Stepping Back And Looking Ahead

“Stepping Back and Looking Ahead”
By Carol Lee
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Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgement will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.
— Leonardo Da Vinci

Our visits to the USA run the gamut:  from doing  (a very little) little or nothing to fun with family and friends to taking every possible opportunity to visit and personally thank our loving supporters or to connect with new ones.  Our Stateside visits are helpful to us in many ways, one of which is to be refreshed and rejuvenated so that we can return with vigor to our calling in  Northwestern Uganda.  We are stepping back from our work to gain that perspective and rejuvenation in order to return to it with clarity and energy.

Unfortunately, one of the activities from which we tend to step back is our frequent communications.  It has been longer than we are comfortable with since our last newsletter.  (Our goal is to write at least two times a month.)  However, we are “back on the radar” and want to update you on everything that is happening in our lives before we step back to a busy season of exciting ministry opportunities,

We arrived in Texas at the end of May and were almost immediately laid low (both of us) by a bout of Malaria.  Fortunately, we had the treatment with us and started up on it right away.  It’s not how we wanted to spend our time on a furlough, but we recovered in relatively short period of time.  Thank you to all who prayed for us, brought us food and who showed care and concern.

One of our big priorities for this visit was to reconnect with family.  We had some memorable times at the onset with Josh and Becca (son and daughter in law) and their four children and Anna and Kenny (daughter and son in law, who picked us up from the airport) and their two children.  It was our first opportunity to meet Clara, the latest addition to the family (Anna and Kenny’s daughter).

We had hoped for TWO Sundays (at the front end) with our church family at Lifegate Ministries and our sending church before we began our travels.  Sadly, we missed that first Sunday due to illness, but then Jacob preached the next Sunday, sharing a message from 2 Corinthians 1:11 (“You must also help us through prayer”) through which he hoped to encourage all who participate in our ministry in many ways but, especially, through prayer.  (This was the message he shared in all the churches we visited.) It was refreshing to gather and worship with the people we love and call family!

Our first stop on our next two and a half weeks of travel within the USA was Chattanooga, TN, where our son, Josiah lives.  It is consistently a refreshing visit.  The pace slows and allows us to catch our breath.  We so enjoyed our time with Josiah: daily walks, a beautiful hike in Cloudland Canyon, entering into his world for a few days, great food and time to sleep in a bit.  We are so proud of Josiah and the beautiful character of Christ we see being formed in him.

We flew back to Texas and thoroughly enjoyed our stay with Anna and Kenny.  One of my favorite things is to “just do everyday life” with our kids and theirs!  Waking up together and doing everyday things is a huge treat! Their church family, Rocky Point Baptist Church, has also become ours – it is an encouragement the way they have opened their hearts to us and have jumped on board in support of RAU and its ministries.  We are eagerly anticipating the team they are sending in September and the Marriage and Family teaching as well as children’s ministry which will be happening during their stay here.

Our final flight before returning to our hometown, Seguin, was to Iowa, where Jacob’s family lives.  Especially important to us was to visit Jacob’s Mom and Dad.  An additional blessing was to see all his siblings as well as aunts, uncles and cousins!  Jacob’s mom has recently been placed in a nursing home due to some health complications.  Thanks to Jackie, Jacob’s sister, a meeting hall was reserved where we could all enjoy lunch together and then receive other family in the afternoon.  A very wonderful time!

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Jacob’s parents and siblings

While in Iowa, I was blessed to see my brother, John Mayer, and his wife, Nancy and their daughters, Rachael and Becky.  (Ruth could not make it.) That is a rare event and cherished all the more because of its rarity!  There was a lot to catch up on, but we did a lot of it in the 4 or 5 hours we had together.

Back in Seguin, some special days were prioritized to spend with Josh, Becca and their 4 children.  Investing in their lives through time and hugs, reading, wrestling, kisses and tickles filled our cup of joy to the brim.  We are amazed to see their growth and development (which reflects on their parents) from visit to visit and cannot wait to see what the Lord has in store for them.

During the remainder of our furlough we were in the Seguin area, but visited several churches and met up with dear friends. Making all of these connections is a unifying and energizing thing.  When we are back in Uganda, the relationships we have nurtured over decades and the last few years contribute greatly to the confidence and strength we have to be where we are and do what we do.

