For Such A Time As This

 

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Afoji Trading Center, 300 Yards from Reaching Africa’s Unreached: February 10,2017

“The United Nations has declared a famine in parts of South Sudan, the first to be announced anywhere in the world in six years….UN agencies say 100,000 people are facing starvation in South Sudan and a further 1 million there are classified as being on the brink of famine. This is the most acute of the present food emergencies. It is also the most widespread nationally. Overall, says the UN, 4.9 million people – or 40% of South Sudan’s population – are “in need of urgent food, agriculture and nutrition assistance….”. BBC Africa: “Why Are There Still Famines?”

The need is real and the fighting is real. Because we are located just two kilometers from border we have heard the exchange of gunfire, RPG’s, and  have seen tracer fire in the night sky. We are safe and secure on our side of the border.  Unfortunately, it’s not so for the ones on the other side!

The Lord has set us here in the the very midst of hundreds of thousands of refugees in our three district regions of Moyo, Yumbe, and Adjumani. He has also given you a direct connection to them through us and others “for such a time as this”!

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Currently, we have begun construction on an enlarged “Hall of Tyrannus” with adjoining dining and study. This new structure will allow us to host larger pastor retreats. It will also help facilitate the hosting of groups from the community, as well South Sudanese leaders from Refugee Camps, for biblical and agricultural training. RAU’s focus is 2 Timothy 2:2, teaching faithful leaders who in turn will teach others who then, in turn, teach others.

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Biblical principle of multiplication

Any financial help you can give in this building project would be much appreciated! We would like to complete the Hall as fast as possible so that we can begin using it soon.

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Looking northward at the enlarged “Hall of Tyrannus” with adjoining dining and study. South Sudan is just over the ridge.
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Looking South towards Moyo which is five kilometer away

Recently, I had a visit with UN officials and they are happy that we want to bring leaders from refugee camps here to RAU for agricultural and biblical training. They will be back for more discussions. RAU will endeavor to work with the Ugandan gov’t, UNHCR, and other larger NGOs in the region that have heeded the call to help.

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We have been told that the South Sudanese refugees will probably be here for at least 5-10 years. RAU wants to, especially, be a part of giving developmental help to them through agricultural training with the gospel always being front and center. The enlarged “Hall of Tyrannus” (See Acts 19:9b-10) along with our 17 acre demo plot will help facilitate hands on training.

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Current “Hall of Tyrannus”

On RAU’s 17 acres we now have many bananas (6,000+/-) that will be in full production when the March rains begin; this can bring immediate food relief. Most of our 740 grafted mangoes are still too young to produce but, in a couple of years, they will begin producing as well. In the our upcoming first growing season, in between the rows of bananas and mangoes, we are looking to plant soybeans along with many different kinds of vegetables. We will use our  soybean seed stock which we harvested in May ’16 for planting. When harvested, our plan is to grind the soybeans into meal. Soybean meal is one of the most complete foods God has given us. It can be a great food resource for the refugees as well as the local community.

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Upland Rice which was planted the second season of ’16 between the banana/mango rows. In March the gap will be planted in soybeans.

Long term, we want to help prepare and equip the refugees in the Word of God and in ways they can better care for their families and community through agriculture. The agricultural skills with which they are equipped at Reaching Africa’s Unreached can be taken back with them to their homes in South Sudan when peace returns; this is something we all pray will happen sooner rather later.

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Will you help us help them?

We commit to use funds given faithfully and wisely. We live here so we are “the boots on the ground” to ensure that God’s love is seen through you, his people.

With Love and Appreciation,

Jacob (Carol) Lee

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http://www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached

For those who have asked, small packages and letters may safely be sent to:

Jacob & Carol Lee, PO. 55, Moyo Uganda, East Africa

The greatest evil is having the gospel and not doing everything within our power to get it to those who do not have it!
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When at least 35% of the world; “the unoccupied fields”, have no access to the gospel, we (believers) must all do all we can to reach them. We who are saved owe the gospel to every lost person, most especially the 2.4 billion who will not hear unless someone breaks into their “unoccupied field” with no thought of their own life!
Jacob Lee

Tax deductible  charitable donations may  be made via PayPal.  PayPal also has a way to make reoccurring monthly gifts. To do so  please click their link below. PayPal deducts  a small amount from each gift as a processing fee. All gifts given through PayPal are now tax deductible as Reaching Africa’s Unreached has 501 c3 tax exempt status as a charitable organization.  If you wish to write a check you may write it out to R.A.U. and mail it to Lifegate Missions, 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin Texas 78155.

