New Land Opportunity

Feb. 2021 Satellite view of RAU’s current properties: 17 acres and 3 acres across the road

Dear Friends,

I hope this post finds you well! A belated happy Mother’s Day to you mothers and those that are playing that important role in someone’s life. I remember, with fondness and gratefulness, my mother, grandmothers and great grandmother. I have seen first hand  how these “mothers”, as well as Carol, have been examples of Christ’s love. I will forever be grateful for them!

Recently, it has been pressing on my mind to add some acres to RAU’s campus for future development. From the very beginning, Health Care has been one “branch” of our vision to have some kind of medical facility and outreach into the community. Many in our area suffer as a result of the lack of high level care, having to travel a good distance at great expense to reach a hospital which can provide for their medical needs. I am envisioning a small, well-equipped, well-managed health center or small private hospital that can serve both our local community members and, possibly, those across the border in South Sudan.  Providentially, a landowner with 6 acres adjoining the eastern boundary of RAU, has agreed to sell it to us at a reasonable price. Both our RAU American 501c3 Board and our RAU Ugandan NGO Board gave their “Amen” to move ahead in raising funds for this development. Even though it may be some time before any building takes place, I have a sense of urgency to get the land now while prices are still reasonable and it is available. The road going north between our two current properties is soon going to be upgraded and become a major thoroughfare for Ugandan-South Sudanese commerce, from many cities in Uganda to Juba, the capital of South Sudan.

RAU’s location on the map!

 As the years pass, Carol and I have come to the conclusion that one of the reasons the Lord has sent us to Uganda and near to South Sudan is to be “road builders” for the generations to come who will follow in the vision of RAU. Whether it is in RAU’s pastoral/church leadership modules in the Hall of Tyrannus, development of the land as an example for farming as a business for church leaders, host community and refugee farmers, or ongoing renovations on campus making the way for long term missionary families, it is our heart’s desire to do all that we can so that RAU “bears fruit” until Jesus’ return!

In light of this, I am asking you, our faithful partners, to please pray and consider “jumping in” on this opportunity to help us raise the $20,000 needed to purchase the land, process a clear land title, clear it, fence it, plant eucalyptus trees along the perimeter and plant grafted mangoes within the land. Then later, in God’s timing, the medical facilities can be set in place. Can you help us?

Tax deductible, charitable donations may be made via PayPal or check. To give, please click on the PayPal link below. PayPal deducts a small amount from each gift as a processing fee. Make a notation: For Land. 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 , 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin Texas 78155.

Proposed Land Purchase outlined in red (with road access marked by dotted line); current property outline in Aqua. The road will soon be upgraded and become a major thoroughfare between Uganda and the capital of South Sudan-Juba

YouTube video Carol and I made so that you can see it first hand… 

Opportunity to Buy 6 Acres to Expand RAU’s Ministry Scope

We are still in the midst of mango harvest. The trees have done very well and have much fruit on them. There are 11 varieties of grafted mangoes among the 640 trees on the RAU 20 acre demo farm which will keep maturing up until August. We may be able to add 300+ mangoes to the new land (until building begins–after which we would sacrifice any mango trees where construction would be done). We have had a good number of vendors coming to buy mangoes at well below market price. Some mangoes have made their way to Juba!  We are eager to hear from a juicing plant between Yumbe and Koboko which has said they will come and clear all mangoes off the trees.  That will be a wonderful opportunity for RAU as well as the many farmers/church leaders who have received training at RAU and have been strongly encouraged to plant grafted mangoes. 

As you know from past newsletters, we have, as one of our goals, economic empowerment for the church and community via agriculture with grafted mangoes and our 18 box gardens for vegetable demonstration. In the last two months we have had 868 farmers from Refugee settlements and host communities to our demo farm for learning, in addition to the pastors/leaders who have received hands-on training during modular theological retreats. We hope to do this more and more and to be able to see with our eyes that socioeconomic conditions have changed for most.

Some recent events have been very encouraging to us:

  • On Monday, we received friends from our partner ministry, ABWE (Association of Baptists for Worldwide Evangelization):  Caleb and Alair Mitchell and two of their children, as well as Ken and Eileen Lorow. Caleb is the Regional Director for East Africa and Ken is the Member Care and Leadership development coordinator for Africa. It was a great time of fellowship, getting to know one another, vision-casting and strategizing for the future, especially when, Lord willingly, the two ABWE families are able to join us.
  • We met and enjoyed 7 South Koreans serving as missionaries with “Better World” in the Moyo area! We so appreciated their hospitality and friendship and fellowship
  • Many of you have been praying for Anzoa, the Metu Mountain village young girl needing heart surgery in India. Thank you  for helping make this possible.  She has been admitted to the hospital, has undergone tests and is scheduled to have surgery on either the 14th or 15th. Please continue your prayers, especially that follow-up care will have long-lasting results and well-being.
  • Survey work has been done for two more boreholes (water wells). Soon, drilling will begin and two more villages which had no access to clean water will have clean water! This brings the number to 25 boreholes, the project to which many of you donated your hard earned money.

