On Mission with Lee Grady

On Mission with Lee Grady

Lee Grady is on a mission to stop the abuse and marginalization of women and girls in developing countries through his ministry, The Mordecai Project. Lee is known for his popular Charisma blog Fire In My Bones but travels the world standing up for women. Listen as Lee shares stories of how women are kidnapped and raped before marriage, burned or mutilated, and treated less than a cow.

18 Minutes • 3 months ago

Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guest: J. Lee Grady

 

Lee Grady is on a mission to stop the abuse and marginalization of women and girls in developing countries through his ministry, The Mordecai Project. Lee is known for his popular Charisma blog “Fire In My Bones,” but travels the world standing up for women.

 

Listen as Lee shares stories of how women are kidnapped and raped before marriage, burned or mutilated, and treated less than a cow.

 

Introduction

This is the Greenelines podcast. I'm Steve Greene on the Charisma Podcast Network. I'm so excited about having a guest in the studio. It could be any guest, honestly. I don't want Lee Grady ready to get a big head here. But I want to tell you that to get a live guest in the studio, I'm so happy because I talk to the walls every day and my microphone and I have grown quite fond of each other. It's like a volleyball, if I'm on an island and I’ve got my volleyball. Instead, I have someone to talk to; not just anyone, but Lee Grady, former editor at Charisma for about 18 years. He's really made a difference in the lives of people he's touched. We're going to learn a lot about his ministry, what he's up to and where he's headed. So, welcome Lee Grady, to the Charisma Podcast studio. It's just great to know that your home that you're here back in the States, you’ve got your feet on solid ground for a change. At least you're not worrying about what's going on behind your back. You just got here from Uganda.

 

J. Lee Grady: Yes, I returned from Uganda about 10 days ago. I had a two-week trip there. I am fully recovered from jet lag. And yeah, it was a very fruitful trip.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: Good, tell us about the fruit.

 

J. Lee Grady: I've been going to Uganda now, this is my sixth visit. So, I have relationships with pastors there in the capital of Kampala, and also in two outlying areas. One is called Entebbe, one’s called Masindi. They're both on the west side of the country.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: They grow runners there, don't they?

 

J. Lee Grady: Yes, they're pretty fast.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: Does that come because they grow up needing to move around and they run?

 

J. Lee Grady: I really have no idea why they're so fast; don't really know why they run a lot.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: Everyone runs, they’re running from animals.

 

J. Lee Grady: I was running some myself; we've had a pretty crazy schedule. But one really wonderful thing about this trip was we were able to purchase the land for our Women's Empowerment Center in the city of Masindi and that place is going to serve as not only a refuge for women who are abused and abandoned, but we're also going to be training those women in some very specific skills so that they can make a living. A lot of women in Uganda are abandoned by their husbands, abandoned with three and four and five kids with no income. And so, it's a really sad situation. But you know, when you preach the gospel, you don’t just bring a message of salvation, you also bring help and you bring empowerment. These women are finding some ways to survive and to and to thrive and to feed their children. So, it feels really good to be able to do that.

 

Some of Lee Grady’s Books

 

·         10 Lies the Church Tells Women

·         Set My Heart on Fire: Ignite Your Confidence, Boldness and Passion for God

·         10 Lies Men Believe: The Truth About Women, Power, Sex and God, and Why it Matters

·         The Holy Spirit is Not for Sale: Rekindling the Power of God in an Age of Compromise

·         What Happened to the Fire? Rekindling the Blaze of Charismatic Renewal

 

Dr. Steve Greene: In the places where you minister, have you seen much scarring with acid? Is that in that part of the country?

 

J. Lee Grady: No, that's not really a problem there. But it might as well be because the scars on the inside are that serious

 

Dr. Steve Greene: So what is a day like in Lee Grady’s life on ground? What's a normal day? What do you do? I know some of the things you do with your mission. Give us an average day while you're on mission, what's it like?

 

J. Lee Grady: I’m usually preaching two or three times. In Uganda, I was in many different kinds of venues. I did women's conferences, I did pastors’ conferences, I did some men's conferences. I do a lot of work with men because you're not going to stop the problem of abuse unless you can talk to the abusers. In Uganda, men have very low value for women. I was in a village where the typical saying in that village is that I value my cows more than I do my wife. That's typical. What you see in the lives of these women is awful. That's what I live for now is to bring the healing of Jesus to these communities, whether it's in South America where we're doing a lot of work, or Africa, or I'll be heading to Central Asia in a few months to a couple of nations there that I really am not going to say where. But, there's a lot of pain in the world today, a lot of pain in the lives of women. That's what our ministry, The Mordecai Project, is focused on. It is bringing the healing of Jesus to those people.

