Heading back to RAU from the USA

With the grandchildren at Sea World San Antonio
As Carol and I pack for our departure to RAU on the 21st we look back upon our visit to States with great joy and appreciation. Our time with our biological family in Texas, Iowa, and Tennessee was precious and bonds with our growing number of grandchildren was strengthened. The greatest difficulty and challenge Carol and I face is being so far far away from family. Please pray for us in this.
Physically we have been refreshed and are going back to Africa with more tightly fitting clothes and a number of more pounds for some reason  :-)!
Once again we have so blessed by the Body of Christ and our many dear dear friends! I am sorry we missed seeing many friends and being in some dear churches this trip. Our next trip back, Lord willing, we will be able to be with you the ones we missed this time. For much of our time we did a lot of traveling sharing of our hearts and vision in churches,small groups, and with individuals. The Lord has blessed us with and given us many new friends who are partnering with us in prayer,financial support, and sending of teams to minister with us. As you know, our primary vision is to model 2 Timothy 2:2 . Our primary methodology in walking this out has been our 22 four day retreats at RAU. In many of our retreats we have been blessed with several Bible teachers from the USA who have helped us in this. On this trip several new commitments from pastors were made.
Also, providentially, Reaching and Teaching International  has adopted RAU as a training center with High Pointe Baptist Church Austin,Texas taking the lead in sending teams.  The Reaching and Teaching program involves teams coming three times a year for three years. I will be selecting 30 key leaders to be a part of this program. I rejoice in these partnerships knowing the Body of Christ in our region of the world will be strengthened. To better help facilitate our growing discipleship program I would like to build one larger classroom with an attached study area. The bid we have for this new structure is $25,000. We would appreciate any financial help that can be given to help us in this.
Pastor Tobious and our Metu Mountain preachers are eager for us to return to join them for discipleship and evangelism/church planting in the 40 plus villages in this rugged area which do not have a single church in their midst. We have the opportunity to partner with Water harvest International to drill 10+ wells in the Metu Mountains. It costs $7500 for one well. Funds for one well have been given.
Charles,our lead partner in Yumbe, has informed me that Imams and Sheikhs are eager to continue our dialog’s on the person, Jesus. Charles and I are eager to climb the Land Crusier for open air preaching and showing the “Jesus” film in Aringa in many more Yumbe trading centers.
Dialog with Imams and Sheikhs
There are many more things I would love to share with you, but that will have to wait as we have a lot of last minute details and packing to do before we leave Friday the 21st. We are going back with many ministry resources because of you. Thank you all so much for your loving support and prayers! We could not be doing what we are doing without the Lord’s love working through you!
With Love As We Go,
Jacob (Carol) Lee

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

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Dreams and Vision

​Reading about the transfiguration of Jesus in Matthew 17

We returned to RAU mid-February, escaping the political flurry (which began in earnest a few days after our leaving) in Kampala as Uganda prepared for its Presidential and local elections.

It was a blessing, indeed, to be able to be gone for 6 weeks with the peace of mind that RAU was still up and running because of faithful laborers and Onette Zorah at the helm, managing things very nicely in our absence. We are blessed to have trustworthy men and women to come alongside us here in the West Nile region of Northwestern Uganda.

This last month has been a season of “housekeeping.” Besides the usual clean-up after being gone a long time, there have been day-to-day ministry opportunities as people stop by for various needs.

Right now we have two major projects going on at RAU.

First, we have our builders here, “raising the roof” on the tukalus that the pastors and visitors use during the retreats. Not only will the roofs be raised up about 1.5 meters, but the grass thatching will be replaced with metal. This will extend the life of the roofs and prevent some of the leakage that is typical during rainy season (and the dust, chaff and insects) with the grass roofs. The higher ceilings with enlarge windows will also make them cooler. The builders will also make another pit latrine and cover over the previous one.

Raising the walls, adding windows , and metal roof for guests during pastors retreats. Also quarters for future students of the Bible School.

Second, we hired a large tractor from Moyo to come and plow up the fields in anticipation of rainy season when planting of crops can begin. Jacob is also outside now harrowing the ground after the plowing was done by the tractor. The plan is to plant soybeans, upland rice and vegetables in this first season. Another 200 grafted Mangoes will be added to the 500 that are doing well on the RAU land. A couple hundred matoke bananas will also be added to 200 in the ground. We are working hard so that RAU can raise ministry funds from the land as well as be a model for the community on how the fertile land of the area can be used to empower families, especially those in the church.

​Getting ready for the first season planting

At the end of January, we completed the Agricultural Extension Pilot Program funded in partnership with M.A.R.S. (Doug Neel). It was such a tremendous success in “scratching where it itches” that we are compelled to continue the program and expand it in an exciting new way – through a weekly, two-hour, call-in radio show at TBS radio station in Moyo town. All of the communities within range of the station will have the expertise of Emma at their disposal. Not only will he teach on specific subjects relating to farming and livestock, but listeners may call in with their specific questions. This will happen every Friday evening from 8:30-10:30 pm. It is also provides winsome way of sharing the love of Jesus. The Kick-off program was last night and, from what we can tell, it was very happily received with much positive feedback.


