Suffering By Design

Suffering By Design

By Carol Lee

I really wanted to entitle this post, Suffering By Design: Taking Risks That Are Foolish or Appear Foolish Unless There Is A Resurrection From the Dead. However, Jacob said I was born in the wrong century (it should have been the 17th!) for such a long title. So, let it stand as “Suffering By Design“!

The inspiration for this title came from a message to which I had listened many years ago by John Piper called, “Live to Die.” This sermon would easily qualify as pivotal in my being willing to join Jacob in Uganda on a more permanent basis when he had been simply going back and forth on short-term ministry trips. This is an excerpt of John Piper’s powerful, prophetic words:

““Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of his body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions.” [Colossians 1:24] Paul labels his suffering as “the filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions.” Suffering is designed to accomplish something called, “filling up” what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions….What is lacking in the afflictions of Christ is not the perfection of the value of its atoning worth, but the personal presentation to those for whom he paid the price. Christ, by the Father’s design, means for his atoning sufferings to be offered and presented to all those for whom he died, in every people group in the world; and this is to be done through suffering. However, this suffering must be accompanied with joy, because without it one will never survive. For the joy that was set before Christ, he endured the cross. And for the joy that is set before you, you will endure the choices that you make, which make no sense if there’s no resurrection from the dead. Joy is the only way you’ll survive your mission in this world if you decide to suffer for Christ. The joy of the Lord will be your strength through choices that nobody understands.

John Piper, Live To Die

We all take risks for one reason or another–some are noble, some are vainglorious and thrill-oriented ones (which, in my mind are foolish)–but I cannot think of a better reason to joyfully risk than for the sake of living out our original purpose as the Father‘s beloved, glory-spreading creation, heralding the self-giving love of a living-dying-resurrected-ascended Savior-Son who will gather for Himself a people from every tribe and tongue through the power of the Holy Spirit who was sent by Jesus to indwell, teach, comfort, convict, illumine and secure us for God. Every other risk has its merit by degree, but God’s glory beats all as worthy of our time, vision, priority, passion and resources.

Sometimes, this risk-taking looks like going to a place where, in case of emergency, there is little hope of a good outcome without the gracious sustaining hand of God. Such was the case for Randy Southwell, Overseas Director for ABWE’s Good Soil Evangelism & Discipleship Ministries (story shared by his permission) who came with the other members of the Teaching team (Dan Cook, Dave Drullinger) and ABWE East Africa Director, Caleb Mitchell. They had come to train and certify our Leadership Retreat attendees in The Roots of Faith: Old Testament” ABWE curriculum. Little did Randy know that, on Day Two of the training he would suffer what was suspected but only later confirmed to be a heart attack. In Moyo. With no critical care unit. No oxygen. Few medicines. Far from a well-quipped hospital.

The teaching sessions were going so well–running like a well-oiled machine–and the attendees were loving the fast-moving, interest-holding, interactive lessons beginning from Creation. By Day Two’s end, they had worked through Genesis 3:15–the Fall of Man and the hopeful Promise of an Offspring that would come to rescue fallen humanity from the ruin of disobedience and self-orientation.

And then the machine came to a sudden stop.

The team had finished for the day and they were enjoying another round of rice, posho, beans and cabbage with the retreat attendees. Randy was not feeling well and had retreated to his room, thinking he might lose the little he had eaten for supper. After collapsing in weakness and severe chest pain, crawling to one of the beds, realizing that he needed to let someone know of his condition and finally ending up on the floor near the hallway, he pounded on the wall and floor hoping to get someone’s attention. Thankfully, our friend, Greg Helms, heard the pounding and went to investigate, thinking someone had fallen. What happened from that moment displays functionally and picturesquely Ephesians 4:16, “From him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part.

Greg sprang to action to find Dan or Caleb. Dan, with critical thinking, gave Randy the first doses of Baby Aspirin that is recommended with a suspected heart attack. Greg came to fetch me (Carol) and, fortunately, I had a blood pressure cuff and a pulse oximeter that would be useful in monitoring Randy’s condition. Dave went into prayer warrior mode while Caleb administrated the necessary calls to ABWE’s Medical Director, Dr. Miriam Wheeler and to family members. Dr. Wheeler was instrumental in coordinating care and ensuring a safe trip to the States. I was able to call Dr. Neil Browning, a missionary physician and friend in Moyo who came to examine Randy, start an intravenous site with fluid and to give him a potentially life-saving medicine, Enoxaparin (long-acting subcutaneous blood-thinner). We got through that evening to MAF (Missionary Aviation Fellowship) and arranged for an emergency Med-evac flight scheduled for the earliest possible time the next morning. That still meant that Randy would have to push through the night with ongoing chest pain and fluctuating blood pressures and oxygen levels. By God’s sustaining grace, he made it through (albeit with little to no sleep). The next morning, crowded into the Land Cruiser, Jacob took us (with not a few bumps) to the Moyo airstrip where, within some minutes, the MAF plane arrived and we were taking off.

The flight from Moyo to Kajjansi (in between Entebbe and Kampala) felt like the longest hour and a half of my life–and, most surely, Randy’s. Though his pain abated somewhat, as he would drift to sleep in exhaustion, his oxygen levels would dip dangerously low after which I would awaken him to take deep breaths to bring the saturation level back to normal. I kept praying during the flight that the Lord would “whisk us away” to Kajjansi as He did Philip after he had preached to and baptized the Ethiopian eunuch on the road to Gaza. That didn’t happen. The captain’s announcement that we were soon to land in Kajjansi elevated our joy and hope AND seeing a very well-equipped (personnel and treatment wise) ambulance waiting to carry Randy, Dan and Caleb to IHK (International Hospital of Kampala) brought a rush of relief. Randy was soon transferred from IHK to Nakasero Heart Hospital where he underwent a procedure to break down a clot that had formed in one of his heart vessels. A number of days later, Randy was cleared to move out of the hospital to a hotel NEAR the hospital and then, later, to fly home with a traveling companion (Caleb Mitchell).