 

 

Fire in My Bones on Charisma

·         The Greatest Secret I’ve Learned About Prayer

·         Jesus Doesn’t Ignore Sexual Abuse, He Confronts It

·         Warning: Upcoming Turbulence in 2019

·         Don’t Ignore this Key to Spiritual Awakening

 

 

Dr. Steve Greene: So, what's it doing to your heart?

 

J. Lee Grady: Well, last year when I was in one particular region of Central Asia, I came home and I told my wife, I feel like I have a form of PTSD after listening to the stories at the altar, seriously. In that particular part of the world we have a phenomenon known as bride stealing. The typical way that a woman gets married in that part of the world is that a man brings his buddies and he kidnaps the girl that he wants to marry, he takes her to a house, he rapes her, and then his parents and her parents demand that she has to marry him. That's how most women are married in that part of the world. If you can just even begin to grasp the level of pain that people are processing. But what's wonderful is that when we take the message there, those kinds of traditions and strongholds and lies start to break. We are seeing transformation in those countries. That gives me a lot of energy when I wake up in the morning to know that I can do that.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: So, what comes next? Because of what you're seeing in the development of your ministry, what are you passionate about? What's making your heart break? What do you want to develop programs to help fix? What are you investing in?

 

J. Lee Grady: Right now, my goal is to finish the projects that we've started in Guatemala, Peru, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and India. That's what I get up thinking about right now. There are several other countries on my heart that I know I'm going to touch before I’m done on this earth. Really, there's some regions of the world that I know I'm going to work in before I'm done. Another passion I have is training the next generation so that they can continue the work that I'm doing. So, I spend a lot of my day time investing in young people because they're the future. I’m 60 years old. I don't know how much longer I have, but I want what I'm doing to continue, so I'm pouring into as many younger people as possible. That's my I spent a lot of time training. That is my passion. I want to multiply myself in as many people as possible.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: Tell us about your writing. Most of our audience has only gotten to know you through your writing. I got to know you through your great writing. I always find it inspirational to go back and read a Lee Grady column. It helps me rediscover my why, why I am here and what I'm doing. You weren't a flash in the pan here. You were here for a long time and made a lot of difference in culture here. Tell us about your view of writing and what your mission is as you write to our audience. What are you thinking about when you take pen in hand and you put your hand on a keyboard? What are you thinking about when you start to write your column?

 

J. Lee Grady: To me, it's all about influence. I started writing my Fire in My Bones column here. I don't even really remember the year that started. But that's been a continual part of my life now for a majority of my life. I do that every week, but also it was here in this building that I wrote my first book, 10 Lies the Church Tells Women. That book was born out of the work that I did here with Charisma, and through conversations that I would have.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: Is it still available?

 

J. Lee Grady: Oh, of course. It's actually the best-seller of mine that is still published by Charisma Media. It's on Amazon. You can get it through the Charisma web site. That book launched the ministry I'm doing with women. That was during the time that Joy Strang was having the Charisma women's conferences. It was through that whole season early … it was the year 2000 when that book came out, so it’s been 19 years ago. But that book is pretty much my core message to women. Then we did two more books for women and we did a book for men. Then I have the two books on the Holy Spirit, the most recent one being Set My Heart on Fire, which Charisma did two years ago.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: Let's think about this year. What's ahead for you? I've got a pretty good idea what you're up to, where you're headed, what you're doing. What do you want to get done before the end of 2019? If you could set a couple of goals, tell us what you're working on? How should our audience be praying? What you would be looking for in your writing? What is stirring you now that you're going to get finished this year?

 

J. Lee Grady: As I said, one of my core passions is the work that I do with women around the world. I'll be in 12 countries this year; already been in a few of them. It's all about launching these projects, compassion projects that we're doing in various parts of world where women are suffering, whether it's from domestic violence or abandonment or other forms of cultural oppression. With the discipleship and the mentoring, which is the other sort of flip side of my ministry, I do conferences for men and women that are about mentoring and discipleship. So, I have four of those this year. Those are very intense discipleship events, three-day events that I do that I've been doing now for 10 years and been rising up a small army of guys and girls to really live out their faith and to not only become disciples but to become disciple makers. That is my passion because I feel like the church has really lost the understanding of what New Testament Christianity is supposed to be in terms of reproducing ourselves.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: So, what can we do with it at the individual level to help your ministry? I'd like you to tell us how to pray for you. What is it specifically that should be on our list every morning?

