Dear Friends of the Mordecai Project:
Thanks to everyone for standing with us in prayer. This short newsletter is just to let you know that I am flying out of Atlanta today for a week-long mission trip to Guatemala. It will be my ninth visit to the community of El Rosario, where The Mordecai Project is building Casa de Estér, a women’s shelter. I will return on July 8.
Below you can see my dear friends Otoniel and Ilma Morales, who pastor Iglesia Nueva Visión (Church of New Vision). I have been connected to this church since my first visit there in 2003. This community has become almost a home away from home for me. I love the people and we have formed a special bond over the years.
Below you can see the congregation of Iglesia Nueva Vision from a previous trip. While on this journey I will be doing conferences for men, women and pastors. Guatemala struggles with a stronghold of machismo. Men tend to be hard, and the women have suffered unimaginable abuse. In many Guatemalan communities violence against women has been the norm. People even laughingly accept it! But we are seeing attitudes change as men learn to follow Christ, treat their wives with respect and allow the Holy Spirit to melt their hearts of stone. We are expecting this to happen again on this trip!
The special thing about this visit is that I am going with my friends Luis and Cynthia Roig and a team from their church in Puerto Rico. A total of 26 people from Casa del Padre in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, will be joining us in El Rosario. They will serve as a prayer and ministry team in all of our events, and many of them will also be speaking and ministering. I love seeing others catch the vision! Luis and Cynthia have been an incredible support to me and Deborah, and Luis is now serving on our board.
While we are in Guatemala we will be meeting with the local church team that will be helping to operate the women’s shelter when it is completed. Below you can see John and Ana Ruth Franco. Ana Ruth is the oldest daughter of Pastor Otto and Ilma. She has served as a youth pastor in the church and she also has a great gift of leadership. We hope to work out details for her and her husband to provide oversight of the women’s shelter with Otto and Ilma. Please pray for God’s wisdom as we set up the management plan.
Please pray for me, Luis, Cynthia and the team for the following:
** Safe travel to and from Guatemala on July 1 and July 8;
** Safety and health for everyone on the team during our time there. The roads in the Zacapa region are very dangerous;
** Powerful anointing on all the events. Pray for miraculous healings, both physical and emotional, when we minister;
** Pray also for wisdom as we set up the plans for Casa de Estér. We want this shelter to be a beacon of hope and healing for women throughout the region.
Thank you again for praying for me and our work around the world. If you’d like to give to our work—especially this Guatemala trip—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. We need approximately $10,000 more to complete the building, and then we will cut the ribbon and open it!
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
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