Dear Friends of the Mordecai Project:
Thank you so much for praying for me during my two-week trip to Australia. I flew to the city of Perth, which is pretty much the “ends of the earth” from where I live. That means it required about 22 hours of flying time just to get there! Yet there was so much grace on the trip and I didn’t struggle much with jetlag, going there or coming back. I believe that is because so many people were praying for me!
It was an incredibly fruitful trip, mostly because my hosts were so strategic in the way they planned the meetings. I did 19 events during the 11 days I was there: a leadership conference, an Aglow women’s event that brought women from different parts of Australia, several immigrant churches, an Australian church, two pastors’ events, two men’s events and a couple of leadership training events. I was poured out! Below you can see Chris Friend, leader of the IPHC churches in Australia. He is the man who brought me to Australia this time.
The IPHC churches are growing in Australia, partly because they are reaching many immigrant groups. Below you can see me with some African women who are helping to plant churches to reach immigrant populations from Birundi, Congo and other nations. I always feel at home when I am with Africans!
Below you can see the young leaders that Chris Friend is mentoring in Perth. I love training the next generation, and I had several opportunities to do that during this visit. One of the leaders in this group is now directing an outreach to the intellectually disabled community of Perth. I did two sessions with these leaders about healthy mentoring.
On my second weekend in Perth I spoke at the annual Aglow women’s conference, and I was able to preach about the global oppression of women and how the gospel can heal this pain. I was not expecting so many women to respond to the first altar call for healing from abuse. You can see below that there is a huge need, even in Australia, for healing from domestic violence and other forms of abuse. Deep healing was released!
After my first message that day, this woman below—Sharon Yarran—came to me in tears. She is an indigenous woman (sometimes referred to as aboriginal) and she is deeply burdened for the indigenous women of Australia who suffer from domestic violence. She has seen the pain up close. That day I challenged the Aglow women to respond seriously to the call to address this pain in their nation, and I pledged that if they will organize an event for aboriginal women I will raise my own funds to return to Australia to minister to them. They took the challenge and they are already working on this plan. Please be in prayer for this. Indigenous communities in Australia have the highest rate of violence in the entire nation. I believe Jesus is calling us to address it.
While I was in Perth I also spoke in several immigrant churches. Below you can see many young Chinese and Malaysian students who attend Zion Praise Harvest Church, a wonderful congregation that meets on a university campus. Many students were filled with the Holy Spirit that day.
One of the highlights of my trip was speaking at an Iranian church that was recently planted in Perth. The congregation meets in a Salvation Army building, and they speak the Farsi language. But I was able to preach through an interpreter and the Lord moved powerfully that day. One young man was so moved when He was filled with the Holy Spirit that he wept on my shoulder for a long time. Most of these precious people only recently came to faith from a Muslim background. Below you can see three of my new Iranian friends from that church.
On my last day I also spoke at a relative new church that is comprised mostly of Filipino immigrants. Below you can see the young worship team. It is so exciting to see how God is touching so many nations in Australia—and reaching the youth too. In that meeting I was able to minister prophetically to many people.
While in Perth I also was able to spend an evening discipling a group of young men from various churches. This is my deepest passion, to train and mentor young believers and hand the torch to them so they can carry the gospel after I am gone! Thank you again for praying for this mission. (My aging mother stayed stable while I was gone, too!)
I I do have a few prayer requests to share:
** Please pray for me, Deborah and our daughter Margaret as we travel to Orlando, Florida next week for our next Bold Venture women’s event. Margaret is one of the speakers at the retreat, which we are hosting in Deland, Florida. If you want to attend, it is Oct. 24-26. You can register at boldventure.org until Tuesday, Oct. 22.
** Please pray for me November 1-12 when I travel to the cities of Cali and Barranquilla in Colombia, South America. I will be doing men’s conferences in both cities.
** Below you can see the women we are helping in our new women’s empowerment project in Pakistan. We just purchased sewing machines so the women can make decorative tote bags that we are selling to help them make a living wage. If you would like to help us buy more sewing machines, your gift of $99 will buy a new one. Please just hit the donate button if you’d like to help with this outreach.
Thank you again for praying for our work around the world. If you’d like to give to our work in Guatemala, Peru, Uganda or other nations, 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.
We appreciate your commitment to us. And we love you so much!
Lee and Deborah Grady
The Mordecai Project
P.O. Box 2781
LaGrange, GA 30241
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