Friends, I hope you are well and are seeking to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ
. Carol and I as well as all of us at Reaching Africa’s Unreached will forever be grateful for all your prayers and support. Thank you so very much! God bless you!
Now that we have come through 3 modules of training for our North and South Sudanese brothers we are looking at a different group: local pastors from Metu, Moyo, Yumbe and Koboko coming at the end of this month for Modules 6 &7; we’ll be partnering with High Pointe Baptist Church (Austin, Texas) and Reaching and Teaching International.
A group photo outside the Hall of Tyrannus.
A few days ago, 3 reps from World Vision were by for a “check out visit” after hearing about about the Ag side of the ministry. It was a good visit and on the Aug 15th they are bringing 105 lead farmers from the nearby refugee encampments for a one day training in vegetable growing. We will also have time to engage the farmers with the gospel. The agricultural side of the ministry has really opened up doors of ministry among the Refugee settlements and in our local community, most importantly, giving us an opportunity to aid in economically empowering church leaders and their congregations. Please continue to pray for us!
The Kampala carpenters are back to complete the finishing work on the mission house. We are putting in some more box gardens as we have found they are a great help in demonstrating vegetable and herb production.
The harvest of RAU’s g-nuts (peanuts) begins Monday with immediate planting of second season crops when g-nuts are harvested. They have done well. A sample I pulled with Henery showed 52 pods for 1 g-nut planted. I am okay with that! This is the Serenut 14R g-nut variety which is resistant to the Rosette virus which has been stunting the productivity of the local g-nuts. Our hope is to get this new variety out in our West Nile area for the benefit and blessing of all.
My heart longs to be spending more time in discipleship…we keep telling ourselves that the construction things will be done soon and the building work will be able to increase ministry opportunities for generations of gospel work….I pray so! Carol and I see ourselves like “road builders” for future generations of gospel work through RAU.
Ponder this: What is meant in missionary circles when the term “unreached” is used?
Below is a very helpful short video from Pioneers which expresses well what we believe at Reaching Africa’s Unreached.
If you run in Christian circles you’ve probably heard people talk about the lost as well as the unreached. These are two common terms Christians may use to describe people who aren’t followers of Jesus. But where do these two terms come from?
Lostness sounds a bit judgmental, we know. But the point is not to condemn. Jesus said He came to seek and save the lost. It’s our opportunity—really, a privilege—to be part of that. Our hearts are moved by knowing some people have no one who cares enough to seek them out and invite them in.
What’s the difference between lost and unreached?
In a word: access.
Watch the video to learn more.
Video Link: https://pioneers.org/2019/07/12/lost-versus-unreached/?fbclid=IwAR12Y6z5_o9Qr0hTv3iZ12jLRDBA_Fbj7dGkgiWqkujdU48sUljlbW5S514
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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!
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!
I am sure that none of us will say when in heaven that we prayed too much, we sacrificed too much, proclaimed the gospel too much, and were too passionate to get the gospel to those who have little to no access to this gospel of grace. Let us together press on to make it our ambition to preach the gospel where Christ has not been named!
Our goal in our gospel witness is to take our eyes off the “risk” and place them on the cause for the risk. When God compels us like this he often will not tell us the risks…after all there are no risks for the all-knowing, all-powerful God. So let us be AMBITIOUS (Romans 15:20) to see that ALL are reached with the gospel of grace (Romans 1:16) in ALL places…there are no closed doors to the gospel, just some which are more difficult to go through!