How many Bibles?
20,000. That’s a lot of Bibles.
This is not a crazy dream but a sincere prayer.
$9.25 puts a Global Study Bible in the hands of a growing Christian in rural Eastern Africa. From the printshop to the shipping container, across the ocean and up a long dirt road. Your dollars make a difference.
First Goal: $15,000
Seeking to share the vision and find advocates.
What’s the Scoop?
Throughout the last 4 years I have had the unique privilege to visit with, serve and struggle alongside, learn from, and also live “in-house” with many missionaries and pastors laboring in a variety of countries and contexts through #letmeintroduceyou. The life and ministry of Jacob and Carol Lee serving with Reaching Africa’s Unreached in Moyo, Uganda—2km from the South Sudan Border—standout as specifically riveting.
This couple’s sincere devotion to the Lord has challenged and thoroughly encouraged me, even in years before meeting in person. I followed their Gospel efforts and outreach through their stories, studies, seminars given, specific project development, and photographs shared. I am grateful a dear friend introduced us through social media; we have maintained contact ever since.
I am grateful for Reaching Africa’s Unreached is sincere in their effort to bring the Gospel to the unreached people of several northern portions of Uganda, as well as refugees entering from Sudan and South Sudan, of various tribes and tongues. While I have seen many humanitarian-focused mission efforts, it is not uncommon for the Gospel to become diluted or even forgotten.
Praise God this has not been the case with Reaching Africa’s Unreached! Through their radio broadcast, template farm, agricultural and Biblical training seminars, well-drillings, retreats, community investment, and invitations to other committees and organizations, the Gospel is clearly foremost.
Churches have been planted in mountainous regions (Metu Mountains) where no churches previously existed. Jacob is consistently engaging the local Muslim community in Yumbe (unreached). He has winsomely carried on dialogues with many Imams, bringing them literature they readily accept; many desire to read. He is considered a friend for his efforts to support the well-being of his neighbors, in a place of widespread hunger, poverty, and brokenness.
Jacob and Carol have shown the Jesus film to the masses, and the word of God is frequently, and wisely distributed. Many Arabic, Madi, and English Bibles and tracts have been distributed within the community to those who are able to read, and desire to search for Truth. Through seminars and outreach missions, these are also being placed in the hands of refugees from the local settlement and surrounding areas, many from Sudan.
At www.reachingafricasunreached.org, and through the Facebook page “Reaching Africa’s Unreached”, you can read a great deal of the story of RAU coming into existence and the work they are about (pictures included). You will also find quotes from the many books Jacob and Carol read pertaining to the Gospel and their endeavor to make much of the days and years the Lord sees fit to supply. I encourage you to follow along.
As for me and Kilby, we will be serving with Jacob and Carol and the team at RAU during our time in Uganda this year (roughly outlined as May 15-July 5). We are serving as advocates to raise support for the purchase of 20,000 Bibles—and even more tracts in local languages.
Kilby and I are presently inviting: our home church, churches partnered with us, those we visited and shared with stateside, and individual supporters to sincerely and prayerfully consider partnership in this endeavor—we ourselves are excited the Lord sees fit to use His people in getting the Word out.
I have seen firsthand the Bibles going out in this area. I have met those who have benefited from the previous major shipment that was brought in. I have followed the stories and pictures of the seminars where men from so many tribes are present. I praise God for this work He is doing through His people in a difficult environment, and I personally want to support and partake, in as much as the Lord will allow. Christ will be made known among the unreached.
-Partnered with The Gospel Coalition previously, and Christian book distributors, and many churches
-20,000 Global Study Bibles will be purchased for leaders (at cost, via partnerships above)
-Total cost estimate: transport, shipping container, Bibles – $185,000 USD
-RAU is a nonprofit organization based out of Texas and serving in Northern Uganda
-You can contact and interact with Jacob directly through email: email@example.com
-Contact also available through website and Facebook page (RAU, or personal)
Consider yourselves #introduced.
PRAY: how might your family, small group, or church, give generously towards this mission? What emphasis, what value, do we truly ascribe to the Word of God, and it’s availability to the nations? Be a part of hope going forth.