Back In the Saddle Again

Carol and I hope you all had a blessed time with family and friends this Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is one of those American holidays we miss because of such fond memories of past times with family and friends. We are grateful for all your prayers for our journey back to our home at Reaching Africa’s Unreached (RAU). Thank you! This last trip was one of our easiest. We, along with 13 tubs full of resources, one suitcase and four carry ons, made it from Austin to Minneapolis to Amsterdam to Kigali Rwanda  and to Entebbe Uganda with little disruption or unwanted events. We spent a few days in Entebbe and then flew to Arua, which is the largest city in our West Nile area, where we took care of some business. The next day, we journeyed for four hours on mostly dirt roads to RAU. We are settled and back on Ugandan time which is 9 hours ahead of Central Standard Time. One of our greatest joys has been to sleep in our own bed. During our travels Stateside, we slept in 13 different beds. One week we were in four different beds! It has been good to be reunited with Paul George, Zorah and Josiane and some of our Ugandan and Sudanese friends and to “get back in the saddle again“. The rest of our co-workers and friends we will soon see too, good Lord willing.

 I am happy to tell you that according to the Uganda Ministry of Health, it seems the spread of Ebola in the country has slowed. Thank you for your prayers! Please continue to pray that it quickly dies out and no further suffering occurs. Because of a possible quarantine of those returning to America from Uganda, we needed to pushed the Old Testament Survey retreat we would have been having right now with Ron Zeiner as well as a December Medical outreach in the Metu Mountains and here at RAU with Paul Ortega’s Pearl Haven team into 2023. Here at RAU, we are carefully following all of Uganda’s SOP’s. We have been reminded once again, as in COVID days, that our Lord has no “Plan B and he is ALWAYS operating on his Plan A. It is our responsibility to fit our plans into his and not expect him to fit his plans into ours. Our Lord is the sovereign of the Universe and our trust is in him! 

Our efforts have been focused on getting into hands of church leaders, ESV Global Study Biblestheologically sounds books (in Arabic and English), and the 30 Kindle Fires we brought back with us from Delmar Hager’s ministry “Study To Be Approved” — all loaded with Arabic Christian resources for church leaders working in the Republic of (North) Sudan. Please continue to pray for our distribution of these resources. I know the Holy Spirit will use them to strengthen his people and build His church! RAU’s vision and mission is to strengthen local church leaders in addition to those from unreached tribes with whom we are connected. Thank you for your prayers and support in this!

“The printed page is a missionary that can go anywhere and do so at minimum cost. It enters closed lands and reaches all strata of society. It does not grow weary. It needs no furlough. It lives longer than any missionary. It never gets ill. It penetrates through the mind to the heart and conscience. It has and is producing results everywhere. It has often lain dormant yet retained its life and bloomed years later.” 

Missionary Samuel Marinus Zwemer ( 1867– 1952)

Joshua Abraham (picture above in the flowery shirt), a dear friend and co-worker, was recently with us. He is from Darfur, Sudan and lives with his family in the nearby Bidi Bidi refugee settlement. Over the years, Joshua has been a faithful co-worker fleshing out 2 Timothy 2:2 (teaching faithful people who will teach others) from South Sudan and the Republic of (North) Sudan who reside in our nearby refugee camps. He helps us determine which leaders to bring to the RAU “Hall of Tyrannus” for our module trainings. Our West Nile area of Uganda hosts the largest number of refugees on the African continent. Many of these refugees are from tribes which have very few Christians. Your prayers and support are helping us reach these unengaged and unreached language groups through these believers!

Joshua is a brother who has always made the most of every opportunity in getting the gospel out and in the training of leaders, and has initiated a program of pastoral training in the camp with two groups (all who are excellent readers of English) totaling 26. He has led each group through a set of fourteen books of which each member of the group was able to receive a copy from RAU. Five more books were supplemental. They have taken two weeks to go through each book. It was greatly encouraging to hear the stories he told of how each person has been helped along by the teaching received through these books. In December, we are planning a graduation celebration for the completion of this course of study in Bidi Bidi Zone One and we hope to record for you the stories they have to tell! Praise God!

