“The Home Stretch” by Carol Lee

I woke up this morning with a keen awareness that we have rounded the corner and we are now on the home stretch towards our visit to the States!  We are planning to leave Afoji this Friday.   I was telling Jacob that the Lord gave me a wonderful grace to be where we are and do what we are doing, but now that we have set our sights on our visit home, my eagerness to be on our way is growing daily!

We couldn’t be leaving on a better note, though.  What a beautiful day we had yesterday!  We attended prayers at Abraham’s church in Moyo where Jacob preached an excellent sermon of exhortation to build our eternal legacy with gold, silver and precious stones by investing in the only truly eternal thing – people!  He reminded us of Jesus’ words to lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven where moth and rust cannot destroy by laying down our lives to invest into the lives of others.  It was a most excellent exhortation and we always feel exuberantly welcomed at this church!

Following prayers, we enjoyed an afternoon of food and fellowship with all of our day workers and their wives, some of whom have also worked on projects here.  In five months we have become the beneficiaries of some great friendships and of some wonderful opportunities to speak of and display the gospel of grace.  We have a deep confidence that one of the workers, who is a Muslim and Inman, will be won to the beauty of Christ and His gracious legacy.  It is a joy to show Christ’s love to this young man and his very young, expectant wife.  We enjoyed getting to know our neighbors on a more personal level.

Before our gathering came to a close, Jacob and Sam left to meet Abraham at the Moyo Market for another outreach (Jacob’s second heartfelt sermon for the day, which left him feeling physically drained but emotionally high…the hot/dry season is definitely here), while I stayed and ended up doing a small health fair for our guests.It was nothing more than hearing their complaints, taking their blood pressures,  and offering some analgesics for their aches and pains; however, there were a few problems identified, for which a visit to a Ugandan health care worker was strongly advised.  I think everyone left happy, satiated and feeling cared for!

Reflecting in some quiet moments afterward, I wrote the following post on Face Book:  “I’m telling you people…we have it so good in other parts of the world.  We have the means to improve our lives and we have the education to advance our situations if the desire is there.  There is so much suffering that is endured here on a daily basis.  Life is hard.  It makes me appreciate these precious people all the more, because they keep going in spite of their pain and trials.  I am blessed to have the opportunity to be right here, right now, and to be able to show the love of Christ and speak of the lovely Christ to those around me.  Lord, help me to do as I heard Jacob Lee preach today, to spend/invest my life, my time, and my resources in people.  Everything else will be left behind!”

 

I am looking forward to being able to share with many of you in greater detail and in person the stories of the people we have come to love here in Uganda.

So, as we count down to our day of departure, here is what our week ahead looks like:

Monday:  We  enjoyed lunch at Maggie and Abraham’s home.  We also got some news of the RAU container being held in Kampala. Because of the recent abuse of the Red Cross and their tax exemption benefit (items were being brought in and then sold) other tax exempt NGO’s are suffering. We would have to pay over $20,000 if we did not have tax exemption which was granted to us last January. This is a note we received from brother Thomas in Kampala who has been faithfully working on the release of the RAU container: As a follow up on our appeal to the government,this morning i was supposed to meet State Minister for gender and culture (Hon Lucia Nakadama), after the Resident District Commissioner’s (RDC)  introduction last week. This meeting never took place because the ministry is meeting this week to decide on the issue of paying taxes for organizations because of the of-recent abuse from NGOs...I met the under secretary this morning, and he asked us to be patient and wait for their response. he noted that it is not RAU alone at the crossroads, even Watoto Ministries, Vision for Africa, and many other organizations are suffering the implications of Red Cross. He advised me to check on them on Thursday;The RDC is continuing to liaise with the minister on this matter; so lets continue praying, and applying all capital that we have at our disposal...We are using all avenues to see that we get our container; and please be hopeful we shall get it.”

Pray for the container and the $4000+- needed for its release.

Pray that this will be parked at RAU soon!
Continue praying that this will be parked at RAU soon!