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 , 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin Texas 78155.

Seeking to walk out 2 Timothy 2:2,

Jacob and Carol Lee
Love and Blessings from both of us!

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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

Long Term Missionaries Planning To Come To Reaching Africa’s Unreached

Recent open air preaching  in one of Yumbe village’s markets. Next door Yumbe District is primarily Muslim.

Time flies and Carol and I realized it has been over a month since our last update. We are very grateful for your prayers and generous support. From my first trip in 2007 to the Uganda/South Sudan border to our permanent move in 2013 and up until now we have seen, over and over, God’s grace being poured out to us, our Ugandan and Sudanese co-workers, and Reaching Africa’s Unreached ministry! Receiving God’s grace in the past and also His present grace fills us with confidence for His future grace! Over the almost 9 years of living here in Moyo-Fodia village has challenged and humbled us in so many ways. Carol and I know that it has been your prayers which have buoyed us in times of loneliness, missing family/friends, and evangelism/discipleship/cultural challenges. 

“To be alive is to be thrown in a blender, the scars of the blade are the inevitable reality.”

Tyler Braun 

Please keep praying for us that our hope always remains strong in the Lord, no matter the outward circumstances. “Slowly by slowly,” as our friends say here, we are growing in our cultural awareness so that we do not make as many missteps. At the same time, we want to challenge our friends here to see Scripture as king over culture so that Jesus reigns as King over all. May that be true for you in America or wherever you currently are as well.

I am happy to report to you that Christian Book International’s container  arrived in Uganda and RAU has received the remaining ESV TruTone Global Study Bibles that didn’t fit in our Bible container which came last January. That brings the total number of  ESV TruTone Global Study Bibles received in 2022 to 20,864, and the total number of ESV Global Study Bibles that have come our way since 2013 close to 30,000! In addition, we have purchased or have been given numerous local language Bibles/NT’s and Arabic Study Bibles over the years. These have primarily gone to church leaders in our West Nile, Uganda as well as to both Sudan’s and even some to Chad.

Sudanese pastors with their new ESV TruTone Global Study Bibles

Praise God! Included in the Christian Book International’scontainer for RAU were 172 Crossway Pastoral book sets.  Included were also several books we purchased from Christian Book International:1,008 of Plummer’s 2nd Ed. 40 Questions on Interpreting the Bible, Clason’s Richest Man in Babylon with Dave Ramsey,  Gene Getz’s The Measure of a Man and three other titles. Additionally, there were 60,000 of the 600,000 dual language tracts printed by LMI. All these resources were offloaded into one of our containers. We have just finished putting a roof over the two new containers. Here is a quick YouTube Video I did on the fly of the offloading of the books/Bibles/tracts: 

The roof over the two new containers as well as outside work is nearing completion.

All four Containers in a row, covered with metal roof
The side is only lacking the design stone and some paint to match the other buildings

The rest of the dual language tracts as well as 1,008 Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus books will come in Christian Book International’s next container to Uganda. It has been close to a two year process for these books/tracts, just like the 20K+ ESV TruTone Global Study Bibles, to arrive at Reaching Africa’s Unreached. We are praising God and are grateful for God’s grace and the love of his people…you!

We are in the midst of mango harvest. The trees have done very well and have much fruit on them. There are 11 varieties among the 640 trees on the RAU 20 acre demo farm which will keep maturing up until August. As you know from past newsletters, we have, as one of our goals, economic empowerment for the church and community via agriculture with grafted mangoes and our 18 box gardens for vegetable demonstration. In the last two months we have had 868 farmers from Refugee settlements and host communities to our demo farm for learning, in addition to the pastors/leaders who have received hands-on training during modular theological retreats.

One of our grafted mangoes compared to a local variety. Sales are ongoing.
One of our best customers coming for a load
A current look at our demonstration box gardens. Carol picks from them each evening for supper. We eat far more healthy here than we did back in Texas!
Some visitors from the UK told us (and showed us) that one large Jack Fruit such as this sells for 160 British pounds!! Can you imagine?

Recently, we have had ministry in both Obongi and Yumbe Districts. In Obongi, we were with Pastor Godfrey and Obongi Town Church. On Monday, the 25th, we were a part of the Youth Conference at Pilgrim Church Yumbe. Our good friend, Onduga Charles, leads the Youth and mission outreach there. The growth and zeal for Jesus is a great encouragement to me. They soaked up the teaching. Co-worker Zorah taught from 1 Thessalonians 4. My teaching sessions were taken from the Seven “I AM’s” of Jesus in the Gospel of John…”A Beautiful Necklace“.  In my beginning session I also taught about how to use the study Bible to its maximum potential and went over the dual language (Aringa-English) gospel tracts and how to use them in their communities and in small group studies. We also gave out ABWE’s Good Soil “Message of Hope” translated into Aringa which was printed in Kampala.

