Our time in the States is fast drawing to a close. We are feeling the tug of war in our hearts – sadness at leaving those we love behind and excitement at heading back to a country and people we love and a mission which captivates us and propels us forward.
We started off enjoying a beautiful Christmas celebration with our children, Joshua and Becca, Josiah, and Anna and Kenny as well as our dear grandchildren, Eliza, Ben, Vera and Keira (We have yet to meet sweet Nora who is due to make her appearance at the beginning of April). Though we were trying to recuperate from a bouts of malaria, the Lord gave us a window of health and energy in which to enjoy our family. We were also reunited with our church family, Lifegate, and were refreshed as we worshiped the Lord with them on our first Sunday back.
Shortly after that, though, both Jacob and I hit a wall and were laid a bit low while continuing to recover from another bout of Malaria (and a UTI for me). Jacob took a total of 4 treatments before he overcame the parasites which had invaded his bloodstream. We both recuperated and returned to “normal,” which was good because we began a rigorous schedule of travel.
We enjoyed a wonderful visit with our son, Josiah, in his new home in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where the order of the day was rest, enjoyable conversation and “hang out time” with our beloved son. While in Chattanooga we were also able to meet up with good friend, David Jones (who has made two visits to RAU, Uganda) and his Dad, Van Jones.
After a week in Chattanooga we flew to Stephenville where we spent some time with our daughter, Anna, and her husband, Kenny Danley and their daughter, Keira. We have enjoyed our growing relationship with Rocky Point Baptist Church where Kenny and Anna attend and very much enjoyed the hospitality of some generous friends from Stephenville. Anna drove us back down to our home base in Seguin, Texas.
This trip to the USA has afforded us many blessings, among which are the visits we have made with our supporting churches: our own beloved Lifegate family, Amazing Grace Baptist Church, Rocky Point Baptist Church, Dayspring Fellowship, Bread of Life, Good Shepherd Evangelical, Gospel Life Church and Faith Lutheran. Jacob and I are fully aware of the great and rare gift of not only all our supporting churches but the myriads of individuals who give and pray, love and encourage and even visit us in Uganda!
Making visits to the States allows us to renew and strengthen relationships, be refreshed in many ways and make connections which will allow us to continue in our calling in Uganda. We are also able to stock up on supplies which are either not available in Uganda or which might be expensive there. We are always blessed to visit with Delmar Hager and his family who provide us with Kindle resources for pastors and leaders.
Jacob frequently emphasizes to retreat attendees and visitors that RAU is merely a conduit of grace to the people in the West Nile region. We have nothing to offer them apart from what is provided by the love and grace of God through the intentional, loving and gospel-centered generosity of so many local churches and individuals.
As we fly out on Tuesday, February 9th for Uganda, we are returning with our faith and fervency bolstered and our eyes on the prize (Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith). Thank you for your love, prayers and support! We thank the Lord for you all!
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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