Committed into God’s unfailing hands

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Please pray for God’s protection over the national Global Proclamation Academy starting next week in South Asia.
  • Ask God to direct us in distributing Dr. Richard’s books, articles and talks.
  • Pray for Dr. Richard’s speaking engagement this weekend and video-recording sessions next week.
  • Praise God that registration is open for the 2020 Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean.

The bigger picture:

Rising sociopolitical tensions may affect pastors traveling to and from the national GProAcademy scheduled next week in “the most dangerous country in the world,” found in South Asia. Organizers plan to move ahead, saying, “God is in control and we commit ourselves into His unfailing and secure hands.” They have recruited a fine group of young pastors from different denominations across the country and pray for “a zeal of learning spirits.” Please pray over this national GProAcademy.

Pray for discernment, connections and creativity as we seek to make Dr. Richard’s products—books, articles offering biblical perspectives on current issues, short outreach videos, mentoring podcasts for pastors, and more—available to various audiences. One current, specific request is a publisher for a manuscript addressing a major challenge to the Lord Jesus.

Your prayers over Dr. Richard’s speaking engagements mean more than you can know. Thank you for lifting him up as he exercises his gifting. This weekend, the Lord willing, he will speak at a church in the Dallas area (he doesn’t do this very much!) and next Monday he is scheduled to record numerous videos. Pray for his preparation, strategy, revision and presentation, all in the power of God’s Holy Spirit.

Tremendous effort went into preparing the registration system for the 2020 GProLATAM&CARIB Congress and we praise God that it is now open! We also praise Him for all who labored on it. Please intercede for ongoing recruitment efforts—we want the right 500 pastoral trainers, trouble-free registration, and all that is needed to pull off this strategic event for a growing region.

Thank you for praying!

Preparation, productivity, progress

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • The Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean is one year away. Please pray!
  • Praise God for Dr. and Mrs. Richard’s safe and productive trip to Southeast Asia.
  • Pray for effective writing and content creation time for Dr. Richard this month.
  • Pray for upcoming national Global Proclamation Academies in South Asia, Ukraine and Guatemala.

The bigger picture:

Jose Madeira at conference for Panama 2020

Dallas GPA graduate Pastor J represents the upcoming GProLATAM&CARIB Congress at a conference in Brazil.

Praise God for the progress He has granted toward the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress, to be held, the Lord willing, October 12–16, 2020! The Lord willing, registration opens this week in Spanish, English and Portuguese, the official languages of the Congress. Please pray with us for the right 500 trainers of pastors to attend, a smooth registration process, and Christ-likeness, creativity and capacity for all those behind the scenes.

Dr. Richard and Bonnie enjoyed a fruitful time at Haggai International’s 50th anniversary celebration, at which Dr. Richard spoke five times. He is always grateful that God condescends to use him, even while recognizing that his gifts are bigger than his person. Praise God! Dr. Richard appreciates prayer as he prepares, strategizes, revises and presents, all in the power of God’s Holy Spirit.

Pray for this month to be fruitful as Dr. Richard focuses on writing projects and preparations for future talks.

We thank God for the national GProAcademies held in 10 different countries this year. Please pray that graduates will continue to preach biblically and connect. Also intercede for upcoming national GProAcademies in South Asia, Ukraine and Guatemala. Ask God to bring the right 25 pastors, protect organizers and attendees, and provide in every detail.

Thank you for praying!

 

