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!

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:

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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!

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

Praying for provision at the perfect time

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • We praise God for how He is using Dr. Ramesh Richard on his current trip to sensitive areas of Asia.
  • Pray for trainings taking place for young pastors in Guatemala and Ukraine.
  • Praise God and pray for everyone working on the Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean.
  • Pray for the process of updating LifeRocks media outreach.

The bigger picture:

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Pastors study “The Purpose Bridge,” step four of Dr. Richard’s seven-step method for preparing expository sermons, at Global Proclamation Academy Ukraine.

Praise God for Dr. Richard’s safe travel to the first of four different locations in sensitive areas of Asia over three weeks. He has already spoken in church services, to a pastors gathering and at an outreach event. Upcoming engagements include encouraging pastors, promoting the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress, meeting with the internationally-based members of RREACH’s ministries team and speaking at a church conference. He still needs a visa to enter the country of his final engagement, despite having applied months ago. Event organizers have urged him to keep moving forward with plans to go. Pray that God will provide exactly what Dr. Richard and the event need at exactly the right time for His glory.

Two national Global Proclamation Academies, Guatemala and Ukraine, come to a close this week. Please pray that graduates will preach and live biblically and remain connected as they go back to their homes and ministries. Also pray for an upcoming GPA in São Tomé.

The team working on the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress spans many countries and time zones. Praise God for each member of this diverse group. Pray for His total protection, global provision and manifest presence.

Much effort goes into LifeRocks videos, video clips, emails, social media posts, and more. Pray for discernment and patience with processes. Pray that every decision we make, seen and unseen, will help change the way large numbers of individuals think about the Lord Jesus!

Thank you!

In his words: Ramesh Richard October update

Dear praying friends,

Two witnesses, Bonnie and my faithful colleague David Brugger, remarked, “You’ve not had much of a break this summer!” I knew I had to listen when the ones who know me best make the same unsolicited comment. Yet last month became one of the busiest ever—running without resting!

Writing a 4,000 word article on the problem of Christian leaders who defect, I was filled with sadness over this grave matter. You will receive the pastoral comment soon. Pray that God will use it to comfort loved ones and confirm those disappointed in their leaders.

An extended call with the TOPIC (Trainers of Pastors International Coalition) board on how an organization founded and backed by RREACH must thrive on its own proved illuminating. TOPIC plays a key role in sustaining training of pastors inside nations.

The biggest demand of the month was a two week overseas trip. Fortunately, Bonnie went along. The fine ministry Haggai International asked me to speak five times at their 50th anniversary in Bali, Indonesia, to 600 delegates from 69 nations. We also spent 60 hours in the Philippines meeting dear friends. Bonnie has been with me all over the world, though she does not relish leaving home. So we both were glad that she did very well, though our recovery from jet lag is taking much longer than it used to!

God allowed us to exceed the financial goals set for the RREACH Giving Day, thanks to many a friend like you. Our next big goal is ThanksGIVING Tuesday. Pray that a friend’s surprisingly large gift will inspire others to double it by December 3.

I ended the month speaking to the Global Alliance for Church Multiplication, made up of 300 church planters from 150 organizations ministering in 25 countries. Then at Legacy Bible Church, Sherman, Texas, where I could speak to my heart’s delight at 50 minutes a talk. Remember, a sermon is not how long it is, but how long it feels!

God is returning RREACH to its charter: To undergird my proclamation of God’s Word, even as it amplifies the proclamation globally and multiplies it locally. Maybe next month’s ministry structure will permit me to rest on the run! I can never say enough thanks for you!

In the Inexhaustible Vine,
RR