Our other major current focus is to complete the on-campus construction in preparing for the Pryce and Langworthy families to join us as long term as missionaries. As we have written about before, they are with ABWE, the mission organization we are closely partnering with. Carol and I, as well as Zorah,Josiane and Iffeni, are moving out of the mission duplex so that the Pryce’s and Langworthy’s can make it their new home. Zorah’s family will be moving into expanded quarters in the original house which already accommodates Paul George and bunk rooms for visiting teams. Carol and I are moving into a tukulu that has been expanded into a bunkhouse and one container. I have had to put my construction experiences and thinking juices into these projects. We anticipate being in our new locations by the end of December. Any donations for this construction work would be greatly appreciated. Lord willing, the Pryce’s and Langworthy’s will be with us sometime at the end of 2023. They are currently heavily into the fundraising process. Please pray with us that hearts will be touched. Carol and I are rejoicing! We have been praying for many years for long term missionaries who would join us in walking out 2 Timothy 2:2 in our Sub Saharan region of the world.

Other Prayer Requests:

 1) Please continue to pray for the wise distribution of the 20,861 ESV Global Study and 16,000 theological books to leaders in our West Nile Uganda, South Sudan, and the Republic of (North) Sudan. These resources arrived at RAU last January and February. Many hundreds have been placed into the hands of leaders already. Pray for the safe arrival of the remaining 600,000 dual language tracts specifically published for us by Literature Ministries International. Books, such as the 1,008 of Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity  as well as other books in the same ChristianBook International Outreach’s container to Uganda. Pray for the Kindle Fires from Delmar Hager’s Study To Be Approved which are loaded with Arabic Christian materials in their continuing journey to the Republic of Sudan. 

2)  Pray for the end of Ebola. Pray for on going training beginning again Lord willing in early 2023 in RAU’s Hall of Tyrannus as well as discipleship and evangelism in the Metu Mountains, Moyo District and in nearby Obongi town and Yumbe District, which are mostly Muslim.

3) Pray for an increase in those who financially support RAU on a monthly basis. While we are very grateful for those who give to various projects we especially are grateful to those who give monthly. As the Lord has grown the ministry of RAU our monthly supporters are the ones who are carrying RAU’s Mission/Vision along. If you are not giving monthly, would you please consider helping us in that way? Please take time to peruse our website and see how we have sought to be faithful stewards of the gifts given. It is our desire that any charitable gifts that are given to R.A.U. would not compromise what you are  ALREADY giving to your local church and/or to other cross-cultural foreign missionaries. At this link you can read about RAU’s philosophy on missionary giving and how to give—> https://reachingafricasunreached.org/donations/

Carol and I appreciate your loving support and gracious prayers. May our Lord’s blessings be with you!

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

Stateside Visit and Ministry

Stateside Destinations by Plane

I hope you all are well! Time has gotten away from Carol and me. Our last update was July 20th. Would you be so kind as to take a few minutes of your busy day to catch up with us by reading this update and placing us in your prayers?

As you can see from the map above and the one below we have been doing a lot of traveling in our homeland the United States of America. We left Reaching Africa’s Unreached the last week of July and spent a few days in Entebbe. We were due to arrive in Austin Texas July 31st but, because of a mechanical flight delay, we were put up by Delta in a very nice hotel in Amsterdam. We were received August 1st by our home church (Lifegate-Seguin) hosts, Gerard and Mary Lopez. They have been so gracious and kind. The day after arriving at our home base of Seguin the traveling began.

