In his words: Ramesh Richard May 2018 update

My dear praying friends,
Hurray! On April 30, I finished my first full-semester back at Dallas Theological Seminary, after the administration graciously loaned me to serve the world for the last several years in view of executing and recovering from the 2016 Global Proclamation Congress.

Students at DTS are highly motivated. They sacrifice much in terms of season of life, finances and relationships to attend seminary. One student drove three hours each way from Lawton, Oklahoma, to Dallas for an evening class (6:45pm – 9:30pm), returning very late to his home. That kind of commitment inspires any teacher to do his best. I did not know I missed the classroom so much. So, I am grateful.

Since I “lost” the first quarter of 2018 to travel and my father’s final earthly farewell, I formally began 2018 three months late. I am asking the Lord to compress 12 months of life into nine and create new time for me. This He has already begun to do with cancellations and rescheduling. Again, I am thankful.

The personal highlight of the month was my three days with our pastor-son Robby and his family in Greenville, South Carolina. Joshua (8), Emma (5) and I played chess, laughed, read and told stories. Our Dallas granddaughter, Annika (2) is a daily joy and responsibility for Bonnie and me. I am blessed.

The organizational highlight was a set of two global phone calls with RREACH-related staff based in some ten countries. A two-hour prayer time went by so fast that we are going to make it a quarterly habit. Then came an hour of casting vision to the global team in view of the upcoming five years (2018-2022). Our organization does not waste much time, money or energy, and now has been recognized by non-profit watchdog Charity Navigator as the ONLY “religious” organization with a 100 score for financial health accountability and transparency. Praise be to God.

Dallas GPA planning is in full swing for a busy June. Final visas and US entry still pose a problem. Yet God has intervened in our situation in many times and ways so that we are trusting Him yet again to do what we cannot. He tests the limits of our faith till the final moment. Thank you for being part of this brinksmanship through your faithful prayer.

In the Inexhaustible One,

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Some answers to prayer!

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Answer to prayer: Dr. Richard just completed two undisturbed, productive days of writing!
  • Keep praying for the possibility of a pre-evangelistic event with opinion leaders, people of influence and affluence, in Paraguay and other places.
  • Praise God for GProLearning.org’s growth to 7,142 curated pastoral training resources in more than 30 languages.
  • The Dallas GPA is nearly here; pray for 25 pastors and Holy Spirit-empowered preparation. Also pray for a national GPA in a dangerous region starting June 1.

The bigger picture:

Thank you for praying: Dr. Richard was able to dedicate a few days to writing this week and progressed well on a project. Please ask for his continued creativity and productivity.

Another answer to prayer! A RREACH colleague and local pastor met with a government official in Paraguay interested in organizing a pre-evangelistic event. Thank God for their efforts. Pray for Him to open the door there for Dr. Richard to talk with opinion leaders about life issues. Pray for more such opportunities in other locations, as well.

The resource arm of the GProCommission, GProLearning.org, now features 7,142 pastoral training resources in more than 30 languages curated from around the world. Praise God for the team’s diligence. Please ask Him for good collaboration, creativity and excellent implementation as they continue to introduce the GProCommission and its components to pastoral trainers and leaders globally.

With less than three weeks to go, we are praying for the right 25 pastors to attend the Dallas GPA, held on the Dallas Seminary campus. The count is now 23! Several pastors have upcoming visa appointments. Pray for everyone involved—pastors, RREACH team, Dallas Seminary colleagues, Master Coaches and more—to be led and empowered by the Holy Spirit in their preparation. Please also lift up a national GPA starting June 1 in a region dangerous for believers.

Thank you!

Praise, productivity, peace

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Praise for one more pastor who has obtained a visa to join us for the Dallas GPA!
  • Praise for a good first semester back in the DTS classroom for Dr. Richard; pray for summer productivity.
  • Pray for GPA Paraguay pastors as they finish and return home and for other GProCommission pastoral training efforts in Latin America.
  • Pray for many to hear about the Lord Jesus in a new way through LifeRocks.

