From Grace-filled Past To Hope-filled Future (2017 in Review)

From Grace-filled Past To Hope-filled Future (2017 in Review)

by Carol Lee

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And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

2 Corinthians 9:8

Gratitude looks back to grace received in the past and feels thankful. Faith looks forward to grace promised in the future and feels hopeful.

~John Piper~

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It is painful to read through some portions of the history of God’s people as recorded in the Old Testament, so discouragingly repetitious.  God is gracious to raise His people up; they grow contented in this grace…and forget; God disciplines them through hardship; they suddenly remember…and repent and walk with God again.  This is repeated again and again and again!

This would be laughable if it didn’t step on our toes with the jarring pressure of conviction about our own propensity towards forgetting the Lord’s grace (unmerited favor) and His mercy (withholding of just punishment), of not recognizing His gifts and not seeing His goodness.  Indeed, we are no different in our amnesia and blindness.  We need a “swift kick“, a reset, a new beginning!

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That is the gift of “a new year” –  a specific and recurring point in time to reflect, remember, praise, repent, plan and expect.  Time is a continuum that cannot truly be divided up into neat, unrelated sections of events.  However, the specific allocation of “a new year”  makes for a consistent marker for us to remember and not forget what the Lord has done, is currently doing and what, through hope-inspiring grace, will do.  His goodness must be rehearsed and rejoiced in time and again, lest we forget.

I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
    yes, I will remember your wonders of old.
I will ponder all your work,
    and meditate on your mighty
deeds.”

Psalm 77:11-12

God has been so gracious to Reaching Africa’s Unreached (RAU).  Looking through the year of posts which represent our activities makes “the head swim” with amazement just to be reminded of it all and then, more so, in trying to capture a “snapshot” of it in review.

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First and foremost, Jacob and I and the RAU team on this side are grateful to the Lord for His empowerment, sustaining grace and opportunities.  We also thank Him for the trials that have tested our faith and have drawn us closer to Him.  We are grateful for the RAU team members on “that side” of the world, all of whom have been a part of God’s goodness to us and to the people we serve.  Foremost in our remembering is that the Lord is our “Sun“, “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.  To Him be glory forever. Amen.” (Romans 11: 36).  He is the One who is at work in us “both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” (Colossians 2: 13).

We remember our primary calling to come alongside what God is doing in the West Nile region of northwestern Uganda and extending to South Sudan, (North) Sudan, D.R. Congo and regions beyond:  building His church, against which “the gates of hell will not prevail.” (Matthew 16:18). Because of our commitment to 2 Timothy 2:2 (to train faithful people who in turn will train others) our greatest energy and the most resources have been poured into training Christian leaders from all the regions mentioned above through discipleship training retreats.  We have been pleased to be working hand in hand with Reaching and Teaching, in addition to other pastors and teachers who have visited us from the USA.  During 2017 we completed the 25th retreat since we first moved to Afoji in 2013.  What a blessing for us and the leaders from these areas to have had so many come and share their gift of teaching in addition to many resources.  Equally vital are those who have given the funding which allows these activities to happen.

We are mindful that through generous donors and visionaries, we have been able to continue distributing to leaders  ESV Global Study Bibles, books from Gospel Coalition International, Kindle Fires from Delmar Hager (containing the Jesus film in various languages and many books), ASB Arabic Study Bibles and Bibles in Aringa ,Ma’di, Swahili, and Arabic.  These resources are gold to those who otherwise may not have access or funding to purchase them.  We have great hope that the wise use of these resources will have visible impact and bear immeasurable fruit.

We have, this year, had the blessing of meeting and knowing Joshua Abraham, a MBB (Muslim Background Believer) from Darfur who now lives in the nearby Bidi Bidi camp with his family.  Joshua has been a wonderful partner in ministry to pastors/leaders in a number of the Refugee settlements, not only in the Moyo/Yumbe area, but also near Kampala where there are many refugees from (North) Sudan. With his help we have had two retreats here at RAU geared especially for MBBs who were from nine Sudan tribes which are just under 100% Muslim. They are from Darfur, Nuba Mountains, and Blue Nile states of (North) Sudan. We hope to have them back often. They want to go back to their tribes to preach the gospel and plant churches.  Joshua’s help in distributing ESV Global Study Bibles (around 900) and other materials to key Christian leaders across many denominational lines in the refugee settlements has made him a valuable partner with RAU in Kingdom work.  He works tirelessly in church planting and to see that solid leaders are raised up with a heart for the unreached.

Many of the donated resources and, additionally, booklets which Jacob has written or compiled and has had printed up specifically for Muslims who are willing to read them, have made it to Yumbe through our continuing dialogs with Aringa Sheikhs and Imams from Yumbe district (a total of 12 so far).  We encourage you to go back to our posts throughout the year and be reminded of the grace God has shown through these opportunities.  Our friends and partners in Christ, Omar and Charles, have been faithful in the distribution of  Bibles, literature and in fostering discipleship relationships, even at great risk to their own safety.  Their consistent witness and presence in the face of opposition is faith-building and encouraging.  Omar, a former Imam, continues to stay with us off and on to read, study and work on his English.

