Happy Thanksgiving from Ramesh Richard

Greetings, dear friends,

In the spirit of the one healed leper who returned to say thanks, I wish to express my Thanksgiving to the Lord Jesus and each of you. This year has been quite strategic, even spectacular, in what He has helped us do through your faithful giving and prayers, particularly over the last several months.

I wanted to send a short video greeting as a small token of thanks. Click here or the picture below to view the video.

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Another way we want to show our gratitude is to pray for you specifically. Would you send us your own prayer requests so that we can go before our Heavenly Father on your behalf?

I pray you and your loved ones have a blessed Thanksgiving today.

Warmly,

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Thanks-giving

Dear praying friends,

Though Dr. Richard seeks to cultivate an all-seasons culture of gratitude and praise in RREACH, in the U.S. it is officially thanks-giving season. So we want to thank you again for your prayer and encouragement of Dr. Richard. We thank God for you. We thank Him for your powerful partnership in Dr. Richard’s ministry.

This is also a season of focused planning for Dr. Richard. As he says, “I am praying for next few weeks—and will you pray too?

  • I need to construct and propose a framework for my Dallas Seminary engagement.
  • This is a critical period for our GProTeam before the official declaration of the GPro brand, GProCommission pipeline, and the GProConneXt platform.
  • I need to understand and express RREACH’s priorities (including GProCommission implications) by December 5 for board approval of strategies and budgets.”

Will you pray?

 

Seeking protection, provision & wisdom: Will you pray?

Dear praying friends,

This month Dr. Richard has turned his focus to finalizing plans for the next phase of his RREACH and Dallas Seminary ministry. Please intercede for God’s wisdom. His personal proclamation ministry, put primarily on hold during the GProCongress season, is flourishing. Pray especially that some friends he recently visited will draw closer to the Lord Jesus.

National GPA coordinator Rajiv Richard and his team have now scheduled 18 national GPAs for 2017. Pray for at least 25, and for protection and provision over the people and details involved in each one. GPA Romania is just two months away. Continue to pray for Dallas GPA applications, particularly from new and under-represented countries. To date, 13 of 25 pastors have been accepted and nine of 12 Master Coaches secured. Admissions interviews of the accepted pastors will begin in a couple of weeks and the difficult process of visa applications after that. Please ask God for discernment and favor.

GProCongress follow-up—the GProCommission for Trainers of Pastors—needs strong prayer support as it grows. Pray for the team, the technical platform, and for pastoral trainers around the globe to be significantly connected, united and strengthened.

Thank you for faithfully remembering Dr. Richard’s family, the RREACH staff and the RREACH board before the Lord, as well. Your prayers matter!

 

In his words: November update from Ramesh Richard

It’s 1:30 am, and I am about to leave for yet another flight…This last month, I sensed the next move in my post-Congress recovery: from revitalization to rejuvenation. Unsolicited, four people told me I looked much better than I did pre-Congress. I didn’t know that I looked that bad! I am feeling younger, though chronology always overrides feelings. I am grateful for the Lord’s sustenance.

It might have been the trip to Colorado Springs—who won’t feel younger going to the Garden of the Gods? Maybe it was hearing about the 1 million church-planting commitments from the organizations present at the Global Alliance of Church Movements. Many were present at the GProCongress in June, and they testified to how inspired they have become to see church health accompany church growth. Or it might have been the targeted speaking to the Christ for All Peoples gathering in Dallas. This is a huge time of opportunity in the uncertainty that has beset the nation, especially considering immigrants. We don’t have to travel anymore to reach the world we have tried to reach over the last 200 years of traditional missions.

It definitely was the four days fulfilling Bonnie’s life-dream to view the fall colors—from Pennsylvania through Virginia (Shenandoah Valley/Blue Ridge Mountains), to North Carolina and Tennessee (the Great Smokies), we watched the fiery red and brilliant orange testimonies to God’s creative artistry.

Finally, through providential intervention, I was able to speak at a youth festival in Asia. They asked me to bring the salvation message. We were overwhelmed by the response. Over 600 young people entrusted their eternal futures to the Lord Jesus Christ—a powerful scene that re-inflated the personal evangelistic proclamation tire of RREACH, which had slowly gone flat over the last four years of Congress preparation and management.

To close out the month, I spoke at two leadership summits to opinion leaders who have dedicated their professional careers to Christ in a majority pre-Christ environment.

Thank you for sending me all over this world for Christ and the Gospel.

