“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places….praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, …. that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.”
Ephesians 6:12 (ESV)
One of the great joys and comforts that Carol and I have as missionaries is knowing that we have many faithful intercessors. The real work of missions is prayer. Because missions is God’s work it is a prayer work. Prayer says, “I need you Lord“. This is especially true when taking the gospel into areas where there are very few believers and churches. Jesus tells us in John 10:16 that He has “other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.”
In Carol’s last newsletter she mentioned yet another invitation from Yumbe Muslim leaders, this time the invitation is to come to one of their their trading centers (open market) and “do open air preaching.” This trading center is located near a large Mosque. The invitation comes on the heels of two previous dialogues with leading Yumbe and Northern Ugandan Imams and Sheikhs where these men had opportunity to hear the clear message of the gospel and receive Bibles. May I encourage you to faithfully remember to pray for these men that they will be given eyes to see and ears to hear and hearts to obey! My continual prayer for these men: that “Saul’s,” in regard to their learning and zeal, will become “Paul’s” who love the true Jesus and have a passion to spread the gospel!
Late this coming Sunday afternoon (remember we are 8 hours ahead of EST) we are heeding the invitation that is as clear as Paul’s Macedonian call in Acts 16:6-10. Zorah, Mindra, and I will leave RAU Sunday morning and will meet Charles and the Pilgrim Church Youth choir in Yumbe. Then we will travel to the center where some of the youth will begin to set up while the rest of us walk throughout the market and engage in one-on-one witnessing and sharing gospel tracts written in the native tongue of Aringa. Once the sound system is set up the choir will start singing. There is only one volume setting for all music here, including our gospel music, i.e. rock concert loud! Then there usually are some testimonies from local brothers and sisters in Christ. In the past, after the testimonies, the local leading political figure (in Yumbe it is most always a Muslim) welcomes us, citing that there is freedom of religion in Uganda.Sunday, we hopefully will also have a leading Imam welcome us to preach. Then… the glorious privilege of proclaiming the gospel that saves (Romans 1:16)! I will preach while Charles interprets (all from the roof rack of the Land Cruiser.)
When it gets dark we will show the Jesus film in the Aringa language about 100 meters from where we preached. As most of you know it is a direct account of the gospel of Luke. It’s translation in Aringa just came out so this will be a first for many viewers. Our own Charles is the voice of Jesus and several others that I know have voice parts. Pray,pray,pray!
“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go un-warned and un-prayed for.” C.H. Spurgeon
As we have mentioned before, the dominant tribe in Yumbe District is the Aringa. According to Charles and other Aringa believers, Christians are less than one percent of the tribe. In the West Nile, Yumbe Muslims can be found as leaders in other towns and Districts. That includes our Moyo and our own Afoji. The Imam next door to RAU is from Yumbe. Please implore the Lord of glory to bring many Aringa to Him. Surely they are some of the “other sheep ” Jesus speaks of in John 10:16.
Please also be in special prayer for our protection and the protection of all, especially Christians. It has been reported that just last week three Somali terrorists were arrested in Yumbe. A new day has arrived in Yumbe and the Aringas’ hearts are are being softened. I have seen this first hand. Pray that the Lord would have His way and many Aringas, from leaders to those in streets, would worship at the feet of Jesus!
Please also pray for Ron Zeiner’s upcoming trip to visit us. He will be joining us for two pastor’s retreats in August, our 14th and 15th. We will also take him to various places for ministry. He is great friend and fine Bible teacher. It is his third time to be with us! Pray also for the container which currently is on the seas traveling to us.
We are praising the Lord for a bountiful soybean crop. Just today we have gotten it all bagged and ready for sale. According to calculations a good profit has been made. All that profit will benefit the ministry of Reaching Africa’s Unreached. Along with a good profit, many neighbors had jobs which, in turn, has helped their families. Our second season crop is now being planted. We are putting into the ground g-nuts (peanuts), soft lentil beans, onions, and upland rice. May the Lord bless the second season as He did the first.
“The prospects are bright as the promises of God.”
Missionary Adoniram Judson
Thank you for all your prayers and support!
Jacob (Carol) Lee
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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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