By This They Will Know

By Carol Lee

“I give you a new law: Have love one for another; even as I have had love for you, so are you to have love one for another. By this it will be clear to all men that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.”

John 13:34-35

The physical well-being of the communities in the Metu Mountains has long been a source of concern–even since 2010 when Jacob first visited Aya. Each subsequent visit has only confirmed that medical assistance must be on our radar--it is an expression of love–it’s a language that everyone, everywhere understands and needs. Jacob and I not being gifted or called to Medical missions have, through RAU, tried to demonstrate that love in small ways–with medicines where supply is insufficient–and bigger ways–sponsoring children who require major surgery or supporting gifted people through medical training. However, the burden remains to do something substantial and on-going. Until we have provision on that “substantial” plan, we will do what we can in concert with others who have the same burden.

In our last newsletter, Jacob shared with you all about ABWE’s International Healthcare Ministry (IHM) team coming to help us assess and plan for the most needed aspects of healthcare which are not available in this region. After a survey of the several medical institutions in Moyo District, we were able to narrow down the plan to key areas (dental and ophthalmology) and to look at ways to implement the plan without forfeiting our highest goal of caring for the eternal and spiritual needs of the people we are here to serve (through strengthening church leaders, providing literature, sharing the Gospel and making disciples). The word which brought the most encouragement and hope to us during our debriefing was: WE”!! I cannot count how many times Jacob and I heard that word and it was music to our ears and a comfort to our hearts. Collaboration is a lovely and necessary thing–especially if long-term change and benefit is the goal!

Included with the yellow and blue vision is also the vision FM Christian radio station on the campus of RAU. Please pray with us and consider giving your dollars to help make this vision become reality. Look at our last post to see details about the radio station.

As we work towards the goals and plans discussed during the visit of the IHM of ABWE, we can continue to collaborate in many different ways–which describes well what happened last week.

On Wednesday, April 3rd, we received and hosted 51 visitors at the campus of Reaching Africa’s Unreached (RAU). Paul Ortega arrived with 8 other Texans from the USA and Dr. Esther and Dr. Edith (from Mbale) and Dr. Ronnie (from Kampala) came with 37 physicians and nurses from Mbale and Kampala. Several years ago, Paul’s ministry (E5 Outreach), Pearl Haven Church in Mbale (Living Water Ministries) and The Fellowship Church (Kampala) had partnered together to bring a medical team for ministry in the Metu Mountains. A second outreach was planned for the end of 2022, but the Ebola scare shut those plans down until this year. This year, there were no roadblocks!

Though we have never hosted such a big group before, the medical team and the Texas team made our role easy because of their gracious acceptance of the facilities and food we had to offer. When I apologized for any lack of convenience or provision, Dr. Edith, one of the TOP surgeons at Cure Hospital in Mbale, was quick to say that, when they have gone to remote places to provide medical clinics, they often go without eating all day and then have to cook their evening meal when they get back. Her humility and graciousness warmed my heart. It was all the more a joy to welcome and serve them.

Both teams joyfully and compassionately served the 1372 adults and children that came through over 3 days: On Thursday the 4th, the Clinic was at RAU campus, Friday, the 5th at Aya Baptist Church and Saturday, the 6th at the Arapi/Gbari community church. On each Clinic day, we had patients moving through 7 different stations: 1) Registration, 2) Triage, 3) Clinical exam, 4) Chiropractic therapy, 5) Counseling and prayer, 6) Lab and, 7) Pharmacy. On Day 2, at Aya and Arapi/Gbari, some of the Texas and Mbale crew provided special activities and ministry for the many children that came around. At the end of each day, the whole group gathered for debriefing and evaluation, sharing what happened, what went well, what didn’t go well and suggestions for improvement. I was so impressed with this process. It was done with humility and graciousness and a whole lot of wisdom.

The teams brought with them donated medications, lab tests and “Mama kits” (which are neatly packaged items that pregnant mothers need for delivery). Some items were borrowed from nearby clinics–such as scales, tables and chairs. Besides the medical team from South Central Uganda, there were a number of nurses/clinicians from Moyo District who came and helped and many interpreters and local pastors who were needed to bridge the communication gap.

Written records show that 209 made professions of faith. Names and contacts are recorded so that follow up can be done with them by pastors with the goal that they become a part of local church.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

The 3 days of ministry were long and arduous, made more difficult by the unrelenting heat. We truly felt bad for the hundreds of people who were waiting to be seen and, as they say here, “chasing the shade“. Though the teams were tired from traveling or a long day of work, each day started and ended with prayer and worship (see video).

This medical event gave me great hope that there are many who have a heart of service given freely. Many of the doctors and nurses were heard to say, during the debrief and evaluation, the words, “next time, we need to...”. That, also, is music to our ears!!

On Sunday morning, the medical team from Mbale and Kampala headed back home for their upcoming work week. The Texas team stayed on to spend the extra day with us back in the Metu Mountains for Arapi/Gbari Community Church’s service. Our hearts are turned toward them with compassion as their lives are so difficult and, yet the joyfulness with which they worship amazes us. Please keep praying for them (for all in the mountains and in the West Nile) that God’s goodness would overflow to them, especially through their ability to develop income-producing skills.

With just a week in between events, we are trying to recuperate and ready ourselves for “the next thing” in RAU’s Hall of Tyrannus. It begins on Monday, May 15th and continues until May 20th, as we welcome a teaching team (authors of the book) and around 50 attendees for “Helping Without Hurting In Africa”. Please be praying for this to be life- and perspective-changing for those that attend.

Teacher and Student texts being used

Pray for perseverance for us. We have another upcoming retreat May 29th-June 2nd. Ron Zeiner, long time friend and Old Testament scholar is teaching an Old Testament Survey module.

On Saturday, we had the wonderful opportunity of meeting Rebekah Bullen, a young lady who is giving her life to serve 200 children in Karamajong region of Uganda. Her desire to see a generation raised up from infancy/childhood to know the Lord and to hope in His good plans for them is an inspiration. We praise God for her (and her parents) and for all those who have joined together to raise up such a ministry in a difficult place. May the Lord bless those plans and do a great work of grace among those children.

A special thank you to all who financially support RAU. We encourage you as you are able to support the Pryce family and the Langworthy family who are joining us long term at RAU.

In His loving, sovereign grip

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!

Jacob Lee

4 thoughts on “By This They Will Know

  1. I am deeply feeled with joy , to see this inspiring article, and been a part to serve with you too.” Collaboration, ” “we ” are strong words that we may build upon.
    Thank you.

  2. Carol,
    My name is Steve Hill and I’m a pastor in Eugene, Oregon at Grace Community Fellowship. Can you send me your email address? My email is I might be traveling to your area in Uganda and I wanted to ask a few questions.

    Thank you
    Steve Hill

  3. Stephen Ouma

    Praise God, I am pst Stephen, from kenya. Asking if you have or plan to bring similar projects for Kenya. I would be glad if you do.

    I pray for you all. Pray for Kenya. Thanks for touching lives on Africa.


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