and serve the Lord.  This garden of loving community must be tended and we mean to work it and keep it in such a way that it will flourish and be fruitful.

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Walking and singing – to the Baptism site

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Gathered at the stream for Baptisms

This past week we experienced something wonderful – a community of “new creations” being baptized in the Metu Mountains –  members of Gbari/Arapi Community Church joined by other church plants in Duku and Oyo  as well as a couple from Aya Baptist, making a total of 71 people.  For the past two years Aya Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastor Ojji Tobious and in partnership with RAU, has been pressing into these Metu Mountain villages with the hopeful story of God’s redeeming love in Christ Jesus.  Many have responded by expressing a desire to trust in what Christ has done on their behalf.  This last Sunday provided the opportunity to make a public declaration of their intention to be followers and disciples of Jesus – through Baptism. The event was a joyful assembly of thankful people.

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Jacob and Samuel watching in joyful celebration during the baptisms

Though it has been a challenge for Aya Baptist Church, they have found men who are willing to take on  a shepherd’s role of caring for the new believers in these remote places to which they have to “foot” every weekend.  It has been RAU’s privilege to support, encourage, train and provide resources for this band of brothers.  We are so proud of their commitment to be faithful in a calling which has few earthly remunerations and rewards.  It remains our strong commitment to see them through.  When Jacob preached this Baptism Sunday, he reminded them of the message in Philippians 1:6 which germinates into hope: “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.”  The task is daunting to reach the many who have not been reached and to disciple, with limited resources, the ones who have.  BUT GOD is at work in all of us and is able to do so much more than we can imagine.  We long for and work towards the unimaginable, glorious fulfillment of this promise.

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Preaching…

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Pastor Tobious and Samuel

Our deep desire is that these new communities of believers are not only birthed, but that they are strengthened in their inner man and have a deepening understanding of the love of Christ as well as a richer expression of that love towards others within the family of faith and towards those who are not yet part of it.  “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  (John 13:35)  Please be praying for them.  They have so many struggles.  Please pray that their sights would be set on Jesus, the author and perfecter of their faith.

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At the same time that we long for their faith to be firmly rooted in Christ, we also long for them to experience the grace and blessings of God in their physical lives.  They are no different than we are.  They struggle to make ends meet, to find healing in times of sickness, to get their children educated and empowered for a better life than they have had and to have more than a life of subsistence.  To this end, we are working with them, through the empowering and inspiring avenue of Agricultural training.  Emma has especially been focusing on Agriculture as a business in hopes that they will envision and experience the fulfillment of their aspirations to improve their lot in this life through knowledge and hard work.

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Thank you, family and friends, for working with us to see faith become sight.  Every activity in which we have invested energy, resources and faith is bearing fruit.  The feedback we are getting  through friends and acquaintances and through call-ins on the Ag radio program all attest to the fact that we are not wasting our time.  And, because of the current refugee situation, more and more opportunities are presenting themselves.

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Most refugees are leaving their homes in South Sudan with just what they can carry.

Jacob posted this on FaceBook:

This short “60 Minutes” video gives a look at the suffering currently going on in South Sudan. We are 70 miles south of Juba, the capitol, and just a couple kilometers off the South Sudan border. Refugees have flooded our three district area making Uganda the largest host of refugees in Africa. Uganda is a welcoming community and plans to give each refugee family a plot of land. Most say the refugees will be here many years.

The Lord has set us here for such a time as this! We are working on putting soy beans into the 17 acres of Reaching Africa’s Unreached and when they are harvested we will grind them for porridge mix for young children and nursing mothers for those in the community and the camps. It is the little we can do for their immediate relief. Our field work is at stand still right now as the clutch went out on the tractor. Living where we are makes mechanic work and obtaining parts a challenge. It is also an unexpected cost. Any help would greatly be appreciated.

With the refuges receiving land we know that we can help in their development by helping them gain agricultural skills. In our enlarged “Hall of Tyrannus” which we are building right now we will be able host not only pastors but also leaders from the refugee camps for classroom and hands on training on our demo plot. The life skills learned at RAU will remain with them and they will be able to take them back to their homeland when that time comes. And of course along with this development training those we host will receive biblical teaching pointing them always to King Jesus.”

