Pressing On!

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Scripture Union Youth group in Bidi Bidi refugee settlement receiving Bibles
We have been back to Reaching Africa’s Unreached several weeks now. We are very grateful for all your prayers and loving support. As Carol stated in our last newsletter, we enjoyed our visit back in the states with family and friends along with the opportunity to be in a number of churches. We were greatly encouraged and refreshed. Our only regret is that we did not get to see more of you, as well as spend more time with those of you with whom we were only briefly able to talk.
We landed safely in Entebbe with all our luggage full of ministry supplies: 18 tubs and two suitcases along with our four carry on’s. We first spent several days in Entebbe and Kampala taking care of business things. The tubs headed north on the bus and we took the one hour 15 minute flight from Entebbe to Arua in our favorite puddle jumper. In Arua, our friend Eric met us and drove us on the four-hour drive to Reaching Africa’s Unreached. We left the land Cruiser parked at RAU. Our first shock  being back was the intense, dry heat. We had seemingly been cold the whole time in the States and now we were in 100+ degree heat with our bedroom staying in the high 80’s up until early morning.
We have hit the ground running. One week after arriving (March 16th) Carol and I had the joy and honor to be at Emma and Vivian’s commitment as husband and wife before God, the church, and the community! The morning was spent in the church and the afternoon and early evening was in Emma’s ancestral home village, Opiru. It was a beautiful testimony of respect for culture, clans, and hospitality from family and community.
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​ Emma and Vivian’s joyous day!

Our major immediate push is to complete construction projects. It is looking like we will have the expansion of the Hall of Tyrannus completed this Monday or Tuesday. Our seating capacity will now easily accommodate 45, if need be.  We have trainings scheduled every month from May through December. The other on-campus building project is the mission house which, in effect, is a duplex and will hopefully be finished in mid April. We are believing and praying for like-minded, full time missionaries to join us. Please be praying with us for the connections we made while in the States which make us very hopeful that prayers are being answered.
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The other project which is being worked on is the Aya Baptist permanent church structure. Through the love and faithful gift of donors the walls are up. The next phase will be the roof. Aya is the central location for Metu Mountain church plants on the south side. With a permanent site we will be able to host multi-day trainings there for churches in this area where the population of believers is growing rapidly. Discipleship is key and RAU is called to come alongside the local church in support. On the Northern side of the Metu Mountains we have other church plants for whom we wish to do the same. The Arapi/Gbari Community Church is where we want to build a more permanent structure so that it, too, can be the center of the new churches in that area for discipleship like Aya. The slab is there and we praying for the funds to complete the structure. The smaller Metu Mountain village churches now have or are close to having simple bamboo church structures with metal roofs. These are necessary for keeping the rain and sun off people’s heads. Also in Obongi, there is also a simple church structure with an iron sheet roof. These small churches were previously meeting under trees or under tarps.
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We looking forward to seeing the four new wells (bore holes ) which were sunk in remote Metu Mountain villages while we were in the States. Now, because of the generous gifts of God’s people, nine bore holes have been drilled in the Metu Mountains and people are drinking from a clean water source for the first time. It is a great testimony of God’s love for them and they are all very appreciative. This year we hope to plant more churches in the Metu Mountains and drill more wells. Be praying for us in this!
On March 15th I made this post on Reaching Africa’s Facebook page:
 “One of my greatest joys is to be connected to men who have a passion to get God’s Word into some of the most challenging places. We had the joy of having Joshua Abraham and Absalah Kori with us for two days. Several times now, through them, we have been able to get  into the hands of church leaders Bibles and “loaded” Kindles in Darfur and Nuba Mountain states of the Republic of (North) Sudan as well as the nearby refugee encampments. Today we sent them off with 440 Bibles and 23 “loaded” Kindle Fires. Pray they all reach their destinations.”
 A big thank you to all Reaching Africa’s Unreached supporters! “
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Joshua Abraham from Darfur on the left and Absalah Kori who is working in Nuba Mountains on the right
TODAY I am happy to report that Kindle Fires and ESV Global Study Bibles have made it into the Nuba Mountains to church leaders, to students from Darfur, and, via Joshua Abraham, NASB ,ESV Study Bibles, and Kindle Fires have made it to nearby refugee encampments to church leaders and Scripture Union Youth groups.
The Principal of Kush Theological College is holding a Kindle Fire in the picture below. He writes, “We thank God for wonderful blessing RAU is doing among the Nuba Mountains pastors.”
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Principal of Kush Theological College
The Kindle Fires are loaded with both English and Arabic Bibles/resources as well the “Jesus” film in various appropriate languages.
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I add my thanks and appreciation to “Study To Be Approved” , “Global Works” and the many friends and churches who are faithfully supporting Reaching Africa’s Unreached. Together we are getting the Word of God to some of the most difficult places in the world as well as strengthening local church leaders! Thank you!!
With Gratefulness,
Jacob and Carol Lee
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All dressed up for Emma and Vivian’s day
RAU was recently registered with Amazon as a non-profit organization to which a percentage may be donated for every dollar you spend there.  Here is the link if you are interested:
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!
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 I am sure that none of us will say when in heaven that we prayed too much, we sacrificed too much, proclaimed the gospel too much, and were too passionate to get the gospel to those who have little to no access to this gospel of grace. Let us together press on to make it our  ambition to preach the gospel where Christ has not been named!
 Jacob Lee
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A Worldwide Symphony of Grace

A Worldwide Symphony of Grace

By Carol Lee

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No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.” –

H.E. Luccock

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

1 Corinthians 12: 4-7

In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

Ephesians 1:11-14

The amazing thing about modern day technology is that  Jacob and I can jet from one side of the world to the other in a couple of days and, in those same days, we can TALK to someone on the side of the world that we just left behind!   There is a continuum of activity that technology allows us to see and experience (in a narrow way) which, in the past, would have been hidden by distance and lack of communication.  While Jacob and I are visiting family and friends, itinerating and making contact with Gospel partners (current and potential), Emma (RAU’s Principal Ag Extension Officer) is managing all the activities at RAU (as well as many other major life events and activities) and Pastor Ojji Tobious is busy overseeing the building process at Aya Baptist Church as well as the boring of 4 new wells in remote Metu Mountain villages. In these ways as well as so many others not mentioned, the good that God uses RAU to do is continuing.

