I am happy to report to you the container arrived at RAU on Friday and was placed on the ground late Saturday afternoon.
We had many challenges with the container but the Lord helped us all through them. It was a long journey with a 10 week layover with Uganda Revenue authorities. Thank you all for your love,support, and the sweat of many!
(Photos and videos of the unloading may be found below)
As the container arrived I saw that it was put on the trailer backwards. I had to throw all my previous plans in the trash heap. We had to jackknife the trailer to unload it. The Ugandan Revenue in their unloading and reloading (X 2) jammed things in so tightly that we could not move the tractor until we first unloaded the shredder on which the tractor was sitting. We had to unload about one third of the contents over top of the tractor. We then jacked the tractor up and man handle the shredder out! I backed the tractor out of the container on a steep home made ramp made from freshly cut teak logs. The breaks on the tractor decided not to work which made the tractor’s trip out a bit precarious (the understatement of the year!) Carol will need to watch the video to see it as she had her head buried in her hands interceding for my safety.) There were many shouts of joy when both I and the tractor landed safely on the ground! It is on video :-).
Thank you for your prayers….the Lord wanted the container here and after 13 months from the time we started collecting things it is now here…Lord you are so GOOD.
After unloading the container till dark on Friday, we had to wait until Saturday to pull it off the truck. There were no large cranes handy :-). It was a long and arduous project with some tense moments. Since the container was on backwards we could not drop it where I originally wanted it. Also, instead of being loaded on a flatbed trailer it was on a pinned trailer and the pins could not be removed! We had to jack the container up to clear the pins and put logs between the trailer bed and container. We then hooked it with heavy duty rope (which was in the container) to a guava tree. The truck had a hard time getting traction as the container is very, very heavy! After about 5 hours work, when the container hit the ground it landed on a piece of wood and crushed it in two! We almost tipped it several times too. I am going to ask the brother in charge of road maintenance (he is the same one who smoothed/widened our driveway) to bring his grader to pull the container to the pad we have made.
Now we have the task of organizing all the contents that were sent! It is a joy to have all these resources for ministry and many will benefit! Thanks, again, for your gifts of money and supplies and your labor that it required!
We just have a week before we will have over 20 guests here for our Yumbe pastors retreat…so much to do. Pray for us!
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Jacob & Carol Lee, PO. 55, Moyo Uganda, East Africa
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The greatest evil is having the gospel and not doing everything within our power to get it to those who do not have it. May the Lord grant each of us His followers the wherewithal to be obedient disciples!
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