Pivoting toward media proclamation

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • You’re invited to join our Sunday evening (U.S. time) pandemic prayer calls.
  • Praise God for new opportunities and pray as RREACH realigns priorities and staffing to meet current, urgent realities.
  • Pray for Dr. Richard’s writing projects and the need for good-quality publishers.
  • Praise God for the generous care expressed toward pastors and families in need.

The bigger picture:

Each Sunday evening, 9–9:30 US Central Daylight Time, Dr. Richard hosts a PrayerReach conference call (audio only via Zoom) for matters relating to the pandemic and its consequences. We would be glad for you to join us for this precious time. Let us know and we will send you details. We continue to seek God’s mercy and wisdom for all as this virus continues to wreak havoc around the world.

With the cancellation and postponement of major ministry training events, RREACH has pivoted hard toward Ramesh Richard’s media proclamation. We praise God for new opportunities to proclaim His Word arising out of pandemic circumstances. Ramesh has had several Web-based live speaking engagements. We are scaling our media initiatives to meet new and heightened needs revealed by the pandemic. Pray for wisdom, agile operations and God’s Word to penetrate areas where humans are trying to shut it out. Pray for His discernment and provision to manage this shift and its potential ramifications on workflow and the work force.

Please pray for a publisher for Dr. Richard’s new book, as well as completion of a couple more publication projects.

The spread of starvation is one tragic development of efforts to curtail the pandemic. We thank God that caring friends have donated more than US$64,000 (our goal was $50,000!) in addition to RREACH’s initial $50,000 allocation so that we can help more than 2,000 pastors and their families (averaging a $50 one-time gift) in hard-hit areas. More requests from hungry families of pastors are pouring in. Ask Him to provide more funds by June 30 for more pastoral families and to get the funds to those in the greatest need. Lift them to Him for protection, perseverance and provision. Pray that He will be glorified as they serve Him even in their suffering.

Thank you!

In his words: Ramesh Richard April 2020 update

Seeking opportunity to pray with like-minded believers during this pandemic? Please join me and friends from around the globe for 30 minutes each Sunday as long as the intensity of the virus goes on, at 9 p.m. U.S. Central (Daylight) Time. Let us know you’re interested and we’ll send you details.


Dear praying friends,

“A cruel joke,” I tweeted on April Fool’s Day, “if a researcher announced today that a powerful and guaranteed virus remedy was available. Delighted for a second, we would soon realize it is April 1. That’s how desperate humanity is to believe in a single cure and yet we rebel against one Savior for all sin.” We will seize April’s high and holy days to promote that single Savior for all humanity.

The month began with a visit to Dr. Ravi Zacharias, a dear friend of five decades. Now overtaken with cancer, he is hospital-based and undergoing chemo. The previous night I attended a Haggai International banquet, where 96-year-old founder Dr. John Edmund Haggai rejoiced with new leadership. I spoke at their 50th anniversary in Bali, Indonesia, last year. Dr. Satish Kumar, pastor of the fastest growing church in the world (125,000 in 12 years), came by the house to visit about his future. Then, I called on my very dear and newly widowed friend Dr. Tony Evans, only offering the gift of presence.

The next day, I flew to South Africa to help a new organization, Re-Forma, think through how to assure the quality of pastoral training. A critical need in view of many non-formal initiatives; a pastor must have the confidence of God and people as he serves.

Then countries started closing down, though not all. I headed to Botswana to strengthen pastoral leaders and evangelize opinion leaders, where about 10 of the 63 present embraced the Savior. That Sunday I preached at a thriving church whose pastor attended the 2008 Dallas Global Proclamation Academy. He also started a political party and served as a Member of Parliament—pastoral health affects church health and church health affects societal health.

Soon we heard that the transit nation of South Africa would close its borders to non-citizens. I canceled my trip to Lesotho and wait for an “impossible” seat to open to the U.S. Today, we are all dealing with alternate realities, with no place of safety except the arms of Jesus, mostly felt through the encouragement of His children—you!

Last night, I finished my 14-day, twice a day temperature-taking since returning. I am grateful that every reading was sub-normal. Though not fearful, I was careful.

