“…so that many will give thanks…”

 

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New well in the remote Metu Mountain village of Cinyi

“You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.”

2 Corinthians 1:11

Carol and I have been back to RAU from our USA visit now for almost three weeks. As I ponder over all the Lord has enabled us do in the West Nile of Uganda, my heart returns with thankfulness to my King and to the many who have encouraged us, stood with us in prayer, and graciously given. Let me help you remember, too, so that you also may give thanks for the blessing granted us through your prayers and the prayers of many! You have been a vital part of the work God is doing in our gospel needy region of the world.

It has been 11 years since our first trip to Africa, 10+ years since I first ministered in the West Nile of Uganda where we now live, 7+ years since Reaching Africa’s Unreached was established, 6+ years since the RAU land was purchased and exactly 6 years since we cleared a spot in the thick bush and broke ground for the first building in which I am now sitting while writing to you. The facilities and land we now have are tremendous tools in proclaiming the gospel of grace. There is a photo history of the building progress at this site here.

I remember and I give thanks for  gifts of God’s people and the grand “blessing(s) granted us through the prayers of many.”

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Six years ago, setting corners for the first building. More history pictures located here: https://reachingafricasunreached.org/r-a-u-guesthouse-building-pictures-2/
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The first building as it sits today. By God’s grace there are now also seven other smaller structures on the compound.

I remember and I give thanks for the gifts of God’s people and the grand “blessing(s) granted us through the prayers of many.”

It has now been 4+ years since we made our permanent move to Afoji just a mile off the Ugandan/South Sudan border. The Lord has watched over us, given us favor with believers and unbelievers, allowed us to host at RAU 23 multi-day church leader retreats, be a part in planting churches for seven remote Metu Mountain villages which previously had not one single church, provided countless opportunities for open air preaching and one on one witness by which many have been gloriously saved by grace through faith alone Thousands of Bibles and solid biblical books have been   given to leaders. Hundred’s of Kindles loaded with solid biblical books and the Jesus film in numerous languages,via Delmar Hagar’s Study To be Approved , have also been given out out to church leaders. The Lord has opened the way for 15 dialogs on the topic “Who Is Jesus?” with leading Aringa tribe Khards, Sheikhs, and Imams have been organized and done. By God’s grace much has been accomplished for His glory these last 4+ years.

I remember and I give thanks for  gifts of God’s people and the grand “blessing(s) granted us through the prayers of many.”

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The 23rd retreat and the first one in the new and enlarged “Hall of Tyrannus”. RAU is now partnering with Reaching and Teaching International in training pastors using their curriculum of “Hearts, Heads, and Hands”.
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Carol’s heart of love and service is much appreciated wherever we go!
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Sharing God’s Word with faithful co-worker Pastor Tobious  in one of the Metu Mountain Church plants
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Baptism service in the Metu Mountains.
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One of our Christian-Muslim dialog groups.

I remember and I give thanks for  gifts of God’s people and the grand “blessing(s) granted us through the prayers of many.”

In Romans 2:4b we are told that one of the ways the Lord leads us to repentance is through His kindness….”…that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?…”. Often and wrongly so, mercy ministries and gospel preaching are subtly  pitted against each other. As ones created in God’s image, kindness ought to be active part of all we do, including proclamation of the gospel of grace. With that in mind and by God’s grace we have been able to give out medicines, help in surgeries and children’s education,assist people in going to clinics,distribute reading glasses, put in four bore holes (wells) in villages where they were getting their water from holes and streams, and empower church leaders ,Imams/Sheikhs as well as the community at large through agricultural training. Over and over again we have seen how these acts of love are being used to draw people to listen to the gospel of grace.

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

 

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This is one of the four new wells which has been completed in the Metu Mountains. There have been many challenges to drilling in these Appalachian size mountains BUT God has given grace to push onward for the clean water many now drink for the first time in their lives.

Celebration at the new Cinyi Bore Hole:

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lraapUoT1-A )

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A Sheikh receiving reading glassing and literature.