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New mission house which is being Named: “Ei Ozi Dri Rii” (“Home of Friends”)

More amazing than the technology that connects us is the omnipresent Spirit who indwells us and mysteriously unites and orchestrates His work worldwide–a symphony of grace written in our hearts and played in real time, a masterpiece of somber notes and glorious swells telling the story of Fatherly love and of a Son who, for the joy set before Him, endured the cross so that He could bring many sons and daughters to glory!

What a mind-bending wonder that God is with us everywhere and everywhere at work! We experience limitations galore–the Holy Spirit has no limitations.  He, like an orchestra conductor, knows from beginning to end the complete score as well as each player in the symphony.  In fact, He is the composer!  Yes, we each have only a small part to play.  However, through the Spirit, the Body of Christ worldwide resounds to the praise of God’s glorious grace as each one plays his or her part!

“There is not one piece of cosmic dust that is outside the scope of God’s sovereign providence. “

R.C. Sproul

Jacob and I are happy to lean heavily upon such a God and be satisfied in being one small voice in the choir, one instrument in the orchestra, because what the Lord can accomplish with finesse is infinitely more beautiful than anything we, on our own, could imagine or create.  We also recognize and celebrate our counterparts for we all, together, sing the song of redeeming grace.

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Emma and Vivian

We are grateful for our team at RAU which faithfully carries on the mission of teaching faithful ones who in turn teach others (2 Timothy 2:2).  A special word of thanks and gratitude to Apiku Emma who with integrity has been skillfully managing in our absence and ensuring that everyone is working together towards the same goal.  The 2-hour Ag radio call-in show continues weekly in addition to the management of the demo farm. He has done this, all the while planning and completing his traditional introduction/marriage with Vivian, planning his church celebration and attending weekend seminars for his Masters program. A thanks also to Onette Zorah, who helped Emma during this stressful period.  We are grateful each man and woman who is an integral part in the operations of RAU.

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Four new Wells in the Metu Mountains

We are thrilled to announce that while we have been traveling (and thanks to the partners who so generously contributed) 4 new boreholes have been sunk (Oyo, Duku, Pamulu and Meria), making that a total of 9 boreholes (the others being Aya, Ijujo, Alugodu, Cinyi and Arapi/Gbari) which have been placed in remote villages in the Metu Mountains, resulting in much jubilating by communities who never imagined they would have access to clean water.  Our gratitude goes to Pastor Ojji Tobious who has been a faithful overseer of the well drilling in addition to his duties as pastor of Aya Baptist Church.  He has worked tirelessly and has been a great help to those in need.  We are blessed by the men who are stepping up to serve young congregations in very remote villages in the mountains, walking many miles to reach and teach their brothers and sister the word of God.  We are grateful for partners who have taken a special interest in seeing Aya Baptist Church expand and be strengthened.

We are blessed by Pastor Patrick Bukenya who coordinates activities for RAU out of Kampala.  We are grateful for Onduga Charles, with whom we work closely, who shines as a light in Yumbe as he holds fast to the word of life in a difficult place.  We praise God for Pastor Godfrey, Aliga and John in Obongi who are tenacious to maintain the integrity of their examples and the word of God in the face of opposition.  How blessed we are to partner with Joshua Abraham in Bidi Bidi refugee settlement as he remains a “point man” for Bible and resource distribution to church leaders as well as RAU’s facilitator for our brothers and sisters in the camps, especially those from the Republic of (North) Sudan in whom we have a special interest, while opportunities remain,  to equip them  for returning to their tribes and families at some point in the near future.

Our family was mightily blessed to witness the covenant-making celebration of our son, Josiah, with beautiful Unyae Smith (now Unyae Lee)!!  It was a beautiful reunion of our whole family for the wedding and Christmas and we also were overjoyed to have a reunion at the wedding of some of our extended family (Jacob’s Dad, sister (Jackie), brother (Jens) and nieces (Kaitlyn and Megan) and and my brother and sister-in-love (David and Tanya), nephew (Luke), sister (Joan) and her daughters (Lily, Christina, Mary and Jenny).

As Jacob and I have traveled Stateside, we have marveled at the number of faithful churches, friends and family who have exuberantly and steadfastly been “on board” with RAU’s vision and mission, displaying their commitment in word and deed!  We simply could not continue without our wide base of support and encouragement.  Thanks to our home church, Lifegate Church (SGM), for their blessing and support. They and Amazing Grace Baptist Church (SBC) Seguin, TX, Gospel Life Church (Acts 29) New Braunfels, TX, Good Shepherd Evangelical Church (Independent) and Dayspring Fellowship (Reformed Baptist) in Austin have been with us since we first set off for Uganda in 2013.  It has been God’s amazing grace to add other churches over the years as well:  Rocky Point Baptist Church  (Independent) Stephenville,TX , High Pointe Baptist Church (SBC) Austin, TX, Forest Hill Presbyterian (PCA) Forrest Hill,Maryland, Faith Lutheran– (LCMC) Seguin,TX, Bread of Life  (Independent) Uvalde, TX, and Wiggins First Baptist Church (SBC) Wiggins,Mississippi. This year we have the blessing of adding a partnership with Valley Bible Church in Pleasanton, California.  They are planning to send a teaching team of men and women in early November, Lord willing! We look forward to a growing friendship in the Gospel with them.  It fulfills our desire to work with local churches in extending the loving work of Christ throughout the world.

In the churches we visited Jacob preached from Romans 15:20

 

Not only have we been encouraged by churches and individuals who link arms with us, but our jaws are dropping in amazement at the opportunities opening up to RAU for cooperative efforts with other churches and individuals. On our recent travels we met with the Head of the Islamic Studies at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. Ayman Ibrahim, and were thrilled to see his enthusiasm for making it a priority to come and teach and even bring a team of seminary students to experience and help with RAU’s ministry among Muslims and Muslim-background believers (MBB) from the Republic of (North) Sudan. Dear friends and co-workers Edward and Jennifer Heinze graciously hosted us and organized all our six days at  Southern.

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Southern Seminary Louisville Kentucky

It was a joy to meet, in person, acting President of Reaching and Teaching International, Jon Deedrick, and to discuss future continued partnership with this remote theological studies extension program.  Through our connection with Scott Engels, who has been to RAU twice with the High Pointe team in conjunction with Reaching and Teaching for our first tier of local pastors and church leaders, we were introduced to the leadership for missions at Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga and they are sending a team possibly as early as April to check out our ministry and to receive the benefit of Emma’s Ag expertise.

