Imams and Sheikhs


“You also must help us by prayer, SO THAT many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many. (Emphasis Mine)”
2 Corinthians 1:11
I write with a heart that is full of joygiv[ing] thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.” I know many were praying and even set their alarms so that they would be sure to be interceding while we were in our Yumbe meeting….thank you!! Zora, Mindra, and I left RAU at 8 AM Saturday morning (June 19th) for Yumbe and arrived at Pilgrim Church at 9:45 to meet Charles. We then proceeded to a Muslim-run secondary school where we met by Brother Barnabas and Yaphad.  Charles said the school is their “model  Muslim school” in Yumbe. We waited under a tree for awhile and then were able to move all our things into a large classroom. By 11 AM most all the Imams and Sheikhs were with us.
 There were 24 Muslim men at the meeting all of which were either Imams or Sheikhs. They, as well the school officials, were all very cordial and hospitable. We met in a large science classroom. Charles and Barnabas both interpreted for me. They all knew English but in varying levels of understanding.  
The very first thing we did was to give reading glasses to those that needed them (about 90% did) using the Aringa New Testament’s to test for the right strength. The Aringa New Testament celebrates its first year this month. Three of the men were national Islamic leaders, a number were northern Ugandan regional leaders Some of the Imams were also “evangelists“. Most Muslims in Uganda consider Yumbe to be the center of Islam in Uganda. I believe it is fair to say that one would have to go  to (North) Sudan to find as highly a concentrated number of Muslims as are found in Yumbe. These Muslim leaders all gladly received Aringa New Testament’s, ESV Global Study BiblesSeeking Allah Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi and gospel tracts in English, Aringa, Arabic and Swahili. Throughout the meeting they pledged read the literature!
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After we all introduced ourselves I was given time to give my testimony and proclaim the gospel without compromise along with a passionate call to trust in Jesus. An outline of my message is at the bottom of this post. A number of them shared as well, asked questions, made challenges, and gave comments from the Qur’an. We are looking to meet again maybe next Saturday. Numerous ones commented that this type of meeting has never happened in Yumbe… a white Christian meeting with them together in their own setting. Truly, this type of gathering could not happen except it be sovereignly designed. Brother Charles was key instrument of the Lord in organizing it. Oh, how I love the sovereignty of God! God is BOTH “sovereign” and “loving“. Muslims fully believe the former but do not fully understand God’s sovereignty and love as co-existing. Keep praying for these men that they would see the beauty of Jesus!
Positive change has been occurring in Yumbe, especially in the last couple years. In a previous personal note to some of you I shared that  Yumbe Town has a population of over 35,000. Our brothers from Yumbe town tell me there are under 200 Aringa who are born again in the town which makes them .6% of the population. In the rural areas (in small geographical pockets) there are more Christians but according to believers in Yumbe the number is far lower than government estimates. Whereas most of Uganda has many evangelicals, Yumbe District, along with neighboring Koboko and Obongi Sub-County is very different in this regard. These areas certainly fit the description of a harvest field with very very few followers of Christ.
Also as mentioned in previous newsletters, Yumbe Muslims are very ardent in their beliefs. We have had three separate groups of church leaders here at RAU for retreats and they have told me many of their personal stories of persecution. I have deep love and respect for Yumbe believers! It is an honor to count them as friends.
Since our arrival here in July 2013 we have had many opportunities to be in Yumbe churches throughout the country side as well as in Pilgrim Anglican Church in Yumbe town. The Lord has also opened the door for open air preaching in and outside the town along with one-on-one evangelism in the town and rural markets. We are grateful for the Ugandan constitution which recognizes freedom of religion. This gives us and others an open door to preach in Yumbe. I long for and sense  that  the Lord is going to bring many to faith in these districts. You, along with us, have the privilege to be a part God’s sovereign work!
Let me affirm again, for our mutual encouragement, that God is on the move in the Muslim world and I am excited about it. Since the beginning of Islam there have been 82 movements of Muslims to Christ with its shared history with Christianity. The first of these did not occur until 13 centuries into the Muslim-Christian encounter. Of these 82 movements,  69 (84%) have taken place since 2000. ( page 230 in A Wind In the House of Islam: How God is Drawing Muslims Around the World to faith in Jesus Christ ).
We sense the Lord doing the same thing in Yumbe and Obongi!  The excellent book we have been giving to Muslim seekers is Seeking Allah,Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity. We brought about 30 back with us from the States. We now are almost out. The Lord is using it to open eyes and save. It has also been a great help to me in understanding the Muslim worldview and it was a delight to read about the power of God’s Spirit at work. If anyone is so led you could buy copies at Amazon and have them shipped to Lifegate-RAU (395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin TX. 78155). They would then be packed in the RAU container which is leaving Seguin for us on July 10th.
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus
Other encouraging and helpful works have been  Any-3: Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime — Win Muslims to Christ Now! , DREAMS AND VISIONS: Is Jesus Awakening the Muslim World? ,  Breaking the Islam Code: Understanding the Soul Questions of Every Muslim and The Global Gospel: Achieving Missional Impact in Our Multicultural World . Carol has read and been helped by the following books:  Simple Ways to Reach Out to Muslims and Miraculous Movements: How Hundreds of Thousands of Muslims Are Falling in Love With Jesus. Most likely you have Muslims in your neighborhoods which you called to be a witness too. I know these books would be helpful to you too.
Please allow me to touch on  a different but related topic.  The Lord has put it on our hearts to establish an Interdenominational Bible School here at RAU which is adapted to our cultural setting. Since January of 2016 we have been a part of 7 new church plants and we see God pouring out His Spirit, establishing many more in unreached places, (e.g. Yumbe and Obongi.) The problem is that there is no place/opportunity in our region for local ones who are called to lead to get basic biblical training. Also the pastors who are here have had little to no biblically training as well. The Bible  School would work hand in hand with our retreats and outreaches; RAU’s 17 acres has the perfect setting.
This how you can pray with us going forward. We are going to begin saving money little by little for two classrooms (turn key bid is at $25,000). We currently have 29 beds for students and a good library (books I have been collecting/reading since I was saved as well ones which have been given). The classrooms would help make the RAU facilities acceptable to the Ugandan gov’t so that we can give country wide acceptable certificates which is just another means of helping in the establishing new churches and strengthening current ones in our West Nile region. Please pray for us in this and be open to the Lord in helping us construct these classrooms.
Thank you for your encouragement, prayers, and support!
Jacob (Carol) Lee
Below is the outline I used with the Yumbe Imams and Sheikhs

