Container News Contained Below!

Container News Contained Below! By Carol Lee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“There is no success without sacrifice. If you succeed without sacrifice it is because someone has suffered before you. If you sacrifice without success it is because someone will succeed after you.” (A. Judson 1788-1850) 

Wit love and godly affection,

Jacob and Carol Lee

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

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

Go to RAU’s Facebook page for up to date reports, pictures, musings, and exhortations: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached  

RAU YouTube Videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRmHafoBSemE7jS8kEHCG6Q/videos 

RAU’s Mission and Vision Statements/Statement of Faith: https://reachingafricasunreached.org/about/

The greatest evil is having the gospel and not doing everything within our power to get it to those who do not have it!

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

When at least 35% of the world; “the unoccupied fields”, have no access to the gospel, we (believers) must all do all we can to reach them. We who are saved owe the gospel to every lost person, most especially the 2.4 billion who will not hear unless someone breaks into their “unoccupied field” with no thought of their own life!
Sowing seeds of love and kindness should not be separated from preaching the gospel of sovereign grace but completely intertwined with it! 

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

Our goal in our gospel witness is to take our eyes off the “risk” and place them on the cause for the risk. When God compels us like this he often will not tell us the risks…after all there are no risks for the all-knowing, all-powerful God. So let us be AMBITIOUS (Romans 15:20) to see that ALL are reached with the gospel of grace (Romans 1:16) in ALL places…there are no closed doors to the gospel, just some which are more difficult to go through! 

Jacob Lee

Rejoicing…ESV Global Study Bible funds are in!

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

Hebrews 4:12-13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Piper, Desiring God

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

“There is no success without sacrifice. If you succeed without sacrifice it is because someone has suffered before you. If you sacrifice without success it is because someone will succeed after you.” (A. Judson 1788-1850) 

With love and godly affection,

Jacob & Carol Lee

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

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

Go to RAU’s Facebook page for up to date reports, pictures, musings, and exhortations: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached  

RAU YouTube Videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRmHafoBSemE7jS8kEHCG6Q/videos  

RAU’s Mission and Vision Statements/Statement of Faith: https://reachingafricasunreached.org/about/

The greatest evil is having the gospel and not doing everything within our power to get it to those who do not have it!

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


When at least 35% of the world; “the unoccupied fields”, have no access to the gospel, we (believers) must all do all we can to reach them. We who are saved owe the gospel to every lost person, most especially the 2.4 billion who will not hear unless someone breaks into their “unoccupied field” with no thought of their own life!
Sowing seeds of love and kindness should not be separated from preaching the gospel of sovereign grace but completely intertwined with it! 

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

Our goal in our gospel witness is to take our eyes off the “risk” and place them on the cause for the risk. When God compels us like this he often will not tell us the risks…after all there are no risks for the all-knowing, all-powerful God. So let us be AMBITIOUS (Romans 15:20) to see that ALL are reached with the gospel of grace (Romans 1:16) in ALL places…there are no closed doors to the gospel, just some which are more difficult to go through! 

Jacob Lee

It’s A Wrap–For 2020!

 I hope you all are doing well and had a blessed Christmas. We can have true joy as we celebrate the sending and birth of a “Savior” (Luke 2:11 & John 20:21)! We rejoice and now have the privilege of proclaiming  this Savior –>Jesus! 
As we mentioned in our last post, we were going, Lord willing, to be with friends for Christmas in  Murchison Falls National Park Uganda . Carol and I are glad the Lord was willing! We met with Ugandan friends and family at the park. These friendships go back to 2006  when Carol and I first came to Uganda for ministry! Being with friends helped take some of the sting away from being with our children, their spouses, and our 8 grandchildren. Because of gifts given to us with a “spend this on yourselves” instruction during our past visits back to the States, we had the funds to be in the park at a nice lodge and to take several safaris. Carol, with her camera in hand, was as giddy as a child on Christmas morning!

Christmas 2020 

Some of Carol’s Safari Pictures:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Dxzec9OlgQRwK8WGidL7kMzwOAwEXZ3K?fbclid=IwAR0cpxz1TvWIXOT_sLkKcfOo-hiu_TOMmRJLZrmT4QMluSAjsIHmwbzs8lk

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Since our last newsletter some more funds have come in for the 20,000ESV Global Study Bibles.  We are grateful for all who have given. Thank you!  We have reached $149,537.60 of the $200,000 needed for the bibles,container, and shipping. If we can get a better deal from the publisher than what was last given we will add to the number of the Bibles. It would be wonderful if we could go into the new year with all funds necessary to order the bibles. Please pray about helping us reach our goal.  I know that at this time of year many are making appeals for end-of-the-year giving. I firmly believe that in the pockets of Christians there is enough to meet the needs of everything the Lord is seeking to accomplish through us, his people. We have seen this proven over and over. God bless and thank you for being a part of what our Lord is doing in Northern Uganda, South Sudan, and the Republic of (North) Sudan!

