Joy To The World!!

JOY TO THE WORLD!! By Carol Lee

JOY to the world,THE LORD IS COME! Let earth receive her KING;

LET EVERY HEART PREPARE HIM ROOM and HEAV’N AND NATURE SING.

JOY to the EARTH, the SAVIOR REIGNS! Let men their SONGS employ,

while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains, REPEAT THE SOUNDING JOY

No more let sins and sorrows grow nor thorns infest the ground;

HE COMES TO MAKE HIS BLESSINGS KNOWN FAR AS THE CURSE IS FOUND.

HE RULES THE WORLD with TRUTH AND GRACE and makes the NATIONS prove

the GLORIES OF HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS and WONDERS OF HIS LOVE.

WOW! 

This song is EXPLOSIVE and EXPANSIVE in its JOY and eager desire to make the coming of our Savior known and His love, truth and righteousness experienced in each  heart, individually as well as globally.  There isn’t one square inch of heaven or earth where the song’s writer, Isaac Watts, doesn’t hope to hear the echo of this good news or see its full expression.

This anthem especially sings the exultant refrain of our human and divine story—the fulfillment of a long-ago Promise to a broken world—and urges us to appreciate the full impact of it:

  • God sets the stage for His Story—the creation of a pristine world where His image-bearers would multiply and spread God’s Kingdom and glory until the whole earth was full of His glorious reign.
  • A heavenly Rebel, Satan, in having coveted God’s glory and shaken his fist at God in defiance and cast out of heaven, seeks to take the pinnacle of God’s creation—MAN AND WOMAN—down with him.
  • Satan appears to have wildly succeeded—BUT FOR THAT POWERFUL PROMISE from God Himself of a CONQUERING SEED
  • Biblical history is a crescendoing narrative, stanza upon stanza upon stanza upon stanza, that tells a complex story, and inspires in us a yearning to see and sing the joyous refrain of the Long-expected fulfillment—Jesus, God’s Son, in human flesh, born of a virgin, born to destroy the works of the one through whom the destruction and chaos came.

BUT! 

The refrain is only an interlude between the stanzas yet to come, for not every heart has made Him room, the whole earth is not yet repeating the sounding joy, and the Savior’s blessings are not yet known “far as the curse is found”! The vast majority of humanity has not even heard this melody and message so that it may sing along in this joyful season of celebration.

SING AND CELEBRATE!

Do not let the somber warning of “BUT!” muzzle your joyous refrain. We cannot effectively enjoin others to receive a message we do not treasure and celebrate well. 

REMEMBER!

  • That our Long Expected Jesus entered into human history and fulfilled all that the Father had planned
  • Jesus came to live, die, rise and ascend to heaven. 
  • He did this so that in living He would fulfill all righteousness,
  • In dying He would become a curse for us so that we might become the righteousness of God,
  • In rising, having been declared the Son of God, He would display victory over sin, death and the Devil and, 
  • In ascending He would return to His Father as the King upon His throne, as an Intercessor for all of us “Sinners-in-Chief” who call upon His name and, 
  • from where He would send His Holy Spirit to empower us to sing this song to every tribe, tongue, people and nation.

This Christmas, all of us at Reaching Africa’s Unreached (RAU) are delighted to be part of the great choir of those singing this song to the Nations in and around which the Lord has placed us—Uganda, South Sudan and the Republic of (North) Sudan.

UGANDA

Metu Mountains

  • A little over a week ago, Paul George, Pastor Henry, Jacob and I had the privilege of accepting an invitation to the home and village of Metu Mountain Chief Kanyaba Salverio Lukere 11 for the special purpose of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with his family and all who gathered. Jacob had first met him back in 2010. Jacob preached from John 11 (the raising of Lazarus from the dead) with Pastor Tobious interpreting. I was given the opportunity to read the text in Ma’di and then, at the end to share John 3:16 and Jesus Loves Me in Ma’di. Some of the Metu Mountain pastors also joined in and gave messages of encouragement, exhortations and prayers. A very joyful day, for sure, of good news, good food and fellowship and open hearted response to the message!
  • Pastor Tobious continues to oversee and care for the itinerant pastors in the Metu Mountains. They are keen to extend the reach of the Gospel to surrounding villages and have an eagerness to be equipped in the word of God and in their calling as pastors. Please keep praying for them—that they would not grow weary in well-doing, especially in the difficult conditions in which they live. We will spend Christmas with the church plant in Arapi/Gbari Metu Mountains.
  • We praise the Lord for the good health and safety of Anzoa Gift who was able to return from India after her heart repair and pacemaker placement. Such acts of love are made possible by the generous hearts of RAU partners and they pave the way for the Gospel to be received with joy. We look forward to the day we can visit Anzoa Gift’s Metu Mountain village of Abeso not only to celebrate her life but also to see and celebrate the borehole which was provided through RAU for clean, accessible water. We are praying a church can also be planted in Abeso.

