Rejoicing…ESV Global Study Bible funds are in!

For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.  No creature is hidden from him, but all things are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give an account.

Hebrews 4:12-13

I am pleased to announce that as of now, the $200,000 goal has been reached for 20,000 TruTone ESV Global Study Bibles, a container and shipping from USA to RAU on the Uganda/South Sudan border!! A lavish “Thank You” to all who participated: encouraged, prayed and gave! What a great way to start the new year. Any extra funds beyond what is needed for the Bibles, container, and shipping will be used to add more Bibles or other literature for pastoral module trainings and regional language tracts.

Now, the next step is to strike a deal to have a special printing of 20,000 Tru Tone ESV Global Study Bibles which will be put into a 40-foot container for shipping from USA to Mombasa, Kenya then overland to Kampala and then north to the RAU campus.

Current picture of containers sitting at RAU. The new one would be set to right with the roof continuing and a space between which, Lord willing, would possibly become a chicken coop/covered shed.

As Carol and I have written in one of our previous posts, many American Christians trade out their current study bible for the latest “study bible” (I know I have) as often as folks upgrade their vehicles! Can you imagine what even one single study Bible can mean to pastors where such resources are very, very scarce or beyond their ability to buy?

This study bible will be a great help in the Reaching Africa’s Unreached in walking out 2 Timothy 2:2 in our module curriculum for pastoral/church leadership in the Hall of Tyrannus. Part of our training includes instruction on how to best use a study bible. The study bibles coming in this third container would be primarily for church leaders in the West Nile of Uganda, South Sudan, the Republic of (North) Sudan as well as local government leaders,teachers, and Imams/Sheikhs. English is widely read, spoken and understood! With peace being established in the Republic of (North) Sudan recently and with trusted Sudanese brothers we know personally, it will be even easier to get Bibles into Sudan as well.

A study Bible, in particular, has qualities that can serve a pastor or leader well who has little formal Biblical training. An overview of an ESV Global Study Bible may be found here: https://biblebuyingguide.com/crossway-esv-global-study…/ . In this article by Tim Challies entitled, “What Makes a Really Good Study Bible?,” https://www.challies.com/articles/what-makes-a-really-good-study-bible/, Challies highlights how a study Bible can be a great tool for leaders in the church.

The word of God is not a trifle; it is a matter of life and death. If you treat the Scriptures as a trifle or as empty words, you forfeit life…our physical life is created and upheld by the word of God, and our spiritual life is quickened and sustained by the word of God. How many stories could be gathered to bear witness to the life-giving power of the word of God!

Indeed, the Bible is “no empty word for you” — it is your life! The foundation of all joy is life. Nothing is more fundamental than sheer existence — our creation and our preservation.

All this is owing to the word of God’s power. By that same power, he has spoken in Scripture for the creation and sustenance of our spiritual life. Therefore, the Bible is no empty word, but is your very life — the foundation and kindling of your joy!

John Piper, Desiring God

Now that we have completed the fundraising step by God’s grace and the love of his people, please pray with us for the best deal to be made on the printing/purchase of the Bibles and for their expedited journey to northwestern Uganda for distribution to Pastors and Leaders. Any extra funds beyond what is needed for the Bibles, container, and shipping will be used to add more Bibles or other literature for pastoral module trainings and regional language tracts. Once purchased and packed into a container, the Bibles will have a long and potentially eventful passage by freighter. Once they are brought to Uganda, they have to pass muster with the Ugandan Revenue Authority (URA) which usually requires some form of tax. Finally, the container has to travel from Kampala to Moyo on less than ideal road conditions. In thinking about the potential difficulties, holding fast to the sovereignty of God brings much comfort and hope.

“There is no success without sacrifice. If you succeed without sacrifice it is because someone has suffered before you. If you sacrifice without success it is because someone will succeed after you.” (A. Judson 1788-1850) 

With love and godly affection,

Jacob & Carol Lee

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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!

Sowing seeds of love and kindness should not be separated from preaching the gospel of sovereign grace but completely intertwined with 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! 

Jacob Lee

6 thoughts on “Rejoicing…ESV Global Study Bible funds are in!

  1. Fataki James

    My prayer is that let Almight God give you more courage and efforts to reach more people in Africa with Biblles such that they will know the Truth and Truth will set them free

    Thanks God bless you all

    Pastor James Sebit Friday

    On Sat, 9 Jan 2021, 4:53 pm Reaching Africa’s Unreached, wrote:

    > Jacob Lee posted: ” “For the word of God is living and effective and > sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation > of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and > intentions of the heart. No creature is hidden from hi” >

  2. Hello Mr. Lee,

    I am praising God for the work you are doing in Sudan! My name is Bridgette Holley and I have a monthly newsletter that I send to Christian women. February’s issue will be around the theme: Loving Your Neighbor: Community Ministry. I would like to feature a Q&A with your wife. I will include some background information on your ministry with the Q&A. I am sure it will be encouraging for the subscribers and an opportunity to expose more people to RAU. If your wife is interested in doing this, here are the guidelines…please choose between 5-7 of the questions below to answer. Email me your responses with a photo from a “day in your life” to include on our Instagram ( https://www.instagram.com/oikonomosgroup/ ) by January 27th. The newsletter will be published on February 2nd. QUESTIONS – pick 5-7 to answer: – How did you and your husband initially get called to start this ministry?

    – How has your faith been tested in your current work?

    – Briefly describe the impacts of RAU on everyone affected, including those serving, partnering, and being served.

    – Describe a “walk by faith and not by sight” moment in your life.

    – What is the most important thing to keep in mind when serving others?

    – What role does prayer have in your life?

    – What are some of the ways a woman can show the love of Christ in her local community?

    – What are some of the ways a woman can bless her local church?

    – What is the most important thing a woman can do to strengthen her marriage?

    – What advice would you give a single woman who desires to be married?

    – How can we pray for you and the RAU ministry?

    Here is a link to the January issue if you would like to see what the newsletter is like: https://ckarchive.com/b/75u7h8hl4w53 Thank you for considering!Bridgette– 

    | | Bridgette Holley | | Editor | Oikonomos Group | |   | | E:  bridgette@oikonomosgroup.com | | | | | |

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  3. Thank you. I have passed your questions on to my wife. Our internet is back on after being shut down country wide since Jan. 13th evening. Elections were on the 14th. It is nice to be connected again!

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