Easter Sunday with Pastor Godfrey in Obongi–with Obongi Town Church

Here are my teacher’s notes on  Seven “I AM’s” of Jesus in the Gospel of John:

 A Beautiful Necklace.docx

Yumbe Youth Conference

Late on Monday afternoon, we went to a market (primarily Muslim ..guessing 97%) and the youth lead in vibrant worship and praise. Gospel tracts were also given out by us with the hope of an engaging conversation. People enjoy the Aringa-English side by side and some even came to ask for them. Carol had a great conversation with one of the Muslim leaders in the crowd. Charles and I went up to the Land Cruiser rack and began preaching..it was going well and then rain came. At first I was saying to myself, “Why Lord? So many are listening.” Well, we were forced off the rack and the rain became heavy. The Youth moved the sound equipment quickly to a veranda and Charles and I went to a section of veranda where the iron sheets jutted out and made a covering. There we picked up right where we left off…Charles, who was translating,  and I have been doing this together since 2014 so we are now like a couple well-tuned pistons together. As I looked about I saw the crowd, now under the verandas, not wanting to move because of rain…maybe the preaching too? I saw, then, we had a “captive audience” which gave me great encouragement. Our Lord has His ways.  In these open air preaching events where we go to different markets, I usually preach from Mark 2:1-12 or John 10:1-18. 

 

From our newsletters, you are likely aware that we have been praying since our arrival in 2013 for  long term missionary partners. Our friend, Paul George, has joined us and now two families ,the Pryce’s and Langworthy’s, are looking to move to the RAU campus in 2023. They are coming through our mission partner ABWE. After much review and consultation with each other we both consider ABWE and RAU a great link up. ABWE has been around for nearly 100 years and has around 1,000 missionaries. They are able to fill the gaps we cannot in recruitment and vetting and we have on-the-ground work ready for long term missionaries. Carol and I are greatly enjoying getting to know Pryce’s and Langworthy’s. The Pryce’s are bringing with them six of their children and the Langworthy’s are bringing three. Please be praying for them as they are currently raising funds for their move to RAU. Ron Washer, Ken Lorow and Caleb Mitchel, all of whom we have met, are amazing, experienced and gifted leaders: Ron and Ken lead ABWE’s work in all of Africa and Caleb is the East African leader. 

With these two new families joining, my construction mode is in the “on” position for housing for them as well as for Zorah/family, Paul George, and us. Fortunately, over the years, much has been done so that it involves doing just some renovations and add on’s to current structures. Currently, we are working on expanding the small house–“Lydia’s House” (it was a bunkhouse used during pastor training)–into the container right next to it. It was the container which came in December of 2013. This is where Carol and I would move. It will be much smaller than where we currently are but we are just two. My main concern is making room for our books–LOL. The side of the container has been cut and we are progressing well. 

Using one of the containers in our home renovations

This leads me to an appeal I wish to make to you. The major cost involved in all this is the needed upgrades in our solar power system. It is the only source of power except when using our generator for our power tools and welder. I estimate the total cost for all the renovations to be $15,000.00  +/-. Would you please consider helping us financially with this so that we do not have to take it out of the general ministry budget? We are playing the “long game” here so, when we build, we are doing it to make things last for generations and, Lord willing, until Jesus returns. As I have told many of you, I believe the Lord has called us in our latter years to be “road builders” to help pave the way for those coming after us. Please continue to pray with us and consider giving to this special need. Thank you!

On a note of thanks (to the Lord and for donors who gave), Anzoa and her father, Richard, are now on their way to India for Anzoa to have much needed heart surgery. Thank you to each of you whose heart was touched toward this special need! Please, please be praying for successful surgery and recovery and return home. They are from Abeso in the Metu Mountains–where RAU was able to put a borehole.

On their way to India for heart surgery for Anzoa

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 , 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin Texas 78155.

Seeking to walk out 2 Timothy 2:2,

Jacob and Carol Lee

Love and Blessings from both of us!

This picture was taken this last Monday in Yumbe at “Open-Air”

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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!

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

Suffering By Design

Suffering By Design

By Carol Lee

I really wanted to entitle this post, Suffering By Design: Taking Risks That Are Foolish or Appear Foolish Unless There Is A Resurrection From the Dead. However, Jacob said I was born in the wrong century (it should have been the 17th!) for such a long title. So, let it stand as “Suffering By Design“!