Retreat in fear or risk in faith

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Dear American evangelical Christian,

Please….PLEASE!! Watch this message and let it change your heart and your thinking and your obedience! This message was given in context of the current refugee crisis which is the worst it has ever been all around the world!

Here are some key points from the message that, I hope, will inspire you to live differently in these coming days and weeks and years:

1. Retreat from “mission” in FEAR, OR
Participate in “mission” in RISK AND FAITH!

2. The anatomy of retreat:
a. Disregard the goodness of God
b. Minimize the greatness of God
c. Disobey the word of God
d. Be robbed of the blessings of God

3. The anatomy of Risk and Faith
a. Believe the goodness of God
b. Delight and trust in the greatness of God
c. Obey the word of God
d. Experience the blessings of God.

4. ” Obstacles for God’s people are opportunities for God to show His power!”

5. Be a “Go-er”, a “Sender” or be disobedient!
a. GO for the advancement of the Kingdom and gracious
Rule of God
b. SEND by leveraging all you have to help the Go-ers!

6. Retreat in fear OR Risk in faith!!!

With Love and Appreciation,

Carol (Jacob) Lee

http://www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached

For those who have asked, small packages and letters may safely be sent to:

Jacob & Carol Lee, PO. 55, Moyo Uganda, East Africa

The greatest evil is having the gospel and not doing everything within our power to get it to those who do not have it. (Jacob Lee)

Tax deductible  charitable donations may  be made via PayPal.  PayPal also has a way to make reoccurring monthly gifts. To do so  please click their link below. PayPal deducts  a small amount from each gift as a processing fee. All gifts given through PayPal are now tax deductible as Reaching Africa’s Unreached has 501 c3 tax exempt status as a charitable organization.  If you wish to write a check you may write it out to R.A.U. and mail it to Lifegate Missions, 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin Texas 78155.

Apo Agape

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Partners in life and faith and ministry 

The road to and from Yumbe is becoming very familiar these days!  A person can almost anticipate every turn, every pothole, every rock on the way – that is, if one could see the road through all the dust! Oh! How we long for the rainy season to start.  Of course, that will have its challenges, too, by turning the roads into mud pits!

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The dusty road to “anywhere” these days!

A Danish proverb says, “The road to a friend’s house is never long.” In the same way, in spite of the rough, hot and dusty ride, our reason for traveling to Yumbe overcomes the distance and discomfort and finds us happy to engage in yet another meeting with Aringa Imams and Sheikhs or working in partnership with Charles and Pilgrim Church in ministry to the Yumbe District community.

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Onduga Charles, good friend and co-laborer in the Gospel, seen here working on the translation into Aringa of the Old Testament

This last Tuesday, Jacob, Emma, Zakeo and I returned to Yumbe (Apo Sub-county).  At Apo Seed Secondary School (a very nice facility), we met with 45 Imams and Sheikhs. There were to be 60; however, a well-revered, elderly Imam from the nearby Mosque passed away and many were attending his funeral.

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The materials given to Imams/Sheikhs: Gift bags,Christian-Muslim Dialogue booklet, Ag Training booklet, Aringa New Testaments, ESV Global Study Bibles, Swahili Bibles, Arabic New Testaments, The Gospel is Center in Arabic edited by D.A. Carson/Tim Keller , Nabeel Qureshi’s book No God But One and various gospel booklets in various languages..

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Gift Bags: Dental supplies (from friends in the USA),de-worming tablets, and tracts in gift bags

As always, the meeting started out with introductions and a couple of very short speeches by key leaders from the community.  We also passed out some gift bags and literature, all of which the attendees were eager to receive.  At every Dialogue, there is that reminder that we are, indeed, having a dialogue and not a debate; we are not trying to undermine each other, but to understand each other.  So far, this approach has worked well.  Though we have known of a few who oppose our coming, that we just had our 12th Dialogue is proof positive that the opposition is in the minority.  We have always been warmly welcomed.

