In his words: Ramesh Richard February 2020 update

Dear praying friends,

We have just passed 02022020. For 900+ years we could not have written out a numerical palindrome (same backward as forward) of the date. February 2, 2020, tells me the year and decade are in full swing. I must use time and life well.

The year began with an intense trip to Brazil to teach a Dallas Seminary course on Culture, Meaning and Contextualization to 14 doctoral level students. One wrote, “Professor, I write briefly to thank you for this week of great wealth for our lives.” RREACH uses the tagline “delivering spiritual wealth worldwide” with special reference to those who have not heard the Gospel, but did not think we bring wealth to believers, too. Paul’s writings express biblical precedence to “spiritual riches in Christ Jesus” for all.

I also got to preach and cast vision for the October 2020 Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean in three cities. We want 20% of the attendees to be Portuguese-speaking. Please pray for God’s wisdom in this good work of preparing for great outputs of this entire vision and project.

The day after I returned, I had to speak at the Dallas Seminary chapel. Though I was tired after an overnight flight from São Paulo and sad with a dear friend who lost his wife, God strengthened me. My friend and I, and all of us, must use time and life well.

A new immigrant congregation made up of dynamic and gifted young people from India invited me to bring an evangelistic talk to their growing church plant. I remembered my own youth and offered to switch ages with them. No one has yet agreed.

With the new year upon us, I am shifting my attention to writing for all audiences, delivery mechanisms, and line extension of products. Would you pray for deep concentration of mind and the creation of blocks of time to produce content of substance to deliver spiritual health to believers and nonbelievers?

Thank you for joining us in yet another year of service. I have many decisions to constantly make; I need to know the Lord’s guidance, insight and empowerment, for they affect many at several levels. I appreciate your prayer so very much.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,
RR

In his words: Ramesh Richard February 2020 update

Dear praying friends,

We have just passed 02022020. For 900+ years we could not have written out a numerical palindrome (same backward as forward) of the date. February 2, 2020, tells me the year and decade are in full swing. I must use time and life well.

The year began with an intense trip to Brazil to teach a Dallas Seminary course on Culture, Meaning, and Contextualization to 14 doctoral level students. One wrote, “Professor, I write briefly to thank you for this week of great wealth for our lives.” RREACH uses the tagline “delivering spiritual wealth worldwide” with special reference to those who have not heard the Gospel, but did not think we bring wealth to believers, too. Paul’s writings express biblical precedence to “spiritual riches in Christ Jesus” for all.

I also got to preach and cast vision for the October 2020 Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean in three cities. We want 20% of the attendees to be Portuguese-speaking. Please pray for God’s wisdom in this good work of preparing for great outputs of this entire vision and project.

The day after I returned, I had to speak at the Dallas Seminary chapel. Though I was tired after an overnight flight from São Paulo and sad with a dear friend who lost his wife, God strengthened me. My friend and I, and all of us, must use time and life well.

A new immigrant congregation made up of dynamic and gifted young people from India invited me to bring an evangelistic talk to their growing church plant. I remembered my own youth and offered to switch ages with them. No one has yet agreed.

With the new year upon us, I am shifting my attention to writing for all audiences, delivery mechanisms, and line extension of products. Would you pray for deep concentration of mind and the creation of blocks of time to produce content of substance to deliver spiritual health to believers and nonbelievers?

Thank you for joining us in yet another year of service. I have many decisions to constantly make; I need to know the Lord’s guidance, insight and empowerment, for they affect many at several levels. And you need to know that your faithfulness helps keep me serving in, at and through RREACH. Thank you so very much.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,
RR

Pray with us this Thursday, February 20

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Praise God and pray for our upcoming prayer call with RREACH friends.
  • Pray for a national Global Proclamation Academy (GProAcademy) taking place in North Africa.
  • Pray for the Dallas GProAcademy candidates applying for visas.
  • Praise God for good response to our new podcast series.
  • Pray for recruitment efforts for the Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean (GProLATAM&CARIB Congress).

The bigger picture:

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Pastors enjoy some recreational time together–a great way to bond–at the national GProAcademy taking place in North Africa right now.

We are excited about our virtual prayer gathering coming this Thursday, Feb. 20, 8:00 p.m. US Central Standard Time! Praise God for the technology and skills that make it possible. Pray for everything to work well and that this time of praying together will please Him and accomplish His purposes.

You are invited to this prayer gathering. If you would like to participate, let us know at Melissa@rreach.org or +1 972-528-6100.

Pray for the organizers and attendees of a national GProAcademy in North Africa going on right now. Pray that the pastors will be connected, united and strengthened to preach and live biblically in this difficult place. Pray that all involved will sense God’s loving care and sovereignty. Pray for the preparation for other national GProAcademies.

Thank God for another group of fine young candidates for the Dallas GProAcademy; we currently have 10 with visas (nine of whom already had visas). Sadly, several pastors’ visa applications have been rejected. Every year we need fervent prayer in faith for the visa application process. Pray that He will grant favor to those waiting to hear if their visas were granted and those who have yet to apply, as He sees fit. Thank Him now for His wise provision.

Our Media team has repackaged some of Dr. Richard’s video messages in the popular podcast (Web-based, digital audio) format. Praise God for the good response these messages are getting! Pray for many listeners to be exposed to the Lord Jesus Christ and for many to embrace Him as Savior and Lord.

Finally, keep lifting our GProLATAM&CARIB Congress recruitment efforts before the Lord. Momentum is beginning to build. Also pray for those who wish to attend but have financial or logistical challenges.

Thank you!

In his words: Ramesh Richard January 2020 update

Dear praying friends,

January letters are hard to write, looking back while much about the newness of a new year should not be lost. And yet, precious board, staff and family times, along with strategic ministry at year-end, must not be overlooked.

While I shall not demand that God use the gifts of expression He has given me, I do petition Him daily to open (and close) doors of opportunity to serve His Word everywhere, privately and publicly, with eternal consequences.

At the turn of each year, since people are open to the meaning of festivity (and their very lives), two new-immigrant groups in Dallas invited pre-Christ friends to receive God’s message through this messenger. The year’s finale took place in Panama, where 35 believers brought 100 “upper-strata” friends to music, food and my presentation.

There is nothing more thrilling than to revisit God’s provision of my eternal salvation and then to publicly present it. And to see dozens who say “yes” to the good news. Finally, to imagine the delight of heaven over one sinner that repents! Thank you for supporting me in changing the way people think of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thank you also for accompanying me in changing the way people hear about the Lord Jesus Christ. We primarily accomplish this through strengthening of local pastoral leaders. About 175 Panamanian pastors came to a historic first…gathering together from regions and denominations across the city-country! They wish to serve as local hosts of Panama 2020—RREACH’s Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean—with prayer, volunteers and advocacy.

I seek your ongoing encouragement, dear friend. Remember the large inspirational challenge? We landed 34 cents ahead at 10:00 p.m. the night of the deadline with a gift from Brunei. Eventually ahead by about $3,000, we offered the excess back to the final donor as part of our integrity. He generously released it for other use.

Thank you again for sending me on your behalf to serve God’s Word globally.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,
RR

 

 

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!