Dear Friends of the Mordecai Project:
The apostle Paul told the Corinthians that he would stay in Ephesus until Pentecost because “a wide door for effective service has opened to me, and there are many adversaries” (1 Cor. 16:8-9). Those two things seem to go together in the kingdom of God—opportunities and problems! It would be nice if there were no problems, but we live in a fallen world and we have an adversary.
My challenge is not letting the problems stop me from going through the doors that God is opening. Please pray for me in this regard! 2018 is already proving to be a year of great opportunities … but we need finances, strength and wisdom to reach the Lord’s goals. You have no idea how thankful I am for your support and love.
As I write this I am preparing to fly to Barranquilla, Colombia, to preach there for 11 days. Thankfully I have just had my annual checkup with my doctor and he gave me a good report. He said I am a healthy man and that all the things I’ve been doing to stay fit are working! I am grateful for good health so I can continue to go to the nations.
Below you can see me speaking last week at a retreat for young Slavic church leaders, held at a camp near Philadelphia. I am so blessed to be able to invest in the emerging generation. They were so hungry to learn about relational discipleship and the Father’s love. We also spent an entire morning equipping them to help youth stay sexually pure.
I have been investing in a group of young Slavic leaders for several years. Below you can see some of them (as we battled a snowstorm during the event!) Two of these young men, Alex Novik and Alex Ankudovich, have grown so much that they are now discipling many leaders themselves. In fact, Alex Ankudovich organized this retreat and he taught in one of the main sessions. I love seeing the people I disciple become disciple-makers!
In the photo below you can see some of the other young leaders who came to the Philadelphia retreat. God is doing exciting things among these Russian immigrants. Many of them came to this country as children because their parents were fleeing persecution during the communist era. Today they are on fire for God, and they spreading the gospel in the United States and abroad. I also spoke at the Word of Life Church, a Russian congregation in Philadelphia, twice last Sunday.
As I mentioned, I am flying to Colombia today to begin an 11-day mission in the city of Barranquilla. I will be doing a large women’s conference, a 3-day men’s retreat, and many other events in churches throughout the city. I will be hosted by our Mordecai project director, Dr. Nori Menendez, who runs our mobile counseling clinic in the city. Nori is doing a fantastic job of ministering to abused women and training churches in how to confront abuse. She has developed relationships all over the region so we can take the healing of Jesus to as many people as possible. Please pray for her as you pray for me. Below you can see the poster for our men’s retreat.
I am so excited to invest in the people of Colómbia again. Below you can see me with some of the young men who attended last year’s retreat. God is changing the hearts of men in this nation. The spirit of machismo has ruled Colómbia for centuries, bringing pain to women and destruction to marriages. But today God is raising up a new generation of men who understand they are not superior to women, but called to be equal partners with them in the kingdom of God.
Thank you again for your prayers and your faithful financial support. Please pray that the Lord will send the $15,000 we need to finalize the shelter in Peru. I really am hoping to cut the ribbon on that facility when I go there in July.
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
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