I pray that your holidays were blessed and that the Lord refreshed you as you stepped into 2023. I took some time in January to fast and pray for the New Year, and to plan. We also had our annual ministry board meeting, which is always a time of encouragement for me and Deborah. I spent most of January studying the book of Joshua, and the Lord has been speaking to me a lot about our spiritual inheritance. We are ready to take the land as we advance into this new season.
Our overseas projects are slowly being completed, thanks to the generosity of our donors. Thank you for praying for us! Below you can see the girls we serve at Mordecai’s House in India. We were able to host a Christmas party for them in December, and they all got new clothes, shoes and toiletries. These girls are precious to God, and it is an honor for us to play a role in protecting them.
Below you can see a Christmas meal we hosted in Pakistan for the women who have been attending our monthly discipleship classes. We gave each woman a big bag of groceries, along with clothes and toys for their children. We have been providing vocational training and discipleship classes for the women. And a miracle happened last month! We were praying about buying land for our women’s center. A man in the village who owned a sizeable plot of land decided to sell it to us for only $1,500 because he knows it will be used for a charitable cause. We will be able to start construction soon! We need about $15,000 for the building costs.
In Tanzania, we were originally planning to build a house for our women’s shelter, but an already existing building became available at the cost we budgeted for. It’s ours now! We bought the house two weeks ago in the village of Mbeya. This home, once renovated and furnished, will be a residential shelter for unwed mothers and women who have been enslaved by human trafficking. Many Tanzanian women are lured to tourist areas in nearly Zanzibar to get jobs, and then businessmen abuse them sexually. These women will find healing in Jesus and learn vocational skills so they can feed their families.
For many years my friend Naomi Dowdy (in the photo below) served as the pastor of Trinity Christian Center, an Assemblies of God congregation in Singapore. Now in her 80s, she still travels and preaches. Last year she gave us the money to build a women’s empowerment center in Mzuzu, Malawi. We are now putting the finishing touches on that building, and I will cut the ribbon on it when I travel there this year. We plan to call the building “Naomi’s House,” not only to honor Naomi Dowdy but as a reminder that many Ruths will be mentored in this place!
Now that we have finished building our women’s shelter in Guatemala, we have begun operations, and our leadership team has been organized. Below you can see Pastor Otoniel Morales with three of the women from his church who serve on the board. Our first resident has moved into the shelter to receive protection, healing prayer and counseling. She is the first of many abused women who will find restoration in this facility. We need about $1,500 a month to help with operating costs, so please consider putting this project in your church budget.
We are so blessed that a donor from Texas gave us most of the funds last week to pay the school fees for the 38 girls we sponsor at our project in Moi’s Bridge, Kenya. Below you can see some of the girls as they prepare to start school at Life Missions Academy. By keeping these girls in school we are protecting them from female mutilation, sexual abuse and forced marriage. If you can help us we only need $1,800 more to cover the costs for the entire school year.
I am excited that my book “Let’s Go Deeper” is not only being translated into Spanish, but is being used as a discipleship tool in other countries. My friend Bernard Sefogah, who is from Ghana, bought 72 copies to give to pastors and leaders in his native country. Below you can see a man named Bead Yaw Marfo studying it. “Let’s Go Deeper” is a Bible study designed for new or lapsed believers to help them develop strong spiritual foundations. You may want to use this book to disciple one person, a small group or a class at your church.
Thank you again for praying for The Mordecai Project. Below you can see our ministry board. During our January 16-17 meeting we welcomed a new board member, Denise Gedda from Kansas City, who feels strong assignment from the Lord to intercede for us. We are grateful for the prayer covering, and we ask you to join Denise in praying for this ministry.
Please pray for me as I travel in February. My schedule is as follows:
Feb. 6-10 / Slavic Missionary Bible School, Jacksonville, Florida (My assistant Abdiel Lopez will be with me on this trip)
Feb. 12 / Vision Church, Jacksonville, Florida
Feb. 17-19 / Restoration Fellowship, Sarasota, Florida
Feb. 24-26 / Reflection Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
We love you and thank God for your love, prayers and financial support. We could not do this without you. Please pray for the funding for all of our overseas projects. 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.
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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