As our time abroad here in the USA comes to a close, we excitedly anticipate the plans and opportunities that await us in 2019!  The Lord continues to write His symphony of grace and skillfully harmonize the many instruments of His choosing to play their parts in the activities of Reaching Africa’s Unreached (RAU).  It is NOT about RAU, but RAU is privileged to do its part in proclaiming the Gospel that many may hear and believe and be sealed by the promised Holy Spirit, to the praise of God’s glory and grace.

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Pray with us and consider how you may partner with RAU as we look ahead to this upcoming year:

  • The completion of the Mission House (and our moving into one of the duplexes!) which we will name, “Ei Ozi Dri Rii” (“Home of Friends”)
  • The start of growing season on the RAU demo plot
  • The welcoming of  guests and groups who want to learn from Emma about Agriculture
  • June and July:  training church leaders in partnership with Reaching and Teaching International in the 2nd tier of leaders from Republic of Sudan and South Sudan (Rocky Point Baptist Church and Forest Hill Presbyterian Church).  Each retreat will be an extended 2-week program covering 2 modules of the Reaching and Teaching Curriculum.  All training times will include a module of Agricultural training from Emma as well.
  • August and September:  training church leaders in partnership with Reaching and Teaching International in the 1st tier of leaders from Uganda (Metu Mountains, Moyo, Yumbe,Koboko, and Obongi). High Pointe Baptist Church will send two teams for two, two-week trainings covering 2 modules each of the Reaching and Teaching Curriculum.
  • October:  Dr. Bubba Stahl with Saltblock Ministries will provide teaching during a week-long retreat.
  • November: Valley Bible Church from Pleasanton, California will bring a 9-member team of men and women for a teaching retreat.
  • There will continue throughout the year  discipleship of local church leaders as well as evangelism and church planting in the Metu Mountains. On going evangelism outreaches in the Obongi and Yumbe areas are in the plans.
  • Pray with us that dialogs would resume Yumbe District Imams and Sheikhs throughout the year.
  • It remains a priority to get Bibles and Biblically sound Christian literature to leaders from South Sudan and the Republic of (North) Sudan (Darfur, Nuba Mountain region and Blue Nile region) who reside in the refugee settlements nearby as well as into the Republic of Sudan itself.

Thank you for your generous support and faithful intercession!

August Carol me

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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!
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I am sure that none of us will say when in heaven that we prayed too much, we sacrificed too much, proclaimed the gospel too much, and were too passionate to get the gospel to those who have little to no access to this gospel of grace. Let us together press on to make it our  ambition to preach the gospel where Christ has not been named!
Jacob Lee

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2018 in Review

2018 In Review

God has been so good to us at Reaching Africa’s Unreached in 2018. Please watch and see for yourself! We are blessed by the many who have been a part of what God is doing in the West Nile region of Uganda. We love the plans God!

For a  2018 year report on RAU’s agricultural ministry please visit this page:

https://reachingafricasunreached.org/agriculture-project/

2018 Blog Posts

April

Theological Training in Missions

A Sacred Feast

May

Staying The Course

Joy!

June

“Together” For The Gospel

July

North Sudanese Leader’s Retreat

Keeping Watch Over The Flock

Reproducible Pastoral Training

August

Mining The Treasures Of Christ

I am sure….

October

Some Certain Pilgrims’ Progress

November

Seeing Is Knowing And Knowing is Changing And Changing is Loving

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seeing Is Knowing And Knowing is Changing And Changing is Loving

Seeing Is Knowing And Knowing is Changing And Changing is Loving

By Carol Lee

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The more you get set into your own world, the smaller your world becomes.
― J.R. Rim

There is a kind of magic-ness about going far away and then coming back all changed.
― Kate Douglas Wiggin

Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

1 John 3:2-3

Jacob and I were once given this illustration (which I have put into my own words) of how living in another culture changes you:  “Imagine that you (an American, let us say) are culturally the color BLUE.  And imagine that the country to which you have moved is culturally YELLOW.  The “yellow” of the country to which you have moved begins to rub off on you and it mixes with the “blue” that you are.  Now, instead of being completely blue you are beginning to look a little “green” because, as you know, in the kingdom of art, blue + yellow = green.  When you return to your home country, you are no longer blue (you aren’t like everyone else) and, in the country from which you just traveled, you don’t blend in either because you are not yellow but green.  You will never be fully blue again nor can you ever be fully yellow.” This illustration describes Jacob’s and my experience so well as our “norm” has been scrambled by our cultural transplantation; its effect has been to make us somehow cultural “vagabonds” so we no longer comfortably “fit” in either place, nor do we think or see some issues the same way we used to.

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Traveling widely is not an automatic ticket to a broadened perspective and not traveling doesn’t exclude a person from treasuring the wider world — the needful for both is appreciation of a “foreign” measure or perception of beauty, values and practices.  However, experiencing (with all one’s senses) the novelties beyond home borders has an impact which cannot be compared with that which is only read about, seen via media or imagined.  There is a Ugandan proverb (found similarly in other African countries) which says, “He who believes his mother to be the best cook has never traveled beyond his own village.”  How impoverished we are if we have never tasted the goodness of other cultures and the richness of another’s community whether at home or abroad!!

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Diversity is spice and richness!  The world (along with the many Tribes and Nations and Peoples and Tongues) is vast with kaleidoscopic beauty and rich heritage.  Every culture bears the birth mark of our Creator and Father and reveals the creative variety derived from His very being.  However, self-centeredness has also marred every heart and culture, so each heart and every culture is in need of re-imprinting. Ultimately, God is the Designer and Definer:  we are His design:  vastly diverse and valuable according to His definition.  Lack of appreciation for cultural diversity diminishes us. Appreciation of differences enriches us for in the collective of them we see the multi-faceted immensity of God.

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More consequential than our own culturally-confined preoccupation is the greater impoverishment stemming from spiritual myopia–worldly centrism.  A pre-judging, narrow preference for our own culture is merely a symptom of our rebellion toward the One who envisioned and orchestrated ethnic diversity and an eternity filled with worshipers from every tribe, tongue, people and nation, an eternity full of the glory and beauty of the Creator Himself of which this world is only an inkling.  We simply cannot see what we are missing out on, not only by our cultural exclusivity but, especially, in dismissing the preeminent, eternal, glorious reality of God!

