What’s Going Up Is What’s Going Down…At RAU!

What’s Going Up is What’s Going Down…At RAU!

by Carol Lee

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Progress results from persistence with purpose.

– Frank Tyger

  Jacob is good about putting posts on Face Book that keep people current on activities and projects here at RAU, but we realize that not everyone “does” Face Book.  We want to lasso everyone “into the know” with this post and email.

It has been a season of projects and building and organizing.  If there were no seed-sowing, fruit-bearing purpose, it would simply be busy work, but with Jacob there’s always a purposeful plan and he’s persistent, so…we make progress!

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The perimeter security wall has been nearly finished.  It is now just a matter of aesthetics. As you can see  from the picture above, the wall serves not only a practical purpose, but pleases the eye as well.

Right on the heels of that project a second one has begun.  Another room is being added on to “Sam’s tukalu” which will allow a queen-sized bed and a couple of bunk beds.  We already have solar panels and a battery with which the tukalu can be “electrified.”  The current tukalu already has a bathroom with toilet and shower.  As we think about the ministry goals of RAU, Jacob is keeping in mind ways of increasing the number of people who may be served during retreat times.  He is also thinking in terms of teams, especially couples, who may come to serve.  This tukalu will serve both purposes.

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Addition of a room to the Tukalu and the foundation for another container.
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Making headway

On the north side of the new room, the foundation is being laid for a platform for the 2nd container for which we are hoping, praying and planning.  The idea here is that, between the two containers (which,in themselves, will allow for much storage) there will be a covered work/storage space.  That Jacob!  He thinks of everything!  There is funding enough at present to purchase the container and send it.  However, we still need the funding to fill the container with precious cargo – Bibles!  It costs $10 per Bible.  If everyone bought even one Bible it would help a lot towards meeting our goal.  Please keep that in mind in your prayers and your budget. We have the details here: https://reachingafricasunreached.org/fill-the-container-study-bibles-books-and-more/

Jacob continues to walk through opening doors.   Tuesday the 20th he will have an opportunity to preach over the radio airwaves via the local Christian radio station. At the end of the message people will be able to call the station with questions or comments. I believe we have mentioned before that this could become a regular event.

In the hills nearby the radio station, Aya Baptist Church has been busy reaching out to its neighbors in the remote areas of Gbare (pronounced, “Bar- ay”) and Arapi (pronounced, “Ah-rah-pee”).  They are in the process now of discipling new believers in Jesus and sending one of their own to move to Gbare to pastor the newly formed church.  Last Sunday there were 81 people who attended church in Gbare, at least 60% of which were new believers from the last month of evangelism.  RAU is partnering with Aya Baptist Church to see a good work established and to see the roots of the church grow deep in love for and obedience to the Word of God.  This coming week, on Wednesday, Jacob and Zora (our new ministry intern) will head up to Gbare for some time of discipleship and instruction as well as the basic good of some de-worming medicine.   Please pray for this work.

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Tobious (and the pastor from Ijuju Baptist Church) and Jacob in the Gbare area  evangelizing tukalu to tukalu

On Sunday the 18th, Jacob, Zora and Mindra (one of the men who works here at RAU) drove to Yumbe where they were met by Charles.  Charles took them to Ambelecu, one of the Church of  Uganda (COU) congregations in Yumbe District near the Koboko border. The COU (also known as the Anglican Church) is a solid presence amidst a devout majority Muslim population.  It is a very urgent and major goal of RAU to come alongside believers in an area where it is becoming increasingly dangerous and difficult to be a Christian.

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Praying and thanking the Lord for safe arrival to Ambelecu COU.
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Eager gathering of believers
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Jacob preaching the Word and Charles interpreting.
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Praying over those who responded to the message to forgive from the heart because they’ve been forgiven.
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Honoring the women who cooked and served

On Sunday the 11th, Jacob, Sam and Zora went to Obongi to strengthen Pastor Godfrey’s congregation, Obongi Town Church, in the Word as well as to stand with Godfrey amidst some intense opposition which he has been experiencing.  Keep praying for him and his flock.  His experiences give us a current depiction of first century church problems such as are recorded in the Book of Acts where Paul went from place to place, experiencing hardship and opposition wherever he was.  While Jacob and the guys were there in Obongi they took the opportunity to provide reading glasses, tracts and medicines to those who had gathered, most of whom were Muslims.

