Praise the Lord!

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Many thanks to those of you who intercede for us, give us encouragement and support! Carol, in our last newsletter, laid bare our hearts. Thank you to all who wrote back with encouragement. We are blessed to have so many loving friends! The separation from loved ones and all that accompanies “home” has been somewhat easier for me than Carol. I tend to bury myself (rightly or wrongly) in the work. I, too, need prayer that I will drink from the “fountain of life” and not from murky, leaky cisterns. Frontier gospel work has many challenges and blessings. We do covet your continual intercession.

Here are some of our recent “Praise the Lord’s“. Please join us in thanking the Lord!

  • We have had a total 7 different meetings  with Aringa Muslim leaders,Sheikhs and Imams, where I have had opportunity to preach the gospel. They have received us warmly and were very hospitable. The Sheikhs and Imams have all received Bibles (Aringa NT’s, Arabic, and ESV Global Study Bibles) and Christian-Muslim apologetic reading materials as well as medicines and reading glasses. The Aringa Tribe is classified by the Joshua Project as a unreached people group with less than 2% of them claiming to be Christian. This has been confirmed by our Aringa co-workers and my experience traveling and preaching throughout Yumbe District. Pray! Intercede fervently!
  • We just received our 5-year renewal of Ugandan NGO status. We are now working on extending our work permits. Any time we have success in such things it brings much praise to my heart and lips!
  • A second bore hole is currently being drilled in a remote Metu mountain area where we have been doing gospel preaching and church planting. Access to clean water is a big need in the area. Praise God for the donor and East African Ministries who are doing the drilling work.
  • All of RAU’s 17 acres now have fruit trees and vegetables planted on them. Lord willing, this will help bring income into the ministry and help make it more self-sustaining.  RAU now has around 750 grafted mangoes, over 1500 banana plants, and many vegetables/grains of various sorts. The land is all fenced in well with barbed wire and t-posts  so that the goats and other animals cannot wreck havoc.
  • Our tukalus are being worked on to better facilitate pastor /church leader training here at RAU. After completion, we will have a total of 36 beds for guests attending training. Since our move we have had 19 four-day leadership retreats. Pray for the continuation of this 2 Timothy 2:2 vision
  • Work on expanding our bedroom will be finished soon. Living in our place of ministry gives only our bedroom as a place of privacy. With this expansion into the veranda we will no longer have to use the bed as a desk. We will have a small kitchenette, working areas for both Carol and me, a shower (still no hot water though), place for the bed , a small table and sitting area. It will go a long way in helping us stay healthy here  long term.
  • Our agricultural outreach in the area has really blossomed and given a wide open door for ministry in the local community. We have a weekly 2-hour Agricultural call-in program with our RAU Ag. extension officer, Emma, who is a “man of the soil” and has been trained well. It is fashioned after the garden showed I used to listen to on San Antonio’s WOAI AM 1200 on Saturday mornings. Our 17 acres is also serving as demonstration plot on how one can make money with the fertile, God-given land in area. We also dedicate one whole day to Ag training in our leaders’ retreats to equip them, as most all have to make money off their gardens while being church leaders. The positive feedback from the community has been overwhelmingly positive.
  • I continue to have an open door to preach on the local and powerful, private (non-christian) radio station.

There are many other things but the list would get too long. Without a doubt, both Carol and I believe God has been preparing us all our lives for what we are doing now. While we often face challenges and trials, they are not near the level of joys!

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The Grace of God

Without the grace of God and the prayers and support of God’s people we could do nothing. Any ongoing support for the above things is always appreciated. As many of you know, there are a lot of behind-the-scene  operational expenses. For instance, we just bought a very large pressure cooker (36 liter) to assist cooking for our large groups and had to do more maintenance work on the Land Cruiser which gets us into very difficult places (geographically speaking) to preach and teach. There is the expense of printing materials for the Imams and Sheikhs, and the list could go on. Many thanks to those who support RAU financially.
My burden for establishing a Bible school grows stronger and stronger. With regard to the facilities, with each project being completed, we get closer. The next construction project I would like to move forward on is the building of a large classroom with an attached kitchenette and study area. Once that is completed we could move forward with the Bible school operation and getting accredited.
Well that is all for now.  May God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and grant you His peace!
With love and prayers,
Jacob  (Carol) Lee
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2 thoughts on “Praise the Lord!

  1. Asusi JB Sam

    Jacob and madam Carol God bless you. I am extremely happy for the water project in the disadvantaged place of Metu

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