New opportunities

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Praise God for time Dr. Richard and Bonnie recently spent with family.
  • Pray for a “mainstream” publisher for Dr. Richard’s new book.
  • Praise God for good progress toward a regional congress for pastoral trainers in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Pray for a special visa for Dr. Richard to minister in a closed country.

The bigger picture:

After the busyness of the Dallas Global Proclamation Academy and intensity of teaching a two-week theology institute for CRU staff, Dr. Richard was glad to spend a few days with kids and in South Carolina. Praise God for such times of refreshing.

Dr. Richard is looking for a publisher for a new book he has written. Please pray for God to open up a major Christian publisher with a vision for ministry.

Contracts have been signed and teams are coming together to hold the late-2020 Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors in Latin America and the Caribbean! Praise God! Pray for God’s total protection, global provision and manifest presence in the areas of recruitment, program planning, fund development and follow-up preparation.

Dr. Richard has been invited to speak to a significant audience in a closed country this fall. Please intercede for God’s hand on those presenting his special visa application, favor from the officials and rapid turnaround time.

Thank you for praying!

In his words: Ramesh Richard July update

Dear praying friends,
What a month it has been—the 2019 Dallas GProAcademy! Just two months ago, we were praying as a staff for 25/50/250/2.5 in 2019—25 pastoral leaders in June, 50 occupied hotel rooms and 250 banquet guests.

God exceeded them all.

God overcame (we could not) the complexities of current global realities and brought 28 pastoral leaders from 28 countries for one of the “sweetest” annual Dallas GPA classes. They were sweet in the spiritual sense of the term, and literally, too. They learned and taught, sang and prayed, ate and played, for a lifetime memory. They also liked ice cream!

Please let us know if you would like a private copy of their amazing, one-page bios. You will be thrilled to learn about them, and pray for them, perhaps, for one a day over the next month. Did you know that we intentionally keep them connected over the following years?

Also, God brought in 51 nights of guests and a waiting list for the 250 seats at the banquet. I am told that God used my graduation charge that night in a fruitful way. While I have not heard the talk yet, please feel free to listen to it here. I hope it charges you to service, too.

Our Albania pastor noted, “I have many materials to share with pastors, but I have never had a method before. You have given me a weapon.” Others spoke about the dignity they experienced and the trust they are able to again give to other pastoral leaders. All of them spoke of the incredible personal hospitality and logistical efficiencies our staff extended to them.

Finally, all pastors have returned to their ministries. Did you know that we have a wonderful record of a 100% return to their homelands? No one has absconded while under God’s care with us.

And the 2.5? It stands for the just under $2.5m we seek to raise in 2019 for RREACH ministry. Thank you very much for helping me proclaim God’s Word, even as RREACH amplifies the proclamation globally and multiplies the proclamation locally. Thank you so very much!

In the Inexhaustible Vine,
RR

In his words: Ramesh Richard June update

Dear praying friends,

A full month it was, celebrating graduations, birthdays and anniversaries and traveling across continents…all because of you! God makes it possible through your praying.

From the faculty section at Dallas Seminary’s graduation, I tweeted, “Dallas Theological Seminary 2019 Graduation vignette: reminder of experience 40 years ago! My 1979 class reunion revealed many deceased, most retired, the rest serving God, with some still in missions in the U.S.A. and abroad. Until we no longer can, we shall.” Teaching at DTS is something specific and strategic I do for the U.S.A., contributing here even as I do elsewhere.

Elsewhere, I addressed a “sold-out” leadership forum of 125 leaders for three days in Albania, the world’s first officially atheistic state. The highlight was reaching 100 guests. A dozen professed decisions for the Lord Jesus. Christ’s Church prevails!

I rushed to beautiful Rwanda via Istanbul, with a 6 ½ hour wait in the world’s largest and newest airport, a witness to the greatness of humanity. I encountered the awfulness of humanity, however, in Kigali at the 25th remembrance season of the 1 million people, 100-day genocide. I proclaimed God’s Word to 200 opinion leaders, 500 pastoral leaders, 175 pastoral trainers and 200 university students over four days.

After an eight-hour overnight wait in Doha, I traveled back home on my 66th birthday. Since the Middle East is eight hours ahead, I turned it into the longest birthday of my life! If you have other secrets to extending hours and days and years, let me know. For Bonnie’s birthday, we visited our grandchildren and their parents in Greenville, S.C., along with a quick trip to Charleston. It was also the wedding anniversary month of Bonnie’s and my parents and of our oldest son, Ryan, and his wife, Chelsie. I praise God for my family—past, present and future.

We have been in full-throttle with the 2019 Dallas Global Proclamation Academy. Pray for a memorable finish (including my graduation talk)! God has already done mighty things and we look forward to updating you more in days to come. The important thing now is to say thank you for helping make this global proclamation ministry possible.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,

RR

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.

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!

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!