Urgent request update and June daily prayer reminders

Urgent Prayer Request Update:
2019 Dallas Global Proclamation Academy housing

We asked your fervent prayer; now we wish to let you know what God has done.
With less than a week to go, RREACH received confirmation that Dallas Seminary has enough on-campus rooms to accommodate all of our Dallas GPA pastors!
Thank you for your prayer. Praise and glory be to God.

Dear praying friends,
This June, please pray with us for:

1     Ramesh Richard to be humble before God, sensitive to needs and have clear direction in all areas of life
2     iProMission: God’s Word to continue to work in hearts and minds where Dr. Richard has spoken
3     Dallas GPA: health, safety and smooth customs/immigration entry as the pastors arrive this week
4     GProCommission: wisdom and perseverance as GProCentral colleagues keep reaching out to encourage pastors and pastoral trainers
5     Media Outreach: many to engage with Dr. Richard’s LifeRocks short video messages about peace
6     Dallas GPA: spiritual and physical protection of the delegates and all RREACH and DTS staff involved
7     iProMission: blocks of time Dr. Richard can dedicate to writing and preparing messages
8     National GPA: clear vision, fresh energy and enduring connections for GPA Colombia graduates as they return home
9     Dallas GPA: day 1 – worship service, special lunch and orientation leading into an exciting week in the classroom
10   RR: teaching three sessions today as the first Master Coach of the GPA
11   Media Outreach: insight as RREACH staff plan and excellence as they execute plans
12   RREACH: special energy and encouragement for the staff throughout the Dallas GPA
13   GProCommission: preparations for regional gatherings of pastoral trainers
14   Dallas GPA: a great weekend for the pastors and their host families
15   RR: Ramesh to be humble before God, sensitive to needs and have clear direction in all areas of life
16   National GPA: funding so we can continue to make national GPAs possible
17   Dallas GPA: week 2 in the classroom – Master Coaches, deepening relationships, Scripture Sculpture homework
18   Media Outreach: people in unreachable areas to hear about the Lord Jesus through LifeRocks’ online presence
19   GProCommission: capacity to translate more materials into more languages
20   National GPA: GPA Belize pastors to be connected, united and strengthened as they meet 6/20–29
21   Dallas GPA: a great weekend for the pastors and their host families
22   iProMission: making Dr. Richard’s books, talks and other resources available for greatest effect
23   RR: God’s hand to be on Dr. Richard as he prepares the 2019 graduation charge
24   Dallas GPA: final week – sermon preparation, closer bonding, energy to finish well
25   Media Outreach: pre-Christians to have meaningful conversations with online counselors
26   GProCommission: pastoral trainers to benefit from the thousands of resources available on GProLearning.org
27   iProMission: discernment as Dr. Richard evaluates potential speaking engagements
28   National GPA: clear vision, fresh energy and enduring connections for GPA Belize graduates as they return home tomorrow
29   Dallas GPA: a powerful graduation celebration for the 2019 graduates
30   Dallas GPA: safety and strength as the pastors depart and go back to their everyday lives

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

RR – Ramesh Richard
GPA – Global Proclamation Academy
GProCommission – Global Proclamation Commission
iProMission – Ramesh Richard’s personal proclamation

In his words: Ramesh Richard May update

Dear praying friends,

We know/love/believe/follow a God who is personal, who did not sit in His heavens and merely prescribe (cf. the God of other monotheisms), but who personally entered the crux of the human situation.

It was this crucified (crux is Latin for cross) Savior whom we recognized through 14 stations of the Via Crucis at an evangelical Anglican congregation and through the 15th station, His Resurrection, at an evangelical Lutheran sunrise service. Indeed, this was the only personal message we could send to our Family lost in the Sri Lanka Easter Sunday terrorist devastation. Let me know if you wish to receive a copy of a letter I wrote to a distraught believer there.

Last month was great, for it had no travel, at least not international travel. On my day-visit to Savannah, Georgia, to minister to the 88-year-old, most influential pastor in my life, he ministered to me instead. His son was killed in a bomb attack in Afghanistan earlier this year, and he himself fell, breaking the right side of his face. Still, he assured me that “old age is doable!” 🙂

When I am in Dallas, numerous ministry and mentoring opportunities present themselves. Younger men drop in for guidance and older men say they were decisively influenced in the style and structure of their ministries—including Dr. Celestin Musekura of ALARM and Dr. Stuart Briscoe of Telling the Truth. God uses us in humanly unplanned ways for eternal effect.

Global Proclamation Academies (GProAcademies) in Panama and Indonesia were accomplished by colleagues. I also recorded five pre-evangelistic talks for LifeRocks, our short-format monthly videos, around the theme of “de-cluttering” life, mind, heart and soul through the One who is our Peace-mover and Peace-giver.

