We had the great joy of being able to host 9 pastors/church leaders from Adjumani District this week. Our group was to be 17, but 8 were hindered in various ways from coming. Travel here is very difficult as most rural pastors have to walk. RAU provided transport via bus from Adjumani to Moyo but they had difficulty making it to the bus in Adjumani by the time it left for Moyo. Lord willing we will have other opportunities to interact with those that could not make it.
Having a smaller group has definite advantages. We were really able to engage with each man in a personal way with teaching and one on one fellowship. By the end of the week we had all grown close to one another. Each man received a Global Study Bible which we used in the sessions. Throughout my teaching I showed them how to properly use a study Bible. They also each received 9 books, most of which were given through the Gospel Coalition International Outreach. These books and others (around 3,500) as well as nearly 1100 Global Study Bibles arrived in the container in January.
We were served wonderfully by our RAU staff
April 29-May 2 we will have another group of pastors with us. It brings great joy to my heart and to all of us at RAU, to partner with pastors in the West Nile Region of Uganda. Our prayer is that every area without the gospel and every village/town without a church will be reached with the glorious gospel. Please continue to pray for these pastors’ retreats.
You may remember, as a result of our Yumbe outreach in mid February, we came into contact with a baby who had a cleft pallet. We were able to provide care and transport for the child and his parents first to Arua for assessment and then to Kampala for the surgery. After their arrival, an NGO took care of the surgery while RAU paid for the care in the hospital and transport back to Yumbe District. We are waiting for instructions on a followup surgery which is still needed to be done in Kampala.The parents are Muslims and have seen the love of Christ in action for their child and are very appreciative. Pray with us that the parents will put their faith and trust in the Jesus of the Bible.
Pastor Ben one of our cohorts in Yumbe was contacted about a second child with a severe cleft pallet . The child also resides in Yumbe District. We are still gathering information on how we could also possibly help this child. Pray with us as we seek to help the child and be a witness for Christ in the Muslim region of Yumbe. These families have no hope except for someone from outside their community showing love on their behalf.
Below are listed the things I would ask you to pray for and consider helping us with if you are willing and able to so:
*Prayer for the pastoral retreats and funds needed for them. It costs about $1500 to host each pastors’ retreat. We are limiting the number to 18 for these retreats as we want the the teaching to be more intimate and the dialog to be easier. The world will be reached through multiplication not addition! A little over $80 per person allows pastors to stay with us for these times of encouragement and teaching. Investing in these men will reap untold eternal dividends.
* Pray for the Obongi Town Church. Please continue to pray for us to find a suitable plot of land where this church could be located along with a Obongi Branch of the Hall of Tyrannus. We currently have $3,000 that has already been given. May more come in! I would like to go there each Monday for discipling the church leaders.
*In my last newsletter I told you about a plot in Yumbe for a Hall of Tyrannus branch office there . At this point, no funds have been given for this purchase. The plot costs $6000 and it will take at least another $6000 to renovate the the structures on the plot and build a protecting perimeter wall. With the $12,000 we could have an operational Yumbe Branch of the Hall of Tyrannus for weekly discipling of pastors and leaders in Yumbe. Please consider helping us proclaim the gospel in Yumbe which has very few believers. We believe that we can best do our part in this by targeting leaders with teaching and encouragement on a weekly basis.
*We are needing to get a disk for the tractor which came in the container. This would greatly aid us in raising crops on RAU’s land. The crops could be sold to help fund the ministry. We are also looking at planting another 100 mango trees for the same purpose.
*The first ever Aringa New Testament is coming out in June. Three dollars will purchase one. We would like to purchase many of these New Testaments for our work in Yumbe District. Perhaps families might consider a loose change challenge or even a Sunday School class could do the same. The $1,500 has been provided to print and publish 20,000 Quest For Joy tracts published in Aringa for distribution in Yumbe. PTL!
* Please continue praying that at some point soon we can get the Medical Clinic and Christian School operating. With 17 acres we have the room and there are Ugandan brethren who could help facilitate the Clinic and School’s operation. I have written in the past about these great needs in this area of Africa.
Jacob (and Carol) Lee
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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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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