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.
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“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
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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!
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!