As of the writing of this newsletter, Randy is back in the States, enjoying a reunion with his family and friends. He suffered not grudgingly, but with peace that could have only come from Christ-centered hope and trust. We all praise God for His sustaining grace and for the outcome of this “event” which could have been grievous. When you prioritize the Gospel to every tribe and tongue, you are suffering by design because of a “joy set before you”–as Randy did. Caleb and Alair Mitchell write in their newsletter about Randy, “You would think after such a traumatic experience our patient would never want to step foot in Uganda again. On the contrary, he is talking about bringing his wife with him next time!” Jacob and I were impressed with ABWE’s leadership and support team who orchestrated day and night all that was necessary to return Randy safely home. We praise God for making His will clear that Randy should “remain and continue” for “the progress and joy in the faith” of many more people (Philippians 1:25).

Without diminishing our joy and relief in Randy’s story, we were sad to have to release our retreat attendees back home without completing the training (though they went home with a beautiful resource). Before they left, however, they were used greatly by the Lord through their immediate, fervent intercession in Aringa, Ma’di, Kuku, English and Sudanese Arabic for protection and healing for Randy. We hope, one day soon, to have another team back to finish the training that was started.

Not all risk-taking is that dramatic; suffering by design can simply be a long 3-day journey (times 2) to a place you have never been in order to visit people you don’t really know so you can ascertain if THAT is the place of God’s calling for a future that may demand greater risks and suffering by design.

The week after the retreat, Jacob and I welcomed Andrea Scruggs and Claire Williams to RAU. We met Andrea at an ABWE event while we were in the States called, 24-Hour DEMO, where those who are interested in the missionary calling can explore opportunities with ABWE and potentially get connected to other missionaries or ministries. In our short time together, there was a definite bond with Andrea and we invited her for a “come and see” visit. Claire, her cousin, accompanied her here–which was an answered prayer for Andrea.

They both got a taste of the wide range of “missionary activities” from ministry to money to mundane! The day after their arrival, we headed up the Metu Mountains to meet with the political leaders of the newly formed Otce (pronounced “Oh-chay“) Sub-County to receive a certificate of appreciation from them for the work (Bible training, Agricultural training and Borehole placement) that Reaching Africa’s Unreached (RAU) has done in those hard to reach geographical regions.

From there, we traveled to Ayaa to participate in a Women’s conference hosted by Ayaa Baptist Church. Both Andrea and Claire shared a brief word of encouragement while I took long (though not “until dawn“–like the Apostle Paul who, in one short paragraph “kept on talking” and “kept on talking” and “talked a long time“, during which time someone fell asleep and fell out of a window–I think some of my audience may have, indeed, fallen asleep as well, though without injury)!

During the week or so that Andrea and Claire were here, they witnessed everyday missionary life–plumbing and building challenges, financial management, listening to the needs and pleas of a father for his 13-year old daughter with a heart defect and discussions of how and when to help, work in the garden and quiet times of walking the campus, reading and praying. We enjoyed conversation, laughter and opportunities to get to know Andrea, her faith-walk and her experience of the calling to the mission field. It was a privilege to encourage her in that calling and through our own hard-learned lessons, guide her in ways of further preparing for what might lie ahead.

We were hoping that part of their experience would include the answered prayer of a container of Bibles delivered safely to RAU campus and the joy of participating in the unloading of 1260 boxes (which, sadly, happened days after their departure). Our hope and prayer is that Andrea’s short visit will not be the last chance for her to “come and seeand serve with us at RAU!

A well-purposed risk may look very much like setting an “outrageous” funding goal for 20,000 ESV Global Study Bibles costing over $200,000 , receiving the funding and praying for and working through the logistics of getting those Bibles from the print shop in China to the USA to Uganda during a COVID pandemic which has stalled many operations, including shipping. [Valued object(s) + risk-taking x Providential grace = joy-filled realization of goal]. Seeing the following image in the news reminds us of what could be lost. Thankfully, we and all those who graciously gave to this task did not suffer this loss…

…but, rather, we were given the opportunity to celebrate this successful delivery of 20,000+ TruTone ESV Global Study Bibles to the RAU campus.

We praise God for the many brothers and sisters in Christ who have shared the financial burden, who believe in the value and power of good literature; Christian Book, Crossway and LMI have been among those beloved partners through the delivery of:

  • 1,260 cartons of 20,160 TruTone ESV Global Study Bibles which equals 53,700 lbs. = over 26 tons of Bibles!
  • In a Christian Book’s container which has arrived in Uganda there are: “leftover” Bibles that didn’t fit in Container #1 which equals 44 cartons or 704 Bibles. The total of ESV Global Study Bibles to 20,864! That puts the total of ESV Global Study that have come our way since 2013 close to 30,000! Praise God!
  • 1 pallet of 6 book titles that were ordered (about 5,300 books) for pastoral/church leaders training.
  • 2.5 pallets of Crossway Global Pastor’s Book Sets
  • Close to 4 pallets of Dual language Tracts from our partner, Doug Salser with LMI.
  • Recently we received 600 of Conrad Mbewe’s book, God’s Design for the Church: A Guide for African Pastors and Ministry Leaders via Crossway. They were printed in Kampala. We plan to use them and other books which are hitching a ride in Christian Book’s container and which should be here soon.