Moyo

  • We are grateful for our RAU team members who are faithfully singing the song of the Lamb to people of Moyo District in various places and settings. Zorah has had a burden to equip the youth in the church which we attend, training them to teach the young children through the New City & Westminster Catechism along with Bible memory verses. 2 Timothy 2:2 in action!!
  • Co-worker, Paul George has been doing what he loves—hospital visitation for prayer and sharing the Gospel. He and Odendi Zakeo (our Ag Production Officer) have teamed up in Gospel friendship to go every Sunday when they share and pray and provide necessities such as soap.  They are also involved in Prison ministry and hope to do that more and more. Paul and Zakeo are making the most of every opportunity to proclaim and display the love of Christ Jesus in our surrounding communities.
  • Jacob has had an increasing number of opportunities to preach and to share the gospel and give out gospel tracts with community members. A few weeks ago, 3 men came to the gate wanting to know more about becoming Christians—2 of them believed on the Lord and prayed with Jacob and Pastor Henry. These 2 men are now attending regularly at Pastor Henry’s church.
  • The resources (ESV Global Study Bibles and theological books) have been a blessing to many and those continue to be sent out regularly to various leaders in Moyo as well in surrounding districts, South Sudan and the Republic of (North) Sudan. RAU is grateful to the many who gave generously to purchase and ship them here!

Yumbe

  • Early this year, before our journey to the USA, we met Abdul Rahim Zubair, a young Muslim 20-year old who had been tragically shot in the hip and paralyzed from the waist down, with little hope for recovery or for the Physical Therapy necessary for improved quality of life. He lives with his Mom (who has been doing all the heavy lifting in caring for him) in Yumbe. When he came to see us, there was little to be done except buy a wheelchair for him to allow him some mobility as well as respite for his mother. We are looking forward to a continuing relationship with this family struck by tragedy and to sharing Gospel hope with them. Pray with us and pray for Abdul!!
  • Our dear friend and Gospel partner, Onduga Charles, is on FIRE to make Jesus Christ known and beloved and received as Savior among the Aringa of Yumbe. His zeal to raise up a generation of well-equipped, passionate youth stirs us to come along side him. In January, he will organize the annual youth conference where youths from the various sub counties of Yumbe district. We look forward to participating in that.  He hopes to identify 10 or 11 young men who can be trained pastorally for new church plants in surrounding towns and villages in Yumbe District. RAU looks forward walking with Charles in this. Charles reports that many of the Imams/Sheikhs are eager to recommence the Christian-Muslim dialogs with Jacob like the ones done in the past.
  • Omar, a former Sheikh and now a brother in Christ, has been giving his energy to meeting with Muslims in Yumbe to share his story and the Gospel with many. From his reports and videos we are encouraged to see his growth in the Lord and the impact of his faith in his hometown. 
  • Please pray for a Yumbe Sheikh A—— who has become extremely ill. He has a great desire to meet with Jacob and it is our prayer that at this meeting he will open his heart to Christ and trust in Him by the power of the Holy Spirit. Pray with us for that miracle–for healing of body and soul!

SOUTH SUDAN/REPUBLIC OF SUDAN (NORTH)

  • In the fires of war and turmoil, God is forging men and women of faith from South Sudan and the Republic of (North) Sudan. They have been chased from their homes and have taken refuge in Settlements within Uganda. 
  • RAU is privileged to partner with them, especially through the faithfulness of Joshua Abraham, a pastor from the Sudan (Darfur) who is a Muslim-Background-Believer (MBB). Over the last 4 years, Joshua has attended many trainings in the Hall of Tyrannus and coordinated to bring other pastors from the camps with him. This last year, implementing 2 Timothy 2:2, Joshua gathered 26 leaders from Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement and took them through 14 Biblical resources provided by RAU relating to pastoral care, counseling, family life, economics and Bible literacy. This past December 17, we joined these leaders and their families and friends to celebrate their graduation from this course. It was a jubilation like we’ve never seen!
  • Recently, RAU had the privilege of hosting for a few hours a group of men from Darfur, Sudan. They came with the purpose of greeting and thanking Jacob/RAU personally for the many Bibles, Kindle Fires and theological resources in Arabic and English which had been sent in the past and to load up their vehicle with many more books to take back to Darfur Sudan where people are eager to receive them. Pastor Adam told the story (which you may hear in the video below) of police in Sudan who confiscated the Bibles and books while also incarcerating many believers. During that time, the police began to read some of the books and, to the amazement of Pastor Adam, returned the resources stating, “We didn’t know Christians had such wonderful books. You must get more and give some to us!”

Looking Ahead

As COVID-19 and Ebola lose their impact and presence in Uganda, opportunities are, once again, opening up and filling up the RAU calendar. Gaps are filling up! There are new stanzas yet to be written and sung in God’s song!