The bigger picture:

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Another praise: Our newly updated LifeRocks media outreach site has gone live with Dr. Richard’s newest talk on peace. Intercede for many, especially in otherwise unreachable areas, to see these talks and receive the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ.

A 22nd pastor has obtained his visa to attend the 2018 Dallas GPA! Six more are in the visa process. Praise God for His provision in so many ways—available and quality candidates, seven new countries represented, visa approvals, generosity in funding, Master Coach availability, good behind-the-scenes teamwork, and more. Keep praying for the right 25 delegates, their and our preparation (including funding), and those dealing with deep disappointment at not being able to come.

Dr. Richard has completed his first semester back in the DTS classroom after several years in a revised role. Praise God for a good semester and pray for him to find times for focused writing this summer. Pray, too, for his son Ryan and Ryan’s fianceé, Chelsie, as they prepare to marry in a few weeks.

Despite some initial challenges, GPA Paraguay began last week and is set to conclude this week. Pray for God’s protection of and provision for all national GPA organizers and potential delegates. They often face major obstacles. We’re also asking the Lord for fruitful GProCommission pastoral training connections all across Latin America.

Virtually praying together

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Praise God for a worldwide RREACH staff and team virtual prayer meeting.
  • Pray for Dr. Richard as he considers how RREACH might look in the future.
  • Answered prayer: 21 pastors have obtained visas to come to Dallas in June!
  • Continue to lift up preparations for a LifeRocks media outreach relaunch in May.
  • The GProCommission team requests prayer as they develop an assessment tool.

The bigger picture:

April 2018 RREACH virtual prayer gathering

Image created courtesy of Time Zone Map on timeanddate.com.

The RREACH Dallas staff and external team members, from nine different countries and nine time zones, enjoyed a two-hour virtual prayer gathering last week. Praise God for the unifying power of the Holy Spirit and the technology that makes this possible!

As Dr. Richard prepares for upcoming board meetings, he is considering organizational “balancing”—how RREACH might function in the future. Please be in prayer for him. Also continue to pray for a block of time in May he can dedicate to writing.

We now have 21 pastors cleared to travel to Dallas for the GPA in June. Thank you for praying! Please pray for their ongoing spiritual and practical preparation, and for four more to join this group. On the national GPA front, GPA Paraguay is beginning. Pray for a good group, God’s hand on them, and a possible coordinating pre-evangelistic event.

Intercede for the final stages of production on the LifeRocks website and video, especially diligence and patience with details and technologies to function properly. Ask God to use this to draw many to the Lord Jesus.

Finally, please pray for wisdom and discernment as the GProCommission team develops a tool to help GProLearning.org users assess their skills and theological capacity. Thank you!

A new LifeRocks launch and more

Dear Praying Friends,

In brief:

  • An update to the LifeRocks website is coming soon!
  • Angola and Paraguay are hosting national GPAs this month; the Dallas GPA pastors-with-visas count is up to 18.
  • RREACH has set a US$1 million goal to expand our care for pastors’ families in need.
  • Ramesh is looking for time to write in May.

The bigger picture:

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GPA Angola: “Wonderful prayer time in the mountains!”

Please pray for the launch of a new LifeRocks website and video. We want the new design, video and weekly blog to draw more pre-Christians to think differently about the Lord Jesus Christ and consider Him as their Lord and Savior. Please ask the Lord for the technology to work correctly, wisdom in advertising to many people, and the Good News presented by Dr. Richard to transform many.

Thank you for praying: Despite continual rains, 28 pastors made it to GPA Angola! They graduate this week. GPA Paraguay begins next week, the Lord willing. Pray for the right 25 pastors to attend and for God’s hand to be on the organizers. The Dallas GPA count has grown to 18 pastors who have visas. Remember Pastor J from Botswana, Pastor E from Sierra Leone, and Pastor J from the Philippines as they go to appointments next week. Pastor F from Lithuania was asked to go back next week, as well.

First as a child and then as a pastor himself, Ramesh Richard experienced firsthand the sacrifices pastors and their families make. He established The ENLARGE Fund in honor of his late parents, wishing to raise US$1 million over the next year to help pastors’ families, widows and orphans in situations of specific need. Please pray for this effort to be fruitful and for discernment in responding to needs.