The inspiration for this title came from a message to which I had listened many years ago by John Piper called, “Live to Die.” This sermon would easily qualify as pivotal in my being willing to join Jacob in Uganda on a more permanent basis when he had been simply going back and forth on short-term ministry trips. This is an excerpt of John Piper’s powerful, prophetic words:

““Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of his body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions.” [Colossians 1:24] Paul labels his suffering as “the filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions.” Suffering is designed to accomplish something called, “filling up” what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions….What is lacking in the afflictions of Christ is not the perfection of the value of its atoning worth, but the personal presentation to those for whom he paid the price. Christ, by the Father’s design, means for his atoning sufferings to be offered and presented to all those for whom he died, in every people group in the world; and this is to be done through suffering. However, this suffering must be accompanied with joy, because without it one will never survive. For the joy that was set before Christ, he endured the cross. And for the joy that is set before you, you will endure the choices that you make, which make no sense if there’s no resurrection from the dead. Joy is the only way you’ll survive your mission in this world if you decide to suffer for Christ. The joy of the Lord will be your strength through choices that nobody understands.

John Piper, Live To Die

We all take risks for one reason or another–some are noble, some are vainglorious and thrill-oriented ones (which, in my mind are foolish)–but I cannot think of a better reason to joyfully risk than for the sake of living out our original purpose as the Father‘s beloved, glory-spreading creation, heralding the self-giving love of a living-dying-resurrected-ascended Savior-Son who will gather for Himself a people from every tribe and tongue through the power of the Holy Spirit who was sent by Jesus to indwell, teach, comfort, convict, illumine and secure us for God. Every other risk has its merit by degree, but God’s glory beats all as worthy of our time, vision, priority, passion and resources.

Sometimes, this risk-taking looks like going to a place where, in case of emergency, there is little hope of a good outcome without the gracious sustaining hand of God. Such was the case for Randy Southwell, Overseas Director for ABWE’s Good Soil Evangelism & Discipleship Ministries (story shared by his permission) who came with the other members of the Teaching team (Dan Cook, Dave Drullinger) and ABWE East Africa Director, Caleb Mitchell. They had come to train and certify our Leadership Retreat attendees in The Roots of Faith: Old Testament” ABWE curriculum. Little did Randy know that, on Day Two of the training he would suffer what was suspected but only later confirmed to be a heart attack. In Moyo. With no critical care unit. No oxygen. Few medicines. Far from a well-quipped hospital.

The teaching sessions were going so well–running like a well-oiled machine–and the attendees were loving the fast-moving, interest-holding, interactive lessons beginning from Creation. By Day Two’s end, they had worked through Genesis 3:15–the Fall of Man and the hopeful Promise of an Offspring that would come to rescue fallen humanity from the ruin of disobedience and self-orientation.

And then the machine came to a sudden stop.

The team had finished for the day and they were enjoying another round of rice, posho, beans and cabbage with the retreat attendees. Randy was not feeling well and had retreated to his room, thinking he might lose the little he had eaten for supper. After collapsing in weakness and severe chest pain, crawling to one of the beds, realizing that he needed to let someone know of his condition and finally ending up on the floor near the hallway, he pounded on the wall and floor hoping to get someone’s attention. Thankfully, our friend, Greg Helms, heard the pounding and went to investigate, thinking someone had fallen. What happened from that moment displays functionally and picturesquely Ephesians 4:16, “From him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part.

Greg sprang to action to find Dan or Caleb. Dan, with critical thinking, gave Randy the first doses of Baby Aspirin that is recommended with a suspected heart attack. Greg came to fetch me (Carol) and, fortunately, I had a blood pressure cuff and a pulse oximeter that would be useful in monitoring Randy’s condition. Dave went into prayer warrior mode while Caleb administrated the necessary calls to ABWE’s Medical Director, Dr. Miriam Wheeler and to family members. Dr. Wheeler was instrumental in coordinating care and ensuring a safe trip to the States. I was able to call Dr. Neil Browning, a missionary physician and friend in Moyo who came to examine Randy, start an intravenous site with fluid and to give him a potentially life-saving medicine, Enoxaparin (long-acting subcutaneous blood-thinner). We got through that evening to MAF (Missionary Aviation Fellowship) and arranged for an emergency Med-evac flight scheduled for the earliest possible time the next morning. That still meant that Randy would have to push through the night with ongoing chest pain and fluctuating blood pressures and oxygen levels. By God’s sustaining grace, he made it through (albeit with little to no sleep). The next morning, crowded into the Land Cruiser, Jacob took us (with not a few bumps) to the Moyo airstrip where, within some minutes, the MAF plane arrived and we were taking off.

