The Mordecai Project Newsletter
2009 Was An Amazing Year! / Annual Report
CEOs make end-of-the-year reports about profits and returns on investment. I’m not a CEO and I don’t have such figures—and ministry isn’t measured by numbers anyway. But I can tell you that in 2009 …
… I visited 26 cities in 10 foreign countries
… I visited 22 cities in 16 states in the U.S.
… I preached about 120 times
… I flew on 132 planes
… I stayed in some interesting places (including a mosquito-infested room in Uganda and a centuries-old manor house in England) and ate some unusual foods (including ostrich sausage in Kenya and some great Hungarian goulash).
Here is how I would describe 2009:
… It was a banner year for our family. Deborah and I celebrated 25 years of marriage in April. I cannot express how blessed I am to have a wife who is so supportive and encouraging. We were also very excited that our oldest daughter, Margaret, was chosen to serve as assistant campus pastor at Emmanuel College. And we welcomed our second son-in-law, Sven, into the family when Meredith got married earlier this month. We are very grateful that all four of our girls and our two new sons are with us this Christmas.
… It was a year for international outreach. I traveled to Bolivia, Canada, Ecuador, England, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda. Many people were saved and filled with the Holy Spirit. As a result of these trips, new doors opened for me to travel to Malawi and Romania next year—as well as new cities in Bolivia, Guatemala and India. Also, my book “10 Lies the Church Tells Women” was published in Mandarin Chinese, and the Romanian translation was just finished. The Lord has truly opened a wide door to the nations.
… It was a year of empowering women leaders. Many of the conferences I did this year were either for empowering women or challenging the abuse of women. Besides the foreign venues, I also did women’s events in Mobile, Ala,; Deland, Tampa, and Sarasota, Fla.; Waycross, Ga.; and Rochester, N.Y. Countless women were healed emotionally in these meetings.
What blesses me most is that people who were touched took the fire to other places. In Uganda, a dear brother named Robert has already planned a women’s conference in another city in his country because he caught the vision. In Guatemala, a young businesswoman is now starting weekly discipleship meetings for women. In Kenya, an American missionary who attended my conference in Nairobi took the message to women in Ethiopia. She wrote this about her experience:
“I Just took my first trip to Ethiopia to do a women's conference among the Gidio tribe in Dilla. Women are not allowed to study the Bible, and very few even own one. One lady asked if women are allowed to pray in the church. Their ministry in the church is to keep it clean and visit the sick.
"I was asked to address whether women can preach. So I went for it! I thank you so much for your book 10 Lies the Church Tells Women. I remembered some of the biblical truths you brought out during the conference and I was able to take them through from the OT to NT and prove the case. I even found some of the male elders writing down the scripture references.
"God flooded us with His presence and power. The women were on their faces in the dirt crying out to God. Sometimes it felt like electricity going through my hands as I prayed. I am so grateful to God for the demonstration of His power. I believe He was showing those precious women that they can be empowered for service. I am continuing to pray that God will bring about a change there for women to step up and be all God has called them to be.”
… It was a year of breaking racial walls. Many of my meetings this year involved immigrant and ethnic churches. I spoke to Nigerians in Ohio, Ghanaians and Congolese in London, Ecuadorians in Florida and a multi-ethnic church in Vancouver—plus African-American churches in Alabama and Minnesota. The Lord has laid a special burden on my heart to break down the racial walls that divide us.
… It was a year of mentoring young disciples. My greatest joy in ministry is pouring what I have learned into younger leaders. I spoke to students for three days at Emmanuel College in January, and to another group of students at a ministry school in Pennsylvania in April. I also took several young men with me on trips—David, Jojo, Daniel, Felipe, Brandon and my son-in-law, Sven, plus my second daughter, Meredith. I also have been mentoring two men from Guatemala, Luis and Adolfo, by e-mail, and spent quality time with them in November. I’ve also been building a mentoring relationship with several other guys including a brilliant Jamaican professor named Marvin and a Hungarian pastor named Balint.
… It was a year of building new relationships. True wealth is found in relationships, not money. I am thankful this year not only for the strengthening of old relationships with mentors and friends, but also the building of new friendships. Those include Pastors Rick and Donna Moncrief of Jackson, Ga.; Pastor Scott Allen from Dauphin, Manitoba; Pastors Quentin Beard and Lyndle DeCamp in Pittsfield, Ill.; Pastor Kyle Searcy and his wife, Kimi, from Montgomery, Ala., and their associate Fred Adetunji; Ed and Janis Russo from Tampa, Fla.; Roque and Maggie Santiago from Harrisburg, Pa.; Sabin Iqbal from India; Otto and Sharon Bixler from Budapest; Pastor Stephanie Bond in Minneapolis; Pastor Jason Hotchkiss from Erie, Pa.; Pastor Scott Howard from Mobile, Ala.; Peggy and Jack Kennedy from Toronto; Guilio and Lina Garabeli from Vancouver; David Copeland from Lanett, Ala.; and my Twitter pals from Red Deer, Alberta: Brett, Bryce and Ryan, and their awesome pastors, Mel and Heather Mullen.