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Leaders of the leaders

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I believe in language even though it has been wounded, deformed, and perverted by the enemies of mankind. And I continue to cling to words because it is up to us to transform them into instruments of comprehension rather than contempt. It is up to us to choose whether we wish to use them to curse or to heal, to wound or to console.” – Elie Wiesel

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“Once upon a time”…the Gospel in story form, by Jacob Lee

Jacob is typically given the first slot of time to present his words (most of which focus on who Jesus is according to Christians).  This time, because we were also offering  an Ag extension portion, Jacob took less time and decided to explain the Gospel in story form – a story he created to describe creation, the fall of man (in the Garden), redemption (through Christ) and consummation (being reunited with the Father).  It was a particularly effective story (in which the audience seemed sincerely engaged) with its setting being a rural village and…a latrine pit; the story line was something to which everyone could relate.

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Emma teaching on how to use body parts for consistent measuring in planting process
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This man eagerly volunteered to see if his short stature would affect the measuring accuracy.  To his happiness, he found it made no difference!

Emma “grabbed the baton” after Jacob and presented “Growing Bananas as a Business”, a topic which had been requested by several Muslims at the last Dialogue.  Agriculture nearly and dearly touches these people’s lives.  For many, it is one of the only means of potential income-generating activity.  To each participant, a booklet of agricultural principles and practices (written by Emma) was provided.  A bunch of RAU grown Matooke bananas was brought as a gift and for inspiration (given that the banana came to fruit during the dry season due to the way in which it was planted and managed) – instructions included.  Emma concluded by answering their many questions.

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Taking notes during the Ag session

Both Jacob and Emma are gifted teachers with their own styles – Jacob, personal and animated and Emma, instructive and participatory.

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Afternoon prayers

Part way in to Emma’s Ag session, we noticed that people were coming and going.  The facilitator said the men were taking turns to go outside for their noon prayers.  Rather than anyone missing parts of the teaching, we stopped for a short while to allow them the opportunity for their ritual washing and prayers and then resumed the Ag teaching.

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“The Teacher”, the Muslim Apologist, who represents the Islamic faith during the dialogues.

The Yumbe Muslims also have their “go-to” person whom they respect and call upon to represent their faith.  This time, he was feeling poorly due to a bout of Malaria (we had the opportunity to give him anti-malaria meds and pain pills), but he did not let the opportunity pass him by to very graciously offer his perspectives and clarifications about Islamic beliefs.  He shared about a common belief we have:  being rude to the person to whom you are explaining your beliefs does no good thing in winning them to your side.  He expressed appreciation that Jacob has maintained a gracious mode of sharing what Christians believe.

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This young lady who was serving water is seen here receiving the literature which the men received.  I am happy she also had a chance to hear and learn.

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It was a long day – without a lunch break! (We provide them a small amount of money to cover a meal and transport.)  However, not a time goes by when we don’t leave these meetings with a pleasant sense of accomplishment and growing friendship and favor.  During the meeting, one of the very top leaders offered Jacob several opportunities to meet again with Imams and Sheikhs in the area.  We praise God for this friendly platform from which to share who Jesus is from a biblical perspective and to clear up misunderstandings which Muslims have about our beliefs.  Our sincere and loving hope is that, one day, many, if not all, will have their eyes opened to see the beautiful Savior, Jesus – the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!

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Donations for printing materials,buying of books (some we have to buy in America in which we or friends bring in their suitcases), medicines and other expenses to facilitate such dialogs is greatly appreciated

With Love and Appreciation,

Carol (Jacob) Lee

http://www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached

For those who have asked, small packages and letters may safely be sent to:

Jacob & Carol Lee, PO. 55, Moyo Uganda, East Africa

The greatest evil is having the gospel and not doing everything within our power to get it to those who do not have it. (Jacob Lee)

Tax deductible  charitable donations may  be made via PayPal.  PayPal also has a way to make reoccurring monthly gifts. To do so  please click their link below. PayPal deducts  a small amount from each gift as a processing fee. All gifts given through PayPal are now tax deductible as Reaching Africa’s Unreached has 501 c3 tax exempt status as a charitable organization.  If you wish to write a check you may write it out to R.A.U. and mail it to Lifegate Missions, 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin Texas 78155.

Open Doors!