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Godfrey and Jacob

In one of the last posts, we had mentioned the need for education sponsorship for Richard, who has received surgery for club foot.  Within two days, a brother came forward to offer the amount needed for Richard to attend First Presbyterian’s Covenant Junior School!  When we told Richard’s father, he was thrilled, as you can imagine, for his young son (for whom life had thrown a curve ball) to receive such an opportunity.

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Richard – he walketh!

In addition, Anzoa, the young girl who received corrective surgery for congenital cataracts, also received a sponsorship.  A brother in America is working on meeting a goal to find sponsorship for 18 more local children.  (For one year, it costs $600 to board and educate and provide uniforms for one child.)  In America, we take a decent education for granted.  Here, people struggle to find ways of getting their children into school and keeping them in school.  The older the child, the more expensive and, therefore, the harder it is to keep them in school all the way through to graduation.  If anyone is interested in sponsoring a child please contact us.

During the writing of this, a young father came with his child who has hydrocephalus (or some other congenital abnormality.)  It is the most expensive of corrective surgeries in which we have been involved because it typically requires numerous follow up visits to the hospital and we rely on special donations for these medical needs that present themselves to us.  If the Lord lays it on your heart, we would love to take part in helping this child’ s life and lot improve!  You may designate a donation specifically for “the hydrocephalus child“.  Thanks in advance for placing your life and resources at Jesus’ feet to be used for His glory in this child’s life!

Not long after, just today, a mother brought her little 6 month old baby girl, named Charity, who has a cleft lip and palate.  She is asking for help to get the corrective surgery for this.  We, in turn, are presenting this need to you all, hoping that your compassion may be kindled for this child.  While the surgery is provided free of charge at CoRSU Hospital in Entebbe, the cost of transporting the mother and child back and forth 2 times as well as providing their up keep while there is what costs.  From our past experience, the cost comes to about $800.  Any amount that is left over will be kept for the next child who has a physical need.

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Baby Charity and her mom
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A happy baby in spite of her challenges

We feel an empty space which Sam has left in his moving back to the Kampala area to further his medical education.  We have been so blessed to have his friendship, his commitment to RAU’s vision and goals, and his talents.  He has been a great help to Jacob and a great help in making the vision of RAU a reality.  We are grateful for the Lord’s provision for Sam – getting a Bachelors Degree in Nursing is a three year process and is not cheap!  The Lord is good.  Sam, we wish you very well!  We will miss your joyful heart and your beautiful voice leading us in praise!

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Nyombi Samuel Wilson
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An evening walkabout
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His last RAU papaya for a while

Providentially, the Lord has brought us a young man to intern with RAU – Achidrii Onet Zora.  Zora completed a two year theological training at African Renewal University, a school which is greatly supported by Desiring God Ministries.    Zora has shown himself to be servant-hearted, willing to put his hand to a broom or a hammer or the dishes, or to help Jacob organize books and other resources.  He is an “eternal” student, one who likes to ask questions that open up great biblical discussions and who is humble in receiving insight as well as in adding his own insight to the conversation.  Jacob has given him opportunity to prepare and give a teaching or a word of encouragement which he has not only done willingly, but with an earnest desire for feedback by which he can grow in serving in this area.

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Zora enjoying the library books! A man after Jacob’s own heart!
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Jacob has perfected his “Tom Sawyer skills” on Zora
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Getting resource bags ready for future retreats
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Filing and organizing
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Handy with a broom, too!

This weekend we look forward to the return of our dear friend, John Howarton.  He has already been ministering in Ethiopia and South Sudan.  Shortly after he arrives we will be hosting another pastors’ retreat in which John’s teaching gift will be used and appreciated.

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John with his friend, Muhtar

I (Carol) am back to my “normal” self.  We will leave out any description of what that word, “normal” might mean for me!  On advice and reminder from my brother, Dave, I am staying home from the bumpy day trips to allow any unseen injury to heal which might have occurred from the jarring fall I experienced a few weeks ago.  I am enjoying some time to work on my skill set: drawing/painting and my latest interest – ink.

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An ink drawing of my favorite tree in front of Aya Baptist Church

We hope that, as you read about our adventures (and misadventures!), and as you pray for RAU, you may also be asking the Lord if you can serve with us here on a more permanent basis.  There is more than enough for one man to do and it would be awesome to have a others working together with us here.  For starters, consider coming for a short stay to see how your gifts could be used in a greater way to serve the people of this under-served area.