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Samuel

Though we were away for 6 weeks, it by no means indicates that activities came to a screeching halt at RAU.  One of the greatest blessings has been the forging of new friendships and partnerships in life and ministry.  Under the excellent management of Samuel (from D.R. Congo), who has been working with us for the last year, RAU was “still in business”.  Samuel has been a tremendous blessing.  Our emotions are torn as he prepares to return to his beloved D.R. Congo in just a few days from now.

Emma, our Ag Extension Officer from Moyo, in addition to maintaining the rigorous schedule of the weekly radio program and post graduate course requirements, did superb work in making regular visits to the Metu Mountains for Ag training.  He used a participatory approach, rotating between participants’ gardens, using discovered problems as his agenda for training and then having all the attendees contribute to improving the garden in which they were being trained.  His exuberance and passion for his work is contagious and makes us proud to have him on board at RAU, contributing in such a significant way to the development of this region and displaying the love of God in such a tangible way.

Another accomplishment which is worthy of celebration that happened while we were gone is the completion of  a total of 4 bore holes in the remote villages of the Metu Mountains, all paid for!  Seeing firsthand what these community members endured for years, collecting water the way it has been collected for centuries, pressed our hearts into action.  Two of the villages who were beneficiaries of a clean water source were very difficult to reach.  Community members of these villages were asked to do what they could to make the “roads” passable for the drilling rigs.  They gladly complied and did back breaking work, literally digging into the side of the mountain to make a way for the vehicles.  However, the reward of that is immeasurable!  Thanks to all who generously gave towards these projects!!!

Our furlough is never a relaxing vacation “away from it all”, though we do have snatches of that scattered throughout.  As the title of this letter indicates, we are only stepping back momentarily in order to continue looking forward to what the Lord has planned for the West Nile region of Uganda.  Our “break” away from ministry in Uganda is always a mixture of leisure and planning for future ministry.  Amy Carmichael must have been acquainted with this need for maintaining a healthy perspective for she writes:

We have all eternity to celebrate the victories but only a few hours before sunset to win them.

Returning to the USA tends to reinforce this mindset in us as we see a culture which is, to a great extent, focused on momentary leisure and entertainment and not on eternal pleasures.  Jacob and I can easily trip and fall into this “pot hole” and so it requires reminding and vigilance.

We are now safely back at RAU, all of our cases with ministry supplies having reached safely.  We are unpacked, organized and poised and ready for the next thing!  Helping us kick start a new season of ministry are John and Angela Howarton from our hometown, Seguin.  What a blessing and encouragement they are.  Our dinner conversation and gut-busting laughter are healing and strengthening.  We look forward to our first day of outreach into the Metu Mountains tomorrow as we visit several of the church plants there and see the bore holes which have been set in place.

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John and Angela Howarton

Please keep praying for us.  Only the Lord can fully see what victories are won, eyes opened and hearts healed through those prayers.  We always appreciate your letters and feedback.  If you write about your lives it also gives us an opportunity to help you through prayer and keeps us connected with you more closely.

Thank you for your love and support!  We are all in this together and it takes all of us to get it done!

God Bless You,

Carol (and Jacob) 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!
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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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Heading back to RAU from the USA

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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.
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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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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)

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Dreams and Vision

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​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.

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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.

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​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.

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Emma teaching about basic agricultural principles in a local village. The two hour agricultural radio program with Emma will increase RAU’s reach to many more villages.

Emma teaching about basic agricultural principles in a local village. The two-hour agricultural radio program with Emma will increase RAU’s reach to many more villages.

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.

Once again, we have hired Apiku Emmanuel (Emma), who was the RAU Principal Agriculture Extension Officer for the pilot program. Emma graduated with honors with a Bachelor Degree in Agriculture from Gulu University. His enthusiasm for capacity building through improved agricultural practices in his home town area of Moyo and beyond has been a great encouragement to the local people. It’s not often that people with advanced education in Uganda return to their own communities with the passion to build them up, but Emma has done just that. We are blessed to have him.