 

 

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One of the several cash crops we are teaching church leaders to grow is watermelon. Also the community at large is growing in understanding “farming as business” through RAU’s weekly 2 hour Ag. call in program hosted by RAU’s Ag. specialist, Emma.
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Emma doing some hands on training on grafted mangoes with pastors at RAU

I remember and I give thanks for  gifts of God’s people and the grand “blessing(s) granted us through the prayers of many.”

As we remember God’s grace in the past it encourages us that His grace is with us in the present and will also be with us in the future! With this encouragement we press on and build upon the foundations which have been laid. In the same vein we pray you all will continue to stand with us in prayer and support.

“You must also pray…” (1 Corinthians 1:11)

Upcoming August events for prayer:

  1. I have an upcoming meeting in Obongi with Muslims from five different Mosques. The leading Sheikhs have given me an invitation  to meet their people. I will have opportunity to speak and will bring Bibles, Christian literature,reading glasses, Ag products and medicines. It has taken about three years to get to this level of friendship and trust with the Obongi Muslims. Pastor Godfrey’s welcoming heart has had a large part in this. Pastor Godfrey has been leading the church well in Obongi which RAU planted in December 2013.
  2. We are seeking to plant a church in a trading center near Yumbe town. This center currently is around 99% Muslim.
  3. Continued discipleship training in Metu Mountain seven village church plants.
  4. Harvest of RAU soybean and grinding into meal for the Madi/Aringa community and South Sudanese refugees as the Lord enables.
  5. Planting of second season crops…mostly upland rice.
  6. Continued distribution of ESV Global Study Bibles to pastors in the South Sudanese Bidibidi refugee camp , now the largest in the world. Pray for peace in South Sudan, for the many refugees in Uganda, and those working with them.
  7. Continual prayers for health and safety. Here is a report on a battle not long ago which took place just across the South Sudan border station of Jale which is just a couple miles from our home in Afoji. Uganda is doing a good job keep things peaceful, safe and secure in Uganda. Pray for Uganda in this challenging task.

Upcoming September events for prayer:

  1. A six member team from Rocky Point Baptist Church Stephenville Texas will be arriving to RAU on the 2nd and leaving on the 18th. They will be teaching in many venues on the biblical view marriage and family. In these sessions the children will also receive ministry from the team members. Carol and I are very excited about them being here with us and sharing their gifting with the people we love and work with. Pray for them as they prepare to come our way!
  2. A five member team with Reaching and Teaching International arrives on 19th and will be with us at RAU through the 27th. They will leading a group of pastors through session three of nine of “Hearts, Heads, and Hands”. I am very happy and excited about our partnership with Reaching and Teaching International!

A special thanks to those of you who sacrificially give so that we can continue in spreading the fame of King Jesus in our area. We commit to be good stewards of the resources placed into our hands. We invite others join in this grace of giving.

Thank you and God Bless,

Jacob (Carol) Lee

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http://www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached

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

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

The greatest evil is having the gospel and not doing everything within our power to get it to those who do not have it!
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When at least 35% of the world; “the unoccupied fields”, have no access to the gospel, we (believers) must all do all we can to reach them. We who are saved owe the gospel to every lost person, most especially the 2.4 billion who will not hear unless someone breaks into their “unoccupied field” with no thought of their own life!
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Sowing seeds of love and kindness should not be separated from preaching the gospel of sovereign grace but completely intertwined with it!
Jacob Lee

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South Suddenness pastors receiving ESV Global Study Bibles and other resources. They are now living and serving in the nearby BidiBidi refugee camp. BidiBidi is reported to be the world’s largest refugee camp in the world.