SEEING His glory and grandeur,  intelligence and creativity, purity and goodness and His justice and mercy makes us mindful of our smallness and our significance in His creative work. KNOWING the Lord by all the means through which He has revealed Himself and understanding His design enables us to embrace His priorities and worship Him above our (by contrast) petty lives, earthly perspectives and treasures.  First John 3:2-3 sheds light on the fact that seeing will result in full knowledge and fullness of knowledge will produce a change. The richness of our future hope will inspire cooperation in the process of being changed and CHANGING.  Restorative change will generate LOVING openness because we have been made new and, by new nature, we will be re-imprinted to display to the world the unifying God of diversity who breaks down dividing walls through the reconciling work of Christ, the perfect image of the invisible God. We will want to invite the world to experience the same redeeming love.  To the degree that we, the Body of Christ, do not declare this with our lives is the degree to which we have lost sight of or never had sight of the fullness of God.

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Recently, we welcomed our last team to RAU for a special retreat and ministry within various communities.  Stephen McConnell, and Bret Williams (from Currey Creek Church in Boerne, Texas) and Brenda Vordenbaum (from Lifegate, our home church) teamed up in Texas to make the arduous journey here.  A sure sign of love — that folks would travel 6 days (3 here and 3 back) to engage in Jesus-inspired, loving service in the remote West Nile region of Uganda.  The resources that they brought will have impact beyond their time here. Stephen had been before, but it was new for Bret and Brenda and their first impressions evoked emotions and wonderment.  The long drive from Arua to Moyo made room for them to see, begin to be changed and grow in love for new cultures and peoples.

Compassion does not just happen. Pity does, but compassion is not pity. It’s not a feeling. Compassion is a viewpoint, a way of life, a perspective, a habit that becomes a discipline – and more than anything else, compassion is a choice we make that love is more important than comfort or convenience.

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The team arrived Saturday. On Sunday, we headed to Aya Baptist Church to worship together with the church there. Each of the team shared a little, and Bret Williams preached the word.  [It’s a joyful inspiration —  being crowded into the Aya church with barely an inch to move and, yet, there are numerous indigenous instruments and much jubilating in song and motion!]  Afterward, we were treated to a wonderful meal through the hospitality of Pastor Tobious and his wife, Beatrice. This first event in Aya gave the team a foretaste of the dear people they had come a long way to see and know and love and of the bumping and jostling they were to experience in coming days and!!!

Monday was a day of preparation for the upcoming retreat.  [I am extremely grateful for the wonderful crew the Lord has blessed us with in the men and women who work with us every day here at RAU.  Without their hard work it would be exhausting to clean all the buildings and make up 36 beds.  With their hard work, RAU has become “an oasis in a desert“.]  Bret, Brenda and Stephen were fine tuning their plan for presenting the overarching story of the Bible through storybook form and excellent, in-depth teaching.  Jacob  was administrating the many activities involved in bringing groups to RAU for training as well as what happens here at RAU everyday, including construction and Ag projects.  We were “ramping up” for the big event — a retreat for 36 people (13 couples and some who came without their spouses due to circumstances beyond their control).

This retreat was unique in that it was the first one for “couples” with husband and wife (Metu Mountain Pastors/church leaders and wives) learning side by side.  Brenda had brought many copies of  “The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name” along with protective covers (to emphasize care for the resource).  Her heart was to teach parents (and specifically, mothers) God’s view of children, how we teach our children (by example, demonstration, direct instruction, questioning, singing and stories), the role of reading (and story-telling) and that the Bible is God’s true story of Redemption.  Bret and Stephen had the weighty task of diving more deeply into the main themes (Biblical Theology) of the Bible.  Altogether, they came up with the brilliant idea of having Brenda read (exactly how she would have read to her kids and grandkids — with great animation) a story from the Story Book Bible which corresponded to Bret’s and Stephen’s more in-depth teaching of God’s redemptive plan throughout history.  This was an awesome way to communicate not only the important details of the message but also the joy of sharing the message with their children in an inspiring and interactive way.

It was entertaining to observe the impact of the teaching, to see husbands and wives following along together in the story book, to hear the important truths being underscored repeatedly and to know that the couples were hearing and receiving and being strengthened in the same information together.  Part of the retreat time was given to Emma to teach about “Farming as a Business” which has been timely in equipping the leaders in the Metu Mountains and other regions.

Having a “couples” retreat presented us with some unique challenges, though.  When women are involved, typically they are nursing babies.  So, we had to arrange for babysitters from their villages whom the mothers would trust to watch their children and we provided diapers and wipes (a rare convenience for mothers in the Metu Mountains); it was a first for me to have to buy diapers for a retreat!  We had a total of 8 children.  An interesting aspect of Registration and Orientation was demonstrating modern plumbing and the use of diapers, wipes and proper disposal.  What we, in the West, consider second nature and elementary, is a mystery and a novelty for those who have never had the exposure, so care was taken to make the women feel at home.

The retreat was a unique experience for a few of the men who had never been but, surely, for all of the women who rarely have an opportunity to get away from the demands of home.  We realized it was not easy for many of them to organize the family members left behind so they, as couples, could get away.  This was surely a hardship but, hopefully, also a refreshment. Our prayer is that what has been “sown in tears” will be “reaped in joy“!!

Not to give the team too much free time, Jacob took them to Gbari, Arapi, Duku and Oyo on Saturday after the conclusion of the retreat!  (I was laid low with a spasming back and had to stay behind.)  There were some joyful reunions as some of the people who attended the retreat were from these villages.  Those that gathered were blessed by Bret, Stephen and Brenda’s teaching and storytelling once again.  Tobious recently told us that children all around the Metu villages can be seen acting out Bible stories!!

Sunday was a completely new experience for the team:  Yumbe District for Open Air, one-on-one outreach and the “Jesus Film” showing.  The leaders (both Christian and Muslim) from Ambelecu (“c” is pronounced “ch“) had requested Jacob and the St. Paul’s Pilgrim Church Youth group to return for a second time — an encouraging sign and a request Jacob was happy to fulfill!  Such a trip never allows their return before midnight, so Monday was planned as a day of recuperation for the team.

