“Eyi Ni Lidri” – Water is Life! Part Two

“Eyi Ni Lidri” – Water is Life! Part Two

By Carol Lee

“When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.”

Benjamin Franklin

There really is no need to convince people of the importance of water. Most are acquainted with the rise of panic when they turn a faucet on and nothing comes out, even if the inconvenience is short-lived.

No need for statistics. No need for pleading. People get it! YOU get it! No one knows that better than Jacob and I as we have seen your response to the expressed need through our newsletters, posts and pictures. Your hearts have been “flesh” and not “stone” and the result is that 10 Boreholes (water wells) have been drilled in the Metu Mountains in very remote villages and 1 in Fodia, the village Reaching Africa’s Unreached (RAU) resides.

Recently, we made known to you the need for a borehole in the village of Kendi (which has 3,000 members) in Moyo Sub-County. In a matter of days, the funds were there. In a matter of weeks, the funds came in for 2 (out of 10) other boreholes in villages formally requested for consideration of need by the Moyo Local Government. We have a great desire to answer that plea for help for the relief, health and joy of the community members–especially the women whose job it typically is to carry the water to their homes.

Additionally, without even requesting, funds were pledged for a borehole in another village in the Metu Mountains — Abeso. If any place ticks off the boxes of the need for clean, accessible water, it’s Abeso: remote with rugged terrain (check), no borehole (check), only available water is a 15-20 minute walk to a stream which becomes a trickle in dry season (check), animals and people use that water source for drinking, bathing and washing–meaning that the water is likely to be contaminated (check). It was the truest, joyous privilege to visit with the village members and announce that money has been provided for a borehole!

In the last few weeks, Jacob, Mindra (a RAU co-worker and Local Government leader) and I have taken trips to 4 places–Kendi, Eria, Pacuahwi and Abeso–to survey the situation, document with photos, engage in fact-finding and explain the 5-step process of getting a new borehole situated in their respective villages. For the sake of sustainability, we have found it necessary to allay misunderstandings and ensure realistic expectations so that each village takes ownership of the gift they have been given. Lately, Jacob has used the metaphor of a “leg-up” to help them understand that RAU (the pipeline through which your gifts are delivered) provides the initial significant boost (monetarily speaking) and then the borehole belongs to the village members (meaning, they must collect money for ongoing maintenance) and not to RAU. This has been an effective strategy in the places where boreholes have already been drilled and they are doing an awesome job of maintaining the boreholes in working condition.

Lord willing soon, Jacob, Mindra and I will visit other villages on “the list” to set in motion the process of providing other boreholes, the beginning of which is to fact-find and then to fund-raise. There are 7-8 other villages we know of that are in desperate need of boreholes.

Our prayer is that you will not grow weary in well-doing (Galatians 6:9-10) but that you will see the temporal and eternal value in this endeavor. (The boreholes have been a source of physical blessing but also an open door for the presentation and display of the Gospel of Grace.) Paul commends the churches in Macedonia for not only their generosity but their motivation and attitude in giving: “We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints— and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.” (2 Corinthians 8:1-5)

Would you consider helping and also passing on this information to those outside our small circle of friends who also may be interested in providing funds for these wells?

  Tax deductible charitable donations may be made via PayPal or check. To do so, please click on the PayPal link below. PayPal deducts a small amount from each gift as a processing fee. All gifts given through PayPal and by check are tax deductible as Reaching Africa’s Unreached has 501c3 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/RAU Bibles, 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin Texas 78155.  
PayPal Link for donations : https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=WAR99DL4JFWXQ

 “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 and Carol Lee

www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org

Tax deductible charitable donations may be made via PayPal or check.  PayPal also has a way to make recurring monthly gifts. Recurring monthly gifts are very helpful to the ministry. To do so, please click on the PayPal link below. PayPal deducts a small amount from each gift as a processing fee. All gifts given through PayPal and by check are tax deductible as Reaching Africa’s Unreached has 501c3 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/RAU Bibles, 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin Texas 78155.


PayPal Link for donations: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=WAR99DL4JFWXQ 
Go to RAU’s Facebook page for up to date reports, pictures, musings, and exhortations: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached 


RAU YouTube Videos: 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRmHafoBSemE7jS8kEHCG6Q/videos


RAU’s Mission and Vision Statements/Statement of Faith:

 https://reachingafricasunreached.org/about/

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!

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

Eyi Ni Lidri: Water Is Life!

Dear Friends and Family,


I am writing a brief note to inform you of our desire to put more boreholes (water wells) in some of our neighboring villages. The need for clean, accessible and sustainable water is great!


