“…While you also cooperate by your prayers for us [helping and laboring together with us]. Thus [the lips of] many persons [turned toward God will eventually] give thanks on our behalf for the grace (the blessing of deliverance) granted us at the request of the many who have prayed.”
2 Corinthians 1:11 (Amplified Version emphasis mine)
This verse expresses the heart of this short note of thanks to those who have prayed for us and especially for those prayer requests in my last newsletter. You can find the previous newsletter here: https://reachingafricasunreached.org/2015/02/09/revival-fires/. You need to know how the Lord has moved since last writing so you too can join in thanksgiving and praise to our heavenly Father!
Because of sponsorship eight primary students from Moyo are now all settled in and have started school at Covenant Presbyterian School in Kampala.
While in Arua I got some front end work done on the Land Cruiser. It has been taking quite a beating in our outreaches. We also purchased bulk supplies of beans, rice, sugar, posho, and Royco (spices used in cooking), and traded an empty cooking gas tank for a full one. We have two upcoming pastor’s retreats and we go through a lot food. Buying in bulk in Arua saves us money. Please pray for the pastors from Congo and Arua who will be with us 17th – 20th and another group of Congo pastors March 3rd – 6th.
Some money was given to help the local child who was brought here by her mother who had an umbilical hernia repair at age 3. We will be sending her to Moyo hospital for an ultra sound and will seek a referral to Gulu’s Lachor Hospital, which specializes in children. Depending on what needs to be done, we will see if the donation will cover all the costs. Pray that it does!
The day after writing the last newsletter we went back into the Metu Mountains for another evangelism outreach. The Metu Mountains (Southern Appalachian size) stretch on our east side. We went to Ayo, which was the last village among of string of villages we preached in (Gbarai to Arapi to Duku and Ayo.) We drove as far as we could and then walked the rest of the way into Ayo. A little over 30 adults and many children gathered for the preaching of the Word. I preached my heart out and the Lord came down! At first it seemed that there would be no response to my exhortations/pleading with them; then, one older lady stood and as soon as she did 19 other adults stood to make open professions to follow Jesus. Our hearts leapt with joy along with the angels (Luke 15:10). After sharing more and getting names, we, along with the local clinic nurse (she also confessed Christ in Ayo), gave out many medicines which RAU brought along. Upon leaving we were told that a woman who could not make the walk (because of being burned badly as child) wanted salvation. We walked down to the stream and met her. Geoffrey shared the gospel and she immediately believed! Thank you for your prayers! Pray now that we can work out strategies for discipleship and the planting of a church there. It is too far of a walk to Gbari. There is one more village beyond Lea in a nearby string of hills that we know of which still needs to be reached. Plans are set in motion to go there soon. Keep praying. God is hearing your prayers!
You Tube Video in Ayo:
Tomorrow I am preaching at Laropi Baptist Town Church and next Sunday, the 22nd, in Pilgrim Church of Uganda in Yumbe Town. Later in the day we will have open air preaching (following the example of George Whitefield) in Kuru market. Kuru is just outside of Yumbe and is considered by the Christians in Yumbe (that I have talked with) to have the most ardent Muslims in Yumbe District. It was confirmed to me by two Christian “men of the soil” that 95% of the people of Kuru are Muslims. I am asking/imploring you all to pray daily and fervently that the gospel would make inroads into the hearts of the people in Kuru.
Please continue to pray for the rest of the money to come in for the 5,000 ESV Study Bibles we seeking to get. They would be placed in a container which would come to us. See: https://reachingafricasunreached.org/fill-the-container-study-bibles-books-and-more/
On this Valentine’s Day I am reminded of the grand blessing Carol is to me and to so many others. True love is exhibited not only in words but with words that are accompanied by actions. My dear wife of 33 years is a person who exhibits this kind of love for Jesus and His church, her family, friends, people of another culture, and for me. She has left behind ones she deeply loves and the securities and comforts which come from living in America to be with me to serve Jesus whom we both supremely love! I love you, Carol, and I say that not just because it is Valentine’s Day! I am grateful she has followed this wild man to the African bush! This is why “security” is not an issue for Carol:
“Where does your security lie? Is God your refuge, your hiding place, your stronghold, your shepherd, your counselor, your friend, your redeemer, your savior, your guide? If He is, you don’t need to search any further for security.” (Elisabeth Elliot)
Thank you for all your prayers and support. Carol and I appreciate them and you. May the Lord richly bless you!
Pressing on with Jesus and You,
Jacob (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!
Jacob W. Lee
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