Tuesday was the final day for a “White Knuckles Mission Adventure” with Jacob before Brenda, Stephen and Bret returned to the USA.  It was “the big one” — Ijujo, Cinyi and Oku — one of those “for the joy set before Him He endured the cross” kind of trips. The team experienced firsthand that reports of the grueling nature of this particular adventure were not at all exaggerated!  Anyone who has been there will agree that you had better do some physical training before attempting the climb back up from Oku/Lea!!  However, I think everyone who has been there also agrees that the joy is worth any cross to meet with the dear people who live so remotely.

The end of a team’s visit always comes around too quickly!  Jacob and I are familiar with that feeling of excitement in heading back home to the States to be reunited with family.  We are also too familiar with that sad feeling of waving goodbye to those heading back.  On Wednesday, our dear friend, Eric, came to drive the team to Arua for the puddle jumper to Entebbe and then their flight to the USA.  We were relieved to hear of their safe arrival back Stateside.  Thank you, team, for our wonderful shared adventure!!

Before leaving Wednesday afternoon, though, Brenda was so kind to help me (as my back was still a little touch and go) prepare for our friends, the Perry’s, missionaries in South Sudan and then in Uganda but now heading back to the USA.  Jeff and Elizabeth and their 8 children — and a dog! — needed a place to lay their heads while they cleaned the home they were leaving.  It was a sweet time.  We wish them well as they transition back to the USA where Dr. Perry will continue practicing medicine and Elizabeth will keep on doing her wonderful work of home schooling their children.  They leave a Christ-honoring testimony of loving service, friendship and community involvement and an example for me of acculturating in a way that honors the people with whom they lived.

Watching friends come and go has inspired Jacob and me continue to work towards and pray for others joining us in this journey.  Toward that end, Jacob has been taking advantage of a cleared ministry calendar to focus on the Mission House building.  He has the goal of a certain level of progress being made before our return to the USA for  our son, Josiah’s wedding (to Unyae Smith) in mid-December.  The house is taking shape and many projects will be done while we are away by our skilled and trustworthy Sub-Contractor, Pastor Joachim, who has proved himself well on this building.  The Lord has blessed us with other skilled men to do their part: Electrician, Moses, Plumber, Joachim and Carpenters, Tikka and NKata.  Pray with us for the right people to come at the right time and fill up this house and live in mission with us!

As the end of the year is closing in and ministry events are over, so is growing season on our Ag Demo Plot.  We are expecting a great yield on the rice and the groundnuts (peanuts).  The bananas and passion fruit continue to produce and we have enjoyed the benefit of it.  We have hosted several teams interested in the Ag component of RAU: a group of TOT (Training Of Trainers) with ZOA and a smaller group of local farmers (Pamoju Farmers Association).  Emma, (Principle Ag Extension Office), always looking for some new crop to introduce, both for demonstration as well as our consumption is going to be planting “air potatoes”  which are actually from the yam family originating in Africa and Asia.  They grow on a crawling vine and, in this region, are used for their antibiotic properties among other benefits.  Another venture will be to plant “Brother’s heart” fruit trees which also have medicinal properties, particularly, anti-cancer.  This fruit is known in other places as “Soursop” or “Guanabana“.

Emma is keeping busy in many areas of life.  In addition to his work here at RAU, he is studying for his Masters in Project Planning and Management.  And!…to our happy surprise, he and Vivian announced their Introduction and Traditional Marriage to be held January 19, 2019!  Unfortunately, we will miss that since we will be in the States.  Please pray for him as his life, personally and professionally, is about to get even busier!

Jacob took a short, one-day trip to Obongi to encourage Pastor Godfrey, his wife, Lillian and the congregation, Obongi Town Church, he shepherds.  They have been meeting under a ‘constantly falling apart’ shelter.  Jacob wanted to spiritually strengthen them through the word of God but also look at what would need to be done to make a more sound structure in which to meet and which could be a witness among the Obongi town people. The church now has a metal roof instead of the tarp. The rains have been ravaging the roads which are used by many heavy vehicles making deliveries to the Refugee settlements along the road.  Jacob and his team almost didn’t make it but, as you might suspect, the Land Cruiser is a beast under tough circumstances.  So, Jacob’s goal was met!

As Jacob and I put things in order (a huge task in itself) to come back to the USA, one item on our list is to begin to transition our mindsets to another culture.  A little more “yellow” has mixed into our “blue” and so we are looking even more “green“.  Each trip, with all the blessings it brings, serves to remind us that we have changed; this world is not our home — we are sojourners. While we are in this world, though, we want to, with open arms and open hearts, embrace the people of each culture into which we are set and appreciate what God is doing in each place, each setting and each life.  Sometimes we do it well — and sometimes we don’t.  So, we need a lot of grace!

Please be praying for us in these last few weeks, especially Jacob.  He, though weary, is working with great focus to ensure that the quality of the work reflects the beauty and glory of the Lord and which sets the bar of doing all things well.  I am pushing on getting this newsletter done and then making a video to show when we travel in the USA.  I need lots of grace for that — in the form of patience, know-how, vision and creativity!

Some other things to keep in prayer and some things for which to give praise:

  • We have the money for 2 of the 5 boreholes (wells) we would like to put near remote villages in the Metu Mountains. Underground water has been found. Please consider this project in your year-end giving. Because of the remote and rugged terrain where the wells are being drilled the cost per well is $8000.

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  • Praise!  Here is what Jacob wrote about a very special gift we received just a few days ago!  “We have just packed 5,000 Bibles and 2,500 Creation-to-Christ ‘Story of Jesus Christ’ picture books in our container donated through Ben Cohen with Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship!  These Bibles, along with our 8,000+ ESV Global Study Bibles which came in 2013 and 2015 are being distributed. Our primary targets for the ESV Global Study Bibles have been for Ugandan, South Sudanese, and North Sudanese leaders as well as Imams and Sheikhs (the latter have also received ASB Arabic Study Bibles and Aringa NT’s).  Now, with these NASBs, we can also get Bibles into the hands of church members who can read English. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!  I love this quote of Ben Cohen: “The Gospel of Jesus Christ is dynamite in the heart. It is the POWER of God to save!”

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.” SAMUEL ZWEMER

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  • Pray for Josiah and Unyae as they get close to their wedding day; pray that we all arrive safely and can celebrate it well!!!  We are so blessed to welcome her into our family, though she has already been deeply welcomed into our hearts!!  What a beautiful person she is!
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  • Pray for the harvesting rice and G-nuts (peanuts) and post-harvest handling activities.  It’s a busy time and there are many different Ag programs happening.

