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Reaching Africa’s Unreached Year End Report 2016

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But whatever you do, find the God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated passion of your life, and find your way to say it and live for it and die for it. And you will make a difference that lasts. You will not waste your life.

― John PiperDon’t Waste Your Life

Looking back over the activities and projects of 2016 stirs up amazement and thanks to the Lord for every opportunity to live out what we believe is a God-centered, Christ-exalting and Bible-saturated passion:  to reach a certain area of the world with the Gospel, with resources and with redemptive development. Jesus reminds us in John 15:16 that we have been appointed to go and bear fruit that remains.  That is our longing and prayer.  May what is of the Lord bear lasting fruit and may the Lord continue to refine our vision and our heart’s desires so that all we do will glorify Him and serve His redeeming purposes.

When the Lord called us to serve Him in Uganda, He directed us providentially to an under-served and under-resourced area – the West Nile region of northwestern Uganda.The expanse of needs extends from here-and-now reality to eternal joy in God and, as we grow in our understanding of those needs, God is also expanding our vision and our resources.  To see lasting fruit in the form of spiritual and structural change in this region there must be sustained effort.So,we are especially thankful that we have been granted a renewal of our NGO status for another 5 years as well as the renewal of our work permits for another 3 years.  Praise the Lord!

Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you? Are all of them together stronger than God? O be not weary of well doing!” 

 John Wesley

To take a snapshot of a year’s worth of work is daunting, but worth the effort because the “picture” speaks thousands of words about God’s faithful, loving kindness and about His redeeming grace, not only for our eternal joy, but also for our temporal good.It speaks thousands of words about the people whom God has joined together in collective, effectual effort.  The goal of our efforts is expressed well by this quote from Elisabeth Elliot:

We want to avoid suffering, death, sin, ashes. But we live in a world crushed and broken and torn, a world God Himself visited to redeem. We receive his poured-out life, and being allowed the high privilege of suffering with Him, may we then pour ourselves out for others.”

The specifics of our efforts fall into categories:  Gospel outreach and Biblical training, Agricultural training/resources and Mercy ministries.

Gospel Outreach and Biblical Training

The bulk of our efforts have revolved around communities within the Metu Mountains and Yumbe District.

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Metu Mountain Driving

In the Metu Mountains, we have partnered with a vibrant, “go and make disciples” kind of Church – Aya Baptist, where brother Ojji Tobious is the lead pastor.  Under his leadership and partnership with him and Aya Baptist, nine villages in the Metu Mountains have small but thriving churches and together we  vision to see even more reached with the Gospel.  While most churches are holding on to their resources (people), Tobious is encouraging young men who are growing in the Lord to take on the responsibility (as itinerant pastors) of discipling new believers in the remote mountain villages. RAU is helping support them in their calling.

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The transformation is spiritually palpable and noteworthy, but also visible and tangible in lives and livelihoods in these villages.  For example, in Oku, where we once saw widespread alcohol abuse, we are seeing industry (woodworking/carpentry and agriculture as a business and improved health) in addition to the commitment of meeting together for mutual spiritual encouragement.

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Kindle Fires,Portable solar panels,backpacks and shoes!

One very effective tool in telling the Gospel and which comes through RAU from the heart of Delmar Hager (Kindle Man) and his “Study To Be Approved” ministry, is the Kindle Fire device loaded with books and the “Jesus” film in several languages.  Our specific target for these Kindles has been pastors and leaders in very remote places who otherwise would have no access to such technology.  In addition to the Kindle, we give these itinerant pastors a portable solar panel (also a gift from Delmar) for recharging the devices as electricity is a scarce or non-existent commodity in remote places.  The Kindle Fire is particularly effective in reaching families or small groups of people with the Gospel message as presented in the Gospel of Luke and presented in the “Jesus” film.  Brother Tobious is reporting amazing responses of faith in Christ to the showing of this movie in various villages and locations.  It is an exciting new venture.  Thank you, Delmar and your family, for your vision and investment!

Here are some of the specific events that took place in the Metu Mountain villages in 2016:  June – a two day conference at Aya Baptist Church with Preston and Laurel Sink, Apiku Emma (Ag), Samuel (DR Congo) and Carol; November – visits to several villages (Aya, Alugodu, Chinyi, Oku and Lea, Gbari/Arapi, Duku and Oyo) with friend, Kevin Turner; December – Kampala youth group visit and distribution of resources as well as spiritual encouragement; and December – visits to same villages with friend, John Howarton.

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The Lord has opened a wonderful door of opportunity

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Yumbe District has been another area of intense investment of time, resources and passion.  We are privileged to partner with Pilgrim Church and, specifically, Onduga Charles, in many ministry opportunities there.  Charles is such a faithful, joyful and godly man.  His friendship and his example of courage, kindness and hospitality in a potentially hostile place is amazing!  Charles is a wonderful translator for Jacob, whether the venue is dialogue with Imams and Sheikhs or preaching from on top of the Land Cruiser for open air.

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Open air preaching in the Yumbe town taxi park

Over the past year and a half, Jacob has had the unique opportunity to establish and nurture a growing friendship through peaceful dialogue with many Imams and Sheikhs in Yumbe District.  The part that Charles has played in forging this friendship cannot be overstated as it is his friendship with local Muslim leaders and their trust in him which opened this door of opportunity.  2016 has been a milestone year for fanning to flame this platform of goodwill and mutual learning as well as in impacting lives with the Gospel.  There has been fruit born through this ministry and we are seeing the budding of much more fruit as we push forward – slowly by slowly, as we say here.

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Jacob with the District Khard of Yumbe. He is the head of 219 Mosques.

In a completely unique setting, the Kindle Fire has played its part in introducing Muslims to the life of Christ as depicted in the “Jesus” film (in Aringa). Many gathered groups of Muslims have watched it and it has opened helpful dialogue with the person showing the film.

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In March, there were two dialogues, one in Kuru and one in downtown Yumbe. Also in April, another dialogue was held with Imams and Sheikhs in Lodonga.  In every dialogue, there have been around 25 Imams and Sheikhs who have been presented with literature, including Bibles in English, Aringa and Arabic and other books and documents.  There is time for Jacob to share and then time for various Imams/Sheikhs to also give their input.  So far, the interactions have been very cordial.  The district and county Khards (elected leaders) have made every effort to keep the interactions peaceful and to ensure that such dialogues continue.It is Jacob’s winsomeness and kindness that also nurtures an open relationship with the leaders who gather. At this time there has been a total of nine dialogs.

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The written word is the missionary that never grows tired!

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This year we have had two groups of Imams and Sheikhs visit us here at RAU. In April, we hosted 4 Imams/Sheikhs for a meal and for interaction.  They also received a tour around the demonstration plot with some informal training from Emma, our Ag specialist.  In December, we received a visit from some Yumbe leaders who came out of a desire to “check on Jacob and Carol” after hearing we had both been ill.  It was a wonderful gesture of good will.  A meal together afforded us the opportunity to get to know one another.  These men also received a tour of the demo plot and hands-on training in drip irrigation.  They returned home with many resources and gifts, such as the drip irrigation kits (from M.A.R.S), Matoke bananas from our trees, seeds and, also, some literature.  We hope they experienced warmth and welcome from our hearts as well.

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In November, we celebrated Thanksgiving with Pilgrim Church in Yumbe.  After the service, we moved the sound equipment to the Taxi park and it was set up for an open air preaching event.  This venue is initially a little nerve-wracking until the singing gets going and a curious crowd gathers to listen and watch.  There is never an “alter call” so to speak, but a “scattering of the seed of the word” with an urging to trust in Jesus alone for salvation and prayers that many in this conservative Muslim town will hear and respond to the grace of God displayed in the life and death and resurrection of Christ Jesus (Issa) – the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

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Our time with Kevin went by too quickly!

In December, we had several more ministry events in Yumbe, including some one-on-one and small group meetings with leaders within the Muslim community while our friend, Kevin Turner, was visiting.  We had the privilege of sharing our Christmas celebration with Pilgrim Church in Yumbe town.  After Christmas, we received John Howarton for several weeks of ministry in Metu Mountain villages, Yumbe and Obongi and a leadership retreat at RAU.

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John Howarton inspiring and giving a football which one of his students raised the funds to buy

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Retreats have been a major ministry focus of RAU for all West Nile where we bring in around 25 church leaders from various areas for 4 days and provide room and board and transportation in addition to the teaching and resources.  In July, we had 2 retreats with Ron Zeiner as our guest teacher; one retreat was held for Metu Mountain leaders and one for Yumbe leaders.  It is always a wonderful support for Jacob to have guest teachers as it allows him to focus on administrative details and to receive refreshment from the teaching himself.

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During Ron’s first weekend with us he traveled to and preached in the remote village of Oku located deep in the Metu Mountains.

In August, we had the blessing of welcoming another trio, but from Texas.  As you know (if you have been following our ministry through the years and as mentioned above), Delmar Hager has added a vital component and resource to our ministry by providing Kindles loaded with books and other literature.  This time, in addition to donating more Kindles, he came in person with two friends and fellow church members from High Pointe Baptist Church in Austin, Texas (Otis Fields and Dagne Balcha).

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During their visit, we hosted a retreat for leaders from several areas of the West Nile:  Moyo, Metu, Yumbe, Obongi, Maracha and Koboko.  This retreat was unique in that it was a trial for what has now become the first module of a three-year program (3 modules per year) through Reaching and Teaching, a ministry designed to facilitate Bible training in remote places where Bible Schools are not accessible to many church leaders.  We eagerly anticipate the direction this will take us and the benefit for the leaders who will participate in the program.

