More, better and lasting fruit

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Pray for production of Dr. Richard’s new short evangelistic videos.
  • Praise God for sustaining Dr. Richard through some demanding weeks of speaking, filming and considering RREACH’s future.
  • National Global Proclamation Academy (GPA) action is high: pray for GPAs in Republic of Congo (in process), Ecuador (starting today), and Central African Republic (to begin in a week).
  • Please lift up pastors and pastoral trainers serving in areas of natural or man-made turbulence.

The bigger picture:

Pastor Tata meeting with other Cameroonian pastors

Pastor T, Dallas GPA 2018, meets with other Cameroonian pastors about escalating conflict in the country. (Note: He is carrying the RREACH water bottle he received at the GPA.) Because of direct threats, Pastor T had to move his family away from their home after he returned from the Dallas GPA. They pray it is a temporary move. This is one glimpse of how your prayers and encouragement of Dr. Ramesh Richard and RREACH are affecting the world. Thank you.

Last week Dr. Richard had two recording sessions, one for LifeRocks evangelistic talks and one for PASTORREACH, an upcoming project addressing questions sent in by pastoral leaders. Praise God for the time he had to prepare for these and for the sessions running well. Pray for good production of the videos and that new elements of LifeRocks will increase people’s exposure to the Lord Jesus, especially in otherwise unreachable socio-economic tiers and geographical areas.

Also praise God for the direction prepared as RREACH board members recently discussed ministry succession. Please pray that this will enable Dr. Richard and RREACH, as the Lord Jesus charged His followers, to “go and bear” more, better and lasting fruit (John 15:16).

Twenty-five young pastors gathered last week for GPA Republic of [perennially troubled] Congo. The Lord willing, they will graduate late this week.

GPA Ecuador is kicking off today and GPA Central African Republic next Thursday. Other national GPAs planned for this fall include Hungary, an undisclosed Asian country, Chile, The Gambia, Guyana, Bolivia and the Solomon Islands. Intercede for attendees to learn and connect well and for God’s protection over all involved; the spiritual warfare can be intense.

Please remember all pastors and pastoral trainers around the world who serve in difficult—even humanly impossible—circumstances. Ask the Lord Jesus to favor them with joy, courage, strength and a sense of His powerful and shielding presence.

Thank you for praying!

In his words: Ramesh Richard August update

Dear praying friends,

Any time I get to personally deliver God’s Word, whether in evangelism or edification, with a few or many, I live out what God has made, gifted, called and placed me to do. That’s why RREACH began and exists. Thank you for prayerfully supporting this proclamation ministry.

Barely had the Dallas GPA ended when I rushed off to Rochester, New York. In addition to the cooler weather away from a “blazin’ Texas,” it was a delight to deliver God’s Word to 600+ Bhutanese-Nepalese. Kicked out of Bhutan, they lived as refugees for 20 years in Nepal.

I got to challenge them to spiritual and moral commitments. Dozens responded to the invitation to re-start their spiritual life!

Then I touched Syracuse, where my father breathed his last only five months prior, and preached where my brother-in-law and sister serve. In February, I had to speak there the very day after he died. As difficult as it was, a dozen or so came to Christ. This time, many committed to living a life of surrender and abandonment to Christ and His cause.

Two international events fulfilled the multiplication side of this global proclamation ministry. Twenty-five pastoral leaders attended GPA Grenada, a small “isle of spice where everyone is nice” in the lower West Indies. I got to address the GPA graduation, joint Sunday services, a pastors gathering, their Prime Minister’s cabinet, and a pre-evangelistic outreach dinner. Half of the 80 guests were unbelievers and five men (men alone!), indicated a profession of faith.

Women’s GPAs are filled pastors’ wives and women who primarily teach women. At the end of each GPA, I “charge” them into the Gospel ministry by video or phone call. It was thrilling to get photos of WGPA Nigeria, of both prayer time and play time—women’s soccer! I don’t think these wives and mothers have played anything for a long time!

