Beginning 2020 with teaching and preaching

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Pray for Dr. Richard’s trip to South America to teach and mobilize for the Global Proclamation Congress for Latin America & the Caribbean (GProLATAM&CARIB Congress).
  • Pray for Dr. Richard’s preparation to speak on January 15 at Dallas Seminary’s chapel service.
  • Praise God for the many ways He has provided for RREACH ministry through His people.
  • Praise God for a productive trip to Panama to prepare for the 2020 GProLATAM&CARIB Congress.

The bigger picture:

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Dr. Ramesh Richard spoke at two events during his recent trip to Panama.

Dr. Richard is scheduled to teach a Doctor of Ministry course for Dallas Seminary in Brazil early this month. Please pray for his strength of mind, body and spirit. Pray that he will connect well with the class. Also pray for excellent opportunities while there to mobilize trainers of pastors from the Portuguese-speaking world to attend the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress.

The day after he returns from Brazil, the Lord willing, Dr. Richard will speak at the first Dallas Seminary chapel service of the semester, January 15. Pray that he will find time to prepare and that he will proclaim God’s Word faithfully and eloquently.

Thank God for the many people who have been generous toward RREACH ministry with their time, attention, skills, prayer, counsel, finances and more. Ask Him to draw them nearer to Himself. Pray that we will wisely employ every gift of every kind He provides for His glory.

Praise God for a productive trip to Panama to prepare for the 2020 GProLATAM&CARIB Congress. Team members reviewed the venue and met with numerous service vendors and officials. Please pray for the ongoing process of arranging for services, negotiating contracts, and attending to the myriad details of convening an event for 500. Pray also that recruitment efforts will bring many early registrations with payment.

Thank you for praying!

January 2020 RREACH daily prayer reminder

RREACH STAFF
1.1   
to grow in the Lord as they serve.
1.2    energy and diligence to keep up with all that needs to be done behind the scenes.
1.3    all that we do locally and globally to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.
1.4    safety and provision for traveling team members.

DR. RAMESH RICHARD
1.5    total protection while traveling internationally.
1.6    dedicated time to prepare for teaching and speaking opportunities.
1.7    wisdom and humility in all areas of life.
1.8    God to work through Ramesh to reach pre-Christ friends locally and internationally.

GProCOMMISSION
1.9
   energy and wisdom in the final steps of 2016 GProCongress follow-up.
1.10  the team to be a source of encouragement to the GProCommunity.
1.11  connections with trainers of pastors in the 60+ countries not yet represented in follow-up.
1.12  the team’s evaluation of whom to invite to participate in future GProCongresses.

MEDIA OUTREACH
1.13  the new LifeRocks series on loneliness to reach those who don’t yet know the Lord Jesus.
1.14  successful launch of the LifeRocks website updates and redesign.
1.15  wider reach and deeper engagement with online content.
1.16  weekly PastorReach videos to encourage pastors to live, lead and preach biblically.

GProLATAM&CARIB
1.17
  the right 500 trainers of pastors to attend the Congress.
1.18  recruitment to make meaningful and lasting connections with trainers of pastors.
1.19  registrants to be able to pay the registration and travel costs.
1.20  wisdom for the communication team to determine best distribution strategies.

DALLAS GPA 2020
1.21  young pastors from new and underrepresented countries.
1.22  candidates to obtain visas.
1.23  energy and diligence for the admissions team.
1.24  the right Master Coaches to be able to lead the courses.

GENERAL
1.25  opportunities to host national GPAs in new countries.
1.26  openings for Dr. Richard’s printed materials to be distributed to pre-Christians around the world.
1.27  discernment in evaluating Dr. Richard’s potential speaking engagements.
1.28  capacity and creativity as Dr. Richard develops content for speaking engagements.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
1.29  wisdom and discernment as they consider RREACH’s future.
1.30  blessing over each board member’s leadership roles.
1.31  joy in the Lord as they serve RREACH and others.

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

 

In his words: Ramesh Richard December update

Dear praying friends,
The end of the year is almost here. Sometimes it feels like the end of the world is near, too! We take a quick world tour and wish His promise to come soon (Rev. 22:20) would happen now. Yet He waits to come so more would repent (2 Pet. 3:8). In these “betwixt” times and tension, I must serve God’s Word to the world.

In Bali, Indonesia, I spoke at a church service, then to about 120 pastoral leaders, and at an evening event where all four pre-Christ friends and family in attendance embraced the Lord Jesus.

In a South Asian country experiencing an extreme air quality crisis, I was addressing 500+ heroes at The Word Conference. Many pastors had been physically assaulted for the Faith. Who am I to minister to them? But they went back home more committed!