Thank you for praying for this global ministry to deliver spiritual health during times of physical sickness. Critical decisions are being made as I write. I covet every possible expression of support. Thank you!

In the Inexhaustible Vine,
RR

Praying in place

Dear praying friends,

You are invited to join a 30-minute virtual prayer call with Dr. Ramesh Richard each Sunday in April at 9 p.m. U.S. Central (Daylight) Time. Let us know you are interested and we will send details.


In brief:

  • Praise God for new opportunities to care for others and invite them to know Him personally.
  • Pray that Dr. Richard’s LifeRocks outreach videos and podcasts will reach and help many.
  • Ask God to comfort those pastors who had planned to attend the 2020 Dallas Global Proclamation Academy.
  • Pray for Dallas and national GProAcademy graduates around the world as they serve amid this crisis.
  • Please ask God for discernment and favor regarding the October Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors.

The bigger picture:

Dr. Richard at his home desk

Dr. Ramesh Richard is recording short video reflections from his home desk during the local pandemic shelter in place order. Click the image to view some of his Wisdom and Peace Contagion messages for encouragement and perspective.

Our God never changes. We praise Him for that while the world reels. Thank Him for these new opportunities to care for others and introduce them to the only one who can save them. Pray for His enablement to seize this time for the very best of many everywhere.

Pray that new audiences will find and engage with LifeRocks videos and podcasts while people spend more time online. Pray that God will give Dr. Richard and the Media team fresh messages and creative ideas for maximizing this outreach.

Even though we hope to give them a chance to attend in 2021, the pastors accepted to the 2020 Dallas GProAcademy are fighting discouragement and disappointment at its cancellation. Please ask God to sustain them, as well as protect them. (See Dr. Richard’s statement about this here.)

Over 2,100 Dallas and national GProAcademy graduates are proclaiming and living out God’s Word in more than 100 countries around the world during the present crisis. Thank God for them. Pray for His protection and empowerment.

We need wisdom and favor regarding the Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean, scheduled for October 2020, the Lord willing. Please ask God’s direction and provision in negotiations with the venue. Pray for solutions that bless everyone involved. Pray that God’s leading will be clear.

RREACH April 2020 daily prayer reminders

DR. RAMESH RICHARD
4.1    humility before God, sensitivity to needs and clear direction in all areas
4.2    wisdom to seize the current world situation to further proclaim God’s Word
4.3    peace in making decisions with complex and far-reaching consequences
4.4    quality time and focus to produce content for talks, books and articles

GPROCOMMISSION
4.5       encouragement for those who train pastors
4.6       guidance and protection in planning future national GPAs
4.7       GProCentral colleagues’ wisdom and peace as they talk with trainers of pastors during this time
4.8       more pastors to catch the vision of training other pastors

RREACH STAFF
4.9
     the right new members to join the staff
4.10
   growth in personal relationships with God
4.11    flexibility and creativity to optimize what is happening globally for the Gospel
4.12    Rejoice, our Savior lives!
4.13    aptitude and patience in learning a new workflow process

GPROLATAM&CARIB
4.14    wisdom as the team adjusts for current world realities
4.15    interpreters skilled in this niche expertise
4.16    good communication among internationally-based team members
4.17    the right presenters for each session
4.18    excellence in executing every project

MEDIA OUTREACH
4.19    praise for a video editor who has joined the Media team
4.20    fruitful launch of our first podcast series, You 2.0
4.21    many individuals to watch LifeRocks videos while normal life is suspended
4.22    people in unreached areas to hear about the Lord Jesus

DALLAS GPA
4.23    peace amid disappointment for the pastors accepted to attend in 2020
4.24    wisdom as we realign our GPA preparations to focus on 2021
4.25    encouragement and protection for Dallas GPA graduates as they serve around the world
4.26    graduates to remain connected and united

RREACH
4.27    faithfulness to God’s calling
4.28    planning for the public launch of our next 10 years of ministry
4.29    additional countries to host expository preaching trainings
4.30    new ideas for the media outreach team

RREACH April 2020 Daily Prayer Reminders PDF

GPro: Global Proclamation (Commission, Congress, Community, Central)
GProLATAM&CARIB: Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean
GPA: Global Proclamation Academy

In his words: Ramesh Richard March 2020 update

Dear praying friends,

Podcasts! Know what they are? I am becoming convinced that podcasts are better than mere videos in delivering content to more engaged, niche audiences. LifeRocks our podcast has begun. Please pray for deep and wide reach into pre-Christians. You can even sign up by clicking here.