In 2017, God has been gracious towards His people in the Metu Mountains, especially among the young church plants and Aya/Ijujo Churches, the sending and overseeing churches for the itinerant pastors in the remote villages of Oyo, Duku, Gbari/Arapi, Oku, Lea, Cinyi and Alugodu.  These mountain villages have been the beneficiaries of teaching and resources (spiritual and physical – retreats, marriage and parenting seminars, medications, agricultural training and extension services and bore holes (water wells in some of the most hard-to-reach places like Cinyi, Ijujo and Alugodu).  Pastor Ojji Tobious has proven himself a caring overseer and has born a heavy burden for the welfare of the churches in distant places.  Under his care and that of the itinerant pastors and in partnership with RAU, these mountain villages have experienced the goodness and light of Christ as witnessed in the 168 baptisms (Gbari/Arapi/Duku/Oyo and Aya/Alugodu/Ijujo/Ciny/Lea/Oku) during 2017 and in all of the activities described above. Many others are in the docket for baptism.

Situated within the beauty and productivity of RAU’s main campus and demo site, we are frequently reminded of God’s grace to this West Nile region through the RAU Agricultural Training program [spearheaded and facilitated by Apiku Emmanuel (Emma)] which has seen a widening sphere of influence:  RAU demo plot and the increasing number and types of crops successfully grown, hands-on training and extension service in the Metu mountains (Gbari/Arapi and Aya side), extensive training via the weekly radio call-in program on TBS (98.6 FM) which Emma does in Ma’di, and cooperative efforts with other NGO’s working in the Refugee settlements to train people in Entrepreneurship, Business Planning and Financial Literacy.  RAU hopes to extend this specific training to many more within the surrounding communities to increase socioeconomic expansion in the West Nile region.

Recently, Emma received feedback from a consultant with FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) that, over the last two years, agricultural yield has sky-rocketed in Adjumani district.  When farmers were interviewed, Emma’s name and the RAU agricultural radio program were mentioned time after time as the reason for their improved yields.  RAU is grateful to play a part in this progress and socioeconomic empowerment.

Anyone who saw RAU in its infant stages of development and who sees it now cannot help but acknowledge the blessing of the Lord in the amount of development that has happened, both in agriculture and in the new structures which have sprung up.  In 2017, we watched the new Hall of Tyrannus built, as well as the screen house for grafting mangoes and other fruit trees, two new tukalus which allow more attendees for trainings and a small guardhouse next to the gate to provide cover and safety for the guards.

God blessed us, through a significant donation, to purchase land (and to clear, plow and fence it) for a future school. A Christian School has been a part of the vision from the beginning.  It was in 2017, though, that God’s provision materialized.  While we wait expectantly for future funding, the open field will be planted with Sunflowers or rice or another crop.

God’s faithful care is remembered in the life of Mundrugo (who died last January ’17).  Though Mundrugo’s passing left a gaping hole for the family, the Lord provided for his widow through the compassionate gift of a friend.  Educational needs were met for two more of his children and his eldest son has been hired on as well.  RAU continues to encourage Mundrugo’s widow by assisting her in an entrepreneurial venture so that she may become self-sustaining through her business.

The Lord’s loving encouragement and care to Jacob and me and all who work with us at RAU was seen and felt by the many who came and entered into our experience and work in 2017:  John and Angela Howarton, Muhtar Awdalla, Nyombi Samuel, Patrick Bukenya (who manages so many issues for us in Kampala), Misengile Samuel (from D.R. Congo), Onette Zorah, Heidi and Pertti Soderlund and their friend, Jonas, Dr. Stephen McConnell, George Smith and his many team members, Edward, Jennifer and Kara Beth Heinze, Tony, Kourney and Kelci Landes (all from Rocky Point Baptist Church in Stephenville), the Reaching and Teaching teams of Delmar Hager, John Krause, William Sebree, Kacey Hanson, Augie Bacalor, Maeghan Bell and Addison Lawrence (from High Pointe Baptist in Austin) and Scott Engel (from Tennessee), Presbyterian Youth Group from Kampala, David Jones and Eric Williams from Tennessee, and Jason Van Bemmel, Jonathan Koppenhaver and Bruce Graham from Forest Hill Presbyterian (PCA) in Maryland.

All of this remembering is a psalm of praise to the Lord.  It tells of His loving kindness for peoples whom He loves, of His good plans for them and of His desire to be glorified among the nations.  It tells of His provision – through visionary givers, through the common grace and goodness of rain, sunshine, soil and expertise, through a small army of teachers and servants, through open doors, grace and endurance to persevere.  It tells of the Holy Spirit Who is actively at work in hearts, bearing fruit and making the Word living and active and life-changing in so many.