Group shot

Thanks for making it possible to do what is humanly impossible, in ability or resources. You help us reverse the eternal destinies of large numbers of desperate individuals worldwide! You are a blessing to me and RREACH.

RR

Praise for a busy summer

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Praise God for His great blessings on Dr. Richard’s trip to Grenada.
  • Uphold Dr. Richard’s upcoming speaking engagement and recording of short evangelistic talks.
  • We are still waiting for Dr. Richard’s Venezuela visa. This window of opportunity is closing. Please pray.
  • Praise God for GPA Nigeria (Women’s), underway right now.
  • Pray for good GProCommission partnerships to develop.

The bigger picture:

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Dr. Richard spoke to Grenadian pastors and church leaders about spiritual convictions for leadership service

GPA Grenada finished on a high note last week as Dr. Richard was able to join the 25 young pastoral leaders for their graduation. Praise God and pray that they will remain connected, united and strengthened as they return home to daily demands.

While in Grenada, Dr. Richard also spoke at an event for opinion leaders, in two church services, with the Prime Minister’s cabinet, and for another group of pastors. Several individuals indicated making significant personal decisions. Please ask the Lord for ongoing fruit from his ministry there.

Dr. Richard is scheduled to speak at a Dallas-area church this weekend, record messages for his LifeRocks series on peace early next week, and speak several other times over the next month. Pray for good preparation time and for the Lord’s Spirit to be upon him for these engagements.

We need to make a decision very soon regarding Dr. Richard’s planned trip to minister to Venezuela pastors. Please ask the Lord for Dr. Richard’s visa to arrive immediately and for clarity about moving forward. Pray, also, for the pastors and families serving in this stricken country.

GPA Nigeria, RREACH’s second women’s GPA, began Tuesday. Praise God for the women who have gathered for training in preaching and living biblically. Pray for them to be connected, united and strengthened.

One aim of the GProCommission for Pastoral Trainers is to collaborate with pastoral training organizations around the world. Please intercede for insight on how to best do this. Thank you!

Ramesh on the road (again)

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Remember Dr. Richard as he speaks at GPA Grenada and several other events this weekend.
  • Pray for GPA Nigeria (Women’s), scheduled for July 24 – August 2.
  • Dr. Richard plans to record LifeRocks messages later this month. Please pray for his preparation.
  • Continue to ask God for quick delivery of Dr. Richard’s visa for Venezuela.

The bigger picture:

GPA Grenada

Pastor S, 2015 Dallas GPA grad from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, helped teach sessions at GPA Grenada.

Dr. Richard is headed to Grenada for the GPA Grenada graduation and several other speaking engagements. Please pray for God to use him powerfully to encourage the pastors, business and government leaders, and others to whom he ministers. Pray also for his health and safety.

RREACH’s second GPA for women is set to begin Tuesday, July 24, in Nigeria. Visa issues have hindered some RREACH staff from getting into the country. Pray that the Lord will make the way for organizers and potential attendees to arrive safe and sound, and for the Holy Spirit to specially connect, unite and strengthen the women. Please also intercede for the funding needed to hold all the national GPAs scheduled this year.

The Lord willing, later this month Dr. Richard will record another set of LifeRocks short video messages for people who don’t know much about the Lord Jesus Christ. Please ask God to inspire him as he prepares. Also pray for a smooth production process.

Venezuelan pastors have gone to a lot of effort to organize a conference for local pastors and a talk on success for area professionals and leaders August 2 – 6. However, Dr. Richard is still waiting for his visa. Pray for it to be granted and arrive quickly, and for this trip to be a tremendous blessing to a troubled country.

Papers arrived! Pray for fast turn-around

Thank you for praying! The documents we needed (see Urgent: Visa Needed) arrived this morning. Right now they are on the way to the consulate. Now please pray for fast turn-around, not only so Dr. Richard receives the visa in time for his trip, but also because the earlier we book the ticket, the less expensive it is!