Growing season has been fruitful — and so has the long ministry season filled with team visits, retreats, ministry in hard-to-reach places and just plain hard places.  Jacob and I are, once again, thankful for every person who serves as a conduit of God’s grace in seeds sown, plants watered and fruit born.  The encouragement of your participation comes in so many forms: prayers, encouraging words, financial support, wise counsel, resources and physical presence.  We fervently desire the Gospel and gracious goodness of God to have long-term impact in the West Nile region of Uganda, South Sudan and (North) Sudan.  Please continue to partner with us financially on a monthly or one-time-gift basis.  There is so much yet to do!  As 2018 comes to a close, please consider RAU’s ministry in your year-end giving.  It will be an investment with eternal dividends. The message below expresses our hearts very well:

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Jacob and I will be back in the States, not only for Josiah and Unyae’s wedding, but also to visit other family and friends and churches.  First stop after the wedding will be in Stephenville with Anna and family as well as Rocky Point Baptist Church before we land in Seguin with Joshua and his family and our beloved home church, Lifegate. Seguin will be our launch point for all further travel.  We will be visiting churches throughout our stay in the USA  and we look forward to being reunited with many friends.  One special stop will be a visit with Edward and Jennifer Heinze at Southern Seminary where we hope to be able to meet others at the Seminary who might be keenly interested in joining full time with RAU.   While we are in Seguin, we will need the use of a vehicle.  If anyone has one we could borrow it would be greatly appreciated.

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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!
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I am sure that none of us will say when in heaven that we prayed too much, we sacrificed too much, proclaimed the gospel too much, and were too passionate to get the gospel to those who have little to no access to this gospel of grace. Let us together press on to make it our  ambition to preach the gospel where Christ has not been named!
Jacob Lee

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Some Certain Pilgrims’ Progress

