Dear Friends of the Mordecai Project:
Paul told the Thessalonians: “Brethren, pray for us” (1 Thess. 5:25). He depended on the prayers of the saints for protection, strength and God’s provision. I’m very aware that your prayers are undergirding me during every mission trip. I’m especially asking you to pray for me for the next two weeks while I make my first trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, or DRC.
I learned several years ago, while in Uganda, that the DRC is known as “the rape capital of the world” because of military violence against women. The level of trauma and abuse is astronomical there. When I stood near the Congolese border in 2018 I told the Lord I would go there to bring the healing of Jesus. A 2019 trip was canceled because of the Ebola virus, and then the COVID-19 pandemic prevented me from going. But thankfully we were able to work with Pastor Udjasiri Wakahasha in the city of Goma in 2021 to begin a women’s empowerment project.
I will leave this Sunday with my young friend Brandon Brecht, shown below. We will be doing conferences for women, youth and pastors in Goma as well as the city of Bukavu. We will also dedicate our women’s sewing center to the Lord, and bring encouragement to Pastor Udjasiri and his team. Please pray for protection, health, and a strong anointing on Brandon and me as we preach and minister to the people. The trip will go from August 14-27. Please also pray for protection for Deborah while I am away.
This past Wednesday was quite a milestone. I took Dr. Nori Menendez to the Atlanta airport to send her to Guatemala, where she will be serving at our new women’s shelter for the next six weeks. Nori will be setting up all the systems at Casa de Ester, training our staff and volunteer counselors and inaugurating the ministry. Below you can see Nori with Pastor Otoniel Morales and his daughter, Ana Ester, who will be helping with the project. Please pray for Nori! We also need some financial help getting all the furnishings and appliances for the shelter.
Below you can see some happy women standing in front of our women’s empowerment center in Mzuzu, Malawi. The building is almost completed! We only lack the wiring, plumbing, plastering and flooring, along with the septic system. In this facility the women of Mzuzu will be discipled, receive literacy training, and learn how to start businesses such as tailoring and chicken farming.
You can see below that more and more women are coming to our monthly outreach in Pakistan. The women are growing spiritually and discovering their true identity in Christ. Our next step is to install a well in the village so that the local families can have access to clean water. If you would like to help us with that need, the cost is only $1,850. Perhaps your local church could help sponsor that project. We also need $15,000 to build the women’s empowerment center there.
In mid-July I hosted a small discipleship retreat for 22 men in my hometown of LaGrange, Georgia. I rented cabins by a lake in town and we had three days of fellowship, teaching and spiritual refreshing. The men came from 13 different states, and most of them did not know each other, but by the end of the retreat the Holy Spirit had knit our hearts together. When I later asked the guys what they enjoyed most, the comments included these: “I enjoyed making many new friends,” “I feel like I have 21 new brothers” and “I felt like all the guys were my best friends by the end of the weekend.”
The best part of the weekend was the “hot seat” prayer times we had after each session, as you can see below. All the guys opened their hearts, shared their struggles and received prayer and prophetic encouragement. I love doing my larger Bold Venture events, but these small retreats are so special. If you want to attend our Bold Venture events this year, the men’s event is Sept. 22-24 in Lexington, S.C., and the women’s is Nov. 3-5 in LaGrange, Ga. You can register at boldventure.org.
My daughter, Margaret, told me earlier this summer, “Dad, you need to start discipling your grandsons.” She didn’t have to twist my arm! I took Hananiah with me to Tennessee in late July to preach at Cumberland Worship Center in Crossville, and he loved every moment of it. He is only eight, but he listened to the messages and made some friends at the church. I am thrilled that I can make this investment in his life. I want my grandkids to see the Holy Spirit working!
Below you can see some of the ministry that went on during that weekend in Crossville, Tennessee. The church is pastored by my friends Chris and Desirae Palmer. I did a special meeting for men, as well as a morning conference for the women. There was quite a bit of emotional healing that occurred during the women’s event, after I spoke about how the Father wants his daughters to receive their inheritance.
After the Tennessee trip I took my 10-year-old grandson, Grady, with me to a conference in Jacksonville, Florida, where I was speaking at a men’s conference. Grady is such a people person and he loved being around everyone. Below you can see Grady with me and my friends Doug Bartlett and Jeff Dail. Grady sat on the front row of my session and listened to every word. I look forward to the day when I can take my grandkids on an overseas mission trip.
Last week I went to southern Illinois to speak at The Roads Church in Norris City. The town is tiny, but hundreds of people come to The Roads from all over Illinois and Indiana because of the miracles that are happening there. Below you can see me with Pastor Chad Everett. On Saturday the church sponsored a seminar on discipleship, based on my new book “Follow Me”—and 195 people came. This is unusual! The spiritual hunger at The Roads is off the charts. It’s rare to find so many believers who want to be trained in how to disciple others. We also had two powerful services on Sunday, when I preached on “We Need the Fire of Elijah.”
I am so grateful for your partnership. Please pray that the Lord will give us favor to raise the funds needed to complete all of our overseas projects. The total needed is $342,000. That seems impossible but we know God can do “exceedingly above whatever we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20).
We love you and thank God for your love, prayers and financial support. We could not do this without you. To give to our overseas work, just hit the “Donate” button below and follow the prompts. To give by check, mail it to The Mordecai Project, P.O. Box 2781, LaGrange, GA 30241.
The Mordecai Project is a Christian ministry devoted to empowering women, confronting abuse and transforming nations through the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
All gifts are tax-deductible. Secure online donations can be made at our website themordecaiproject.org/donate
Checks can be made out to The Mordecai Project and mailed to:
The Mordecai Project / Bold Venture Ministries
P.O. Box 2781
LaGrange, GA 30241:
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rev. Matt Judd
Good News Church
Pickens, South Carolina
Rev. Luis Roig
Casa del Padre
Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico
Rev. Eddie Taylor
Rev. Beth Taylor
Taylor Ministry Group
Re. James Graham
International Gospel Outreach
Rev. Dee Mueller
The Hearth Ministries