“Any financial help you can give will be squeezed for all its worth. Living here full time has given us many good relationship with community and Uganda officials which in turn helps us be more efficient with blessings passed our way. By all means pray for South Sudan, the refugees, Uganda, all those aiding the refugees and us. Thank you!”
To give go to: https://reachingafricasunreached.org/donations/

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I love the prescription of Galatians 6:10:  So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”  It leaves us without excuse.  It’s not a matter of “if we have opportunity or if we have resources“.  The opportunities abound, the needs are great and urgent, the resources are plentiful and the time is short.  Please allow the love of God which has been freely lavished on us all to have a direct effect on your priority of doing good to everyone – in the household of faith and  to all who bear the image of God.

 

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Tractor in serious need of parts and repair. There are no parts here for Ford 3600. Good News: Jacob just received an email that good friends were able to get a clutch and it is on its way to RAU! Pray for its safe arrival.
The new and enlarged “Hall of Tyrannus” with attached study and dining area. This new hall will facilitate larger groups to be taught.

Please keep the following things in your prayers:

  • Dr. Stephen McConnell is on his way!  He will be doing an important fact-finding mission for this area as well as bringing needed supplies and helping in any way he can.
  • We just received word from Pastor Patrick Bukenya, one of the directors of our Ugandan NGO, that his daughter, Gabbie, will need to return to the States urgently for a heart problem which recently developed.  As you may remember, she was born with a severe congenital heart defect which required immediate corrective surgery.  At age 3, she had to return to the USA for a follow-up surgery.  There was every expectation that everything would progress well.  However, a problem arose which was not expected to be an issue until later on in life.  We ask, not only for your prayers, but also for financial support to help Gabbie make the journey to the USA.  She will be traveling with a friend who lives very near family members in California.
  • The building projects need timely completion for our Reaching and Teaching group who is coming in early May.
  • Physical and spiritual stamina for Jacob in his many activities and projects.  He really does the work of more than one person!

Love and blessings!

Carol (and Jacob) 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!
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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!
Jacob Lee

Tax deductible  charitable donations may  be made via PayPal.  PayPal also has a way to make reoccurring monthly gifts. To do so  please click their link below. PayPal deducts  a small amount from each gift as a processing fee. All gifts given through PayPal are now tax deductible as Reaching Africa’s Unreached has 501 c3 tax exempt status as a charitable organization.  If you wish to write a check you may write it out to R.A.U. and mail it to Lifegate Missions, 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin Texas 78155.

Taste and See

 Taste and See

by Carol Lee

Dear Friends and Family,

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Matooke Banana from RAU demo plot

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

Psalm 34: 8

How many of us have cringed…or fumed…inwardly, while listening to a slick salesman trying to “sell us” on a product while making us feel utterly stupid for not “buying into” his sales pitch? If only he could understand how ineffective his method really is of luring us to buy what he is selling.

Now, think of that time when you listened to someone you knew or trusted rave about a product they were using…and…they showed you just how effective the product had been in achieving the desired results.  Big difference, huh?!!!  I bet you went right out and bought some yourself!

It is no different when it comes to “giving a reason for the hope you possess” in Christ Jesus.  The guard goes up the minute someone feels you are a “slick Willy“(Definition: a term that, upon hearing it, is understood to mean something uncomplimentary towards the person to whom it refers) trying to dupe them into buying “your product” with some ulterior motive other than genuine concern for them.

On the other hand, if you are a friend who is genuinely joyful, sincere and full of integrity in your walk with Christ and you want your friend or neighbor to experience that same joy and you explain how Jesus has changed you (and they can see it!) the response from them is likely to be genuine interest.

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14th Dialog in Yumbe  District

With each new dialog with Imams and Sheikhs we see more clearly how  much the motive of our hearts and the way in which we give a reason for our hope matters in the long run.  As Jacob and I reviewed our last dialog together we were convinced of the need to make very clear our goals in standing before these men, not as pressurized, slick salesmen, but as genuine friends who want others to “taste and see that the Lord is good“!