Texas visits by vehicle

One of our goals whenever we come back is to spend as much quality time as we can with family. Our Lord has graciously granted us such time! We have been able to spend time with our  daughter Anna, husband Kenny Danely and their three beautiful children Keira, Clara, and Rylan in Stephenville, Texas. Rylan is our newest of our nine grandchildren. This was our first time seeing him in the “flesh“. A little later, we had a great time with our son, Josiah and wife, Unyae, in Chattanooga Tennessee. And lastly, we had a precious time with our son Joshua, wife Rebecca and grandchildren Eliza, Ben, Vera, Nora, Olivia, and Lillian. Lifelong memories were made on each visit. Carol and I are grateful for the time which was given to us to see them all again. It does not get any easier to say our goodbyes…tears flow, but they are a tender reminder that bonds have been forged. We are thankful for an understanding and supportive family. Pray for the grandchildren that they, too, will grow in their understanding of the “why” of our living so far away from them. We also had a short visit in Iowa to see my dad as well as family from both Carol’s and my side. One of the days was at the “farm” in Northeastern Iowa where I grew up.

There is a quote which states, “A missionary is someone who leaves their family for a short time so that others may be with their families for an eternity.”

It is the illumination we pray our children/spouses and grandkids will experience!

Our beloved children, spouses and grandchildren

Another of our goals is to renew ties with our supporters and to make new connections with donors who might link arms with us in their prayers and financial partnership. Prayer is the jet fuel of missions and the local church is the primary means of reaching the nations with the glorious gospel. If the 3 billion or more people of the world who have little to no access to the gospel are going to be reached, it will be through praying, Jesus-loving, gospel-preaching, local churches who are obedient to Jesus’ GREAT commission! The vision of Reaching Africa’s Unreached remains the same: walking out 2 Timothy 2:2 in Sub-Saharan Africa and East Africa particularly. Please take a few minutes and look over RAU’s  Mission and Vision page and pray for us: https://reachingafricasunreached.org/about/  Thank you!

In this season of travel, Carol and I were in nine churches, sharing in various ways. We have shown the short video which Carol made, been interviewed in front of congregations, and have been given the opportunity to preach in seven of the nine churches. Because of time constraints, we are only able to visit some churches every other Stateside journey.  My message in each church has been from Luke 24:44-53 entitled “The God Who Opens!” There is a video of the message at Hill Country Fellowship. The message begins at minute 35:35

The churches I preached in and/or where Carol and I shared are: Rocky Point Baptist ChurchLifegate Church (which is our home church where we have been members now for 40 years), Valley Bible ChurchOne Hope ChurchGospel Life ChurchNixon United Methodist Church along with Nixon First Baptist Church (Nixon HS is where I taught for a number of years), Hill Country Fellowship ChurchComfort Baptist Church, and Forest Hill Presybterian (PCA) Church. We also visited with church leaders from  Amazing Grace Baptist ChurchFaith Lutheran (LCMS) Church, and Bread of Life Church.  Carol and I had a nice brunch with some of the missions committee members of Faith Community Church in Louisville, KY. When we were visiting with Joshua and Becca and grandkids in Colorado Springs, we had the joy of worshiping with brothers and sisters at Hope Chapel Church and at Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville with dear friends Edward and Jennifer Heinze. We have had numerous times of fellowship with couples, families and individuals. Usually our meetings are with a meal and thus we will be going back to RAU with additional pounds–or our “Furlough Fifteen“! Carol and I are grateful for all the love and hospitality which has been lavished upon us in so many ways and in so many places. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

We travel back to Uganda on November 3 with a new threat to our beloved Uganda-Ebola. Please pray for Uganda that the Ebola virus (Sudan strain) will be contained and kept from bringing widespread suffering and death. One of the lessons we learned and walked through with our COVID experience in Uganda is that God has NO plan “B”. He is always operating in his plan “A” and it is our responsibility to faithfully follow the Lord with great trust in His sovereignty. Our goal does not change and that goal is to bring glory and honor to God our Father in all we do. Our greatest desire is to see people redeemed and forgiven through Jesus Christ and worshiping in and by the Holy Spirit. Please pray for us that we will be faithful ambassadors of Christ.

Please continue to pray for the Pryce and Langworthy families who are with our partnering mission organization ABWE, seeking to join us as long term missionaries. They are currently in their fundraising phase and as the Lord provides they will join us. We pray that hearts will be stirred to also supply their needs as that supply is crucial to the ongoing mission of RAU. God is at work all over the world and Jesus IS BUILDING HIS CHURCH. He certainly is doing it in the geographical areas RAU is working in, e.g. the West Nile of Uganda, South Sudan and the Republic of Sudan. 