The earthly formula at the beginning of this post could have you wondering if you have the wherewithal to take part in this mission and it places the burden on frail humanity:  “Persistence + Purpose = Progress.”  Who is equal to the task?!!  BUT!….thanks be to God who does not make us His co-workers without equipping us!  Remember I Corinthians 4:7:  “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.”  Philippians 2: 13 says, “for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  In Luke 24:49 we are reminded that Jesus did not leave without fulfilling His promise to give us the Holy Spirit.  “And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”  “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work withing us, to Him be the glory…!” (Ephesians 3:20-21)

May the Lord bless you all!  We pray for the Holy Spirit to fill you all with joy, obedience and eyes to see the joy beyond the Cross!

Carol (on behalf of Jacob and RAU)

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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

Our “wish lists” may be found at Amazon (Click on the “Wish List” link and type in our name or email  address)

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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“Psalm 151” By Carol Lee

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 Recently, Mark Altrogge posted a challenge to us to look back and remember our story, to recount the goodness of the Lord in our lives. I was looking through some of the stuff we brought along to Uganda and found the following “assignment” that Mike Geer, a friend from our home church, Lifegate, had asked us to do for a Adult Sunday School class he was teaching. We were to write our experiences and struggles in the form of a Psalm. Hence, I named it “Psalm 151“. I hope that it encourages you to lean upon the Lord for grace and to also take time to write your own story of grace and to remember the goodness of the Lord in your own life.

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Psalm 151

(A song of Carol Lee recounting the works of the Lord in her lifetime and supplications for present trials; sung to the tune of “Come Thou Fount”)
(phraseology borrowed from John Piper’sSeeing and Savoring Christ” as well as other scripture)

Blessed are those upon whom the Lord has set His affection,
Who are adopted as His children and have been given eyes
To see and savor His beauty, power, sovereign grace and love.

Blessed are those who, in seeing and savoring the Lord,
Turn from everything of lesser value and follow the Lord
With their whole heart!
They will never be put to shame and will enjoy intimate friendship
With the Lord and His people in this life
And a glory that surpasses every earthly affliction and joy
In the life to come.

Lord, You have been my father from my childhood.
In my afflictions you drew me to Your living waters to find life.
You helped me find great comfort in Your Word.
I would have totally despaired in the loneliness of separation from family
If you had not tenderly shielded me from the enemy of my soul
By giving me hope through Your presence
And Your people.

In spite of Your faithful love,
Many times I left Your path and trespassed into disobedience,
Rebellion and the fleeting pleasures of sin – even though
I was Yours (for You bought me with Your lifeblood.)
I did not set my heart on things above where my beautiful Savior
Is seated, but I set my mind on earthly things;
I lost sight and taste of Your beauty and goodness.
I forsook the joy of Your friendship
To find friendship with the world.

But You, O Lord, in the faithfulness of Your covenantal love,
Pursued me!
In faithfulness You afflicted me and brought me low.
You convicted me of all my sin and made me to know
That there is no way, no love, no happiness or joy like YOU!!!
All praise be to You, O God!

Though many times I felt forsaken by father and mother,
You made me to know and cherish Your Word – and how beautiful it is:
“Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife
Or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the Kingdom,
Who will not receive many times more in this age,
And, in the age to come, eternal life.”
See what You have done?!!! You have surrounded me with
Fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers and children.
I lack no good thing! And you will do it again!

O, but Lord, I find my soul in danger, once again,
Of taking pleasure in fleeting earthly joys above the joy of Your call
To keep in step with You and Your Kingdom plans.
My heart prefers comfort, safety, routine, entertainment and ease.
I prefer the boundaries You have given me now
And shrink away from the enlarging borders You want to give me.
I am often having to repent of not making the most of every opportunity
or of not numbering my days.

I hear Your voice, O Lord, 

As You speak to me through Your Word:

“If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up
His cross daily and follow me.”
“If anyone comes to me and does not love me more than
Father, mother, sister, brother, children…”
“What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world
and forfeits himself?”
I hear You, Lord, and I am wrestling with these words.