In addition to the radio show, RAU will continue to be a demonstration plot for various agricultural projects which will be useful in teaching the leaders who come for retreats as well as interested parties within the local community. We will also continue to dedicate one day of our four-day church leadership retreats to agricultural training with the goal of 2 Timothy 2:2 being walked out in both the biblical and agricultural training.  There is more in the agriculture department that we would like to do which currently exceeds the budget we have for it.  Please consider prayerfully giving towards the Agricultural goals of RAU.


Jacob recently met up with his good friend, Charles, and a new and beloved believer in Yumbe. Soon after greeting one another with a Texas-sized bear hug, Jacob told him he had been praying for him almost everyday and that many others, too, were praying for him. The new believer then told Jacob and Charles that he had had a dream which he had not told anyone about. In the dream, Jacob was pointing a certain direction and when he (the new believer) looked in that direction he saw a man clothed in white with a bright shining face. He then woke up knowing that Jacob had been praying him. Jacob took him to Matt 17 and Rev. 1 (see caption picture) where there are recorded visions of Jesus and told him that the One whom he saw was Jesus. All were greatly encouraged.
Plans were made at this time for two separate meetings, one with Imams and Sheikhs, like the preceding 3 dialogues Jacob has done, and also a meeting in a Yumbe District town where many Muslims who are interested in knowing more about Jesus (Isa) may be able hear and ask questions about the teachings on Jesus. Both are in this month of March. Please be praying for Jacob and Charles, and for all who will attend the meetings, that there would be a peaceful and fruitful continuation of the dialogue that has already taken place and that eyes would be opened to the grace of God given through Jesus Christ.
Also coming up this month (March):
Once a location is decided upon, a second water well will be drilled in a Metu Mountain village. Currently they get their water from holes and streams.
The first well at Aya is complete

We will be traveling to Obongi to visit Godfrey and his church and to encourage them in their outreach into the community.

In Obongi with Godfrey and Aliga
Jacob is continuing the one hour, bi-weekly preaching on the Moyo TBS radio station.
Also, Pastor Tobious has identified two more remote villages in the Metu Mountains that have no church in them. Jacob hopes to visit these villages with the Gospel and to take part in establishing churches in each one. Once again, this process leaves a gaping hole of the need for discipleship. However, Pastor Tobious is already working on identifying some men who can travel or move to these places for the sake of shepherding new believers.
Two more villages without one church in the nearby Metu Mountains have been identified…Jesus says “GO”!

This brings us to the most dire need we see – that need which inspired the ministry of Reaching Africa’s Unreached in the first place – a Bible training school that will be more accessible and affordable for those who have been identified as potential leaders for church plants.

Availability and resources in the West Nile of Uganda have always been major obstacles to church leaders getting the kind of training needed to effectively lead church members and new believers. Most pastors and church leaders must be bi-vocational in order to support their families. This hardly leaves time or resources for pursuing training. With a short-term program, leaders could come during the week to receive training over a full variety of topics. Each topic would be covered over one week. By the end of three months it is our hope that the leaders will be more thoroughly equipped to lead their churches. The Bible School can also be an avenue of training for the many shepherds for the new churches which are being birthed.

2 Tim 2 2 poster

Our hope is to raise $35,000 to build a classroom with an attached Living room/Kitchen which will be used for a 3-month, intensive Pastoral training.These funds would also help us get set up and registered with the Ugandan government. Again, we ask for prayerful consideration in giving specifically towards this project.

As we consider, by faith, what the Lord will do in Yumbe District and what He has been doing in the Metu Mountain area, we cannot be satisfied to see new believers coming to faith in these various areas…we MUST pursue their growth in knowledge, grace and maturity. Ephesians 4: 11-16 says,

 ” And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”

We thank each and every one of you for not growing weary in doing good, for praying, loving and sacrificing towards fruit-bearing which often can only be seen by faith.

We love and bless you all in Jesus’ Name!

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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. (Jacob Lee)

Tax deductible  charitable donations may  be made via PayPal.  PayPal also has a way to make reoccurring monthly gifts. To do so  please click their link below. PayPal deducts  a small amount from each gift as a processing fee. All gifts given through PayPal are now tax deductible as Reaching Africa’s Unreached has 501 c3 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.

Looking Back With Thankfulness, Looking Forward With Hope

Looking Back With Thankfulness, Looking Forward With Hope

By Carol Lee

Christmas 2015 with our family in Seguin, TX

Jacob and I hope your Christmas Season was blessed and joyfully celebrated! In spite of illness, the Lord gave us a gracious window of health in which to enjoy a special time with all of our children and grandchildren. What a blessing! We pray that this New Year will hold many God-orchestrated adventures of grace and growth.