October daily prayer reminders

1     Ramesh Richard: to be humble before God, sensitive to needs and have clear direction in all areas of life
2     GProCommission: good communication within the worldwide team organizing the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress
3     iProMission: preparation, strategy, revision and presentation for Dr. Richard’s upcoming speaking engagements
4     Media Outreach: productive day of filming new LifeRocks videos to engage pre-Christians
5     National GPA: GPA Democratic Republic of Congo South graduates to apply what they have learned and remain connected as they return home
6     Dallas GPA: wisdom in selecting the right 25 candidates, at least five from new countries
7     National GPA: God’s hand to be on organizers as they recruit attendees and navigate unexpected details
8     iProMission: a mainstream publisher for Dr. Richard’s new book
9     GProCommission: good response as recruiters spread the word about the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress
10    Media Outreach: Dr. Richard’s LifeRocks videos to reach many unreached people
11    National GPA: graduates to remain connected, faithfully study God’s Word and prepare expository sermons
12    Dallas GPA: nominations of good candidates from new and under-represented countries
13    GProCommission: selection and availability of the right speakers for the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress
14    National GPA: openings to hold national GPAs in more countries
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    RR: Ramesh to be humble before God, sensitive to needs and have clear direction in all areas of life
16    Media Outreach: fresh ideas as the team considers ways to engage pre-Christians with LifeRocks messages
17    National GPA: protection of organizers, attendees and graduates from spiritual opposition and physical harm
18    iProMission: direction as Dr. Richard considers possible speaking engagements
19    Dallas GPA: the right Master Coaches for the 2020 GPA
20    Media Outreach: guidance as Dr. Richard films another set of PastorReach videos to answer pastors’ questions
21    National GPA: attendees of a GPA in South Asia to learn to preach and live biblically, 10/21–30/2019
22    GProCommission: registration and communication technologies to work smoothly
23    RREACH: preparation for the RREACH board retreat to be held, the Lord willing, 10/25–27/2019
24    iProMission: time Dr. Richard can dedicate to writing and preparing messages
25    RR: physical and spiritual health for the Richard family
26    Media Outreach: many who have never really heard about the Lord Jesus to engage with LifeRocks videos and spiritual counseling
27    iProMission: Dr. Richard to be a ready instrument in God’s hand to proclaim God’s Word
28    GProCommission: interpreters skilled in the “trade language” of pastoral training available in Spanish, Portuguese and English
29    Dallas GPA: graduates to continue to encourage one another and pass along their training
30    National GPA: graduates of the GPA in South Asia to apply what they have learned and remain connected as they return home
31    National GPA: GPA Guatemala attendees to learn to preach and live biblically, 10/31–11/09/2019

Ramesh Richard proclaims God’s Word;
RREACH amplifies 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
GProLATAM&CARIB Congress – Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean, October 12–16, 2020, Panama City, Panama

In his words: Ramesh Richard September update

Dear praying friends,

Summer is over and school has begun across our neighborhood and at Dallas Seminary. The highlight of the month was our annual faculty retreat, where we envisioned a new year of eager students soon to face the reality of competing demands of professors for attention, time and work. Yet, the discipline needed for a lifetime of ministry is set in motion at a place of formal training. I am so grateful to belong to a peer-community of friends, family and co-workers preparing students for the future of the Faith. DTS is my formal setting of ministry.

Moreover, for faster delivery of better training to more pastors at lower cost, RREACH provides me with non-formal training opportunities and systems. Through the symbiosis and synergies between Dallas Seminary and RREACH, God permits my life to be fruitful and useful for evangelism and church health.

GProAcademy Kosovo concluded in neighboring Albania, a land with only about 2,000 evangelical believers. RREACH has now equipped young pastoral leaders there for two or three decades of preaching, thinking and living biblically. We also hosted a women-only GProAcademy in broken Honduras. Pastors’ wives, women who teach women, and other women met for 10 days of connecting, uniting and strengthening for a lifetime of effective service to the Lord Jesus.

At the end of each national GProAcademy, I Skype in for a half-hour graduation charge—a most beautiful, humbling experience. Having studied a book of mine, the delegates seem exuberant when they meet the author. They cheer, laugh and even sing what they learned on the video conference call.

Quickly advancing communications technologies provide speed and spread of such non-formal training of pastoral leaders. Recruitment has already begun for the 2020 Dallas GProAcademy—pray for 25 pastors from 25 countries and that, God willing, some of those graduates will come to DTS for formal training. Actually, the most recent PR videos of DTS students feature RREACH GProAcademy graduates from Asia. Synergy and symbiosis at work and in evidence!

You, too, are friend, family and co-worker “in the proclamation of God’s Word and the building up of Christ’s Church worldwide.” Those words form the last part of the DTS mission statement and drive several initiatives of RREACH. Thank you so much.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,
RR