  • January: Yumbe Youth Conference and possible leadership conference in Bidi Bidi Settlement
  • February: Jacob and I travel to Burnet, Texas for Hill Country Fellowship’s yearly Missions Conference (side benefit: we get to see Kenny and Anna and the kids!).
  • April: RAU hosts authors of “Helping Without Hurting in Africa” as they teach the course by that name to church leaders from Metu Mountains, Moyo, Obongi, Yumbe and the Refugee settlements
  • May: RAU hosts Paul Ortega’s team and Mbale Pearl Haven Ministries for a Medical Outreach at RAU and Metu Mountains Gbari/Arapi and Ayaa.
  • Evangelism and discipleship in Moyo, Metu Mountains, Obongi, Yumbe, and refugee settlement camps. Hosting visitors who come to see RAU’s agriculture demo farm in action. Currently we are pruning the 640 grafted mangoes.
  • Jacob weekly preaching on Tuesday morning on a local radio station beginning in the new year.
  • July: return to USA for ABWE orientation as Associate Missionaries/itineration/family visits
  • Continue to pray for the Pryce and Langworthy families as they raise support to join the RAU team.
  • Pray for an increase in those who financially support RAU on a monthly basis. While we are very grateful for those who give to various projects and end of the year gifts we especially are grateful to those who give monthly. As the Lord has grown the ministry of RAU our monthly supporters are the ones who are carrying RAU’s Mission/Vision along. If you are not giving monthly, would you please consider helping us in that way? Please take time to peruse our website and see how we have sought to be faithful stewards of the gifts given. It is our desire that any charitable gifts that are given to RAU would not compromise what you are  ALREADY giving to your local church and/or to other cross-cultural foreign missionaries. At this link you can read about RAU’s philosophy on missionary giving and how to give—> https://reachingafricasunreached.org/donations/

We joyfully and expectantly await every good thing which the Lord has planned for us in this coming year.

As the end of 2022 approaches, please remember Reaching Africa’s Unreached and prayerfully consider “joining the chorus” with your prayers and financial gifts as we sing the Gospel of grace in Uganda, South Sudan and (North) Sudan, most especially through the leaders RAU seeks to empower in reaching the many tribes and tongues they represent. Please enjoy this video which gives a brief history and vision of RAU:

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Go to RAU’s Facebook page for up to date reports, pictures, musings, and exhortations: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached

RAU YouTube Videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRmHafoBSemE7jS8kEHCG6Q/videos

RAU’s Mission and Vision Statements/Statement of Faith: https://reachingafricasunreached.org/about/

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

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

When at least 35% of the world; “the unoccupied fields”, have no access to the gospel, we (believers) must all do all we can to reach them. We who are saved owe the gospel to every lost person, most especially the 2.4 billion who will not hear unless someone breaks into their “unoccupied field” with no thought of their own life!

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

I am sure that none of us will say when in heaven that we prayed too much, we sacrificed too much, proclaimed the gospel too much, and were too passionate to get the gospel to those who have little to no access to this gospel of grace. Let us together press on to make it our  ambition to preach the gospel where Christ has not been named!

Our goal in our gospel witness is to take our eyes off the “risk” and place them on the cause for the risk. When God compels us like this he often will not tell us the risks…after all there are no risks for the all-knowing, all-powerful God. So let us be AMBITIOUS (Romans 15:20) to see that ALL are reached with the gospel of grace (Romans 1:16) in ALL places…there are no closed doors to the gospel, just some which are more difficult to go through!

Jacob Lee

Back In the Saddle Again

Carol and I hope you all had a blessed time with family and friends this Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is one of those American holidays we miss because of such fond memories of past times with family and friends. We are grateful for all your prayers for our journey back to our home at Reaching Africa’s Unreached (RAU). Thank you! This last trip was one of our easiest. We, along with 13 tubs full of resources, one suitcase and four carry ons, made it from Austin to Minneapolis to Amsterdam to Kigali Rwanda  and to Entebbe Uganda with little disruption or unwanted events. We spent a few days in Entebbe and then flew to Arua, which is the largest city in our West Nile area, where we took care of some business. The next day, we journeyed for four hours on mostly dirt roads to RAU. We are settled and back on Ugandan time which is 9 hours ahead of Central Standard Time. One of our greatest joys has been to sleep in our own bed. During our travels Stateside, we slept in 13 different beds. One week we were in four different beds! It has been good to be reunited with Paul George, Zorah and Josiane and some of our Ugandan and Sudanese friends and to “get back in the saddle again“. The rest of our co-workers and friends we will soon see too, good Lord willing.