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Meeting with a sick Sheikh and friend  to pray for and encourage him

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These goals, which are now part of the apologetic booklets which will be passed out, are distilled in the following points:  1) NOT to tear down (abuse) the other’s belief system, 2) NOT to tear down the person (who is made in the image of God), but to be 3) READY to give an answer to anyone who asks about our hope in Christ Jesus, 4) to PAINT a beautiful picture with words of who God is and what He has done and to 5) URGE each person to “taste and see that the Lord is good” because the Lord wants us to be in relationship with Him.  The last dialog was instrumental in helping us clarify our focus and purify our motive; we sincerely hope continuing open doors of deeper friendship and, ultimately, a brotherhood in Spirit and in truth.

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Pertti Soderlund, a long-time missionary from Finland, sharing a testimony
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Jonas Walliser, a young man from Germany, sharing a miraculous testimony

Last Saturday, we went for another dialog to Yumbe with Pertti Soderlund and his friend, Jonas Walliser (a young German who uses his athletic prowess in football…soccer…to engage with youth about his love for and belief in Christ).  Both of them shared engaging testimonies of God’s grace and power in their lives.  It was a complementary blessing to the clear and beautiful picture which Jacob painted, as he shared from the Gospel of Mark, chapter 2, verses 1-12, on “Who is Jesus?“.

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“The Teacher”, their spokesperson

Hearing from the Imams, particularly one who stands as their spokesperson, always helps us discern areas where they have a false understanding of what Christians believe and then address those issues the next time.  This time, one of the Christians stood to request that, in the future, the Muslims spend some time talking about their beliefs and experiences from a personal viewpoint in addition to highlighting where they think Christian teachings are inconsistent.  These dialogs are insightful and helpful as we hear first hand more fully what Muslims believe about God.

The week previous to this dialog was busy for Jacob.  He continues to oversee the building of our new  Teaching Hall of Tyrannus.  Upcoming retreats and new opportunities to open the teaching hall to other venues keep Jacob pushing to ensure the building gets done in a timely manner.  As stated in the last letter, we eagerly await a Texas team from “Reaching and Teaching”.  We will be hosting about 30 leaders for the second module of their Hearts, Heads and Hands course.

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Inspiring and encouraging Metu church leaders to see farming as a means of helping themselves to a better future.

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Last Tuesday, Emma (RAU’s Principal Agricultural Extension Officer) and Jacob went to the Metu Mountains to encourage church leaders there to get inspired about how they can contribute to their own improvement and successes through Agriculture.  Jacob highlighted the many resources that are available to them and tried to capture their interest, focus and energy to think in an entrepreneurial way.  One of the local men shared his success story with the group, hoping that the others might also taste and see the possibilities.

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Jonas, Pertti and Jacob before heading to the Metu Mountains
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Crossing one of the few streams with flowing water

On Thursday, we received Pertti and Jonas as our guests.  What an awesome time of breaking bread together, sharing stories and laughing together!  We are grateful for all the goodies that Heidi (Pertti’s wife) keeps sending along for us!  Talk about tasting and seeing that the Lord is good!!!

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Pertti sharing with the people of Oku Community Church
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Jonas also sharing
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The watering hole where the Cinyi church members must pan for water

On Friday, March 10th, Jacob took Pertti and Jonas to the Metu Mountains so they could experience first hand what Aya Baptist members are doing in partnership with RAU to strengthen new believers in remote villages.  They also took note of the “water holes” which were being used by the villagers.  Our hope is that, in partnership with our supporters and other well-drilling NGOs, we might be able to get more bore holes to these remote areas.  It was a long and tiring day of driving and hiking, but, I believe, it was rewarding for our friends to get a taste of God’s goodness in that region.

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Emma teaching Metu folks about farming as a business and going over the RAU demo plot plan in Aya
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Emma was very happy about the number who showed up and showed great interest

On Tuesday, March 14th, Emma and Pastor Henry took the RAU boda to Aya for an Ag Demo plot training.  They also went to Gbari/Arapi to look at the potential site for demo plot in their area.  Our sincere hope is that the leaders and believers in the Metu Mountains will be able to revolutionize their lives and economic status by seeing farming as a business and putting into practice the wealth of information shared and demonstrated by Emma.

