Dear Friends and Family,
We recently had a wonderful four days with our brothers from three different countries. Twenty were from North Sudan, three from South Sudan, and one from Uganda. The Christian brothers were from eleven different tribes . Eight of the tribes were from North Sudan (the regions of Darfur, Nuba Mountains, and Upper Blue Nile), two tribes from South Sudan, and one tribe from Uganda. Ten of the eleven tribes are listed as “Unreached People Groups” by the Joshua Project.
From beginning to the end, Carol cared for and served our guests in a Christ-like fashion.
My sessions on Monday were on discipleship, centering around RAU’s vision verse of 2 Timothy 2:2. Tuesday morning and afternoon I taught on the biblical view of suffering. In the evening we had a video teaching on Christology in Arabic. Third Millennium put this video together using a number of teachers, with one of them being a favorite of mine, Dr. Al Mohler.
On Wednesday, Emma spent the whole day teaching on good business practices, highlighting agriculture as a business. Time was also spent in the field with hands on training. The participants eagerly soaked this up and have since given Emma great feedback.
Thursday, resource materials were gathered. Each guest received a “mini library” to equip them. One of my greatest joys is knowing these Bibles/resources are being placed in the hands of leaders who will, in the future, reach back to their homes among unreached tribes in North Sudan, South Sudan, and Uganda. It is RAU’s priority to apportion resources to leaders who work in strategic places.
With new contacts being made, a good number of ESV Global Study Bibles and many gospel tracts are headed to the Nuba Mountains. Our brothers’ heart cry is for Arabic Study Bibles and books (including Arabic-English dictionaries). My prayer is that a number of ASB Arabic Study Bibles could come with the teams from America for ministry.
This Study Bible could be an excellent resource for the Sudanese Church in study and preparation for planting churches. Also, at The Scripture Shop they have an amazing micro chip packed full of fantastic resources in Arabic. Check it out here.
Not all have the ability to use the micro chip but many do(i.e. their phones which most have). It would be a grand blessing to get many of both these resources. They would all be passed on to our North Sudanese brethren or other Arabic speaking leaders. If you are interested in helping get some of these Bibles and micro chips to North Sudanese young men, there is a way you can do so. After Christmas, Pastor Jason Van Bemmel is coming to RAU along with two men from his church for ministry. Go to the ASB Arabic Study Bible and/or The Scripture Shop websites to order them. Have them sent to :
He would need to receive them before Christmas.These faithful brothers will then carry them in their bags to RAU. I will in turn make sure they are placed in the hands of Arabic reading church leaders. Thank you for your help in equipping these leaders seeking to reach their own tribes which have little to no witness of Christ.
I am very grateful for Joshua Abraham who was our RAU man on the ground, facilitating/organizing the transportation of these men here from four separate refugee camps. He is an excellent representative of the Lord and RAU in the camps. Our guests were delayed in leaving as the roads have gotten very bad with all the rain, but they all eventually made it safely back to their respective refugee settlements. Transportation is a major logistical challenge for our leadership retreats. I heard no complaints from our guests! A common statement I did hear throughout their time at RAU was, “God sent us to Uganda so that we could receive training like this to take back to our tribe” – Praise the Lord! I greatly respect each of these young men and know the Lord has great plans for them! Thank you for your prayers and support which help make these events happen!
Thank you to all who prayed for this, our 25th, retreat. By God’s grace we will have these young men back to RAU as many times as possible before the Lord sends them back to their tribe mates. Through your prayers and support you are helping raise up faithful leaders who are being equipped in sound doctrine and encouraged in passionate obedience. Along with their biblical training they have received excellent capacity building training so that they can become self-sustaining through Agribusiness or other entrepreneurial activities. In this way we are walking out 2 Timothy 2:2!
In the videos below I interview several of the brothers from North Sudan. I know that you will be stirred to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ from the Republic of Sudan.
In other news, we are continuing to clear the three acres we bought which is directly across the road from RAU. Through a brother’s generous donation we were able to make this purchase, do the clearing work, and build a perimeter fence.
Thank you for standing with us. Your intercession and sacrificial giving are means by which we are able to walk out RAU’s 2 Timothy 2:2 vision in this beautiful land to which God has called us! May God richly bless you!
Jacob (Carol) Lee
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!———–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!—————-Sowing seeds of love and kindness should not be separated from preaching the gospel of sovereign grace but completely intertwined with it!Jacob Lee
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