When I realized a few months ago that my Guatemala team had grown to 36 people, I was worried for a while that it was too big. But thanks to your prayers and a lot of grace from God, we had an incredible time. Thank you so much for covering me and the team!
…Below you can see all of us gathered on the site of our women's shelter, Casa de Ester. The huge team consisted of people from three churches in Orlando, Fla.; Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico; and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They are all shown below with some of the children from our host church, Iglesia Nueva Vision. We spent several mornings digging the foundations for the perimeter wall around the shelter. The remainder of the work will be done by men from the church as well as some professionals.
…This sign below includes an architectural rendering of the house as it will look when it is completed. It will have a counseling room, a playground for children, living space, a kitchen, and bedrooms for four women and their families who need emergency assistance. We will use this house to care for women in crisis situations. Guatemala is currently the third most dangerous country for women in the entire world because of domestic violence.
…Below you can see me on the work site with my dear friends Luís and Cynthia Roig, who pastor the Puerto Rican church, Casa del Padre. They brought 16 people from their church, and all of them spoke perfect Spanish ... so our team never lacked in translators! Luis and Cynthia also spoke at our marriage conference and family conference, sharing the story of how God healed them from the effects of abuse in their own marriage.
…Below is a scene from an event we hosted in El Rosario, where many marriages were healed. A larger group of men and women received valuable training on marriage as well as healing prayer in the city of Gualán, where we hosted a family conference. In both events the altars were filled with couples who wanted the Holy Spirit to transform their marriages. God is truly breaking the spirit of machismo so that couples can enjoy Christlike marriages.
…...We also offered a lot of children's ministry during our 10-day trip, and we could not have done it without the team from First Assembly of God in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They have an amazing clown ministry, and the kids in Guatemala had never seen anything like it! They were so blessed. We did four kids' outreaches, and many children prayed to receive Jesus for the first time. They also received discipleship materials in Spanish. And when we went to the mountain village of Saspán we were able to give more Spanish children's materials to the pastor, Gisela.
...Below you can see women receiving healing prayer after our meeting for the women of El Rosario. I preached in that event along with Cynthia Roig, who shared her testimony of how she had been abused. God is bringing a wave of healing in places where it was never proper to speak about sexual abuse in the past.
…Below you can see my friend Miguel Angel, a brother from El Salvador, who came to these meetings to spend time with me and receive some mentoring. We put him to work on the construction site! He wants to be involved in doing a project for women in his native country one day. I will be with him in El Salvador in December.
...After I got rested from the Guatemala trip I went to the Northeast to do meetings in Connecticut, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Below you can see me with some of my dear friends who pastor in the Baltimore area. I spoke at an event hosted by Pastor Lester Lee (second from right), and all these other pastors joined in for a time of prophetic encouragement and leadership training. The other men are (from left) Clayton Coleman, Lewis Lee and Paul Carrette. These brothers have been a great support to me.
...After being in Baltimore I traveled to D.C. to minister in the largest Ethiopian church in the country, the International Ethiopian Evangelical Church. My friend Paul Hanfere is the leader of the young adult ministry in the church, and I did a weekend conference for them. It was so refreshing to be with a large group of 20-somethings who are on fire for God! The Lord moved powerfully in prophetic ministry, and I also was able to give them practical teaching on discipleship and preparing for marriage.
...Here I am with Paul Hanfere (right) and my new friend Brandon McPherson, who traveled with me on this trip to D.C. Brandon leads the young adults in his church in Virginia, and he and I hope to do more trips together. I am blessed to be surrounded by so many young leaders who want training. Investing in these men and women is my passion.
...After the D.C. trip Deborah and I began our August vacation by going to St. George Island, Florida, with all of our children and grandchildren. Besides having lots of time to relax, we also participated in the wedding of Deborah's niece, Leslie, and her fiancee Gary. Our daughter Margaret, shown below, performed the wedding! It was her first chance to officiate at a wedding ceremony. She will also be preaching at our next women's Bold Venture in Atlanta in October.
Important Prayer Requests
** We need about $60,000 to build the shelter in Guatemala. Please pray that God will connect us with a church in the United States (or any country for that matter) that is willing to help us raise these funds as part of their missions budget.
** I will be traveling to India in November to begin the careful process of purchasing the right building to expand our girls' home in Tanuku. Please pray for God's wisdom and direction in this process. We have the money raised, but we need wisdom in the process of buying it.
** Our women's shelter in Barranquilla is developing well, but we need ongoing support for our volunteer staff, especially for our director Nori Menendez. Please pray for her support.
** I am still hoping to bring my friend Paul Muzichuk on staff with me as ministry director. He and his wife Maria are currently raising their personal support. Please pray for them as they begin this process.
** After my vacation I will be going to Peru, where we are hoping to launch our women's shelter in the city of Tarapoto. Please cover this in prayer.
** Our Bold Venture events for men and women are coming up in October. Please pray that the Lord will bring the people He wants to be at these retreats, which are designed to encourage relatlonal mentoring and discipleship.
Lee and Deborah Grady