God’s people are not only called to tell of Him and His greatness with words, but to display the goodness of Him in their lives.  Titus 2:14 testifies of a God “[W]ho gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.” As I have heard it preached before, Christians are not just saved from something (the wrath of God towards sin) but saved for something (lives that reflect grace and the many attributes of God and that bring God glory). “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”  Matthew 5:16.  Our good deeds are another way of inviting the world  to not only  hear of God, but “taste and see” that He is good.

How glad we are to be linked in love through the Spirit, prayer and financial support to so many of you.  Thank you for hanging in there with us!

Please be praying for these upcoming events:

  • Jacob travels, again, to Arua for mechanical repairs on the Land Cruiser and to accomplish other items of business. Pray for safety and timely accomplishment of everything.
  •  Saturday, March 18th, is another dialog in Apo (Yumbe) with possibly as many as 100 participants.
  • Dr. Stephen McConnell comes for a fact-finding mission on March 25th; pray that he will get a clear picture of the needs and a clear guidance for ministry.
  • April 1-2, a team from IMB (Baptist) will be staying with us and using RAU as a base of operations for their ministry outreaches.
  • April 30th to (possibly May 4th), a Baptist group from Mississippi will be with us for ministry
  • April 6-16th, the team from Reaching and Teaching comes for training.

Love and blessings!

Carol (and Jacob) Lee

 

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!
Jacob Lee

Tax deductible  charitable donations may  be made via PayPal.  PayPal also has a way to make reoccurring monthly gifts. To do so  please click their link below. PayPal deducts  a small amount from each gift as a processing fee. All gifts given through PayPal are now tax deductible as Reaching Africa’s Unreached has 501 c3 tax exempt status as a charitable organization.  If you wish to write a check you may write it out to R.A.U. and mail it to Lifegate Missions, 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin Texas 78155.

Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

By Carol Lee

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Jacob’s passionate presentation of the Gospel; Charles passionate interpretation into Aringa

Dear Praying Family and Friends,

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” 1 John 4:18

“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”  Matthew 10:28

Men go to far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.

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What do we desire and what do we fear?  What do we, Christians,  want our lives to look like?  What do we want to accomplish?  From what are we being held back because of fear?   Where are our energies being invested, in avoiding what we fear or in obtaining what we desire?

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Eager participants and learners  listening to and reading their new Aringa New Testaments

Fear is a thief, robbing us of all the fruitful possibilities that might have been if perfect love had been around to bind the intruder.  Perfect love believes that God loves us. Fear robs us of peace in God’s presence.  Perfect love believes that God is good and His plans for us are good.  Fear robs us of the courage to take risks that will result in experiencing God’s goodness in and through us. Fear keeps us from enjoying all the gifts of God’s grace and ensuring that those gifts benefit others, too.  But…perfect love gives us a captivating vision of the redeeming plans God has for us and others and gives us courage to take risks to realize these plans.

God, the Father, so perfectly loved us that He sent His risk-taking Son, Jesus, to overcome His fears (“Father, if there be any other way…not my will, but Yours be done”) and to prioritize the glorious reward of risk-taking love (“who, for the joy set before Him, endured the cross…”).  WE are the reward upon which His eyes were set – bringing many sons to glory! This is the captivating vision the Holy Spirit is at work in us to produce. Let us pray to be like Jesus, the author and the perfecter of our faith!

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The Khard, truly warm and welcoming
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One of the younger participants
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Eager to receive resources (ESV Global Study Bible)

The Lord has put before us (RAU and its partners) amazing opportunities to be a part of His redeeming plan among the Aringa tribe in Yumbe District.  In many parts of the world, especially the United States, the thought of going into a predominantly Muslim community and meeting, on a regular basis, with a large group of Muslim leaders can muster a fear and hesitancy because of what “might” happen. Stories in the news have thrown fuel on the fire of our fears. We, here, have experienced the fear of “what ifs” and the trepidation based on negative stereotyping.  Thankfully, the perfect love which the Father has for his “lost sheep” among the Aringa has captivated Jacob’s heart and has bound any fear which might keep him from realizing fruitful, redeeming possibilities.  And his courage has spawned courage in many others, including me!