The flight from Moyo to Kajjansi (in between Entebbe and Kampala) felt like the longest hour and a half of my life–and, most surely, Randy’s. Though his pain abated somewhat, as he would drift to sleep in exhaustion, his oxygen levels would dip dangerously low after which I would awaken him to take deep breaths to bring the saturation level back to normal. I kept praying during the flight that the Lord would “whisk us away” to Kajjansi as He did Philip after he had preached to and baptized the Ethiopian eunuch on the road to Gaza. That didn’t happen. The captain’s announcement that we were soon to land in Kajjansi elevated our joy and hope AND seeing a very well-equipped (personnel and treatment wise) ambulance waiting to carry Randy, Dan and Caleb to IHK (International Hospital of Kampala) brought a rush of relief. Randy was soon transferred from IHK to Nakasero Heart Hospital where he underwent a procedure to break down a clot that had formed in one of his heart vessels. A number of days later, Randy was cleared to move out of the hospital to a hotel NEAR the hospital and then, later, to fly home with a traveling companion (Caleb Mitchell).

As of the writing of this newsletter, Randy is back in the States, enjoying a reunion with his family and friends. He suffered not grudgingly, but with peace that could have only come from Christ-centered hope and trust. We all praise God for His sustaining grace and for the outcome of this “event” which could have been grievous. When you prioritize the Gospel to every tribe and tongue, you are suffering by design because of a “joy set before you”–as Randy did. Caleb and Alair Mitchell write in their newsletter about Randy, “You would think after such a traumatic experience our patient would never want to step foot in Uganda again. On the contrary, he is talking about bringing his wife with him next time!” Jacob and I were impressed with ABWE’s leadership and support team who orchestrated day and night all that was necessary to return Randy safely home. We praise God for making His will clear that Randy should “remain and continue” for “the progress and joy in the faith” of many more people (Philippians 1:25).

Without diminishing our joy and relief in Randy’s story, we were sad to have to release our retreat attendees back home without completing the training (though they went home with a beautiful resource). Before they left, however, they were used greatly by the Lord through their immediate, fervent intercession in Aringa, Ma’di, Kuku, English and Sudanese Arabic for protection and healing for Randy. We hope, one day soon, to have another team back to finish the training that was started.

Not all risk-taking is that dramatic; suffering by design can simply be a long 3-day journey (times 2) to a place you have never been in order to visit people you don’t really know so you can ascertain if THAT is the place of God’s calling for a future that may demand greater risks and suffering by design.

The week after the retreat, Jacob and I welcomed Andrea Scruggs and Claire Williams to RAU. We met Andrea at an ABWE event while we were in the States called, 24-Hour DEMO, where those who are interested in the missionary calling can explore opportunities with ABWE and potentially get connected to other missionaries or ministries. In our short time together, there was a definite bond with Andrea and we invited her for a “come and see” visit. Claire, her cousin, accompanied her here–which was an answered prayer for Andrea.

They both got a taste of the wide range of “missionary activities” from ministry to money to mundane! The day after their arrival, we headed up the Metu Mountains to meet with the political leaders of the newly formed Otce (pronounced “Oh-chay“) Sub-County to receive a certificate of appreciation from them for the work (Bible training, Agricultural training and Borehole placement) that Reaching Africa’s Unreached (RAU) has done in those hard to reach geographical regions.

From there, we traveled to Ayaa to participate in a Women’s conference hosted by Ayaa Baptist Church. Both Andrea and Claire shared a brief word of encouragement while I took long (though not “until dawn“–like the Apostle Paul who, in one short paragraph “kept on talking” and “kept on talking” and “talked a long time“, during which time someone fell asleep and fell out of a window–I think some of my audience may have, indeed, fallen asleep as well, though without injury)!

During the week or so that Andrea and Claire were here, they witnessed everyday missionary life–plumbing and building challenges, financial management, listening to the needs and pleas of a father for his 13-year old daughter with a heart defect and discussions of how and when to help, work in the garden and quiet times of walking the campus, reading and praying. We enjoyed conversation, laughter and opportunities to get to know Andrea, her faith-walk and her experience of the calling to the mission field. It was a privilege to encourage her in that calling and through our own hard-learned lessons, guide her in ways of further preparing for what might lie ahead.

We were hoping that part of their experience would include the answered prayer of a container of Bibles delivered safely to RAU campus and the joy of participating in the unloading of 1260 boxes (which, sadly, happened days after their departure). Our hope and prayer is that Andrea’s short visit will not be the last chance for her to “come and seeand serve with us at RAU!

A well-purposed risk may look very much like setting an “outrageous” funding goal for 20,000 ESV Global Study Bibles costing over $200,000 , receiving the funding and praying for and working through the logistics of getting those Bibles from the print shop in China to the USA to Uganda during a COVID pandemic which has stalled many operations, including shipping. [Valued object(s) + risk-taking x Providential grace = joy-filled realization of goal]. Seeing the following image in the news reminds us of what could be lost. Thankfully, we and all those who graciously gave to this task did not suffer this loss…

…but, rather, we were given the opportunity to celebrate this successful delivery of 20,000+ TruTone ESV Global Study Bibles to the RAU campus.