 

 

 

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

http://www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached

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

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

The greatest evil is having the gospel and not doing everything within our power to get it to those who do not have it!
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When at least 35% of the world; “the unoccupied fields”, have no access to the gospel, we (believers) must all do all we can to reach them. We who are saved owe the gospel to every lost person, most especially the 2.4 billion who will not hear unless someone breaks into their “unoccupied field” with no thought of their own life!
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Sowing seeds of love and kindness should not be separated from preaching the gospel of sovereign grace but completely intertwined with it!
Jacob Lee

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Changing Times and Seasons

Changing Times and Seasons

by Carol Lee

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“For everything there is a season,, and a time for every matter under heaven”

Ecclesiastes 3: 1

Never before have Jacob and I experienced the reality of this verse more than here on mission in Uganda.  Our lives are in a constant state of flux.  There are different branches” of ministry, different groups coming and going and, then, there is our upcoming trip to and from the USA.  There is not much “routine” as we knew it in the States.  If the adage, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” were true, Jacob and I would be in serious trouble!  Daniel 2:21 also reminds us that: “He changes times and seasons.”  That position is exactly where we find ourselves right now.  The only routine we know is change!

As you know from our previous newsletter, the months before May were a major push in construction to finish the new Hall Of Tyrannusand other building projects.  That is a season we are glad to have BEHIND us!  The Reaching and Teaching attendees were the first ones to benefit from that new facility.  It’s truly beautiful and it’s hard to believe it was built in a matter of a few months – a testament to Jacob’s great administrating and a very good work crew.

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The new and enlarged “Hall of Tyrannus” was completed May 6th

On April 30th, our new friends, George and Geraldine Smith, from Jinja, brought a discipleship team of 15 (themselves included), ten of whom were from Mississippi and they were here until May 4th.  They packed in mega amounts of ministry in 3 days!  On Monday through Wednesday, one group (of two teachers) stayed at RAU for a seminar for 25 local leaders (T4T), George and Geraldine took a group to one of the refugee camps for discipleship training, and Jacob took a third group to the Metu mountains to various villages each day.  These teams were rotated so everyone got a taste of different ministry opportunities.  The part of the day Jacob and I most enjoyed was the after supper “debriefing”  with the whole group together.  We all shared our experiences, both the good, the great and the difficult.  We encouraged and spurred one another on to love and good deeds. And we prayed for one another. It was beautiful to take part in it.

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“T4T” Team
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With IBM missionaries, George and Geraldine Smith. They have become special friends to Jacob and me.

On May 6th, Jacob went to Arua to pick up the Reaching and Teaching team from High Pointe Baptist Church, Austin, Texas while I stayed back to ensure that our campus was ready to receive them and the (what turned out to be) 40 pastors and leaders who showed up for the retreat.  We only have 32 beds and so we had to do some creative planning to serve all the ones who came. The church leaders were from Moyo, Metu Mountains, Obongi, Lefori, Yumbe, and Koboko.

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First group of church leaders to receive training in the new and enlarged “Hall of Tyrannus”

It was another packed week of teaching ministry and ensuring that all of our visitors were fed and cared for.  The Reaching and Teaching team consisted of four teachers (Otis Fields, Delmar Hager, Jon Kraus, and William Sebree) and one lovely service and administratively gifted sister, Kacey Hanson.  Because the men were able to adeptly manage their teaching schedules, Jacob was free to continue administrating over the many other activities which were still happening on and off the campus. Kacey and I handled the meals and snacks “like a boss.”  Of course, we didn’t do the cooking!  We had 3 lovely ladies (Lucy, Christine and Beatrice) who did that bulky work; Kacey and I just made sure that everything was on schedule.

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One of Delmar’s sessions in the new “Hall of Tyrannus”.
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The “Reaching and Teaching” team from right to left: Will,Delmar,Jon,Otis, and Kacey.

While the Reaching and Teaching team was here they had the opportunity to do some ministry in the Metu mountain villages, teaching, preaching and praying for God’s beloved people in new church plants in the hard to reach places.

Metu Land Cruiser Adventures: https://youtu.be/HXbG0DFDtxk

A special occasion was the baptism of 97 people from Aya, Alugodu, Cinyi, Lea, Eremi, Oku, and Ijujo. It was just last month that 71 were baptized from other new churches in Gbari,Arapi, Duku, and Oyo. It was a joyful celebration and a long walk for many (or run, for some!) down to an available water source.  This kind of event does not happen often so it had great significance and for it to be celebrated with special guests made it a pinnacle event.