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I (Carol) was asked by the Khard to share! Sharing from 1 John 3:1
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This last Saturday (March 4th), Jacob and the RAU team headed to Aringa County in Yumbe District, to Govuli.  This was our first visit there.  Here is what Jacob wrote about the experience on Face Book:

“Many thanks to all who prayed for our dialog with Sheikhs and Imams in Govuli, Yumbe District today. It is the birthplace of Islam in the District. I had brought Bibles and materials for 50 and we ran short. Fortunately, I was able to make arrangement to get Bibles to them next weekend. All the leaders were very kind and hospitable to us. God loves them and so do I !

The meeting went beyond my expectations. The Khard said, in the beginning, that he did not want a dialog this time. He wanted me to teach the whole time! I preached/taught for over 2 hours and the Sheikhs and Imams listened intently. They are pushing for me to come back again for more.

They said it is the first time, since the beginning of Islam in Yumbe District, that a Christian has come to them , in their words, “to teach the Bible” and to do it in such a way as to bring Muslims and Christians together in a peaceful way. God prepared the way and they truly were eager to receive the Word of truth. Thank you, again, for your prayers! The gospel was proclaimed clearly in love. I passionately appealed to them to come to Christ alone for salvation. One of the lead Sheikhs said, “a child does not mature in one day. You must continue to teach us”! The Holy Spirit is drawing them! Please continue in prayer for them!”

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Jacob sharing from the heart

During the meeting, we heard several stories of Christians who, in the past, had done anything but love the Aringa Muslims and who did much to undermine the truth that God had a loving interest in their lives.  Rather, the Christians did many things to insult them and raise barriers between themselves and the Muslims. It was a blessing to take part in an event which loudly proclaimed to the leaders who had gathered, “God loves you…and so do we!!!”

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RAU Matooke bananas as a gift
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Aringa New Testament

The reception we received was nothing short of gracious and hospitable; the Khard and a representative to Parliament were humble in requesting Jacob to explain the Bible to those who did not know what it teaches. Jacob was humble and gracious in opening a window to allow a glimpse, not only of what the Bible says, but also the spirit in which it is said.  Jacob spoke from Mark 2: 1-12, expanding on many points to give a more comprehensive view of what Christians believe about Jesus, and what Jesus has done for us.

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Receiving help finding passages in the New Testament
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Charles, effective interpreter; dear brother and friend

This important message could not have been effectively communicated without a good interpreter, good friend and brother, Charles. We have been profoundly blessed by our partnership with Onduga Charles, from Pilgrim Church in Yumbe. He is an exemplary Christian who fleshes out faithfulness and friendliness in his community.  His home has been a shelter to those who have taken shelter in Christ and he is ready to disciple any who show an interest in Jesus as Savior.  It has been Charles’ good name which has helped opened the door for Jacob’s relationship with Muslim leaders in Yumbe.

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One of the top scholars and leaders of the Aringa Muslim community

This meeting in Govuli and the earnest pleas for Jacob to come back to teach the Bible as well as to do capacity building trainings has highlighted the need for discipleship training of Christian leaders who can replicate this type of grace-filled interaction and discipleship in which Jacob has been so effective.  This meeting has shown us how critical it is for Christians to know HOW to interact with Muslims so as not to create barriers but bridges. As Jacob has said, people will not be won to Christ through insults. Jesus prayed for us to be loving, fruit-bearing people in John.  This is the impetus for our desire to train leaders in the West Nile region, in the specific areas of the Metu Mountains, Moyo, Obongi and Yumbe.

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Thankfully, our new and enlarged teaching center (Hall of Tyrannus), where all this discipleship training will take place, is well underway.  We hope to have it completed by the 1st of May so it will be ready for use when the Reaching and Teaching Team come from High Pointe Baptist Church Austin, Texas on May 5th.  As Jacob has mentioned in past newsletters, we have so many opportunities to bring in groups of leaders (Church and community) for various types of training, from Biblical to Agricultural.