 I am happy to tell you that according to the Uganda Ministry of Health, it seems the spread of Ebola in the country has slowed. Thank you for your prayers! Please continue to pray that it quickly dies out and no further suffering occurs. Because of a possible quarantine of those returning to America from Uganda, we needed to pushed the Old Testament Survey retreat we would have been having right now with Ron Zeiner as well as a December Medical outreach in the Metu Mountains and here at RAU with Paul Ortega’s Pearl Haven team into 2023. Here at RAU, we are carefully following all of Uganda’s SOP’s. We have been reminded once again, as in COVID days, that our Lord has no “Plan B and he is ALWAYS operating on his Plan A. It is our responsibility to fit our plans into his and not expect him to fit his plans into ours. Our Lord is the sovereign of the Universe and our trust is in him! 

Our efforts have been focused on getting into hands of church leaders, ESV Global Study Biblestheologically sounds books (in Arabic and English), and the 30 Kindle Fires we brought back with us from Delmar Hager’s ministry “Study To Be Approved” — all loaded with Arabic Christian resources for church leaders working in the Republic of (North) Sudan. Please continue to pray for our distribution of these resources. I know the Holy Spirit will use them to strengthen his people and build His church! RAU’s vision and mission is to strengthen local church leaders in addition to those from unreached tribes with whom we are connected. Thank you for your prayers and support in this!

“The printed page is a missionary that can go anywhere and do so at minimum cost. It enters closed lands and reaches all strata of society. It does not grow weary. It needs no furlough. It lives longer than any missionary. It never gets ill. It penetrates through the mind to the heart and conscience. It has and is producing results everywhere. It has often lain dormant yet retained its life and bloomed years later.” 

Missionary Samuel Marinus Zwemer ( 1867– 1952)

Joshua Abraham (picture above in the flowery shirt), a dear friend and co-worker, was recently with us. He is from Darfur, Sudan and lives with his family in the nearby Bidi Bidi refugee settlement. Over the years, Joshua has been a faithful co-worker fleshing out 2 Timothy 2:2 (teaching faithful people who will teach others) from South Sudan and the Republic of (North) Sudan who reside in our nearby refugee camps. He helps us determine which leaders to bring to the RAU “Hall of Tyrannus” for our module trainings. Our West Nile area of Uganda hosts the largest number of refugees on the African continent. Many of these refugees are from tribes which have very few Christians. Your prayers and support are helping us reach these unengaged and unreached language groups through these believers!

Joshua is a brother who has always made the most of every opportunity in getting the gospel out and in the training of leaders, and has initiated a program of pastoral training in the camp with two groups (all who are excellent readers of English) totaling 26. He has led each group through a set of fourteen books of which each member of the group was able to receive a copy from RAU. Five more books were supplemental. They have taken two weeks to go through each book. It was greatly encouraging to hear the stories he told of how each person has been helped along by the teaching received through these books. In December, we are planning a graduation celebration for the completion of this course of study in Bidi Bidi Zone One and we hope to record for you the stories they have to tell! Praise God!

Our other major current focus is to complete the on-campus construction in preparing for the Pryce and Langworthy families to join us as long term as missionaries. As we have written about before, they are with ABWE, the mission organization we are closely partnering with. Carol and I, as well as Zorah,Josiane and Iffeni, are moving out of the mission duplex so that the Pryce’s and Langworthy’s can make it their new home. Zorah’s family will be moving into expanded quarters in the original house which already accommodates Paul George and bunk rooms for visiting teams. Carol and I are moving into a tukulu that has been expanded into a bunkhouse and one container. I have had to put my construction experiences and thinking juices into these projects. We anticipate being in our new locations by the end of December. Any donations for this construction work would be greatly appreciated. Lord willing, the Pryce’s and Langworthy’s will be with us sometime at the end of 2023. They are currently heavily into the fundraising process. Please pray with us that hearts will be touched. Carol and I are rejoicing! We have been praying for many years for long term missionaries who would join us in walking out 2 Timothy 2:2 in our Sub Saharan region of the world.

Other Prayer Requests:

 1) Please continue to pray for the wise distribution of the 20,861 ESV Global Study and 16,000 theological books to leaders in our West Nile Uganda, South Sudan, and the Republic of (North) Sudan. These resources arrived at RAU last January and February. Many hundreds have been placed into the hands of leaders already. Pray for the safe arrival of the remaining 600,000 dual language tracts specifically published for us by Literature Ministries International. Books, such as the 1,008 of Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity  as well as other books in the same ChristianBook International Outreach’s container to Uganda. Pray for the Kindle Fires from Delmar Hager’s Study To Be Approved which are loaded with Arabic Christian materials in their continuing journey to the Republic of Sudan. 

2)  Pray for the end of Ebola. Pray for on going training beginning again Lord willing in early 2023 in RAU’s Hall of Tyrannus as well as discipleship and evangelism in the Metu Mountains, Moyo District and in nearby Obongi town and Yumbe District, which are mostly Muslim.

