Every prayer matters

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Praise and pray for Dr. Ramesh Richard’s current ministry trip in South Asia.
  • Thank God that Dr. Richard found his much-used and convenient jotter pad!
  • Pray for special opportunities to proclaim our Lord Jesus this amazing Christmas season.
  • Ask God to provide just the right resources for RREACH ministry.

The bigger picture:

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Dr. Richard encouraging leaders and students at a new theological institute in South Asia

Dr. Richard has enjoyed many opportunities to talk about the Lord Jesus with opinion leaders—people of influence and affluence—during his current trip in South Asia. Praise God for the individuals who organized outreaches and for the good turnouts. Please pray that the messages keep penetrating minds and hearts, that many will receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior!

Thank God with us for granting even seemingly small requests. A few weeks ago Dr. Richard could not find his pocket-sized jotter pad, a handy little tool he always uses for visits with friends or opening comments during talks. He remembered where he had left it, but it had disappeared. He searched high and low and asked RREACH staff to pray with him, especially as time drew near to an international trip with numerous speaking engagements. The good news came to the staff after he was already en route—God placed his hand on the jotter pad (literally—it had been laid on top of a tall cabinet) the night before his departure. Thank you for your every prayer for Ramesh. We may have no idea how the Lord is answering—but He is!

People seem more open to thinking about spiritual and eternal realities at this time of year. Would you please especially remember Dr. Richard and all of our Dallas and national Global Proclamation Academy graduates as they proclaim God’s Word in many different contexts? Pray for their bold and loving witness. Pray for protection and peace. Pray for more people to realize and receive the true gift of God during the Christmas season.

We continually bow before God as He supplies what RREACH needs for ministry. We thank Him for every provision and ask His wisdom in employing it wisely. Please pray for His ongoing, timely provision and for blessing on every channel through whom it flows.

Thank you!

Major outreach opportunities

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Dr. Ramesh Richard is on his way to minister in an influential country experiencing increasing hostility towards believers/followers. Please pray.
  • Praise! GPA Bolivia, the final national Global Proclamation Academy of 2018, successfully graduated 33 younger pastoral leaders. Please pray for 2019.
  • Plans are under way for a strategic event early next year. Pray for creativity, capacity and Christ-likeness in the process.

The bigger picture:

PES1 books in Spanish donated in Bolivia

Two Spanish editions of Dr. Richard’s book Preparing Expository Sermons were given to a GPA Bolivia coordinator for use in a seminary there. They hope to incorporate Dr. Richard’s seven-step process for preparing expository sermons into their courses.

Dr. Richard is embarking on a trip with major outreach opportunities, but new spiritual realities in his destination country require us to call on the Lord for protection and impact. Please pray for his entry into the country, for all the local hosts, and for full events. Intercede for God’s Word to reach into many and transform the many. Pray also for his engagement to speak at the 50th anniversary of a congregation he planted, which has become a central strategic influence in one of the world’s largest cities.

The final national GPA of 2018 wrapped up in Bolivia with 33 young pastoral graduates. Ask God to continue to work in the lives and ministries of each national GPA graduate—380 in 2018, 1,928 since 2011! Pray, too, for the national GPAs being organized for 2019. Pray for local organizers, logistical details and for the right 25 young pastors to attend each. Please also remember ongoing preparation for the 2019 Dallas GPA. Nineteen pastors have been accepted so far.

Finally (for this week), we would appreciate prayer for a special early-2019 event celebrating God’s work through RREACH and looking ahead to the next phase of Dr. Richard’s proclamation ministry. Pray for creativity, capacity and Christ-likeness as we organize this and for good response from 50 like-minded and long-term generous friends.

Thank you for praying!

In his words: Ramesh Richard November update

Dear praying friends,

I am quickly over-running my allotted word count even as I begin this letter! Bring out your magnifying glasses to rejoice over a two-week, six-country, seven-airline-dominated last month.