I kept a U.S. oriented speaking itinerary last month. Eighteen men from a rural congregation heard me at a Baptist campsite. Then I spoke at a new congregation of 100+ being established in far North Texas, with all the excitement of a start-up.

Hurried overnight advancement trips to Nashville—15 meetings in 28 hours—and Atlanta—to attend the gala of a sister ministry—were tiring, but tremendous.

Pastoral visits with the two finest preachers in America—one grieving from the loss of his beloved and the other recovering from major surgery—are return expressions of blessed friendships of decades. Oh yes, I should not forget board and staff meetings, which keep ministry mechanisms legal and viable.

GProAcademy Chad in West Africa graduated 25 young pastoral leaders of whom 19 had malaria while going through the program. A global mobilization team is working on bringing the right 500 to the October GProCongress Latin America and the Caribbean. Please pray for their reach into candidates with thousands of phone calls and messages. Also, the June 2020 Dallas GProAcademy is looking for U.S. visas for 25 younger pastoral leaders. We have 10 more to go. The situation is formidable. Please pray.

My greatest joy last month was the launch of a monthly prayer video conference call. You can join from any part of the world for a fast 30 minutes of guided prayer for this ministry. Will you join us?  Thanks for not letting us run out of fuel by your prayers. I especially need them as we make major decisions in the coming weeks for the rest of 2020.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,
RR

Join our prayer call today, March 20

March Title

Greetings, dear Prayer Supporters!

I would like to invite you to participate in RREACH’s virtual prayer gathering this Thursday, March 19, at 8 p.m. U.S. Central Daylight Savings Time.

During the 30-minute call, we will share updates and pray over the ministry. You will be able to connect either through a video conference or by audio only.

All you need to do is click on this link, RREACH: Pray with Us, and sign up. You will then receive instructions how to connect to the call, as well as reminders of the call.

Your prayer support has meant more than we can say and, the Lord willing, we look forward to praying together with you.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,
RR

Botswana update from Dr. Richard

Dear praying friends,

With thanks to each one who prayed for my decision and even wrote of your support, I am now in Botswana, having made a decision to proceed on the missionary journeys, unless prohibited from entry. I didn’t show any fever on their thermometer, but they have permitted me in provisionally. Indeed, all of life is provisional!

In the time being, I invite you to continue to pray for me to well-serve God’s Word personally—high-level pre-evangelism outreach to opinion leaders and reinforcing pastoral leaders—with hope around the one thing on everyone’s mind worldwide.

Our world faces tempestuous times, doesn’t it? And we in the middle of our own vulnerabilities still must serve with a robust view of God—the reason I regularly pray for His total protection, global provision and manifest presence.

Should all things go as projected, but not predicted, I am to be back home in about a week’s time, whether needing to be under self-quarantine I do not know, since I am not serving in a Level 1–3 region for the virus. You should hear back from us in some form with an update … but in this note wanted to follow our practice of reporting on prayer requests with appropriate thanks to His people and always inadequate thanks to God.

Warmly,
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Urgent prayer request from Dr. Richard

Dear praying friends,
As Dr. Richard finishes meetings in South Africa, he requests prayer as follows:

Would you kindly pray about whether I should go on to two other countries (Botswana and Lesotho) or find a way back home? Since their health systems are not as strong, they have moved U.S passports from Category 2 to Category 1 risk.

If I do arrive there, I would rather not be arbitrarily placed in their quarantine…and a 14-day self-quarantine in Africa may be challenging…am traveling with carry-on only!

We need to make a decision in about 12 hours…noon on Thursday U.S. Central Daylight Savings Time. 