In Jakarta, Indonesia, RREACH hosted two networking sessions for about 100 world evangelical leaders on pastoral training over the next four years. We invited them to advocate for advancing Church Health worldwide by the training of pastors.

Trip highlight? Three days in a restricted Asian country. After waiting seven months for a last minute and rare official visa to speak, I addressed 800 leaders of their second largest denomination. Out of 500 pastors, only four had formal training—less than 1%. And yet they have grown from 200 to a whopping 220,000 people! Hallelujah!?

Preaching at favorite congregation in Singapore was my final stop before rushing home to a wonderful U.S. Thanksgiving! Praise be to God.

We also must multiply proclaimers around the world. Our national Global Proclamation Academies were held in Guatemala, Ukraine and São Tomé-Princípe, with 25 pastoral leaders each who were better trained to preach and live biblically. What a joy!

You make all this possible. Like early Christians, we cry out for “the Lord to come” (1 Cor. 16:22) and “even so come Lord Jesus” (Rev. 22:20). Until then, thank you for making His truth and love available to the world through this ministry. 2020 awaits!
In the Inexhaustible Vine,
RR

Outreach opportunities

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Praise God for a productive meeting of the board of directors last week.
  • Praise God and pray for several outreach opportunities for Dr. Richard this month.
  • Uphold Dr. Richard and Ministries Team members meeting in Panama next week in preparation for the Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean.
  • Please continue to pray for total efforts toward the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress.

The bigger picture:

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Ramesh Richard proclaims God’s Word at one of several events scheduled this month.

Thank you for praying for Dr. Richard and the RREACH board as they met last week. They have spent considerable time thinking about the future of RREACH ministry. Please pray that Dr. Richard and RREACH will continue to wholeheartedly pursue God’s calling to proclaim His Word globally and multiply proclaimers locally.

Let’s pray for many to open their hearts to the Lord Jesus during this Christmas/holiday season. Dr. Richard spoke at one outreach event last week and has two more scheduled this month. Many Dallas and national Global Proclamation Academy (GPA) grads are planning special outreaches, as well. Praise God for these opportunities and pray for His truth and grace to transform many lives.

One of Dr. Richard’s outreach events is scheduled during his trip to Panama next week. The Lord willing, while there he will also speak to pastoral leaders and meet with members of RREACH’s Ministries Team regarding the 2020 GProLATAM&CARIB Congress. Please pray that he will proclaim God’s Word clearly and that the team will make wise decisions.

Recruitment for the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress continues steadily. Pray that the team’s phone calls and emails will reach many trainers of pastors and excite interest in the GProCongress. We are asking God for many to register and pay early. Pray, too, for the process of developing the program and selecting presenters.

Thank you for praying!

REACHED! Praise God!

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • REACHED! Praise God for providing many generous people to respond to a huge Inspirational Challenge for RREACH ministry.
  • Praise God for providing a last-minute and rarely granted official speaking visa that Dr. Richard needed to minister in a restricted country.
  • Praise God for the 316 pastors who graduated from the Dallas and national Global Proclamation Academies in 2019.
  • Pray for next week’s trip to Panama for an outreach event and Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean planning.
  • Pray for the RREACH board meeting on December 6, 2019.

The bigger picture:

RR on November SE Asia trip

Dr. Richard takes precautions while traveling in an area of high air pollution in Asia with Pastor H, a 2017 Dallas GProAcademy graduate.

REACHED! was the word Dr. Richard sent out after we reached our US $500,000 Inspirational Challenge on December 3—and exceeded it by 34 cents—but only after he wrote this note to God: “You are stunning; and I am stunned.” Would all of you rejoice with us at God’s magnificent provision? Pray that His vision through Ramesh will be reached. Soli Deo Gloria!

We’re praising God for how He used Dr. Richard during a recent trip to Asia. Ramesh ministered to more than 1,400 pastoral leaders in three countries where Christians are a significant minority and often suffer for the Faith. At a small outreach event, all four pre-Christians in attendance embraced the Lord Jesus. Please pray that these long-time and new followers will grow deep in joyful faith.

Twenty-five young pastors graduated from GProAcademy São Tomé and Príncipe last week, our final national GProAcademy of 2019. Pray that all 316 graduates of this year’s Dallas and national GProAcademies will continue to preach, live and think biblically.

Pray as we assess 2020 Dallas GProAcademy applications and organize more national academies.

The Lord willing, Dr. Richard and members of the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress organizing team will travel to Panama next week. Pray for God’s total protection and global provision as they gather information and make decisions. Pray for many pre-Christians to attend the outreach event scheduled. Pray that Dr. Richard will proclaim God’s Word wisely and winsomely.