We praise God for the many brothers and sisters in Christ who have shared the financial burden, who believe in the value and power of good literature; Christian Book, Crossway and LMI have been among those beloved partners through the delivery of:

  • 1,260 cartons of 20,160 TruTone ESV Global Study Bibles which equals 53,700 lbs. = over 26 tons of Bibles!
  • In a Christian Book’s container which has arrived in Uganda there are: “leftover” Bibles that didn’t fit in Container #1 which equals 44 cartons or 704 Bibles. The total of ESV Global Study Bibles to 20,864! That puts the total of ESV Global Study that have come our way since 2013 close to 30,000! Praise God!
  • 1 pallet of 6 book titles that were ordered (about 5,300 books) for pastoral/church leaders training.
  • 2.5 pallets of Crossway Global Pastor’s Book Sets
  • Close to 4 pallets of Dual language Tracts from our partner, Doug Salser with LMI.
  • Recently we received 600 of Conrad Mbewe’s book, God’s Design for the Church: A Guide for African Pastors and Ministry Leaders via Crossway. They were printed in Kampala. We plan to use them and other books which are hitching a ride in Christian Book’s container and which should be here soon.

For both Jacob and me, suffering by design has been embodied by a family–Dad, Mom and 4 kids in tow–who have come for no other reason than that we would be encouraged and blessed in our calling to northwestern Uganda. We simply cannot adequately explain how much it means to us that Stephen, Maddie, Samuel, Olivia, Caleb and Meera McConnell have, for the joy set before them, endured the cross of cross-continent travel–JUST to see us and to be an encouragement to us! It has been a joy and highlight of this year.

Purposeful suffering and risk-taking in the Kingdom of God are the fruit of “seeing and savoring Christ” [John Piper] and being willing to overcome obstacles in welcoming others to savor the same treasure. Inherent risks are on a spectrum of difficulty–not every action carries the weight of Jesus’ endurance on the cross, or of the Apostle Paul’s long list of harsh treatment and grueling experiences, but every risk taken and sacrifice made for the sake of Christ displays the value and priority we have for God, Himself, His people and the Kingdom Invitation which He has called us to personally take and give.

The suffering we experience may not have been designed by us–not expected (such as Randy’s sudden cardiac event)–but the willingness to see our experiences from eternity’s point of view and to accept that risk again and again for the joy set before us is what will put us in the position to finish the Commission that Jesus, Himself, gave his followers. To be the message-carrying embodiment to others of Christ’s suffering for us means our eyes are wide open to the riches of His grace toward us and it will bear the fruit of generous, life-producing priorities, actions and investments.

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what is the wealth of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the mighty working of his strength.

Ephesians 1:18-19

Jacob and I thank you for your interest and participation in helping us to embody the message of Jesus Christ to the people we serve here in northern Uganda, South Sudan and the Republic of Sudan.

We invite you to pray with us for the following needs and upcoming events:

+ Arrangements for future Module trainings for 2022; pray that the groups that have expressed the desire to participate will be able to “plan and execute” without obstacles. Our hope is to do 5-6 Modules per year. Pray for Jacob as he works to finalize the curriculum and “iron out the wrinkles“.

+ Pray for Anzoa Gift, a 13-year old girl from Abeso in the Metu Mountains, who is going to India for heart surgery for a VSD repair (Ventricular Septal Defect). Several of our partners gave toward the travel costs that she and her father will need. Pray that the surgery will have the desired outcome without complications and that it will serve to bring her a long and healthy life, especially in knowing and serving Christ.

Anzoa Gift

+ Pray for wisdom in the distribution of the many Bibles we received (and will receive). Our goal is to strategically place them in the hands of leaders. Already, we have been receiving requests and are planning to send four boxes (64) to: Terebinth Ministries in Gulu, a ministry which trains pastors in the fundamentals of the faith. Two boxes (32) are currently on their way to church leaders in Chad and the Republic of Sudan.

+ Pray for much needed evangelism and discipleship in Moyo (Metu Mountains), Obongi and Yumbe Districts. ““The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Luke 10:2) Pray for those laboring in the field who are stretched to their capacities and sometimes beyond.

+ Pray, along that line, for potential missionary families and a single that have shown interest in working with us at RAU (Reaching Africa’s Unreached) who are with ABWE (Association of Baptists for Worldwide Evangelization). Pray that these families and individuals would discern the will of the Lord and would have provision for the plans. Pray also for our growing relationship and partnership with ABWE.

+ Pray for RAU’s Agricultural ministry–that it would have the intended effect of inspiring and training farmers to think entrepreneurially in their farming practices and, through it, experience economic growth and opportunities they never thought were possible. On April 7th and 8th ZOA will be bringing 188 farmers for agricultural training. From ZOA: “Uganda houses the largest number of refugees in Africa. Even though Uganda is dealing with its own difficulties, refugees from South Sudan and DRC are welcomed with warmth and solidarity. COVID-related impacts have been serious with regard to our livelihoods and education projects, but fortunately there have been many achievements as well.”  Just last month World Vision had brought 688 farmers for similar training.