Foreign missions has always been part of Carol’s and my heart since our marriage in 1981. At this link is my testimony of how the Lord brought us together to the Uganda/South Sudan border–> “I Remember”. Our first ministry in Uganda was in August of 2006 and the first of many short term ministry trips where we now live on the Uganda/South border was in March of 2007. After much prayer we were sent out by our church Lifegate as full time missionaries with RAU in July of 2013. We have always known our place in Christ’s mission was to be roadbuilders, metaphorically speaking. Our time on this earth is shorter with each day.  Our heartbeat is to pass the baton on to others with the same  mission and vision. Our desire is that RAU’s mission and vision continues until Christ Jesus returns.

 Visit the Pryce’s and Langworthy’s Links

It is our grateful conviction that the Lord, in his providence, crossed our paths with the mission sending organization, ABWE and this has been confirmed by RAU’s American Board as well as the leaders of our sending church, Lifegate. ABWE has the same mission philosophy as RAU. Check out this short video of theirs and see if you agree–> “The Mission of ABWE” .  Currently, we are actively seeking to deepen our partnership with ABWE so that when Carol and I are no longer present, RAU’s heartbeat of 2 Timothy 2:2 will be faithfully carried on. The Pryce and Langworthy  families joining us long term is part of that plan. My hope is that Carol and I will be able to stay at RAU for years to come, enabling us to be part of God’s plan for the strengthening of the Body of Christ in Uganda, South Sudan and the Republic of Sudan. There are many details to be worked through. Would you please pray with us for RAU and ABWE in this endeavor? We will keep you updated as things progress.

Praise Report

Anzoa Gift, the young girl who went to India for heart surgery (the 2nd time) is now home and doing very well, putting on weight and has received a good review at the Kampala Heart Hospital. Thank you to those who financially supported her travel and care and to those who prayed for her health, healing and safety!

Prayer requests:

1) Our return to Uganda beginning on November 3rd and for the containment of Ebola. Pray for FOR THE GLORIFICATION OF GOD OUR FATHER in the ministry, FOR Carol and I TO KEEP OUR EYES ON JESUS, and FOR OUR WILLS TO ALIGN WITH THE SPIRIT OF GOD. Pray for wisdom in our walking out  of 2 Timothy 2:2  and that RAU’s mercy ministry efforts would adorn the gospel (Titus 2:14) 

2) Pray for the Pryce and Langworthy families that the Lord would touch people’s hearts to financially support them as they seek to come alongside us in long term ministry. Pray the Lord would grant wisdom and guidance in our growing relationship with ABWE so that the mission and vision of RAU is passed onto future generations until Jesus’ glorious return.

3) Pray for the wise distribution of the 20,861 ESV Global Study and 16,000 theological books to leaders. They arrived to RAU last January and February. Already many 100’s have been placed into the hands of leaders in Uganda, South Sudan and the Republic of Sudan. Pray for the safe arrival of the remaining 600,000 dual language tracts and other books, such as  the 1,008 of “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity” that are currently on their way in ChristianBook International Outreach’s container. We received another 30 Kindle Fires from Delmar Hager with Study To Be Approved loaded with Arabic Christian materials which we will endeavor to send to pastors in the Republic of Sudan. Please pray with us for their journey from here in Texas to the Republic of Sudan.

4) Pray for an increase in those who financially support RAU on a monthly basis. While we are very grateful for those who give to various projects we especially are grateful to those who give monthly. As the Lord has grown the ministry of RAU our monthly supporters are the ones who are carrying us along. If you are not giving monthly, would you please consider helping that way? Please take time to peruse our website and see how we have sought to be faithful stewards of the gifts given. It is our desire that any charitable gifts that are given to R.A.U. would not compromise what you are  ALREADY giving to your local church and/or to other cross-cultural foreign missionaries. At this link you can read about our philosophy on missionary giving and how to give—> https://reachingafricasunreached.org/donations/ 

Carol and I appreciate your loving support and gracious prayers. May our Lord’s blessings be with you!