Please continue to pray for and consider giving towards the goal of bringing a container with 20,000 ESV Global Study Bibles here to Reaching Africa’s Unreached! Your investment in the lives of these church leaders will echo throughout eternity!


Tax deductible checks may be written out to Reaching Africa’s Unreached (RAU) “Noting: For Bibles” and sent to our home church: Lifegate/RAU Missions; 395 Lifegate Lane; Seguin, TX; 78155. OR tax deductible donations may be made on our web page through PayPal with a notation of “For Bibles”.

This is the PayPal Link: 

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


“There is no success without sacrifice. If you succeed without sacrifice it is because someone has suffered before you. If you sacrifice without success it is because someone will succeed after you.” (A. Judson 1788-1850) 

With love and godly affection,

Jacob & Carol Lee

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

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

Go to RAU’s Facebook page for up to date reports, pictures, musings, and exhortations: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached  

YouTube Videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRmHafoBSemE7jS8kEHCG6Q/videos  

The greatest evil is having the gospel and not doing everything within our power to get it to those who do not have it!

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


When at least 35% of the world; “the unoccupied fields”, have no access to the gospel, we (believers) must all do all we can to reach them. We who are saved owe the gospel to every lost person, most especially the 2.4 billion who will not hear unless someone breaks into their “unoccupied field” with no thought of their own life!
Sowing seeds of love and kindness should not be separated from preaching the gospel of sovereign grace but completely intertwined with it! 

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

Our goal in our gospel witness is to take our eyes off the “risk” and place them on the cause for the risk. When God compels us like this he often will not tell us the risks…after all there are no risks for the all-knowing, all-powerful God. So let us be AMBITIOUS (Romans 15:20) to see that ALL are reached with the gospel of grace (Romans 1:16) in ALL places…there are no closed doors to the gospel, just some which are more difficult to go through! 

Jacob Lee

Winding Down…Ramping Up!

As UNUSUAL as 2020 has been, we never guessed it would rush by as quickly as it did! In fact, we thought it would drag on but, in just a seeming blink of an eye, December is almost over!

With 2020 winding down, something else is ramping upRAU’s ESV Global Bible Study fundraiser. As of today, we are at around 77% ($147,537.60) of our goal of $200,000–and hoping that 2021 will be the year for reaching our objective of 20,000 Bibles in a container on their way to RAU northern Uganda. This is cause for great encouragement and hope—so many people from around the world have contributed with enthusiasm and we jubilate in the Lord for putting in people’s hearts a yearning for the fulfillment of this plan. Present and future generations of pastors and new believers in young churches and “un-churched” areas will, we are sure, be praising God as well at the joy of possessing in their hands “the prophetic word as an altogether reliable thing.” (2 Peter 1:19, NET)

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Before we reached this far, it was tempting to think, “This goal is way too big–it’s just plain crazy!” Here are some exhortations about that!

Satan will do everything he can to confuse us — to suggest smaller dreams, lesser glories, and other gods to our hearts. And the glory he offers is real glory — real pleasure and real purpose. But all the glory he offers is small and short compared with the glory for which we were made (Isaiah 43:7).” (Marshall Segal, Desiring God). “Go ahead. Dream your big dream. Do your work, lots and lots of it. But never, never presume that you are doing it on your own. “What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it [as though it were not a gift]?” (1 Corinthians 4:7). Every dream is a gift. Every accomplishment of a dream is a gift.” (John Piper, Desiring God). 

As we see the accomplishment of our dream being realized, we rejoice in the many who joined us in dreaming. Thank you to everyone who has given!

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It’s always good to hold our plans loosely. We ought to plan, but we are not God. He sees the end from the beginning and He has a means to His end. Many of our plans were wiped off the calendar, but the Lord laid out others for us. By God’s grace, we put our hand to the plow to be faithful in that which He gave us to do–which was, in great part, to prepare–spiritually, emotionally and physically–for future works “which He has prepared in advance for us to do.” There was much investment in the Demo Farm and the facilities which we pray will serve many people in the years/decades/centuries to come. The last big project was to put design stone on all the walkways on the campus.