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Obongi remains an area of great interest for us.  This year we took several short trips to encourage Pastor Amani Godfrey and the believers he cares for.  Pastor Godfrey remains faithfully serving in a very difficult town under difficult circumstances.  We are so grateful that he has a few good men around him with whom he can fellowship and grow and through whom he can receive encouragement.  Godfrey has an open, happy and giving heart and it draws many to want to interact with him, including many children who receive his welcome.  He is a man who studies and, also, shares with others what he has learned – a good disciple-maker! His joyful spirit also makes a hospitable environment for the Muslims in town who enjoy interacting with him.

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Pastor Godfrey with water from Obongi

Jacob continues to have the opportunity to share every other Wednesday on the radio (TBS), reaching a larger audience over the airwaves.  He is glad to share that spot with visitors when they come or with Samuel (from DR Congo) when other matters of business interfere with his ability to preach.  This year he has been going through many of the parables of Jesus.

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On an ongoing basis, RAU gives out many resources such as Bibles (ESV Global Study Bibles, Ma’di, Aringa and Arabic), numerous books given by The Gospel Coalition and other tracts and booklets.  We have invested a lot in having Jacob’s Muslim-Christian Dialogue booklets printed out and distributed among the Muslim leaders of Yumbe, but also to Christian leaders who wish to be knowledgeable in their own dialogues with Muslims.

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While the many activities we do are about building relationships, building knowledge and building up people, from time to time we must stop what we are doing to take care of some business that will affect everything else we do…such as building buildings!

In March, we started the renovation of the tukalus (which are used to house leaders during retreats) to make them more permanent structures and more comfortable.  This involved raising the roofs and replacing the grass thatch with iron sheets.  Larger windows and better doors were added to improve light and ventilation.  The tukalus now have lights which are powered by solar.  We also decided to renovate and enlarge two of the rooms in the big house for long term sustainability and housing of visitors.

These expansions have had a big pay-off for the ministry and have personally been a huge blessing for Jacob and me.  We now have a space which is more like a home and it has allowed us to spread out a little!  When we look back at the space we used to occupy we have to laugh and wonder how we managed for 2 ½ years!

Agricultural Training/Resources

Our Agricultural Extension Service, headed by Apiku Emmanuel (Emma) continues to thrive under his expertise and through funding and resource partnership with M.A.R.S. (Missionary Agriculture Resource Service).  We are amazed by the feedback (verbal and project success) that we receive and it confirms to us that we are investing in a worthy venture.

The Ag Extension Program consists of the demonstration plots (here at RAU and in Aya), classroom/field experience which is provided to church leaders during leadership retreats and to community members (formally and informally) and the supply of some resources, such as drip irrigation kits to selected leaders.  One full day of every retreat this year (except one) has been dedicated to teaching the basics of Agriculture and Agriculture as a business.  The rapt attention paid during the training and the number of questions asked is a good indicator of how much people need and appreciate the training they receive.  In this region, agriculture plays a vital role in food and income security.  Most of the attendees are greatly inspired and given the hope that their lives can change in a tangible, sustainable way.

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Emma teaching about basic agricultural principles in a local village. The two hour agricultural radio program with Emma will increase RAU’s reach to many more villages.

This year, we were proud to introduce, to the Ma’di speaking community, a call-in radio program styled after the lawn and garden show which Jacob used to listen to in Texas.  Since its start in March, we have sponsored 44 weekly broadcasts in partnership with TBS Station out of Moyo.  Airing one evening a week from 8:30 to 10:30 pm, the two-hour program, done in Ma’di, covers one topic a week either on farming or livestock.  Emma discusses each topic thoroughly (in Ma’di), reviewing the previous week’s topic and then moving on to a new one.  The number of callers to the show reflects the breadth and depth of interest from Adjumani, Moyo, and Yumbe Districts (and others) to South Sudan, where we heard of folks finding Ma’di speaking people to translate the program for their benefit as well.

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In the TBS Studio

Here is a timeline of the key Ag events of the year:

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In February, soy was planted. (There are two growing seasons where we alternate between soy and upland rice; numerous vegetables are also grown throughout the year using drip irrigation in the dry season).  In addition, during March and April, additional grafted mangoes and banana suckers were planted so we now have 740 mango trees and 6000 banana trees scattered over our 17-acres.  Onions, pepper, tomatoes, eggplant and Kale were transplanted from seedling beds into the garden.  In July, we were able to harvest a good yield of soy.  As we go, we are learning which areas of the 17 acres give the greatest yield of rice and soy.

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Drip Irrigation training in Obongi

Throughout the year, we host various groups and individuals who come for inspiration and knowledge from the projects on our demo plot. They get to benefit from our successes and failures and the latest information in crop management.

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Samuel and Jacob in our south field where the grafted mangoes, bananas,hot peppers and rice are doing well.
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Taking a Farmers’ Group for field experience

In March, we hosted several members of Window of Opportunity, a NGO from South Sudan, who were interested in learning how to graft mangoes.  A group of 100 members from the Moyo District Farmers’ Association came in June to RAU for a day of capacity building and introduction to a new venture – watermelon tasting and growing!

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Windows of Opportunity – NGO from South Sudan for day seminar
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Retreat session

Also in June, RAU took its Ag Extension service to Muslim leaders in Kuru (a town in Yumbe District).  Along with a day-long seminar in Agribusiness, soy bean seed was given (and, as always, Jacob passed out Christian literature – another kind of “seed”!).

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Two retreats were held in July in which a full day was dedicated to agricultural training, both in the classroom and out in the field.  One thing that can be said about Emma as a teacher is that his passion is contagious.  His aim is not just to give information, but to inspire his listeners – his sessions are not a mere conduit of data, but are like the lighting of one candle by another.  As Socrates states,

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”

A group of visitors from “Caritas”, hoping for inspiration and farming advice for their South Sudanese clients

These have been common themes in the feedback that is received from radio listeners and visitors alike, who come to see what’s on the ground at RAU:  1) a genuine gratefulness for inspiring the community to do what they did not feel was possible and, 2) tangible results of having implemented the information.  No one can doubt Emma’s commitment and effectiveness in impacting his community through Agriculture.

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Giving advice to a farmer along the way in Oku

During the months that Jacob and I were back in the USA, visiting family and friends and churches, Emma hada motorcycle accident as he was returning from visiting a local farmer and on his way to the radio station to do his Extension program.  He could tell he had broken a bone (scapula).  However, this did not stop him from getting back on the boda (motorcycle) and driving back to Moyo from the scene of the accident and then getting a ride to the station to proceed with the 2-hour radio program.  This is unimaginable to most of us and speaks volumes of his character and commitment to the Agricultural ministry.

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Emma continuing with his duties in spite of injury

While we were away (end of August through mid-October), Emma (with the assistance of our able manager, Misengile Samuel) continued to oversee agricultural activities here at RAU and the demo plot that had been cultivated in Aya and pressed forward with the radio program without missing a beat.  It gave Jacob and me great comfort and peace of mind to see our operations in the hands of two trustworthy people.

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Samuel from the D.R. Congo
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In the months since we have been back at RAU, Emma has continued to contribute to the retreats, inspire and educate the community over the airwaves and provide drip irrigation training here at RAU and among many communities, including Alugodu, Aya, Obongi, Gbari and Arapi, Duku, Oyo, Lea, Oku and at the Metu Sub-County office.

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Church leaders with their drip irrigation units.

Mercy Ministry

While our biggest focus of time, vision and resources is in the Gospel/Biblical training and Agricultural Ministry, the emphasis and expression of “good works” has always been an intricately woven thread in the tapestry of RAU’s efforts.  It’s not the Gospel PLUS good works – it’s ALLthe redemptive love of God on display!

Every activity which is done through RAU has the aim of pointing people to the beauty of Christ through words and displaying the beauty of Christ through action. For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.”(Ephesians 2:10)

We love (especially with our guests from the USA) to visit all the places we have described above to encourage them in their faith and to also bring them resources which their remoteness does not often afford them.  Some of these things include medicines, eye glasses, tarpaulins, clothing, Agricultural training and drip irrigation kits (thanks to M.A.R.S., an Agricultural resource ministry of Douglas and Becky Neel). We are so thankful to the many who have answered our call and have sent along with us many of the items we have asked for or who have given towards the purchase of these resources.

It so often feels like just a small drop of relief in comparison to the large ocean of need, but the goods delivered serve a greater purpose than the meeting of physical needs.  To the people receiving, it is also a reminder that, though they are remote, they are not forgotten.  It is stunning to hear from them and we have heard it spoken often in various ways: “We thought God had forgotten us; now we know He has not forgotten.”

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Some areas of helping have a greater certainty of lasting benefit, such as the education of children.  In 2016, we were able to support 10 children, ranging from Primary through Secondary school.  Our appreciation goes out to Covenant Junior School at First Presbyterian Church in Kampala which has worked hand in hand with us to provide a solid start for these children of the West Nile. The reports are encouraging that the children are progressing and many are rising like cream to the top of the milk!

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Walter with his parents Anthony and Prima

Sometimes we show compassion to people in their desperate plight and it brings about good, but not all the good we had hoped for.  Such is the case of our dear friend, Walter, whom we were able to send to India for heart surgery in August.  The surgery was successful, but his complete recovery was cut short by, what appears from a human standpoint, an untimely and unexpected death – complications in his recovery.  We await, eagerly, the day when we will see and know, with certainty, the Lord’s good plan which, right now, seems hidden.

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Reading Glasses

As always, the reading glasses and medicines and other resources are such a blessing.  There is nothing like losing our own reading glasses to press home the value of a pair of $1 reading glasses.  There is nothing like being in pain and not having pain killers handy to remind you what a blessing it is to have such a resource readily available.  Here, people just do without – and really suffer for it.  We love having the ministry of reading glasses and Ibuprofen!

