Things we’re thanking God for

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Dear praying friends,

We have so many things for which to thank God! Here are just a few:

  • Dr. Richard feels he’s improving after battling a persistent, acute bacterial infection for over a month. His doctor cleared him to attend a consultation of international mission leaders convened by Lausanne in Wittenberg, Germany, over the last few days. Pray for his safe return, continued healing, and energy as he jumps back into the Dallas GPA.
  • We’ve just crossed the halfway mark of the Dallas GPA. The pastors are connecting well, Master Coach sessions are powerful, and everyone is staying healthy. Please ask the Lord Jesus to continue to shine upon and shield this endeavor, that His name may be proclaimed more and better around the world!
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2017 Dallas Global Proclamation Academy delegates connecting, uniting and strengthening

  • The national GPA in Honduras began last week and is set to finish this weekend. Praise God for this connecting, uniting and strengthening opportunity; pray for further multiplication.
  • We’re excited that several international RREACH team members plan to come to Dallas for the final portion of the GPA and the Graduation Dinner. Pray for good travel, productive planning and mutual encouragement. Also remember Dr. Richard as he prepares for his graduation talk.

And we thank God for you!

“…to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 25 NASB)

In his words: Ramesh Richard update

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Dear praying friends,

We’ve just finished a month of birthdays. Bonnie and I are aging at the same pace…even as you are! We are grateful to exchange weariness, weakness and any worry for His strength as we actively wait for the Lord to lead us into the future.

As you can guess I have been in Isaiah 40:31—the verse picked by India’s national and historic missions agency Friends Missionary Prayer Band to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Over 1,000 Indian missionaries were present, and my preparation on “the loftiest chapter in the Old Testament” refreshed me even as the talk rejuvenated others. “God is God. He is not applying for the job.”

Just before that I had spoken in Thailand to 1,000 leaders, with a large contingent from another strategic nation. Forty hours there and forty hours in India made for demanding travel, but gave me the opportunity to advance Christ’s cause through committed leaders representing two of the world’s largest countries. My sentiment after concluding this heavy and rich time was simply: “No servant of Jesus should be given so much opportunity in the space of one week!” Thank you, Lord Jesus. What an honor!

I also spoke at private evangelistic dinner at the fine Shangri-La Hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Sixty of the 100 attendees were pre-Christian, all of them noted that they wanted to know more, and eight of them responded to the invitation to trust the Lord Jesus as their Heart-God.

The World Evangelical Alliance met in Kona, Hawaii, where I shared some of my leadership learnings with top-tier missions and organizational leaders. Except I had contracted an antibiotic-resistant acute bacterial infection that still lingers, four weeks later. Please pray for me.

We are well into the 2017 Dallas GPA. While we faced major visa problems, God provided more pastors than we planned for! If you wish to serve as a host family for a pastor for the weekend of June 10-11, please let my colleague Mary know at mary@rreach.org.

We’d love for you to be our dinner guest for the graduation on June 24, to rejoice at the fruit of your investments with us. Kindly RSVP here: rreach.org/GPAbanquet.

Thank you for your prayers. I am counting on them.

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Dallas Global Proclamation Academy 2017: First day of class

“This is what God has made me to do”

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Dear praying friends,

Great news from Dr. Ramesh Richard in Thailand: “The Lord just gave us a great harvest at a private gathering of about 100 opinion leaders, with 60% being pre-Christian, and all of them want to know about Jesus. Eight or more of them received Jesus today. Follow-up has begun! This is what God has made me to do—Proclaim His Word and multiply Proclaimers of His Word to deliver spiritual health to large numbers of individuals worldwide.”

Dr. Richard also spoke to a gathering of 1,000 Christian leaders about the tremendous need for pastoral training, and this weekend he is to speak to a large group of missionaries in Southeast Asia. Next week he flies back, the Lord willing, in time for the start of the 2017 Dallas GPA. Please ask the Lord to continue to speak through and sustain this “Vagabondslave.”

We’re also praising God for granting 29 pastors the visas they need to attend the Dallas GPA, which begins June 4! Pray for final preparations—on our side to welcome them and on their side to come to the U.S. Pray for smooth and safe travels, protection of loved ones, and a powerful three weeks of connecting, uniting and strengthening.

Please also remember the GProCommission team in their massive post-GProCongress effort to connect and nurture pastoral trainers and pastoral training.

In his words: May update from Ramesh Richard

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Dear praying friends,

On a beautiful spring day, the last day of last month, my beloved Bonnie and I sat in a park to talk and pray. As we thanked the Lord for His mercies in travel safety, health, ease and use, she described the month as “You went, and then went, and then went!”

First, I went to Cyprus, to speak for the Lindell (you’ve seen the My Pillow guy on TV?) Foundation. RREACH has given them fast growth potential through offering our GPA grads to be in-country validators as they seek to provide economic help to pastors’ families and more. The Lord used me there and it is always great to see our pastoral leaders anywhere.

