Dear Friends of the Mordecai Project:
It’s been several weeks since I sent an update on our work. I have been traveling a lot since our men’s Bold Venture retreat in Georgia. Thank you so much for believing in the work of The Mordecai Project and for standing with us in prayer!
I am happy to announce that the recent men’s Bold Venture was incredible. Many of the guys who had attended before said it was the best one yet! Part of that was because my mentor of 40 years, Barry St. Clair, did a stellar job sharing his wisdom and life experience in how to disciple others. There was a supernatural impartation of God’s heart during those three days!
The fellowship was also deeper than we have ever experienced. Men’s lives were changed during the small group sessions, meals and ministry times. On Friday night we spent more than an hour praying for men at the altar as they wept. Chains were broken and the Holy Spirit reignited His fire in many hearts. This is what I live for!
Below you can see the whole group of men who attended Bold Venture. Our theme for the weekend was “Connect.” All the sessions directed the men to get serious about their connection with God and with others. God is calling men to renounce the isolation of the past so they can reach out to others, grow spiritually, experience true healing and then begin making disciples.
By far this was my favorite Bold Venture ever because I celebrated by 60th birthday during it! It was so special to be surrounded by mentors, close brothers and many of my spiritual sons (including my son-in-law Rick!) at the retreat. We had a big party on the last day and it was hard to hold back the tears. Then many of my best friends stayed two days afterward to celebrate. We hiked in the Georgia mountains, swam, laughed a lot, visited the Martin Luther King museum in Atlanta and shared many special meals together. Thanks to my wife for putting up with so many guys in our home!
After Bold Venture I preached in two different events for Hispanics. First I went to Chicago to speak at Iglesia Rios de Agua Viva, a growing Latino church in the suburbs. My friends Omar and Maritza Rivera hosted me there and we had a powerful weekend. Below you can see the Sunday morning service. It was so special to have Nori Menendez translating for me there. She serves as our Latin American ministry director.
The following week I spoke at the National Hispanic Conference of the Pentecostal Holiness church. It was great to meet many immigrant church leaders who are helping us win the United States for Jesus! I learned there that many new Hispanic churches are springing up in places such as Washington state, North Dakota and Iowa. It was a great blessing to encourage these men and women. What was most humbling was to see them on their knees praying for revival in our nation!
In late July I traveled to Tarapoto, Peru, where we have partnered with my friends David and Teresa Gomez to build Casa de Emanuel, a shelter for abused women. You can see me below with David and Teresa, standing in front of the construction site. We are nearing completion! We only need about $20,000 more to finish the building—and then we will train our counselors. Please join us in prayer during the final phase of this project!
David and Teresa are the pastors of Esmirna Church, a church in Tarapoto that is reaching a lot of young people. Many of the young men in the church have become like sons to me. During the week I was there we hosted a men’s retreat, which was modeled after Bold Venture. I taught on discipleship, healing from father wounds, sexual purity and deliverance from the machismo spirit. Below you can see some of the men who attended.
During the small groups, the men were able to open their hearts to each other about addictions, fears and personal struggles. This type of transparency is rare among men in Peru because of the machismo attitude—which tells men to “pretend” they are strong while they suffer inside. But this is breaking today! And as a result, marriages are being healed, sons and daughters are being fathered, and men are finding true freedom in Christ.
Below you can see my friend José Luis, one of the many guys who experienced a personal breakthrough during the retreat in Tarapoto. José Luis was filled with the Holy Spirit on Friday night! He is a leader in the church and a successful professional, and now he is even more excited about investing his life in others.
I also preached at a special event for women during my time in Tarapoto. Held at a local hotel, more than 200 women came to hear my message about the need for women to arise to become leaders in the church and community. A woman from the government came to hear me speak that night because she is so intrigued by our plans to open a shelter for abuse victims. She even came to the altar for prayer than night! God is giving us special favor.
The transformation happening among men and women is affecting marriages in Peru. Below you can see that I officiated at a wedding while I was there. I had the honor of marrying Alver Diaz and his bride, Jacqueline. I have known Alver since the first time I visited Tarapoto. Today he and Jaky are serving as youth pastors at Esmirna Church, and they are making a big impact on young lives. I have invested in Alver and he understands the importance of treating his wife as an equal partner. Slowly but surely the macho spirit is being torn down in this culture—by the power of the gospel!
Thank you so much for partnering with us as we take this message to the nations. I am so fulfilled as I step into this new decade of my life. Please pray that I will continue to receive supernatural strength to confront the abuse of women and to disciple many leaders who carry this mantle when I am gone!
Please also help us reach our goal to finish the women’s shelters in Peru and Guatemala and to launch the projects in Africa, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. We love you and we are so grateful for you!
Just click on the “Donate” button below to give online, or mail your check to The Mordecai Project, P.O. Box 2781, LaGrange, GA 30241. All gifts are tax-deductible.
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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International Gospel Outreach
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