“Sorrowful and hope-filled”

Dear friends,

Thank you for your continued prayer for Dr. Richard and RREACH. There is much on our hearts and minds this morning, and we ask you to join us in earnest prayer for the following needs:


Late last week Dr. Richard made the prayerful decision to cancel a trip to southeast Asia in order to join his family by his ailing mother’s bedside. Mrs. Manorama Richard went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, and Dr. Richard shared his thoughts this way: “Loud applause from this first born son for his beloved mother’s graduation into heaven today w/ HIGH HONORS. Sorrowful & hope-filled.”

Dr. Richard and his mother, Manorama (Mrs. John) Richard, at his Dallas Seminary graduation.

Dr. Richard and his mother, Manorama (Mrs. John) Richard, at his Dallas Seminary graduation.

Manorama Richard was born on April 9, 1924, in Salem, Tamil Nadu, India to Mr. & Mrs. Masilamani Mudaliar. Having personally embraced the Lord Jesus as her personal Savior in 1957, she wished to share God’s salvation to all her immediate and extended family.

She lived her early years in Secunderabad, A.P., was educated in Chennai and Delhi, and then married David John Richard on May 31, 1950. After the birth of their son Ramesh, they moved from Hyderabad to Chennai for her husband’s employment with the Indian Airlines. Ramani, Ravi, and Rajiv were added to the family there. She would personally lead all four children to salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Called to serve with her husband in full time vocational ministry, Manorama and her family moved to New Delhi in 1972. After fruitful worldwide service, the Richards immigrated to Syracuse, New York, in 1991 and to Richardson, Texas, in 1995. The core Richard family includes four children, eight grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.

Please join us in praising God for Mrs. Richard’s life, which was marked by a devotion to God. Also, please hold her family up in prayer. Mrs. Richard’s memorial service will take place this evening in Richardson, TX.

Cancelled trip:

In southeast Asia, Dr. Richard was to take part in important meetings regarding the 2016 Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers and also teach at GPA Myanmar.

Two RREACH representatives attended the Congress meetings on Dr. Richard’s behalf, and have reported the meetings are completed and were mutually encouraging. Praise God!

GPA Myanmar:

GPA Myanmar is underway with 25 fine young pastors from across the country attending. Please pray for the pastors who are attending, that their ministries would be strengthened and changed because of their time at GPA Myanmar and that the Lord would provide immediate opportunities for them to multiply their training to other pastors in their communities and regions.

For His glory,
Edie Ross
Prayer coordinator

12 thoughts on ““Sorrowful and hope-filled”

  1. Dear Jesus’s people, It is for His glory to go and live with our Lord in Heaven.we will keep you in our prayer and thank God for His faithfulness. “For you were bought at a price,therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit.which are God’s.” 1 Corinth.6:20. Shalom. aleks and violeta.

    Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:43:51 +0000 To: calvaryaleks@hotmail.com

  2. Ramesh – I am so sorry to learn of your mother’s death but rejoice in her heavenly homegoing. Ps 116:15 . I know you will surely miss her.
    In Christ’s love,
    Dennis Mock

  3. Hi Ramesh, condolences from the Lazaro family in Sydney Australia. Sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. However, she has gone to a better place. May God give you strength.

  4. Dear Dr. Ramesh Richard and allyou lovely family.

    The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. Amen (2Co. 13:14).

    Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on: Yea, says the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them (Apo.14:12-13).

    I´m with you.

    Att. Jesus Antonio Sámano, GPA 2012, México

  5. Ramesh and Bonnie, I am praying for you and your father and families even while the Memorial service is proceeding. Your mother is worthy of the tributes being given for she finished well faith’s journey and now it is all by sight as she beholds her God and Savior and the glories of Heaven. “Face to face I shall behold Him,” Fanny Crosby wrote and the Scripture assures us “We shall see Him as He is!” (1 Jo. 3:2b) May the Lord encourage and comfort you. Thank you for wisely staying with family by your Mother’s side to give her love and support in her pain and suffering. with gratitude for the privilege of knowing your mother and all your great family. Pastor Warren.

  6. Our hearts go out to Ramesh and his family in the home-going of his mother. We will be praying today and in the months ahead. May God give them comfort at this time. David and Debbie Owens

  7. Dear brother and family,
    Our prayers sre with you as you mourn the passing of your dear mom. We are grateful for her life of faith and the gift and legacy she shared with the world in you Ramesh, and trusting for continuing fruit to be born through your ministry in her honor and to the glory of our God.

    In God’s keeping until the resurrection. Amen

  8. Dear Ramesh & Bonnie,

    We are deeply sorry to hear of your dear mother’s home-going recently. Our
    hearts and prayers are with you and your loved ones during this mourning time.
    May the abundant grace and the mighty Word of our Lord give you comfort and
    strength. Praying also that the great testimony of your mother’s faith and your
    ongoing ministry will continue to glorify His name.

    In His Love,
    Stephen & Fanglan Hsieh

  9. Dear Dr. Richard and family:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. In reading the report of her life I was impressed that she had a life well lived and left a precious legacy in you and your family. As part of the family of God she will be in heaven living with her Lord and Savior with all the bible promises and so much more than we can comprehend.

    Blessing on you and the family she left behind.

    walter and margie smith

  10. To dear Ramesh, Bonnie and family:

    It was such a blessing to read about your beloved mother’s life and the impact she had on you and her whole family. The Lord truly used her in great and mighty ways. You are all much in my prayers, knowing the Lord is so good in comforting His people during times of grief and sadness; but not without hope. The hope is that you’ll see her again because of our blessed Savior.

    Prayerfully, Mary Harmon

    • Dear Ramesh
      HOPE-FILLED indeed.
      We are grateful for what our mothers meant to us. Gorgeous picture with your mom at your gratuation…prelude for Heaven Reunion…
      Peace of heart and mind. And more encouragement to press on in your ministry
      Abel and Priscille

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