Dear Friends of the Mordecai Project:
I’m so grateful that God manifests His presence when we go through difficult times. He is with us in the fire and the flood. He stays close to us when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death. He never leaves us or forsakes us, even when we are in the furnace! 2020 has been the most intense time I’ve ever known in my lifetime, but the Lord has been so good. I pray you have sensed His abiding presence with you.
We have seen some amazing miracles of provision during this global crisis. Last month, we were able to send all the funds needed to complete our girls’ dormitory at the school in Moi’s Bridge, Kenya. Pastor Elijah and Rebecca Wafula are rejoicing too. The roof is on, and this week the windows and doors were installed. I can’t wait to visit the facility when travel restrictions are lifted. Thank you to everyone who gave to raise the $10,000 needed to finish this project.
Below you can see another girls’ training class that we sponsored in Moi’s Bridge, Kenya. The teachers we are sponsoring taught the girls about feminine hygiene, how to prevent sexual abuse, and how to respond when family members pressure them to endure genital mutilation. We believe the Lord will help us to eradicate this horrific practice in western Kenya.
Below you can see another outreach we did with the women in Faisalibad, Pakistan. These women have suffered a lot during the pandemic because they are not allowed to work. They don’t get stimulus checks, and they can’t work from home. We’ve been able to feed them since April, and we need another $1,250 to buy food parcels for them again in September. If you can help please designate your gift for Pakistan.
I’ve been working with Pastor Fanny Injaidi in Lilongwe, Malawi, for many years. She read my book 10 Lies the Church Tells Women around 2009. She has such a strong burden to help young women in her country who have been marginalized. Many young girls end up in prostitution because they are desperate to get money for school fees or even food. Below you can see Fanny (far right) with some of the women we helped in Lilongwe in August. With your donations we purchased food parcels for them and their families, and we sponsored a special class to teach them about self-esteem, hygiene and personal discipleship.
In Masindi, Uganda, our pig sty has doubled in size! Below you can see the construction. We are expanding the area for the pigs so that more women can start pig-raising businesses to support their families. The pigs are not affected by the pandemic and they are reproducing quickly! We also just sent our ministry director, Robert Kaahwa, $2,500 to distribute corn seeds to 50 families in the community. When the corn is harvested it will produce enough food to feed the families for months. This project will be a huge blessing in a community that has been on severe lockdown.
I have recently developed a friendship with Pastor Paul Wandera in Kagoma, Uganda. He pastors a Pentecostal Holiness church that has been growing even during the pandemic. At some point we hope to help him build a girls’ dorm and school in his city. But right now we need $2,000 to distribute food parcels for needy families in his community. The poverty in Kagoma is unbelievable, as you can see from the photo below. Work has basically come to a halt in this area of Uganda. Please consider sending a gift designated for pandemic relief and we will get it to Pastor Paul for this urgent project.
Last weekend I traveled to Chicago to ordain a dear couple, Omar and Maritza Rivera. They have been on staff at Rivers of Living Water Church, a Hispanic congregation in the suburb of Oak Lawn. I ordained them because they are stepping into a pastoral position. Omar and Maritza have traveled with me to the nation of Colombia to do events for men and women, and I know we will do more ministry work together.
The congregation has been meeting in the church parking lot during the pandemic. Below you can see the ordination service. When I preached that Sunday, people who wanted to say “Amen” during the sermon honked their horns instead! It was an unforgettable day. I am really proud of this couple and I know God is going to use them powerfully in the future.
My greatest joy is mentoring and equipping younger leaders. During my weekend in Chicago I also did a men’s retreat on that Saturday for a handpicked group of men who are hungry for discipleship. It was a special time of encouragement and personal ministry for guys who are in Omar’s church. Below you can see us when we went for a hike at a local state park after the ministry sessions.
Even though I am not traveling as much right now, I have been doing so much virtual ministry—through Zoom calls, online seminars and virtual prayer gatherings. Just today I was preaching to a church in India. Last week I did a women’s event online. It is amazing how this pandemic has opened new ways to share the gospel.
I am beginning to go out more on some domestic ministry trips. I will be in Philadelphia as well as Pittsburgh in the next few weeks. However my overseas trips have not resumed because of flight restrictions. Please pray for a fresh anointing as I go out to preach.
We are still believing the Lord for special gifts to help us meet the needs I mentioned in Uganda and Pakistan. And please also pray with us for the funds needed to complete our women’s shelters in Peru and Guatemala.
Thank you again for believing in this ministry. We love you so much, and we appreciate your prayers and financial support.
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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The Mordecai Project / Bold Venture Ministries
P.O. Box 2781
LaGrange, GA 30241:
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