3) Pray for an increase in those who financially support RAU on a monthly basis. While we are very grateful for those who give to various projects we especially are grateful to those who give monthly. As the Lord has grown the ministry of RAU our monthly supporters are the ones who are carrying RAU’s Mission/Vision along. If you are not giving monthly, would you please consider helping us in that way? Please take time to peruse our website and see how we have sought to be faithful stewards of the gifts given. It is our desire that any charitable gifts that are given to R.A.U. would not compromise what you are  ALREADY giving to your local church and/or to other cross-cultural foreign missionaries. At this link you can read about RAU’s philosophy on missionary giving and how to give—> https://reachingafricasunreached.org/donations/

Carol and I appreciate your loving support and gracious prayers. May our Lord’s blessings be with you!

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Go to RAU’s Facebook page for up to date reports, pictures, musings, and exhortations: www.facebook.com/ReachingAfricasUnreached

RAU YouTube Videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRmHafoBSemE7jS8kEHCG6Q/videos

RAU’s Mission and Vision Statements/Statement of Faith: https://reachingafricasunreached.org/about/

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

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

When at least 35% of the world; “the unoccupied fields”, have no access to the gospel, we (believers) must all do all we can to reach them. We who are saved owe the gospel to every lost person, most especially the 2.4 billion who will not hear unless someone breaks into their “unoccupied field” with no thought of their own life!

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

I am sure that none of us will say when in heaven that we prayed too much, we sacrificed too much, proclaimed the gospel too much, and were too passionate to get the gospel to those who have little to no access to this gospel of grace. Let us together press on to make it our  ambition to preach the gospel where Christ has not been named!

Our goal in our gospel witness is to take our eyes off the “risk” and place them on the cause for the risk. When God compels us like this he often will not tell us the risks…after all there are no risks for the all-knowing, all-powerful God. So let us be AMBITIOUS (Romans 15:20) to see that ALL are reached with the gospel of grace (Romans 1:16) in ALL places…there are no closed doors to the gospel, just some which are more difficult to go through!

Jacob Lee

Stateside Visit and Ministry

Stateside Destinations by Plane

I hope you all are well! Time has gotten away from Carol and me. Our last update was July 20th. Would you be so kind as to take a few minutes of your busy day to catch up with us by reading this update and placing us in your prayers?

As you can see from the map above and the one below we have been doing a lot of traveling in our homeland the United States of America. We left Reaching Africa’s Unreached the last week of July and spent a few days in Entebbe. We were due to arrive in Austin Texas July 31st but, because of a mechanical flight delay, we were put up by Delta in a very nice hotel in Amsterdam. We were received August 1st by our home church (Lifegate-Seguin) hosts, Gerard and Mary Lopez. They have been so gracious and kind. The day after arriving at our home base of Seguin the traveling began.

Texas visits by vehicle

One of our goals whenever we come back is to spend as much quality time as we can with family. Our Lord has graciously granted us such time! We have been able to spend time with our  daughter Anna, husband Kenny Danely and their three beautiful children Keira, Clara, and Rylan in Stephenville, Texas. Rylan is our newest of our nine grandchildren. This was our first time seeing him in the “flesh“. A little later, we had a great time with our son, Josiah and wife, Unyae, in Chattanooga Tennessee. And lastly, we had a precious time with our son Joshua, wife Rebecca and grandchildren Eliza, Ben, Vera, Nora, Olivia, and Lillian. Lifelong memories were made on each visit. Carol and I are grateful for the time which was given to us to see them all again. It does not get any easier to say our goodbyes…tears flow, but they are a tender reminder that bonds have been forged. We are thankful for an understanding and supportive family. Pray for the grandchildren that they, too, will grow in their understanding of the “why” of our living so far away from them. We also had a short visit in Iowa to see my dad as well as family from both Carol’s and my side. One of the days was at the “farm” in Northeastern Iowa where I grew up.

There is a quote which states, “A missionary is someone who leaves their family for a short time so that others may be with their families for an eternity.”

It is the illumination we pray our children/spouses and grandkids will experience!

Our beloved children, spouses and grandchildren

Another of our goals is to renew ties with our supporters and to make new connections with donors who might link arms with us in their prayers and financial partnership. Prayer is the jet fuel of missions and the local church is the primary means of reaching the nations with the glorious gospel. If the 3 billion or more people of the world who have little to no access to the gospel are going to be reached, it will be through praying, Jesus-loving, gospel-preaching, local churches who are obedient to Jesus’ GREAT commission! The vision of Reaching Africa’s Unreached remains the same: walking out 2 Timothy 2:2 in Sub-Saharan Africa and East Africa particularly. Please take a few minutes and look over RAU’s  Mission and Vision page and pray for us: https://reachingafricasunreached.org/about/  Thank you!