Thank you” to all who have participated in the ministry of Reaching Africa’s Unreached in one way or another: prayer and financial partnership, purchase of resources that have been sent over here, hands-on service along side of us, encouraging words and so much more.  Every means of participation is an expression of faith in the Lord and His plans for this part of the world to make His name glorious and to draw many to Himself.  A special thanks to Lifegate Church, our sending church which covers us with love and prayer and blessing.  May the Lord bless you all!

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God Bless You,

Carol (Jacob) Lee

http://www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached

RAU was recently registered with Amazon as a non-profit organization to which a percentage may be donated for every dollar you spend there.  Here is the link if you are interested:

https://smile.amazon.com/

For those who have asked, small packages and letters may safely be sent to:

Jacob & Carol Lee, PO. 55, Moyo Uganda, East Africa

The greatest evil is having the gospel and not doing everything within our power to get it to those who do not have it!
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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!
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Sowing seeds of love and kindness should not be separated from preaching the gospel of sovereign grace but completely intertwined with it!
Jacob Lee

Tax deductible  charitable donations may  be made via PayPal or check.  PayPal also has a way to make reoccurring monthly gifts. Reoccurring 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 Missions, 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin Texas 78155.

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Doing All of the “Alls” We Can

 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

Ephesians 2:10

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Dear Friends,

“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”

This quote is most often attributed to John Wesley, though we have also read statements refuting that authorship.  While we may not be sure of who wrote it, we heartily laud and actively seek to follow the exhortation, and “all the more as we see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25: “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.“)

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Embedded in the vision of Reaching Africa’s Unreached (RAU) is the value of caring holistically for every person in RAU’s ministry radar.  It is not at all off track for us to serve the needs of people in a variety of areas in their lives:  spiritual, emotional and physical.  The Gospel of grace and sharing that message is not merely one aspect of ministry and mission, it is the core from which all ministry radiates.

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

Since our last newsletter, which included the retreat for church leaders from (North) Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda, things have been busy; however, each season of busyness looks a little different.

“Do all the good you can…”  A lot of activity has taken place in the Agricultural arm of RAU ministry.  Since finishing his post-graduate course in Project Planning and Management, Emma (RAU’s Principle Ag Extension Officer) has been busy in several trainings, one which he helped in conducting in Zone 5 of Bidi Bidi camp on behalf of RAU and in partnership with DCA (Danish Church Aid) and Genex Agribusiness Agency and which covered the topics of Entrepreneurship, Business Planning and Financial Literacy.  Needless to say, Emma was greatly appreciated, not only for his knowledge of these topics, but for his inspirational method of teaching. He worked hard to fulfill commitments here while also travelling to Yumbe from where he was taken to the settlement daily to be a part of the training. He represented our Lord Jesus Christ and RAU well!

A couple of weeks later he attended a week-long training in Arua on the topic of Aquaponics, an innovation taught by Don Fredricks ( Jacob became a friend with Don during one of his Pakistan mission trips back in ’09) which displays the symbiotic nature of plants and fish, each one doing for the other what the other needs to survive and both producing for man what he needs to survive.  Emma was broadened by this experience in so many ways: knowledge and practical experience, friendship and spiritual mentorship.  It has given us another demo idea to think about!

Last week we started harvesting the upland rice which thrived and ripened beautifully.  Harvesting is a labor intensive operation when you are operating on a small scale, non-mechanized farm, but we always have more than enough laborers who jump at the chance to work and earn some cash.  The yield has been very good (there is still more to harvest which was not initially ready).  Our hope is to make the seed (Namuche 5, a drought and weed resistant variety of Upland rice) available for sale at a discounted price for the community.  We have successfully demonstrated to the community that Upland rice can be organically grown in this region.  In general, our hope is to inspire community members to see that there are cash crops which can do well in our region and which can be exported to local and distant markets, thereby contributing to change in the socioeconomic landscape of the West Nile region.

 

Besides the extension work in the Metu Mountains and the weekly radio call-in Ag program, Emma is working on a training session and manual which covers Business Planning, Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship which will be used here at RAU in a couple of weeks for around 30 farmers/church leaders from the Metu Mountain region. We continue to target this area because of their need for socioeconomic development and empowerment which has a great deal to do with their remoteness and lack of access to services. We are already seeing changes and over the next few years we hope to see big and lasting economic differences.  This tripartite training template Emma also hopes to use with many other groups of local leaders and community members.

“By all the means you can…”  Another area of interest has recently come into greater focus for us…a Christian School providing a quality education for local children.  Since a friend donated the money, we have purchased and cleared a piece of land (~3 acres) across the road from the main campus.  While we are praying and  waiting for provision for building and developing a school, we will plant crops there.  Jacob has worked hard right alongside our coworkers to clear the land and to level it.  It is a venture of faith which, at this point, we are greeting from afar! May it be done as the Lord wills it!

 

At all the times you can…” In anticipation of on-going trainings (Reaching and Teaching modules, Retreats/Seminars and Agricultural trainings), two more tukalus have been built to accommodate more attendees.  With the additions, it increases our capacity by 12 beds, making a total of 44 beds.  There is so much to be done in the many areas of training.  It requires being ready in-season and out of season.

