Dear Friends of the Mordecai Project:
The psalmist said: “The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy” (Psalm 126:3). I understand this joy as I look back at photos of our events in 2017. The Lord did so much that it was a challenge to summarize it all! I ministered in 10 nations and 17 states, plus we hosted two Bold Venture events for men and one for women. We could not have done this without our partners. Thank you for standing with us!
…in January I led a men’s retreat in Puerto Rico with my friend Luís Roig. The Lord is healing men’s hearts from father wounds and abuse so they can be freed from the machismo mindset. We know that this healing is a key to ending domestic abuse in Latin America.
…in February I traveled to Tarapoto, Peru, where we are building a women’s shelter with my friends David and Teresa Gomez, pastors of Ismirna Church. We had an incredible time there doing events for men, women, singles and village pastors. We only need $15,000 more to complete our shelter.
…in March I led a 10-day outreach to Barranquilla, Colombia, with our Latin America director, Dr. Nori Menendez. We did our third “Hombres de Valor” men’s retreat along with many women’s conferences and marriage seminars. The Lord is unraveling the stronghold of abuse that has controlled this area for so long.
…in April we hosted a women’s Bold Venture event in Boise, Idaho. I am so grateful for my friend Matt Hyde and his wife, Monica, for sponsoring this retreat at their church in Boise. Below you can see our incredible speaker team at this conference. Deborah and I were especially thrilled that our daughter, Margaret, was a speaker. Women were empowered and released into their callings during those three days.
…in May Deborah and I ministered in Hawaii with our friend Mary Hudson, who organizes the Arise women’s conferences. Below you can see a group of women who came to the event in Kona. We also did an Arise event on the other side of the Big Island, in Hilo. God is using these events to call women out of their fears and insecurities and into their spiritual gifts and callings.
…in June I traveled to Querétaro, Mexico to speak at the Refuerza men’s conference, sponsored by a local church there. Every time I go to Latin America I see men set free from the wounds of their fathers. Many are also opening their hearts to confess deep secrets of abuse and addiction. It is overwhelming to see men weeping at the altars as they find the healing of Jesus.
…in July I saw a similar wave of healing in Asia when I traveled to Singapore and Malaysia. Asian men typically do not open up and admit failures or mistakes. Culture tells them to hide their weaknesses. But in our meetings there, men ran to the altar and confessed their sins openly to each other. You can see this happening in the photo below, during a men’s event at Cornerstone Church in Singapore.
…in August I spoke at a young adult conference in Seattle, and I did what I love most: Encourage and mentor the next generation. This retreat, called Collide, was mostly Ethiopian and Eritrean immigrants to the United States. God moved powerfully during that week and many young people were filled with the Holy Spirit as well as healed from abuse.
…in September I spoke at a church in Minneapolis pastored by my friend Stephanie Bond, one of the most anointed women pastors I know. We had a powerful time and many were filled with the Holy Spirit and encouraged through prophetic ministry. At one point I thought the roof was going to blow off of the place! This was my favorite moment in ministry in 2017.
…in October we hosted not one but two regional Bold Venture events, one in Jacksonville, Florida, and one at a camp in rural Maryland. Both events exceeded our expectations. Men were healed emotionally, freed from addictions and challenged to focus their lives on making disciples. The men who attended these events will never be the same.
…in November I went on an intense two-week mission trip to Kenya and Uganda. There we saw amazing breakthroughs in men, women and marriages. You can see women in the photo below receiving healing from abuse at a meeting in Hoima, Uganda. I was also able to nail down specific plans for our women’s shelters and girls’ sponsorship projects in Moi’s Bridge, Kenya; Rwentobo, Uganda; and Masindi, Uganda. You will hear more about these projects in 2018.
…in December I traveled to El Salvador to work alongside our partners there, Fernando and Roxana Perez. There I did women’s meetings, a men’s retreat and meetings in many churches. We are so glad to come alongside to help Roxana develop a successful women’s shelter in San Salvador. God is bringing His healing to women who have suffered from domestic violence as well as sex trafficking.
…We have big plans in 2018, and other nations are calling! As you can see below, a door has opened for me to minister in Pakistan. I have been mentoring a young man there, Susheel, who wants to take on the Mordecai Project mission. He traveled with me to Africa this year, and he and his wife want to carry Christ’s healing to the women of their nation. This is in a region where women suffer from intense violence and oppression. Please be in prayer for us and we take on this assignment!
If it’s possible, we invite you to make an end-of-the-year donation to The Mordecai Project. Gifts dated by December 31 can be applied to your 2017 tax returns (and we can accept checks dated Dec. 31 until the end of the first week of January.) If you send through your bank or Paypal, the amounts need to be sent by December 31. Your gifts can help us finish our projects in Peru, Guatemala and India—and help us begin our work in Uganda, Kenya, Malawi and Sri Lanka.
Thank you so much for believing in this mission. We hope you had a blessed Christmas! You can see in the photo below that we had all our children and grandchildren with us in Georgia this Christmas! Deborah and I love you very much and we pray you and your family have a blessed New Year.
Lee and Deborah Grady
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.
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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