One of our mottos here at Reaching Africa’s Unreached is  “Sowing seeds of love and kindness should not be separated from preaching the gospel of sovereign grace but completely intertwined with it! Sadly, many times “preaching the gospel” is pitted against “doing deeds of mercy” and vice versa. We strongly believe in the “both/and” approach and not the “either/or”.  We have found that placing strategic boreholes in villages shows the love of Christ and the Holy Spirit, as he wills, uses this act of kindness (Romans 2:4b) to draw people to listen to gospel preaching (Romans 1:17) and draw them (John 6:44 & 65) to Christ alone for salvation.  James 2:15-17 says, “If a brother or sister is without clothes and lacks daily food and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, stay warm, and be well fed,” but you don’t give them what the body needs, what good is it?  In the same way faith, if it does not have works, is dead by itself.”  We simply cannot avert our eyes or our heart from the physical needs of those around us. “Eyi ni lidri!” : “Water is life!”.

At this time (March 2020), RAU, by the grace of God and through His people whose hearts are full of love, ten bore holes have been set in place in the Metu Mountain villages of Aya (2), Ijujo, Cinyi, Alugodu, Arapi, Duku, Oyo, Pamulu, Meria, and one in Fodia, where RAU is  located. Because of the rough and difficult terrain in the mountains, our costs have  increased to $8,000 per bole hole. We have worked closely with a local Moyo driller, local Metu Community Churches and Metu/Moyo Sub-County leaders. These boreholes are maintained by their community members. They knowingly take responsibility to care for the wells. Leading Moyo district officials have informed us that there are eleven villages which are in desperate need of better access to clean water. We are first wanting to target our neighboring village of Kendi. 

Our first task was to meet with the Kendi village leaders, elders, and members of the community who could be present which we did this last Tuesday (23rd) when Carol, Mindra (RAU co-worker/ local leader= LC1 Chairperson of Fodia)  and I went to the neighboring Kendi. Villages here are spread out in family units. We met under a mango tree with the Kendi LC1 Chairperson, village elders, and other community members and listened to their cry for closer and more reliable access to clean water. We were told that Kendi has about 3,000 people. Our hearts were touched! We then took a tour. There is only one small spring with a small amount of water and one borehole on the edge of the village which is a long distance for most of the community. 

The second task is to locate water which is plenteous, deep and most centrally located. Several sites were picked; now, our local driller with whom we have worked on the last ten boreholes will bring his testing equipment and see if they are suitable.

The third task:  money is needed. The fourth and final task is the drilling and  testing of the water in Kampala (which is done to make sure it is not contaminated for some reason). The good thing here in this region is that there are very few things which can contaminate the water when sited in a proper place. We are looking for $8000 for each of the eleven boreholes of which now $3550 has been given.

Would you consider helping and also passing on this information to those outside our small circle of friends who also may be interested in providing funds for these wells?

At this link is a short video of one the places where Kendi’s 3000 people find water.

YouTube: “A Borehole for Kendi”

A Borehole for Kendi

Please pray with us and consider helping. THANK YOU!  Tax deductible charitable donations may be made via PayPal or check. To do so, please click on the PayPal link below. PayPal deducts a small amount from each gift as a processing fee. All gifts given through PayPal and by check are tax deductible as Reaching Africa’s Unreached has 501c3 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/RAU Bibles, 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin Texas 78155.  
PayPal Link for donations : https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=WAR99DL4JFWXQ

 “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 and Carol Lee

www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org

Tax deductible charitable donations may be made via PayPal or check.  PayPal also has a way to make recurring monthly gifts. Recurring monthly gifts are very helpful to the ministry. To do so, please click on the PayPal link below. PayPal deducts a small amount from each gift as a processing fee. All gifts given through PayPal and by check are tax deductible as Reaching Africa’s Unreached has 501c3 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/RAU Bibles, 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin Texas 78155.


PayPal Link for donations: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=WAR99DL4JFWXQ 
Go to RAU’s Facebook page for up to date reports, pictures, musings, and exhortations: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached 


RAU YouTube Videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRmHafoBSemE7jS8kEHCG6Q/videos


RAU’s Mission and Vision Statements/Statement of Faith: https://reachingafricasunreached.org/about/

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!