**Note: This outline leans heavily on the methodology found in Mike Shipman’s book **Any-3: Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime — Win Muslims to Christ Now!  My adaptations fit it into our Northwestern Ugandan culture, bringing in the concept of honor/shame (See helpful treatment on this topic: The Global Gospel: Achieving Missional Impact in Our Multicultural World by Werner Mischhke) which is prevalent in the Majority World societies like ours and which is also common in the Bible. I also interpose the need for “inner cleansing”. There is great importance placed in Islam for outer cleansing. J.D. Greear in his book Breaking the Islam Code: Understanding the Soul Questions of Every Muslim has also been a great help.


Thank you for your hospitality!  Salaam Alekum!

Jacob William Lee Introduction: In September I will be 60 years old. I am married to Carol Ann for 34 years and have three grown children with two married. We have four beautiful grandchildren back in Texas USA. I grew up on an Iowa farm and worked as a builder in my 20’s. I went to University in my 30’s and received a Bachelor’s Degree. In my 40’s I received a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. I was a teacher and headmaster for many years as well a pastor in our local church in Texas.

When I was 20 years old I became a true follower of Jesus. Jesus took away my shame and debt of sin through His sacrificial blood. Jesus has delivered me from the power of evil and has given me abundant life.  I was raised in a religious home. I used to try to be a good person, so I could please God. However, I was never quite good enough. One night, after having read our Holy Book, the Bible, to help me fall asleep, I had an experience of God’s forgiveness of my sins and I knew God wanted me to have a relationship with Him and live for His glory.  Even at that time I had a feeling that God wanted me to tell others about Him who have never heard about His forgiveness.  I was overwhelmed because I knew God is holy and I was not.  It was a joyful experience to know that a Holy God would want me to be in a relationship with HIM.

(** See note above) God is in heaven and is holy, but we on earth are unholy. Through our religion, we try to please God with our good works, but it is never quite good enough. We climb, and then fall. Climb, then fall. It is frustrating, isn’t it?

Most religions are alike, aren’t they?

We are all trying to please God, to get our sins forgiven. We are all sinners aren’t we? Even good people sin. Sinning is easy, but paying off our sin debt to God is much more difficult, isn’t it? Our sin brings shame and inner uncleanness before a holy God, doesn’t it?

In your Muslim religion what are you doing: to pay off your sin debt?  To remove your shame from sin and inner uncleanness? To please God?

1). Are your sins forgiven yet?

2). Is all your shame before God now gone? Is your inner man been made clean?

3). When will your sins be forgiven, your shame be gone, and your inner man be made clean?

4). On Judgment Day, do you know for certain that your sins will be forgiven or that you will be without shame of sin and your inner man completely clean?

What I believe is different. I know my sins are completely forgiven, my shame before God has been taken away and my inner man has been made perfectly clean.  This is not because I am a good person, even though I do try to be good. My sins are forgiven because God Himself has paid for my sin. The outcome of this forgiveness is that my shame before a holy God is gone and I have been cleansed within from the filth of sin through Jesus’ sacrificial blood. Satan’s power over me has been broken in my life by Jesus. I have been set free through Jesus.