For both Jacob and me, suffering by design has been embodied by a family–Dad, Mom and 4 kids in tow–who have come for no other reason than that we would be encouraged and blessed in our calling to northwestern Uganda. We simply cannot adequately explain how much it means to us that Stephen, Maddie, Samuel, Olivia, Caleb and Meera McConnell have, for the joy set before them, endured the cross of cross-continent travel–JUST to see us and to be an encouragement to us! It has been a joy and highlight of this year.

Purposeful suffering and risk-taking in the Kingdom of God are the fruit of “seeing and savoring Christ” [John Piper] and being willing to overcome obstacles in welcoming others to savor the same treasure. Inherent risks are on a spectrum of difficulty–not every action carries the weight of Jesus’ endurance on the cross, or of the Apostle Paul’s long list of harsh treatment and grueling experiences, but every risk taken and sacrifice made for the sake of Christ displays the value and priority we have for God, Himself, His people and the Kingdom Invitation which He has called us to personally take and give.

The suffering we experience may not have been designed by us–not expected (such as Randy’s sudden cardiac event)–but the willingness to see our experiences from eternity’s point of view and to accept that risk again and again for the joy set before us is what will put us in the position to finish the Commission that Jesus, Himself, gave his followers. To be the message-carrying embodiment to others of Christ’s suffering for us means our eyes are wide open to the riches of His grace toward us and it will bear the fruit of generous, life-producing priorities, actions and investments.

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what is the wealth of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the mighty working of his strength.

Ephesians 1:18-19

Jacob and I thank you for your interest and participation in helping us to embody the message of Jesus Christ to the people we serve here in northern Uganda, South Sudan and the Republic of Sudan.

We invite you to pray with us for the following needs and upcoming events:

+ Arrangements for future Module trainings for 2022; pray that the groups that have expressed the desire to participate will be able to “plan and execute” without obstacles. Our hope is to do 5-6 Modules per year. Pray for Jacob as he works to finalize the curriculum and “iron out the wrinkles“.

+ Pray for Anzoa Gift, a 13-year old girl from Abeso in the Metu Mountains, who is going to India for heart surgery for a VSD repair (Ventricular Septal Defect). Several of our partners gave toward the travel costs that she and her father will need. Pray that the surgery will have the desired outcome without complications and that it will serve to bring her a long and healthy life, especially in knowing and serving Christ.

Anzoa Gift

+ Pray for wisdom in the distribution of the many Bibles we received (and will receive). Our goal is to strategically place them in the hands of leaders. Already, we have been receiving requests and are planning to send four boxes (64) to: Terebinth Ministries in Gulu, a ministry which trains pastors in the fundamentals of the faith. Two boxes (32) are currently on their way to church leaders in Chad and the Republic of Sudan.

+ Pray for much needed evangelism and discipleship in Moyo (Metu Mountains), Obongi and Yumbe Districts. ““The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Luke 10:2) Pray for those laboring in the field who are stretched to their capacities and sometimes beyond.

+ Pray, along that line, for potential missionary families and a single that have shown interest in working with us at RAU (Reaching Africa’s Unreached) who are with ABWE (Association of Baptists for Worldwide Evangelization). Pray that these families and individuals would discern the will of the Lord and would have provision for the plans. Pray also for our growing relationship and partnership with ABWE.

+ Pray for RAU’s Agricultural ministry–that it would have the intended effect of inspiring and training farmers to think entrepreneurially in their farming practices and, through it, experience economic growth and opportunities they never thought were possible. On April 7th and 8th ZOA will be bringing 188 farmers for agricultural training. From ZOA: “Uganda houses the largest number of refugees in Africa. Even though Uganda is dealing with its own difficulties, refugees from South Sudan and DRC are welcomed with warmth and solidarity. COVID-related impacts have been serious with regard to our livelihoods and education projects, but fortunately there have been many achievements as well.”  Just last month World Vision had brought 688 farmers for similar training.

+ As we finish the task of obtaining land titles, pray for wisdom and vision in developing the 3-acre plot across the way. There is so much that could be done there with the provision of team members, buildings and finances.

+ Please pray and consider giving to Reaching Africa’s Unreached as we continue walking out 2 Timothy 2:2 in the Sub Sahara

Jacob and Carol Lee

Love and Blessings from both of us!

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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

20,864 TruTone ESV Global Study Bibles Have Arrived

The long-awaited TruTone ESV Global Study Bibles have arrived, 20,160 have been offloaded at RAU and 704 which are currently in Kampala will soon be with us! It was a little over a two year process.

We praise God for his grace and the love of his people which have given us the opportunity to get these Study Bibles here for leaders! Special appreciation goes to Christian Book International who was instrumental in helping with the many details in getting the Bibles to us at Reaching Africa’s Unreached. We are also grateful to Crossway publishers their help in getting this special printing of the TruTone ESV Global Study Bibles done specifically for us.

Church Leaders, Farmers, and Clean Water

RAU hosted 688 farmers over four days

Carol and I want you to rejoice with us in the work that your partnership of prayer, financial gifts, love and eternal perspective are effecting and enabling across the ocean!  These newsletters are a way for you to “come and see” even though you may not be able to travel the distance.