 

J. Lee Grady: You can go to leegrady.com, which will take you to the Mordecai Project. You can learn more about what we're doing overseas. We're obviously trying to fund these projects that we're doing and you can pray for me. The Lord put me in this situation where I'm building a network of compassion projects, and I am not a fundraiser. That was never really my gift. But somehow the Lord is doing it in spite of me. But you can pray for me because I need a lot of money for these projects. I hear I hear about you know, evangelists who spend millions and millions of dollars on airplanes and all I can think of is how many projects I could build with that money. It doesn't take a lot of U.S. dollars. I just paid $15,000 U.S. dollars to buy a huge piece of land in Uganda that already had two buildings on it. It doesn't take a lot to do what's in my heart, but I don't really know why people are not as prone to give to things like that. But you can pray for me that God will supply that need. Then, my passion is I want to see the world transformed for Jesus Christ. We are in the most promising hour as far as potential of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the world. There has never been in a moment like this that we're living in. I know we look around today and we look at our challenges. We look at the divisiveness in our own country. We look at political challenges here. But I tend to stand back and look at the big picture.  I believe we are on the verge of the biggest outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the history of the world. That's what I live for every day. That's what I pray for every day.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: How are you seeing that occur on the in the field when you're preaching and working with people? How do you see the spirit fall today?

 

J. Lee Grady: I saw that happen last night. I was here at a church in Orland and I think I would say about 20 people were filled with the Holy Spirit last night at a church down in South Orlando. I do it right at the altar. I love to preach about the Holy Spirit, about the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I told the people last night, this is our hope. This is the only hope for the United States is another visitation of the Holy Spirit. I was swept into that in the 1970s. I got baptized in the Holy Spirit when I was 18. I lived in during that charismatic era. And, we have to have that again. That's what I live for. That's what I pray for. So, if anybody wants to pray for me, pray for that. Pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

 

For the rest of Dr. Steve Greene’s interview with Lee Grady, please visit cpnshows.com.

 

 

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

 

email: greenelines@charismamedia.com

Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guest: J. Lee Grady

 

Lee Grady is on a mission to stop the abuse and marginalization of women and girls in developing countries through his ministry, The Mordecai Project. Lee is known for his popular Charisma blog “Fire In My Bones,” but travels the world standing up for women.

 

Listen as Lee shares stories of how women are kidnapped and raped before marriage, burned or mutilated, and treated less than a cow.

 

Introduction

This is the Greenelines podcast. I'm Steve Greene on the Charisma Podcast Network. I'm so excited about having a guest in the studio. It could be any guest, honestly. I don't want Lee Grady ready to get a big head here. But I want to tell you that to get a live guest in the studio, I'm so happy because I talk to the walls every day and my microphone and I have grown quite fond of each other. It's like a volleyball, if I'm on an island and I’ve got my volleyball. Instead, I have someone to talk to; not just anyone, but Lee Grady, former editor at Charisma for about 18 years. He's really made a difference in the lives of people he's touched. We're going to learn a lot about his ministry, what he's up to and where he's headed. So, welcome Lee Grady, to the Charisma Podcast studio. It's just great to know that your home that you're here back in the States, you’ve got your feet on solid ground for a change. At least you're not worrying about what's going on behind your back. You just got here from Uganda.

 

J. Lee Grady: Yes, I returned from Uganda about 10 days ago. I had a two-week trip there. I am fully recovered from jet lag. And yeah, it was a very fruitful trip.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: Good, tell us about the fruit.

 

J. Lee Grady: I've been going to Uganda now, this is my sixth visit. So, I have relationships with pastors there in the capital of Kampala, and also in two outlying areas. One is called Entebbe, one’s called Masindi. They're both on the west side of the country.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: They grow runners there, don't they?

 

J. Lee Grady: Yes, they're pretty fast.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: Does that come because they grow up needing to move around and they run?

 

J. Lee Grady: I really have no idea why they're so fast; don't really know why they run a lot.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: Everyone runs, they’re running from animals.