In all the ways you can…” Last week, in now an on-going ministry partnership, youth from several Presbyterian Churches in Kampala,Uganda, came as a team to serve some of the church plants in the Metu Mountains and to have their own vision and hearts broadened by ministering in areas where the needs are greater than their own.  Jacob loves to take them to the remote village church plants to open their eyes to the challenges of the people in these hard-to-reach places. The youth group always comes with a spirit of generosity and servanthood.  Their visit blesses and encourages us and we have the benefit of seeing that spark of mission set ablaze in their hearts for Christ.

In all the places you can…” The push to get more accessible and clean water sources in the Metu Mountain villages continues as the drilling has begun again.  Our plan was, this time, to search for a spot in Meria as well as in Pamulu.  There is no more motivating activity to stir up compassion than going to the distant and difficult places where each of these villages currently retrieve water.  Usually, these water holes are open and easily contaminated; the community suffers from many GI distresses.  Several attempts have been made to find water but, so far, the efforts have not been successful. Please pray that good water will be found near each of these villages.  We have money for the well in Meria. Please consider contributing towards one in Pamulu.  There is another village named, “Agugwe” where we would like to see a bore hole.

To all the people you can…” We are continuing to make a push to get ASB Arabic Study Bibles for the (North) Sudanese church leaders who have taken refuge in Uganda who, one day, hope to return to their country and tribes with the Gospel of grace.  Please please consider ordering some of theses Bibles online and having them sent to our friend, Pastor Jason Van Bemmel, who is planning to come with a team at the end of December.   Our plan is to have a retreat for a large group of these refugees (both North and South Sudanese) during Jason’s visit. The Bibles would need to at arrive at Jason’s church before Christmas.

Link for ASB Arabic Study Bible: http://www.arabicstudybible.net/#endorsements

Pastor Jason Van Bemmel/ Forest Hill Presbyterian Church

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“With all the people you can!..”  (That one I added!! Hahaha!)  This past week, we were overjoyed to welcome David Jones and Eric Williams back to RAU for ministry.  These friends have been an ongoing blessing to the ministry of RAU and they especially displayed the love of Christ to believers in the Metu Mountains and Obongi.  Most often we hear expressions from the community of believers here that they feel remembered by the Lord when our friends visit and encourage them.  The relationships that we have made are a particular blessing to us and spur us to continue!

As long as you ever can….”  Jacob and I are so grateful for your loving support which allows us to do what we are doing “as long as we ever can.”  We continue to be overwhelmed with gratefulness to the Lord for all of you who keep sending, giving, praying, loving and coming!  May the Lord bless you abundantly!  Our hope is that you will not grow weary in this partnership with us, but that you, also, would experience the joy and reward of seeing the fruit of your investments in terms of prayer, giving, sending,  coming, teaching and ministering.

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Please pray for upcoming events:

  • Our RAU Christmas celebration: pray that our coworkers would feel their worth to us in the ministry.
  • An upcoming visit with several Imam/Sheikhs who would like to see RAU firsthand and experience what Christmas means to us.  Pray that it would be a meaningful celebration.
  • The upcoming visit of Jason Van Bemmel and his team from Forest Hill Presbyterian Church (Maryland).  Pray that the leadership training would be a blessing to those attending from the refugee settlements (37 South Sudanese pastors).  There will also be ministry in the Metu Mountains.
  • John Howarton’s visit in January and all the ministry which will be happening during his 3 weeks here (Youth conference in Yumbe at Pilgrim’s Church among other venues in the Metu Mountains and Obongi).
  • The Ag retreat for the Metu Mountain farmers/church leaders for Emma’s teaching on Business Planning, Entrepreneurship and Financial Literacy.

Thank you,

Carol

http://www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached

RAU was recently registered with Amazon as a non-profit organization to which a percentage may be donated for every dollar you spend there.  Here is the link if you are interested:

https://smile.amazon.com/

For those who have asked, small packages and letters may safely be sent to:

Jacob & Carol Lee, PO. 55, Moyo Uganda, East Africa

The greatest evil is having the gospel and not doing everything within our power to get it to those who do not have 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!
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Sowing seeds of love and kindness should not be separated from preaching the gospel of sovereign grace but completely intertwined with it!
Jacob Lee

Tax deductible  charitable donations may  be made via PayPal or check.  PayPal also has a way to make reoccurring monthly gifts. Reoccurring 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 Missions, 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin Texas 78155.

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Zealosu for good works

North Sudan Arrives to RAU

 

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RAU Leaders’ Retreat Number 25

 

Dear Friends and Family,

We recently had a wonderful four days with our brothers from three different countries. Twenty were from North Sudan, three from South Sudan, and one from Uganda. The Christian brothers were from eleven different tribes . Eight of the tribes were from North Sudan (the regions of Darfur, Nuba Mountains, and Upper Blue Nile), two tribes from South Sudan, and one tribe from Uganda. Ten of the eleven tribes are listed as “Unreached People Groups” by the Joshua Project.