We are looking forward to Module Two of our church leadership trainings in the RAU Hall of Tyrannus next week. In our last newsletter we shared about Module One. Module Two is Good Soil’sThe Roots of Faith Old TestamentGood Soil is a branch of ABWE. “The Roots of Faith – Old Testament course unfolds the story of a perfect world that became cursed by sin and the giving of promises regarding a Jewish King who would become the Savior of the world. Each student will receive a  200 page workbook which includes four pages for each of the 50 event-lessons. Each of the 50 Bible event-lessons includes: a Focus page, a two-page lesson spread, and a narrative summary of the event-lesson. Workbooks include a divider tab for each of the 15 sections. Pages are beautifully and colorfully illustrated.” Carol and I received training this last October from Good Soil. It was a blessed and encouraging time. RAU’s Module Two  Roots of Faith :OT will run from February 21st-26th. After completion, each student will be certified to teach it. RAU’s push remains 2 Timothy 2:2 and we will encourage church leaders in attendance to immediately begin teaching what they have learned. RAU is grateful for our partnership with ABWE. An added joy is that missionary friends, Greg and Kilby Helms,  working in and around Arua, will be spending the week with us, too.

This is the ABWE teaching team:

  • David Drullinger: After David’s retirement from Cedarville University he joined ABWE and moved to South Africa helping with theological training. He was recently appointed the Regional Director of South Africa.
  • Dan Cook: Dan is an ABWE missionary in Brazil. He is involved in leadership training, church planting and is the regional director of Good Soil in Brazil
  • Randy Southwell: Randy is the ABWE Overseas Director of Good Soil Evangelism & Discipleship Ministries. ABWE headquarters are in New Cumberland Pennsylvania which is near Harrisburg  Pennsylvania.
  • Caleb Mitchell: Caleb is an ABWE missionary here in Uganda based in Jinja. He is involved in discipleship and leadership training. Caleb is ABWE’s East Africa Regional Director 

Please pray for this pastor/church leadership retreat February 21st -26th. Thank you!

We had four full days ( Feb. 2, 3, 7 & 9) of agricultural training here at RAU’s demo farm and box gardens.  World Vision brought farmers from the nearby refugee settlements/& host communities. Along with the World Vision team, ZOA (a Danish NGO) and the OPM (Office of the Prime Minister) were represented. In the four days, we interacted with 688  farmers. Two farmers came as representatives of each of 334 Farmer’s Groups. We were told by World Vision that each group has 27-30 members. This means that, potentially, 9,018 farmers will be exposed to new farming practices and “Farming as a Business” principles, if the participants return to their homes and practice our motto of 2 Timothy 2:2 (Teaching faithful people who, in turn, teach others to teach others). ​

All the participants were divided into 3 groups and each group rotated between 3 stations each day (On two days we had separate groups of farmers in the mornings and afternoons): Stations:1. Box Gardens 2. Drip Irrigation 3. Mango and Land management. Odendi Zakeo handled the Box Gardens, Paul George, the Drip irrigation, and I handled Mango and Land management. There was no way, with this large group , to go into great depth on every aspect of any of the areas, but they were definitely exposed to some great information and ideas, especially being inspired with Farming as a Business. One of the wonderful things is that we found a company here in Uganda which sells drip irrigation kits similar to the Chapin kits we have here that were donated by M.A.R.S. ( Missionary Agricultural Resource Services), so we were able to give them the contact information to get their own. Carol and I are so grateful for the many years M.A.R.S. has supported and stood with RAU in its agricultural ministry.  That was always one of the questions the farmers would ask when they saw how well the irrigation system worked, “How do we get this kind of system?”  Even though the system is a bit expensive for the average farmer, we tried to explain with examples how the results would pay for the system after just a few harvests from a small box garden.

Station 2: Micro/Drip Irrigation with Paul George, Tiondi Patrick and Onette Zorah

In the opening session, I explained that the “why” of what we are doing is Jesus. They all had access to gospel literature. Our sincere desire is that each person took something away which inspired them or taught them to see a way forward which has long term impact for them and their families! We are grateful for the RAU team that keeps on working tirelessly so that we have a beautiful place to showcase. I am grateful for the good partnership with World Vision as well as with their regional director, Lanek Pollicap. I am quite sure this is only the beginning with World Vision. ZOA is also requesting to bring farmers and they are also doing good work among the Refugees. It was good to have government representatives here as well so they could “look and see“. RAU continues its policy of not charging any fees (though that is the normal practice here in Uganda) to World Vision, other groups or to any famers  who come to RAU’s demo farm to learn. 

Station 3: Grafted Mango Production and Land Management with Jacob Lee and Alumai Henery

“Learning at RAU was amazing. Carol and Jacob are God sent. I am delighted to have known you. I will not make a mistake of losing contact with you and if there are opportunity to bring more people to your farm for more learning, I will, including linking more partners to you as long as they are ready to learn. Looking forward for more Ministry work together.”

Lanek Pollicap | Component Manager || EUTF-SUPREME PROJECT|| World Vision Uganda

On February 5th we were in Aliodranyosi, a Yumbe village which has a desperate need for clean water.  They are literally drinking murky water from a hole which seeps through the ground. Proverbs 25:25 says “As cold water to a tired soul, so is good news from a far country.” In our case, the “cold water” WAS the good news. We also had the privilege of letting them know that a loving gift was given which would provide them a proper borehole with a hand pump, allowing them to drink clear, clean water. I love to tell them the “why” of the gift (the love of God through His people) and the “how” (RAU is only a pipeline of grace and it will take a process but the process will soon begin.) I reminded them that the borehole (well) when finished will now become THEIRS, which means the upkeep belongs to them to manage with the help of a water committee (formed by them) which collects a small monthly fee that is saved for future needs. So far that has been working very well in the 23 other villages where RAU has been able to assist with a borehole. We are grateful for TouCan Ventures for the funding of this borehole and for another village in Moyo District in a similar situation. Selecting villages for boreholes is very difficult as there are a large number of villages in our Moyo District and nearby Yumbe District which have NO access to clean water. As mentioned in our last newsletter, we are seeking to add 22 to the 23 we have put in since 2014. Would you consider helping us in this?