 

Tuesday: I will be doing a teaching session with some women from one of the local churches.  Please pray for me – this is totally out of my comfort zone and I have no idea what to expect or what would be most helpful to them.  I shall soon find out!  Jacob and Sam want to make a follow up visit to Yumbe to meet with Pastor Ben and hopefully some other church leaders.  (Jacob received an email from Ben last week, thanking Jacob for books and for the Kindle, which Pastor Ben describes as “the best gift” he has ever received.  The Kindle has over 100 great Christian books and the ESV Study Bible on it)

Wednesday: Plans need to be finalized for Godfrey’s move to Obongi. Please pray for RAU’s church plant there and that it will be the first of many,many more! Pray for the needed funding to get these churches established.

Thursday:  We will be packing and getting ready to go.  

 

Friday:  Currently, our plan is to travel by bus very early in the morning to Kampala where we will stay with Patrick and Vickie.  [It will be a joy to see Gabbie again; Vickie’s aunt was able to bring her back from California.  It is amazing to see how improved Gabbie is following her open heart surgery.  Prior to surgery, her SP02 (oxygen level) was in the 70’s and now it is 100% or very close to it.  She is talkative and full of energy!]

Our flight to the States will be on the 17th and we will arrive in Texas on the 18th.

Doesn’t it seem like the days before a long journey always manage to get filled to the brim so that you’re already tired before the long journey begins?!  Pressure!

The container is adding a good measure of pressure in our getting ready to go. The longer it stays in Kampala, the more storage fees will rack up.  This (in addition to the arrival of the vehicle) has put our faith in the Lord’s timing and plan to the test.  We know He is faithful and wise, but it is certainly evident that His ways are not our ways and our ways are not His ways!  Please continue to pray over the safe arrival of the container and the vehicle!  And pray that we would be at peace in trusting the Lord’s provident timing.

To all those in the Seguin/Stephenville area…we shall, Lord willing, see you soon!  To those we are leaving behind…we shall, Lord willing, see you, again, soon!

May the Lord bless and keep all of us for the good works he prepared in advance for us to do!

Thank you all for your faithful prayers and support.

  Carol (for the both of us)

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A Faithful Witness in Obongi

It is honor to be with believers like Peter. He has been faithfully preaching Jesus in Muslim dominated Obongi for years. He showed me the scars he has from the beatings he has received because of his faithful witness.  He along with other faithful ones have opened the way for today’s new believers being baptized and the growing church in Obongi!

Peter studying the Word with us.
Peter studying the Word with us.

We had a wonderful day in Obongi. After arriving we had several sessions of teaching on the gospel and baptism. We then had a nice meal of cassava (boiled and roasted), beans, and chicken. Next 16 new believers were baptized in the River Nile. We then returned to our shade tree for more teaching. I rejoice in how the Lord is building His church in Obongi! Praise God Reaching Africa’s Unreached gets to be a part of it! Thank you for your prayers and support!

These new believers are hungry for the Word of God
These new believers are hungry for the Word of God
Lunch time
Lunch time
Making open proclamation "I follow Jesus!"
Making an open proclamation “I follow Jesus!”
Baptismal Group
Baptismal Group
Godfrey (far left) playing a local instrument during song part of our worship service. Godfrey, who has been in training at RAU, will be leading RAU's first church plant. The church is the only evangelical church in this Muslim town. Please pray for Godfrey and Obongi Town Church.
Godfrey (far left) playing a local instrument during the song part of our worship service. Godfrey, who has been in training at RAU, will be leading RAU’s first church plant. The church meets under this tree and  is the only evangelical church in this Muslim town of 20,000+. Please pray for Godfrey and Obongi Town Church.
Outside Godfrey's rented tukalu. It is not far from the tree the church meets under.
Outside Godfrey’s rented tukalu. It is not far from the tree the church meets under.
The neighborhood of Obongi Town church
The neighborhood of Obongi Town church
Pray for us and help us make sure that upcoming generation hears the gospel. Most of their ancestors did not hear the gospel because no one told them (Romans 10:12-15).
Pray for us and help us make sure that the upcoming generation hears the gospel. Most of their ancestors did not hear the gospel because there was no one in their midst to tell them (Romans 10:12-15)!