Here is what Jacob wrote: “Along with making improvements on our 20 acre demonstration farm, we have been, slowly by slowly, making renovations (inside and outside) on our facilities to prepare us to better serve in our biblical and agriculture group trainings when we once again can safely receive groups. One of the projects is to place our local and inexpensive “design” stones on our walkways and where water drops off from the roof on the verandas.(See photos) The”design” stones are NOT slippery when wet !  I, as well as visitors, have slipped many a times on the previous walkways and I have fallen once. Also, since these stones are “God” made, they will last, if the Lord wills, until Jesus’ return!” 

Before we shifted our focus away for a short while to some special holiday plans, there was one more important thing to do. On the 19th, Jacob, Zorah and Pastor Henery travelled the “long, winding and rough” route to Aya to meet with all the pastors who oversee church plants in the Metu Mountains, and of whom Pastor Tobious serves as liaison and leader. Jacob was very encouraged as they discussed concerns and successes. Jacob stirred their hearts by way of reminder of the hand of the Lord in completing the good work He has started, including the work in the Metu Mountains and in each of their hearts (Philippians 1:6). Zorah shared his vision for training teachers in the church for children’s ministry (Sunday School). Please enjoy the following video which Jacob and Zorah made on that Metu Mountain journey.

Finally, as 2020 winds down, our Christmas plans are ramping up! In the 7 years that Jacob and I have lived in Uganda, we have never done anything “touristy”. This year, we have made plans to go to a Game Park in the Murchison Falls area to enjoy Christmas with some friends from Kampala. It is a long-anticipated treat, especially for me (Carol) and I very much hope it will result in some amazing photo ops!

Before I close out this newsletter, may I ask you, once again, to help us reach the goal of getting 20,000 ESV Global Study Bibles sent here to RAU campus? It is the longing of RAU to train and equip MANY for the completion of the beautiful task with which Jesus entrusted His followers.

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17

Overview of ESV Global Study Bible may be found here: https://biblebuyingguide.com/crossway-esv-global-study…/ In this article by Tim Challies entitled What Makes a Really Good Study Bible?https://www.challies.com/articles/what-makes-a-really-good-study-bible/ , Challies highlights how a study Bible is a great tool for leaders in the church.

Please continue to pray for and consider giving towards the goal of bringing container with 20,000 ESV Global Study Bibles here to Reaching Africa’s Ureached! Your investment in the lives of these church leaders will echo throughout eternity! 

Tax deductible checks may be written out to Reaching Africa’s Unreached (RAU) “Noting: For Bibles” and sent to our home church: Lifegate/RAU Missions; 395 Lifegate Lane; Seguin, TX; 78155. OR tax deductible donations may be made on our web page through PayPal with a notation of “For Bibles”.

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

“There is no success without sacrifice. If you succeed without sacrifice it is because someone has suffered before you. If you sacrifice without success it is because someone will succeed after you.” A. Judson (1788-1850) 

With love and godly affection,

Carol and Jacob Lee, RAU

Website: http://www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org  

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

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

Go to RAU’s Facebook page for up to date reports, pictures, musings, and exhortations: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached  

YouTube Videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRmHafoBSemE7jS8kEHCG6Q/videos  

The greatest evil is having the gospel and not doing everything within our power to get it to those who do not have it!


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

“In Everything Give Thanks”

Forest Hill Presbyterian, Forest Hill, Maryland
Rocky Point Baptist Church, Stephenville, Texas
High Pointe Baptist Church. Austin, Texas

Always rejoice, constantly pray, in everything give thanks. For this is Godʼs will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18

But what we need to understand is that biblical thanksgiving is not merely our grateful response to a perceived grace received from God; it is a means to perceiving that grace. Biblical thanksgiving is not merely a command to be obeyed; it is a call to see beyond our normal perceptions to hundreds of graces we would otherwise miss due to our sin-induced myopia. And it is a call to see future graces in God’s promises so certain that we can thank God for them now.

Jon Bloom, Desiring God

I pray you all have had a blessed Thanksgiving. As Carol and I approached another Thanksgiving away from family, we were fighting off feelings of sadness. We do not look for sympathy as we have counted the cost and found Jesus to be worthy of every sacrifice, big or small. However, that does not assuage the pangs we feel in spite of the calling we delight in. “…Our hearts ache, but we always have joy…” (2 Corinthians 6:10) I find myself growing ever so slowly in understanding this verse. One would think missing holidays (mainly Thanksgiving and Christmas) with children, their spouses, and 8 grandchildren would progressively get easier but it does not! In fact, Carol and I would say our heartache increases. At the very same time, my heart leaps with joy to be an ambassador for the King among those who have little witness of Jesus’ love displayed through the laying down of His life to redeem and reconcile His sheep.“…Our hearts ache, but we always have joy…”!!