Some Certain Pilgrims’ Progress

By Carol Lee

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

~~~Proverbs 16: 9~~~

This hill, though high, I covet to ascend; 
The difficulty will not me offend. 
For I perceive the way to life lies here. 
Come, pluck up, heart; let’s neither faint nor fear. 
Better, though difficult, the right way to go, 
Than wrong, though easy, where the end is woe.” 
― John Bunyan, 

The Pilgrim’s Progress

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
― Corrie ten Boom

It has been too long since I have read John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress” in its entirety, but what I remember about its description of our lives as an all-terrain journey is spot on!  There are “conflicts on the outside, fears within” (2 Corinthians 7:5 NIV) and, yet, in Christ we are “more than conquerors” (Romans 8:37)! The struggle with sin will not end this side of our destination, but Paul reminds us in Romans 8 that we are no longer under condemnation and are released from the power of sin. We have Christ as our best example who, though God in the flesh, learned obedience through suffering (Hebrew 5:8).  Yet, Jesus also promised us His peace that surpasses understanding and joy and fullness and power in the Holy Spirit.  Paul described himself and his companions as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10).  That is a pilgrim’s true journey and each of us are pilgrims in progress.

But, I am so glad that a SOVEREIGN and LOVING God is the one  superintending this journey towards dependence and growth with eternal foresight and wisdom and with the power to make something beautiful even out of our messes.  There are towering mountain top experiences we could not have imagined and daunting chasms and valleys I DEFINITELY would not have designed into our adventure.  Jacob’s and my journey is not more treacherous or dramatic than others’ by any stretch of the imagination (in fact, we have suffered little compared to many), nor more victorious or glorious for sure, (many have done greater exploits for the Lord)!  However, ours is the story we know most deeply and personally and so we have the greatest vested interest in our being certain of God’s love and sovereign plan and in making progress on our way!

Just like Christian, the main character of Pilgrim’s Progress, we have carried burdens and turned them loose at the cross, encountered pitfalls of discouragement but found comforting words written and offered to us like a life-line for which we have reached out fiercely and held on to tenaciously.  We have faced fiery darts of trials and temptations and found trusty weapons to overcome. Along the way we have encountered companionship and friendship in the “Faithful” and “Hopeful” who are on the same path.  As Christian fixed his eye on “that light” in the distance, we have fixed ours on Jesus, “who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)

For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 2:17-18

As you read the chronicles of progress over the last month and a half of these certain pilgrims, Jacob and Carol, I hope you will join us on this adventurous journey and that you will see and feel your part in this unfolding present-day pilgrims’ progress.  We apologize for taking too long in recording it.

Starting back in the beginning of September we welcomed Jacob’s dear friend, Don Fredricks, who comes to Uganda often to offer training in Aquaponics.  Jacob met him on one of his trips to Pakistan with SWI.  Thankfully, Don planned a detour to come and see us here at RAU!  He also brought his grandson, John Alcantara, to experience Uganda and to assist him in his trainings.  Emma was able to attend last year’s training as well as this year’s held in Arua.  Don and his wife, LeeAnn, are founders of a ministry, “Communities of Hope” in California where they live.

At the tail end of their visit we received several more visitors.  Two (North) Sudanese leaders and brothers in Christ stopped in to get some Bibles and other literature to take with them to the Republic of Sudan for ministry.   This happens fairly frequently now as our connections with Sudanese (north) grow, especially through our friendship with Joshua Abraham, a faithful man from Darfur whose story of coming to faith in Christ from a Muslim background is always faith-affirming and empowering. Just recently, Joshua brought another gentleman, Absalah, from Sudan who has been doing church planting in the Nuba Mountain region.  It was Jacob’s greatest pleasure to load him up with Bibles and literature, knowing that all of these resources will reach people with few resources doing Kingdom work (discipling and planting churches) in places where few people (if any) have heard and believed the message of redemption in Christ.

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Just as our visitors from Sudan were about to leave, Greg Lewis, with “Go and Tell Ministries” and his friends, Larry Nail, Dembe Arafat and Patrick Ngundo arrived.  Jacob took Greg and his team to some of his favorite places in the Metu Mountains for ministry and for the opportunity of seeing what RAU has been up to.  They came with a heart to love and serve the people of this area.

On September 15th, we had the privilege of receiving our dear family in Christ from Rocky Point Baptist Church who came for two whole weeks of ministry!  For the first time ever, we received a team from Eagle Air Uganda IN MOYO!!!  That was especially a blessing for the weary ones who had already been traveling for two solid days.  It was a blessing for us because it meant more time with the team and flying in directly allowed them a day to get settled and  acclimate to a new place and time zone.

Saturday and Sunday were days of preparation for the upcoming retreat, both physically (readying of resource bags and registration tasks) and spiritually (prepping for the upcoming FULL week of teaching for the men).  The attendees (second track of leaders) on their way were Sudanese refugees (from Darfur, Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile North Sudan and a few from the northern part of South Sudan) who had to flee and take refuge twice over in two different countries.  They were coming to receive teaching from Module 2 of the Reaching and Teaching curriculum,Hearts, Heads and Hands.”  On Sunday we headed to Pastor Henry’s church next door where we received a warm welcome and enjoyed the joyful gathering of God’s people to worship in song, prayer and the preaching of the word.

Monday, the first day of the our 29th retreat, was, as always, the most chaotic as final preparations were made and we waited for attendees to arrive and get them registered and settled in their Tukalus.  The value in having 2 ladies, Toni Tozzi-Wehnert and Alisa LaRue, to help with all the details cannot be overemphasized – not to mention, their awesome company made the mundane and stressful things a joy!  It was a “normal” Monday Registration as attendees trickled in from the various refugee settlements around Uganda.  Once everyone was settled in and had cleaned up and eaten lunch, the teaching sessions began and from there on out, the engines of the retreat machine were whirring steadily until the final day – Friday!

The Rocky Point men (Edward Heinze, Jeff Dyke, Scott Manley and Sterling Cooper) did a wonderful job of teaching and encouraging and fleshing out the truth. Module 2 covered an overview of the New Testament, the Pastor’s character, and prayer, joy and thinking all things honorable. It has been wonderful to have an already developed curriculum which covers all the important aspects of Pastoral care with regard to “head” (sound doctrine), “heart” (character issues) and “hand” (administrative responsibilities).

In the breaks between sessions or before supper, many of the young men would rally for a football (soccer) match or hang out with one another and members of the teaching team.  What I loved so much was the pastoral care that the attendees received from the men on the team:  excellent teaching + excellent one-on-one care = 2 Timothy 2:2.

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Included, very intentionally, in the retreat was an afternoon set aside for agricultural training by Emma who also has 9 Modules mapped out so that by the end of the Modules of Reaching and Teaching they will also have received training on many aspects of “Farming as a Business”, including vision casting, entrepreneurship, financial literacy and business planning.  In one of the photos below, you can see Salah Hamed, one of the attendees, who did his homework from the first module and is showing off his rice field!

When the last vehicle carried off our friends back to their homes after the retreat, it was a sigh of relief and satisfaction in having finished another wonderful training.  Thankfully, we had the rest of Friday and Saturday to recuperate and prepare for “the next thing” which was our outreach to Kulikulinga Trading Center in Yumbe District on Sunday afternoon and night.

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We left for Yumbe late morning on Sunday and then waited at a guesthouse there (sipping soda and relaxing) until the youth group from St. Paul’s Pilgrim Church (where Onduga Charles is one of the leaders) had gathered all their equipment and packed 15 young people into one tiny pick-up truck.  Then it was off via bumpy dirt roads to Kulikulinga.  There was nothing easy about setting up such an outreach–logistics are always a challenge.  Some of the youth immediately began assembling the sound equipment while the rest of us teamed up with other youth to canvas the neighborhoods handing out tracts and inviting folks to the open air preaching and the “Jesus Film“.  The youth team had already started singing worship songs and dancing to gather the crowd.  Then, Jeff Dyke (who was determined to give it his all though sick with “a bug”) preached a message on how we can receive a clean heart.  Edward took his turn next  and preached another clear Gospel message.  Charles did the interpreting (and you would not believe the fire in this man if you have only talked with him in person — the man can preach!).  Finally, Pastor Henry and Mindra assembled the huge movie screen and set it in place atop the Land Cruiser and the Jesus Film was shown to a large gathered crowd.  It was a long day and we did not arrive back to RAU until about 1 a.m. Monday morning.

Thank goodness for the “day off” on Monday.  We needed it for rest and to prepare for yet another retreat (Number 30), this time for leaders from the Metu Mountains, Moyo and Obongi, who arrived the next day, Tuesday. This retreat was specifically aimed at training the leaders in pastoral care (using the Pastoral epistles as a foundation) and addressing the many issues that arise in a church setting.