In all these endeavors, we have had MANY partners and helpers.  As Jacob and I were discussing about this report, we both agreed that not one part of what we have done this year, or any year since moving here, could have been possible without the Lord’s gracious enablement and provision through His people!

Thank you, dear friends, who came to visit and serve with us this year.  You used your gifts to bless the people of the West Nile.  You blessed and encouraged Jacob, me and the whole team here. Thanks,  Preston and Laurel Sink, Ron Zeiner, Perrti Soderlund, Illka Salminen, Delmar Hager, Dagne Balcha, Otis Fields, Kevin Turner, the Kampala Youth Group, and John Howarton. We also are grateful for our friends who have come for a visit: Zorah, Helen, Muhtar, Vivian and Kenia.

We love and appreciate our board members, both in Uganda (Patrick Bukenya and Nyombi Samuel) and back in the States (Dr. Jack Deetjen, Mike Mercer, and Kevin Kolb).  The collective wisdom and goodness among this group of people is immense!

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We are so thankful for the people with whom we serve here at RAU: Misengile Samuel, who beautifully managed operations while we were visiting in the USA; Apiku Emma, our Principle Agricultural Extension Officer, whose expertise is unquestioned and inspiring; Lucy and Christine, who serve us faithfully in the kitchen and upkeep; John, the watchman, Pastor Henry, Mindra, Zakeo, Fred, Stephen and Patrick, who work with us to make the Demo Plot what it is but also serve in many other ways, and our night guards who serve to keep us safe.

(On a side note, we are grieved by the loss of a friend and co-worker, Mundrugo, who recently died very suddenly and left behind a widow and 5 children.   Please pray for them.)

We cannot thank enough all the churches, individuals and organizations who have participated through donations of money and resources.  We are sustained and enabled to keep giving and fulfilling our mission because you, our donors, keep on giving and praying and prioritizing!  Thank you!

“3 For by the grace given to me I say to every one of you not to think more highly of yourself than you ought to think, but to think with sober discernment, as God has distributed to each of you a measure of faith. For just as in one body we have many members, and not all the members serve the same function, so we who are many are one body in Christ, and individually we are members who belong to one another.” 

Romans 12: 3-5

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Jacob & Carol Lee, PO. 55, Moyo Uganda, East Africa

The greatest evil is having the gospel and not doing everything within our power to get it to those who do not have it. (Jacob Lee)

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Looking Back With Thankfulness, Looking Forward With Hope-2015

Christmas 2015 with our family in Seguin, TX

Jacob and I hope your Christmas Season was blessed and joyfully celebrated! In spite of illness, the Lord gave us a gracious window of health in which to enjoy a special time with all of our children and grandchildren. What a blessing! We pray that this New Year will hold many God-orchestrated adventures of grace and growth.

We arrived in the States a little weary and bedraggled after starting our journey…both of us…with a bout of Plasmodium falciparum malaria (and a UTI to top it off, for me!) And, just when we thought we were healing, Jacob came down with another bout of malaria to lay him low! It was his 8th time. Fortunately we brought medications back with us. What a great opportunity to put into practice

2 Corinthians 12: 9-10:

“But he said to me,“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

We are mending a little more slowly than we would like, but we ARE on the mend.

Looking back over the last few years we wanted to remind you of all the Lord has done and has allowed us ALL to participate in through financial partnership, prayer and hands-on involvement.

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*19 four-day retreats held at RAU (since its beginning) comprised of foundational teachings as well as, now, agricultural training. The average attendance is 20 church leaders per retreat. Our theme verses are 2 Timothy 2:2 and Acts 19:9b-10. Due to the completion of Lydia’s House, we have been able to include women church leaders in the retreats.

Retreat number 19. A group of church leaders from Northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo

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*Evangelism in the neighboring Yumbe Aringa tribe which is 99% Muslim; working hand-in-hand with the few Aringa believers. Goal: to plant Christ-exalting churches among the Aringa.
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*Church-planting/discipleship in remote areas of the nearby Metu Mountain range and Obongi sub-county.
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Discipleship training in local churches and conference settings. This one was in Koboko.
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*Medical aid to children and adults in dire need.
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*Clean water to remote areas through a bore hole.

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*Educational sponsorships for Primary and Secondary students.
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Preaching on a local radio stations.
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*Basic Agricultural training and capacity building/economic empowerment in partnership with M.A.R.S. and our Agricultural Extension Officer, Apiku Emmanuel.
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*Widespread dissemination of literary resources to Christian leaders and Muslims who are willing to receive them.
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*Transformation through development in the Afoji Border area, not only of the physical locale, but in the lives of those who work with us at RAU and those who live in the region who have benefited from resources and medicines.

The Lord has opened so many doors of opportunity! And there are more that are opening. This instills great hope in us as we look towards what the Lord will do! However, the open doors come with the need for some planning and development! As we anticipate the move of God among the Aringa and see the growing number of small church plants in the Metu Mountains and Obongi, we are made aware of a huge need to prepare men who can step into the role of shepherd as new churches are planted. We want to be ready for the great white fields of harvest! This is what our goal is moving forward:

*Establish a Bible School in 2016 for $35,000 for two classrooms and upfront start-up costs

We have on-going, yearly needs so that we can continue and finish the work that has been started!

As we look to 2016:

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*We need more monthly financial partners to help us as we budget for daily operating costs of ministry. Even a small, monthly donation of $15-30 is extremely helpful. (Daily operating costs , retreat expenses, Land Cruiser upkeep and fuel, copying and distribution of Muslim apologetic booklets and foreign language Bibles etc.).

*We still have several children who need private Christian school sponsorships for the school year at $900/child for the whole year. This includes room and board. There are many more children to sponsor if there are donors. School fees, including in government schools, are the hardest for people to come up with as cash flow is always a problem for most families in our West Nile region. They may have food to eat from their gardens but not enough cash to pay for their child’s school fees. Kids often drop out of school for this reason or they may have to wait until school fees can be collected before returning. In addition, the local government school classroom size ranges from 100-200 students per teacher making it very difficult for children to receive a quality education.

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A few of our visitors in 2015

*Funds to continue the construction of two church structures in the Metu Mountains

Please take a look at a link to one of our fundraisers!

https://www.bonfirefunds.com/reaching-africas-unreached

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Most of all, we want you all to know the depth of our gratitude for your working alongside of us through the years and, in particular, this past year. What a blessing and an encouragement to be fellow workers with the Lord in the West Nile region of Uganda and beyond to Southwestern South Sudan and the Northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Jacob’s theme verse as we travel to churches this furlough is 1 Corinthians 3:5-9 which speaks of the common goal and unity of those who plant and water. This is includes you – all of you who pray and give to the work of RAU or any other Christ-exalting ministry. What you do on this side fuels everything that happens “over there!”

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. As it is written,

“He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor;

his righteousness endures forever.”

He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.”

2 Corinthians 9:8-12

Grace and peace to you all through our Lord Jesus Christ!

Love,

Carol (and Jacob) Lee

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached

For those who have asked, small packages and letters may safely be sent to:

Jacob & Carol Lee, PO. 55, Moyo Uganda, East Africa

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

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2014

Reaching Africa's Unreached Guesthouse/Hall of Tyrannus December 2014
Reaching Africa’s Unreached Guesthouse/Hall of Tyrannus December 2014

It’s amazing, the seeming paradoxes that exist in scripture.  Jesus said that the one with his hand to the plow should not look back or he is not fit for the Kingdom (Luke 9:62).  The Apostle Paul said that, forgetting what lies behind, he strained forward to what lies ahead (Philippians 3:13).  On the other hand, the scriptures also exhort us to remember the past!  Throughout Deuteronomy the Lord drilled it into His people not to forget, but remember His goodness and sovereign grace in delivering them and covenanting with them.  Psalms and Proverbs often command us not to forget the Lord’s benefits and teachings. Peter reminds us that forgetting those things from which we have been cleansed makes it difficult for us to move ahead without pride and growth in grace (2 Peter 1:5-9).  So, once again, context is everything.  We can do both!  We forget and leave behind those things which keep our gaze and energy upon the prize of Christ for every tongue, tribe, people and nation, and we look back and remember the kindness, faithfulness and mercy of the Lord in all that is accomplished so that we can strain forward to what lies ahead with hopefulness.

As Reaching Africa’s Unreached (RAU) looks back over the past year of ministry, we are remembering the faithfulness, grace and goodness of our God and, in so doing, stirring up faith (as John Piper so eloquently writes in his book,  The Purifying Power of Living By Faith In Future Grace) to trust in God for the “ever-flowing river of grace” through Christ for RAU’s future in 2015.  Our hope is that this report will give you reason to continue to support RAU or to become a new supporting partner as we look forward to open doors of opportunity in the year 2015 and beyond.

Below, you will read about and see all that the grace of God has allowed RAU to accomplish for His glory in 2014.  We have documented RAU activities in two separate reports, RAU Ministry events and RAU Mercy Ministry.

RAU Mercy Ministry  

  • Help has been given to repair three neighboring wells which serve our neighbors with water.
  • $7,500 was donated in August to drill a well in Aya at Aya Baptist Church. There is no clean water there and in 9 surrounding villages. Water Harvest International (WHI) will be drilling the well. When they give the word the money will be sent to them.  RAU and WHI have had a preliminary meeting with the village’s elders, local political leaders, the chief of the area, and church leaders on the drilling and upkeep of the well. Previously people just collected water from holes and streams which become rare in the dry season.
  • Almost on a daily basis, pain medicines, malaria meds, antibiotics, nutritional aids, de-worming meds etc.
  • When a pastor or his family has a medical need we try to help.
  • When good opportunities arise to improve/upgrade someone’s education we try to help some.
  • Most of the funds for these needs were given specially for them. However, some funds have needed to come out of the general fund, too.
  • Giving out of reading glasses to pastors and other elderly who have difficulty reading and do not have funds for glasses.