We arrived in the States a little weary and bedraggled after starting our journey…both of us…with a bout of Plasmodium falciparum malaria (and a UTI to top it off, for me!) And, just when we thought we were healing, Jacob came down with another bout of malaria to lay him low! It was his 8th time. Fortunately we brought medications back with us. What a great opportunity to put into practice

2 Corinthians 12: 9-10:

“But he said to me,“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

We are mending a little more slowly than we would like, but we ARE on the mend.

Looking back over the last few years we wanted to remind you of all the Lord has done and has allowed us ALL to participate in through financial partnership, prayer and hands-on involvement.


*19 four-day retreats held at RAU (since its beginning) comprised of foundational teachings as well as, now, agricultural training. The average attendance is 20 church leaders per retreat. Our theme verses are 2 Timothy 2:2 and Acts 19:9b-10. Due to the completion of Lydia’s House, we have been able to include women church leaders in the retreats.

Retreat number 19. A group of church leaders from Northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo

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*Evangelism in the neighboring Yumbe Aringa tribe which is 99% Muslim; working hand-in-hand with the few Aringa believers. Goal: to plant Christ-exalting churches among the Aringa.
*Church-planting/discipleship in remote areas of the nearby Metu Mountain range and Obongi sub-county.
Discipleship training in local churches and conference settings. This one was in Koboko.
*Medical aid to children and adults in dire need.
*Clean water to remote areas through a bore hole.

*Educational sponsorships for Primary and Secondary students.
Preaching on a local radio stations.
Books for Muslims
*Widespread dissemination of literary resources to Christian leaders and Muslims who are willing to receive them.
*Transformation through development in the Afoji Border area, not only of the physical locale, but in the lives of those who work with us at RAU and those who live in the region who have benefited from resources and medicines.

The Lord has opened so many doors of opportunity! And there are more that are opening. This instills great hope in us as we look towards what the Lord will do! However, the open doors come with the need for some planning and development! As we anticipate the move of God among the Aringa and see the growing number of small church plants in the Metu Mountains and Obongi, we are made aware of a huge need to prepare men who can step into the role of shepherd as new churches are planted. We want to be ready for the great white fields of harvest! This is what our goal is moving forward:

We have on-going, yearly needs so that we can continue and finish the work that has been started!

As we look to 2016:


*We need more monthly financial partners to help us as we budget for daily operating costs of ministry. Even a small, monthly donation of $15-30 is extremely helpful. (Daily operating costs , retreat expenses, Land Cruiser upkeep and fuel, copying and distribution of Muslim apologetic booklets and foreign language Bibles etc.).

*We still have several children who need private Christian school sponsorships for the school year at $900/child for the whole year. This includes room and board. There are many more children to sponsor if there are donors. School fees, including in government schools, are the hardest for people to come up with as cash flow is always a problem for most families in our West Nile region. They may have food to eat from their gardens but not enough cash to pay for their child’s school fees. Kids often drop out of school for this reason or they may have to wait until school fees can be collected before returning. In addition, the local government school classroom size ranges from 100-200 students per teacher making it very difficult for children to receive a quality education.

A few of our visitors in 2015

*Funds to continue the construction of two church structures in the Metu Mountains

Please take a look at a link to one of our fundraisers!



Most of all, we want you all to know the depth of our gratitude for your working alongside of us through the years and, in particular, this past year. What a blessing and an encouragement to be fellow workers with the Lord in the West Nile region of Uganda and beyond to Southwestern South Sudan and the Northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Jacob’s theme verse as we travel to churches this furlough is 1 Corinthians 3:5-9 which speaks of the common goal and unity of those who plant and water. This is includes you – all of you who pray and give to the work of RAU or any other Christ-exalting ministry. What you do on this side fuels everything that happens “over there!”

“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. As it is written,

“He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor;

his righteousness endures forever.”

He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.”

2 Corinthians 9:8-12

Grace and peace to you all through our Lord Jesus Christ!


Carol (and Jacob) Lee

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

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

Poster 2

Tax deductible  charitable donations may  be made via PayPal.  PayPal also has a way to make reoccurring monthly gifts. To do so  please click their link below. PayPal deducts  a small amount from each gift as a processing fee. All gifts given through PayPal are now tax deductible as Reaching Africa’s Unreached has 501 c3 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.

2 Tim 2 2 poster

A Beautiful Friendship by Carol


In friendship…we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years’ difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another…the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting–any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking, no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,” can truly say to every group of Christian friends, “Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.” The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.
C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

Meeting with the church in Oyo which is being shepherded by Sam, from Ayaa Baptist Church.

No other words could as adequately describe our relationship with Preston and Laurel Sink than the ones above.  “Random” life events have thrust us together with this couple in serving Christ and Jacob and I couldn’t be happier!  There is not one occasion in which we have been together where laughter and joy have not been the dominating mood – not even on treacherous and rocky roads or in being squeezed beyond the naturally intended capacity, hot and sweaty, into a vehicle, not in hiking up and down steep forested hills where venomous creatures hide beyond our sight or going an arduous day of hiking with little food and water. We can only express our gratefulness to the Lord for allowing such a providential friendship.