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Emma (in broad rimmed hat) giving a field demonstration at RAU for church leaders

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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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*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.
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*Church-planting/discipleship in remote areas of the nearby Metu Mountain range and Obongi sub-county.
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Discipleship training in local churches and conference settings. This one was in Koboko.
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*Medical aid to children and adults in dire need.
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*Clean water to remote areas through a bore hole.

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*Educational sponsorships for Primary and Secondary students.
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Preaching on a local radio stations.
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*Basic Agricultural training and capacity building/economic empowerment in partnership with M.A.R.S. and our Agricultural Extension Officer, Apiku Emmanuel.
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*Widespread dissemination of literary resources to Christian leaders and Muslims who are willing to receive them.
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*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:

*Establish a Bible School in 2016 for $35,000 for two classrooms and upfront start-up costs

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

As we look to 2016:

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*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.

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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!

https://www.bonfirefunds.com/reaching-africas-unreached

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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!

Love,

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

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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.

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Plodding With Purpose

Plodding With Purpose

by Carol Lee

This hill, though high, I covet to ascend;
The difficulty will not me offend.
For I perceive the way to life lies here.
Come, pluck up, heart; let’s neither faint nor fear.
Better, though difficult, the right way to go,
Than wrong, though easy, where the end is woe.”
John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress

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And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.

Galatians 6:9

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In Arua

Jon Bloom wrote this in an article about “plodding“:   “Purpose to be a plodder. A plodder keeps moving. A plodder perseveres. A plodder presses on. A plodder knows the disappointment of unrealized ideals, feels the fear of failure and exposed deficiencies, and the ambiguity of too many demands, options, and tasks. But a plodder isn’t immobilized by them. He or she presses on in the faith that God will supply the needed strength (1 Peter 4:11), wisdom (James 1:5), and direction (Proverbs 3:6).

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In Arua

Most of what we do here at Reaching Africa’s Unreached is a “plodding” along in the tasks we have been given (and have chosen) to do.   As Johann Wolfgang von Goethe says, “In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world all rests on perseverance.”  What is recorded here is our day to day, doing-what-we-know-to-do activities (done, hopefully, in a faithful and joyful way).

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A young girl who came with intestinal troubles to receive help

Since our last retreat the pace has slowed, but only long enough to plan the next thing.  So often, too, the “next thing” just shows up, so we are learning flexibility and an attitude (I don’t say we have these attitudes down pat – but we are ever learning) of servanthood and compassion for whatever situation or person that shows up!  Many times it is a Pastor or Christian who needs a resource or some encouragement.  And often it is someone with a medical/physical issue which needs care and resources.  Both of these things happened just today:  Jacob received a young man who was looking for helpful theological resources; I received an elderly woman with conjunctivitis who needed help with the medication; also today we both spent time counseling a young man who was having pastoral and personal problems.  That is life – no matter where one lives – and plodding on faithfully and joyfully is our calling.

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On the way to Arua

The beauty of Arua

Our young student was happy to see us and greeted us enthusiastically with vigorous hugs.  I am sure she thought we might not come since it was so late.  It was a joy to see her and her environment and to provide her with some treats and supplies which she needed.  Her mother sent along some home-cooked goodies (which also tells of the work of the Holy Spirit in the softening of this mother’s heart for her daughter!).  It was a joy to also have an outlet for motherly love and encouragement and prayer for “N.”  Please keep praying for her to grow in her new found faith and her mother and other family members that they would know and experience the love and grace of Jesus through the Word of God and through the love of Christians  in Yumbe.

Meanwhile, back at the mechanic shop,  Jacob and Zorah, as mentioned above, were hanging out, waiting for an ever-growing list of problems to be found and fixed.  This story, though it could be seen as a frustration and delay, has the providence and kindness of God written all over it!  Along the bumpy and dusty patch of road between Yumbe and  Koboko, one particular bump brought about a particular sound which, though it had a sort of musical clang to it, was NOT music to Jacob’s ears!  When he checked he found a broken stabilizer bracket in the the front end.  The reason we can see God’s kindness in this is that it happened on our way to a place where something could be done to fix it – rather than on some remote “road” in the Metu mountains where, apart from a miracle, nothing could have been done to fix it and no wrecker would have been available to come and haul the Land Cruiser to town!  Even the ever-growing list of problems was a blessing because the problems were identified in a place and at a time where they could be seen and fixed.  This is a blessing indeed as we look forward to some rugged outings in the near future.