February

*Kerwa ministry at clinic (assessment, diagnosis and provision of medicines)

Carol and Sam spent many hours in Kerwa clinic demonstrating Christ's love through loving care and dispensing medices RAU had purchased with donations from faithful givers
Carol and Sam spent many hours in Kerwa clinic demonstrating Christ’s love through loving care and dispensing medicines RAU had purchased with donations from faithful givers

March 2014

*Prenatal care for Pastor’s wife…300,000 Ugandan Shillings

*First cleft lip/palate surgery

  Before

The first little boy before surgery
The first little boy before surgery

After

A picture shortly after his first operation. Pray for his upcoming second surgery.
A picture shortly after his first operation. Pray for his upcoming second surgery.

April 2014

*Refugee Camp Ministry – Collection of Food 1.85 Million UGX

Justin is our man inside the camps
****** helped to coordinate effort of food supply to refugees in Adjumani

*Assistance to a friend of the ministry – medical needs of his wife

 May 2014

*Cleft palate/lip surgeries

Before and After Sugeries
Before and After Sugeries

******** – Congenital cataract surgery

Anzo
******
With Anzo and Mindra in Kampala
With *****and ****** in Kampala

*Distribution of food to South Sudanese Refugees

 June 2014

*Little ******** – treatment (surgery) for Hydrocephalus

Pray for MIldred
Pray for *******

July 2014

*Distribution of De-worming medicine at Rodo COU

*Distribution of De-worming medicine to congregation’s women and children – Choro

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 *Ministry and distribution of soap at Moyo Prison

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September 2014

*Continued follow-up care for Anzo (Congenital Cataracts)

*Follow-up care for child with cleft palate, from Yumbe.

*Educational needs for a Pastor’s children

*Medical care for a RAU worker

*Widow in Yumbe, given some shillings to help with her needs

*Help for RAU worker’s wife/pregnancy and childbirth

*Food and lodging for refugees (28) caught in middle of tribal conflict (Ma’di/Kuku)

*Shillings given to RDC to help with transporting back to Moyo those who fled during the tribal conflict.

*Ministry (distribution of clothing) by Presbyterian Youth at Aya, Obongi and Moyo Prison

Distributing clothes brought from Kampala by the youth group
Distributing clothes brought from Kampala by the youth group

 October 2014

*Surgical repair of bilateral club foot at CoRSU Hospital, Entebbe for ********; he still requires further surgery to make his healing complete.

Before

After

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*Medical care for ******’ child with head injury

*Travel money for child with hydrocephalus (return to Mbale/CARE Hospital)

*Assistance to Muslim Imam and family to replace items stolen during tribal conflict.

*Met with medical personnel to try and coordinate help for children who require corrective surgery.

*RAU meeting with village leaders of Aya to discuss and explain bore hole for which money was given through RAU

At Aya Baptist Church

November 2014

*Continuing supply for medical needs of ******* (bilateral club foot)

*Medical needs provided for (******* – pastor)

*Medical Care for young Muslim man (head injury)

*Travel expenses for child with hydrocephalus

*Travel expenses and Bibles for Solar pump engineers

*Help for daily needs for Muslim man in Moyo

*Gift for birth of child (********)

*Anti-viral eye drops (from USA) for wife of Pastor ********

December 2014

*Retreat for Moyo Pastors with Ron, Doug, and Mark (provision of food, medications, and eye glasses

*Gift of Drip Irrigation kit to each attendee (25) by Doug Neel and M.A.R.S.

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*Provision of reading glasses to pastors attending retreat, as well as others who came by.

*Provision of funds for bicycle for ****** Pastor, ******, for ministry needs

*Provision of bed sheets, towels, kitchen needs and toothbrushes for Pastor ******* for ministry needs

*Provision of ox plow and team for Ijuju Bpatist Church

De-worming medicine for 150 children and 50 adults in Palorinya

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Reading glasses for pastors and elderly in Palorinya

Money for grocery needs for elderly woman (mother of ********)

*Gbare outreach: 300 children de-worming

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*Gbare outreach: 50 tubes of antifungal medicines

*Reading glasses for Gbare outreach

*Pastor’s wife with scoliosis, large bottle of Ibuprofen for pain

*Camera for ********: for police detective work and documentation

*2 irrigation kits for pastors doing church plant in Gbari

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*Sunglasses for young girl with congenital cataracts

*Assistance for contact in Yumbe, *******, to receive medical care for longstanding infection on scalp

*Frequent distribution of medictions (Coartem, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, anti-fungal cream, eye drops) to people in surrounding areas

*Distribution of de-worming medication at Obongi Town Church

*Provision of sheets and kitchen items to Pastor ***** of Obongi Town Church (OTC)

*Return to Kampala for Anzo to have eyes evaluated for redness and irritation

We hope that all of you that have taken a personal interest by supporting RAU through funding and prayer will be encouraged by what has been accomplished by the grace of our God.  We also hope that it will stir you to continue to pray and support and even “come over and help us” in 2015.  For those of you who have been considering adding your support, we hope that this will give you confidence that your investment will be used in a way that glorifies God.

Blog: http://www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached

For those who have asked, small packages and letters may safely be sent to:

Jacob & Carol Lee, PO. 55, Moyo Uganda, East Africa

Our “wish lists” may be found at Amazon (Click on the “Wish List” link and type in our name or email  address)

The greatest evil is having the gospel and not doing everything within our  power to get it to those who do not have it. May the Lord grant each of us His followers the wherewithal to be obedient disciples!

Jacob W. Lee

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

RAU Ministry Events

January 2014

*Ministry with John Howarton from Seguin in Yumbe

*Teaching/Encouragement in Obongi

These new believers are hungry for the Word of God
These new believers are hungry for the Word of God

 February 2014

Receiving and Offloading the Container

The tractor was on top of the shredder. They were also wedged so tightly we could not move either one until we jacked the tractor up and unloaded things in front of them.
The tractor was on top of the shredder. They were also wedged so tightly we could not move either one until we jacked the tractor up and unloaded things in front of them.
The garage was became full and very unorganized quite quickly.
The garage was became full and very unorganized quite quickly.
Over 1100 Global Study Bibles, over 3500 Biblical sound Christian books, over 40,000 gospel tracts are now ready to be placed into hands of pastors,evangelists, and church planters. Pray that the Lord would use these materials to strengthen His people and bring people into a saving relationship with God Almighty!
Over 1100 Global Study Bibles, over 3500 Biblical sound Christian books, over 40,000 gospel tracts are now ready to be placed into hands of pastors,evangelists, and church planters. Pray that the Lord would use these materials to strengthen His people and bring people into a saving relationship with God Almighty!

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Resources supplied to Pastors and Church Leaders at Retreats. ESV Global Study Bible as well as many wonderful books received from The Gospel Coalition’s International Outreach

*Yumbe Pastors’ Retreat at RAU

Yumbe Pastor's Retreat
Yumbe Pastor’s Retreat

 *Yumbe Outreach – Evangelism, Teaching, Medical

Pilgrim's Church-Yumbe
Pilgrim’s Church-Yumbe

 *ESV Global Study Bibles to Yumbe

March 2014

*Obongi Town church ministry/discipleship and baptisms

Students of the Word
Students of the Word

 

Obongi Town Church
Obongi Town Church

April 2014

*Adjumani Pastors’ Retreat

Adjumani Pastor's Retreat
Adjumani Pastor’s Retreat

*Resurrection Day in Yumbe

June 2014

*Obongi/Maracha Pastors’ Retreat

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 *Yumbe Pastors’ Retreat

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*Production of Aringa Tract, “Quest For Joy” (based upon John Piper’s English tract)

 *Onduga Charles, translator of Aringa Tract

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 *Investment in first ever translated and publishedAringa New Testament

Charles Onduga was on the translation team and also part of the team which translated the Quest For Joy tract into Aringa.
Charles Onduga was on the translation team and also part of the team which translated the Quest For Joy tract into Aringa.

*Dedication on June 24th, 2014

*Retreat with Church of Uganda, Moyo Town

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 July 2014

                                                                          Ministry in Yumbe and Moyo       

*Sunday Ministry at Eleke COU

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*Sunday Afternoon Open Air in Kerila

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*Sunday Ministry in Rodo COU, Kei Sub County

*Purchase of land in Obongi Town for future brance of Hall of Tyrannus and meeting place for Obongi Town Church

*Sunday Ministry with Preston and Laurel Sink at Coro (Choro) Pentecostal Church

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*Handing out Aringa tracts on Main Street, Yumbe

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*Ministry at Moyo Prison (Gift of Soap and Gospel sharing) with Preston and Laurel Sink

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 *Ministry in Obongi Town Church with Godfrey

*Handing out Ma’di and Aringa Tracts in Obongi

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*Sharing Gospel in Odendi’s village with Preston and Laurel Sink

*Sunday Ministry in Pakayu, Pakayu COU

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*Handing out tracts after the service at a nearby market area in Pakayu

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*Open air preaching in town near Yumbe

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*Teaching Ministry in Obongi

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 AUGUST 2014

*Ministry at Aya Baptist Church August 3rd

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*Pastor’s Retreat Moyo Baptist Churches (Nicholas)

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*Pastor’s Retreat Moyo Baptist Churches (John Michael)

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September 2014

*Youth retreat with evangelism – First Presbyterian Church of Kampala, Uganda (7 youth) Ministry: Aya, Obongi, Yumbe, Moyo Prison

Clothes from the youth were given out at Aya Baptist
Clothes from the youth were given out at Aya Baptist

*Trip to Obongi

Heading to Obongi
Heading to Obongi
Each of the youth shared and led in some songs
Each of the youth shared and led in some songs

*Ministry at Kokobo COU

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October 2014

Furlough, USA

November 2014

*Provided for ministry needs in Aya

*Radio Gospel Outreach (Dominic)

*Ministry needs in Maracha (Joseph)

*Day ministry visits with American Team (Ron, Mark, Doug) to Aya, Yumbe, Obongi.