“Footing” to Oyo.

Once again, knowing we only had a short time with Preston and Laurel, we tried to fill up their stay here with as many ministry opportunities as possible.  We picked them up in Arua last Thursday (July 2nd) and allowed them one day to get some rest and prepare for what was ahead.  Ten days later, on July 12th we took them back to Arua for their flight back home on the 3rd.

On Saturday, July 4th, Jacob, Zorah and Preston traveled to Yumbe and met up with Charles and some other men from Pilgrim’s Church of Uganda (COU).  At the same school in which Jacob first met with local- and national-level Imams and Sheikhs, they all met, once again, to dialogue about the true nature of Jesus.  As expected, this dialogue was more specific and intense because it concerned the differentiating beliefs of both sides about who Jesus is.


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There were some new attendees so more materials (reading glasses, Bibles, books and tracts) were passed out.  Jacob also gave each one a full dose of Malaria treatment.  Preston presented several kick balls and a pump to the school which had been graciously donated by one of his friends in Florida.

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The meeting, about 4 hours long, ended amicably with yet more plans to meet again in the future.  You can read in greater detail about this meeting here.  Preston stated afterward that if he had done nothing else on this trip, this one meeting would have satisfied him because it was an unprecedented experience for him.

Though Jacob, Preston and Zorah returned to RAU, tired from a long day of interaction and driving, they were happy enough to celebrate America’s Independence Day in style.  Compliments of Laurel (and Preston), we had RAU decorated in style with party favors and photo ops befitting the occasion.  Our good friend and missionary, Denise Carlsen, joined us for the festivities, adding to our feast of beans, rice and pork muchomo, her wonderful pasta salad.  The evening was topped off by some wonderful singing, colorful cupcakes and S’mores (desserts compliments of Preston and Laurel brought with them from Florida).  Zorah, Lucy and our night guards were good sports in celebrating with us.  As you can see, Zorah somehow managed to stay out of the picture taking, but we had a rare opportunity to find out that he is a brilliant, spur-of-the-moment rapper!

Just being goofy!
Preston and Laurel
The Ladies…and instigators…of the party!
Lucy, looking fabulous!
Preston and our friend, Denise.
Messy S’mores


The Lord was kind to bring someone to my neck of the woods as goofy as I am! What fun!

Our 4th of July celebration was truly a blast, but we couldn’t carry on too late as we had a full week ahead of us.  On Sunday morning, we headed to Ayaa where we spent a good part of the day with our friends from Ayaa Baptist Church.  (Pastor Tobias has been the faithful leader of that church for many years and instrumental in the start of a number of new churches in surrounding areas.)

Young and old worshiping together
Many, many young faces in the crowd!
Receiving the blessing
One of my favorite shots of the day at Ayaa


An up and coming worship leader


After the service, sitting under the big tree
Ayaa Baptist Church’s trademark tree
Preston and Laurel playing with and watching the kids who received several kick balls donated by a friend of theirs in Florida
The tree of Ayaa Baptist Church whose shade draws a company of people together.

We planned to spend 3 days in the Metu Mountain region, each day being an increasingly arduous and intense one.  Sunday was the easy day. It was a joy to worship with Tobias’ church.

On Monday we headed to the Gbari/Arapi area after picking up Pastor Tobias and a few other men at Metu trading center.  Upon arriving in Gbari, the first “business” of the day was to go to the land on top of a small hill in Arapi which has been purchased for the building of a church and a small home for Geoffrey and his wife and family through the donations of Amazing Grace Baptist Church Seguin Texas. The view from this location is spectacular – what a great place in which to worship our God!








From there we drove as far as the Land Cruiser could take us (where the path narrowed and ascended to the village of Oyo) and “footed”  the rest of the way.  In Oyo we spent some time checking out a tukalu which Sam, the one who is moving there to shepherd new believers, wanted to rent.  Little did we know that this tukalu, which was reported to be “just a short way beyond” Oyo, would turn out to be a good little hike in itself!







As much as our bodies complained about the extra walking, it gave us a real picture of and feel for what it will cost these men from Ayaa Baptist to take the gospel to and disciple the believers in Oyo.  These are the men for whom we brought “Gospel shoes” (some very sturdy hiking shoes) to make their trekking a little more comfortable.

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Praying over a piece of land that could be purchased for Oyo Community Church, beginning with a grass-thatched lean-to and a tukalu for Pastor Sam. Currently, the new believers meet under a tree

After Jacob, Preston and Laurel shared some words of encouragement with the men, women and children who had gathered, we ate a meal together and then handed out de-worming tabs and malaria treatment for the children.