And best of all, I concluded a Dallas Seminary semester on Cross Cultural Apologetics and Worldview Evangelism with a fine set of eager students about the ages of my kids!

Please pray for the 28 pastoral leaders from 28 countries we currently anticipate coming to the June Dallas GProAcademy. Hope you can be our guest at their graduation dinner on June 29, or really at any of our open events. You will rejoice at what God through your personal prayer support does to maximize my proclamation globally and multiply their proclamation locally. Thank you as always.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,

RR

P.S. Please keep interceding for rooms for the GProAcademy pastors at Dallas Seminary—we need four more. I would also appreciate prayer as I prepare my graduation dinner talk.

Dallas GPA praise and urgent prayer request

Answer to prayer: Praise be to God! RREACH now has 28 pastors with visas who plan to attend the Dallas GPA! This has been a major prayer concern and we thank all who have prayed. Having a visa does not guarantee entry into a country, though, so please continue to pray.
Urgent request: A critical aspect of the Dallas GPA is housing all the pastors on the Dallas Seminary campus. Not enough rooms are currently available and we must begin the move-in process in less than two weeks. We ask your fervent prayer that God will open up all the rooms needed.

Thank you!

Action across Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Praise God for opportunities to proclaim the Lord Jesus in Albania and Rwanda.
  • Praise God for the completion of national Global Proclamation Academies (GPA) in Panama and Indonesia (pastor’s wives and women).
  • Praise God for 27 pastors with visas planning to attend the 2019 Dallas GPA.
  • Pray for the newest LifeRocks outreach video release.
  • Pray for the RREACH board of directors.

The bigger picture:

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A GPA Indonesia attendee studies Dr. Ramesh Richard’s seven-step method for preparing an expository sermon.

God granted Dr. Ramesh Richard many wonderful opportunities to proclaim the Lord Jesus on his recent trip to Albania and Rwanda. Albania was the first nation to declare atheism as its authorized religion, though it is now officially a secular state. Dr. Richard spoke to pastoral leaders there and at a private outreach event with about a 60 percent atheist and M*sl*m  audience.

Rwanda is solemnly observing the anniversary of the horrific genocide there 25 years ago. Dr. Richard ministered multiple times to both national and church leaders. Please pray that God’s Word will reach widely and deeply in these countries as a result.

We’re thanking God for the completion of national GPAs in Panama and Indonesia (pastor’s wives and women) this month. Pray for attendees to apply what they learned. Also pray for the funding to continue to make these GPAs possible.

God has blessed us with 27 pastors who have visas and wish to attend this year’s Dallas GPA. Praise Him! Please continue to pray for provision for them and us as well as for our preparation process. We all encounter practical challenges and spiritual opposition in a greater way during this time. Your prayer makes a difference.

We would also appreciate your prayer for the newest LifeRocks video, released last week. Pray that many pre-Christians will watch it and pursue learning more about the Lord Jesus.

Finally, please uphold the RREACH board of directors, which met recently. Pray that their every discussion and decision will strengthen Dr. Richard’s and RREACH’s proclamation of the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you!

RREACH daily prayer reminder – May

Dear praying friends,

This month, please pray with us for:

1     Ramesh Richard to be humble before God, sensitive to needs, and have clear direction in all areas of life
2     iProMission: good attendance at pre-evangelistic events
3     Dallas GPA: thorough practical and spiritual preparation as the pastors get ready to come to Dallas
4     National GPA: Clear vision, fresh energy and enduring connections for GPA Panama and Indonesia (women’s) graduates as they return home
5     Media Outreach: effectively using technology and different media platforms to proclaim the Lord Jesus
6     GProCommission: team members to be encouraged in their service
7     iProMission: time Dr. Richard can dedicate to preparing messages and writing
8     Dallas GPA: direction and diligence as we pull final details together
9     RR: blessings and even greater fruitfulness in the Lord Jesus as Dr. Richard celebrates another birthday
10     National GPA: financial provision for the increased number of national GPAs we are holding each year and wisdom in administering it
11     Media Outreach: good conversations between seekers and online counselors
12     RREACH: God’s hand to be on the RREACH board of directors and internal and external staff
13     GProCommission: team members to be able to connect with and encourage hard-to-reach pastors and pastoral trainers
14     iProMission: people who have heard Dr. Richard speak to embrace the Lord Jesus
15     RR: Ramesh to be humble before God, sensitive to needs and have clear direction in all areas of life
16     Dallas GPA: safety, health and travel mercies for the pastors
17     RREACH: the board of directors meeting today
18     Media Outreach: excellence and perseverance in producing campaigns that engage pre-Christians
19     GProCommission: attention to detail in managing information and relationships
20     National GPA: organizers to walk with the Lord Jesus and faithfully manage details
21     iProMission: maximizing Dr. Richard’s health, energy and time to fulfill God’s gifting and calling on him
22     Dallas GPA: the 2019 GPA to be a life- and ministry-changing event
23     RR: safety, health and travel mercies
24     Media Outreach: to reach people who have never been exposed to the Lord Jesus Christ
25      National GPA: GPA Colombia pastors to be connected, united and strengthened as they meet 5/25 – 6/8
26     iProMission: making Dr. Richard’s books, talks and other resources available for greatest effect
27     GProCommission: accuracy, efficiency and speed in translating materials into multiple languages for eager pastors
28     RREACH: Good connections and bonding among team members, who are based all around the world
29     Dallas GPA: peace that passes understanding for pastors and organizers in the final days of preparation
30     RR: Ramesh to grow ever deeper in his relationship with the Lord Jesus
31     National GPA: physical and spiritual protection for pastors, organizers and their families