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Celebrating God’s grace! Six people were baptized at a time.
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Jacob preaching from 2 Corinthians 5:17-18 before the baptisms.

God is opening the window of His favor upon the people in the Metu Mountains.  This is not only evident in the church growth but also seen in the blessing of funding being provided for bore holes in these remote regions.  We now have funding for 2 out of the 3 areas in which we plan to sink bore holes.  Each bore hole costs $7500. Praise the Lord for the loving response of our financial partners!  The district officials and the local villagers are also doing their part to make the roads more passable for the drilling rigs.

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Emma explaining the fruit fly traps to visitors on our RAU demo site

Emma, our Principle Ag Extension Officer, continues to manage the RAU demo plot (which is visited by many) in addition to two other plots in the Metu mountains AND the weekly radio call-in show.  The folks in these remote villages are getting free and expert training and opportunities (that are rare and come at a cost beyond their reach) through Emma’s physical presence and training and over the airwaves through the radio program.  We will soon be expanding our outreach by building a screen house here at RAU for mango grafting; this will allow us to sell grafted mango seedlings at a greatly discounted price using all our own resources right here on the demo plot (we have both the native root stock as well as the grafted mango stalks or scions). Our goal is to help empower church leaders as well as our local community through the long term benefits of mango and banana production along with vegetables and food grains.

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Seedlings for the new season and demo project

We never get tired of hearing feedback from the community members who are pleading with us to keep up the excellent standard of Ag Extension service which is being provided on site and through the radio program. So many people are voicing hopefulness that the socio-economic status of Moyo District and surrounding areas will continue to improve as long as community members are inspired and well-instructed through the sound Ag information and guidance which Emma is providing.

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Metu mountain farmers receiving on site training from Emma

Another opportunity has developed through a relationship with a young man named Joshua Abraham.  He ministers to and disciples pastors in the refugee camps.  Through him we have been able to distribute nearly 400 ESV Global Study Bibles as well as many other resources.  This networking is helping us to reach a demographic which we did not expect to reach.  The ripple effect of that – only God knows!

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South Suddenness pastors from the nearby BidiBidi refugee camp receiving ESV Global Study Bibles and other resources . BidiBidi is now reported to be the world’s largest refugee camp.

Now that this season of intense ministry is over, Jacob and I are on a big push to do the next thing – get ready to return to the States for a visit.  It’s amazing how much has to be done in order to leave – so MANY details which must be attended to.  The next season doesn’t necessarily mean slowing down!!

While we hope to come back to the States for some R&R, we also know that the pace will not slow too much!  Our special emphasis this time around is to connect with our growing family and to spend some time with Jacob’s aging parents.  Jacob’s mom, especially, has had some setbacks which could be serious. We are looking forward to holding our newest grandchild for the first time. She was born last  December.

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Our beautiful grandchildren

We will be arriving to Seguin in the last few days of May.  After about a week in Seguin we will begin traveling to see various family members and should be back in Seguin in the latter part of June and into July.  We hope to see many of you at church on Sundays.  We will try to visit as many churches as we can; however, we hope you will understand our limitations in time as well as our need to catch our breath before another busy season starts up when we get back to Uganda mid-July.  Jacob and I will be at Lifegate Church our first two Sundays (May 28th and June 4th) and also on our last Sunday in the States (July 9th). We wanted to be in the States for our 36th Wedding Anniversary, July 10th. We return to RAU on July 12th.

We are grateful for each season in which the Lord has us.  However, we have to admit, the seasons seem to be changing very frequently.  Pray for us to have stamina and a cheerful and grateful heart to face whatever is next up!  May we all not grow weary in doing good!  May our eyes stay fixed on the prize and may we, for the joy set before us, endure for the glory of God and the good of many!

For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin — real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.