Dr. Richard hopes to set aside time for writing in May. Please ask God to provide the right time, place and productivity. Also remember the Richard family as they prepare for Ryan’s marriage to Chelsie Birks in late May.

Thank you!

Plans and possibilities…please pray

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Dr. Richard is exploring speaking opportunities in Paraguay.
  • GPA Angola begins this week (in spite of the rain), GPA Panama next week.
  • The RREACH Board of Directors plans to meet late April.
  • With two months to go, 17 Dallas GPA candidates have visas; several more have visa appointments next week.

The bigger picture:

Pray for God to open doors for a pre-evangelistic event and other speaking engagements for Dr. Richard in correlation with GPA Paraguay late April/early May. Also pray for the next LifeRocks media outreach video (coming soon!) as well as a new LifeRocks blog to further encourage pre-Christians toward true peace.

Two other national GPAs take place this month, the Lord willing—Angola (now) and Panama (next week). The word from Angola is that it is raining continuously and pastors are trickling in slowly. Please ask the Lord to bring the right 25 pastors to each. Ask Him to protect them, provide for them, and encourage them deeply.

The RREACH board of directors also plans to meet in late April. “We are moving into some important strategic and tactical times,” Dr. Richard says. Please intercede for God’s direction in how he may “serve and lead RREACH’s upcoming season with divine effectiveness and human efficiencies.”

In approximately two months, we hope to welcome 25 fine, young pastoral leaders from 25 different countries to the 2018 Dallas GPA! So far, we have 17 with visas and 17 flights purchased. Thank you for praying. Please uphold Pastor F from Lithuania, Pastor S from DR Congo, and Pastors S and N from two Southeast Asian countries and their visa interviews next week.

In his words: Ramesh Richard April 2018 update

Well, I must finally start … 2018.  I needed to find a day to begin and Resurrection Sunday/April Fool’s Day provided a definite marker. Between grief and travel recovery (I actually slept two full nights on the 31st and 1st), I told Bonnie I’m beginning a new day, week, month and … year!

Last month blazed with a two-week, five-country, six-city presence and proclamation.

  • I count all Dallas Seminary opportunities a stewardship and ended my recent chapel talk there with a 1972 photo of two heroes of the Faith together, Billy Graham and John Richard. They both flew to heaven in February, much like they did on an Indian Airlines flight in 1965. Ongoing classroom involvement at DTS has been a wonderful outlet for me to personally proclaim God’s Word.
  • In Singapore, I roomed with a believer who had just lost his beloved Hindu mother. We grieved differently—with and without hope. He has hope for himself, but not for his mom; unlike myself with hope for both me and my dad. I so overlook biblical riches.
  • Two cities in India hosted the final services for my dad. The Lord empowered me for His glory, my father’s honor, the strengthening of believers, and Gospel advance through testimonies to an extraordinary life. I got to preach at a church in Chennai from which I have childhood memories of my father as a lay-leader and where I was spiritually shaped. That experience strangely strengthened my resolve to do all I can until I no longer can to serve Christ—like my dad.
  • I took an overnight flight to Hong Kong for pastoral calls—a couple fighting her cancer; a man fighting Parkinson’s; a man fighting his wife; a couple fighting his health challenge—caring for friends in life’s fights.
  • Finally I wrapped up with 40 hours in the Philippines with key encouragers, the head of the Philippines Council of Evangelical Churches (who has suggested a GProCongress Philippines), and a wedding, before a 36-hour journey home.

In the multiplying of proclaimers of God’s Word, RREACH accomplished the second GPA Zambia, since the first one in 2013 was mostly a failure. Also, GPA El Salvador graduated 19, who met at a beautiful place within 300 feet of a gang murder. God protects.

And God provides … through you … for me to carry on in proclamation and leadership into the rest of 2018. Our Lord has created time before and I am counting on him to do so again, or at least to compress 12 months into nine. Maybe I will get to share how next January. I intend to start the next year on time, the Lord willing. Thank you.

In the Inexhaustible One,

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