Drinking water for the village of Aliodranyosi

While we were waiting for a friend to arrive, we were able to interact and get to know some of the community members. During this time we gave some reading materials, in this case, in Aringa–some New Testaments and other Christian literature translated from English to Aringa by our friend, Onduga Charles. I am very grateful that Charles was able to join us as my interpreter in Aringa. Charles can (usually) pick my English as well as pick my heart and spirit and can explain what I am saying in a way that reflects my heart and meaning. We have been working together since 2014 and he has interpreted in Christian-Muslim Dialogs and Open air preaching in the markets on market days.
RAU is truly grateful for all those whose hearts are touched to give for this particular project. One young man stood up at the end and asked, on behalf of 70 or so other villages, if they have received such a gift, could this gift also not be given to their brothers and sisters in the other places. How we wish we could! May the Lord grant it to be so!

On a personal note we recently had a scare.  Our 5 year granddaughter was airlifted by helicopter to the Cooks Children’s Hospital February 6th! She started to have a hard time breathing and her parents took her to the local hospital and, then,almost immediately taken to Ft. Worth. Her oxygen level was very very low. It appears there was some kind of infection in her lungs. She is back home now and doing well, praise God!  Also, our granddaughter (oldest) was found to have a bone cyst in her finger which requires surgery and a bone graft. She is 10 years old. It is so hard for us to be away from them, especially when things go awry, and we are not to be able to support them in times of trouble. Carol and I pray daily for our family. We request your prayers for us and them that our trust would remain in the Lord! Thank  you very much!

Our granddaughter and daughter. Our granddaughter said she enjoyed the helicopter ride but is not ready to ride in a plane! 

Carol and I are grateful for the Lord’s grace and mercy. We are also very thankful for those who are supporting us in prayers and with their financial gifts.

(In the village of Aliodranyosi)

Your partners in walking out 2 Timothy 2:2 with our Ugandan and Sudanese brothers and sisters in Christ,

Jacob and Carol Lee

Love and Blessings from both of us!

Tax deductible charitable donations may be made via PayPal or check.  PayPal also has a way to make recurring monthly gifts. Recurring monthly gifts are very helpful to the ministry. To do so, please click on the PayPal link below. PayPal deducts a small amount from each gift as a processing fee. All gifts given through PayPal and by check are tax deductible as Reaching Africa’s Unreached has 501c3 tax exempt status as a charitable organization.  If you wish to write a check you may write it out to R.A.U. and mail it to Lifegate/RAU , 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin Texas 78155.

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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

Living as Exiles, Longing for HOME

Living as Exiles, Longing for HOME

By Carol Lee

When I was a teenager, like other youngsters (I’m sure) I had imaginations about an idyllic future which included a small house with a white picket fence around it and a sense of permanence and family belonging. At the same time, having grown up in a Christian home, familiar with Scripture’s predictions and admonitions about end times and the “imminent return” of Christ, I secretly prayed that Jesus would at least wait until my idyllic future materialized before He whisked me (and us) away. “Please, Lord, let me, at least, experience some of the joys of this world.” My plans were firmly planted on earth. There wasn’t anything grander in my mind than living a happy, family-oriented life. The beauty and glory of heaven weren’t in my sights, let alone the permanence of eternity, with God, Himself, as my greatest joy and treasure. In terms of futuristic thinking, I could only see the horizon of “my best life now.

Down the road a few decades, the horizon has changed along with my definition of “ideal“. Reality looks different than the dream of my “house with a white picket fence“. Mingled together with many happy experiences and wonderful memories of the family with whom God blessed me and the community within which I was nurtured have also been tears of painful separations and goodbyes, loneliness, empty-nest, stresses of forging community in a new culture, the weariness of hard work, seeing death up close, being confronted by the depth of my sin nature, disappointment in myself and others, relational difficulties, physical pain and signs of aging and general decline. This inextricable jumble of pleasure and pain has awakened me. God has used earthly trials and disappointments to shake my hopes loose from uncertain temporal happiness, constraining me to look for true joy and a home that endures. Never before have I longed this much for heaven.

Is my longing for heaven mere escapism –“the avoidance of reality by absorption of the mind in entertainment or in an imaginative situation or activity” (Dictionary.com)? Unequivocally, NO! The Lord has awakened me from reverie to reality–pain has spoken loudly, but God’s voice through His word, even more loudly! My longings have been transformed by the renewing of my thinking and values–through messages from faithful proclaimers and, primarily, through God’s word. I do not want to escape FROM something, but, rather, to be rescued FROM exile in a broken world TO a HOME beyond compare! I WANT to go HOME!

In a wonderful podcast message by Jen Pollock Michel ( https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/tgc-podcast/id270128470?i=1000426258922 ) called, “Searching For The Story of Home,” Jen speaks on point about the deepest longings of our hearts being a homesickness, a yearning for a home that was lost and which restoration will only be realized through Christ. She portrays our human story in four Acts: Creation, Fall, Redemption and Restoration.