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*One case of ESV Global Study Bibles and numerous tracts were left each of the pastors for leaders in their churches.

 December 2014

*Pastors’ Retreat (Moyo Area, Pentecostal Pastors and other denominations) with Ron, Doug and Mark from USA

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*Gift of theological books to ****and ****** for ministry in Obongi

*Numerous ESV Global Study Bibles given to pastors who visit RAU throughout the year.

*Ministry in Palorinya: Teaching at the Baptist Conference with Paul George and Sam Dec. 16-17

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*Distribution of 32 ESV Global Study Bibles to Pastors

*1 Kindle for a Pastor at Palorinya

*Exploratory Outreach beyond Aya (Gbare) for establishing church in unreached area – Gbari (with Paul George, Sam, Jacob and Tobious) December 19th, 2014

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*Gift of ESV Global Study Bibles and Gospel tracts in Gbare

*Itulu Baptist church – 12 ESV Study Bibles

*Work on translation of “Quest for Joy” Gospel tract into Lugbara and Kakwa with Joseph of Maracha/Carol Lee (time and gift of money for expenses incurred in translating.)

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*Gospel tracts to Joseph of Maracha

*Bibles for key police officers in Moyo

*Resource bag of books/ESV Study Bible  and Kindle to *********

*Financial support to pastor ******* for church plant in Gbari as well as resources to develop pastoral skills

*Paul George and Sam to Obongi for Sunday gathering.  Paul preached sermon

*All 17 acres of RAU land were cleared; 2 seasons of crops have been planted and harvested and around 300 mango trees were planted with the hope of providing for RAU ministry’s ongoing needs

*On-going building projects to increase the scope of ministry as well as to protect what has been invested in the ministry

RAU Mercy Ministry  2014

  • Help has been given to repair three neighboring wells which serve our neighbors with water.
  • $7,500 was donated in August to drill a well in Aya at Aya Baptist Church. There is no clean water there and in 9 surrounding villages. Water Harvest International (WHI) will be drilling the well. When they give the word the money will be sent to them.  RAU and WHI have had a preliminary meeting with the village’s elders, local political leaders, the chief of the area, and church leaders on the drilling and upkeep of the well. Previously people just collected water from holes and streams which become rare in the dry season.
  • Almost on a daily basis, pain medicines, malaria meds, antibiotics, nutritional aids, de-worming meds etc.
  • When a pastor or his family has a medical need we try to help.
  • When good opportunities arise to improve/upgrade someone’s education we try to help some.
  • Most of the funds for these needs were given specially for them. However, some funds have needed to come out of the general fund, too.
  • Giving out of reading glasses to pastors and other elderly who have difficulty reading and do not have funds for glasses.

February

*Kerwa ministry at clinic (assessment, diagnosis and provision of medicines)

Carol and Sam spent many hours in Kerwa clinic demonstrating Christ's love through loving care and dispensing medices RAU had purchased with donations from faithful givers
Carol and Sam spent many hours in Kerwa clinic demonstrating Christ’s love through loving care and dispensing medicines RAU had purchased with donations from faithful givers

March 2014

*Prenatal care for Pastor’s wife…300,000

*First cleft lip/palate surgery

  Before

The first little boy before surgery
The first little boy before surgery

After

A picture shortly after his first operation. Pray for his upcoming second surgery.
A picture shortly after his first operation. Pray for his upcoming second surgery.

April 2014

*Refugee Camp Ministry – Collection of Food 1.85 Million UGX

Justin is our man inside the camps
****** helped to coordinate effort of food supply to refugees in Adjumani

*Assistance to a friend of the ministry – medical needs of his wife

 May 2014

*Cleft palate/lip surgeries

Before and After Sugeries
Before and After Sugeries

******** – Congenital cataract surgery

Anzo
******
With Anzo and Mindra in Kampala
With *****and ****** in Kampala

*Distribution of food to South Sudanese Refugees

 June 2014

*Little ******** – treatment (surgery) for Hydrocephalus

Pray for MIldred
Pray for *******

July 2014

*Distribution of De-worming medicine at Rodo COU

*Distribution of De-worming medicine to congregation’s women and children – Choro Pentecostal

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 *Ministry and distribution of soap at Moyo Prison

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September 2014

*Continued follow-up care for Anzo (Congenital Cataracts)

*Follow-up care for child with cleft palate, from Yumbe.

*Educational needs for a Pastor’s children

*Medical care for a RAU worker

*Widow in Yumbe, given some shillings to help with her needs

*Help for RAU worker’s wife/pregnancy and childbirth

*Food and lodging for refugees (28) caught in middle of tribal conflict (Ma’di/Kuku)

*Shillings given to RDC to help with transporting back to Moyo those who fled during the tribal conflict.

*Ministry (distribution of clothing) by Presbyterian Youth at Aya, Obongi and Moyo Prison

Distributing clothes brought from Kampala by the youth group
Distributing clothes brought from Kampala by the youth group

 October 2014

*Surgical repair of bilateral club foot at CoRSU Hospital, Entebbe for ********; he still requires further surgery to make his healing complete.

Before

After

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*Medical care for ******’ child with head injury

*Travel money for child with hydrocephalus (return to Mbale/CARE Hospital)

*Assistance to Muslim Imam and family to replace items stolen during tribal conflict.

*Met with medical personnel to try and coordinate help for children who require corrective surgery.

*RAU meeting with village leaders of Aya to discuss and explain bore hole for which money was given through RAU

At Aya Baptist Church

November 2014

*Continuing supply for medical needs of ******* (bilateral club foot)

*Medical needs provided for (******* – pastor)

*Medical Care for young Muslim man (head injury)

*Travel expenses for child with hydrocephalus

*Travel expenses and Bibles for Solar pump engineers

*Help for daily needs for Muslim man in Moyo

*Gift for birth of child (********)

*Anti-viral eye drops (from USA) for wife of Pastor ********

December 2014

*Retreat for Moyo Pastors with Ron, Doug, and Mark (provision of food, medications, and eye glasses

*Gift of Drip Irrigation kit to each attendee (25) by Doug Neel and M.A.R.S.

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*Provision of reading glasses to pastors attending retreat, as well as others who came by.

*Provision of funds for bicycle for ****** Pastor, ******, for ministry needs

*Provision of bed sheets, towels, kitchen needs and toothbrushes for Pastor ******* for ministry needs

*Provision of ox plow and team for Ijuju Bpatist Church

De-worming medicine for 150 children and 50 adults in Palorinya

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Reading glasses for pastors and elderly in Palorinya

Money for grocery needs for elderly woman (mother of ********)

*Gbare outreach: 300 children de-worming

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*Gbare outreach: 50 tubes of antifungal medicines

*Reading glasses for Gbare outreach

*Pastor’s wife with scoliosis, large bottle of Ibuprofen for pain

*Camera for ********: for police detective work and documentation

*2 irrigation kits for pastors doing church plant in Gbari

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*Sunglasses for young girl with congenital cataracts

*Assistance for contact in Yumbe, *******, to receive medical care for longstanding infection on scalp

*Frequent distribution of medictions (Coartem, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, anti-fungal cream, eye drops) to people in surrounding areas

*Distribution of de-worming medication at Obongi Town Church

*Provision of sheets and kitchen items to Pastor ***** of Obongi Town Church (OTC)

*Return to Kampala for Anzo to have eyes evaluated for redness and irritation

We hope that all of you that have taken a personal interest by supporting RAU through funding and prayer will be encouraged by what has been accomplished by the grace of our God.  We also hope that it will stir you to continue to pray and support and even “come over and help us” in 2015.  For those of you who have been considering adding your support, we hope that this will give you confidence that your investment will be used in a way that glorifies God.

Blog: http://www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached

For those who have asked, small packages and letters may safely be sent to:

Jacob & Carol Lee, PO. 55, Moyo Uganda, East Africa

Our “wish lists” may be found at Amazon (Click on the “Wish List” link and type in our name or email  address)

The greatest evil is having the gospel and not doing everything within our  power to get it to those who do not have it. May the Lord grant each of us His followers the wherewithal to be obedient disciples!

Jacob W. Lee

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

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2013 Mission Report

As in years past the Lord has abundantly blessed Reaching Africa’s Unreached (RAU). All of us at RAU are grateful for God’s sustaining grace and for all who are standing with us with their prayers, encouraging words and gifts. It is an honor to press forward with Jesus’ mission in Northwestern Uganda, Southwestern South Sudan, and Northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The RAU vision and mission remain the same.

In January, 2011, land was purchased and in August of the same year building work on the RAU Guesthouse/Hall of Tyrannus began. Building in the bush of Africa, many miles from building supplies, has certainly been a challenge. However the Lord has been gracious in provision, wisdom and patience. We praise His holy Name! We have worked hard and have endeavored to spend every dollar/shilling wisely. The ultimate goal of the physical building is to facilitate the vision and mission of RAU in its geographical area for generations to come.