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Working on a double battery system. Jacob also wants to get a winch install to be prepared for the bush roads in the rainy season.
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Outdoor garage

This Friday, March 20th,  Jacob has been invited by some Koboko Pastors (who attended a RAU Retreat) to come to Koboko for a day of teaching for them and fellow shepherds.  I can’t think of many groups of Christians who would do this, but these men asked him to come and teach on the Biblical view of suffering, a topic which Jacob normally includes in the Retreat curriculum but which was left out due to a time crunch.  He may be able to provide 2 sessions of teaching so that their organizational effort can be maximized.  We so appreciate the desire of these leaders to grow in their knowledge of and obedience to the Word of God!  Please be praying for this event.  Jacob, Zorah and Joseph (who organized the event and is spending some time here with us) will go Friday morning and then Jacob and Zorah will come back on Saturday.  There will be 50 or more leaders present.

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Angurini Joseph, organizer, song leader

Next Tuesday, March 24th, we will head to Gbari (“Bah-ree“) for another day of discipleship teaching for new believers and medication distribution in the community.  (One of the bounties of our visit to Arua was finding a wholesale pharmaceutical shop where we were able to get de-worming medicines and to fill a wish list of medications for a nurse in the Gbari area whose clinic was in desperate need of medicines.)  Gbari is the place in the Metu Mountains where a fledgling church was started and where Geoffrey, from Aya Baptist, has been sent as a missionary Pastor along with his family. Nothing short of revival has been happening in this remote and rugged region. It is RAU’s commitment to stand with men who are sent to hard-to-reach and hard-to-stay places so that the living Church of the Living God can find a firm and growing foothold in a spiritual desert.

         “The work of evangelism is never complete until the one evangelized becomes an evangelizer.

Dr. Herschel Hobbs

Working together to spread the fame of King Jesus!
Working together to spread the fame of King Jesus!

With regard to this, we are asking for financial help on behalf of the Gbari church for $1000 which would purchase one half acre, build of a simple grass thatched church structure, a tukalu for Geoffrey and his family and a latrine for the church members to use.  Please pray for a desire and means to supply this need.

On Friday, March 27th, Jacob will do some open air preaching in a village market somewhere near Yumbe town.  It is a market Friday so more than the usual amount of people will be there. Virtually all of the listeners will be Muslims.  Please pray for “plowed ground” in the hearts of those who will hear the Best News Ever and for heart-penetrating and wise words from the preacher!

One resource that has been an immense help in the Yumbe and Obongi area is the book called, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesusby Nabeel Qureshi.  It is an autobiographical story of a young Pakistani man whose  journey took him from a sincere devotion to Allah and the tenets of Islam to deep faith in the saving work of Christ over a long period of questioning, searching and with the help of a humble, loving Christian friend.  We have placed this book into the hands of several Imams and other Muslims as well as into the hands of Christian leaders for whom this resource will be a benefit in their interactions with Muslims.  Just this weekend we heard of the testimony of the son of a Muslim man who died.  The son came to stay in his uncle’s home (who is a Christian) and, after reading this book, converted to Christ from Islam because the questions that he had were answered in this book.  Please consider purchasing copies of this for us to bring back from our Stateside visit which is coming up soon and/or to be placed in the container.

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On the following Tuesday, March 31st, we (and I am tentatively including myself in the “we“) will, once again, head up the Metu Mountains and then hike over rough terrain to another remote and virtually unreached village called, “Oku.”  From what we have heard, there has been little or no reach of The Best News Ever into this village.  Pray that as the Gospel Story is shared hearts will “see and savor Jesus Christ” (John Piper) and will gladly trust in His lavish love and sacrifice for them!  Pray that lasting fruit would be borne and that a thriving Church could grow there with the help of faithful disciple-makers.