Fr. Alfred D’Souza

My business is, with all my might to serve my own generation; in doing so I shall best serve the next generation, should the Lord Jesus tarry… The longer I live, the more I am enabled to realize that I have but one life to live on earth, and that this one life is but a brief life, for sowing, in comparison with eternity, for reaping.

–George Mueller

Carol (and Jacob) Lee

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http://www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached

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

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

The greatest evil is having the gospel and not doing everything within our power to get it to those who do not have it!
———–
When at least 35% of the world; “the unoccupied fields”, have no access to the gospel, we (believers) must all do all we can to reach them. We who are saved owe the gospel to every lost person, most especially the 2.4 billion who will not hear unless someone breaks into their “unoccupied field” with no thought of their own life!
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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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Go therefore…..!

A Race to the Finish Line

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

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Bountiful and delicious mango harvest
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Getting it done! New “Hall of Tyrannus”

The above statement we once attributed John Wesley, which apparently is not his, is nonetheless an inspiring exhortation.  And we seem to be trying awfully hard to do it!  The pressure is on and we (especially Jacob) have been busy on just about every front.  Here are some of the events of the last two weeks as mostly narrated in our Face Book posts and have generally had to do with getting ready for our two back to back teams which will come from the USA for trainings and ministry and our Ag Extension and Mercy Ministry.  Also, Jacob always remains ready for offers from his Yumbe friends, to interact with Sheikhs and Imams who show an interest in discussing religious matters.

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Jacob doing his favorite thing – directing traffic!
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Checking on the building progress

April 10 was a busy day at RAU as Jacob stayed active in overseeing all the building and other activities on our campus.  He is not just a visionary, but a man of great administrative abilities.  I wrote: “Jacob is a wonderful manager/administrator! He not only monitors projects to make sure they stay on schedule and are done properly, but he also encourages the ones doing the projects, sometimes by joining in on the work with them. It is no surprise, then, that in 4 years, RAU has developed into an amazing complex of buildings and Agricultural success. He would be the first to say, though, that he is surrounded by and partners with some amazing people.”

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Samuel touching up the “talking house” writings
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Working together to buy local farmers’ soybeans

As you can see, the new “Hall of Tyrannus” is coming along nicely and while all the finishing work is going on, the solar panels and batteries are already being hooked up and producing light.

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Installing the solar panels on the new “Hall of Tyrannus
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Coming along nicely

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 Emma, our Principal Agricultural Extension Officer (PAEO), spent the day planning and marking out his block design for the new season Ag demo plot at RAU, with help from our co-workers.  Emma has proved himself an invaluable contributor to what RAU is doing in the community of Moyo and well beyond.  The radio program extends his influence to wherever the signal reaches and he is reaching communities with his Ag extension services which have otherwise rarely, if ever, received such expertise.

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Emma marking off the blocks for the demo plot garden
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Stephen helping with the plot demarcation
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Making a compost pit
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Tomato seedlings

Today, Emma and co-worker, Pastor Henry, are up in the Metu Mountains holding another agricultural training session, empowering remote communities to use their land and labor effectively to improve their lives and livelihood.

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Shopping for mangoes off the tree

The grafted banana and mangoes trees are bearing beautiful fruit which we are enjoying ourselves as well as selling to local customers.

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RAU shopping cart for matooke

We have some expert craftsman working on the building as well as carpenters who are doing some renovating in the big house.  The old library will be transformed into another bedroom for guests and the library will be moved to the old “Hall of Tyrannus” where we used to hold the training sessions.