And, as if that were not enough, Lord,
You are entreating me through my husband,
who shows by example what it means to passionately take up his cross
And follow Christ,
Who is ready to love You more than all earthly treasures
And the people who are so dear to him,
Who so clearly sees that there are other sheep “not of this fold”
Who must be brought in so that there are worshipers of You
From every tribe, tongue, people and nation,
And who does not love his own life
More than Your glory and fame among the nations.
I want to accompany this man joyfully and willingly;
but You, O Lord, from Whom no thoughts are hidden,
Know the unrest in my soul.

O Lord, in this affliction of soul do not forsake me!
Seek Your servant again, for I am a straying sheep.
Pursue me and make me to be set apart for You in thought, motive, word and deed.
Be gracious to me and open my eyes to see and savor You – and
All the more as that Great Day approaches.
Make me to remember Your promises and faithfulness in the past
And to trust that You will, once more, provide the grace that is needed in days to come.
Incline my heart to You and to Your praise and not toward selfish gain,
That I may enjoy Your presence along with Your people,
Both now and forever more. Amen!

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Note: I found this a year or two after it was written and I have retyped and edited it…as I sit in the very place for which I was struggling in this Psalm. The Lord has, indeed, been faithful! His grace has been sufficient. My heart has been made more than willing as He has enlarged the boundaries of my lot.

GOOD NEWS OF GREAT JOY which WILL COME to ALL THE PEOPLE!

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“And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them (the shepherds), and the glory of the Lord flashed and shone all about them, and they were terribly frightened.BUT the angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you GOOD NEWS OF GREAT JOY which WILL COME to ALL THE PEOPLE. For to you is born this day in the town of David a SAVIOR, Who is Christ (the Messiah) the Lord!” (Luke 2:9-11 AV, emphasis mine).
This is my 59th Christmas and will be my 4th to celebrate outside the USA. Christmas has many fond memories for me. As a child I had a wonderful time of celebrating with family. After marriage and children, new joys were added; and, then, there were the joys of celebrating with grandchildren. These memories and times are all precious and I am forever grateful for them.
As joyful as these times have been for me they pale in comparison to the “GOOD NEWS OF GREAT JOY that has come in the person of Jesus Christ. There are so many bound in the chains of fear, as were the shepherds. My favorite word in the Bible and, perhaps, the most important one in the Bible is “BUT”.  In the above  passage from Luke, “but” is the bridge between fear and joy. Good news of great joy has come to all peoples because Jesus has come to dwell among us and give His life a ransom for all peoples! Oh what rapturous joy that fills my heart! Such news would be unbelievable if we did not have God’s sure Word to tell us so!  Who would have dreamed such good news is possible!
Such good news must be published to the “ALL THE PEOPLE! I am reminded afresh, as Christmas approaches, there are many in this world who have never once heard this “GOOD NEWS OF GREAT JOY ! We live in the midst of many such people here in the West Nile. On this coming Friday Sam, Carol, Paul George (from Austin Texas) and I will travel, along with members of Aya Baptist Church, to two such villages (Bari is the name of one) on Metu Mountain. Pastor Tobious and his associate, Geoffrey, just finished a preliminary visit in preparation for our trip together. They were warmly received and it was evident the Lord had been preparing their hearts. Tobious was told that someone had come briefly six years ago preaching in these villages and then left. Since that time they had been hoping someone would come and tell them more. Tobious and Geoffrey shared the gospel then and there and 14 believed upon the Lord!
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Our goal is to see a church planted in Bari with a shepherd. I have seen, time after time, where evangelism takes place in a village, whether through open air preaching or the Jesus film, and many believe. Then, either because there are no shepherds willing to relocate or there is no provision for them to do so, the new believers are left like sheep without a shepherd. Geoffrey has agreed to be  the shepherd of the church in Bari but has no resources and little biblical training. This is where RAU, through you, can come alongside the local church and assist in the planting of this church. This would be the second church in which RAU is directly involved in planting. The other is Obongi Town Church led by Pastor Godfrey, about whom we have written much.  Our focus is to see churches where there is not one single one. Places which have no church ought to take precedence in church planting over places which have one or several churches in them already. The Bari Church, like Obongi Town church, will be made up of almost all new believers who, all the more, need shepherds trained in the Word and walking in the Spirit. Godfrey is doing a fine job in Obongi and we pray that we can assist Geoffrey and others in the same way. Please pray for these new churches and for us as we walk arm in arm with them.
Aya Baptist musicians
Aya Baptist musicians
We are also actively working indirectly to see churches planted where there are none. We do this through our pastors/church leaders retreats and by going out to local churches teaching and equipping.  RAU’s main purpose is to come alongside pastors and church leaders in order to strengthen and equip them so that they can “equip the saints for the work of ministry” (Ephesians 4:12).  Many of the pastors in our West Nile region have not had the blessing  and benefit of attending Bible College or seminary and they are very eager to receive resources that will aid them in their work. Our model is found in 2 Timothy 2:2 where the Apostle Paul exhorts Timothy to entrust to faithful men (who will also be able to teach others) what he has taught Timothy.  Everything is passed along.  In this way, the truth of the Gospel does not become a stagnant pond, but a life-giving, outward-flowing river of life.
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Studying in the Hall of Tyrannus
 Paul demonstrated this model in his own life when, as recorded in Acts 19:10 by Luke, he taught daily in the Hall of Tyrannus for two years, “so that all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.”   Paul himself did not reach each resident of Asia, but those who heard Paul told others who told others.  This is the ministry fruit we hope for at Reaching Africa’s Unreached.  We want the Gospel and all the truths of the Bible to be that life-giving river making its way out to all the West Nile Region and beyond!
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Seeking to walk out 2 Timothy 2:2
Biblical discipleship is key for the church to be able to reach the unreached. J.C. Ryle (1816-1900) has correctly said, “Since Satan cannot destroy the gospel, he has often neutralized its usefulness by addition, subtraction, or substitution.”  When you pray and sacrificially help us you are helping to destroy the works of Satan.
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When Carol wrote last I was in the midst of another bout of malaria. Thank you all for your sincere prayers. It had laid me low from last Friday -Monday. As per doctor’s orders (Carol) I was allowed to get up and do some work on Tuesday. This past week we have concentrated on creating a fire line around the perimeter of RAU’s 17 acre. We are now in the beginnings of the hot/dry season and you may remember last time we had some close calls from surrounding wildfires. We are also digging around and mulching our young mango trees. We have bagged around 865 kilos of dried soybeans harvested from the RAU land which we will seek to sell. One hundred percent of these proceeds will go directly back into the ministry. The same thing will be true when we begin to harvest the many mangoes from our newly planted trees. When the rains begin again we will plant more.  Our perimeter security wall is coming along nicely.  We are grateful for a wonderful building crew from whose expertise we will benefit and have benefited.