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People groups which were represented at RAU’s latest retreat.

From beginning to the end, Carol cared for and served our guests in a Christ-like fashion.

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Carol cared for our guests well during their stay with us. She  certainly has the gift of hospitality!

My sessions on Monday were on discipleship, centering around RAU’s vision verse of 2 Timothy 2:2. Tuesday morning and afternoon I taught on the biblical view of suffering. In the evening we had a video teaching on Christology in Arabic. Third Millennium  put this video together using a number of teachers, with one of them being a favorite of mine, Dr. Al Mohler.

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RAU’s Hall of Tyrannus (see Acts 19:9-10)

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Dr. Al Mohler’s (and the other teacher’s) message was dubbed in Arabic. Praise God for Third Millennium  

On Wednesday, Emma spent the whole day teaching on good business practices, highlighting agriculture as a business. Time was also spent in the field with hands on training.  The participants eagerly soaked this up and have since given Emma great feedback.

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Emma giving hands on training in RAU’s upland rice. banana, and grafted mango demonstration fields.

Thursday, resource materials were gathered. Each guest received a “mini library” to equip them. One of my greatest joys is knowing these Bibles/resources are being placed in the hands of leaders who will, in the future, reach back to their homes among unreached tribes in North Sudan, South Sudan, and Uganda. It is RAU’s priority to apportion resources to leaders who work in strategic places.

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Each man received a bag full of ministry tools.

With new contacts being made, a good number of ESV Global Study Bibles and many gospel tracts are headed to the Nuba Mountains.  Our brothers’ heart cry is for Arabic Study Bibles and books (including Arabic-English dictionaries). My prayer is that a number of ASB Arabic Study Bibles could come with the teams from America for ministry.

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This Study Bible could be an excellent resource for the Sudanese Church in study and preparation for planting churches. Also, at The Scripture Shop they have an amazing micro chip packed full of fantastic resources in Arabic. Check it out here.

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Full of Arabic material such as the Arabic Bible in 2 different translations (Vandyke and NIV), NT in Audio, 150 Audio Sermons, Audio hymns, more than 100 books, and 6 videos including the Jesus Film.

Not all have the ability to use the micro chip but many do(i.e. their phones which most have). It would be a grand blessing to get many of both these resources. They would all be passed on to our North Sudanese brethren or other Arabic speaking leaders.  If you are interested in helping get some of these Bibles and micro chips to North Sudanese young men, there is a way you can do so. After Christmas, Pastor Jason Van Bemmel is coming to RAU along with two men from his church for ministry. Go to the ASB Arabic Study Bible  and/or The Scripture Shop websites to order them. Have them sent to :

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Or Forest Hill Presbyterian Church

 He would need to receive them before Christmas.These faithful brothers will then carry them  in their bags to RAU. I will in turn make sure they are placed in the hands of Arabic reading church leaders. Thank you for your help in equipping these leaders seeking to reach their own tribes  which have little to no witness of Christ.

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Four cases of ESV Global Study Bibles and 8600 gospel tracts headed to the Nuba Mountain area inside North Sudan through a new contact.

I am very grateful for Joshua Abraham who was our RAU man on the ground, facilitating/organizing the transportation of these men here from four separate refugee camps. He is an excellent representative of the Lord and RAU in the camps. Our guests were delayed in leaving as the roads have gotten very bad with all the rain, but they all eventually made it safely back to their respective refugee settlements. Transportation is a major logistical challenge for our leadership retreats. I heard no complaints from our guests! A common statement I did hear throughout their time at RAU was, “God sent us to Uganda so that we could receive training like this to take back to our tribe” – Praise the Lord!  I greatly respect each of these young men and know the Lord has great plans for them! Thank you for your prayers and support which help make these events happen!

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This is one of the main roads just outside Moyo.  Traffic was stopped for most of the day that our guest were to leave.

Thank you to all who prayed for this, our 25th, retreat. By God’s grace we will have these young men back to RAU as many times as possible before the Lord sends them back to their tribe mates. Through your prayers and support you are helping raise up faithful leaders who are being equipped in sound doctrine and encouraged in passionate obedience.  Along with their biblical training they have received excellent capacity building training so that they can become self-sustaining through Agribusiness or other entrepreneurial activities. In this way we are walking out 2 Timothy 2:2!

In the videos below I interview several of the brothers from North Sudan. I know that you will be stirred to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ from the Republic of Sudan.

In other news, we are continuing to clear the three acres we bought which is directly across the road from RAU. Through a brother’s generous donation we were able to make this purchase, do the clearing work, and build a perimeter fence.

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The school land is being cleared.
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On the right is Reaching Africa’s Unreached main campus and, on the left, the land for Reaching Africa’s Unreached Christian School. Pray for its development!

Thank you for standing with us. Your intercession and sacrificial giving are means by which we are able to walk out RAU’s 2 Timothy 2:2 vision in this beautiful land to which  God has called us! May God richly bless you!