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The Agricultural branch of RAU ministry is busy with a new planting season (now that the rains have started).  We have been blessed to have fruit bearing trees (bananas) even during the dry season.  I have personally heard many a testimony of how the demo plot along with Emma’s Agriculture radio call-in show has been an inspiration and blessing to many.  We are grateful for the partnership of M.A.R.S. (Missionary Agricultural Resource Services) which has helped us keep this program going.

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Christian-Muslim Dialog at Govuli

It is exciting to anticipate all that God may do in these coming months and years in this region.  From what we have already experienced, we see an intense crescendo of excitement and openness to the Kingdom of God and we are spurred on by a growing number of people showing an interest in coming over to help us!  We are eager for what the Lord has planned!

Please be praying for the following events and needs:

  • Upcoming dialogs with Imams and Sheikhs: March 11th and 18th
  • Ongoing discipleship with leaders in the Metu Mountains
  • Timely completion of the new and enlarged Teaching Hall of Tyrannus and funding specifically for the building
  • Baptism of 70 believers from Gbari/Arapi/Duku/Oyo Church plants on March 19th
  • Visit from Dr. Stephen McConnell March 25th through 31st.
  • Reaching and Teaching Team and 2nd learning module, May 5th-16th

In all these ventures we praise God for the ongoing support of our gracious partners who give and pray and send and come!  Please do not grow weary of doing these things!  The time of harvest is here and we need your labor of love in its many expressions.  

We listened to a message this last Sunday by Thabiti Anyabwile entitled, “Hell is real; Time is short; Jesus said, “Go!”.  We were spurred on to keep that Kingdom focus and to put more energy into obtaining what we desire and less into avoiding what we fear; we pray that you will, too!  We pray that you will be captivated by a vision of God’s redeeming plans for the world and, specifically, the West Nile region of Uganda!

Love and blessings!

Carol (and Jacob) 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!
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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!
Jacob Lee

Tax deductible  charitable donations may  be made via PayPal.  PayPal also has a way to make reoccurring monthly gifts. To do so  please click their link below. PayPal deducts  a small amount from each gift as a processing fee. All gifts given through PayPal are now tax deductible as Reaching Africa’s Unreached has 501 c3 tax exempt status as a charitable organization.  If you wish to write a check you may write it out to R.A.U. and mail it to Lifegate Missions, 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin Texas 78155.

 

 

 

 

 

For Such A Time As This

 

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Afoji Trading Center, 300 Yards from Reaching Africa’s Unreached: February 10,2017

“The United Nations has declared a famine in parts of South Sudan, the first to be announced anywhere in the world in six years….UN agencies say 100,000 people are facing starvation in South Sudan and a further 1 million there are classified as being on the brink of famine. This is the most acute of the present food emergencies. It is also the most widespread nationally. Overall, says the UN, 4.9 million people – or 40% of South Sudan’s population – are “in need of urgent food, agriculture and nutrition assistance….”. BBC Africa: “Why Are There Still Famines?”

The need is real and the fighting is real. Because we are located just two kilometers from border we have heard the exchange of gunfire, RPG’s, and  have seen tracer fire in the night sky. We are safe and secure on our side of the border.  Unfortunately, it’s not so for the ones on the other side!

The Lord has set us here in the the very midst of hundreds of thousands of refugees in our three district regions of Moyo, Yumbe, and Adjumani. He has also given you a direct connection to them through us and others “for such a time as this”!

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Currently, we have begun construction on an enlarged “Hall of Tyrannus” with adjoining dining and study. This new structure will allow us to host larger pastor retreats. It will also help facilitate the hosting of groups from the community, as well South Sudanese leaders from Refugee Camps, for biblical and agricultural training. RAU’s focus is 2 Timothy 2:2, teaching faithful leaders who in turn will teach others who then, in turn, teach others.

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Biblical principle of multiplication

Any financial help you can give in this building project would be much appreciated! We would like to complete the Hall as fast as possible so that we can begin using it soon.