You can imagine the suffering of the people in these very remote areas who have little to no access to medical care – preventative or emergent.  Please pray for these folks who are scattered across distant hills and valleys.  Pray that they will experience the grace and mercy of Jesus through words of truth and deeds of grace.  We can leave these hills and valleys, but this is where they live.


The hike back to the vehicle seemed shorter than the hike to the village (well, it was mostly down hill)!  It was a happy sight to spot the Land Cruiser standing out amidst the tall grass.


Back in Gbari we met with the believers there – under the trees – for yet another meal which they had graciously prepared for us.  After a short greeting and word of encouragement for those gathered we were off again to Metu trading center to drop off the ones we had picked up for the day.






Tuesday was set aside to visit the very remote village of Oku.  Once again, we picked up Tobias, but this time at his church in Ayaa.  It was an opportunity for Preston and Laurel to take some important pictures and videos which highlight the specific needs of Ayaa Baptist church for which they hope to raise interest and funds back home.





Jacob had warned us of the rugged terrain and the arduous nature of the hike down to and up from Oku.  It was certainly as tough as he made it out to be, but it was a hike to remember!  From Ayaa Baptist Church we drove to Ijujo where we picked up several more men, including Pastor Pasquino who shepherds the church at Ijujo as well as Chinye.  We drove from there to Chinye, a drive which can be characterized as the poster child for “White Knuckle Missions,” my term of endearment for some of the scariest and most remote places Jacob has gone.  Not only is there no real road, but the paths are treacherous and rocky with deep gullies where rain has washed away the soil.  On more than one occasion I pleaded with Jacob to “stop here before we get into trouble.”  His standard reply was, “You’ll be glad we drove as far as we are going to drive.

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The road was steeper and more treacherous than it appears in these pictures


Sometimes the road was just a path


We had no sooner SAFELY arrived at Chinye when someone from that village stated that he wanted to become a follower of Jesus.  He had heard the Gospel on a previous visit and wanted to make a profession of faith.  It was a joy and privilege for Pastor Pasquino to pray with him right then and there!

Pastor Pasquino praying with the gentleman who wanted to be a Jesus follower
This is Chinye. These people kept a beautiful compound and were innovative and industrious


Chicken coops…up high to keep them away from predators.

From the beautiful plateau of Chinye we began our descent into the valley – on foot.  There were several villages there which had been visited before, but our final goal was to reach Oku.  It was a challenging descent for our legs (especially for Preston, Laurel and me) – we had to have mountain-goat reactions to the rocky slopes.  One misstep on loose rocks and we might have been tumbling down the deep valley to our right.  At the same time, it was a breathtaking view and these “photographer eyes” of mine couldn’t help but stop every couple of yards to snap another photo.  It’s a good thing no one was following too closely behind me or it might have meant a quick trip to the bottom for both of us with my sudden stops and starts to get the perfect shot!

The start of our descent into the valley
Jacob, Pastor Pasquino and Zorah
Keeping up the smiles even though it was tough terrain
Deep cliff to the side of the path
Beautiful vistas

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Pastor Tobias, guiding Preston and Laurel down the hill
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One slip on a loose rock could mean a quick trip to the bottom of the hill

Once at the bottom we still had a ways to go to reach Oku and we passed through several clusters of tukalus before arriving there.  The path was narrow and the grass was close and tall.  It was not lost on us that these paths had perfect hiding places for snakes and other critters.  To keep on walking meant subduing fears of the potential dangers.  Somehow, on the way back, I was “leading the pack” and I did see a snake a few feet ahead of me. I couldn’t get my camera out fast enough.  It slithered very quickly into the grass, but it also reinforced the very real nature of our fears.

Reaching the bottom of the hill
Crossing one of many streams
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Narrow, grassy paths
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Bamboo forrest


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One of the paths…trying to keep our imaginations in check!

Reaching Oku was a solemn ending to our hike.  We had found that, that day, a couple had lost their infant child to the very treatable malaria or some other illness.  They weren’t even sure from which illness because they live too far away from a clinic.  As we walked into Oku we could see them building a rough, simple and  small casket.  The hole had already been dug in the ground near the parent’s tukalu.  Jacob used this opportunity to share their sadness and urge them to find hope in the Savior, Jesus, and to think about the brevity and uncertainty of life as the backdrop against which hope in Jesus appears most beautiful.  Several raised their hands indicating a desire to be Jesus followers.

Praying with some Jesus-followers


Preston and Laurel, once again, had the opportunity to hand out some kick balls to the children in the village which brought broad smiles.  And, of course, we didn’t leave without handing out de-worming tabs and malaria treatment.

Being hot, tired, thirsty and hungry were prompters to gratefulness for the men who have made a commitment and priority to trek to these remote places to ensure that professions of faith are not mere tallies of numbers, but souls in need of care.

Members of Oku

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“They are precious in His sight.”