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

RR – Ramesh Richard
GPA – Global Proclamation Academy
GProCommission – Global Proclamation Commission
iProMission – Ramesh Richard’s personal proclamation

In his words: Ramesh Richard April update

Dear praying friends,

“There by the grace of God, go I” well captures my sentiment, more so than the also true “there but for the grace of God, go I!” I never want to overlook the grace that carries and covers me all over the world and brings me back each time.

By God’s grace, I was carried on airlines you’ve likely not heard of: Spicejet, Druk Air,  Malindo Air and Qatar Airlines on a recent five-country, 15-day trip. It started with about 200 church leaders in a remote South Asia area, the gateway to the next two countries.

In the next country, I secretly visited our Lord’s family of 75 on a Sunday morning and with 10 thoroughly committed pastors at night. In Nepal, I publicly shared God’s Word with over 1,000 greatly enthusiastic leaders. They currently have the highest church growth rate in the world.

Then it was on to Malaysia for executive ministry meetings as a follow up to a “SWOT” exercise where our global staff had to each identify about 100 strengths, 50 weaknesses, 25 opportunities and 10 weaknesses of RREACH! A ministry directorate will oversee and implement what we discern as priorities for programs, funding, timing.  A day-long pastoral visit to nearby Singapore with weakening old(er) friends finished out the grace-filled trip.

At home, the month began with a group of about 50 grace-filled friends over a day of spiritual and strategic deliberation. What do the final two years of our decade-long human capital campaign (RREACHABLE 2010 – 2020) look like? And what about the next decade, too? 2022 and 2028 seem to be key marker moments according to … you guessed it … grace, grace, God’s grace, grace that is greater than all our sins—and plans.

Dallas Theological Seminary, too, is a grace-filled institution. In teaching the spiritual life course, I emphasize that DTS’ unique contribution to the subject is grace. I was recognized for 35 years of faculty service. I used to be the youngest ever on the faculty, once, long ago!

You, too, are a marker of God’s grace in my life. Your grace-based prayer carries and covers this servant’s ministry. Thank you for exhibiting the grace of praying, even as I continue in the grace of serving the One who died and rose again for us to ground grace into daily living.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,

RR

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Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • At this Holy time, we remember the sacrifice of the Cross and rejoice in the victory of the Resurrection.
  • We still need pastors for the 2019 Dallas Global Proclamation Academy. Please pray.
  • Pray for the launch of our newest LifeRocks media outreach video and our upcoming session to film new videos.
  • The Lord willing, Dr. Richard heads to Central Albania and Rwanda in the next few weeks. Pray for preparations.

The bigger picture:

Easter Greetings

View Dr. Richard’s Easter greeting by clicking the image above.

 

In this precious time for our global family of Faith, let us think on our Lord Jesus Christ with humility and joy. Let us faithfully represent Him and uphold those proclaiming Him everywhere. He is risen!

We need your ongoing intercession for the 2019 Dallas GProAcademy (dGPA). Momentum in getting pastors has slowed considerably. We currently have 18 pastors who have successfully secured visas; we are asking God for the right 25. Pray for the seven pastors who have yet to apply for visas. Pray for more good candidates from new or under-represented countries to apply for the dGPA. Many excellent pastors have applied, but we must continue recruiting because their U.S. visas were denied.

Please also pray for the national GProAcademies set to begin next week in Panama and Indonesia (women’s).

Our newest LifeRocks media outreach video is scheduled to launch soon. Praise God for the opportunities provided by today’s technologies! Pray for many to watch the video, share it and talk with online counselors. Pray that they will recognize and receive the Lord Jesus as the one true God and only Savior. Also pray for Dr. Richard and the team as they prepare to record another set of videos next week.

Please lift up preparations for Dr. Richard’s upcoming trip to Albania and Rwanda. Pastoral training events and outreaches are being planned in both places. Both countries have difficult histories and this is the 25th anniversary year since the Rwandan genocides. Pray for God to open key opportunities for Dr. Richard to minister. Pray that he will bring glory to God, encouragement to those of the Faith, and hope to the desperate.

Thank you for praying—because He is risen indeed!