And Mordecai had brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter, for she had neither father nor mother. The young woman was lovely and beautiful. When her father and mother died, Mordecai took her as his own daughter.
It is encouraging to see people reaching out to each other. Going beyond their own bubbles to take the time to impact the lives of others.
The Mordecai Project is a Christian ministry founded by J. Lee Grady, a journalist, ordained minister and author of the groundbreaking book 10 Lies the Church Tells Women. The purpose of this ministry is to (1) confront the global oppression of women; (2) empower women to discover their God-given spiritual gifts and ministries; and (3) equip Christian men, including church leaders, to recognize, value, protect and train the women in their lives. This mission is accomplished through books, preaching, mentoring, leadership conferences, ministerial retreats and television programs in various languages.
Lee is confronting all forms of abuse including domestic violence, female infanticide, denial of education to girls, forced prostitution and sex trafficking, female genital mutilation, mistreatment of widows and honor killings. He also calls for the full participation of trained women in church leadership, and he challenges the global church to reject unbiblical religious traditions that encourage gender discrimination.
When asked about this ministry, this is what Mr. Grady had to say:
Q. Why is your ministry called The Mordecai Project?
A. Mainly because I did not want to call it the Lee Grady Evangelistic Association. In our culture, religious-sounding names can be a turn-off to people who have had bad experiences with the church. So I picked something a bit more mysterious.
Mordecai was a godly man who played a major role in the book of Esther in the Old Testament. He lived in ancient Persia (modern Iran) during the time that the Jews were living there as exiles. Mordecai discovered that the wicked bureaucrat Haman had convinced the king to kill all the Jews living in the country.
Meanwhile, Mordecai’s young cousin Esther had been abducted by the king and was in line to become part of his royal harem. Mordecai realized that God had allowed this so that Esther could expose Haman’s plot and stop the planned genocide. So Mordecai went to Esther and commissioned her to act courageously.
I identify with Mordecai more than any other character in the Bible. I believe God has called me to prod many Esthers into bold action. Christian women have been destined and positioned to make a huge impact on the world, yet the church has told them that they don’t really have a significant role to play. Not true!
I believe my divine assignment is to rally God’s women and to commission them for service. That is the primary purpose of the Mordecai Project.
To find out more about this ministry that is touching the corners of the globe, please visit http://www.themordecaiproject.org/welcome/about
Continue to walk in the joy of the Lord, grow in Him and rest in Him.
Have a wonderful weekend.