Even though I first started ministering in Uganda in 2006 and then Carol and I moving in 2013, we are still in transition culturally. The proverb is true that it is hard to teach an “old dog new tricks”. I am in my 65th year and Carol is in her ** year. Pray for us in this: that we can become more and more effective in sharing the love of Jesus. Carol, my insightful wife, writes: “Jacob and I were once given this illustration (which I have put into my own words) of how living long term 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….”

I continue to be amazed and excited at the progress toward the goal of raising $200,000 for 20,000 ESV TruTone Global Study Bibles, a container, and shipping the bibles from America to the RAU campus near Moyo, Uganda. We have given away almost all of the nearly 9,000 ESV Global Study Bibles which came in our first two containers as well as through a shipment via the Gospel Coalition International Outreach. They have made their way into hands of Ugandans, South Sudanese, North Sudanese, Congolese and some few even into Chadian hands.

The current status on the funds raised is now $130,187.60! This is about 65% of our goal! Despite the hardships brought about by COVID-19, many loving Christians continue to give so that these Study Bibles may arrive via a container from America to Reaching Africa’s Unreached! We thank every single one of you who has taken notice of our request, taken it to heart and have given.

A Bible, along with the illumination of the Holy Spirit, is the core resource for Shepherds of God’s Church. We must at least see that as many Pastors as possible in our Sub-Saharan region and in Sudan have one. A Study Bible, like the ESV Global Study Bible, with its built-in helps, can be a mentor when there is no one else around. In the Hall of Tyrannus this is the Bible we use. Part of our training involves how to make the most of this Study Bible. The ones coming in this third container would mostly be for church leaders in the West Nile Uganda, South Sudan, and the Republic of (North) Sudan, as well as local government leaders,teachers (church and school), Imams, and Sheikhs in our region. English is widely read, spoken and understood! With greater peace being established in the Republic of Sudan in recent days, it will be even easier to get Bibles the Republic of Sudan! We have a number of solid contacts near us and there in country.

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

With tools like these Study Bibles we can be a bigger part of walking out 2 Timothy 2:2 in our region and regions to the north for just $10 per Bible. If I can strike a better deal on Bibles we will just increase the number! The money in hand gives greater leveraging when negotiating.

The generous donation of 15,363 (6.5 pallets) Christian resources in both English and Arabic, from The Gospel Coalition-International Outreach (TGC-IO) which will be hitching a ride with a different container being sent by Christian Book (www.christianbook.com) to various ministries in Uganda are on their way to Reaching Africa’s Unreached. Also in this container will be 350 slightly damaged ESV Study Bibles and almost 200 Arabic Study Bibles! The ESV Study Bibles have been donated by Christian Book and the Arabic Study Bibles were sold at a discount. Thank you, Christian Book and The Gospel Coalition International Outreach. In the USA and many countries of the world, such resources are in rich supply. Many Christians trade their current Bible for the latest “study bible” (I know I have) as often as folks upgrade their vehicles! Can you imagine what even one single study Bible and other literature would mean to pastors where such resources are very very scarce or beyond their ability to buy? These resources will also be a great help in Reaching Africa’s Unreached module curriculum we are developing for pastoral/church leadership training in the Hall of Tyrannus.

Overview of ESV Global Study Bible may be found here: https://biblebuyingguide.com/crossway-esv-global-study…/ In this article by Tim Challies entitled What Makes a Really Good Study Bible?https://www.challies.com/articles/what-makes-a-really-good-study-bible/ , Challies highlights how a study Bible is a great tool for leaders in the church.

Please continue to pray for and consider giving towards the goal of bringing container with 20,000 ESV Global Study Bibles here to Reaching Africa’s Ureached! Your investment in the lives of these church leaders will echo throughout eternity! 

Tax deductible checks may be written out to Reaching Africa’s Unreached (RAU) “Noting: For Bibles” and sent to our home church: Lifegate/RAU Missions; 395 Lifegate Lane; Seguin, TX; 78155. OR tax deductible donations may be made on our web page through PayPal with a notation of “For Bibles”.

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“There is no success without sacrifice. If you succeed without sacrifice it is because someone has suffered before you. If you sacrifice without success it is because someone will succeed after you.” A. Judson (1788-1850) 

With love and godly affection,

Jacob & Carol Lee, RAU

Website: http://www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org  

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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!


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