… It was a year of deeper connection to my IPHC church family. My connection to the International Pentecostal Holiness Church has grown this year as I have ministered at numerous IPHC events including a missionaries’ retreat in southern England, an IPHC church in London, a Joysprings ministers’ retreat in Tennessee, an IPHC prayer directors’ conference in Colorado and the annual School of Missions in North Carolina. I am especially grateful for the many mentors the Lord has given me from this group: Doug Beacham, Bane and Barbara James, Chris Maxwell, Terry Fowler and John Chasteen.
I also want to thank Barbara Wentroble, founder of International Breakthrough Ministries, who has been a tireless source of encouragement to me. We are so grateful for her and the IbM family of ministers for providing accountability and support. We are also so thankful for our home church, Church of the New Covenant, for standing with us year after year.
I can’t rank what happened this past year but I will share some highlights that really blessed me:
1. My life was rocked when I spent time with four brave pastors from Pakistan, Rwanda, Uganda and India at Pastor Bruce Ladebu’s missions conference in Pennsylvania. I was humbled to see the depth of their devotion, sacrifice and brokenness. It was especially meaningful to hear how my Pakistani brother has been persecuted for his faith. If there was one moment that stands out to me from 2009, it was the time we washed each others’ feet at this conference.
2. The women’s conferences in Uganda and Kenya were off the charts. Thanks to the many people who gave financially, I was able to take a team of speakers to Kampala and Nairobi for two weeks of life-changing ministry. I am especially grateful to Pam Anderson, Chene Tucker and Jackson Ekwugun, who accompanied me on that journey. Even though our meetings were often on “African time,” God was never late and He always showed up! I am so grateful to my hosts, Medad Birungi, Moses Onyango and Gideon Thuranira.
3. I will never forget flying to five cities in Bolivia over the course of a week with my friends Xavier Cornejo and Billy Carrion. Preaching to 800 people wearing surgical masks in Santa Cruz, Bolivia (because of swine flu fears), will forever be etched in my memory. And many of them were baptized in the Holy Spirit while wearing those masks!
4. I am forever grateful to my Indian friend Shibu Zachariah, who hosted me the entire two-week journey in India. He is like my little brother. I did women’s events in three cities and then he went with me to Coimbatore and Bangalore. We were able to spend some time dreaming and strategizing on how to rescue oppressed women and girls. India is in my heart.
5. I visited Canada four times this year, and I have never been as cold as I was in Dauphin, Manitoba. Flying there in the snow from Winnepeg on what looked by a B-52 bomber forced me to count the cost of ministry all over again! (I told the Lord I was willing to go to cold places.)
6. I left part of my heart in Budapest after prophesying to and encouraging pastors there. I especially appreciated sharing a meal with a precious Hungarian pastoral couple in their home in the city of Vac. The Hungarians are some of the nicest people on earth.
7. I also finished my next book, “The Holy Spirit Is Not for Sale.” It will be published in April. I’ve been preaching a lot from the book all year, particularly calling the church to holiness, humility and consecration. Often during this year we saw people at the altars asking God for a refilling of the Holy Spirit. I’m expecting to see a fresh outpouring of the Spirit in this coming year.
8. I also had lots of fun. Ministry is certainly not boring. I petted elephants in South Africa; sailed on the Danube River in Budapest; rode a motorcycle in rural Guatemala; swam in the freezing Irish Sea; hiked through a primeval forest in north Vancouver; visited Little Italy in New York City; ate awesome Mexican food with my buddies from Yuma, Arizona (Tom Renard, Tom Messer and Jack Hanes); and preached for the first time with a Hammond-B organ accompanying me in the background!
We know that 2010 will be full of adventure and challenges—especially as we prepare to move to Georgia and take on new ministry responsibilities. I do not believe this year would have been as blessed and fruitful if it had not been for your prayers and support. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you for loving us and being there for us.
Deborah and I wish you the happiest of Christmases and a very joyous New Year full of God’s presence and blessings.
Your friend always,
P.S. If you would like to make an end-of-the-year donation to The Mordecai Project, to help with next year’s trips, please follow the instructions below. Thanks again.
The Mordecai Project is a ministry devoted to empowering women, confronting abuse and transforming nations through the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Currently donations are handled by Christian Life Missions, a not-for-profit charitable organization associated with Charisma magazine. All gifts are tax-deductible. Checks can be made out to Christian Life Missions and mailed to Lee Grady, 304 Little Springs Lane, Longwood, FL 32750.
Posted by Lee Grady on December 24, 2009 10:37 AM