Warmly,
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Tired, but overjoyed

Dear praying friends,

On Monday morning, the documents necessary for his international trip that evening not yet released, Dr. Ramesh Richard packed his bag in faith. Ninety minutes before he was to leave for his flight, they arrived. He was off to southeast Asia thanks to the last-minute assistance of a dear friend in Houston and a quickly arranged road trip, all in God’s timing and providence.

Thursday Dr. Richard called RREACH, tired, but overjoyed. A significant number of young people responded to the Gospel invitation after his talk that day, and a later engagement with business leaders brought forth more amazing stories. “God gained the victory,” he said. Thank you for praying, dear intercessors! Pray for God’s continuing work in the lives of those who have made decisions and His speaking through Dr. Richard in several upcoming commitments.

Nine pastors have been accepted as candidates for the 2017 Dallas GPA, three from priority countries, and seven Master Coaches have been secured. Even as we ask God for more applicants and positive responses from requested Master Coaches, we ask Him to begin preparing the hearts and minds of those committed.

Pastoral training ideas, collaborations and connections from the GProCongress are taking exciting shape and direction. A recent telephone conversation between formal and non-formal trainers of pastors all over the world “pushed the limits of Skype,” according to one participant, but produced clarity for further dialogue and action steps for immediate implementation. Please intercede for the GProCommission follow-up team and this ongoing process.

Requesting prayer in a busy season

Dear praying friends,

Thank you for your continued prayer for Dr. Richard and RREACH. The Lord has blessed RREACH with a flurry of activity in every one of our three strategies. Please join us in prayer for the following needs:

Personal Proclamation:

As you know, several months ago Dr. Richard’s belongings were stolen, including important travel documentation that has to be replaced for him to continue his itinerant ministry.

Replacement documents will arrive, the Lord willing, in the next several days. If they do, Dr. Richard will be traveling early next week for a major speaking event focused on mobilizing believers to reach unreached areas across Asia. The event is expected to draw 30,000 youth from around South Asia, along with pastors, mission leaders and business leaders. Please pray that replacement documents do, indeed, arrive in time and for traveling mercies for Dr. Richard. 

Media Outreach:

Praise! Dr. Richard’s October Media Outreach message has garnered a large response—nearly twice what is normal. Pray that this message would help many see their deep need for salvation and respond in obedience to the Lord Jesus. 

Ministry training:

National Global Proclamation Academies have been confirmed in 12 countries and many more are prospective. Pray for the teams working on planning national GPAs around the world and that God would provide national GPAs in a total of 25 countries in 2017.

Also, RREACH staff has received 24 applications for the 2017 Dallas Global Proclamation Academy, including five from top-priority countries (these are typically countries that have not yet been represented at the Dallas GPA). Please pray that God would send the right 25 fine, young pastors for this three-week training set for June 2017.

Will you intercede?

Dear praying friends,

Thank you for lifting up Dr. Ramesh Richard and RREACH in prayer. God is providing and we have many praises to share! We ask you to continue to intercede for some updated needs below, as well.

Praise! The official documents Dr. Richard has been waiting on since the end of June have arrived in the U.S.! The process of getting them in hand will take several more business days, though, and he needs them in order to leave for a major speaking engagement in a little over a week. Please pray that the documents will arrive in time and contain no restrictions.

We also thank God for the growing activity on GProConneXt.com, the hub for connecting, resourcing and mobilizing pastoral trainers after the GProCongress. Ask the Lord for His continued guidance and blessing as the GProCommission team facilitates this global movement.

Praise God for progress toward the 2017 Dallas GPA. We have secured nearly half of the needed Master Coaches and have received a number of promising candidate applications. Intercede for the remaining Master Coaches needed, for more quality applications from new and under-represented countries, and for our selection process, especially as we only accept one delegate per country. National GPAs also need much prayer as we seek to more than double our goal for the number held each year.

Dr. Richard will be traveling again next week, the Lord willing, and Bonnie will be accompanying him. Pray for safety, joy and further post-GProCongress resuscitation.

Thank you!

In his words: October update from Ramesh Richard

Dear praying friends,

A three-culture ministry is what RREACH seeks to create and carry for both effectiveness and efficiency. The decade-long Global Proclamation Commission demands that we live out a culture of:

1. Praise and Prayer

In the spirit of the leper who returned to say thanks, we wanted to host a dinner of praise—no preaching, no fundraising, no distraction. What we thought would be a small turnout eventually grew to about 200 friends praising our Lord Jesus for His accomplishments through us at the GProCongress. We added a component of prayer for the world, and especially for our nation in the throes of election confusion. The resounding theme of the night? Our God Reigns (Psalm 96).