Act 1: Creation as God’s gift of Home to humanity, where He Himself comes to dwell with His children in the Garden. God is a Homemaker, providing comfort, rest, community and shelter–and the wonder of knowing and being known and loved.

Act 2:The Fall–everything splinters as God’s people reject His rule, His provision and seek their own version of home. Adam and Eve are exiled from the Garden. Community and communion is broken–between people and God, and between people, themselves. This is a long story of exile and grief in a broken world which is awaiting a Savior who will come to bind the broken-hearted and bring them home.

Act 3: Jesus leaves His home and enters into our exile and our homesickness. “The Word became flesh and ‘pitched his tent’ (tabernacled) with us (John 1:14). He took on our forsakenness so we could be reclaimed. In John 14:23, Jesus says, “I go to prepare a place for you…” God has not given up on a vandalized world but, through Christ, makes a way for us to be reconciled with God and find our way out of exile to our new forever home.

Act 4: Jesus will return and take us to the Home he has prepared for us. Some of us have had a good story of home in this life. Many have not. Whether good or bad, our stories of home here on earth are not ultimate or lasting. God has made a way, if we believe it and accept it, for us, once again, to dwell with Him in rest and safety and community and in communion with Him. In God, our homesickness IS and WILL BE healed.

We, Christians, believe in the absolute reality of this story, but we do not often live as if we do. I cannot state it better than Jon Bloom in his article, Live Homeless, Homesick and Free. “The reason “home” always eludes you now is that you were made for another world. No worldly experience can satisfy your inconsolable longing. No relationship, no successful achievement, no possession, no amount of public approval will ever satisfy you here. The best these can do is give you a brief copy and shadowy glimpse of your true homeland. The best they can do is make you homesick for the better country where you belong, yet have never seen...The really good news is that you are a stranger and exile. The more you realize this, the more it allows you to travel light. It’s the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches that weigh you down and choke your faith (Matthew 13:22). But remembering that you don’t have to make your home here will lighten your load and open your spiritual airways.Don’t waste precious time and resources trying to make earth your home. Instead, travel as light in your expectations and your possessions (material or emotional) as possible. And seek to take as many people as you can with you to your true homeland.

For Jacob and me, to live where we are living and to do what we are doing has been to grapple with these longings and to make plans to “travel light in our expectations and possessions” in this life as we travel HOME to “a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.” (1 Peter 1:4). Every newsletter or blogpost also reflects our desire for you to join us in the journey, our hope that you would travel light and aim all your treasures at heaven’s purposes–to invest heavily in what is weighty in glory and goodness. It is not as important to us that you invest in Reaching Africa’s Unreached (RAU) as it is that you invest in eternity in some fashion or form. If every Christian would unburden themselves of living “heavy” in this life and free up their resources (time, money, relationships, belongings) for eternal purposes, there would be no lack in the Kingdom of God. We want you to see heaven clearly on your horizon and to live like you know it’s real and treasure it as better!

Here, we recount our investments–yours and ours. Here, also, are ways in which you can invest again–or even more–or for the first time. We are very grateful for all of you who have given to RAU. Please continue and increase if you can. If you are not a financial supporter of RAU, we earnestly ask that you, too, would consider supporting the mission and vision of Reaching Africa’s Unreached. Thank you!

1. This new year, 2022, allowed us to resume our primary calling of Pastoral/Leadership training. It was a joyful thing! We were able to host 48 men here on campus (though some came from their homes each day). [The average cost which is invested into each attendee per module comes to approximately $50/person! This includes food and lodging and all the resources that are provided.] Pastor Jason Van Bemmel with Forest Hill Presbyterian (PCA) Church and Bob Brown with New Covenant Presbyterian (PCA) Church traveled safely with minor inconveniences from Maryland. Their efforts were no less than heroic–having travelled for 3 days and then getting up the day after they arrived to teach for 9 days in a row, all day and often into the evening! Their focus on this first of five modules was “Grounded in the Gospel“. This retreat was a blessing and encouragement to many.

Pastors and Leaders from Metu Mountains, Moyo, Obongi, Yumbe and nearby Refugee Settlements hosting South Sudanese and Sudanese.

Here is one story in particular:

I am very grateful to the Lord who provided me with this unique opportunity to go and get this biblical training from Reaching Africa’s Unreached. I have never attended such a training where the teachers are so knowledgeable and are able to help the participants learn and understand everything like that. The detailed explanation of the topics caused my understanding to grow and helped me to begin doing things differently. I am now using the knowledge I got from the training to bring transformation into my family and the church of Christ. Before this training, I was the only person in my family who could lead prayers and everything in our evening devotion. My wife Salama being from a Muslim background would just come and sit to wait for me do everything but after this training, I got the skills to train others on how to lead devotion. I started implementing what I learnt with my own family and helped my wife on how to organize and lead family devotion. This time my wife is able to organize and lead family devotion, so I don’t have to worry when I am away from home these days. Our 3 years old daughter Bint Thomson Kezzy has also learnt a few words of prayer and always requests that she is given the chance to pray. We give her the chance to pray and then continue with the devotion. From this training I was able to learn skills of counseling others who have challenges. People with different challenges now come to me for counseling and I am able to encourage them with the word of God. Everyone in our community are now calling me with the title “pastor” which was not the case in the past.  So I really want to thank Reaching Africa’s Unreached under the leadership of Jacob and Carol Lee for thinking about strengthening the weak Church in West Nile more especially the church in Aringa through such powerful trainings to equip the young generation for effective leadership. This is the only way through which the weak church can be strengthened and this way it will become salt and light to the world.

