The Mordecai Project Newsletter
Report from South Georgia, November 2008
Thank you all for praying for me during my most recent trips to Waycross, Georgia. God moved in amazing ways.
** I am always thrilled to minister in Georgia. I feel like I have a spiritual inheritance there because it is my home state. Pastor Rodney Thrift and his wife, Renee, hosted me at Crossway Church in Waycross. Rodney and Renee grew up in this South Georgia town and they have a sincere love for the people. They are committed to the city and they have been working with local pastors to build unity across racial and denominational lines…in a place where Confederate flags still fly in front of houses and churches are very segregated.
** It was great to build relationships with members of Rodney’s church. On Saturday I went on a canoe trip in the Okefenokee Swamp with 8 men from the church. Brandon Duck, one of the young men I am mentoring, came with me and got to know South Georgia culture better. We paddled for 16 miles and had some awesome fellowship (and came home with really sore arms and backs).
** Crossway is a relatively new church but they have been growing consistently and are moving into a bigger sanctuary this month. They have many teenagers and young families in a town where churches are traditional. I taught on Sunday morning about how Jesus broke religious rules by touching the untouchables of society. This is a mandate for Crossway Church—to break through religious and cultural barriers.
** On Sunday night we had a special unity meeting at the El Bethel Church—an older Pentecostal church in the heart of Waycross. Pastor Kenneth Brown opened the doors of his church to the city and we had people from various ministries—including the biggest Hispanic church in Waycross. I preached a message called “It’s Time to Cross the Line” and challenged the churches to be intentional about racial reconciliation.
** At the close of the service three pastors came to the altar to represent the white, black and Hispanic churches of South Georgia. Each of them repented for racism and exclusivity, and then they joined arms to pray for reconciliation. I believe something shifted that night in the heavenly realm. Later many who had been battling discouragement came to the altar and we had an extended time of prophetic ministry. Thank you all for praying for this special weekend!
Posted by Lee Grady on November 26, 2008 12:32 AM