In this season of travel, Carol and I were in nine churches, sharing in various ways. We have shown the short video which Carol made, been interviewed in front of congregations, and have been given the opportunity to preach in seven of the nine churches. Because of time constraints, we are only able to visit some churches every other Stateside journey.  My message in each church has been from Luke 24:44-53 entitled “The God Who Opens!” There is a video of the message at Hill Country Fellowship. The message begins at minute 35:35

The churches I preached in and/or where Carol and I shared are: Rocky Point Baptist ChurchLifegate Church (which is our home church where we have been members now for 40 years), Valley Bible ChurchOne Hope ChurchGospel Life ChurchNixon United Methodist Church along with Nixon First Baptist Church (Nixon HS is where I taught for a number of years), Hill Country Fellowship ChurchComfort Baptist Church, and Forest Hill Presybterian (PCA) Church. We also visited with church leaders from  Amazing Grace Baptist ChurchFaith Lutheran (LCMS) Church, and Bread of Life Church.  Carol and I had a nice brunch with some of the missions committee members of Faith Community Church in Louisville, KY. When we were visiting with Joshua and Becca and grandkids in Colorado Springs, we had the joy of worshiping with brothers and sisters at Hope Chapel Church and at Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville with dear friends Edward and Jennifer Heinze. We have had numerous times of fellowship with couples, families and individuals. Usually our meetings are with a meal and thus we will be going back to RAU with additional pounds–or our “Furlough Fifteen“! Carol and I are grateful for all the love and hospitality which has been lavished upon us in so many ways and in so many places. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

We travel back to Uganda on November 3 with a new threat to our beloved Uganda-Ebola. Please pray for Uganda that the Ebola virus (Sudan strain) will be contained and kept from bringing widespread suffering and death. One of the lessons we learned and walked through with our COVID experience in Uganda is that God has NO plan “B”. He is always operating in his plan “A” and it is our responsibility to faithfully follow the Lord with great trust in His sovereignty. Our goal does not change and that goal is to bring glory and honor to God our Father in all we do. Our greatest desire is to see people redeemed and forgiven through Jesus Christ and worshiping in and by the Holy Spirit. Please pray for us that we will be faithful ambassadors of Christ.

Please continue to pray for the Pryce and Langworthy families who are with our partnering mission organization ABWE, seeking to join us as long term missionaries. They are currently in their fundraising phase and as the Lord provides they will join us. We pray that hearts will be stirred to also supply their needs as that supply is crucial to the ongoing mission of RAU. God is at work all over the world and Jesus IS BUILDING HIS CHURCH. He certainly is doing it in the geographical areas RAU is working in, e.g. the West Nile of Uganda, South Sudan and the Republic of Sudan. 

Foreign missions has always been part of Carol’s and my heart since our marriage in 1981. At this link is my testimony of how the Lord brought us together to the Uganda/South Sudan border–> “I Remember”. Our first ministry in Uganda was in August of 2006 and the first of many short term ministry trips where we now live on the Uganda/South border was in March of 2007. After much prayer we were sent out by our church Lifegate as full time missionaries with RAU in July of 2013. We have always known our place in Christ’s mission was to be roadbuilders, metaphorically speaking. Our time on this earth is shorter with each day.  Our heartbeat is to pass the baton on to others with the same  mission and vision. Our desire is that RAU’s mission and vision continues until Christ Jesus returns.

 Visit the Pryce’s and Langworthy’s Links

It is our grateful conviction that the Lord, in his providence, crossed our paths with the mission sending organization, ABWE and this has been confirmed by RAU’s American Board as well as the leaders of our sending church, Lifegate. ABWE has the same mission philosophy as RAU. Check out this short video of theirs and see if you agree–> “The Mission of ABWE” .  Currently, we are actively seeking to deepen our partnership with ABWE so that when Carol and I are no longer present, RAU’s heartbeat of 2 Timothy 2:2 will be faithfully carried on. The Pryce and Langworthy  families joining us long term is part of that plan. My hope is that Carol and I will be able to stay at RAU for years to come, enabling us to be part of God’s plan for the strengthening of the Body of Christ in Uganda, South Sudan and the Republic of Sudan. There are many details to be worked through. Would you please pray with us for RAU and ABWE in this endeavor? We will keep you updated as things progress.

Praise Report

Anzoa Gift, the young girl who went to India for heart surgery (the 2nd time) is now home and doing very well, putting on weight and has received a good review at the Kampala Heart Hospital. Thank you to those who financially supported her travel and care and to those who prayed for her health, healing and safety!

