Dear Friends of the Mordecai Project:
This next Tuesday, May 28, I will be boarding a plane early in the morning bound for Central Asia. I can’t go into detail about the trip for security reasons. But I wanted to send this email out to ask for special prayer.
More than 10 years ago I met Alex Novik, a young Russian-speaking immigrant who settled with his parents in Philadelphia. God connected me with Alex and other young people in his Slavic church, including Alex Ankudovich. These guys are with me in the photo below. I began to mentor them, and they have become like sons to me. And now we do ministry together. They are accompanying me on this trip and will be serving as translators. They will also assist me with teaching and prayer support. A few other members of their church will also be joining us.
We will be traveling in two different countries in the region. The people speak Russian, but their culture has been shaped by traditions that pre-date the Soviet Union. Please pray that the Lord will pour out a special anointing as I preach and teach in conferences for men, women and pastors. We will also be doing marriage conferences in two countries. The people are beautiful, but the church there struggles. It is very much like first-generation Christianity. The Lord has been speaking to me about healthy leadership as I prepare for this trip, and He gave me 2 Corinthians to study in preparation. Please pray for supernatural grace to lay foundations that will strengthen church leaders so they can build effectively.
One of the reasons the Lord has called me to this region is that women suffer horribly there. In this part of the world, men have a practice called bride stealing. This is how the majority of women are married there. The men believe it is acceptable to kidnap and rape women in order to find a wife. I will be addressing this in the events, as well as praying for the healing of women who have endured this brutality. Please pray especially for the two Russian-speaking women who are part of my team. They will be doing a lot of the prayer counseling for the women who ask for help. Also, many marriages struggle because the men are very cruel and dominant. Pray for spiritual breakthrough so they will learn to be tender and Christ-like.
Finally, please pray for my mother while I am on this trip. She is currently in a rehab nursing home getting therapy for her fractured pelvis. She is losing mobility and some of her cognitive function. My wife and my sister will be around to help her while I am gone, but it is still hard to leave when she is this weak. Please pray that she stays stable while I am traveling.
This Central Asia trip will go from May 28 – June 10. Thank you again for your partnership. Deborah and I are indebted to all of you. Please also continue to pray for our ministry finances. Let us know if there is anything we can agree with you about in prayer.
Lee and Deborah Grady
The Mordecai Project
P.O. Box 2781
LaGrange, GA 30241
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