+ As we finish the task of obtaining land titles, pray for wisdom and vision in developing the 3-acre plot across the way. There is so much that could be done there with the provision of team members, buildings and finances.

+ Please pray and consider giving to Reaching Africa’s Unreached as we continue walking out 2 Timothy 2:2 in the Sub Sahara

Jacob and Carol Lee

Love and Blessings from both of us!

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 , 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin Texas 78155.

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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

20,864 TruTone ESV Global Study Bibles Have Arrived

The long-awaited TruTone ESV Global Study Bibles have arrived, 20,160 have been offloaded at RAU and 704 which are currently in Kampala will soon be with us! It was a little over a two year process.

We praise God for his grace and the love of his people which have given us the opportunity to get these Study Bibles here for leaders! Special appreciation goes to Christian Book International who was instrumental in helping with the many details in getting the Bibles to us at Reaching Africa’s Unreached. We are also grateful to Crossway publishers their help in getting this special printing of the TruTone ESV Global Study Bibles done specifically for us.

Church Leaders, Farmers, and Clean Water

RAU hosted 688 farmers over four days

Carol and I want you to rejoice with us in the work that your partnership of prayer, financial gifts, love and eternal perspective are effecting and enabling across the ocean!  These newsletters are a way for you to “come and see” even though you may not be able to travel the distance.

We are looking forward to Module Two of our church leadership trainings in the RAU Hall of Tyrannus next week. In our last newsletter we shared about Module One. Module Two is Good Soil’sThe Roots of Faith Old TestamentGood Soil is a branch of ABWE. “The Roots of Faith – Old Testament course unfolds the story of a perfect world that became cursed by sin and the giving of promises regarding a Jewish King who would become the Savior of the world. Each student will receive a  200 page workbook which includes four pages for each of the 50 event-lessons. Each of the 50 Bible event-lessons includes: a Focus page, a two-page lesson spread, and a narrative summary of the event-lesson. Workbooks include a divider tab for each of the 15 sections. Pages are beautifully and colorfully illustrated.” Carol and I received training this last October from Good Soil. It was a blessed and encouraging time. RAU’s Module Two  Roots of Faith :OT will run from February 21st-26th. After completion, each student will be certified to teach it. RAU’s push remains 2 Timothy 2:2 and we will encourage church leaders in attendance to immediately begin teaching what they have learned. RAU is grateful for our partnership with ABWE. An added joy is that missionary friends, Greg and Kilby Helms,  working in and around Arua, will be spending the week with us, too.

This is the ABWE teaching team:

  • David Drullinger: After David’s retirement from Cedarville University he joined ABWE and moved to South Africa helping with theological training. He was recently appointed the Regional Director of South Africa.
  • Dan Cook: Dan is an ABWE missionary in Brazil. He is involved in leadership training, church planting and is the regional director of Good Soil in Brazil
  • Randy Southwell: Randy is the ABWE Overseas Director of Good Soil Evangelism & Discipleship Ministries. ABWE headquarters are in New Cumberland Pennsylvania which is near Harrisburg  Pennsylvania.
  • Caleb Mitchell: Caleb is an ABWE missionary here in Uganda based in Jinja. He is involved in discipleship and leadership training. Caleb is ABWE’s East Africa Regional Director 

Please pray for this pastor/church leadership retreat February 21st -26th. Thank you!

We had four full days ( Feb. 2, 3, 7 & 9) of agricultural training here at RAU’s demo farm and box gardens.  World Vision brought farmers from the nearby refugee settlements/& host communities. Along with the World Vision team, ZOA (a Danish NGO) and the OPM (Office of the Prime Minister) were represented. In the four days, we interacted with 688  farmers. Two farmers came as representatives of each of 334 Farmer’s Groups. We were told by World Vision that each group has 27-30 members. This means that, potentially, 9,018 farmers will be exposed to new farming practices and “Farming as a Business” principles, if the participants return to their homes and practice our motto of 2 Timothy 2:2 (Teaching faithful people who, in turn, teach others to teach others). ​

All the participants were divided into 3 groups and each group rotated between 3 stations each day (On two days we had separate groups of farmers in the mornings and afternoons): Stations:1. Box Gardens 2. Drip Irrigation 3. Mango and Land management. Odendi Zakeo handled the Box Gardens, Paul George, the Drip irrigation, and I handled Mango and Land management. There was no way, with this large group , to go into great depth on every aspect of any of the areas, but they were definitely exposed to some great information and ideas, especially being inspired with Farming as a Business. One of the wonderful things is that we found a company here in Uganda which sells drip irrigation kits similar to the Chapin kits we have here that were donated by M.A.R.S. ( Missionary Agricultural Resource Services), so we were able to give them the contact information to get their own. Carol and I are so grateful for the many years M.A.R.S. has supported and stood with RAU in its agricultural ministry.  That was always one of the questions the farmers would ask when they saw how well the irrigation system worked, “How do we get this kind of system?”  Even though the system is a bit expensive for the average farmer, we tried to explain with examples how the results would pay for the system after just a few harvests from a small box garden.