Prayer requests:

1) Our return to Uganda beginning on November 3rd and for the containment of Ebola. Pray for FOR THE GLORIFICATION OF GOD OUR FATHER in the ministry, FOR Carol and I TO KEEP OUR EYES ON JESUS, and FOR OUR WILLS TO ALIGN WITH THE SPIRIT OF GOD. Pray for wisdom in our walking out  of 2 Timothy 2:2  and that RAU’s mercy ministry efforts would adorn the gospel (Titus 2:14) 

2) Pray for the Pryce and Langworthy families that the Lord would touch people’s hearts to financially support them as they seek to come alongside us in long term ministry. Pray the Lord would grant wisdom and guidance in our growing relationship with ABWE so that the mission and vision of RAU is passed onto future generations until Jesus’ glorious return.

3) Pray for the wise distribution of the 20,861 ESV Global Study and 16,000 theological books to leaders. They arrived to RAU last January and February. Already many 100’s have been placed into the hands of leaders in Uganda, South Sudan and the Republic of Sudan. Pray for the safe arrival of the remaining 600,000 dual language tracts and other books, such as  the 1,008 of “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity” that are currently on their way in ChristianBook International Outreach’s container. We received another 30 Kindle Fires from Delmar Hager with Study To Be Approved loaded with Arabic Christian materials which we will endeavor to send to pastors in the Republic of Sudan. Please pray with us for their journey from here in Texas to the Republic of Sudan.

4) Pray for an increase in those who financially support RAU on a monthly basis. While we are very grateful for those who give to various projects we especially are grateful to those who give monthly. As the Lord has grown the ministry of RAU our monthly supporters are the ones who are carrying us along. If you are not giving monthly, would you please consider helping that way? Please take time to peruse our website and see how we have sought to be faithful stewards of the gifts given. It is our desire that any charitable gifts that are given to R.A.U. would not compromise what you are  ALREADY giving to your local church and/or to other cross-cultural foreign missionaries. At this link you can read about our philosophy on missionary giving and how to give—> https://reachingafricasunreached.org/donations/ 

Carol and I appreciate your loving support and gracious prayers. May our Lord’s blessings be with you!

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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!

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

When at least 35% of the world; “the unoccupied fields”, have no access to the gospel, we (believers) must all do all we can to reach them. We who are saved owe the gospel to every lost person, most especially the 2.4 billion who will not hear unless someone breaks into their “unoccupied field” with no thought of their own life!

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

I am sure that none of us will say when in heaven that we prayed too much, we sacrificed too much, proclaimed the gospel too much, and were too passionate to get the gospel to those who have little to no access to this gospel of grace. Let us together press on to make it our  ambition to preach the gospel where Christ has not been named!

Our goal in our gospel witness is to take our eyes off the “risk” and place them on the cause for the risk. When God compels us like this he often will not tell us the risks…after all there are no risks for the all-knowing, all-powerful God. So let us be AMBITIOUS (Romans 15:20) to see that ALL are reached with the gospel of grace (Romans 1:16) in ALL places…there are no closed doors to the gospel, just some which are more difficult to go through!

Jacob Lee

Being Built Together Into A Dwelling Place For God

Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.

Ephesians 2:20-22 (New Living Translation, NLT)

There is no greater joy and privilege than to be among those about whom God says, “you are my chosen, holy and dearly loved ones.” (Colossians 3:1) We are recipients of His grace and mercy, and, from God’s glorious, unlimited resources we are empowered through the Spirit in our inner being (Ephesians 3:16 NLT), being “made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God,” (Ephesians 3:19 NLT).

There is no greater travesty than to have been given such an inheritance only to horde it. It is a joy and a privilege for RAU to come alongside Pastors and church leaders to teach, remind, encourage and exhort them concerning the richness of God towards them in Christ Jesus and towards the people they serve in their churches and communities. “For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace” (John 1:16) and, mutually, with one another, we may share the grace so richly received.

Above: 20,861 ESV TruTone Global Study Bibles arrived to Reaching Africa’s Unreached (RAU). Their next destination: leaders from Uganda, South Sudan and the Republic of (North) Sudan. Praise God for His love for His people!

While Jesus Christ is building His church, we–His church–also have work to do. We are not a stone-cast structure, but a living and growing dwelling for the Spirit of Christ, “...growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” (Ephesians 4: 15-16) RAU’s deepest desire and purposeful plan is to take part in that process here–in northwestern Uganda, South Sudan, and the Republic of Sudan among local churches whose leaders have had limited access to spiritual building tools, resources and shoulder-to-shoulder encouragement. The teaching and discipleship process allows both teacher and student to experience the global nature of God’s people, His dwelling place.

Just recently, we completed another retreat here on RAU campus with 49 pastors and leaders from the Metu Mountain churches, surrounding communities (such as Moyo, Adjumani and Eria), Yumbe and numerous Refugee settlements within Uganda for South Sudanese and refugees from The Republic of (North) Sudan. A teaching team from Maryland (Jason Van Bemmel, Bob Brown, Shawn Trautman and Philip Pugh) arrived safely with many wonderful resources for Pastors and leaders who took part in the 9 day retreat, covering Systematic Theology and Church History. On the Monday following the start of the retreat, Jacob took the teaching team up into the Metu Mountains to visit several of the churches that have been planted in partnership between Ayaa Baptist Church, Ijujo Baptist and RAU. Meanwhile, back at the campus, our Agricultural Production Officer, Odendi Zakeo and mission partner, Paul George, gave the retreat attendees a full day of learning on grafted mangoes and vegetable gardening (both classroom and hands-on). It was a marathon 9 days, but we pray that, out of the many topics that were covered, each one will take away something which equips them more and is an encouragement or source of strength.