 

J. Lee Grady: I was running some myself; we've had a pretty crazy schedule. But one really wonderful thing about this trip was we were able to purchase the land for our Women's Empowerment Center in the city of Masindi and that place is going to serve as not only a refuge for women who are abused and abandoned, but we're also going to be training those women in some very specific skills so that they can make a living. A lot of women in Uganda are abandoned by their husbands, abandoned with three and four and five kids with no income. And so, it's a really sad situation. But you know, when you preach the gospel, you don’t just bring a message of salvation, you also bring help and you bring empowerment. These women are finding some ways to survive and to and to thrive and to feed their children. So, it feels really good to be able to do that.

 

Some of Lee Grady’s Books

 

·         10 Lies the Church Tells Women

·         Set My Heart on Fire: Ignite Your Confidence, Boldness and Passion for God

·         10 Lies Men Believe: The Truth About Women, Power, Sex and God, and Why it Matters

·         The Holy Spirit is Not for Sale: Rekindling the Power of God in an Age of Compromise

·         What Happened to the Fire? Rekindling the Blaze of Charismatic Renewal

 

Dr. Steve Greene: In the places where you minister, have you seen much scarring with acid? Is that in that part of the country?

 

J. Lee Grady: No, that's not really a problem there. But it might as well be because the scars on the inside are that serious

 

Dr. Steve Greene: So what is a day like in Lee Grady’s life on ground? What's a normal day? What do you do? I know some of the things you do with your mission. Give us an average day while you're on mission, what's it like?

 

J. Lee Grady: I’m usually preaching two or three times. In Uganda, I was in many different kinds of venues. I did women's conferences, I did pastors’ conferences, I did some men's conferences. I do a lot of work with men because you're not going to stop the problem of abuse unless you can talk to the abusers. In Uganda, men have very low value for women. I was in a village where the typical saying in that village is that I value my cows more than I do my wife. That's typical. What you see in the lives of these women is awful. That's what I live for now is to bring the healing of Jesus to these communities, whether it's in South America where we're doing a lot of work, or Africa, or I'll be heading to Central Asia in a few months to a couple of nations there that I really am not going to say where. But, there's a lot of pain in the world today, a lot of pain in the lives of women. That's what our ministry, The Mordecai Project, is focused on. It is bringing the healing of Jesus to those people.

 

 

Fire in My Bones on Charisma

·         The Greatest Secret I’ve Learned About Prayer

·         Jesus Doesn’t Ignore Sexual Abuse, He Confronts It

·         Warning: Upcoming Turbulence in 2019

·         Don’t Ignore this Key to Spiritual Awakening

 

 

Dr. Steve Greene: So, what's it doing to your heart?

 

J. Lee Grady: Well, last year when I was in one particular region of Central Asia, I came home and I told my wife, I feel like I have a form of PTSD after listening to the stories at the altar, seriously. In that particular part of the world we have a phenomenon known as bride stealing. The typical way that a woman gets married in that part of the world is that a man brings his buddies and he kidnaps the girl that he wants to marry, he takes her to a house, he rapes her, and then his parents and her parents demand that she has to marry him. That's how most women are married in that part of the world. If you can just even begin to grasp the level of pain that people are processing. But what's wonderful is that when we take the message there, those kinds of traditions and strongholds and lies start to break. We are seeing transformation in those countries. That gives me a lot of energy when I wake up in the morning to know that I can do that.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: So, what comes next? Because of what you're seeing in the development of your ministry, what are you passionate about? What's making your heart break? What do you want to develop programs to help fix? What are you investing in?

 

J. Lee Grady: Right now, my goal is to finish the projects that we've started in Guatemala, Peru, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and India. That's what I get up thinking about right now. There are several other countries on my heart that I know I'm going to touch before I’m done on this earth. Really, there's some regions of the world that I know I'm going to work in before I'm done. Another passion I have is training the next generation so that they can continue the work that I'm doing. So, I spend a lot of my day time investing in young people because they're the future. I’m 60 years old. I don't know how much longer I have, but I want what I'm doing to continue, so I'm pouring into as many younger people as possible. That's my I spent a lot of time training. That is my passion. I want to multiply myself in as many people as possible.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: Tell us about your writing. Most of our audience has only gotten to know you through your writing. I got to know you through your great writing. I always find it inspirational to go back and read a Lee Grady column. It helps me rediscover my why, why I am here and what I'm doing. You weren't a flash in the pan here. You were here for a long time and made a lot of difference in culture here. Tell us about your view of writing and what your mission is as you write to our audience. What are you thinking about when you take pen in hand and you put your hand on a keyboard? What are you thinking about when you start to write your column?

