Thank you for your faithful prayers for Dr. Richard and RREACH. I’d like to share some praises with you that we received from two recent national GPAs.
In early August 30 pastors from around Bangladesh attended GPA Bangladesh. RREACH staff at the national GPA reported how grateful the pastors were to be connected and united with one another. Most live in very difficult situations, and as Christians in a predominately Muslim and Hindu society, they are looked down upon. To fellowship and pray with a group of Christian brothers and fellow pastors was so refreshing and encouraging.
As one pastor noted “We made lifetime relationships with each other.”
The highest-rated session was a practical work session in preaching expository sermons. One pastor said, “The impact of this training will last forever since the sessions were very much practical and addressed us on a personal level.”
Praise God for the pastors who were able to attend GPA Bangladesh and pray that they would apply their training in their own churches and multiply it by sharing it with other pastors.
Also praise God for his protection over GPA Bangladesh, which took place amidst heightened political unrest in that region. In fact, some pastors had to stay two extra days because of a political strike and countrywide shutdown. The organizers added some extra sessions to redeem the time.
(To be as sensitive as possible to safety concerns, we won’t post pictures of GPA Bangladesh. Please continue to pray for these pastors as they minister in difficult situations.)
At the same time in a different part of the world 27 pastors from across Nigeria were attending GPA Nigeria. RREACH staff who attended reported that this was the most boisterous group of pastors at a national GPA yet. In fact, during worship at a local church the pastor asked everyone to “make a joyful noise to the Lord,” and the pastors grabbed chairs and waste baskets and started dancing and singing.
The pastors had the same zeal for learning, and some of their sessions went on until 11:30 at night. The group also beseeched organizers for additional sessions to address problems prevailing in the Nigerian churches and those sessions were reported to be “awesome and transforming.”
In some Nigerian churches pride is celebrated and hierarchy is encouraged in ministry leadership. This was a concern for organizers.
However, they reported that they were overwhelmed when pastors publicly confessed their errors in humility rather than let pride reign—a testament to how the teaching and fellowship at GPA Nigeria had influenced them.
Please join us in praising God for His provision of these 27 pastors and His sanctifying work in their lives. GPA Nigeria organizers already are discussing the possibility of regional GPAs within Nigeria, at the request of the pastors who attended.
For His glory,Edie Ross Prayer Coordinator