Kabaya Thomson

2. Renovations, though they don’t “look like ministry“, make every aspect of our primary calling easier and helpful so that when, down the road, visitors come or others take the step of joining us long term we are ready for them. Lydia’s House is getting its finishing touches as a residential building for a small family. The Pavilion is almost completed and will be a lovely area to host guests who come to see the Demo Farm and the other things that are happening at RAU. We have an amazing crew that keeps this place running smoothly and who are capable when things need ‘fixin‘!

3. Gospel resources continue to be sent out to strategic areas. They include Arabic and English Study Bibles, Arabic Christian literature and some English literature as well. Currently, RAU has focused on the Republic of Sudan and an Arabic Bible School in Kampala.

Some upcoming events and prayer needs:

  1. On February 2nd, 3rd, 7th and 9th, Lanek Pollicap, with World Vision-Uganda, will be bringing groups of farmer/leaders from the nearby Refugee Settlements to our Demo Farm to learn about: Micro irrigation (drip irrigation)–thank you, M.A.R.S., Vegetable production (Box gardens), Soil and Water conservation, and Tree management. Approximately 680 farmers will come on 4 separate days. They will be divided into six different groups. On each of those days the groups will be divided into 3, Zakeo–box gardens/vegetable production, Paul–drip irrigation, and Jacob–Mango and soil management and the groups will rotate through each module. On the 7th and 9th there will be two groups each day. This will challenge us but we are trusting the Lord and our preparation to help us. Such opportunities always remind us of the generous support of M.A.R.S. (Missionary Agricultural Resource Services) and how they have stood with us these many years.
  2. On February 20th- 26th, a teaching team from ABWE will arrive for the 2nd Module of RAU’s Pastoral/Leadership Training. They will present a chronological, Biblical theology of the Old Testament with a Good Soil curriculum called, ABWE’s Roots of Faith: OT and certify all those attending to teach that course. One of the future modules will be the New Testament version of that same curriculum called, Roots of Faith: NT. Other future modules will be focused on the fundamentals of the faith and church leadership as well as basic economics and continued training in “Farming as a Business“.
  3. Paul George, co-worker and friend, will leave for a few months, starting March 10, to take care of business at home and then return to serve with us. His presence and burden-bearing has been a blessing and encouragement to us and the whole RAU team as he maintains a servant’s heart, working in the gardens, teaching at churches and persevering in prayer.
  4. On March 8th, Andrea (a young lady interested in Missions) will arrive with her cousin on a “come and see” visit. Pray that travel would be safe and that God’s calling, however that may look, would be confirmed in her heart.
  5. The container full of ESV TruTone Global Study Bibles is en route and should be nearing the port of Mombasa, Kenya. From there it will make its way by truck to Kampala where it has to pass through the URA system for clearance before a truck brings it to RAU’s campus. Pray for its quick and safe delivery! Also on the way coming is Christian Book’s container with Christian Literature and hundred’s of thousands of dual-language tracts–Ma’di-English, Aringa-English and Arabic-English. Christian Book International Outreach has been a gracious partner of RAU by piggy-backing many of our resources in their containers.
  6. Zorah (our staff member with a heart for children’s ministry) and his wife, Josiane ,welcomed “Keza Iffeni” into the world. She is precious–and she is a gift to us all. Please be praying for her. Josiane recently noticed a white glowing dot in her right eye and it appears to be a congenital cataract (rather than the more serious “retinoblastoma” which we were praying it would not be). The final diagnosis will be next week. Please be praying for all three of them. You can imagine the emotions that such news stirs in new parents’ hearts!
  7. Please be in continual prayer for other families to be called to come alongside of RAU full time! In working partnership with ABWE, we have been encouraged by some possibilities. We long for faith to become sight in this endeavor!
  8. Continue to consider contributing toward new boreholes for surrounding villages who are in dire need of clean, accessible water. Our new goal is to do 22 boreholes in 2022. Funding for 3 of them has already been given and one of the three boreholes is already complete (in our neighboring village of Afoji). This would bring the total number of boreholes placed in villages through RAU to 45!
  9. Continue to pray for the pastors and leaders (as well as those who sense that calling) of this West Nile region, particularly in the Metu Mountains, Obongi, Yumbe and for those in the Refugee Settlements from both South Sudan and the Republic of (North) Sudan. Pray that the Lord would supply their needs according to His riches, that they would grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that they would be inspired and encouraged to keep up the good fight, persevering in tough places and circumstances.
  10. Church Building projects in the Metu Mountains: generous donors through “With God” ministry, led by John and Angela Howarton, have provided the funding to completely finish out Ayaa Baptist Church in Ayaa, Metu Mountains. Transport of building materials is currently in process (no easy matter in the Metu mountains). Ayaa Baptist will serve as a training center for the churches nearby. We are also praying and asking for donors to give $15,000 to finish out the church in Gbari/Arapi so that it, too, may serve the churches on that end of the Metu Mountains as a training center.
  11. Continue to pray for evangelism outreaches in markets and villages with the goal od seeing churches planted.
  12. Pray that door would be open to resume Christian-Muslim dialogs in Yumbe with Imams and Sheikhs.

Jacob and I want to express our deep thanks for your prays and interest and for your financial investment in all the various ministries done through RAU. As you can see, the needs are great (and even bigger than what has been mentioned). We urge you to participate more and more–not for our sakes but for the glory of God and the good of the people we serve! May the Lord bless and keep you in His grace.