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

2020: Blessings In Review

2020: Blessings In Review

by Carol Lee

Wow! 2020 — what a year! Most of us breathed a deep sigh of relief, I am thinking, and looked to 2021 for a deep, new breath of hope–and some changes. No two experiences have been alike–some have said that 2020 was a really great year for them–but I am pretty sure we can all agree that the chaos of 2020 blindsided us and we don’t want a repeat! In spite of the stress of the CoVID-19 Pandemic, I would also venture to say that some very good things happened. Here is OUR list of 2020 blessings:

  1. A slower pace with time to renew, refresh, breathe, think, read, re-connect. Jacob and I thank God for the unplanned goodness of emotional, spiritual and physical SPACE for us as a couple, and even as a ministry team. We needed it even more than we realized. The Lord taught us so many life-changing truths. Primarily, He taught us to trust Him — and His sovereign goodness even in life’s difficult circumstances. The year 2020 has put us in better shape to serve in humility, passion and hope in the coming years–as many as the Lord will give us.
  2. An opportunity to re-vamp, build, renovate. Jacob’s creative and forward thinking mind has been at full throttle throughout 2020 to bring about some very beautiful renovations to the buildings and other structures that will serve us well for many, many decades to come. When CoVID-19 restrictions ease and life returns to more of its normal pace, we will be ready with our facilities to host Pastors/Leaders and Teachers (finishing up Reaching & Teaching Modules) and Medical personnel (medical team outreaches) and farmers and student groups on the Demo Farm.
  3. The urgency to replenish resources. With continued requests for Bibles and other literature and a dwindling supply, the urgency of raising funds for more ESV TruTone Global Study Bibles (GSB) pressed in upon Jacob. By God’s grace, the response of God’s people and special help in bringing awareness, by year-end all the money needed to purchase a special printing and delivery of 20,000 ESV TruTone Global Study Bibles’ came in! As of now, the Bibles are being printed and we anticipate their delivery in November of this year. RAU will also be receiving 16.5 pallets of books from The Gospel Coalition-International Outreach (TGC-IO) delivered to Uganda on a Christian Book container. This is an exciting gift as we look forward to many more years of Pastoral/leadership training and Kingdom expansion to new regions.
  4. Aringa translation work and printing. Though it has been a long while since Jacob has been able to meet with Imams/Sheikhs in Yumbe, he has had the persistent desire to revamp his Christian-Muslim Dialog booklets (which he did) and combine them into 3 larger booklets (instead of 7). We know that there is a desire among some to continue the dialog. RAU is also partnering with Onduga Charles (our dear friend in Yumbe) to have some excellent tracts translated into Aringa for distribution in Yumbe District. While we eagerly anticipate open doors of evangelism, RAU has had the opportunity to show love to our Muslim neighbors in action and in truth through some medical projects relating to Diabetes education and disease control.
  5. Expanding and refining of the Ag Demo Farm. The ‘down time’ of 2020 allowed us to refine the vision for the Ag Demo Farm, and to streamline the focus of our Agricultural efforts. The construction of more box gardens was one focus area, bringing the total to 18 box gardens. Another focal point was the “live fence” which was planted around the periphery of the campus and around a box garden; this is to demonstrate the sustainable means of crop protection from grazing livestock, which is a huge problem and results in the loss of produce as well money (as livestock owners have to pay for damaged gardens).

For a more detailed description of what happened in 2020, you may click on the links below. The links will route you to posts that were made throughout the year.

February 2020

March 2020

April 2020

June 2020

August 2020

October 2020

November 2020

December 2020

The year, 2020, could not have been more unexpected in its impact and direction. However, we have so much to be grateful for. The bedrock truth of God’s sovereign goodness, even in trying circumstances, has been of utmost comfort and encouragement.

“…history is like a giant piece of fabric with very intricate and complex patterns. During the limited span of our lifetimes we see only a tiny fraction of the pattern. Furthermore, as has been observed by others, we see the pattern from the underside. The underside of a weaving usually makes no sense. Even the upper side makes little sense if we view just a tiny piece. Only God sees the upper side, and only He sees the entire fabric with its complete pattern. Therefore, we must trust Him to work out all the details of history to His glory, knowing that His glory and our good are bound up together.”

Bridges, Jerry. Trusting God (pp. 81-82). The Navigators. Kindle Edition.

Jacob and I praise God so much for every person, group and church that faithfully locked arms with us in 2020. The possibility was there for it to be a challenging financial year–BUT GOD! We are all the more encouraged that where God guides He will provide. These sentiments that Paul expressed in prayer for the Philippians is what we pray for all who are joined together in the Gospel in a myriad of ways, both here in Uganda and among supporters in the USA. “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:3-6.

Tax deductible charitable donations may be made via PayPal or check.  PayPal also has a way to make recurring monthly gifts. Recurring monthly gifts are very helpful to the ministry. To do so, please click on the PayPal link below. PayPal deducts a small amount from each gift as a processing fee. All gifts given through PayPal and by check are tax deductible as Reaching Africa’s Unreached has 501c3 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/RAU Bibles, 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin Texas 78155.

PayPal Link for donations: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=WAR99DL4JFWXQ 

Go to RAU’s Facebook page for up to date reports, pictures, musings, and exhortations: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached  

YouTube Videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRmHafoBSemE7jS8kEHCG6Q/videos  

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