Resources continue to be given out or sent to many leaders within Uganda and to those in South Sudan and the Republic of (north) Sudan. At least 2-3 times a week we receive requests for Bibles and send them off from the large container of Bibles that we only recently received after a two year process of fundraising, printing and shipping. It is a contagious joy with which recipients hold an ESV Global Study Bible in their hands, or other pastoral literature. In places where there is a “famine for the word of God” (here it is a famine of access; in the USA, it’s more like a famine of priority), we are seeing a growing appreciation for what is made available to leaders in the church and a cry for more–how can a building be built without tools?!!

Pastors within Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement who are working through the 18 different books which RAU provided; currently, they have gotten through Chapter 5 of “The Family Life of a Christian Leader“, led by Joshua Abraham

These last weeks and months have been full–especially for Jacob as he oversees ongoing building projects given the short timeline of our returning to the USA and the reality of two families making their way here to serve with us. In order to make room, two buildings have needed renovating. Once Jacob and I move to our new spot and Zorah and Josiane move to theirs, we will be able to make the homes for the new families ship shape. Paul George, our dear friend and co-worker, continues to be as flexible as a well-cooked noodle–moving wherever is needed! Jacob is also setting up the process of fencing the newly acquired land (upon which we hope to build a private hospital) so that it can be finished by the time we come back from the USA.

Please be in prayer for the Aaron and Amanda Langworthy and their family and Ben and Sara Pryce and their family as they itinerate and raise funds to meet their budgets; both families are being sent by ABWE and are actively working to join us. Prayerfully consider supporting them. As you know, it has been the fervent prayer for Jacob and me that the Lord would thrust forth laborers into the harvest fields (with us, in particular) so that the work that has been started can be completed. There is yet so much to be done and it requires a relay team–ones to whom we can pass the baton. In the fullness of time, God has seen fit to send other “builders”–please speed their way here!

God, from the very beginning, has been all about dwelling in relationship with His people–from the Garden, to Tabernacle and Temple and then in human form, through Christ Jesus. Up until the time of His return, Jesus dwells in His people through His Spirit. God wants His glory spread throughout the world and He has chosen us to be emissaries of that commission. We are well aware that, in the grand and glorious scheme of history, the part that Jacob and I play or that RAU plays is small. But, it’s in that context that we rejoice to do our part in the building up of the Body of Christ, comforted by the promise that Christ Jesus, Himself, is building His Church. Whatever God does is good (James 1:17) and whatever He begins, He completes (Philippians 1:6)! Praise God!

Consider these needs of RAU as you pray: Grace, guidance and wisdom for Paul George and Onette Zorah as they manage things in our absence; safety and well-being for Anzoa Gift as she and her father travel back to India for re-placement of her pacemaker; guidance in progressing toward the goal of a hospital; blessing upon all the ministry events coming up upon our return which include: an Old Testament survey, a medical outreach into the Metu Mountains and more.

Please be in prayer for Jacob and me as we travel, spend time with family and friends and visit churches (3 new ones). Pray that, in spite of all the travel, we would be refreshed in the Lord and through His people and receive strength to continue all that God has prepared in advance for us to do. Please intercede for us that we may be instrumental in the building up of the body of Christ by encouraging and exhorting her to obedience and sacrifice. Pray for safety and divine appointments. Pray for our own growth in the Lord, in wisdom, godliness and thankfulness.

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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!

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

When at least 35% of the world; “the unoccupied fields”, have no access to the gospel, we (believers) must all do all we can to reach them. We who are saved owe the gospel to every lost person, most especially the 2.4 billion who will not hear unless someone breaks into their “unoccupied field” with no thought of their own life!

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

I am sure that none of us will say when in heaven that we prayed too much, we sacrificed too much, proclaimed the gospel too much, and were too passionate to get the gospel to those who have little to no access to this gospel of grace. Let us together press on to make it our  ambition to preach the gospel where Christ has not been named!

Our goal in our gospel witness is to take our eyes off the “risk” and place them on the cause for the risk. When God compels us like this he often will not tell us the risks…after all there are no risks for the all-knowing, all-powerful God. So let us be AMBITIOUS (Romans 15:20) to see that ALL are reached with the gospel of grace (Romans 1:16) in ALL places…there are no closed doors to the gospel, just some which are more difficult to go through!

Jacob Lee