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As I stated previously, Jacob was not exaggerating the difficult task of climbing back up the mountain.  The men with whom we had come and who seemed to be able to climb the steep paths without producing a sweat or labored breathing, were gracious to us – slowing their pace to make sure we were not left behind or unable to manage a particularly steep and rocky pass, carrying our packs and encouraging us.  We stopped frequently to catch our breath which seemed harder to find than strength in our legs.

Jacob stayed with me and helped to keep my feet from faltering
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My first sighting of Chinye…at the top of the hill

 I have never been happier to see the top of a tukalu than on that day, indicating that we had reached the top of the climb and would, from there on out, rely on a machine to carry us the rest of the way up the mountain.  The Land Cruiser did incredibly well, proving itself to be a “tank” as it met and mastered the challenge of the steep, rocky climb.  There were some pretty desperate prayers and white knuckles as we “empathized” with the strain on the vehicle – but “old Bessie” held up!

A ravine which had to be loaded with stones before the Land Cruiser went across


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Steeper than it appears to be



The “road”

Wednesday, July 8, was unanimously declared a day of rest!  We nursed aching muscles, caught up on laundry and enjoyed some friendly (?) card games.  Thursday ended up being a “down day” too, as there were some things that needed to be done here at RAU. (Photographic evidence withheld to protect the weary.)

Friday, July 10th, we headed to Obongi to visit Godfrey, Bosco, Aliga and our brothers and sisters at Obongi Town Church.  It was also Jacob’s and my 34th wedding anniversary – what a way to celebrate!

Aliga, a member of Obongi Town Church; he has become a voracious reader
Pastor Godfrey
Pastor Bosco
Zorah, Jacob’s right-hand AND left-hand man; a real blessing in RAU’s ministry

The first thing we did was to visit the piece of land that was exchanged for the previous one which had given us much trouble.  This piece was agreed upon by everyone and will, by God’s grace, provide a peaceful way forward. It is almost 3 times larger and will allow for more development in time.

Heading out to the piece of property
Discussing details


Preston praying over the land

Back at the church we enjoyed some energetic songs of worship, led by a local policeman (OC = Officer in Charge) who worships with Godfrey.  He is from the Alur tribe but has been stationed in Obongi.  It was joy to hear yet another unfamiliar chain of meaningful sounds which is called language and to hear it in song – and accompanied by dance!  Words of encouragement were shared.  Preston and Laurel (as usual) found their way into the children’s hearts with pictures and games.

Singing with gusto



Laurel loving on the kids


Preston getting in on the game of “Which hand is it in?” Trying to be tricky


Please pray for Godfrey and Obongi Town Church as it shines its light in a dark place.  Pray that a branch of the Hall of Tyrannus could go up soon so that the church of Obongi can have a place in which to worship and grow.

Prize-winning smile and one of the sweetest faces ever!


Kids will be kids…no matter what…no matter where!
This young man was an excellent caretaker of his little sister(?)

On Saturday, the 11th, Preston and Laurel’s last full day, Zakeo, one of the men who works with us here at RAU, took the two of them to his church to meet with their children’s choir.  They also went to Afoji market where they talked to some of the people gathered there.

As I sit here LOOKING BACK on our time with Preston and Laurel it is with such mixed emotions.  We took them to Arua on Sunday to catch a connecting flight to Entebbe for their trip home.  Laughing, working and playing and praying together make up the flavor of our memories.  Being back here at the Guesthouse without them leaves us feeling rather sad, missing the laughter and the comradery of a common Savior, a common love and common goals.  Preston and Laurel, we are rich for having experienced life together with you!  Thank you for making it a priority during your summer off from school to spend some of it with us!  Thank you, Seagrove Baptist Church, for sending them and for supporting us with resources (the Sinks as well as the things you sent along with them)!

Preston and Laurel and the gang

Looking forward to a busy season ahead is keeping us from wallowing in the “slough of despond”  and also reminds us that we are rich, indeed, with many friends whose beauties we also enjoy and appreciate.  At the beginning of August we will, once again, welcome Ron Zeiner to spend 3 weeks with us.  During this time we will have 2 Leadership Retreats at RAU and some opportunities for ministry in between.

In September, if the Lord graciously allows it, we will also welcome back David Jones, Eric Williams and his wife! 

Praise God!  The second container has left for Uganda from Lifegate, our home church, where it was parked and loaded with the precious resources of Bibles, books, fencing materials and other things.  Please pray for its safe arrival here with minimal interruption of its journey at the URA (Ugandan Revenue Authorities).

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Container being loaded
Many helpers

Please pray for the various projects that are in one stage or another:

*The Gbari/Arapi church building – construction has started with a toilet and bathing station which can be used during the building process.


*Obongi Town Church/Land acquisition – we have signed on a swap of land which is larger and in a decent location. Please pray that all the paperwork will be done properly and without loopholes so that building on the land can start.

*Bible School – we have talked before about the growing need for a short, intensive training for new potential pastors.  $25,000 is needed to build several classrooms on RAU land.

*Upcoming leadership retreats at RAU

*Further meetings with Yumbe Imams and Sheikhs as well as the many evangelistic efforts we are continually involved in.

