Thank you so much for praying for me during my recent trip to Peru. Everything flowed so smoothly and the Lord did great things in this nation. It was my sixth trip to Peru and I have come to love the people there!
...In the photo below you can see me with David and Teresa Gomez (next to me), who pastor the Ismirna Church in the jungle city of Tarapoto. I have been to this city four times to work alongside David and Teresa, and we have partnered together to build a women's shelter. In this photo you can also see the two Timothys I brought with me, Abel Araya from Washington, D.C., and Anibal Astorga from San Jose, California. On the far left is K.C. Berglund, who has been serving in Tarapoto as The Mordecai Project's first missionary intern.
…Below you can see a group of women who are in training to serve at our shelter in Tarapoto. These ladies have been meeting with Pastor Teresa to prepare for the challenges of ministering to abused women in a country that has an alarming rate of domestic violence. Some of the women have suffered from abuse themselves, but God is going to use them to provide Christ's healing to others.
...We now have the land for the shelter and it has been cleared. It will be called Casa de Emanuel. We are only waiting for the funds to build it now. Please pray for this. A church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania has pledged to help us raise this money. As soon as the funds start flowing we will be able to begin construction and I hope to open it next year.
…it was such a blessing to have Abel and Anibal ministering with me while we were on this trip. In the photo below you can see Abel praying for a woman while Anibal translates into Spanish. One of my goals is to train up more men who can do what I do. Anibal, who comes from a Mexican background, feels called to challenge the machismo culture he knows so well. While we were in Tarapoto he shared the very personal testimony of how his father abused his mother and then abandoned the family. Anibal understands the deep pain that many Latin American youth feel because of fatherlessness. Abel is from an Ethiopian background and we hope to minister together in Ethiopia next year.
…It is always great to see the fruit of seeds sown on previous mission trips. In the photo below you can see my young friend Anthony (second from right), a college student in Tarapoto. During my trip there last year I challenged the students in the church to begin making disciples in an intentional way. On this trip Anthony was excited to introduce to me these four young men who have been attending his weekly discipleship group. Anthony is only 21 but he is fulfilling the Great Commission. I am so proud of him.
...After our time in Tarapoto we flew to the capital city of Lima for the Salvemos a la Familia conference. I have spoken at this event five times, and I love serving alongside the hosts, Guillermo and Milagros Aguayo (below). They have been defending the family and confronting the abuse of women for many years. This year the event was held in a stadium and more than 5,000 people attended for three days.
…During the conference I connected with Pastor Saúl Montes and his wife from Mexico City. They have been working to rebuild and restore families in Mexico for many years and they are very burdened to end the pain caused by the machismo culture. They have invited me to come to Mexico City in June to do conferences for men, women and pastors.
…While in Lima I spoke at Emanuel Church, a growing congregation that I have spoken at four times. This church began as a Christian and Missionary Alliance church, but they experienced an outpouring of the Holy Spirit that transformed them. Today they have seven services on Sundays. I preached at the 7 am and 9 am services, and there were people standing in line before 7 am to get in the building! There were 1,000 people packed into both of those meetings. It is inspiring to witness this deep spiritual hunger in Peru.
…While Abel, Anibal and I were in Lima, we were hosted each day by this young businessman, Franco (below). We were able to minister to him and he was filled with the Holy Spirit! I love these kinds of connections. Even though I speak in conferences and churches, personal ministry is still my favorite!
Important Prayer Requests
** I will be speaking in two conferences in the next few weeks. Please pray for a strong anointing on me as I minister. The events are:
** Pastor's Conference in Brookings, South Dakota, from Sept. 26-29.
** Women's Conference in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, from Oct. 2-4. During this trip I will also be speaking at Wellspring Church and at two student gatherings, at Dartmouth University and Colby-Sawyer College. Please especially pray for boldness as I minister on these two very secular college campuses in New England.
** Please also pray for our next men's Bold Venture event, to be held in Philadelphia Oct. 8-10. I am bringing serveral of my friends from Africa, India and other nations to speak to the men. I believe this will be our best Bold Venture ever. Please pray that all the men who need to be there will register. If you want to come, or if you have a son, friend or husband who needs to come, you can register at bold-venture.com.
** Our next women's Bold Venture will be in Atlanta from Oct. 22-14 at Believer's Church. For the first time this event has sold out. I only have room for 150 people and 163 are registered--so I had to close it. Please pray that the Lord will show up and challenge all of the women there to find their voice and to be empowered for ministry and leadership.
** Finally, please pray for our Mordecai Project intern K.C. Berglund (below). K.C. has done an incredible job serving in Colombia and Peru. She will return home to Wisconsin in a few weeks and then she will be attending Bold Venture. Please pray for her as she begins her next step in ministry. Also please pray that the Lord will enable us to train an army of interns like K.C. to serve in our shelters and girls' homes around the world.
** Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your prayers and friendship. This work is not easy but I am experiencing an incredible grace because of the prayers of people like you. Please continue to pray that the Lord will send the miraculous funds we need to accomplish this big dream. With God all things are possible!
Lee and Deborah Grady