The Mordecai Project Newsletter
Gainesville and Naples, Florida
I wanted to share a quick report on my recent ministry trips this past month in Florida...
Report from Gainesville, Florida (Oct. 7)
It was so great to be with my friends at Victory Church of Gainesville, a growing congregation that is poised to reap a great harvest at the University of Florida. Pastor Bill DeConna asked me to speak on Sunday morning and evening so that there would be plenty of time for personal ministry. On Sunday night I did an anointing service and about 14 people came to the altar to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit. I was also able to encourage a lot of people through personal prophetic ministry. It was really special to have my daughter, Gloria, who is a student at UF, come to the meetings with me.
Report from Naples, Florida (Oct. 13-14)
My friend Charles Gregory went with me to Naples, where I spoke at the Motivated By Love women’s conference on Saturday and then at two churches on Sunday. The women in Naples were really hungry for the message of empowerment. I taught about “The Daughter’s Inheritance” and then had an extended ministry time for women who did not have a father, had a bad relationship with their father or were abused. As is often the case, the majority of the women at the conference came to the altar. It was an intense time of emotional healing. I am continually amazed by the level of pain that women in the church carry. But I am even more astounded by the grace He releases during these times of personal ministry.
I loved the ministry time at Parkway Church of God on Sunday morning. I preached on “The Full Purpose of Pentecost” and challenged this growing church to break out of all racial barriers to reach the entire city. The Lord is really challenging churches in this hour to become multicultural.
I have been praying lately that the Lord would use me more in personal evangelism. Then I read a new book by Joy Dawson called Jesus the Model that really convicted me about our lack of concern for lost people. On Friday night when Charles and I were in a TGI Friday’s restaurant, I began to share the Lord with our waiter from Haiti and he was very receptive. He ended up coming to the church I was speaking at on Sunday and he brought his wife and other family members. He even came down to the altar for prayer at the end of the service. Please pray that Harry will get plugged into this church.
Report from Dallas (Oct. 18-19)
I just returned from the International Breakthrough Ministries retreat in Dallas. IbM is a network of ministry leaders directed by my friend Barbara Wentroble. It was a refreshing time of fellowship, and I was able to connect with a lot of new friends. I also got to participate in an ordination service on Friday in which we commissioned several IbM ministers. Barbara also gave an insightful teaching about how to embrace the new paradigms of leadership and teamwork that the Lord is emphasizing today. I left this meeting challenged to break out of old, unfruitful mindsets so that I can shift into all the new things the Lord wants me to embrace.
Posted by Lee Grady on October 22, 2007 01:46 PM