Fire line along our back fence
Fire line along our back fence

Mulching mangoes
Mulching mangoes

Work is progressing well on the veranda security wall. The outside of the stub wall will have matching flagstone and the inside will be plastered/painted. The gap between the wall and top will have decorative metal work.
Work is progressing well on the veranda security wall. The outside of the stub wall will have matching flagstone and the inside will be plastered/painted. The gap between the wall and top will have decorative metal work.
Weighing and sacking our soybean harvest.
Weighing and sacking our soybean harvest.

There were also six pastors who came by this last week for prayer and encouragement. On a weekly basis many stop by RAU. We see these times also as being a part of God’s plan for us living here. We can send them on their way refreshed in the Lord and packed with resources, both for them and their churches.

All these are reasons why we believe it is the Lord’s will to get more resources here via a second container.  Already 700 pounds of gospel tracts in English, Madi, and Aringa and 800 pounds of books from The Gospel Coalition International Outreach are on pallets at our home church, Lifegate. Our biggest desire is to pack 5,000 ESV Global Study Bibles into the container. As we have written previously, we can purchase them at a 70% discount and have them shipped to Lifegate for $10 a Bible. We have $3,000 of the $50,000 needed to buy these excellent, pastoral resources. Please pray and believe with us for the remaining funds and give if you can. All the information you need is at our web page here: 

https://reachingafricasunreached.org/fill-the-container-study-bibles-books-and-more/ 

Global Study Bible

Carol and I, as well as the whole RAU team, realize we could not be doing what we are doing without the sacrificial and loving support you give us. You are the Lord’s means of grace for us who labor joyfully in the field the Lord has given us. Thank you and God Bless you!

On a personal note, please pray for Carol and me during this Christmas season that the Lord would minister peace and grace in those times we desperately miss out loving family back in America. Thank you!