And then I went to speak on behalf of my mentor Fred Smith’s (breakfastwithfred.com) legacy. A “millennial” audience filled the Illinois university chapel and was deeply attentive and responsive. I did not diminish their future potential by stereotyping them.

Before I went off again, the RREACH Board met for 24 hours of deep reflection and decisive action on this transition year of “proclamation reclamation.” How much I appreciate the wise counsel and wide perspectives of multiple voices which speak into my life.

I didn’t realize that I was on a seven-day around-the-world tour till a colleague pointed it out. Bonnie called it a whirlwind. In Bangkok for 28 hours with three different and lengthy speaking engagements, one of which was the first anniversary of the death of the one Thai leader without whom the GProCongress would not have happened last year.

Then I traveled all the way to Eastern Europe to attend the grand finale of GPA Romania—pastors’ wives attended, too! It was fabulous. And simultaneously GPA Guinea Conakry (West Africa) and GPA St. Vincent/Grenadines (Caribbean region) were also happening. Oh! All that God is doing!

Thank you for your terrific and timely prayer support, my friends. Please be our guest at the June 24 celebration banquet of the 2017 Dallas GPA. Keep us in your prayers.

Around the world in seven days

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Dear praying friends,

Around the world in seven days…that was Ramesh Richard’s agenda last week. He stopped in Bangkok, Thailand, for three engagements (and a meeting) in one day to remember Rev. Enoch Sirikul, visionary leader and national host for the GProCongress, one year after his graduation to heaven and to encourage believers from across the nation to carry on proclaiming the Lord Jesus Christ.

A stop in Romania allowed Ramesh to meet GPA Romania delegates and deliver their graduation message, as well as lecture at a Baptist university in Bucharest. “The Lord has graciously helped me again…through a strenuous schedule and its vulnerabilities,” he said. Praise God for His steadfast care of Dr. Richard. Pray for enduring fruit from these ministry opportunities.

GPAs Guinea (Conakry) and St. Vincent and the Grenadines also finished last week. Please ask the Lord to specially connect, unite and strengthen the pastoral delegates as they return to the demands of daily ministry. On the Dallas GPA front, 22 pastors now have visas! Continue to intercede for those still applying. Also pray for provision as they prepare to come.

Proclamation reclamation and other good news

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Dear praying friends,

The post-GProCongress reclamation of the proclamation portion of Dr. Richard’s ministry is progressing. During a short trip this week, he spoke to a packed college chapel. When he invited attendees to new or renewed relationships with the Lord Jesus Christ, many responded!

The RREACH board is meeting today and tomorrow, and next week Dr. Richard heads to Thailand, the Lord willing, and then to Romania for the final days of the national GPA there. Please pray for the Lord’s special sustenance through a demanding itinerary and a number of speaking engagements.

Two other national GPAs are underway right now: GPA Guinea (Conakry) and GPA St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Pray that delegates in all locations will be powerfully connected, united and strengthened.

We rejoice that 20 pastors now have visas to attend the 2017 Dallas GPA! Thank you for praying, and please continue to intercede for the visa process. We also appreciate your prayers for getting good flights for the pastors. God is providing–ahead of our schedule.

Quiet, please

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Dear praying friends,

Quiet, concentrated time to pray, study, think, write and edit remains at a premium for Dr. Ramesh Richard. Please pray for uninterrupted, creative space in his schedule. Over April, May and June his schedule is especially demanding; he has six trips (five of them overseas), a RREACH board meeting and the Dallas GPA.

Praise—we’re up to 18 Dallas GPA candidates with visas! Although many others have been denied visas and some have had to withdraw due to schedule conflicts, the group continues to grow as we pray. Please join us in thanking God for His always-good answers, even as pastors apply for visas now and next week and most are working and praying hard to fund their portion of the airfare. Thank Him, too, for the many RREACH friends whose generosity makes the Dallas GPA possible.

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Pastors at GPA Senegal

Additional reasons for praise—22 pastors graduated from GPA Senegal, which also drew seven added attendees. Up next are GPA Guinea Conakry and GPA St. Vincent and the Grenadines, both April 20 – 29. We’re grateful for the RREACH Ministries and GProCommission teams, who serve prayerfully and with excellence.

2017 Dallas GPA: Prayer Warriors needed

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Dr. Richard and delegates opening the 2015 Dallas GPA in prayer

Dear praying friends,

Dr. Ramesh Richard and RREACH are seeking ministry partners available and willing to give special, focused, concentrated prayer covering to the 2017 Dallas GPA. Would you consider committing to pray for this effort? For those willing to serve in this capacity, we are asking for the following commitment:

  1. Pray regularly for delegates. We will send a schedule of visa appointments and updated needs and praises periodically.
  2. In May, we will begin sending updates once a week, and during the GPA, three times a week.