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Nkata and Lawrence – expert carpenters

On April 12th, Jacob had an amazing opportunity to show the “Jesus Film” in the least likely of places:

Many of my Muslim friends are some of the most hospitable men I have known. Case in point: Last month I was invited to speak to a number of Imams and Sheikhs in Aringa County, Yumbe District. For over two hours, they listened intently and politely as I preached and taught from Mark 2:1-12. Aringa County is considered the birth place of Islam in Yumbe District. The Aringa County Khard (Sheikh elected by other Sheikhs and Imams to lead them) has been most gracious and kind.                                                              

We gave each other a number of “Texas hugs” as well as traditional greetings openly and sincerely before the crowd. Last week he invited me to come back to show the “Jesus” video to his Imams and people. Co-worker, Charles, and I arranged a date and that date was last night. In a large soccer field near the Mosque and school buildings (they have a primary school and teacher training school) we showed the “Jesus” film. We had many technical difficulties with the equipment but the Lord was gracious and they were worked out. Many hundreds watched intently…I know many seeds were planted and watered and the Lord will give the increase in His timing.                                                                                                             
After finishing, the Khard and I gave some brief comments and then we packed and headed back to RAU. I left with the Khard over 100 Aringa New Testaments, many booklets in both English and Aringa as well as reading glasses and RAU grown mangoes. He was happy to receive them and give them out from his office.
The Lord granted safety on the road back. Due to the current environment across the border in South Sudan, it is not recommended to travel at night, but some times one must do what needs to be done. I got in bed about 2:30 AM with a tired body and a heart full of joy. Please continue to pray for the Aringa’s that the Lord would reveal Himself fully to them!”

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Showing the “Jesus Film” outside a mosque in Yumbe District

April 13th brought some visitors from Canada who had heard about us through a mutual friend, Charles Ullibari, who works with Action, International in Gulu.  It was a mutually encouraging visit with some great new friendships and contacts.

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New Friends from Canada and well know friends, too

April 14, 2017 was an unexpectedly busy day, but encouraging nonetheless.  I posted this on Face Book:

“What we have been thinking and planning for sometime is becoming a reality. Having heard and read and seen more about the famine and malnutrition in the midst of this refugee crisis which covers three districts (Moyo, Adjumani and Yumbe) and beyond, our hearts have been stirred to play a part in mitigating the crisis by growing soybeans and by inspiring the community to join in this venture.

Last night, on our Ag radio call-in show, Emma put the call out to the community that RAU would pay “top dollar” for anyone who brought in good quality, clean soybean. He also highlighted important information about soybean crop management and nutrition among many other facts.

So, today, this is what happened! People with soybean kept appearing and we were able to stockpile close to 900kgs just on the first day. I am sure that, as word gets out, more people will be coming by with soybean to sell. Our coworkers, as they saw people benefitting from their labors with cold, hard cash, were inspired to plant soybean as a cash crop.

This encourages us in several ways:
1) it is proof positive that our radio program has a listening and responsive audience and the timely, thorough and inspiring info which Emma disseminates is impacting our community through socioeconomic empowerment, and
2) we are that much closer to realizing our plans of providing a good nutritional supplement for host and refugee populations who are suffering from malnutrition!

We invite you all to participate in this life changing venture by donating to RAU. This will allow us to buy more soybean to make a corn-soya blend to supply local Health Centers with Nutritional Therapy for their clients (children and nursing mothers of host and refugee populations). It will also inspire and empower the local farming community to see value for their effort and inspire them for their futures!

Thank you, especially, to M.A.R.S. (Missionary Agricultural Resource Services) for your continued partnership and encouragement. Without you, our Ag program would not have had liftoff! We thank Emma for his expertise and passion which inspires and builds up!

Thank you to those who provided funds for a grinding mill and funds to purchase soybeans and maize from the local community. We ask that you also give to this effort through earnest prayers for rain. After a few good soakers, we planted soybean over most of our 17 acres. Then…the rains stopped. We are at a crucial juncture where rain will determine the output for our soybean crop. Help, Lord! So many people are in desperate need of what we are hoping to grow! Thank you all in advance.”

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Examining the soy for impurities – ensuring quality
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Cleaning up the soybean which was brought for sale
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John keeping track of the sales
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Paying
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Being paid! Cash in hand!