Jacob (Carol) Lee

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http://www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached

For those who have asked, small packages and letters may safely be sent to:

Jacob & Carol Lee, PO. 55, Moyo Uganda, East Africa

The greatest evil is having the gospel and not doing everything within our power to get it to those who do not have 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!
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Sowing seeds of love and kindness should not be separated from preaching the gospel of sovereign grace but completely intertwined with it!
Jacob Lee

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North Sudan coming to RAU

 

Leonard Ravenhill
Dining in 1977 with Leonard Ravenhill, his wife, and friends.

Dear RAU Friends and Family,

It has been said that we do not remember years,weeks, or even days, but moments. Those special moments are forever written into our minds and hearts. One such “moment” for me was back in 1977. I was in the office of Leonard Ravenhill. Behind him, set in the middle of his many books, was a very large world map. I remember that somewhere in the midst of our conversation he looked directly into my eyes and said, “...many in the world have never heard of Jesus…“; then he turned around and pointed at the map and, turning back around, quoted Romans 15:20 where Paul says, “I make it my ambition to preach Christ where he is not known…” Then, looking deeply into my eyes, he said “Jacob, what are you going to do about that?”

Since that time, no matter what I have been doing or where I am, those words continue to stir me. Long story short, by God’s grace the Lord set us in here in Afoji/Moyo of the West Nile in Uganda, just mile off the South Sudan border. At 62, I look back  gratefully upon all the people, especially Carol, that God has put in my life. Without question, Carol has been the greatest blessing I have received here on this earth. Carol’s role in the ministry of RAU is immeasurable! At the end of our multi-day training sessions, Carol rightfully points out to our guests that there were many people who were “behind the scenes” which made the training a success and blessing. Without Carol, the “engine” of RAU would come to grinding halt. She is a grand blessing not only to me but also to the ministry of RAU. In your prayers please lift her up as she carries many burdens of the ministry unnoticed all the while dearly missing family and local church.

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My beautiful Carol

Our local church and providential experiences have prepared both Carol and me to live out our sunset years seeking to ensure that the unreached are reached and discipled with local churches in their midst. Where we are located gives us the logistics to do just that. Also by God’s grace, He has called those who sacrificially give to and pray for our ministry which gives us the means to walk out the vision!

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RAU is at the tip of the pen

In the last newsletter Carol beautifully shared about the six young men from North Sudan who spent a couple days at RAU. Their testimonies of God’s grace in bringing them to faith and their desire to return to their homeland to preach the gospel and plant churches stirred my soul greatly. The young men are from four North Sudan “unreached tribes”: the Fur,  Nuba,  Ingassina, and Tungur.  Their tribes are listed as 100% Muslim by the “Joshua Project”with the exception of the Ingassina which is listed at 99.5% Muslim. 

This coming Monday through Thursday (Nov. 6-9th) these same brothers along with others, totaling 24 (from North Sudan), will be here for training. I look forward to the interaction and teaching time I will have with them. We will be transporting them here from four different refugee camps in Uganda. This is added cost but the trade off is worth it. These  young men first had to leave North Sudan and stay in camps in South Sudan. And now, again, they recently had to leave South Sudan to come to camps in Uganda. Also joining us for the training will be Omar from the Aringa tribe.  The entire group will be men from five “unreached” people groups who have a desire to establish churches in their “unreached” tribes. “Unreached” in missions language refers to a group of people with less than 2% evangelical Christians in their midst.

Ravenhill’s words echo in my heart and mind! “What are you going to do about it?” I bounce that question right to you as well…“What are you going to do about it?”.

Uganda is now hosting over one million refugees with most of them residing in our immediate area. While RAU continues to focus on our host community of Ma’di and Aringa we cannot ignore those who have been thrust into the area through the devastating circumstance of war in South Sudan. Next week’s training is one of the divine opportunities we have to minister the love and grace of Jesus. We also are focusing on bringing Bibles and other written resources to pastors in the camps.  By God’s grace we now have given out (to leaders who had to flee with their congregations with only what they could carry) over  700 ESV Global Study Bibles , many books , 50 Kindle Fires loaded with books and with the “Jesus” film in their native tongues (via “Study To Be Approved” ).  Many of you remember several years ago when we prayed and believed for 5,000 ESV Global Study Bibles and instead were able to get 6,586 for the same price. Those are the very Bibles that have been going into the hands of church leaders from Uganda, D.R. Congo, South Sudan, and now, also, North Sudan. Praise God for His favor and grace and for those faithful servants who have given and prayed!!

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In the nearby Morobi refugee settlement where I recently had opportunity to preach twice and be a part of placing resources into pastors hands. Praise God for all those who help get these resources into containers which then made their way to RAU.