In July, Carol and I moved into the unfinished shell of the Guesthouse and helped in the ongoing  work of making the facilities ministry-ready. In August we had our dedication of the Guesthouse/Hall of Tyrannus attended by officials, pastors, and the general public.  It was an all day affair!  Pictures and videos of the dedication may be found here. Building work continued through December. The water tower was completed, 4 tukalus (able to sleep 17, and with a latrine/bathing station for visiting pastors) were completed, beds (to sleep 29) were built (along with other inside furnishings), an outdoor charcoal kitchen (able to cook for 40+ people and with small attached living quarters for the cook) was finished, 17 acres of brush was cleared and is being made ready for planting soybeans (to bring funds in for the ministry), and a solar electrical system was installed.

RAU Guesthouse/Hall of Tyrannus/Kitchen/Water Tower- December 2013
RAU Guesthouse/Hall of Tyrannus/Kitchen/Water Tower- December 2013
Refurbished Tukalu's
Refurbished Tukalu’s
New latrine and bathing station for pastor's quarters
New latrine and bathing station for pastor’s quarters

RAU now has a place to: host pastors for teaching retreats, the ability to host visiting short term mission teams, a facility to mentor church planters, and to be a launching pad for bringing the gospel to nearby unreached areas. May we be faithful in the charge given to us.

 

In late October we had the first Pastors’ Retreat with 31 pastors from various denominations in the Moyo area. Long time friend, Ron Zeiner, from Texas, was our guest teacher. In February, a retreat is planned for Yumbe pastors.

Most of the pastors from RAU's first retreat.
Most of the pastors from RAU’s first retreat.

Pastors in the region have little or no Biblical training. It is RAU’s expressed desire to help meet that need so that the local churches of the region can be strengthened and become multiplying churches. By God’s grace we will have many RAU pastor’s retreats each year.

RAU also hosted two other American teams who had a great interest in its vision for pastors and who wanted to investigate the possibilities of working with RAU to support and propel the mission forward.  We appreciate the bond and partnership with our Tennessee friends, David Jones, Michael Lambert and Eric Williams, as well as with the SWI team of Kevin Turner and Ron Day.

At the Ugandan/South Sudan border with the "Tennessee Trio". Seated: David, Jacob,Officer in Charge of Afoji Border Crossing, Michael, Eric.Standing: Carol, Immigration Officer
At the Ugandan/South Sudan border with the “Tennessee Trio”. Seated: David, Jacob,Officer in Charge of Afoji Border Crossing, Michael, Eric.Standing: Carol, Immigration Officer
Kevin, Jacob, and Ron on their way to Yumbe
Kevin, Jacob, and Ron on their way to Yumbe

A great joy of mine has been the opportunity to mentor young men in hopes of launching them out to pastor newly planted churches. One such man, Godfrey, has been sent to pastor RAU’s first church plant in Obongi town. Obongi has 25,000 and had no evangelical churches in it. Now there is a growing church there with many new believers who have been recently baptized.

Making open proclamation in Obongi "I follow Jesus!"
Making open proclamation in Obongi “I follow Jesus!”
Sam and I with Godfrey before we send him off to RAU's first church plant.
Sam and I with Godfrey before we send him off to RAU’s first church plant.

The RAU container reached Kampala in the middle of November and has been held there by the Ugandan revenue authorities.  The reason it is being held centers around a NGO which was abusing its tax exempt status; because of this the Ugandan government is looking at all other tax exempt NGO’s very, very closely!  RAU’s tax exemption was  granted to us last January  but the exposed fraud has increased the scrutiny on all tax exempt NGO’s. With one signature the container could be on its way to RAU. This container is loaded with ministry supplies and 1100 ESV Global Study Bibles/over 3500 Christ exalting Christian books for pastors. Pray, my friends, for its release!

The latest news on the ’1999 Land Cruiser which we purchased from Japan in September is that it is due to arrive in January, according to the broker.  He  continually has pushed the timeline back.  Our getting around has been limited, but we have managed by using boda-bodas,taxi’s,buses and for trips to Obongi and Yumbe the goodness of Abraham in transporting us with his vehicle.  The Land Cruiser will be a great asset to RAU’s ministry. Please remember this in your prayers!

As mentioned earlier, RAU is hosting a pastor’s retreat in February for Yumbe pastors. According to evangelical pastors from Yumbe, the city has less than 1%  evangelical Christians and is 2 hours from RAU. To help effectively reach Yumbe with the gospel there needs to be ongoing and active evangelism and discipleship. With a Yumbe Hall of Tyrannus Branch, RAU could have an accessible resource and teaching center for discipleship.

With Pastors Ben and Charles. These two pastors have been faithful witnesses Yumbe.
With Pastors Ben and Charles. These two pastors have been faithful witnesses Yumbe.

The year has ended with turmoil in South Sudan. There has been a coup attempt and, as I write, ongoing fighting in the country which could erupt into a civil war. RAU is I mile from the South Sudan border and around 50 miles from the capitol city of Juba. At this point we do not how this will affect the ministry of RAU. There is a possibility of large numbers of refugees coming our way. May the God of peace bring peace to South Sudan for the sake of the Gospel.

RAU is south of Juba  just inside the Ugandan border
RAU is south of Juba just inside the Ugandan border
In brief here is a list of ongoing ministry efforts for 2014. Please stand with us as we purpose to spread the fame of King Jesus in the West Nile region of Uganda, Southwestern South Sudan, and Northeastern D.R. Congo
1. By God’s grace we will continue to host groups of pastors for teaching retreats at RAU, walking out 2 Timothy 2:2. Most pastors in the area have had little or no Biblical training. We wish to equip them with sound teaching on the fundamentals of the faith and give them tools to strengthen them so that they in turn can strengthen their flocks with the ultimate goal of their congregations planting churches in their neighboring villages with no witness for Christ. To make  the Guesthouse fully operational we need to strengthen our solar electrical system and add some more functional furnishings:Need$4,000+-
It has been hard for our current water system to handle the groups we have had so we would like to harvest water off the roof of the Guesthouse by placing an in-ground 80,000 liter tank which could feed the tukalu’s where guest’s stay and provide a backup water supply for the Guesthouse itself. We have a bid for for the whole system (tank, gutters, pipes, labor) for $9,000.
We would also like to build more guest quarters for pastors as we did not have enough room for them all at our last pastor’s retreat. With $5,000 we could build to accommodate an additional 20 pastors.
2. As previously mentioned we been actively targeting neighboring Yumbe District and Obongi sub county of Moyo District. Workers on the ground there state that  less than 1% of their population are evangelicals.With many trips to the regions I have been increasingly burdened for the area. The few churches there and their pastors need the help and encouragement RAU can and is called to give. When we can,we will bring Obongi/Yumbe pastors to RAU for retreats. However, because of the logistics, it is difficult to bring them to RAU as often as needed. That is why we envision, first, a Hall of Tyrannus:Yumbe Branch and then, an Obongi Branch. These branches would facilitate the strengthening of the churches there and the planting of other churches in these neighboring unreached regions. I and others would go to Branches on a weekly basis. There are plots available for purchase. The estimated cost to purchase a plot on Yumbe’s main street and to build a small structure is $15,000. Renting is not a possibility as all the buildings are owned by Muslims and they will not rent to a ministry like ours.
Yumbe's main mosque
Yumbe’s main mosque
Main Street Yumbe
Main Street Yumbe
3. RAU has a new church plant in the center of Obongi town which we are calling Obongi Town Church. We are believing God for many more church plants. We strongly believe that along with our evangelism there must be a discipleship program for new believers. God’s primary means of discipleship is the local church. The vast majority of Obongi Town Church are new believers and few who were believers before the church was established had no church home. In my last newsletter I shared how we sent out Godfrey, who had been training at RAU for two months, to Obongi . We have 5 more young men in the pipeline who are potential shepherds for church plants. Also I have encouraged pastors to be on the look out for men in their congregations who are also potential pastors for church plants which we are willing to train at RAU. Our working plan for these new congregations is to help support them and their pastors in the beginning with the expressed understanding that financial support is not indefinite but will be available until the church is able to stand more surely on its own; however, as long as RAU exists it would be there for teaching and encouragement. RAU is not starting a new denomination. These new congregations could remain independent or join an existing denomination in the area. As you know, all this will cost money. Please pray for us in these efforts and consider helping us. Thank you!
Sending out Godfrey from RAU to Obongi loaded
Sending out Godfrey from RAU to Obongi loaded
Godfrey's load
Godfrey’s load

4. We have actively been clearing RAU’s 17 acres with the hope of putting in two crops of soybeans on at least 10 acres. The first planting would be in the beginning of April. The goal is to sell the soybeans and use the money for ministry efforts. We have the tractor but we are still needing a plow/disk. The price for a new disk in Kampala is $5000 but I am on the hunt for a used one which would cost less.
With the brush clearing crew. Can you picture soybeans here?
With the brush clearing crew. Can you picture soybeans here?
5. A Medical Clinic and Christian Day School placed on RAU’s land is still a part of vision. We have a page about this at the blog.
Medical Care and  Education are lacking in the area. Will you be part of the solution?
Medical Care and Education are lacking in the area. Will you be part of the solution?
6. Then, there are the day to day expenses. These costs go up and down in relation to how many we are feeding and how many ministry outings we take. Transport costs here are much higher here in Uganda than in the US. Gas is over $6 a gallon and Diesel is just a bit less per gallon. WE need those who will faithfully give each month. No gift is too small. Instructions on how to give a tax deductible charitable gift may be fond at our donation page here.
Thank you for your ongoing support and prayers. There must be both sacrificial giving and going for gospel advancement. We are in a ripe harvest field and the Lord has swung open wide the door for us.
“Believers who have the gospel keep mumbling it over and over to themselves. Meanwhile, millions who have never heard it once fall into the flames of eternal hell without ever hearing the salvation story.” (K.P. Yohannan).
Let it be said that we are not one of these “mumblers“!

Thank you all for your faithful prayers and support!