  • China: A two-hour pastoral visit during a five-hour stopover after American Airlines’ longest flight (Dallas to Hong Kong—17 hours!) with a long-term friend weakened by cancer.
  • India: One of the richest days of my life in my childhood city! Two-hundred-fifty believers brought 350 pre-Christ friends for a day-long event featuring talks from converts to the Lord Jesus. I was energized by the spirit of the stories, and more importantly by the Spirit of God, to present the final 30-minute talk at the end of a powerful, jet-lagged day. Thirty-eight made first time professions of faith—a huge percentage! That night I flew to my birth city to talk to 20,000-plus people (mostly new believers) on the problem of evil.
  • Thailand: Yet another four-hour layover after an overnight flight allowed for a pastoral visit with a fine Dallas GPA grad/businessman/church planter. We finished with prayer for a child. That was Monday; on Thursday, he confirmed his wife’s pregnancy. God answers even before I pray! (smile)
  • Japan: A nation where the evangelical Faith has failed to penetrate. Still at an abysmal 0.50 percent, with most Japanese pastors soon to retire, they need a boost in recruitment and training of younger pastors. Who would have thought that RREACH would provide just that through our Global Proclamation (GPro) Commission? A Japanese leader who attended our 2016 GProCongress mobilized over 100 devoted Japanese pastors, older and younger, for GProJapan. They envision 50,000 congregations in Japan over the next decade.
  • Malaysia: God (and Bonnie) knew that I needed two slower days, which I found in Kuala Lumpur with RREACH’s director of Ministry Coordination, former Ambassador Selwyn Das. We had delightful times of meeting, eating, even shoe repair and a haircut!
  • Philippines: GProPhilippines was hosted by TOPIC (Trainers of Pastors International Commission), an organization founded by RREACH 20 years ago. We presented the new global facilitator of TOPIC, Al Bridges (formerly of BEE—Biblical Education by Extension). God used me once again to charge the 150. They plan to train 5,000 pastoral trainers to produce 10,000 new pastoral leaders by 2020!

I trust that your Thanksgiving season included what the Lord makes happen through you, me and this ministry. You were included in our United States Happy Thanksgiving season.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,

RR

In his words: Ramesh Richard October update

Dear praying friends,

Last month began at the tail end of a flourishing trip to Costa Rica—two evangelistic events, one large (1000+), and one private (100+), along with launching a national preaching conference at their foremost seminary. This annual conference will grow deep and wide.

RREACH convened two national Global Proclamation Academies. I visited by video with the soon-to-be graduates of the poorest nation of the world (by per capita income). Central African Republic has no consistent electricity, but they found a generator to power the call. I had to talk to them in the dark! Then with 37 younger pastors of a restricted country in Asia, meeting five road-hours away from the glare of their government, I shared a biblical charge by video.

The month concluded by my serving as a leader and speaker at a luxury event to a high-level, private think-tank outside Vail, Colorado. I am grateful to be always learning what the apostle Paul had already learned…the secret of contentment in economic extremes (Phil. 4:12).

Thank you for sending me to proclaim God’s word globally and multiply the proclamation locally. I so value your trust in me and this ministry, and I hope you feel valued, too.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,

RR

Ramesh still on the road

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Praise! God is blessing Dr. Richard’s two-week, four-country trip in Asia.
  • Our Global Proclamation Associates event is in less than two weeks. Please pray.
  • Pray for the right publishing relationship for Dr. Richard’s products.
  • Uphold our preparation for the 2019 Dallas and national Global Proclamation Academies.

The bigger picture:

RR and Jason

Dr. Ramesh Richard and Pastor J, 2006 Dallas GPA Philippines delegate and Global Proclamation Commission team member, participated in the recent GProCommission Church Multiply Vision Festa in Japan. Attendees expressed great appreciation for RREACH taking the risk to begin a multiplication movement in 2016 with the Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers.

Dr. Richard has had an eventful trip in Asia. Thank you for praying! At a major gathering for pre-Christian opinion leaders last Saturday, 200 Christian marketplace professionals brought 350 colleagues/friends/family to hear about the Lord Jesus. Dr. Richard’s talk concluded the day-long event. Praise God for 38 individuals who embraced the Lord Jesus as their one and only God and Savior! Sixty-four expressed spiritual need and wanted to know more, and 99 percent of those who responded indicated interest in attending future similar events. Rejoice, and pray for the Holy Spirit’s continuing work.

Dr. Richard hopes to maximize time on this trip to prepare for the upcoming GProAssociates event. Please ask the Lord for strong and strategic, creative and comprehensive thinking. Pray for all the pastors planning to come from 27 countries. Pray for those unable to get visas in time to attend. Thank God for His sovereignty and pray that we will trust His love through this.

We would appreciate prayer for guidance as we consider partnerships with publishers for Dr. Richard’s writing projects. Ask for Dr. Richard’s materials to be made available where they can best be used to strengthen the body of Christ.