Along with Biblical training provided for refugees, RAU, through our faithful, brilliant agricultural man, Emma, is providing agricultural training to men, women and families. Both Carol and I are thrilled to have Emma as part of the RAU team. Carol aptly writes in one of her Facebook posts about this opportunity…

“For the next two weeks, Prince Apiku Emma has the opportunity to extend his experience and expertise beyond his current target population to include Bidi Bidi Refugee camp, Zone 5. In partnership with DCA (Danish Church Aid) who has contracted Genex Agribusiness Agency, RAU’s point man, Emma, will have a part in training select leaders in Bidi Bidi camp in business planning, financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

This will be a blessing for the attendees in their current plight. It also opens doors for positive ripple effects into future generations as the participants put 2 Timothy 2:2 into practice and entrust to faithful people what has been entrusted to them.

It was truly a “no-brainer” to encourage Emma’s participation in this project. It is an extension of RAU’s desire to serve the refugee population whenever possible.”

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Emma conducting training in the Bidi Bidi refugee settlement. It is now the world’s largest camp.

Emma sent this report today. He really has a heart for the people and for the Lord,

“My third day of the training took place in Yangani zone 5, Bidi Bidi refugees settlement camp. We covered Modules on profitability analysis and product/service marketing.

“What hope can a mere human like me give to a socially and economically traumatized man whose only capital is not the the business capital I train him about, but his life that was bent to a 30 x 30m piece of land and it escaped narrowly from bloody gun fire?

“That hope is not livelihood through increased revenue base.

“That hope is not money or free basic needs like food, shelter, water, school and security”

“That hope is not the training I conduct for DCA.

“That Hope is Someone divine, immortal, everlasting and omnipresent called, “Jesus Christ.”

“And since God used me through RAU to make this known to my participants we always start our day with prayers….”

We had a great time last night (Nov. 1st) on the Moyo TBS radio station. I gave Omar my hour long spot and he shared a heartfelt, passionate message on how he came to believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior. He preached, this his first message, in Aringa and co-worker Pastor Henry translated it into Ma’di. From reports, many Christians as well as Muslims were tuned into the station for the message and were touched by the message. Omar, a former long-time Sheikh and Imam, had spent 17 years in Saudi Arabia. He is an expert in Arabic and the Qur’an. He was saved two years ago after one of my dialog meetings with Sheikhs and Imams. For these two years he has been diligently studying the Scriptures. Brothers in the Lord, as well as myself, have been discipling him…seeking to walk out 2 Timothy 2:2 with him. Pray with me that the Lord will continue to use Omar to spread the fame of King Jesus! Pray also that God’s shield of protection will cover him.

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Omar preaching on the radio.

In closing, we have begun to clear the newly purchased land for a RAU school.  Praise God for His provision. The money given has enabled us to purchase the land (which is not a easy thing to do here), clear, and fence it. We move forward slowly by slowly, step by step in faith.

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Land for a future RAU Christian School.
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Clearing has begun.

We are grateful for all our supporters. God is using you and we are grateful to be a part of your sacrificial giving. We commit to be good stewards of God’s grace through you. Carol’s and my prayer is that you will not grow weary this act of grace….”giving”.

With gratefulness,

Jacob (Carol) Lee

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http://www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached

For those who have asked, small packages and letters may safely be sent to:

Jacob & Carol Lee, PO. 55, Moyo Uganda, East Africa

The greatest evil is having the gospel and not doing everything within our power to get it to those who do not have it!
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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!
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Sowing seeds of love and kindness should not be separated from preaching the gospel of sovereign grace but completely intertwined with it!
Jacob Lee

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“And Regions To The North”

And Regions To The North

By Carol Lee

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Two day training with MBBs from refugee Bidi Bidi camp which is the largest in the world

…You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’”

Matthew 25:21

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Anzo, a “joy” to our hearts; we have enjoyed watching him grow up!

 

Much like the wonderment and mystery of watching your child develop, you can never fully imagine what final form a brainchild will take.  The idea starts small and stretches to become far bigger in scope and more beautiful than you could have ever imagined.  This has been our experience with  Reaching Africa’s Unreached.

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The plan was to settle in a small, under-served region of northern Uganda and bring pastoral and discipleship training but, with each passing year, we have been surprised to see the plan enlarging with new opportunities in Biblical training as well as in agricultural empowerment.  In addition, we see outcroppings of hopeful growth in new areas of ministry.  The initial idea in seed form was to reach beyond our current location in Moyo District and West Nile“to regions to the north” and to expand to meet the broader needs of the community; the idea has “taken on flesh” – to encompass leaders in the West Nile of Uganda to leaders from South Sudan, right across the border, occasionally groups from D.R. Congo and now, to leaders from North Sudan (places such as Darfur, Blue Nile and Nuba States); from discipleship training and pastoral care to agricultural empowerment to education and, hopefully, to meeting medical needs.  What we imagined in general is taking a beautiful, unique form and it spurs us on to expect great things in co-laboring with a great God.  In particular, for Jacob, it is accompanied by great JOY!