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

Donation page: https://reachingafricasunreached.org/donations/

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

Being Built Together Into A Dwelling Place For God

Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.

Ephesians 2:20-22 (New Living Translation, NLT)

There is no greater joy and privilege than to be among those about whom God says, “you are my chosen, holy and dearly loved ones.” (Colossians 3:1) We are recipients of His grace and mercy, and, from God’s glorious, unlimited resources we are empowered through the Spirit in our inner being (Ephesians 3:16 NLT), being “made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God,” (Ephesians 3:19 NLT).

There is no greater travesty than to have been given such an inheritance only to horde it. It is a joy and a privilege for RAU to come alongside Pastors and church leaders to teach, remind, encourage and exhort them concerning the richness of God towards them in Christ Jesus and towards the people they serve in their churches and communities. “For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace” (John 1:16) and, mutually, with one another, we may share the grace so richly received.

Above: 20,861 ESV TruTone Global Study Bibles arrived to Reaching Africa’s Unreached (RAU). Their next destination: leaders from Uganda, South Sudan and the Republic of (North) Sudan. Praise God for His love for His people!

While Jesus Christ is building His church, we–His church–also have work to do. We are not a stone-cast structure, but a living and growing dwelling for the Spirit of Christ, “...growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” (Ephesians 4: 15-16) RAU’s deepest desire and purposeful plan is to take part in that process here–in northwestern Uganda, South Sudan, and the Republic of Sudan among local churches whose leaders have had limited access to spiritual building tools, resources and shoulder-to-shoulder encouragement. The teaching and discipleship process allows both teacher and student to experience the global nature of God’s people, His dwelling place.

Just recently, we completed another retreat here on RAU campus with 49 pastors and leaders from the Metu Mountain churches, surrounding communities (such as Moyo, Adjumani and Eria), Yumbe and numerous Refugee settlements within Uganda for South Sudanese and refugees from The Republic of (North) Sudan. A teaching team from Maryland (Jason Van Bemmel, Bob Brown, Shawn Trautman and Philip Pugh) arrived safely with many wonderful resources for Pastors and leaders who took part in the 9 day retreat, covering Systematic Theology and Church History. On the Monday following the start of the retreat, Jacob took the teaching team up into the Metu Mountains to visit several of the churches that have been planted in partnership between Ayaa Baptist Church, Ijujo Baptist and RAU. Meanwhile, back at the campus, our Agricultural Production Officer, Odendi Zakeo and mission partner, Paul George, gave the retreat attendees a full day of learning on grafted mangoes and vegetable gardening (both classroom and hands-on). It was a marathon 9 days, but we pray that, out of the many topics that were covered, each one will take away something which equips them more and is an encouragement or source of strength.

Resources continue to be given out or sent to many leaders within Uganda and to those in South Sudan and the Republic of (north) Sudan. At least 2-3 times a week we receive requests for Bibles and send them off from the large container of Bibles that we only recently received after a two year process of fundraising, printing and shipping. It is a contagious joy with which recipients hold an ESV Global Study Bible in their hands, or other pastoral literature. In places where there is a “famine for the word of God” (here it is a famine of access; in the USA, it’s more like a famine of priority), we are seeing a growing appreciation for what is made available to leaders in the church and a cry for more–how can a building be built without tools?!!

Pastors within Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement who are working through the 18 different books which RAU provided; currently, they have gotten through Chapter 5 of “The Family Life of a Christian Leader“, led by Joshua Abraham

These last weeks and months have been full–especially for Jacob as he oversees ongoing building projects given the short timeline of our returning to the USA and the reality of two families making their way here to serve with us. In order to make room, two buildings have needed renovating. Once Jacob and I move to our new spot and Zorah and Josiane move to theirs, we will be able to make the homes for the new families ship shape. Paul George, our dear friend and co-worker, continues to be as flexible as a well-cooked noodle–moving wherever is needed! Jacob is also setting up the process of fencing the newly acquired land (upon which we hope to build a private hospital) so that it can be finished by the time we come back from the USA.

