...People often ask me how I handle the stress of so much travel. All I can tell you is that God provides the grace for everything He requires of us. This year I have preached in 11 nations, and I have slept in 64 different beds! But honestly I don't feel overwhelmed, and I never had one sick day in 2015. I believe one of the reasons is that so many people pray for me. THANK YOU for your love and intercession!
...We had a very blessed trip to India in November. Below you can see me with my team (from left): South African pastor Ian Van Der Merwe, my daughter Margaret Grady Turner, and her friend Nora Sampson. We are shown here with two of my Indian Timothys, Dinnu and Hani. We all met in Hyderabad and began the trip by ministering in a Bible college and two churches.
…It was such a blessing to have Margaret on this trip. She has been developing a passion for our work, and she preached a few times to the women in our conferences. Margaret would love to work with The Mordecai Project full-time someday, as the Lord provides. She is gifted in speaking as well as fund-raising and missions. Please pray about that!
…It was sobering to see the way women suffer in india, because of poverty as well as gender oppression. The Dalit women (those in the lowest caste) suffer the most ...from domestic abuse, workplace abuse, widow abuse and forced prostitution. We were able to pray for countless women, and we offered a conference for them in the city of Tanuku. We also gave sarees to a large group of widows, and blankets to underprivileged men who live in local slums.
…We were hosted in Tanuku by Raja Undurthi, who directs our girls' home with his wife, Padma. He is shown below with Margaret. This trip was very special for Margaret because she is pregnant with her third child
--and her first girl! We felt it was special that she could be in India to minister to girls while she carries her first daughter. And thank you for praying for her! She never had any health challenges on the trip.
…Below you can see all 33 girls who live in Mordecai's House. The current facility is very crowded so we have been praying for a new place. And the girls have been praying too! As you know we raised this money earlier this year. While we were visiting the girls this time, Nora gave them a seminar on dental health and we gave each of them a dental kit. I want to say a special thank you to all of you who are sponsoring individual girls at Mordecai's House. They are very grateful for your love and care.
…We also treated the girls to a day at a water park in the city of Rajahmundry. They prayed so hard for good weather because torrential rains have been causing floods in the region. However on the day we went to the park the rains stopped and the sun even came out! It was a special gift from God to be able to spend time with the girls. We also celebrated Margaret's 30th birthday with the girls that day.
...One of the main goals of this trip was to visit the girls in Mordecai's House and to make the necessary preparations to purchase a new facility for them. God helped us and we believe we have the plan! Below you can see our team with Raja and Padma and some real estate agents who are helping us find land. We believe this is the plot! We can buy this land and begin building soon. Please pray for this process. The land is right at the entrance of the city and near a hospital.
...After we finished our time in India, Margaret and Nora flew home, and Ian and I went to Sri Lanka for a few more days of ministry. Below you can see us with Woody and Melanie Blok, who pastor Overcomers Church in the capital city of Colombo. I am so blessed to be connected to them. They have a wonderful work in this beautiful nation, and they are reaching out to the community in many ways.
...The main event I did in Sri Lanka was an all-day women's conference that drew a big group of women from many cities on the island. Women in Sri Lanka struggle with a lot of gender-based oppression. In fact, some studies show that 85% of Sri Lankan women have been sexually abused, and a large percentage suffer from violence in the home. This became obvious when we opened up the altars in our conference. There is so much need here for the healing message of Christ.
...While in Colombo I also worked closely with these two guys, Julian Francisco (center) and Dinesh Michel. "Mich" has an amazing ministry to young adults called History Makers, while Julian is the youth pastor at Overcomers Church. And Mich's wife, Kayla, has a passion to help abused women in Sri Lanka. We are already talking about a possible partnership with The Mordecai Project. Stay tuned!
...On our last night in Sri Lanka I spoke on sexual purity to a huge group of youth and young adults who are a part of the History Makers event. They came from about 30 churches in the country. I was so inspired to see the spiritual hunger in these kids. There were so many of them that we ran out of room, and three rows of young guys had to sit on the floor, filling the altar area. When I opened up the altar for prayer we had to move a lot of people out of the way to pray for everyone who wanted to be free from various forms of sexual bondage.
...After the Asia trip, I took a break at Thanksgiving and then traveled to El Salvador for a week. This was my last trip of the year, and my fifth visit to El Salvador, which has the dubious reputation of being the most dangerous country in the entire world for women. That is because the femicide rate is so high. Many women are killed by their husbands or partners, and today women face increased risks because of gang violence. Gangs are kidnapping girls as young as 14 and forcing them to be their sex partners. Some of these women end up dead. Below you can see a newspaper headline announcing the alarming murder rates of women in the capital city, San Salvador.
...My hosts in El Salvador were Roxana and Ferndando Perez (below), dear friends who have brought me to this country several times. Roxana is the director of Sendas, a ministry to abused women. Roxana has worked so hard for many years, at great sacrifice, to host conferences and seminars for women and to set up a counseling center to provide help for victims of various forms of violence.
...I traveled to El Salvador with these two amigos below, Miguel and Raúl. They are both Salvadorans, but Miguel is pastoring a church in Guatemala and Raúl is a businessman in Houston, Texas, who serves as a lay leader with Next Level Ministries. It was great to have these men serve with me. Raúl also translated for me several times. We hope to do more ministry together in Latin America.
...You can see below a panel of six women leaders who spoke at a large women's congress we held in San Salvador last Saturday. About 700 women came to this event, and I preached twice about God's plan to use women as agents of change in their culture. The woman on the far right is a Christian congresswoman who is being used powerfully to challenge the status quo in her country. She got a copy of my book Fearless Daughters of the Bible, and she told me she feels bolder than ever!
...Before leaving El Salvador I also spoke at several churches, youth events and even to a gathering of policemen. Below you can see a scene from one of the youth meetings. During this trip many people were baptized in the Holy Spirit for the first time. The meeting below was at Centro Cristiano Internationál, a church that has hosted me during some of my visits. I am very grateful for the relationships I have built in El Salvador.
Important Prayer Requests
** Thank you for all your prayers and financial support during 2015. It was truly an amazing year. Deborah and I will be spending the Christmas holidays at Margaret's home in South Carolina, where all of our children and grandchildren will be gathering.
Please pray for the following as the Holy Spirit brings us to your mind:
1. India: Please pray for the process of purchasing the land and building the new facility for Mordecai's House. We need favor and wisdom.
2. Guatemala: The foundation is laid and we have built the well for Casa de Ester. However we need about $55,000 to complete the building.
3. Peru: We have just wired the first $10,000 to begin construction on Casa de Emanuel, our women's shelter in Tarapoto. We are so grateful to Life Church in Lancaster, Pa., for raising these funds. We need an additional $30,000 to complete the shelter.
4. Colombia: We need to raise about $50,000 to launch our own facility in Barranquilla. The current project (in partnership with the local government) is going well but we really must have our own facility in order to carry out our mission there.
5. Pray for the funds to expand our infrastructure. We are currently obtaining a separate non-profit corporation for The Mordecai Project (we have been under the umbrella of Christian Life Missions) and this will be completed soon. We need the funds to hire staff and expand the administrative capacity. Deborah and I are also praying about relocating to Georgia to fulfill this mandate. We really need your prayers about all of this!
If you receive any insights from the Lord we welcome your input! We will send one more newsletter before the end of the year to thank you again for your help.
If you'd like to give an end-of-the-year donation to help us reach these goals, please click the button below. Your gift will enable us to bring the healing message of Christ to women and girls who are suffering from all forms of gender-based violence.
Lee and Deborah Grady