Station 2: Micro/Drip Irrigation with Paul George, Tiondi Patrick and Onette Zorah

In the opening session, I explained that the “why” of what we are doing is Jesus. They all had access to gospel literature. Our sincere desire is that each person took something away which inspired them or taught them to see a way forward which has long term impact for them and their families! We are grateful for the RAU team that keeps on working tirelessly so that we have a beautiful place to showcase. I am grateful for the good partnership with World Vision as well as with their regional director, Lanek Pollicap. I am quite sure this is only the beginning with World Vision. ZOA is also requesting to bring farmers and they are also doing good work among the Refugees. It was good to have government representatives here as well so they could “look and see“. RAU continues its policy of not charging any fees (though that is the normal practice here in Uganda) to World Vision, other groups or to any famers  who come to RAU’s demo farm to learn. 

Station 3: Grafted Mango Production and Land Management with Jacob Lee and Alumai Henery

“Learning at RAU was amazing. Carol and Jacob are God sent. I am delighted to have known you. I will not make a mistake of losing contact with you and if there are opportunity to bring more people to your farm for more learning, I will, including linking more partners to you as long as they are ready to learn. Looking forward for more Ministry work together.”

Lanek Pollicap | Component Manager || EUTF-SUPREME PROJECT|| World Vision Uganda

On February 5th we were in Aliodranyosi, a Yumbe village which has a desperate need for clean water.  They are literally drinking murky water from a hole which seeps through the ground. Proverbs 25:25 says “As cold water to a tired soul, so is good news from a far country.” In our case, the “cold water” WAS the good news. We also had the privilege of letting them know that a loving gift was given which would provide them a proper borehole with a hand pump, allowing them to drink clear, clean water. I love to tell them the “why” of the gift (the love of God through His people) and the “how” (RAU is only a pipeline of grace and it will take a process but the process will soon begin.) I reminded them that the borehole (well) when finished will now become THEIRS, which means the upkeep belongs to them to manage with the help of a water committee (formed by them) which collects a small monthly fee that is saved for future needs. So far that has been working very well in the 23 other villages where RAU has been able to assist with a borehole. We are grateful for TouCan Ventures for the funding of this borehole and for another village in Moyo District in a similar situation. Selecting villages for boreholes is very difficult as there are a large number of villages in our Moyo District and nearby Yumbe District which have NO access to clean water. As mentioned in our last newsletter, we are seeking to add 22 to the 23 we have put in since 2014. Would you consider helping us in this?

Drinking water for the village of Aliodranyosi

While we were waiting for a friend to arrive, we were able to interact and get to know some of the community members. During this time we gave some reading materials, in this case, in Aringa–some New Testaments and other Christian literature translated from English to Aringa by our friend, Onduga Charles. I am very grateful that Charles was able to join us as my interpreter in Aringa. Charles can (usually) pick my English as well as pick my heart and spirit and can explain what I am saying in a way that reflects my heart and meaning. We have been working together since 2014 and he has interpreted in Christian-Muslim Dialogs and Open air preaching in the markets on market days.
RAU is truly grateful for all those whose hearts are touched to give for this particular project. One young man stood up at the end and asked, on behalf of 70 or so other villages, if they have received such a gift, could this gift also not be given to their brothers and sisters in the other places. How we wish we could! May the Lord grant it to be so!

On a personal note we recently had a scare.  Our 5 year granddaughter was airlifted by helicopter to the Cooks Children’s Hospital February 6th! She started to have a hard time breathing and her parents took her to the local hospital and, then,almost immediately taken to Ft. Worth. Her oxygen level was very very low. It appears there was some kind of infection in her lungs. She is back home now and doing well, praise God!  Also, our granddaughter (oldest) was found to have a bone cyst in her finger which requires surgery and a bone graft. She is 10 years old. It is so hard for us to be away from them, especially when things go awry, and we are not to be able to support them in times of trouble. Carol and I pray daily for our family. We request your prayers for us and them that our trust would remain in the Lord! Thank  you very much!

Our granddaughter and daughter. Our granddaughter said she enjoyed the helicopter ride but is not ready to ride in a plane! 

Carol and I are grateful for the Lord’s grace and mercy. We are also very thankful for those who are supporting us in prayers and with their financial gifts.

(In the village of Aliodranyosi)

Your partners in walking out 2 Timothy 2:2 with our Ugandan and Sudanese brothers and sisters in Christ,

Jacob and Carol Lee

Love and Blessings from both of us!

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 , 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!

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