Dear Praying Friends,
Connecting, uniting, strengthening brothers and sisters in Africa
Thanks for praying for my bags to arrive…they did, with everything intact. I don’t have to borrow shirt and socks anymore!
Dr. Richard just sent the above message from Lilongwe, Malawi, where he is casting vision for the GProCongress for Pastoral Trainers, speaking at an apologetics conference and giving two Sunday morning messages. He left for Malawi three days ago, arriving after 37 hours of travel to multiple vehicle breakdowns, a long stretch without water, no electrical power, no Internet connection and no luggage. Flights only go to Malawi once every 24 hours, so he was praying for his bags to arrive on the next one. We praise God they did, and without a thing missing!
Malawi is the first of four countries on Dr. Richard’s itinerary. The Lord willing, he will meet with leaders in South Africa, Ethiopia and Uganda regarding the GProCongress, as well as speak at a large pastors conference and evangelistic event in Uganda.
Indeed, thank you for praying, and please continue to pray for:
- Health and safety
- Strong mobilization for the GProCongress for Pastoral Trainers
- Physical, mental, emotional and spiritual empowerment as Dr. Richard prepares for a grueling set of engagements upon his return from ministering in Africa
- The Richard family as this will be Dr. Richard’s first time away from home over Thanksgiving in 38 years
Behind the scenes: RREACH Board and Staff
Please pray for RREACH’s dedicated board of directors and staff. When ministry intensity increases for Dr. Richard, it increases for the entire RREACH team. We need the Lord’s wisdom, creativity and sustaining power to serve with excellence and efficiency. Pray for our continued growth in those areas and in encouraging one another.
The Lord answering prayers for GPA Mali
The Lord is graciously hearing our prayers for the national GPA in Mali! Twenty-one of the 25 young lead pastors recruited to attend made the trip despite poverty, peril, impeded travel and a sudden Ebola outbreak. Organizing pastor MO, Dallas GPA 2007 grad, traveled more than 1,000 miles and used only his phone—not a computer—to pull the event together. In spite of the difficulties in Mali, Dallas GPA grads Pastor MS from Togo (2013) and Pastor MN from Burundi (2012) joined him to run the GPA. “I am very grateful for this opportunity to serve pastors in Mali,” MS said. Please ask the Lord for a powerful finish to the GPA this weekend and for His ongoing provision and protection as all return to their families and ministries.