Please be in prayer for the Aaron and Amanda Langworthy and their family and Ben and Sara Pryce and their family as they itinerate and raise funds to meet their budgets; both families are being sent by ABWE and are actively working to join us. Prayerfully consider supporting them. As you know, it has been the fervent prayer for Jacob and me that the Lord would thrust forth laborers into the harvest fields (with us, in particular) so that the work that has been started can be completed. There is yet so much to be done and it requires a relay team–ones to whom we can pass the baton. In the fullness of time, God has seen fit to send other “builders”–please speed their way here!

God, from the very beginning, has been all about dwelling in relationship with His people–from the Garden, to Tabernacle and Temple and then in human form, through Christ Jesus. Up until the time of His return, Jesus dwells in His people through His Spirit. God wants His glory spread throughout the world and He has chosen us to be emissaries of that commission. We are well aware that, in the grand and glorious scheme of history, the part that Jacob and I play or that RAU plays is small. But, it’s in that context that we rejoice to do our part in the building up of the Body of Christ, comforted by the promise that Christ Jesus, Himself, is building His Church. Whatever God does is good (James 1:17) and whatever He begins, He completes (Philippians 1:6)! Praise God!

Consider these needs of RAU as you pray: Grace, guidance and wisdom for Paul George and Onette Zorah as they manage things in our absence; safety and well-being for Anzoa Gift as she and her father travel back to India for re-placement of her pacemaker; guidance in progressing toward the goal of a hospital; blessing upon all the ministry events coming up upon our return which include: an Old Testament survey, a medical outreach into the Metu Mountains and more.

Please be in prayer for Jacob and me as we travel, spend time with family and friends and visit churches (3 new ones). Pray that, in spite of all the travel, we would be refreshed in the Lord and through His people and receive strength to continue all that God has prepared in advance for us to do. Please intercede for us that we may be instrumental in the building up of the body of Christ by encouraging and exhorting her to obedience and sacrifice. Pray for safety and divine appointments. Pray for our own growth in the Lord, in wisdom, godliness and thankfulness.

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

Donation page: https://reachingafricasunreached.org/donations/

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

But God!

By Carol Lee

Dear Family and Friends!

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, when Reaching Africa’s Unreached (RAU) was just a Gospel-inspired seed in some people’s thoughts and a hope-filled vision of love in their hearts, it seemed like a well-rounded plan to have a ministry that spread it’s branches in 3 directions:

At times, this idea seemed too grand and unattainable. BUT GOD! has been showing those people that their plans were not just “lofty ideas“, but His “good works, that they should walk in them.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.

Ephesians 2:10

Through the years, two of the 3 branches seemed to wither on the tree, BUT GOD! is bringing each branch to life. He is making everything beautiful, appropriate and right in its time. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

…when the speed of God seems slow to us, or when his timing doesn’t make sense, we must “not overlook this one fact”: God-time is different from man-time. God-time is relative to his purposes, which is his frame of reference. And God, according to his wise purposes, makes everything beautiful in its time — the time he purposefully chooses for it.” [emphasis mine]

Jon Bloom, Desiring God

The seed which germinated has become a tree under whose shade many have gathered–to come alongside on the ground AND to be “Rope Holdersfrom a distance–to fulfill RAU’s ministry in northern Uganda, just 2 kilometers south of South Sudan. By God’s grace, the modular approach to leadership training and discipleship (in which we long to present leaders mature in Christ–Colossians 1:28; 4:12) has been well established and in progress and also includes the opportunity to learn good farming practices on the Demo Farm (for pastors and community members). Several years ago, RAU purchased a 3-acre tract of land across the road for an Education Center. At the moment, it is just a field with maize and mango trees, BUT GOD!, we believe, will, in His providence and timing, make a way for an Education Center for tutoring children in academic excellence and adults in literacy and other beneficial life skills. Most recently, financial partners have given toward another 6-acre plot (directly adjacent to the East of the 17-acre campus) where RAU hopes to build a small, state-of-the-art hospital. The seed is becoming a burgeoning tree of ministry.