 

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Christian-Muslim Dialog # 11

Dear Friends and Family,

We had a wonderful day, Saturday (4th), interacting with 54 Imam/Sheikhs from Yumbe. They all listen respectfully to the clear message of the gospel.

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I preached from John 10:1-18. I was given 80 minutes which I used to the minute.

 Perti and Heidi Söderlund, Aaron and Hannah Mason,Cam Seals, and Joseph Mann joined Charles, Carol and myself. It was Aaron’s, Hannah’s, Cam’s, Joseph’s first time to be with us and Perti’s and Heidi’s second time.  Everyone at the gathering introduced themselves and then I was given and an hour and 10 minutes to speak, which I used to the minute. I taught/preached from John 10:1-18. After I finished. Perti shared his stirring testimony.  

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Perti sharing his testimony of coming to Christ alone for salvation.

 

Then a spokesman from the Imams spoke for about 45 minutes. Next I was given a short time to respond. In closing, I shared our desire and plan to bring agriculture training to them as well English lessons.

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This young man represents his Muslim faith well and with a passion to win others to his faith. The other leaders respect him much because he represents them well.
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This is the Yumbe town Khard (elected by other Sheikhs and Imams to lead them) who facilitated the dialog well. I am grateful for his leadership and friendship.

All the Imams and Sheikhs were very hospitable and attentive. Our friendship is growing. These dialogs have shown to the community and world that Christians and Muslims can sit together in friendship and respect in spite of their different and strong convictions of belief.

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Here, a couple Imam friends are finding John 10:1-18 in their new Aringa NT’s so that they can follow along with the message I gave. Page numbers in the NT’s also were a great help in getting the Imams and Sheikhs to the right passage used in the message. Thank you friends for the support given to get these NT’s, the reading glasses, and all the other things we are enabled to do to help make these dialogs life changing! God bless you!

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We brought and distributed Bibles, literature as well as medicine and dental care items.

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Those who could read English received a copy of Nabeel Quresi’s No God But One: Allah or Jesus?
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Aringa New Testament
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10 bunches of Matoke bananas grown on RAU’s demo land were given to the Sheikhs and Imams.

This coming Tuesday (7th), we will meet with a different group of 60 Imams and Sheikhs from a different area of Yumbe District. Joining Carol, Charles and me will be RAU’s Agricultural representative, Emma, to have a session in his area of expertise. Since this is a new area of the District where I have not been I will share my message entitled, “Allah’s Korbani Plan of Salvation”. You can find the message here along with pictures from past dialogs: https://reachingafricasunreached.org/allahs-korbani-plan-of-salvation/

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Thank you all for your prayers and support! Please continue to pray and give as you are enabled that we may continue in our outreach to Muslim leaders among the Aringa unreached people group and other ministries of outreach into surrounding churches and communities.

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The Imams and Sheikhs loved the way Carol dressed herself. She is a great witness of a godly woman of faith! Please continue to pray for us! Thank you!

In God’s Loving and Sovereign Grip,

Jacob (Carol) Lee

http://www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached

For those who have asked, small packages and letters may safely be sent to:

Jacob & Carol Lee, PO. 55, Moyo Uganda, East Africa

The greatest evil is having the gospel and not doing everything within our power to get it to those who do not have it. (Jacob Lee)

Tax deductible  charitable donations may  be made via PayPal.  PayPal also has a way to make reoccurring monthly gifts. To do so  please click their link below. PayPal deducts  a small amount from each gift as a processing fee. All gifts given through PayPal are now tax deductible as Reaching Africa’s Unreached has 501 c3 tax exempt status as a charitable organization.  If you wish to write a check you may write it out to R.A.U. and mail it to Lifegate Missions, 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin Texas 78155.

Dialog Number Eleven with Yumbe Imams and Sheikhs

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Reaching Africa’s Unreached is located at the tip of the pen. Yumbe is to the West. (Photo:Heidi Soderlund)

 

Dear Praying Friends and Family,

On Saturday, the 4th, I have another opportunity to meet and dialog  with my Muslim friends in Yumbe. Our friendship has grown since our first dialog in June of 2015. Charles, our faithful co-worker in Yumbe and my interpreter, reports that we are expecting around 50 Imams and Sheikhs. Our topic remains “Who is Jesus?”. Every time we have met the Muslims leaders have been hospitable and friendly. They have been openly appreciative of the Bibles, literature and other gifts they have received.  In this dialog Perrti, a missionary from Finland, will be joining me. In one of our previous dialogs Perrti as well as Pastor Illka from Finland, also spoke. Illka has an active and fruitful ministry in Finland.