May you have a blessed and merry Christmas!

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
Our “wish lists” may be found at Amazon (Click on the “Wish List” link and type in our name or email  address)
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
Tax deductible  charitable donations may  be made via PayPal.  PayPal also has a way to make reoccurring monthly gifts. To do so  please click the PayPal link. 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

Back in the Saddle Again

 Pastors at RAU Retreat
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”
Carol and I have now been back at RAU a little less than a week. We both have come back from our visit to the USA encouraged by the love shown to us by family, friends, and the various churches we fellowshipped with. The love and support we have from so many is just another confirmation of the open door the Lord has given to us and Reaching Africa’s Unreached. For the gospel to advance in areas of the world where there is little or no witness of Christ’s life,death and resurrection we, as followers of Christ, must work hand in hand to bring the gospel ( Romans 10:13-17 ) to unreached areas. The Lord has set us in such a place and, together with you, we are continually seeking to make Christ known where He is not known. There are vast areas in the West Nile (Northwestern region) of Uganda with not a single church! Partnering with you we have the joy of bringing the glorious gospel and of being a part of Christ building His church in this region of the world. Thank you for your continual prayers and support! May the Lord richly bless you!
We spent a couple of days in Kampala getting work done on the Land Cruiser, buying supplies, and purchasing a solar powered submersible water pump which also can run via generator. We made good time on our trip here to RAU from Kampala. There are more sections of road which have been improved. Because of the many big trucks at the Laropi Nile River crossing we had to wait awhile. After crossing and heading up the steep incline out of the Nile River basin I ran over a sharp object and had an immediate flat tire. After a lot of sweating, Sam and I got the spare on and we made it to RAU. Our drive ended up being about 12 hours.
It was so good to see all our friends at RAU. We are also happy to find that our immediate area is more stable and peaceful than when we left. There are efforts on the part of both the Madi and Kuku tribes for reconciliation. The Uganda government is also trying to help those whose homes were burned and there is cooperation between the UPDF (Ugandan army) and SPLA (South Sudanese army) in patrolling the area. Keep praying for both tribes as tensions remain under the surface. Tribalism’s only cure is Jesus!
Two men with Davis & Shirtliff arrived Thursday with the water pump,solar panels, and accessories. We had some challenges pulling the old pump out and setting the new submersible pump,a Grundfos SQF, in. The pump is now quickly and noiselessly pulling water up to our 10,000 liter tower tank which gravity feeds into the Guesthouse, pastor’s quarters (as well as any future facilities). The pump gets its energy directly from the sun via roof solar panels…no batteries, inverters, and NO loud generator using expensive and sometimes hard-to-get diesel. This is yet another grand blessing to better equip Reaching Africa’s Unreached to serve pastors and others who come to stay with us. Thank you Lord and thank you to those who have given!


Another project which will start soon because of the gifts of God’s people is the building of 4′ stub wall with iron work above it around the outside of the veranda of the Guesthouse. This need was mentioned while we were caring for and protecting refugees on the veranda  during the recent tribal conflict. This extra perimeter gives extra common sense security and privacy to the Guesthouse.
As the Lord provides,future building projects include more pastor’s quarters and a branch of the Hall of Tyrannus in Obongi which would also double for the new church plant there. Obongi Town Church is pastored by Godfrey who has been receiving some training at RAU. We have the land purchased in Obongi but are still struggling with the resistance of powerful people in the town who oppose the work of the gospel. You may remember that Godfrey has been physically assaulted twice and he ,as well as RAU, has received threats. We would not want to build until those issues are resolved. The pastors’ quarters would be at RAU and would allow us to keep more pastors for retreats and also could be used if we are able to open a full fledged Bible School to train pastors for work in the West Nile.
Late on the 22nd, Sam picked up Ron Zeiner, Doug Neel, and Mark Borman at the Entebbe airport. They will make their trek to RAU on the 25th and will be bringing their God given gifts to the people of Yumbe District, Obongi sub county, and for a pastors retreat here at RAU. The pastors will all be from Moyo District. Ron is a returnee and is an excellent Bible teacher.  Doug will be teaching and sharing agricultural resources and expertise.  Mark,a farmer, will share his love of Jesus and farming experiences. One the reasons RAU is here is to host short-term missions teams like this. We can match people’s giftings with avenues of ministry.
We are actively seeking to bringing another container to RAU. This container would primarily be filled with resources for pastors,church leaders, teachers in the region. I have set a page a specific page entitled Fill the Container: Bible,Books, and More at the RAU blog site with all the pertinent information. Please take a look at that page and pray about helping.


