Carol and I, as well as the whole R.A.U. team, count it a privilege to partner with you as Christ’s ambassadors here in Northwestern Uganda, a.k.a. “the West Nile”. Thank you for your prayers and support!
As believers in Christ you, too, are Christ’s ambassadors and heralds where the Lord has set you! Heralds and ambassadors do not proclaim their own message (Acts 10:42, 17:3; 2 Cor.5:16-21). They speak on behalf of the one who sent them. We, as Christ’s followers, ARE His heralds and ambassadors. We ARE sent (John 20:21) to proclaim the one and only gospel (Galatians 1:6-9). This will be the passion of everyone who is captured by the Savior’s love. If this is not the case something else has captured us! Let us press on my fellow followers of King Jesus!
As Carol wrote in the last letter we had a group of YWAM youth with us from October 8-18. They ministered in many ways here at RAU and in the community. They helped get all the Bibles and books moved and organized in the container which arrived just a few days before their coming. They broke up into evangelism teams and went out into the neighboring villages sharing Christ. They also ministered in two Sunday morning worship services. We look forward to a continued partnership with YWAM in the future.
“Don’t let the sands of time get into the eye of your vision to reach those who sit in darkness. They simply must hear.” (Missionary Martyr Jim Elliot)
On the 15th and 16th, Zorah and I took along two of the YWAM team, Protais and Samuel, to Koboko for a church leaders’ seminar. Koboko is the capital of the neighboring district which goes by the same name and is the home of former Ugandan President, Idi Amin, and I am told by our Koboko Christian brothers that it is around 80% Muslim. Zorah, Protais, and Samuel gave their testimony and I taught. There were over 100 leaders in attendance. We gave out materials from the newly arrived container (ESV Global Study Bibles and books), my booklet “Christian-Muslim Dialog”, and reading glasses with covers.
What a joy it was to be with these men and woman who love Jesus and labor in very difficult situations. At the beginning of the second day they decided they wanted to give me a nickname in their local language. The Kakwa name they gave me was “Anyole“, which means “joy” in English. At the end of second day of teaching I sat exhausted but was almost immediately refreshed, body and soul, by leaders who spoke words of appreciation on behalf of the others “…we do not want you to leave…you have so much more we need to hear…please, please come back again… we want to squeeze every bit of knowledge the Lord has been imparting in you all these years…” It was hard to hold back the tears of joy. Your prayers and support make these 2 Timothy 2:2 times possible. Thank you!
On Monday, October 19th, Zorah, Emma, and I spent most of day in the Metu Mountains in the remote village of Oku. We left late in the day for home (Reaching Africa’s Unreached) and had to drive in the thick bush and steep hills in the dark with rain but the bush lights mounted on the rack of the Land Cruiser are strong and were very helpful. My 60 year old legs felt like putty on Tuesday morning from all the mountain walking! Families of Oku and Lea were encouraged from the Word as Zorah preached, and received agricultural help/future hope from Emma. The people reported how the medicines which we brought with us on our last visit helped and they requested more, especially some snake bite medicine (injectable hydro-cortisone) which we will try to get to them next trip (in remote Arapi/Gbari over a ridge from them two lives were saved from Cobra bites from injectable hydro-cortisone). Your donations help us supply medicines in these remote villages.
Here are two YouTube Videos from our ministry trip in the mountains. Hang on!
Since we have only been able to place one Ma’di Bible in Oku/Lea with a man who can read, I encouraged them to meet in the mornings under the same tree we were at for public Bible reading (1 Timothy 4:13 ) before going out to their fields. They happily agreed! Pray for these new believers and those who still have not come to faith! Along the way back up the ridges I paused often which gave good excuses for the mountain boys to rest too. While walking, I was told of two other villages over some ridges which have not been touched with the light of the gospel. They must be reached too! We will go…will you pray? Bless you!
You prayer warriors…here are a few things to be praying for:
* We are soon hosting a group 25 church leaders from South Sudan and another 25 from D.R. Congo for retreats.
* My fourth meeting with leading Yumbe Imams and Sheikhs was pushed back to November 7th. These leaders want to continue hear to from me and I am very eager, all be it with fear and trepidation, to lovingly proclaim the gospel and point them to the beauty of Jesus as portrayed in the Bible. We also have an open door for open air preaching/one on one witnessing in the Yumbe taxi park in downtown Yumbe and another day in nearby trading center, Kuru. These are unprecedented opportunities the Lord has given to be Christ’s ambassador among a tribe, the Aringa, who are 99% Muslim. Thank you for being a part of what God is doing with a people He loves!
* Please continue to pray for good health and protection for the RAU team, Carol, and myself.
* On December 21st we head to Texas for a visit and will be in the States through January. Carol and I are excited to see our family whom we miss so very much (pray for us in this). We recently received the news that our fifth grandbaby is a girl. She will be joining sisters, Eliza and Vera, brother Ben, and cousin Keira. If anyone in the Seguin area has a vehicle they could loan us during our visit that would be greatly appreciated.
In God’s Loving Sovereign Grip,
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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