Our feet laced up with the shoes of readiness to take the Gospel of Peace, the Land Cruiser shod with new, heavy-duty tires to deliver us there!

Jacob and I see the good in the timing of God’s plan more clearly with each passing year. As we have watched the ministry grow, part of His plan has been the answer to our fervent prayers for helpa team of laborers! RAU is blessed in the group of men and women God has already given us here–Ugandan and American–AND He is answering our prayer for other missionaries to join us in growing RAU into a multi-generational ministry that will, by God’s grace and providence, bear fruit that remains!

Recently, TWO families with the sending agency, ABWE (Association of Baptists for Worldwide Evangelization) were commissioned by their local churches to join us. They are in the process of fund-raising to that end! Jacob and I are thrilled and hopeful! We knocked on that door for so many years with no sign of an answer, BUT GOD! was at work and is graciously opening the door through ABWE. In these coming months, we hope to introduce you to Aaron and Amanda Langworthy and Ben and Sara Pryce who are being sent through this Rock-solid, mission-sending organization. RAU and ABWE have formalized a partnership which, we pray, will strengthen RAU’s ministry and influence into the coming decades.

When we consider all the regions that would benefit from discipleship in the context of local churches, the burden is overwhelming. This motivates us to pray that these two families (both eager to come) will be able to reach their budget goals quickly. The harvest–the urgent needs–are plentiful and the laborers are few. May the Lord provide abundantly for those who are willing to come!!

Upon hearing the news of the two families, Jacob’s brain immediately went into problem-solving mode for accommodating a family of 5 and and family of 8!! We are all happily re-arranging ourselves into different spots so that we can welcome the Langworthy’s and Pryce’s in the most comfortable manner possible! This requires some renovation of existing buildings, but the work is coming along well. This is a “problem” worth having and solving!

Additionally, we had all but given up the idea of a hospital , BUT GOD!! has also revived the life of that branch by providing, through gracious donors, the funds to purchase 5.6 acres directly adjacent to the eastern border of our current 17-acre campus. Though it will likely take years for the branch to become full-grown, the first steps have been taken: the land surveyed, the papers for the land signed, landowners paid, land bulldozed and cleared and, now, awaiting the completion and delivery of the official land title.

The newly purchased land and access road for the proposed hospital

Though RAU has not had a functioning clinic or hospital, this lack has not been an impediment to helping those with serious medical needs. On FaceBook and through newsletter, we have been following the story of Anzoa Gift, a young, 12-year old girl from the Metu Mountains (Abeso, where RAU was able to sink a borehole for water). Having been born in a remote, northwestern village of Uganda, her congenital heart defects were not immediately diagnosed and went untreated for 12 long years. As she grew, it was apparent that she could not live a long, healthy life without intervention. Normally, treatment is nearly impossible because of access and funding, BUT GOD! had his eye on Anzoa Gift and, with the help of two NGOs (Acdipe and RAU), Anzoa was able to travel with her father, Amanzuru Richard, to Bangalore, India, where life-saving surgery was successfully completed through corrective surgery and a pacemaker. Anzoa and her father are now back in Uganda. Pastor Tobious, Richard and RAU are looking at ways that Anzoa Gift can be cared for and guarded so that, in the crucial months following the surgery, she will be able to follow all the safety guidelines that accompany such a surgery. Richard must return to work and his wife just gave birth to twins, so it is our hearts desire to remain standing with this family! We all continue to pray that Anzoa Gift remains free of infection and complication and lives a long, fruitful life, to the praise of God’s glorious grace!