 

J. Lee Grady: To me, it's all about influence. I started writing my Fire in My Bones column here. I don't even really remember the year that started. But that's been a continual part of my life now for a majority of my life. I do that every week, but also it was here in this building that I wrote my first book, 10 Lies the Church Tells Women. That book was born out of the work that I did here with Charisma, and through conversations that I would have.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: Is it still available?

 

J. Lee Grady: Oh, of course. It's actually the best-seller of mine that is still published by Charisma Media. It's on Amazon. You can get it through the Charisma web site. That book launched the ministry I'm doing with women. That was during the time that Joy Strang was having the Charisma women's conferences. It was through that whole season early … it was the year 2000 when that book came out, so it’s been 19 years ago. But that book is pretty much my core message to women. Then we did two more books for women and we did a book for men. Then I have the two books on the Holy Spirit, the most recent one being Set My Heart on Fire, which Charisma did two years ago.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: Let's think about this year. What's ahead for you? I've got a pretty good idea what you're up to, where you're headed, what you're doing. What do you want to get done before the end of 2019? If you could set a couple of goals, tell us what you're working on? How should our audience be praying? What you would be looking for in your writing? What is stirring you now that you're going to get finished this year?

 

J. Lee Grady: As I said, one of my core passions is the work that I do with women around the world. I'll be in 12 countries this year; already been in a few of them. It's all about launching these projects, compassion projects that we're doing in various parts of world where women are suffering, whether it's from domestic violence or abandonment or other forms of cultural oppression. With the discipleship and the mentoring, which is the other sort of flip side of my ministry, I do conferences for men and women that are about mentoring and discipleship. So, I have four of those this year. Those are very intense discipleship events, three-day events that I do that I've been doing now for 10 years and been rising up a small army of guys and girls to really live out their faith and to not only become disciples but to become disciple makers. That is my passion because I feel like the church has really lost the understanding of what New Testament Christianity is supposed to be in terms of reproducing ourselves.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: So, what can we do with it at the individual level to help your ministry? I'd like you to tell us how to pray for you. What is it specifically that should be on our list every morning?

 

J. Lee Grady: You can go to leegrady.com, which will take you to the Mordecai Project. You can learn more about what we're doing overseas. We're obviously trying to fund these projects that we're doing and you can pray for me. The Lord put me in this situation where I'm building a network of compassion projects, and I am not a fundraiser. That was never really my gift. But somehow the Lord is doing it in spite of me. But you can pray for me because I need a lot of money for these projects. I hear I hear about you know, evangelists who spend millions and millions of dollars on airplanes and all I can think of is how many projects I could build with that money. It doesn't take a lot of U.S. dollars. I just paid $15,000 U.S. dollars to buy a huge piece of land in Uganda that already had two buildings on it. It doesn't take a lot to do what's in my heart, but I don't really know why people are not as prone to give to things like that. But you can pray for me that God will supply that need. Then, my passion is I want to see the world transformed for Jesus Christ. We are in the most promising hour as far as potential of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the world. There has never been in a moment like this that we're living in. I know we look around today and we look at our challenges. We look at the divisiveness in our own country. We look at political challenges here. But I tend to stand back and look at the big picture.  I believe we are on the verge of the biggest outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the history of the world. That's what I live for every day. That's what I pray for every day.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: How are you seeing that occur on the in the field when you're preaching and working with people? How do you see the spirit fall today?

 

J. Lee Grady: I saw that happen last night. I was here at a church in Orland and I think I would say about 20 people were filled with the Holy Spirit last night at a church down in South Orlando. I do it right at the altar. I love to preach about the Holy Spirit, about the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I told the people last night, this is our hope. This is the only hope for the United States is another visitation of the Holy Spirit. I was swept into that in the 1970s. I got baptized in the Holy Spirit when I was 18. I lived in during that charismatic era. And, we have to have that again. That's what I live for. That's what I pray for. So, if anybody wants to pray for me, pray for that. Pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

 

For the rest of Dr. Steve Greene’s interview with Lee Grady, please visit cpnshows.com.

 

 

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

 

email: greenelines@charismamedia.com

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