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 Ministry Events
*Ministry with John Howarton from Seguin in Yumbe
*Teaching/Encouragement in Obongi
Receiving and Offloading the Container
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 Outreach – Evangelism, Teaching, Medical
*ESV Global Study Bibles to Yumbe
*Obongi Town church ministry/discipleship and baptisms
*Adjumani Pastors’ Retreat
*Resurrection Day in Yumbe
*Obongi/Maracha Pastors’ Retreat
*Yumbe Pastors’ Retreat
*Production of Aringa Tract, “Quest For Joy” (based upon John Piper’s English tract)
*Onduga Charles, translator of Aringa Tract
*Investment in first ever translated and publishedAringa New Testament
*Dedication on June 24th, 2014
*Retreat with Church of Uganda, Moyo Town
Ministry in Yumbe and Moyo
*Sunday Ministry at Eleke COU
*Sunday Afternoon Open Air in Kerila
*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
*Handing out Aringa tracts on Main Street, Yumbe
*Ministry at Moyo Prison (Gift of Soap and Gospel sharing) with Preston and Laurel Sink
*Ministry in Obongi Town Church with Godfrey
*Handing out Ma’di and Aringa Tracts in Obongi
*Sharing Gospel in Odendi’s village with Preston and Laurel Sink
*Sunday Ministry in Pakayu, Pakayu COU
*Handing out tracts after the service at a nearby market area in Pakayu
*Open air preaching in town near Yumbe
*Teaching Ministry in Obongi
*Ministry at Aya Baptist Church August 3rd
*Pastor’s Retreat Moyo Baptist Churches (Nicholas)
*Pastor’s Retreat Moyo Baptist Churches (John Michael)
*Youth retreat with evangelism – First Presbyterian Church of Kampala, Uganda (7 youth) Ministry: Aya, Obongi, Yumbe, Moyo Prison
*Trip to Obongi
*Ministry at Kokobo COU
*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.
*One case of ESV Global Study Bibles and numerous tracts were left each of the pastors for leaders in their churches.
*Pastors’ Retreat (Moyo Area, Pentecostal Pastors and other denominations) with Ron, Doug and Mark from USA
*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
*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
*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.)
*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.
*Kerwa ministry at clinic (assessment, diagnosis and provision of medicines)
*Prenatal care for Pastor’s wife…300,000
*First cleft lip/palate surgery
*Refugee Camp Ministry – Collection of Food 1.85 Million UGX
*Assistance to a friend of the ministry – medical needs of his wife
*Cleft palate/lip surgeries
******** – Congenital cataract surgery
*Distribution of food to South Sudanese Refugees
*Little ******** – treatment (surgery) for Hydrocephalus
*Distribution of De-worming medicine at Rodo COU
*Distribution of De-worming medicine to congregation’s women and children – Choro Pentecostal
*Ministry and distribution of soap at Moyo Prison
*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
*Surgical repair of bilateral club foot at CoRSU Hospital, Entebbe for ********; he still requires further surgery to make his healing complete.
*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
*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 ********
*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.
*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
Reading glasses for pastors and elderly in Palorinya
Money for grocery needs for elderly woman (mother of ********)
*Gbare outreach: 300 children de-worming
*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
*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.
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!
Jacob W. Lee
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