Lastly, on a personal note, please continue in your prayers for Carol and me. These first weeks back are always the most difficult for us as we have tasted the joy, once again, of being with family and loved ones. Playing with and loving on our four grandchildren was especially delightful. We do have joy in our calling being here but it is a joy mixed sadness of our separation from family.
Thank you and may God bless you,
Jacob (Carol) Lee

Blog: www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached

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

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

Our “wish lists” may be found at Amazon (Click on the “Wish List” link and type in our name or email  address)

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

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

Journey Mercies

Journey Mercies

by Carol Lee

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“Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!

Morning by morning new mercies I see.  

All I have needed Thy hands have provided.  

Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.” 

(From a hymn by Thomas O. Chisolm, “Great is Thy Faithfulness”)

The words to this hymn are the testimony of Jacob’s and my experience.  The Lord has been merciful to us on so many occasions in our lives and in these past weeks and He has rescued us from many trials.  But let it be said, along with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that even if we had not seen a physical rescue or had not been spared from suffering, our testimony would still be, “Great is thy faithfulness,” because the Lord has rescued us from something far worse than suffering in this life.

Afoji Church of Uganda
Afoji Church of Uganda

As Jacob already related in previous posts, we came through a rough and frightening experience at our home in Afoji as we watched violence and unrest erupt suddenly around us during a local tribal conflict.  The Lord was merciful in protecting us and those in our care.  Mercifully, He sent our good friend, Kevin Turner, with SWI, whose experience and expertise in war-zone areas was an extraordinarily timely encouragement and help.  By God’s grace, the tribal conflict was kept from becoming a full blown, long-standing war as leaders from both sides met together to find peaceful solutions for return to normalcy.  We know that the Lord worked through the thousands and thousands of earnest prayers sent up on behalf of all the people in the region of Moyo district and South Sudan.

We were grateful, as  you can imagine, that the disruption of peace did not prevent our long awaited trip back to the United States to reunite with family and friends.  Traveling from Moyo to Kampala (or anywhere in Uganda) has inherent dangers and discomforts.  The Lord was merciful, indeed, to bring us safely to our destination in Kampala, along with our traveling companions.

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In His mercy, the Lord made a way for some of our passengers to receive medical care here in Kampala, which they might not have gotten if not for the loving reach of Jesus’ arms through His Body. the people of His redeeming love.

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Jacob with Anzo who is getting her glasses after successful cataract surgery.
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Baby “Miracle” after first surgery (cleft lip) and now awaiting 2nd surgery (cleft palate). She has the most heart-warming smile!

Anzo returned with her father, Mindra, to have a check-up on her eyes after cataract surgery and to receive glasses which will help her as she attends school.  Little baby, “Miracle,” was admitted, again, to CoRSU Hospital in Entebbe for the second part of her cleft lip/palate surgery (repair of the palate).  We thank God for the mercy He has shown through you!

As it says in Isaiah 58:6-9

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
    and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
    and break every yoke?
 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
    and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
    and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
    and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness[a] will go before you,
    and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
 Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
    you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.”

This showing of mercy is intrinsic to the message of the Gospel and must be a loving not only in word or tongue, but with actions and in truth.  (I John 3:18)  Reading recently in John 1, I was again refreshed by this:  the Law came through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. We are acutely aware of the fact that RAU is an extension of the love and Gospel-giving commitment of our supporters and that, through you, the truth of the Gospel walks side by side with the grace that is shown to us in Christ and is seen in the lives of His people.

We are eagerly anticipating our journey to the USA to be reunited with our family and friends and to meet our newest grandchild.  We are eager for times of refreshing and reconnecting with those we love and with whom we are partnered.  Please pray with us for journey mercies on the next leg of the trip.

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“Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth;

Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;

strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,

blessings all mine with ten thousand beside.”

From “Great is Thy Faithfulness” by Thomas Chisolm

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached

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

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

Our “wish lists” may be found at Amazon (Click on the “Wish List” link and type in our name or email  address)

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

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.