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This is one of my favorite pictures. Many Yumbe Sheikhs and Imams have become good friends through our dialogs.
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For a true dialog to take place we must also sit and listen. I have been taught much about Islam through our friendly and, sometimes, intense exchanges.

This time along with more Bibles and literature I am bringing some RAU-grown Matoke bananas, soap, medicines, tooth brushes/paste which were sent back with us the last time we were in Texas. I will preaching and teaching from John 10:1-18. Please be  in prayer for our time together. Usually we meet for 4-5 hours. Pray that each and everyone will behold the Good Shepherd who, of His own will, laid down His life for the sheep.

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An earlier dialog in which Illka and Perrti participated.

This past Saturday, we took a 10-member team with Adventures in Mission to the Metu Mountain village churches of Oku and Cinyi. Members of the team shared their testimony and encouragement from the Word of God. On Sunday, the 29th, they broke up and went to various churches in Moyo District. They left on Sunday. Carol and I greatly enjoyed our short time with them.

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Adventures in Mission Team – World Race

Tuesday, I returned with Tobious and Samuel to Cinyi Community Church . It is a rugged drive. I continue to be thankful for the Land Cruiser which enables these kinds of trips. Thank you for the support given to make constant repairs on it. The Cinyi church has now been in existence for two years and continues to grow. Tuesday we had Bible Study, distributed Madi NT’s and literature, medicines, building supplies, Kindle Fires with “Jesus” film in Madi (with accompanying portable solar panels donated by “Study To Be Approved”) and another drip irrigation kit donated by “M.A.R.S.”.

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The Cinyi Community Church on their own accord are building a simple church structure using timbers harvested from the bush for the poles and grass for the roof. The only thing from the outside are the nails we brought from RAU and a “Danny” tarp from Texas for the floor so people do not have to sit on the dirt. In about a month the rains will begin again and this will serve the church for now. Looking at it, though, it is already not big enough.

On a sad note we are literally  watching a mass exodus of people and things passing by us. The South Sudan border is just a little over a mile from us. A quarter of a mile south of us in the Afoji trading center where the UN is setting up a processing center for all the refugees leaving Kajo Keji . It is heartbreaking to see all the people fleeing and most with just what they can carry. Some, who have money, are able to hire bodas (motorcycles) and trucks to ferry their things. You can see the fear and despair in their eyes. Please pray for those fleeing the fighting in their homeland. The Lord has set them right in our midst so that we may show the love of Christ in both Word and deed. In about a month our banana trees (6000) will be in full production and we will get soybeans planted when the rains begin in the first of march. Lord willing we will be able to assist them with these crops. Pray for us and help if you can. Thank you!

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Afoji Trading Center just a half kilometer south of RAU
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Most refugees are leaving their homes in South Sudan with just what they can carry.

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Carol and I as well all the RAU team appreciated your love and support. We could not be doing what we are doing without your faithful prayer and financial support. We pray you will not grow weary in your gracious support and prayers!

Carol worked hard and put an overview of RAU’s ministry in 2016. You can read it here. She has included many of her beautiful pictures. Our Lord is so good!

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I am a blessed man to have such a wife! Take a look at her year end 2016 report and praise God with us.

May God Bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you!

Thank you,

Jacob (Carol) Lee

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http://www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached

For those who have asked, small packages and letters may safely be sent to:

Jacob & Carol Lee, PO. 55, Moyo Uganda, East Africa

The greatest evil is having the gospel and not doing everything within our power to get it to those who do not have it. (Jacob Lee)

Tax deductible  charitable donations may  be made via PayPal.  PayPal also has a way to make reoccurring monthly gifts. To do so  please click their link below. PayPal deducts  a small amount from each gift as a processing fee. All gifts given through PayPal are now tax deductible as Reaching Africa’s Unreached has 501 c3 tax exempt status as a charitable organization.  If you wish to write a check you may write it out to R.A.U. and mail it to Lifegate Missions, 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin Texas 78155.