In the middle of the week, Wednesday, Alisa, Toni and I had arranged with Pastor Henry’s church next door, a women’s one-day seminar, using the framework of Ten Disciplines of a Godly Woman” (Barbara Hughes), but adding our own flavor and work to it. NONE of us considered ourselves teachers and we all felt out of our element, but we were received so heartily and as if what we offered was delicious food for hungry souls.  We all went away encouraged, built up and strengthened.  It was a joy to love on these women who pulled away from busy home duties and walked to the church to receive the teaching.  We could not have done anything effectively without the excellent interpreting skills of Flavia.  The seminar left us all with the distinct knowledge that such times of teaching need to happen more often.

I believe all of us felt spent in a very satisfying way by the end of Thursday!  There was only one more day left in which to enjoy new experiences in ministry.  Jacob had planned for the team to head up to Pristine (Aya, Ijujo, Cinyi and Oku/Lea).  Unfortunately, the trip could not be completed.  On the way back from Yumbe on Sunday Jacob had noticed that the Land Cruiser was having trouble with what he thought was the fuel pump or filter.  He had some work done on it and thought it was fixed, BUT…part way to Aya Jacob realized that the problem was not taken care of and they had to turn around and abandon the plans.  Disappointment all the way around!!!  The team had so been looking forward to experiencing Metu mountain ministry.  Jacob was able to take the vehicle to the garage and the problem was identified and solved, though not in time to make the adventure happen.

Friday became a day for relaxing and packing and enjoying one another’s company before departure on Saturday.  We enjoyed one more “Movie Night” with popcorn and then it was back to the Moyo airfield (literally a field with a small cleared landing strip) Saturday morning.  With sad goodbyes but happy memories we saw them off into the clouds.

Just a few days later we welcomed Paul Ortega and his team of 7 with Pearl Haven Ministries.  Paul Ortega, Brooke (his daughter), Kintu Deo, Emma Edu, John Wilson, Isaac Hakim, James Musasizi and Francis Ssenyondo drove from Mbale, where Pearl Haven Ministries is based.  Jacob was able to take them on two separate days to the Metu Mountains for ministry in the church plants there.  Through Pearl Haven Ministries nine churches were blessed with clothing that church members from Pearl Haven Church in Mbale had collected and donated in addition to much needed medicines.  It was a joy to interact and to hear of their zeal for discipleship and evangelism in their home places.  It was also a joy to be able to make an investment in them personally through interactions and with Bibles and several books for their libraries.  We are grateful for the desire the team had for ensuring that everyone, even those in our surrounding neighborhoods, had the opportunity to hear of Christ’s redeeming love.

On October 11, we were blessed to meet two men who had traveled all the way from California.  Timothy Barley, a pastor at Valley Bible Church in Pleasanton, and Daniel Olvera, an exuberant young man being mentored by Timothy, were a delight to have.  Their purpose in visiting was to “come and see” if their church and our ministry could be a good partnering fit.  They were such an encouragement to us and the family of God to whom they ministered and, I think I can safely say that, they were encouraged by what they saw and experienced.  We look forward to seeing how the Lord further connects our lives together with theirs and others from Valley Bible Church.

What may look like a lull in activity now for the next week and a half is not really that!  Jacob is continuing to oversee the building of the Mission House — and it’s coming along so well.  As I write, the roof is nearing completion, door frames will be put in soon and plastering will start.  I have been busy doing this–writing a newsletter and helping Jacob in all his activities.  We often entertain visitors who come to see the Demo Plot or have some interest in Agriculture.

One particular visit from a young Agricultural Scientist, Daniel Acema, was encouraging and helpful to our Ag program. Apiku Emmanuel (Emma), our Principle Agricultural Extension Officer, had gone to him in Arua to get the pheromone traps for the devastating fruit fly which Daniel, through his own research had developed and produced.  Through that meeting a plan was also put in place for Daniel to come to RAU to teach the men who work on our demo plot about controlling the fruit fly population and trimming the mango trees to maximize production and reduce pests and diseases. Emma had already instructed them in these issues; however, it was a great refresher course and an opportunity for hands-on learning and it helped to underscore the instruction they had previously received.

Our Agricultural program (the demo plot and the weekly 2-hour call-in Ag radio talk show) continues to be a great inspiration, encouragement and challenge to the surrounding communities. Emma stays abreast of all the latest research, seeds and products to ensure that what appears on our Demo plot is cutting edge.  Emma and Jacob are often seen walking through the fields and discussing problems, solutions and plans.  The feedback that Emma gets from leaders within local Livelihood organizations and personal stories from small-business farmers affirms that we are heading in the right direction in the Agriculture ministry.  Our goal is to inspire church leaders to improve their capacity to provide for their families and futures.  In the meanwhile, that capacity building has been extended to the community at large.  We are grateful for this opportunity!

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2: 10

They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.”  1 Timothy 2: 18-19

On Sunday, Jacob, Mindra and Pastor Henry (who have become very adept at assembling and disassembling the movie screen for the Jesus Film) and Charles (and the youth of Pilgrim Church in Yumbe) teamed up to return to Ambelechu for sharing the message of Christ with the community members through one-on-one, preaching and the Jesus Film.  Jacob went there 2 months ago and the Muslim leaders and other community members asked them to come back.  Jacob’s expectations were exceeded.  People were ready and eager to hear.  A large group gathered (with the drawing power of the choir) ready to hear the preaching from the top of the Land Cruiser.  Jacob’s text was Mark 2:1-12. Charles estimated that there were approximately 4,000 people who gathered to watch the Jesus Film.  Please pray that the Gospel which is the power of God for salvation would do its mighty work in the hearts of all who heard and that the whole district would enjoy the aroma of Christ.

Our Mission House is making great progress through our contractor, Amamaru Joachim, a local bi-vocational pastor.  He is proving to do great work and the house is looking really beautiful.  Jacob and I keep talking about and imagining those families whom the Lord will call to work alongside us!!

You have read of the many activities that have taken us over all kinds of terrain, both physical and spiritual.  You have met in these chronicles the “Hopeful” and “Faithful” who have journeyed with us. And you, our friends who hold the rope for us, are the hopeful and faithful who have accompanied us as well.  We pray you have seen your part and felt the value of your role in some certain Pilgrims’ progress!

Here is what is coming up and what really needs your intercessory prayer:

  • October 27 – November 8:  Dr. Stephen McConnell and Bret Williams (from Currey Creek Church in Boerne, Texas and Brenda Vordenbaum (from Lifegate and mother-in-law of Stephen) come for ministry (couples’ retreat with leaders from the Metu Mountains and discipling and evangelistic outreaches in Metu Mountains, Yumbe and Obongi).
  • November 25 – December 2:  First Presbyterian Church Youth tentatively set to come for evangelism, discipleship and mercy ministries in the Moyo area.
  • We have identified 5 remote areas in the Metu Mountains where there is clean water underground (testing has been done) and where 5 bore holes (wells) could be put in.  The only lack is the funding for them.  The cost for each bore hole is $8,000 due to the remoteness and difficulty of the terrain for the large truck and equipment.  Please consider contributing to this venture.  The exhilarating joy expressed by those whose struggle for accessible, clean water is infinity times greater than the depth any machine has to go to bring the water up.
  • Please pray for our brothers and sisters in the Republic of Sudan who are experiencing immediate threats and persecutions for their faith in Christ.  We received word from our friend, Joshua Abraham, that there were 13 Christian leaders who had disappeared without a trace.  These are the men to whom we have been channeling Bibles and other Christian literature, taken there by the very men we have been training here at RAU through the “Reaching and Teaching” program. You can read more about this persecution in the link.  Jacob just received word today (Oct. 22) that 12 of the 13 men were released. The whereabouts and condition of the 13th man are still not known.  Please continue to pray for him and for this whole situation.
  • Mid December:  Jacob and I return, by God’s grace, to the States where our first stop will be Chattanooga, Tennessee to celebrate the wedding of our son, Josiah, to Unyae Smith!  We are exuberantly excited!
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Thank you for all your prayers and support! We pray you continue in both!

Carol (Jacob) Lee

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RAU was recently registered with Amazon as a non-profit organization to which a percentage may be donated for every dollar you spend there.  Here is the link if you are interested:

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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!
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I am sure that none of us will say when in heaven that we prayed too much, we sacrificed too much, proclaimed the gospel too much, and were too passionate to get the gospel to those who have little to no access to this gospel of grace. Let us together press on to make it our  ambition to preach the gospel where Christ has not been named!
Jacob Lee

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