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Leaders in the refugee settlements receiving resources

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Several weeks ago, Jacob held a two day retreat for some Muslim Background Believers (MBB) who are from the areas listed above and who had been chased out of North Sudan into South Sudan and then from South Sudan into Uganda to the nearby refugee settlements along the Nile.  These men are young believers, on fire with love for Christ and for people who don’t know Christ. They yearn to know more, to be equipped and to be encouraged to press on. The young men are from four “unreached tribes”, the Fur, Nuba, Ingassina, and Tungur tribes. Their tribes are listed as 100% Muslim by the “Joshua Project” with the exception of the Ingassina which is listed at 99.5% Muslim. Their earnest desire is to return to their homeland preaching the gospel and making new disciples. With the Aringa this makes five  unreached tribes that RAU has the privilege of impacting with the gospel.  For Jacob, this is for sure “entering into the joy of his Master” – to think that the scope of his discipleship efforts could extend to the Republic of Sudan! Pray with us!

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Out of this one small leadership training, the plan has expanded to include more (and larger) leadership development retreats for believers from the Refugee settlements.  Soon Jacob will head to Morobi, one of the settlements, to teach as requested on “forgiveness”.  In the second week of November, as well as January of 2018, larger groups of MBBs from the Republic of Sudan will arrive for 4-day retreats.  We hope to also equip them with Agricultural training so that, in their limited capacity in the settlements, refugees will improve their ability to grow vegetables or other life-sustaining crops.

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There are very few silver-linings to the dark clouds of war and persecution, but if believers who have fled their homeland to find refuge here in northern Uganda can return to their homes one day, they will take with them all that has been entrusted to them in terms of spiritual and physical resources, learning and encouragement.  We praise God for the opportunity to sow and water precious seeds and to pray for an abundant harvest in such a way.

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The blessing of the Kindle Fire, loaded with many resources including the Jesus Film and books.

Earlier, I referred to expanding into new areas of ministry.  Just recently, a faithful partner donated the money necessary to buy an additional plot across the road from our main campus.  It is our desire, as well as that of the donor, to build a quality Christian school to serve this area and it is the expressed yearning of so many of our neighbors.  The plan is to clear, fence and ready the land and cultivate it until such time as the money is provided for building and operating the school.  Purchasing land here is no easy matter.  That land was found AND money given to purchase a piece so close to the main campus is the encouragement needed for the seed of a quality Christian education to germinate.

In the agricultural department, the Lord continues to add His commendation by providing us with visibility in and positive feedback from the community and the joyful blessing of seeing and hearing the success stories of community members.  Emma, our Principle Agricultural Extension Officer, continues to excellently empower the communities through the radio show and field extension and trainings at the demo plots. He has put a good face on RAU to the community at larger and to local and national leaders.  Recently, we held a one day Ag training for a group of leaders/farmers from the Metu Sub County.  In an area that still relies heavily on Agriculture for subsistence and business, this day was one of inspiration and learning.

Whether it is in spiritual or agricultural training, our emphasis is the principle of 2 Timothy 2:2, “entrusting truth to faithful people who will, in turn, teach others.”  We also were privileged to receive a cabinet level government official who, being impressed with the agricultural productivity at RAU, expressed the desire that the Ugandan President “come and see” what is being done here.

With growing opportunities on every side, you can imagine the increasing fervency of our prayers for more “called ones” to come alongside and help.  We trust that the Lord will not only open the way and the means for a team to form, but, as Jacob and I recognize our finite-ness, He will also provide partners with the vision to continue on in the future for grace and growth in the West Nile region…and regions to the north!

Here are some of the ministry opportunities coming up in which we ask for your intercession:

  • 6-7 men coming to RAU from the Metu Mountains with Pastor Tobious for 2 days of discipleship and encouragement (Wednesday and Thursday, 25th and 26th)
  • Saturday, October 28th: Jacob heads to Morobi Refugee Settlement for one day teaching time (on forgiveness – as requested – and other topics)
  • Hosting a team from Uganda and South Africa which is interested in reaching out to the refugee population
  • November 6-9th: retreat with 25-30 leaders/pastors from (North) Sudan
  • Mid November: Dialog with Imams/Sheikhs in new area of Yumbe District
  • November 26-December 2: possibly the First Presbyterian Youth Group from Kampala
  • December 5-14: friends, Dave Jones and Erik Williams for visit and ministry
  • December 28- January 9: Friend, Jason Van Bemmel and team for retreat and ministry.  Once again, leaders from Refugee Settlement

Ministry needs:

  • Partnership in and funding for the proposed RAU Christian School
  • Safety in ministry
  • Staying healthy
  • God’s wisdom in our evangelism,church planting, discipleship in Moyo, Metu Mountains, and Yumbe District.
  • Funding for permanent church buildings in Aya and Gbari/Arapi

Thank you!

Carol (Jacob) Lee

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http://www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached

For those who have asked, small packages and letters may safely be sent to:

Jacob & Carol Lee, PO. 55, Moyo Uganda, East Africa

The greatest evil is having the gospel and not doing everything within our power to get it to those who do not have 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!
Jacob Lee

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