Grateful for the Sovereign One who will strengthen me to endure and even embrace all circumstances for the advance of the Gospel. (Phil. 4:12-13)

Thanks so much for your care in prayer.
ramesh richard
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Moving forward in faith

Dear praying friends,

You are invited to join our next virtual prayer gathering on Thursday, March 19, at 8:00 p.m. U.S. Central Daylight Savings Time. For more information, please email Melissa@rreach.org or call +1 972-528-6100.

In brief:

  • Praise God for the growing registration list for the Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America and the Caribbean; pray for many more registrations.
  • Pray for the 2020 Dallas Global Proclamation Academy candidates still applying for visas.
  • Pray for Dr. Richard’s trip to several countries in the south of Africa.
  • Praise God for sustaining the graduates of GPA Chad. Pray for upcoming national GPAs.

The bigger picture:

The latest count of trainers of pastors registered for the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress is 151. Praise God! Pray for the team working diligently to mobilize the right 500. Pray for those who wish to attend but are hesitating to register because of potential airfare costs. RREACH is covering all their conference costs, including boarding and lodging. Pray that they will step forward in faith to register now.

We have 13 candidates for the 2020 Dallas GPA with visas. We need 12 more. Please ask God for great favor on those applying for visas (five this week). Pray for the team in Dallas as they prepare.

Dr. Richard is off on a trip to several countries in southern Africa. Pray for his health, safety and impact. Pray that he will be sensitive to God and proclaim His Word clearly and winsomely. Pray that pastoral leaders will be encouraged and pre-Christians attracted to the Lord Jesus. Praise God for Dr. Richard’s  recent fruitful trips to Nashville and Atlanta in the U.S.

Nineteen of 26 GPA Chad attendees, in addition to some organizers, came down with malaria and flu during the GPA. Praise God that they persevered to finish! Pray for His protection as they return to their ministries better able to preach and live biblically.

Please also pray for a national GPA for pastors from a closed Southeast Asian country. Organizers ask for earnest prayer regarding coronavirus and other concerns that could hinder pastors from attending.

Thank you!

March 2020 RREACH daily prayer reminders

DR. RAMESH RICHARD
3.1    a proclamation and ministry training trip to several African countries
3.2    humility before God, sensitivity to needs and clear direction
3.3    time and concentration to produce writing/speaking content
3.4    discernment in evaluating speaking invitations
3.5    a publisher for a current book manuscript

GPROCOMMISSION
3.6    GPA Equatorial Guinea pastors to be connected, united and strengthened
3.7    pastors at a South Asia national GPA to be connected, united and strengthened
3.8    funding for Dallas and national GPAs and GProCongresses
3.9    final follow-up of the 2016 GProCongress for trainers of pastors

DALLAS GPA 2020
3.10
   favor on candidates applying for U.S. visas
3.11
   full cohort of 25 pastors in June, at least five from new countries
3.12    provision for the candidates in raising half their airfare
3.13    need for pre-event set-up volunteers and weekend host families

GPROLATAM&CARIB
3.14    many early registrations with payment
3.15    selection of presenters for varied sessions
3.16    efficient, effective collaboration among internationally-based team members
3.17    good connections with local service vendors
3.18    procuring excellent interpretation services

MEDIA OUTREACH
3.19    scheduling time for Dr. Richard to film videos
3.20    provision for a video editor to join the staff
3.21    LifeRocks videos/podcasts to change the way many individuals think about the Lord Jesus
3.22    translation of materials into six languages

RREACH STAFF
3.23    encouragement while serving behind the scenes
3.24    lean, nimble and wise operations
3.25    perseverance and clarity in executing complex projects
3.26    living our value of a “Jesus culture”

RREACH
3.27    more opportunities for outreach events
3.28    additional countries to host expository preaching trainings
3.29    new ideas for the media outreach team
3.30    wider audiences for Dr. Richard’s materials
3.31    more pastoral trainers to register for the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress

GPro: Global Proclamation (Commission, Congress, Community)
GProLATAM&CARIB: Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean
GPA: Global Proclamation Academy