Also pray for our hosts to be able to put to put together very specific and strategic events while they face many uncertainties. Pray that God will prepare the way for Dr. Richard to be used mightily in this nation which needs much healing and encouragement.

2018 Dallas GPA…about to begin!

Dear Praying Friends,

In brief:

  • Praise God! Twenty-four Dallas GPA pastors have arrived; we expect the final two today.
  • Pray for each pastor to acclimate well and for a great first week.
  • Remember Dr. Richard as he prepares to teach at the GPA amid other demands on his time and attention.
  • Praise God for ongoing efforts to connect and strengthen trainers of pastors globally.

The bigger picture:

GPA arrivals

Almost all the pastors have arrived. Praise be to God! Please pray for the two yet on their way.

The Dallas Global Proclamation Academy, RREACH’s premier annual pastoral training event, officially begins Sunday, June 10. Pray for the 26 delegates from 26 different countries to acclimate well to their new surroundings. Pray for patience, understanding and good humor as they learn and adjust to each other’s cultural perspectives, nuances and accents. Pray that they will bond with each other in the Lord Jesus for lifelong friendships and ministry relationships.

Pray also that the pastors will dedicate this time to God and His will for their lives. Each was asked to come with a specific growth goal. Pray that He will accomplish this and far, far more in them. Pray that they will become better proclaimers of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Dr. Richard is to teach Monday, the first day in the classroom. Please pray that his allergy-compromised voice will hold up. Praise God for the additional time he had for ministry planning after last week’s board of directors meeting and ask for His unceasing direction. Continue to pray for Dr. Richard’s banquet message preparation.

Uphold GProCommission colleagues helping connect and strengthen pastoral trainers in Latin America, Africa, South Asia, Central Europe, the Middle East and North America/Western Europe. We’re still seeking a colleague for Central Asia. Please pray for that need and for the colleagues in other regions considering how they can help in the meantime.

Thank you for praying!

In his words: Ramesh Richard May 2018 update

My dear praying friends,
Hurray! On April 30, I finished my first full-semester back at Dallas Theological Seminary, after the administration graciously loaned me to serve the world for the last several years in view of executing and recovering from the 2016 Global Proclamation Congress.

Students at DTS are highly motivated. They sacrifice much in terms of season of life, finances and relationships to attend seminary. One student drove three hours each way from Lawton, Oklahoma, to Dallas for an evening class (6:45pm – 9:30pm), returning very late to his home. That kind of commitment inspires any teacher to do his best. I did not know I missed the classroom so much. So, I am grateful.

Since I “lost” the first quarter of 2018 to travel and my father’s final earthly farewell, I formally began 2018 three months late. I am asking the Lord to compress 12 months of life into nine and create new time for me. This He has already begun to do with cancellations and rescheduling. Again, I am thankful.

The personal highlight of the month was my three days with our pastor-son Robby and his family in Greenville, South Carolina. Joshua (8), Emma (5) and I played chess, laughed, read and told stories. Our Dallas granddaughter, Annika (2) is a daily joy and responsibility for Bonnie and me. I am blessed.

The organizational highlight was a set of two global phone calls with RREACH-related staff based in some ten countries. A two-hour prayer time went by so fast that we are going to make it a quarterly habit. Then came an hour of casting vision to the global team in view of the upcoming five years (2018-2022). Our organization does not waste much time, money or energy, and now has been recognized by non-profit watchdog Charity Navigator as the ONLY “religious” organization with a 100 score for financial health accountability and transparency. Praise be to God.

Dallas GPA planning is in full swing for a busy June. Final visas and US entry still pose a problem. Yet God has intervened in our situation in many times and ways so that we are trusting Him yet again to do what we cannot. He tests the limits of our faith till the final moment. Thank you for being part of this brinksmanship through your faithful prayer.

In the Inexhaustible One,

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