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2012 Mission Report

The Lord has been very gracious to Reaching Africa’s Unreached in 2012.

At the end of 2011 we had the slab poured for the Guesthouse/Hall of Tyrannus and at the end of 2012 this beautiful and functional structure was 85% complete.  Building in the bush of Africa on the Ugandan/South Sudan border has presented many challenges but none which we have not been able to overcome by the grace of God.  Money has been provided, materials collected, wisdom in building given, labor issues remedied, and favor with government officials has been granted by God. Details of the building along with a chronological picture log can be found here on our web site. We give praise and honor to our Lord for all that has been done. We are also very grateful for all those who have prayed and sacrificially given to get the Guesthouse/Hall of Tyrannus closer to being finished. By God’s grace it will be completed in the beginning of 2013!

Early January 2012
Early January 2012
October 2012
October 2012
November 2012
November 2012
November 2012
November 2012
This big window will bring a lot of air into the Hall of Tyrannus....very needful during the hot season!
This big window will bring a lot of air into the Hall of Tyrannus….very needful during the hot season!
Late December 2012
Late December 2012

In 2012 the Lord made a way for us to purchase 5 more acres in two separate deals. This gives us a total of 17 acres one mile from the South Sudan border. This additional land not only squares up our land but gives us a lot more road frontage.

R.A.U.'s new Northwest Corner
R.A.U.’s new Northwest Corner
This is R.A.U.’s new Southeast corner. The Guesthouse/Hall of Tyrannus is in the background.
This is R.A.U.’s new Southeast corner. The Guesthouse/Hall of Tyrannus is in the background.
Nurse Sam standing on our new east boundary line.
Nurse Sam standing on our new east boundary line.

The overarching vision and calling of Reaching Africa’s Unreached (R.A.U.) is to strengthen the local church, propagate the gospel among unreached villages and tribal groups, and minister to the physical needs of the area. North Uganda, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo have gone through much suffering in the last decades (Joseph Kony and LRA in North Uganda, the Muslim/North Sudanese atrocities in South Sudan and the many rebel uprisings in the Democratic Republic of Congo, formally called Zaire).

Many villages with no church
Many villages with no church
The unreached Mbuti Pygmy Tribe in Northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo
The unreached Mbuti Pygmy Tribe in Northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo
One on one evangelism
One on one evangelism
Evangelistic preaching in an outdoor market with Pastor Abraham
Evangelistic preaching in an outdoor market with Pastor Abraham
One of R.A.U.'s goals is to place Study Bibles into the hands as many evangelists,pastors,church leaders, and church planters as possible.
One of R.A.U.’s goals is to place Study Bibles and high-quality Christian literature into the hands as many evangelists,pastors,church leaders, and church planters as possible.
R.A.U. is call to come alongside the work of the evangelical local church
R.A.U. is call to come alongside the work of the evangelical local church
2 Timothy 2:2
2 Timothy 2:2

In our next phase, R.A.U. purposes to build a Medical Clinic and Primary School on the land God has provided. The medical needs are extreme. We have plans drawn for a Medical Clinic by a Ugandan doctor and have a bid to build it. We also have plans drawn up for a Primary School as well.

The Medical and Educational needs in the area are extreme
The Medical and Educational needs in the area are extreme
So many in need of Jesus love!
So many in need of Jesus love!
Our actions will sound forth throughout eternity!
Our actions will sound forth throughout eternity!

By faith, along the road we will build and operate a Medical Clinic and a Christian Primary and Secondary School. Please pray with us that the Lord will open the way to build these facilities. We want to be able to show Christ’s love through medical care and education.

On November 21st Reaching Africa’s Unreached was given NGO status by the Ugandan government! Thank you for your prayers in this! As an NGO we can bring in items at a lower tax rate. Lord willing, we will be able to eliminate all import taxes for the next three years. Paperwork has begun in earnest in this endeavor. Receiving this exemption would allow the funds into ministry instead of taxes.

In 2012 there were many ministry opportunities which were granted to R.A.U. in the Moyo area and the nearby regions as well. The Word of God was taught to pastors and students. Evangelism outreaches took place in city markets, villages without churches, and in one-on-one situations. The Jesus Film was shown on many occasions. We rejoice in the many who have become disciples of Christ. We pray that this is only a small foretaste of things to come! Please pray with us and for us! Thank you!

“Do not pray for easy lives, pray to be stronger men or women. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers, pray for power equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle but you shall be the miracle”

Phillip Brooks (1835-1893)

Let us work together to spread the FAME of King Jesus throughout South Sudan, Northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and North Uganda!!

Let us continue to work together to spread the FAME of King Jesus throughout South Sudan, Northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, North Uganda, and into North Africa!!

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2011 Mission Report

God’s blessings have been with us! As many of you know, in 2010 several Ugandan pastors and I established Reaching Africa’s Unreached (R.A.U.)!  R.A.U.’s expressed goal is to strengthen local churches and pastors through Biblical exposition in the fundamentals of the Christian faith so that they are better equipped to shepherd their flocks and plant churches in the many unreached villages of North Uganda, South Sudan, and Northeast Democratic Republic of Congo. On many occasions I have heard pleas from pastors for sound biblical instruction and quality Christian literature. We have had opportunity to hosts dozens of conferences, distribute several thousand good Christian books and distribute five hundred Study Bibles to church leaders. Discipleship is paramount in the “Great Commission” (Matthew 28:18-20). We hope to do much more of this by God’s grace!

One of R.A.U.'s many pastor's conferences.

One of R.A.U.’s many pastor’s conferences.

There is a great hunger for good solid Christian literature!

There is a great hunger for good solid Christian literature!

2 Timothy 2:2

2 Timothy 2:2

Along with proclamation of God’s Word, R.A.U. will also continue to seek to show the love of Jesus through various mercy ministries. There have been some very serious conflicts in all three of these countries for many decades. The Bible calls us to be “zealous for good works” (Titus 2:11-14)! The needs remain great and the Lord has positioned us strategically here to be His hands and feet. As my friend Kevin Turner, President of SWI, has aptly said, “We are called to bring a two fisted gospel (to passionately preach the gospel and actively participate in mercy ministries)!”  The most important thing we can do during our lifetimes is to ardently and faithfully proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed!

There are many opportunities to show the love of Jesus!

There are many opportunities to show the love of Jesus!

I have had the privilege of making numerous relationship building trips to this region since 2006. They have been an extreme blessing in so many ways! Through these trips a rapport as been built with many Christian brethren, pastors, tribal leaders, and local/regional government leaders. The Lord has used these connections to open many doors of ministry for R.A.U.

In January of this year the Lord providentially granted RAU the opportunity to purchase 12 acres one mile south of the border of South Sudan and five miles north of Moyo North Uganda. South Sudan became the world’s newest country this last July. At our web site you can find the story of how the Lord connected the many “dots” to make this purchase possible. The Lord is to be praised! This land’s strategic location will enhance R.A.U.’s ability to bring in pastors, church leaders, church planters, and evangelists for retreats/conferences and for Biblical encouragement (See 2 Timothy 2:2). The R.A.U. compound will also serve as a base of operations to launch such conferences throughout North Uganda, South Sudan, Northeast Democratic Republic of Congo, and Lord willing further North.  Furthermore, the twelve acres gives opportunity to have a Medical/Dental Clinic, Orphan Care Center, Christian Day School for children, and a Vocational Training Center for adults with Micro-Finance opportunities. It now also looks as if we will have an opportunity to purchase 3-4 adjoining acres. RAU’s plan is to plant numerous fruit bearing trees (mainly Mango and Orange trees) on the 12-16 acres which would bring in a future income to help supplement our ministry efforts.

This past summer RAU began earnest work on the land. The Lord has granted us the means, through hard work of His people, to pour a slab for the Guesthouse, build a perimeter fence, and to construct a number of homes on some nearby land for refugee families which had been living on our newly purchased land. We have also have been able to build a traditional African home (tukalo) near the future Guesthouse for co-worker Sam Nyombi. Sam is a Registered Nurse and will live there to help watch over the property and aid in ministry outreaches. Pictures and details of the on going building work can be found on the the “R.A.U. Building Picture” page on the website.

Working on the RAU Guesthouse slab

Breaking ground for the RAU Guesthouse slab

Completed Guesthouse slab

Completed Guesthouse slab

It is Carol’s and my hope that we will be able to move into the Guesthouse sometime in 2012. For this move to take place, the Guesthouse will need to be completed. This is where we will make our new home and begin to learn the local language, Madi, and to serve and participate in the local church. The Guesthouse will also allow us to host ministry teams and will be the headquarters of R.A.U.   Carol and I know the Lord has been preparing us in numerous ways all of our lives for this calling. Please be in prayer for us as we work towards this move. The hardest part for us is leaving our many friends and dear family. With the birth of our first granddaughter this year this has been made even clearer to us. Thank you for your prayers, much grace is needed!

Our beautiful granddaughter !

Our beautiful granddaughter !

With the inflation rate over 70% in South Sudan, over 30% in Uganda and a bad economy in the USA building has been challenging on this pristine piece of bush land. Nevertheless, the Lord has graciously provided for each step we have taken and we know He will continue to do so. To those of you who haveprayed –Thank you!

Below is a list of the most immediate needs/goals for your prayers.  When moved, Carol and I would love to host you in a short term ministry outreach!

  1. Completion of Guesthouse
  2. Drill a well/water storage tanks
  3. Durable used 4 wheel drive vehicle for RAU use. This vehicle is a necessity for the type of ministry in which we will be involved.  We have been told the best vehicle to get is a Toyota Land Cruiser with a snorkel breather (for crossing streams) and a winch.
  4. Fruit Trees (They begin to bear fruit in about six years)

Let us work together to spread the FAME of King Jesus throughout South Sudan, Northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and North Uganda!!