We are so happy to report some fruit and progress on the medical need and provision of treatment that was written about a good while ago.  Many of you may remember “Mildred Forgive,” the young baby girl with hydrocephalus.  Recently, her mother brought her by for us to see her progress and to receive some help to get Mildred Forgive to her next appointment.  Oh. My. Goodness!  The transformation is amazing, as you will see in the photos below!  Thank you for giving and praying and loving!

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Pray for MIldred
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Prayers and love for Mildred Forgive bear fruit
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Healthy, chubby little girl

The building and renovation of the tukalu near the house is coming along nicely.  Once finished, it will accommodate 4 double bunks and a queen-sized bed.  It will have an enlarged bathroom and a sitting room attached.  Not only will we be able to include 8 more pastors at the retreats, but we will have a nice set-up for a visiting couple or family who wants to stay for a while for ministry.

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The expanded Tukalu; the slab to the right is ready to receive the 2nd container. The roof will extend over both containers to make a handy-dandy work space between the two.

Please also remember our “Fill the Container Drive.”  Praise the Lord, we have funds for 2000 of the 5000 Global ESV Study Bibles we are hoping for.  It is $10 per Bible, including shipping to Seguin, if we buy them in bulk (5000).  The money for purchasing and shipping the container here is already in place.  We only have to fill the container with the hoped for supplies.

As we look towards the rainy season, we have as a major priority the mounting of a winch on the front of the Land Cruiser to help extricate us out of any “muddy situations” which may arise.

Jacob is also hoping soon to get the ground plowed and ready for planting another crop of soybeans and a good number more of grafted mango trees.  This will happen once there have been some ground-soaking rains to soften up the dirt.

Yesterday  (Tuesday, March 17th) Jacob took the whole day to refresh his soul in reading  Jesus Continued…Why the Spirit Inside You is Better Than Jesus Beside You, by J.D. Greear.  Jacob reported that it is one of the BEST books he has ever read on the work and role of the Holy Spirit in a Christian’s life.  He was personally encouraged, refreshed and enlivened by it. He highly recommends the book!

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I am enjoying Zorah’s love for and interest in guitar, music and worship.  We have a growing, common repertoire of songs and are enjoying practicing it has been refreshing to harmonize and play “the eggs” (percussion instrument in the shape of colorful eggs!)  Maybe, ONE DAY, we will include a video of us singing one of the songs!

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Zorah, who is interning with us.

We don’t hear as often from Sam these days.  He is very busy, immersed in his Nursing studies.  We are continuing to pray for him that the Lord would bless his mind and that Sam would be prepared for even greater service as he fine tunes his skills as a nurse.  He has been such a blessing to us at RAU and we are grateful for his partnership and leadership in RAU.

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Nurse Sam, doing his thing!

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Patrick Bukenya is doing well, along with his family.  He is doing a fabulous job of leading at First Presbyterian and is a vital liaison for RAU.  His children, Genesis and Gabby are growing and blossoming beautifully.  Vickie continues to show great wisdom and leadership in her profession as a Pharmacist.  Patrick has given us a good report on the 8 children that were sponsored to attend the school which was started by First Presbyterian Church of Uganda.  See them looking “smart” (the Uganda term for “beautiful”) in the photos below!

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Patrick, Vickie, Gabby (left) and Genesis (right)
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The Moyo area children at First Presbyterian Church’s School who are being sponsored.
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Richard, from South Sudan at First Presbyterian; standing straight on his feet after club foot surgery.

The men and women who help us here at RAU on a daily basis are such a blessing to us.  Our love and appreciation for them grows daily.  We are blessed to have them as co-workers with us in this West Nile Region of Uganda.  They, especially, understand the daily plodding in faithfulness, but they are seeing the bigger picture which is a steady progress in the Kingdom of God and blessings that come through faithfulness.

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Working on the front fence line.
Odendi (Zakeo), Mindra, Pastor Henery, Mundrugo, and John

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Lucy!

We cannot end a newsletter without also expressing our gratitude for the Rope Holders without whom we could not plod faithfully and joyfully!  Your financial support, prayers, love and enthusiasm are to us like the air we breathe – absolutely vital!  May the Lord bless your lives as you bless us!

Thanks for reading this.

Love, Carol (and Jacob)

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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 Lee

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