*The Land Cruiser – while we were in Arua we found some brake problems which required parts and repairs.  Thankfully, it happened in Arua where a good mechanic and parts were available.  Repairs and maintenance are an on-going need.

Major brake work in Arua – replacement of shoes and drums.

Thank you for your continued prayers and partnership!

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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. May the Lord grant each of us His followers the wherewithal to be obedient disciples!  Jacob W. Lee

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Planted In The House Of The Lord

imageBy Carol Lee     

 “Planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God. [Growing in grace] they shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap [of spiritual vitality] and [rich in the] verdure [of trust, love, and contentment].”

Psalm 92:13-14 (Amplified Version)

In the context of current societal values, the elderly can often feel obsolete…docked…useless.  However, in the Kingdom context, this is not to be.  At a time in their lives when “older” Christians have the most wisdom, perspective and, by God’s grace, spiritual growth, “old age” can be the time of greatest fruitfulness or effectiveness in the Kingdom of God!

And that’s what Jacob and I are telling ourselves…and each other!  Hmmmm!

Never have we experienced more clearly the truth of the scripture in 2 Corinthians 4: 16:  “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.”  We keenly feel the reality of our outer self wasting away and, yet, by the grace of God, we have never seen the prize so clearly or felt a continually renewed yearning to press on in the things that really matter.  So…if you see Jacob and me getting a little “sappy” and “green” you’ll know what’s going on!

A week ago, Jacob, Zorah and I, along with a vehicle full of passengers, went to Gbare and Arapi to follow up with the new believers there.  One of the main items on the agenda was negotiating with the elders (leaders in the community) the details for the land which is to be purchased for the Gbari/Arapi church meeting place and a home for its Pastor, Geoffrey, and his family.  That took up most of our time there, but it was important to make headway on this project.

Members of the Gbari/Arapi community greeting us with song.
Negotiation process…walking out the boundaries.
Continuing the process of negotiation
Descending from their “mountain top” experience


Things were looking positive!

After agreements were reached everyone met together for a lunch prepared by the Pastor’s wife and other ladies.  Following lunch, Jacob encouraged the gathered crowd with an excellent teaching on some of the attributes of God while I met with the healthcare workers to divide up the medicines which we had brought along.  Our friend and fellow missionary, Denise Carlsen, had brought us a box of Ma’di Bibles from Yei.  We were able to distribute some of them at this time.

Gathered for lunch followed by a teaching on some of the attributes of God.
Geoffrey, missionary Pastor of Gbari Community Church
Geoffrey’s wife
Medicines being divided between two clinics
The two healthcare workers (Aya and Gbari).
Three Pastors, Geoffrey, Tobias and Pasquino: dividing up the Ma’di Bibles so that each area where churches are springing up can have copies of the New Testament. (The Ma’di language still does not have a translation of the Old Testament, although it is in the works.)

Finishing out such a day as we enjoyed in Gbari  brings with it the satisfaction that fulfilling of one of the central goals of Reaching Africa’s Unreached (RAU) – strengthening local pastors so that they can strengthen their people –  has made progress.

In between outings, it has been one of Jacob’s greatest joys to pour himself and resources into young men who show promise and a calling to being a shepherd/Pastor.  The two pictures below show Jacob and a young man, Patrick (full of zeal and promise), talking under the mango tree.  It was Jacob’s pleasure to provide him with a bag of resources from RAU and a Kindle library of books through the ministry of Delmar Hager (Study To Be Approved).



Last Friday, as planned, we traveled to Yumbe District to a town called Okpotani where we had received permission by the township leaders to set up near the local market to do open air preaching.  While we were waiting to receive instructions as to where to set up the sound equipment,  the Youth Group from Pilgrims Church (Church of Uganda), Jacob, Zorah and other members from the local Church, handed out copies of John Piper’s Quest For Joy” (in Aringa and English) and talked to many of the people making their way to the market.




While the sound equipment and instruments were getting their final adjustments, a worship team from the Okpotani Church of Uganda drew the crowds with some rousing worship songs.  They are a faithful and joyful group of men and women!



A message from the Word of God from a local Pastor
Members of the Youth Group from Pilgrim’s Church in Yumbe
Song and dance
Jacob’s favorite perch from which to preach
Calling for a response from the listening crowd. There were nearly 50 who came forward. Follow up is forthcoming.