Let us work together to spread the FAME of King Jesus throughout South Sudan, Northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, North Uganda, and into North Africa!!

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2010 Mission Report

Mission to North Uganda, South Sudan, & Northeast D.R. Congo: May 26th-July 8th

1. Thank You!!

  • “You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many” 2 Corinthians 1: 11 (emphasis mine).
  • Many Christians were encouraged and many lost made professions of faith in Christ.

2. Motive for Missions

  • John Stott commenting on Romans 1:5 which says “[I am called] to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake ofHis Name among the nations ”   rightly said “The highest of missionary motives is neither obedience to the Great Commission (important as that is), nor love for sinners who are alienated and perishing (strong as that incentive is, especially as we contemplate the wrath of God…), but rather zeal—burning and passionate zeal—for the glory of Jesus Christ….Only one imperialism is Christian… and that is concern for His Imperial Majesty Jesus Christ, and for the glory of His empire….We should be ‘jealous’…for the honor of His Name—troubled when it remains unknown, hurt when it is ignored, indignant when it is blasphemed. And all the time anxious and determined that it shall be given honor and glory which are due to it” (John Stott, Romans: God’s Good News for the World, p. 53.)
  • It was confirmed to me through my travels and interviews that the vast majority of villages in North Uganda, South Sudan, & Northeast D.R. Congo have no witness of the gospel of grace.
  • In the last 30 years only the past three years have been peaceful. The evangelical (in Africa they are call “born again” churches) church is now growing at rapid pace with very few to lead and shepherd!

3. Method for Missions: His People

  • “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God…Working together with Him (God)…” (2 Corinthians 5:20-6:1).
  • Training:  Carol and I believe that during the last three decades the Lord has been preparing us through Lifegate and our education (both vocationally and spiritually) as well as our many experiences  for life and ministry in this part of Africa.
  • Relationship:  My four trips to Africa have given time for strong bonds of unity to be developed with a number of African Christian leaders. In this last trip of six weeks I had time not only to minister the gospel but also to live, move, work, plan, laugh, eat, and yes even get sick together with my African brethren. There are now 100’s of evangelical pastors and many denominational leaders, throughout North Uganda, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, whom I am dear friends with, some of which I am very close to. They all want to work together for the glory of God. They especially desire more Biblical training. God has also given favor with the political as well as tribal leadership. It is not every day one is given a goat from the King (Chieftain) of the Madi tribe and made honorary ambassador of Moyo District (State) :-)!
  • Sent: “And how are they to preach unless they are sent?” (Romans 10:15) and “Therefore, after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off” (Acts 13:3). Carol and I, as well as RAU, believe that missionaries need to be under the authority of the local church. Lifegate has been our home for 28 years and we want it to remain so!
  • It would seem God has been confirming Carol’s and my call, through the call in our hearts and outward circumstances, to the Ugandan/Sudan border! Will you pray and believe with us?

4. Vision and Goals

  • RAU to have a center of operations where pastors could come for retreats and receive Biblical instruction. Most pastors can only get away for short periods of time. We also desire to have a place where pastors/denominational leaders could send those in their congregations who are called as evangelists, pastors, and church planters for training. We can also use this center for outreaches and conferences in the region. Many pastors and church leaders have had little or even no Biblical instruction (See: 2 Tim. 2:2 & Acts 19:9b-10). We believe this to be the most effective way for us to help plant churches in the many unreached villages.
  • RAU to buy 15 acres, which has four school buildings on it, near Moyo and six miles from the Sudan border, as our center of operations. We are presently negotiating and hoping to purchase it, as well clear the brush, for $20,000. This land would allow place for Biblical training as well a place for future growth for an orphanage, Christian school and a medical clinic as the Lord provides. On this acreage many hybrid mango, Teak, and Neem trees could be planted to bring in a continual income for the ministry. (Please note update)
  • Carol and I plan to move to this location to work alongside the born again believers of this region to help train church leaders and facilitate other ministry opportunities… “the harvest is great and the labors are few”. We are seeking to sell our things to pay off all our debts and build a modest home on the RAU compound. Pray…!
  • Our African brothers and sisters are praying and believing for this as well!

5. Ministry Details

RAU is now officially registered as a no-profit with the Ugandan government. This gives great freedom in our ministry.

*RAU Team Members: Patrick Bukenya, Michael Drichile, Abraham Aluma, Sam Nyombi, and Jacob Lee

* Numbers below reflect estimates by those seeking to follow up and registrations. Numbers actually could be higher because in some cases there were not enough workers (Matt. 9:37-39). Our Lord only knows the exact count!

* Ten Conferences in ten separate locations with over 1100 in attendance. The majority present were church leaders. Meals were paid for by RAU and cooked/served by volunteers. The bulk of the preaching and teaching was done by Jacob Lee.

*Evangelism was carried out through various means. By our best count over 1200 professed faith in Christ.  All praise to our Lord and Savior! Over 4,000 viewed the Jesus film in their own language.

* Over 300 John Piper books were given out at conferences to those who could read English as well as 1000 Quest for Joy tracts in English and 1000 in Madi to the lost as well as believers. Michael did Madi translation work. Brothers are working on translating Quest for Joy in other tribal languages.

  • RAU Team Retreat for prayer and planning (2 days)
  • Adjumani Girls Secondary School (Catholic)
    • Preached gospel to several hundred girls
    • Many prayed to receive Christ but we were unable to do any follow up.
  • Village outside Laropi
    • Michael’s clan-gospel preaching
    • 10 family members professed faith in Christ which included Michael’s father and grandfather
  • Moyo District Prison
    • Gospel preaching
    • 15 inmates professed faith in Christ
  • Cefo Village Conference (1 day)
    • Preaching/teaching-50 in attendance
    • Meal served
  • Afoji Village-2 evenings of Jesus film
    • First evening 140 in attendance-50 professed faith in Christ
    • Second evening 267 in attendance-39 professed faith in Christ
  • Ayaa Conference-3 days
    • 140 in attendance which included King (Chieftain) Saverio of the Madi tribe as well as the LC5 (Governor) of Moyo District (State).
    • Preaching/teaching.
    • Four meals served. Ate with both the King and LC5…a good relationship has been established.
    • Jesus film was shown two evenings with 500+ in attendance. Over 200 people professed faith in Christ.
  • Afoji Village Conference- 1 day
    • Preaching/teaching-67 in attendance
    • One meal served
  • Kajo Keji Conference- 3 days
    • Preaching/teaching- over 200 in attendance
    • Four meals served
    • Jesus film one evening with over a 1000 in attendance, over 200 professed faith in Christ
  • Moyo Conference-2 days
    • Preaching/Teaching with 169 in attendance.
    • Two meals served
  • Moyo Crusade- 2 evenings
    • In the center of town with many in attendance.
    • Showed Jesus film after gospel messages each evening, many in attendance with many who professed faith in Christ. Do not have any numbers.
  • Itula Secondary School- Gov’t Run
    • Preached gospel message
    • Over 200 in attendance and every student in the room, including one teacher prayed to receive Christ.
  • Metu Secondary School
    • Preached gospel message
    • About 60 in the room with 12 who professed faith in Christ.
  • Wedding at Ulia
    • Preached at a wedding ceremony and gave a gospel message at the reception where 8 professed faith in Christ
    • Jesus film shown-300 in attendance with 87 professing faith Christ.
  • Amuru Village Conference-1 day
    • Preaching/Teaching with 150 in attendance
    • Served one meal
    • Jesus film with over 300 watching and around 70 professed faith in Christ.
  • Mungula Village Conference-1 day
    • Teaching/Preaching with 70 in attendance
    • One meal served
    • Also preached one gospel message in nearby Secondary School (Gov’t) to 36 Scripture Union members.
  • Pakwinya Village Conference-1 day
    • Preaching/teaching with 80 in attendance
    • Two professed faith in Christ.
  • Obongi Village (along the Nile River) Conference- 3 days
    • Preaching/teaching with 53 in attendance. This church was birthed in the Fall of ’09. There are no other churches for 10-20 miles depending on the direction.
    • Three meals served
    • Six people baptized in the Nile. Before baptisms preached a gospel message to a crowd along the bank.
    • Jesus film shown in a soccer field with over 700 in attendance. Well over 200 seeking to accept Christ…we did not have enough workers to follow up!
  • Mahagi Conference
    • Preaching/teaching with 76 pastors from over a dozen different denominations.
    • Jacob only preached 4 times as he was battling malaria. Michael and Abraham preached the other sessions.
    • Three meals served
  • Debriefing-1 day in Moyo

*Observations

1. Common plea among all the pastors is more Biblical training.

2. Pastors desire a place to send future leaders/church planters for Biblical training.

3. Pastors greatly appreciated the Christian literature and desired more.

4. We needed many more gospel tracts…people loved getting them and do read them…more translation work needed on Quest for Joy tract by John Piper.

5. Majority of the evangelical churches meet under mango trees and would like to build a simple brick structure to keep out of the rain.

6.  The majority of villages in Northern Uganda, Southern Sudan, and Northeast Congo do not have a local church!

7. There is much poverty and many medical needs. Most village children have a bad case of worms (distended bellies)…malaria and other diseases are rampant.

8. There were no evangelical schools in any of the areas we were in; Christians desire a place for their children to be educated. Many cannot afford school fees.

9. Moyo District has very many uncared for orphans. People were reluctant to give numbers because of embarrassment. In the last 30 years there have only been 3 years of peace.

10. There is a great need for vocational training. Most pastors have to work two or three outside jobs.

*I love this quote that Pastor Odom passed on to me:

“I’m not afraid of failure; I’m afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.” William Carey (Missionary to India, 1761-1834)

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