April 15th: Jacob took another trip to Yumbe to visit a friend.  Here is his narration of the events from Face Book:

Mindra and I traveled to Yumbe today where we had lunch and discussions with co-worker Charles and Aringa County Khard, (Muslim leader of leaders) Ayile. Ayile is the Sheikh who helped arrange the “Jesus” film showing this last Tuesday in a football (soccer) field near the leading Mosque in the County, as well last month’s meeting with the Imams he leads. He is a most gracious and kind man. I have known him for almost two years now. He has become a good friend. We had discussions covering a number of topics which include my sharing why Resurrection Sunday is loved by Christians.

He has given an open invitation to me to come as often as I can to “teach the Bible” to the Imams he is over. He also has been faithfully giving out the Bibles and books he has received from RAU. At the end of our time, I had opportunity to pour my heart out in prayer for him and all the Muslims in Aringa County. Please keep this friend and those he leads in your prayers…may he and they behold the beauty of the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ!!”

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Meeting with a Khard

April 16th:  The drillers will soon start their work on a bore hole for Cinyi. In the photos you can see where they have been getting their water. Most of their health issues comes from having to drink this water. We have identified two other spots in villages where we work but we still lack the funds. It cost $7500 for one well. Please help if you can.”

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Water hole for Cinyi – soon there will be a real bore hole for them!

April 18th:  Emma and Pastor Henry drove via boda to Aya area where Emma held another Ag training for the new growing season.  He is a particular encouragement to the people of the remote mountain villages because they rarely, if ever, receive Ag extension services where they are.  One young man, particularly, expressed praise and thanks of Emma’s expertise and willingness to share it by explaining that he gave his life to Christ because of this information shared freely. Apparently, it softened his heart to experience the loving community of Christ through Emma and RAU.

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Emma also traveled the same day to another area of the Metu Mountains, Gbari and Arapi, where he is helping the farmers there in good agronomic practices and where they are clearing land for another RAU demo plot.  All of the clearing has to be done by hand with a panga (machete), so it takes time and energy!  When it is ready he will also do a training there.

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April 18th:  Jacob has taken another trip to Arua to get necessary supplies, including the grinding mill and other agricultural supplies which will be helpful as we move ahead with our plans to bless the host and refugee communities with the CSB (Corn-Soya Blend), a nutritional supplement for those affected by famine and malnutrition. He also took two older Yumbe Sheikhs for assessment and treatment.

“Sowing seeds of love and kindness is not separate from preaching the gospel but completely intertwined with it.” Jacob Lee

We are on a serious countdown to the finish line of having everything ready for the teams that will be arriving in less than two weeks….YIKES!  Lord help us all!

In the midst of all these events we have received wonderful feedback from a young man, Joshua Abraham, who has been delivering many RAU resources into the refugee camps which have been entrusted to RAU to disburse.  These resources include ESV Global Study Bibles and other literature into the hands of South Sudanese leaders as well as some beautiful dresses which were handmade by some lovely ladies in Fort Davis, Texas.

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Pastors and leaders in the refugee settlements receiving ESV Global Study Bibles and other materials
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Young ladies in the camps receiving dresses made by ladies in Fort Davis, Texas

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Please pray for our upcoming events and for all the work that still needs to get done.  There have been some setbacks with machinery breaking down and other events which have slowed down the progress. Pray especially for Jacob upon whose shoulders rests so much weight and responsibility.  Pray that, no matter what, our focus would be on serving people and pointing them to Christ in all things, even stress!

Pray for:

  • The new “Hall of Tyrannus” to get finished
  • The renovations of the bedroom and library to go smoothly and for successful repair of the electric table-saw
  • Safe travel for the teams coming: April 30th and May 6th.
  • More rain for the soybean crop
  • The attendees of the retreats, that they will be blessed, strengthened and inspired to share what they have received.
  • Provision for all three wells we hope to have dug in Cinyi, Alugodu and Ijujo. At this point we only have funds for one well. It cost $7500 to drill a well in the difficult hills of the Metu Mountains.
  • Successful repair of the tractor.

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Carol (and Jacob) Lee

http://www.ReachingAfricasUnreached.org

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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!
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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!
Jacob Lee

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