We thank each of you who specifically prayed for this outreach!  Please continue to pray for the discipleship process.  Pray for the men of this area to find a meaningful life in Christ along with meaningful work rather than a mind-numbing existence in alcoholism .  Pray for the women who struggle to maintain their families that they would find hope and help in the Savior.  Pray that they all would be “oaks of righteousness, trees planted by the Lord to reveal His splendor.” (Isaiah 61:3)

Thank you, too, for the prayers you offered up for the outreach to Oku, in the Metu Mountains.  This last Tuesday, Jacob, Zorah and Mindra accompanied Tobias and some of his church members to the very remote village of Oku – so remote, in fact, that they had to park the vehicle and hike over hill and dale to reach it!  It was only slightly comical to see, the next day, some hobbling men who weren’t use to the rugged terrain of these mountains!  However, 10 people responded to the offer of salvation through Christ as it was shared in that village!  That makes every aching muscle worth it!  Here is the link to several videos and photos which Zorah took of the trip:

Waiting to set out to Oku…in the rain. Thankfully, the rain did not continue for long.
Along the steep and rocky trail


Meeting a young girl who just lost her mother. RAU hopes to provide some help for her.
Grandpa’s love…
Praying for the gathering
Gathering in Oku
10 people responded to the offer of salvation through Jesus

Short YouTube Videos of time in the Metu Mountains Oku/Ijujo region:




When they finished up in Oku they hiked back up to where the vehicle was parked and headed to Ijujo where several hundred people were waiting at Ijujo Baptist Church to be refreshed in the Word of God and to receive some medicines.  There are no end of opportunities in the Metu mountains.  It is the goal of RAU to come alongside the Pastors and leaders in this region to ensure that solid discipleship happens and that the church becomes firmly rooted in the knowledge and love of Christ.  The prayer that Paul prayed for the Ephesians is what we pray for the Church scattered throughout the Metu Mountains (specifically) and in the West Nile region (generally)!

Coming into Ijujo
A large gathering waits…
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Words of truth and encouragement


For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,  from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,  that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,  so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love,  may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”  Ephesians 3:14-19

What an overwhelming and impossible task – from a human perspective!  But… thanks be to God who did not leave us without hope, but gave us a mighty Savior who did not leave us alone but gave us the awesome Holy Spirit to empower us for that task which He called us to do!

” Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3: 20-21

 April 2, Jacob, Zorah and Pastor Henery set off for Obongi where Pastor Godfrey had arranged for a meeting with some of the Imams and other Muslims with whom Godfrey has been in dialogue.  In past visits, RAU had been able to supply some literature to these men, including an ESV Study Bibles, a Arabic story book highlighting stories from the Bible, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus (by Nabeel Qureshi) and others.  They wanted to meet to discuss what they have been reading.

Receiving a message from God’s Word in Luke 15

They met under a large Muvule tree along the main road through Obongi.  Jacob gave a teaching from Luke 15, directing everyone’s gaze to Jesus.  Afterward, a local healthcare worker handed out medicines which were provided through the generosity of those who support RAU and are a “fleshing out” of the love of Christ to the many Muslims in Obongi.  Jacob also handed out some of the last reading glasses we have (limited to number 2.00’s).  There was one more person who just could not read without the help of reading glasses, so Jacob gave him his own pair.  By the end of the visit there must have been at least 100 people who had gathered.  Our prayer is that the Lord would open their eyes to the beauty of Christ and that faith in His life and sacrifice would find a place in their hearts.

Medicines to be given (for Malaria, dyspepsia, worms, fungal infections and other diseases)
Crowd gathered around the healthcare worker who was prescribing the medicines to those who came with ailments
Handing out reading glasses and tracts (John Piper’s “Quest For Joy” in Ma’di
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Women and children also came
New sight with the help of Number 2.00’s!
Reading a John Piper book in Swahili

Today, Zorah, Jacob and Godfrey headed out to Gbari (not without a few “knots” to untangle beforehand) to finalize the transaction on the land for the Church building.  It all went well.  Now for a few signatures from the sub-county department.  That is worth celebrating!

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A view from the top of the property looking down
Gathered at the top
Due to the rain the Land Cruiser became the “office” where papers were signed


Speaking of celebrations, I had my 55th birthday “the other day” and we were blessed to celebrate it with our good friend, Denise Carlsen, who is living in Moyo for the time being – until it becomes clear where the Lord wants her to settle.  She had shown the folks where she is currently staying how to make guacamole and chips…man! That was good!  Thanks, Denise, for that memorable celebration.


The expansion of the tukalu near the mango tree is coming along nicely.  It is as beautiful as it will be useful in the future when we are either housing visitors from the States (or elsewhere) or added room for 8 more pastors for a retreat bringing our total number of beds for pastors at retreat to 26.



The tractor which Jacob was wanting to hire for plowing the ground finally arrived today.


Thank you to all who have given towards the goal of getting 5000 ESV Global Study Bibles to load in the container!  We are making headway towards that goal.  Don’t forget about the other resources we have requested that will benefit pastors here in the West Nile region.  Bosco, a Pastor/friend of ours (who is a teacher as well as a pastor near Obongi) and we (RAU) were featured in an article which was written for The Gospel Coalition International Outreach.  The article highlights why filling up and getting another container out here is so important.


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It’s rainy season now…it rains pretty much every day, turning this place, once again, into a lush and green paradisaical location!  A great place to grow “sappy” and “green” in our old age!





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