Carol and Jacob Lee

Love and Blessings from both of us!
Tax deductible charitable donations may be made via PayPal or check.  PayPal also has a way to make recurring monthly gifts. Recurring monthly gifts are very helpful to the ministry. To do so, please click on the PayPal link below. PayPal deducts a small amount from each gift as a processing fee. All gifts given through PayPal and by check are tax deductible as Reaching Africa’s Unreached has 501c3 tax exempt status as a charitable organization.  If you wish to write a check you may write it out to R.A.U. and mail it to Lifegate/RAU , 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin Texas 78155.
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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!

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

Ready for 2022

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By God’s grace we are ready for 2022

We are standing on the edge of a new season—one for which we have longed and prayed fervently! Our first retreat after the COVID shutdown is about to begin. We were holding on to our expectations a bit loosely as a huge part of moving forward depended on the USA teaching team (Jason Van Bemmel and Bob Brown from Maryland) being able to make their flights without any hindrances. We are THRILLED to learn this morning that they landed safely in Entebbe and are now on their way to RAU via van!  Our hope is that they may be able to catch up a bit on their sleep before they have to hit the ground running tomorrow morning when the first of 5 Module retreats for 2022 revs up!

Much like the experience of so many, the last two years of COVID disruption have challenged us and also grown us—personally and ministry-wise.  Every bit of “normalcy” is all the more appreciated after the long period of restrictions and inconveniences.  We praise the Lord for this!
Looking forward, our calendar is filling up again with many wonderful events. As mentioned above, our plan A is to have 5 Modular Retreats for our Church leaders from the Moyo area, Yumbe, Obongi and the Sudanese Refugee settlements. The hope is that we can get the 45 leaders who will be in attendance through all 5 Modules this coming year and not to stretch it out over too long of a period. The Retreats will include Biblical teaching as well as Agriculture and Economics/Business.

 RAU – Module 1 – Gospel Basics – Detailed Overview
Helping Without Hurting in Africa will be the main business text we will be using. We want to be ones who help without hurting.

E.D. Burns in his book The Missionary-Theologian: Sent into the World, Sanctified by the Word wisely states: “The implications of this story (“The Rich Man and Lazarus” Luke 16:19-31) are staggering. If people do not have eyes to see the glory of God and ears to hear the truth of God in the Bible, they will not be convinced of the gospel no matter how many amazing and awe-inspiring works they might witness, even the raising of a known villager from the dead. Feeding them, rescuing them, providing jobs for them, ‘loving on’ them, and any other methodology emphasized over and against the sufficiency of the Word of God, will not finally deliver them from the dominion of darkness into the kingdom of light. Now, some will object that this is callously calling for neglecting the legitimate holistic needs of suffering people. However, supplying the Word of God as the forefront emphasis of our ministries does not rule out other ministries of compassion and mercy; it just prioritizes and puts ministries of works and ministries of the Word in their proper place.”

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The box gardens are ready for demonstration and the grounds of the campus have been cleaned and made ready for our visitors.

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The hot/dry season has begun

Additionally, RAU is working very diligently toward the goal of clean, accessible water for surrounding villages in the Moyo District, as well as a special project for the hospital where there is still no reliable running water, especially in the surgical theater and the maternity ward. As per now, patients/family members have to daily bring a jerry can of water with them for their own needs and the water needs for the hospital.  This is a heavy burden and RAU would love to help lift that burden.
Included in our goals/plans for 2022 is discipleship and evangelism in the Metu Mountains, and in Yumbe and Obongi Districts.  There is a great need for consistent encouragement and teaching/equipping in these areas. COVID really disorganized many churches and the effects of not meeting together seriously undermined their progress. We are praying fervently (with tears) that the Lord of the harvest would thrust forth laborers into the harvest fields. There is more work than can effectively be done by those on the ground here.  Jacob also prays and longs for the recommencing of the Christian-Muslim dialogs in Yumbe District.  At least, he has been able to have some heartening interactions via email with one Sheikh/Imam and we are hoping to receive him here for a visit after the retreat.
Jacob and I are keenly aware that many groups are asking for that “year-end” gift.We also ask for your consideration in partnering with us in  the ministry needs for this coming year. Just this morning, we were praising the Lord for the many donors who have been faithful and generous up to this very day. That is a huge encouragement to us and our way of seeing that “where God guides, He provides.” Thank you so very much for your love, and prayers and gifts. Our commitment to our donors is that we will be faithful to use the money wisely, effectively and with an understanding that so many of you are giving sacrificially. In our last newsletter, “Settling Back In”, specific prayer and financial help needs were laid out. Please take a few minutes to look over them and pray.
While we dearly missed our beloved family during another Christmas season, Jacob and I are blessed and thankful that we had wonderful slots of time with each one of our children and their spouses and all the grandchildren in 2021. Though we cannot always be near them, we have the privilege of lifting them up in prayer each day, interceding for their good in God. We love them all so much and are proud of each one!

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Your partners in walking out 2 Timothy 2:2 with our Ugandan and Sudanese brothers and sisters in Christ,

Carol and Jacob Lee
Love and Blessings from both of us!
Tax deductible charitable donations may be made via PayPal or check.  PayPal also has a way to make recurring monthly gifts. Recurring monthly gifts are very helpful to the ministry. To do so, please click on the PayPal link below. PayPal deducts a small amount from each gift as a processing fee. All gifts given through PayPal and by check are tax deductible as Reaching Africa’s Unreached has 501c3 tax exempt status as a charitable organization.  If you wish to write a check you may write it out to R.A.U. and mail it to Lifegate/RAU , 395 Lifegate Ln., Seguin Texas 78155.
PayPal Link for donations: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=WAR99DL4JFWXQ 
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!

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