2. Follow-up, Follow-up, Follow-up

An event without follow-up is simply an activity. Follow-up is part of RREACH’s ethos, and it is one of the reasons I personally write and sign receipts to you, my dear donor-friend. After our Praise-Prayer evening last month, we met for an entire day of Congress follow-up decisions. Our GProCommission team of 10 (located all over the world) is actively working on maintaining momentum through GProConneXt.com.

3. Relationships

We know God’s work moves by ideas, friends and resources. Friendship moves ideas forward. For the first time in over a dozen years, the Board (and spouses) of RREACH met for two days in lovely Colorado at a Board member’s home to prayerfully discuss the future. The next three months are crucial, as we prayerfully think through options for multi-faceted engagement. Would you pray for me, as I discern and process God’s best for this global proclamation ministry?

Our son Ryan’s client again invited me to travel, this time to Nairobi. Their financial capital is distributed by the human capital that RREACH has established worldwide to meet the needs of the economically-deprived. While there, I met with 25 of our Dallas GPA grads from that many countries in the great and growing Africa. All of us had grown older, but not duller, at the same pace! The 2017 Dallas GPA is already in planning. It is our signature project with deep, wide, large and long reach into our world. Many national GPAs are also planned for 2017. Please cover us!

I believe I have moved from resuscitation to the revitalization stage of post-Congress recovery. Thank you again for your timely generosity, which yields fruit worldwide. I appreciate your support so very much and need you/it more than ever before.

Warmly,

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Prayer needed! Category 4 hurricane hits Haiti

Dear praying friends,

The Carribean’s strongest storm in almost a decade has made landfall on Haiti’s Tiburon Peninsula as a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 145 mph. It is the first major hurricane (Category 3, 4, or 5) to hit Haiti in 50 years, since Inez in 1966, Colorado State University reported.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami then expects the storm to continue on for another landfall — expected in the lightly populated eastern end of Cuba.

Please uphold Haiti—an already beleaguered nation—and especially the four Dallas GPA graduates and many GPA Haiti graduates currently ministering there.

UPDATE: ministry training, personal proclamation requests

Eight pastors have now applied for the 2017 Dallas GPA, several from high-priority countries. Please pray for more nominations and applications from under-represented countries.

Pray for the right Dallas GPA Master Coaches to be available; two invitees so far have said “yes.”

Four national GPAs have been scheduled: Romania, Senegal, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Ivory Coast. Ask God for His blessing as teams organize these, and for a total of 25 national GPAs to take place in 2017.

Also, continue to remember the GproCommission for Trainers of Pastors, the critical follow-up phase of the GProCongress. Pray for involvement in the process and for growth in pastoral training to exceed expectations.

Finally, praise God for Dr. Richard’s fruitful time in Kenya and Qatar, and pray for his preparation for upcoming events. He is still waiting for replacement travel documents before he can serve in another, key country. Pray for God’s provision as this affects him and event organizers in that nation. Also intercede that his October Media Outreach video and social media campaign will attract a wide range of viewers to the Lord Jesus Christ.

A sense of gratitude, calmness in a busy new season

Dear praying friends,
Late last week Dr. Richard and the RREACH board got away for a long-overdue retreat. God blessed their time with deepened camaraderie and insightful discussion of ministry strategy, structure and succession. God’s reaffirmation of RREACH’s mission and vision has given Dr. Richard a sense of gratitude and calmness as he evaluates the range of new opportunities opened by the GProCongress. Please pray that he will continue to be sensitive to God’s leading, from the panoramic to the particular.

Dr. Richard is eager to return to “personal proclamation” after his long administrative stint as Convener of the GProCongress. Pray for clarity and creativity as he studies, writes new material and prepares new talks. Also intercede for his upcoming trip to Africa and southeast Asia. Part of his itinerary is affected by still-delayed government documents. Ask God to make His path clear.

RREACH received its first applications for the 2017 Dallas GPA this week! Pray for many more recommendations, especially from under-represented countries, for the right 25 delegates, and for God’s favor on the visa process. Pray, too, as Master Coach invitations go out. Ask God to open schedules and bring the right 11.

Thank you for praying!