Baptisms in Obongi

Godfrey has gone ahead of us to Obongi. Early in the morning Nurse Sam, Pastor Abraham , and myself will join him along with Pastor Bosco for teaching and baptisms in the Nile. While Godfrey and Bosco were visiting the believers today they were used of the Lord to lead another person to Christ who also wants to be baptized.  The videos below are from our previous evangelism outreaches in Obongi. Nearly 30 are ready for baptism. A sight has been chosen near the ferry crossing. These baptisms will no doubt draw a crowd in this Muslim town. We will celebrate God’s work in baptism and proclaim the same glorious gospel to onlookers praying they too will place their trust in Christ Jesus and also follow in baptism. God is building His church in Obongi!

Please pray for Pastor’s Bosco growing church in Otobonga near Obongi and for RAU’s first church plant in Obongi town with Godfrey leading it. Also pray for a small group of new believers just outside Obongi. It too far for them to walk to Otobonga and  the Obongi town church. We are praying hard,thinking hard, and working hard to get a shepherd for them.

Harvest Time by Carol Lee

Road to Obongi
Road to Obongi


I am writing to give you an opportunity to share in the joy of the harvest.  You have shared in the plowing through prayer.  You have participated in the sowing through your generous giving (building,operating expenses, books, Kindles for Pastors, evangelism,church planting etc.) and by your coming and planting seed or watering.  Believe me,God is giving the growth!

“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.
I Corinthians 3: 6-9


Since Jacob’s last letter, so many wonderful developments have occurred.
Godfrey, who has been undergoing a mentoring process here at RAU and an intense time of study, is nearly ready to make his move to Obongi.  He is truly excited, not only about the Word of God, but also about being able to be a part of the milestone outreach to this unreached area.  Jacob has so enjoyed helping to equip Godfrey in different ways and has had great conversations with him. Last night, after having had some time to read in his new Kindle, loaded with over 100 Christian books, Godfrey came inside from the veranda, nearly giddy, and stated, “You know, God gave Adam this beautiful garden with all kinds of fruits for him to enjoy.  What God gave Adam in the garden, you have given me in this Kindle!”  Awesome!  Thank you, Delmar Hager, for your vision and provision of this most excellent tool for pastors!  The fruit that the Kindles, as well all the Christ centered books given out, will bear in eternity cannot even be contemplated now!  Thank you to all who have been a part of providing Bibles and books to enrich pastors. We look forward to seeing the harvest of wisdom in Godfrey through the resources he has been given and planted within him. Pray for him as he leads a new church in the center of Muslim dominated Obongi. Pray for us as we seek to encourage him and assist this church plant which has only new converts.
One of R.A.U.'s goals is to get quality Christian literature and Study Bibles into the hands of pastors and church leaders.
One of R.A.U.’s goals is to get quality Christian literature and Study Bibles into the hands of pastors and church leaders.

Godfrey has been spending more and more time in Obongi, following up with new believers and discipling and encouraging them.The guys have made a number of evangelistic trips there the past 6 weeks. He has been able to locate a Tukalu that we will rent for him. He will be heading back there tomorrow to prepare up to 30 new believers for baptism on Thursday.  Jacob and Abraham will follow him early Thursday morning for a day of teaching  followed by a baptism of believers in the Nile River by Pastor Bosco  (a young man into whom Jacob has been thrilled to pour resources since 2010. There is a video him on this page). Jacob and Abraham will also be delivering a bed and some other essentials to Godfrey for his move to Obongi.  If you could see the exuberant joy that Godfrey exhibits as he talks about the people that are expressing thankfulness for his being there to shepherd them, you would “catch it” too!  It is contagious!

This is a picture of previous baptism in the Nile River.
A previous baptism in the Nile River.
By the way, the Church at Obongi is meeting under a mango tree.