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Looking northward at the enlarged “Hall of Tyrannus” with adjoining dining and study. South Sudan is just over the ridge.
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Looking South towards Moyo which is five kilometer away

Recently, I had a visit with UN officials and they are happy that we want to bring leaders from refugee camps here to RAU for agricultural and biblical training. They will be back for more discussions. RAU will endeavor to work with the Ugandan gov’t, UNHCR, and other larger NGOs in the region that have heeded the call to help.

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We have been told that the South Sudanese refugees will probably be here for at least 5-10 years. RAU wants to, especially, be a part of giving developmental help to them through agricultural training with the gospel always being front and center. The enlarged “Hall of Tyrannus” (See Acts 19:9b-10) along with our 17 acre demo plot will help facilitate hands on training.

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Current “Hall of Tyrannus”

On RAU’s 17 acres we now have many bananas (6,000+/-) that will be in full production when the March rains begin; this can bring immediate food relief. Most of our 740 grafted mangoes are still too young to produce but, in a couple of years, they will begin producing as well. In the our upcoming first growing season, in between the rows of bananas and mangoes, we are looking to plant soybeans along with many different kinds of vegetables. We will use our  soybean seed stock which we harvested in May ’16 for planting. When harvested, our plan is to grind the soybeans into meal. Soybean meal is one of the most complete foods God has given us. It can be a great food resource for the refugees as well as the local community.

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Upland Rice which was planted the second season of ’16 between the banana/mango rows. In March the gap will be planted in soybeans.

Long term, we want to help prepare and equip the refugees in the Word of God and in ways they can better care for their families and community through agriculture. The agricultural skills with which they are equipped at Reaching Africa’s Unreached can be taken back with them to their homes in South Sudan when peace returns; this is something we all pray will happen sooner rather later.

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Will you help us help them?

We commit to use funds given faithfully and wisely. We live here so we are “the boots on the ground” to ensure that God’s love is seen through you, his people.

With Love and Appreciation,

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!
Jacob Lee

Tax deductible  charitable donations may  be made via PayPal.  PayPal also has a way to make reoccurring monthly gifts. To do so  please click their link below. PayPal deducts  a small amount from each gift as a processing fee. All gifts given through PayPal are now tax deductible as Reaching Africa’s Unreached has 501 c3 tax exempt status as a charitable organization.  If you wish to write a check you may write it out to R.A.U. and mail it to Lifegate Missions, 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin Texas 78155.

Retreat in fear or risk in faith

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Dear American evangelical Christian,

Please….PLEASE!! Watch this message and let it change your heart and your thinking and your obedience! This message was given in context of the current refugee crisis which is the worst it has ever been all around the world!

Here are some key points from the message that, I hope, will inspire you to live differently in these coming days and weeks and years:

1. Retreat from “mission” in FEAR, OR
Participate in “mission” in RISK AND FAITH!

2. The anatomy of retreat:
a. Disregard the goodness of God
b. Minimize the greatness of God
c. Disobey the word of God
d. Be robbed of the blessings of God

3. The anatomy of Risk and Faith
a. Believe the goodness of God
b. Delight and trust in the greatness of God
c. Obey the word of God
d. Experience the blessings of God.

4. ” Obstacles for God’s people are opportunities for God to show His power!”

5. Be a “Go-er”, a “Sender” or be disobedient!
a. GO for the advancement of the Kingdom and gracious
Rule of God
b. SEND by leveraging all you have to help the Go-ers!

6. Retreat in fear OR Risk in faith!!!

With Love and Appreciation,

Carol (Jacob) Lee

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. (Jacob Lee)

Tax deductible  charitable donations may  be made via PayPal.  PayPal also has a way to make reoccurring monthly gifts. To do so  please click their link below. PayPal deducts  a small amount from each gift as a processing fee. All gifts given through PayPal are now tax deductible as Reaching Africa’s Unreached has 501 c3 tax exempt status as a charitable organization.  If you wish to write a check you may write it out to R.A.U. and mail it to Lifegate Missions, 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin Texas 78155.