RREACH’s board of directors meets the final time this year on Friday, December 6. Thank God for this group of godly leaders and their willingness to walk alongside Ramesh in his ministry calling. Please ask God’s sovereign guidance in this meeting and His hand to be on the board members and their families.

Thank you!

December daily prayer reminder

1    iProMission: Dr. Richard as he speaks at two Dallas-area churches, one today and another this coming weekend, the Lord willing
2    Ramesh Richard: to be humble before God, sensitive to needs and have clear direction in all areas of life
3    GProLATAM&CARIB Congress: the right 500 trainers of pastors to attend
4    Dallas GPA: 2020 candidates’ process of obtaining visas and raising half their airfare
5    Media Outreach: updates to the LifeRocks website for an early 2020 rollout
6    RREACH: Dr. Richard and the RREACH board as they meet today for the final time in 2019
7    National GPA: mobilization of more national GPAs for 2020
  iProMission: capacity, creativity and Christlikeness as Dr. Richard develops content for talks, articles and other projects
9    GProCommission: pastoral trainers and leaders worldwide to be encouraged by our ongoing follow-up
10  Dallas GPA: the best candidates from at least five new/under-represented countries
11  National GPA: pastors to put into practice the expository preaching steps they have learned, even when life gets busy
12  Media Outreach: unreached people to hear about the Lord Jesus and want to know Him
13  RREACH: the staff to grow in the Lord as they serve
14  GProCommission: diligence in details as we prepare for the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress
15  RR: Ramesh to be humble before God, sensitive to needs and have clear direction in all areas of life
16  iProMission: good attendance at an outreach in Panama and Dr. Richard to clearly proclaim God’s Word
17  GProLATAM&CARIB Congress: God’s total protection, global provision and manifest presence during a planning trip to Panama
18  Dallas GPA: graduates of all 13 cohorts to preach, live and think biblically
19  National GPA: spiritual and physical protection of organizers
20  Media Outreach: pastors worldwide to be encouraged by Dr. Richard’s PastorReach podcasts
21  RREACH: diligence for the staff to keep up with behind the scenes details
22  GProCommission: a spirit of grace and truth among global team members
23  iProMission: dedicated time for Dr. Richard to prepare for upcoming speaking events
24  Dallas GPA: great blessing as graduates proclaim God’s Word during this season
25  Glory to the One who was, is and will be Immanuel, God with us
26  National GPA: pastors to remain connected and share their training with others
27  RR: blessing as Ramesh and Bonnie celebrate their wedding anniversary
28  GProLATAM&CARIB Congress: recruitment team to connect with many potential attendees and motivate many early registrations and payments
29  Media Outreach: LifeRocks messages to reach those who need them
30  iProMission: discernment in evaluating Dr. Richard’s potential speaking engagements
31  Praise God, from whom all blessings flow

 Thank you for praying!

Ramesh Richard proclaims God’s Word; RREACH amplifies the proclamation globally and multiplies the proclamation locally.

RR – Ramesh Richard
GPA – Global Proclamation Academy
GProCommission – Global Proclamation Commission
GProLATAM&CARIB Congress – Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean, October 12–16, 2020, Panama City, Panama
iProMission – Ramesh Richard’s personal proclamation

In his words: Ramesh Richard November update

Dear praying friends,

Not that you need reminding, but five-sixths of 2019 is over as I pen this note on the first day of the month. So much happens each month. I want to be as profitable to the Master as I possibly can and as productive in the ministry as I should, especially in light of the tornado which recently struck Dallas. Friends lost property, but no lives were lost. I tweeted 13 Tornado Takeaways for myself. We can email them to you upon request.

A greater sense of responsibility and urgency impels all of us still alive. Did you receive “When Christian Leaders Defect,” an article about prominent leaders defecting from the Faith? Several friends have written about how much it strengthened them.

I also got to write a technical response to a “theory of homiletics.” Preachers must find what the Divine/Author says and does IN a biblical text to propose what they are proposing to the original audience and to us. This paper is not for the public…yet.

Weekend visits to the far ends of the U.S.A. (New York and Washington) broke up the intensity of the month, only to be followed by recording evangelistic and pastoral training short videos. Feel free to visit LifeRocks.org and PastorReach.org to watch what your prayer distributes worldwide.

I could also add here the hosting of Global Proclamation Academies in South East Asia and Democratic Republic of Congo (South), two very difficult environments, but God provided protection.

The month climaxed with RREACH’s annual board retreat as we considered strategic decisions under the Lordship of God’s Christ and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. I need Trinitarian foresight for our forethought. What a fine and godly board we have! So thank you so very much for your prayer. Pray for our Inspirational Challenge to be reached, even exceeded, by the December 3 deadline.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,
RR