Yumbe is another area of promise and encouragement.  RAU has found a gold mine in Pastor Ben and several other pastors and lay ministers who faithfully serve the Lord in this  Muslim region. I would encourage you to read again the history of Yumbe in Jacob’s last newsletter  It is a privilege to come alongside them and encourage them, strengthen them through teaching and provide resources for them.  The ones that met with Abraham, Sam, Alfred and Jacob have shared how greatly they are blessed by RAU coming to partner with them.  They no longer feel forgotten!  When we return to Uganda after the Christmas holidays, we will be gearing up for a special retreat just for the Pastors and workers in the Yumbe region.  Kevin Turner is planning on bringing a team to help in this retreat at RAU.
Yumbe's main mosque
Yumbe’s main mosque
As you pray for us and give towards the ministry of RAU, please keep in mind the financial cost of outreaches to these towns and also the funds needed to help the pastors who are called to shepherd the fledgling churches or church plants.  They are being sent out by us and need our support until the churches can be a little more self-sustaining.  Godfrey, for example, gave up a good paying job and a home in answering the call to move to Obongi.  Our commitment is, on a short-term basis, to provide for some of his needs so he can focus on discipling and evangelizing. It will be the same for the other church plants in the works.
One of the markers of RAU has been its commitment to be an interdenominational organization, promoting the forward movement of the Gospel and Kingdom of God among all evangelical churches.  This has been appreciated by many pastors here when they see that there is no favoritism, but the emphasis is the glory of God and the going forth of the Gospel.  The pastors from Yumbe also have remarked that among the small number of churches of varying evangelical denominations in the region, this is the first time a group has come in to work together with all of them.  These pastors are now committed to working with each other in getting the Gospel into the community.  Part of their strategy is to identify several young men who would make good pastoral candidates and to have them stay here at RAU on a short-term basis for training and mentoring.  It would be hurtful for the Church at large to evangelize and bring in a harvest of souls and not provide them with good under shepherds.  This is the very commitment of and basis for RAU!

Yumbe church leaders
Yumbe church leaders
Alongside the planned trips to Yumbe and Obongi and formal opportunities for teaching, Jacob has also enjoyed some unplanned opportunities lately. From time to time, he feels that he ought to go out and work with the men in the slashing and clearing of the property. (Funny, but I feel no such compulsion!)  Among the men are pastors and church leaders.  They have had great questions and conversations on spiritual matters. It gives Jacob a springboard to do some teaching.  Also, on any given day, a young man or a pastor may pop in for a visit. Jacob has this opportunity to give books and urge them on to study.  I remember overhearing Jacob tell Godfrey the other day, “A leading man must be a reading man.” (or something like that!)  One young man who dropped by yesterday was asking about the Kindle.  Jacob, who had just given him some books, told him, “If you have read what I have given you by the time we come back from the States, I will give you a Kindle.”  He is quick to emphasize to them that the resources are limited and he only wants those resources in the hands of those who will actually read and use them.

Clearing brush and Bible study can go hand in hand
Clearing brush and Bible study can go hand in hand!
Please pray for Jacob and all of us here at RAU.  We have the opportunity to love on and encourage a couple of young Muslim men who are becoming more open to what we have to say about Jesus.  Please pray that nothing about our lives and words will contradict what they are hearing about the Savior.  Pray that hearts would be softened, eyes would be opened!
On the operating side of RAU ministry, we are still awaiting the container to be released.  The hold up has mainly had to do with the registration plates for the tractor and the motorbike (which we now have, but will cost us $1000) and getting the release from the Minister of Gender. He is the one who signs off on our tax exemption for the container. If we did not have this exemption our import taxes would be over $20,000 for the container so you see why his signing off on our tax exemption is important. This exemption was given to us last January.   Apparently, due to past abuses of the tax exempt status through the Red Cross, they are going through release requests with a fine tooth comb to ensure that containers are not going to groups who will turn around and sell the contents for a profit.  The RDC, (Resident District Commissioner. See the video of him  at RAU here) the local representative of the President here in Moyo (with whom we have become acquainted ), has agreed to meet with the Minister of Gender in Kampala this week to assure him that RAU is a legitimate group and not hawkers. We are grateful for the favor the Lord has given us with the RDC. We have a small window of time in which to receive the container before we return to the States.  Please pray it would be released this week!  The longer the container stays in Kampala, the more fees will rack up. We have not been given a current price for fees (loading/unloading, various administrative costs,storage while waiting, etc.).  It was $2,700 a few weeks ago, so it probably will now be over $3000 with tacked on storage fees. The things which are in the container can be found here. Any help you can give to get the container here would be a great blessing. Jacob wrote in his last newsletters of our other needs so i will not mention them here.
Pray that this will be parked at RAU soon!
Pray that this will be parked at RAU soon!

Thank you all for your faithful prayers and support.

  Carol(for the both of us)

Web Site: www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.com
Blog: www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached

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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

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 Lee

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

*If you have questions on donations please email Jacob at JacobLeeRAU@gmail.com