We will also finish off this term of service with our 3rd retreat for the year. COVID and other complications threatened to scramble our cherished plan to come alongside Pastors and Church leaders and strengthen them in knowledge and practice, BUT GOD! has opened the doors for us to continue. Jason Van Bemmel, Bob Brown, and two new team members, Shawn Trautman and Philip Pugh, coming from three sister PCA churches, Forest Hill Presbyterian, New Covenant and Living Hope Presbyterian, will travel to RAU to teach the next module: Systematic Theology intertwined with Church History. As always, we will have pastors and potential leaders from the Metu Mountains, Moyo, Obongi, Yumbe and several of the Refugee settlements which care for Displaced Persons from South Sudan and the Republic of (North) Sudan.

Jacob and I are rounding the corner to the day we return to the USA for a furlough–visiting our precious family (including a newborn grandson, Rylan), traveling to and visiting our supporting churches and adding 3 new churches to our itinerary. We will be gone for about 3 months.

New Grandson, Rylan James Danley, with older sisters, Keira and Clara. Jacob and I now have nine precious grandchildren.

In our absence, we are grateful that ministry in various forms will continue as Paul George returns from his furlough and Zorah continues development of a Sunday School program and a young men’s book study (The Measure of a Man, by Gene A. Getz). While we are gone, Paul will also watch over the continuing renovations as we prepare for our growing team.

Jacob and I are thrilled to see our faithful brother, Joshua Abraham, making the most of exile from his home country, (Darfur) Sudan. Joshua might have every worldly reason to be embittered or discouraged, BUT GOD! has given him a steadfast spirit in his studying to show himself approved and following an opportunity to further his theological education. He has been a faithful liaison between RAU and Pastors from the Sudan in distributing Bibles and theological literature to strategic leaders. Additionally, he is prioritizing the training of 10 faithful brothers within the Refugee settlements using resources (18 different books) provided through the ministry of RAU (which means, through you all who support us and through you who provide resources). The first book study is Nine Marks of a Heathy Church , by Mark Dever. It encourages us to see, in practice, what has been emphasized over and over–faithful people teaching other faithful people who, in turn, will teach others (2 Timothy 2:2).

Sudanese Pastors who received ESV Global Study Bibles
The Pastors participating in the discipleship process with Joshua Abraham (in the green shirt, bottom row, left)
The 18 books through which Joshua will take the Pastors!

Continue to pray for our co-workers and ministry partners–Pastor Ojji Tobious (Metu), Pastor Amani Godfrey (Obongi) and, brother Onduga Charles (Yumbe)–as they labor with love in difficult circumstances and many challenges. Pray that they would not grow weary in the work, but be refreshed by the Holy Spirit as they do important things which can only be measured eternally and the things that display the kindness of God!

Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance. Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work.” 1 Thessalonians 5:12

An update on the latest of two boreholes (water wells) that RAU was able to sink (through donations from a Canadian organization, Toucan Ventures): there is now clean, accessible water in the villages of Aliodranisi and Lama. You might remember the photos we posted of the method of gathering water in Aliodranisi where women were dipping water out of a hole in the ground to fill their jerry-cans. We praise God for His love displayed to these two communities. Hopefully, we will be able to visit these two villages and provide photos of the working boreholes!

Proverbs 19: 21 states, “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.” This proverb is NOT instructing us to avoid making plans but, rather, it is encouraging us to make plans–with wisdom and in dependence on the Holy Spirit–and with trust in a great God whose good plans are NEVER thwarted: “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” (Philippians 2: 13)

Jacob and I are very attuned to the truth that RAU can be and do nothing eternally significant apart from the team (on the ground and those holding the rope) abiding in THE VINE, who is Christ Jesus. Our heart’s cry is much like that of Moses who said, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here” (Exodus 33:15). The task (the flourishing of this tree) is too massive to move ahead without the power and presence of God energizing us. We are weak, BUT GOD! is strong. We are short-sighted, BUT GOD! sees and knows the end from the beginning. Please pray with us and for us as we work all these plans out “with fear and trembling.” Stand with us in provision and, if you are not already a financial partner, consider taking part with us to make the RAU “Tree” grow strong and provide benefit for many.

With gratefulness, love and our prayers for your blessings in Christ,

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!

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

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