My greatest joy in life is seeing people transformed by the Holy Spirit. This is why I make the sacrifices I make in ministry ... because it is all worth it when people are changed! Below you can see me with my friend Isaías Estrada from Puerto Rico. He came to our men's retreat last year at a time when his marriage was in shambles. But God dealt with him in those meetings and he repented for his macho attitudes. Today his marriage is totally healed!
...I went back to Puerto Rico in early November of this year for our second men's retreat, hosted by my friend Luís Roig, who pastors Casa del Padre church. This year Isaías gave a moving testimony of how God has totally changed his situation ... and then his wife showed up to tell her side of the story. After their marriage was healed Isaías got better hours at his job and he now has more time for his family. He and his wife are studying a family course so they can be marriage counselors.
…Many more men's lives were changed this year in our Puerto Rico conference. Below you can see some of the men repenting at the altar. God challenged the men to break free from the spirit of machismo that is hurting so many women in Latin America. There was also deep repentance and open confession of sin from sexual addictions. During that weekend I also spoke at Casa del Padre as well as at the church in Humacao pastored by my friend Rafael Torres. Even though Puerto Rico is experiencing a difficult financial crisis, God is moving on the island in powerful ways.
…Thank you so much for praying for my trip to India! It was a blessing to have my daughter Margaret with me (in the photo below) as well as her friend Nora Sampson and my buddy Ian Van Der Merwe, who is a pastor in Durban, South Africa. God protected us for the entire trip and we were able to minister to many people. Margaret was four months pregnant at the time of the trip, but she stayed strong and healthy. She spoke several times, and the women loved her. Also, Nora did a dental seminar for the girls who live at Mordecai's House, our girls' home in Tanuku. And we took the girls for a day-long outing to a local water park.
…In the photo below you can see Margaret and Nora with Raja and Padma (far left), who direct Mordecai's House. We did a conference for women, an event for pastors and several outreaches to the poor. We gave sarees to underprivileged women, blankets to men and other items to those in hospitals or living in slums. While in Hyderabad we also ministered to needy children with my friend Prasad Rao, who pastors the Sharon Church. And we did a marriage seminar at the Hyderabad Bible College, which is operated by the Pentecostal Holiness Church of India.
...Here you can see Margaret and Nora with some of the 33 girls who live in Mordecai's House. Your donations have been a great blessing to the girls. And while we were there we got to shop around for land to build the new facility for the girls! We believe we have found that land! You can see more about this in the prayer request at the end of this newsletter. I also want to offer special thanks to all of our donors who sponsor individual girls at Mordecai's House. We had a chance to see each girl and I can tell you they are healthy, enjoying school and growing in Christ!
....After we finished in India, Margaret and Nora flew home and Ian and I flew one hour to Colombo, Sri Lanka, where we ministered at Overcomers Church for a few days. Below you can see us with the pastors, Woody and Melanie Blok. They are doing an amazing work in a nation where there are many spiritual challenges.
...One of the most amazing events during our time in Sri Lanka was the women's conference we had on Saturday. The women were so passionate and hungry for empowerment. You have to realize that in Sri Lanka more than 80 percent of women have been sexually abused, and domestic violence is rampant. So the message I brought that day was so transforming. Many women found a new level of healing from their past, and they were encouraged to step out in their gifts and callings. It felt like a bomb went off in our meeting because it was so revolutionary!
...Another highlight of the Sri Lanka trip was connecting with Dinesh Michel (far right) and Julian Francisco. Both of these men serve on the staff of Overcomers Church. Dinesh is leading a young adult movement called History Makers that is impacting the whole nation, while Julian is serving as youth pastor. I was able to encourage both of these guys to make disciples. And we have also identified the need for a women's ministry in Sri Lanka that The Mordecai Project could facilitate. I hope to work with Melanie Blok and Dinseh's wife, Kayla, to make this happen sometime soon!
...Don't you wish your youth ministry had this problem? On my last night in Sri Lanka, I spoke at the History Makers event and there were so many youth trying to get in the meeting that three rows of them had to sit on the floor! God is moving powerfully in this nation and I am blessed to be connected to this amazing church. Thank you for praying for this trip!
Important Prayer Requests
** I am leaving tomorrow for my last missionary journey of 2015 ... to El Salvador. Below you can see me with my friend Raúl Sanchez, a businessman from Houston, Texas, who is traveling with me on this trip. Raúl and I connected in October when I was at his church, Next Level Ministries. He is Salvadoran, and he has a burden to address the abuse that is hurting so many women in his native country. Please pray for me and Raúl as we do conferences for women, men and pastors in San Salvador with my friends Fernando and Roxana Perez. Roxana leads a ministry called Sendas that is bringing healing to the abused.
NOTE: Right now El Salvador has one of the highest murder rates in the world and it is considered very dangerous. I am not worried but please keep me and Raúl covered in prayer during Dec. 1-7.
...Please continue to pray as we begin the process of buying land and building the new facility for Mordecai's House in Tanuku. During the trip my team went to the location in the photo below, which we believe is the right place for the house. It is on the edge of town and in an area that is growing. It would be located right across the street from a park and it is scenic area that I know the girls would enjoy.
...Thank you for praying for me so faithfully. Please also keep our financial needs in prayer. We need $30,000 more for the Peru facility ($10,000 came in last week!), $60,000 for Guatemala and about $50,000 for Colombia. We know God is able to provide. And pray for God's plans and strategies for our work in Ecuador, Malawi, Uganda, Kenya and the new proposed work in Sri Lanka. Our God is not limited!
Lee and Deborah Grady