Some Dallas GPA needs will be posted on this blog, but more in-depth information will be sent directly to those who sign up to be part of the GPA Prayer Commission. Here’s part of the most recent Dallas GPA prayer email:

  • We have 30 candidates, sixteen of whom have visas. We have someone working with the pastors this year on their visa interviews, since many pastors were denied in 2015 and had to reapply. Unfortunately, the global climate of 2017 is difficult, and we are still experiencing difficulty.
  • Pray for communication with the pastors. We have a few pastors we have not been able to contact in a couple of weeks, by either email or phone. Communication is key in helping them obtain their visas, purchase flights, etc. Please pray for communication barriers to be broken. Pray that the pastors will schedule their appointments ASAP and that we will hear from them soon.
  • Pray for the pastors as they need to raise half of their airfare. Many struggle, since half of the airfare may represent several months’ wages.

One of the greatest needs right now is for pastors to find favor as they apply for visas. (To pray specifically over each pastor applying, please sign up to receive the emails.)

We are in desperate need of faithful, available and willing partners like you to pray for the 2017 Dallas GPA. If you would like to serve in this important way, please email mary@rreach.org. Thank you!

Mission-critical opportunities; overcoming obstacles

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Dear praying friends,

New and exciting opportunities for personal proclamation knock on Dr. Ramesh Richard’s door almost daily. He appreciates prayer for clear direction toward the most mission-critical assignments. His newest Media Outreach message, themed #StopFindingPeace, launched mid-month. Ask God to speak to many through it.

Thank you for continuing to uphold the massive Global Proclamation Commission vision, which is advancing at intense pace and focus. The national GPA in Vanuatu has concluded; GPA Senegal is scheduled to begin March 23; GPAs Guinea Conakry, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Romania-part 2 are coming in April. Pray for God to work powerfully in and through the RREACH ministries team, local organizers, and each pastoral delegate.

For the Dallas GPA, visas remain a critical concern. We have 16 pastors with visas. Ten have been rejected; some plan to reapply. Please intercede diligently for open minds and softened hearts, and for encouragement for the pastors not approved.

The GPro follow-up team asks prayer for extra capacity and great teamwork as they implement pastoral trainer/training multiplication plans. Two current projects of emphasis, country launches and data tracking, require creativity and discernment.

Finally, please lift the RREACH board and staff and their families before our Father God. Several are going through serious health challenges or loss of loved ones. Thank you for being vital partners in ministry with Ramesh Richard and RREACH. We pray God’s goodness will abound to you.

In his words: March update from Ramesh Richard

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Dear praying friends,

Evaluation is integral to all parts of RREACH—to find out what is going well, what is not, how to keep the former going, and how to improve the latter. This exercise is particularly important in the aftermath of the 2016 Global Proclamation Congress, as we project (but not predict) the next five years.

Three major gatherings held in Dallas recently allowed for this kind of assessment and planning.

  • Our GPro Team came from Atlanta, Beirut, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Kampala, Chennai, Costa Rica and Dallas for three days of deliberate planning of a disciplined four-year follow-up. I believe the Lord (and you) would be pleased with its sophistication. Please pray that our implementation with intensity and excellence will bear immense and lasting fruit!
  • Our primarily Dallas-based team met for three days to rebalance the ministry and solve our board’s concern for leadership-level support to fulfill the charter of RREACH—a personal proclamation mission undergirding a global proclamation vision. God has brought two outstanding leaders to serve as Director of Advancement and Director of Ministries. Pray for integration and coordination with both the Dallas and GPro Teams.
  • The final Dallas gathering was a listening exercise for me. One of the unexpected delights of the GProCongress was the spontaneous eruption of interest by formal training institutions from all over the world. Their quality must be matched with the speed that non-formal training offers. Fifteen leaders (from all over the US, South Africa, Taiwan and the UK) met for 36 hours at Dallas Seminary to consider models of formal and non-formal pastoral training. Again, new ideas and initiatives were birthed, for which we need comprehensive resources. Your prayers are critical. Thank you.

Two recent speaking engagements may be mentioned here. I got to address the heads of 200+ institutions of higher education in Orlando, all of whom were quite discouraged. With declining enrollment in on-campus models, they are looking at cessation, mergers and acquisitions. God used me to give them perspective, inspiration and even direction.

Bonnie and I returned to Trinity Bible Church, our home church about 28 years ago, when our kids were very small, attending AWANA, etc., in our very own town of Richardson. The town is not named after me, though I am the son of a Richard! It was amazing to meet old friends again. It seems like we all grew older at the same pace!

Thank you for praying me forward all over our city, nation and world. Your support makes me deeply thankful, but also terrifically responsible, in clarifying the message of Jesus and the Bible everywhere.

Warmly, 

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