So far, we have received 60 applications and conducted 22 applicant interviews for the 2019 Dallas GPA. No pastor can just apply. Each of these young leaders must be nominated to us from a network of referees, and from those nominations we invite some to apply. Please pray for nominations of quality, qualified pastors from new and under-represented countries and for discernment of whom to invite and to accept. Pray, too, for the demanding process of scheduling and preparing for national GPAs.

Thank you again for praying!

Ramesh on the road

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Please intercede for Dr. Richard’s two-week trip through Asia.
  • Uphold ongoing preparations for the upcoming Global Proclamation Associates event.
  • Praise God for how He is exciting young pastors about preaching biblically through national Global Proclamation Academies.
  • Praise God for good news from a dangerous situation.

The bigger picture:

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The young pastoral leaders at GPA The Gambia stand with the two Master Coaches helping them learn how to preach expository sermons, Dallas GPA 2018 grad Pastor S (in green) and Dallas GPA 2012 grad Pastor M (in turquoise blue). Pastor M also serves as national GPA facilitator for all of Africa.

Dr. Richard has departed for a busy personal proclamation and ministry training trip through four countries in Asia. His first stop includes providing the closing talk for a major event for opinion leaders. Pray that God will use this event to rescue many lost souls. After that, Dr. Richard has a quick flight to speak at the fastest-growing church in the world.

Pray, too, for his talks at a church multiplication event being held in a nation where, despite much effort, evangelical Christianity is declining. Pray for God to raise up many young pastoral leaders in this nation and region, and that their biblical proclamation of the Lord Jesus will bring many to recognize Him as Savior and Lord. Finally, pray for God’s leading in additional strategic connections Dr. Richard would like to make on this trip.

We would appreciate prayer for our ongoing preparation for the GProAssociates event coming in a few weeks. Ask the Lord for direction in planning the program and addressing logistical details. Also pray for Dr. Richard’s health and strength. He is scheduled to return from his trip just days before the GProAssociates arrive and, the Lord willing, goes into a RREACH board retreat immediately following that.

God is energizing young pastoral leaders about biblical preaching through national GPAs! The day after graduating from GPA Chile, one pastor held a youth conference for 1,100. He didn’t waste any time in emphasizing the importance of preaching correctly, even having the group memorize Dr. Richard’s seven steps for expository preaching. Remember pastors at GPA The Gambia and GPA Guyana as they wrap up this week and pray for blessing on efforts toward GPA Bolivia.

Last week we asked for prayer for pastors and families serving in danger/deprivation zones. One pastor called this week to say the conflict in the area continues, but they are now able to leave the house. The danger of being shot if seen in the street has abated. He is praising God for His goodness.

Thank you for praying!

Multi-faceted, multiplicative proclamation ministry

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Our hearts go out to pastors choosing to serve in desperate situations around the world.
  • Pray for Dr. Richard’s upcoming, multi-faceted trip through several Asian countries.
  • Praise God for the national Global Proclamation Academies completed thus far this year and pray for the final ones.
  • Thank you for upholding the Global Proclamation Associates event coming in a few weeks and please continue.

The bigger picture:

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The Lord willing, these young pastoral leaders will graduate from GPA Chile this week better prepared to preach, think and live biblically.

We’ve recently heard about man-made and natural disasters in Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia and Costa Rica, and we know that, sadly, many other places are going through tragic events. Would you pray with us especially for the pastors and families serving in these situations? They sacrifice much earthly comfort and gain to represent and proclaim the Lord Jesus amid crisis. Praise God for their amazing witness!

Dr. Richard plans to leave for Asia—many different parts of it—next week. Speaking at outreach events, pastoral training and church health conferences, and one of the fastest-growing churches in the world populate his schedule. Please pray that God will give him wisdom to be strategic with every moment and that the Holy Spirit will speak clearly through him. We cannot overestimate the value of praying for him!

Praise God for the 13 national GPAs that have taken place so far in 2018 and the pastors who have been connected, united and strengthened through them to better serve Christ in their communities. GPA Chile finishes this weekend and GPA The Gambia and GPA Guyana begin today. Pray for all aspects of these and for our preparation for the 2019 Dallas GPA.

In less than four weeks, the Lord willing, a group of select Dallas GPA graduates will gather in Dallas for the launching of Ramesh Richard’s Global Proclamation Associates. Please specifically uphold three pastors who have encountered obstacles in getting their U.S. visas. We are asking the Lord to intervene. Also pray for Dr. Richard and the RREACH staff as we work toward this event. Pray that the Lord Jesus will be honored and that many will draw near to Him through this ministry succession initiative.