Part One:  Jesus

Jesus, the Word of God, was in Heaven with God from the beginning.  He was born into this world through the Virgin Mary.  Both the Bible and the Qur’an teach this.  Jesus never sinned, even though He was tempted in every way imaginable.  Jesus overcame the desires of His flesh.  He never married; never killed anyone; never gathered riches for Himself.  Jesus once fasted 40 days and 40 nights while being tempted by the devil, yet He never sinned.

Jesus performed great miracles.  He cast out demons; healed the sick and blind; Jesus even raised the dead.

It is interesting that, though Jesus was not yet old, He began prophesying about His death.  To his followers He said, “I must die, but I will rise again.”  Do you know why Jesus said, “I must die?”

Part Two: Why did Jesus have to die?

The answer is found in the Taurat (the first 5 books of the Bible). The Taurat tells us about the first persons God created, Adam and Eve.  God put them in a perfect paradise, called the Garden of Eden.  They were given great freedom to eat fruit from any tree in the garden except for the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  God warned them that if they ate of that fruit they would die.

A covering for sin

One day, Satan visited Eve in the form of a serpent and tempted her to eat the fruit that God had forbidden.  She ate the fruit, and gave it to Adam, who also ate it.  Immediately, they were afraid, so they hid from God.  But because God knows everything, He found them and punished Adam and Eve for their disobedience.

God’s Punishment

As punishment for their disobedience, God cast Adam and Eve out of the garden paradise, and eventually they did die.   God’s desire had been for them to live forever, but because of their sins, they lost paradise and died.

It is interesting that the Taurat says Adam and Eve committed just one sin and it resulted in their judgment and death.  Adam and Eve seemed like good people, probably better than us.  Perhaps they had already done hundreds of good works.  They hadn’t killed anyone, committed adultery, or stolen anything.  But they disobeyed just once and it resulted in death.  Sometimes we think that if our good deeds outweigh our bad deeds that our sins will be forgiven, but that is not what the Bible says.

Promised Savior and New Clothes

Yet God still loved Adam and Eve.  So He made a way for their sins to be forgiven.  After pronouncing His judgment on Adam and Eve, God also judged the serpent (Satan) who had deceived them.  God promised that from the woman’s descendent a Savior would come who would crush Satan’s head, although Satan would also injure Him.  Over the centuries that followed, many prophets of God foretold the coming of a Savior who would take away the sins of the world.

Then God did something very interesting.  He changed Adam and Eve’s clothes.  God replaced the clothes made of leaves that Adam and Eve had made with new clothes made from animal skins.  Of course, to make these clothes, an animal had to die.  The death of an innocent animal was the price that God paid to cover the sins of Adam and Eve.  Because He loved Adam and Eve, God Himself offered the first sacrifice for the forgiveness of their sins.  The Bible teaches us that apart from the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins (Hebrews 9:22.)  Since that first sacrifice all of our forefathers have offered sacrifices to have their sins forgiven:  Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and others.

Part Three: “That is why Jesus had to die!”

And then Jesus came, born of a virgin, the descendent of a woman.  Jesus lived a sinless life, and performed great miracles.  At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, a prophet named John looked to Jesus and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.”

That is interesting, isn’t it?  Jesus was called “the Lamb of God.”  Why?  Because a lamb is an animal used for sacrifice.  Do you remember my question:  “Do you know why Jesus said, “I must die”?  That is why Jesus said, “I must die.”

Jesus came to be God’s sacrifice to pay for our sins, remove our shame from sin, and give us inner cleansing from the filth of sin.  This is why He surrendered Himself to the Jewish leaders and Roman soldiers to be crucified.  He was God’s sacrifice for your sins and mine.

As He was dying, Jesus cried out, “It is finished,” meaning that our sin debt had now been paid for.  Then Jesus bowed His head and died.  But on the third day Jesus rose from the dead, just as He had promised.  For the next 40 days, Jesus appeared to more than 500 of His followers and then was taken up into heaven.  We know that one day Jesus will return to earth as Judge over all mankind.


That is why I know my sins are forgiven.”  The Bible tells us that if we surrender our life to Jesus as Lord and believe that He has paid for our sins through His sacrifice and that God has raised Him from the dead, our sins will be forgiven.  And that is why I know my sins are forgiven.


It makes sense, doesn’t it, that we cannot pay off our own sins but that God made a way for our sins to be forgiven through Jesus’ sacrifice”?

Do you believe that Jesus died as a sacrifice for our sins and was raised from the dead?

The Bible says in Romans 10: 9-10 says “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

The way people usually surrender themselves to Jesus is through prayer. Prayer is speaking to God what is in your heart. Romans 10:9-10 is a good guide for a prayer of surrender.

May I pray for you and your personal needs?

Thank you and God bless you!

Salaam Alekum!





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