September daily prayer reminders

1    Ramesh Richard: to be humble before God, sensitive to needs and have clear direction in all areas of life
2    iProMission: good preparation for Dr. Richard’s upcoming ministry trip
3    GProCommission: direction and provision for the program of the Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean
4    Media Outreach: God to draw many to the Lord Jesus through Life Rocks videos
5    National GPA: GPA Cape Verde attendees to be connected, united and strengthened as they meet 9/5 – 9/14
6    Dallas GPA: referrals of qualifying pastors from new and under-represented countries for the 2020 Dallas GPA
7    RR: the Richard family to grow closer to the Lord Jesus and to each other
8    GProCommission: smooth registration processes for GProLATAM&CARIB Congress
9    RREACH: creativity and collaboration as staff and teams serve
10  Media Outreach: direction for the development of online material to accompany video series on peace
11  GProCommission: blessing on the continuing follow-up with pastoral trainers
12  iProMission: travel mercies and empowerment to speak about the Lord Jesus as Dr. and Mrs. Richard start a ministry trip
13  Dallas GPA: opportunities for graduates to teach what they learned at the GPA to other pastors
14  National GPA: clear vision, fresh energy and enduring connections for GPA Cape Verde graduates as they return home
15  RR: to be humble before God, sensitive to needs and have clear direction in all areas of life
16  Dallas GPA: protection of Dallas GPA graduates as they pastor in many different situations
17  National GPA: favor on organizers as they recruit pastors and attend to logistical details
18  Media Outreach: pastors around the world to be edified and encouraged through PastorReach videos
19  RREACH: good participation in RREACH Giving Day
20  RR: continued mercies and encouragement for Dr. and Mrs. Richard as they travel and serve
21  Dallas GPA: pastors to continue to preach biblically
22  iProMission: the right outlet to publish Dr. Richard’s book
23  National GPA: opportunities to hold academies in more countries
24  GProCommission: God to bring the right pastoral trainers to GProLATAM&CARIB Congress
25  Media Outreach: Dr. Richard’s writing and talks to reach many pre-Christians
26  iProMission: God to speak through Dr. Richard at a church multiplication conference
27  Dallas GPA: wisdom in selecting candidates for the 2020 GPA
28  National GPA: lasting connections and strengthened faith for national GPA graduates around the world
29  RREACH: staff to grow in their commitment to and love for the Lord Jesus
30  iProMission: productivity and creativity as Dr. Richard writes and prepares for speaking engagements

Ramesh Richard proclaims God’s Word; RREACH amplifies 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
GProLATAM&CARIB Congress – Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean, October 12–16, 2020, Panama City, Panama

 

In his words: Ramesh Richard August update

Dear praying friends,

Summers are usually “off” for professors. Mine are not. The Dallas Global Proclamation Academy (GProAcademy), held at Dallas Seminary, keeps me teaching on the seminary campus for a month. Soon after sending all 28 pastors to their homelands, we went into project evaluation, decisions and actions.

The very next day, I left on an enjoyable but intense two weeks at CRU’s Institute of Biblical Studies in Fort Collins, Colorado, where I taught on the subject of GOD-BIBLE-HOLY SPIRIT to about 60 students. We do share a ministry “DNA”!

Upon return to Dallas, I plunged into planning meetings for the 2020 Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers of Latin America & the Caribbean (GProLATAM/CARIB Congress). RREACH’s board and staff and Dallas Seminary colleagues attended the private signing ceremony of the first event of the next 10 years under God’s sovereignty. Would you be with us June 27, 2020, in Dallas for the public launching of our next decade? How’s that for a save-the-date alert?

RREACH also hosted a national GProAcademy graduating 24 pastoral leaders in Antigua and Barbuda, and I got to address them by video just before their graduation.

With death always being intrusive and interruptive, Bonnie and I rushed to Texarkana, Texas, to comfort the family of RREACH’s founding board chairman, as well as preach at Fellowship Church there. George Goode’s life was well lived, well run and well fought!

The month ended with holding an afternoon workshop for 28 African-American ministers in Albany, Georgia. They had gone through my Preaching Expository Sermons book for nearly six months under the tutelage of eminent preacher, new Dallas Seminary board member and urologist Dr. Frank Glover. In addition, RightNow.Org (the “Netflix of Christian Bible Study”) has just released an eight-video series on my preaching method.

Thank you for sending me to proclaim God’s Word with your prayers. May the Lord amplify the proclamation globally and multiply the proclamation locally.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,
RR

New outreach video release and more

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Thank God for the new LifeRocks pre-evangelistic video set to launch next week.
  • Praise Him for churches’ growing interest in RREACH ministry.
  • Pray for Dr. Richard’s recording session for PastorReach videos.
  • Uphold the team organizing the Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean.
  • Pray for national Global Proclamation Academies starting next week in Honduras (women’s) and Kosovo.

The bigger picture:

Another LifeRocks video will, the Lord willing, go public next week. Praise God for the message of “Decongesting the Sad Soul and Dark Heart” and how the production came together. Pray for a massive number of pre-Christians to see it and want to know more.

RREACH values every individual and entity which gives time, encouragement, finances, prayer, skills and more to make this ministry possible. We thank God for how His Body works together to grow. Several churches have expressed increased interest in the ministry. Praise God! Pray that the Lord Jesus will guide them and us in developing these connections.

The Lord willing, Dr. Richard plans to film a number of new short videos for PastorReach next week. Each video features Dr. Richard’s response to a question asked by a pastoral leader. Please intercede for discernment as he prepares and for the team making sure production runs smoothly.

The GProLATAM&CARIB Congress Organizing Team is climbing a massive mountain in preparing for the Congress, to be held in Panama City, Panama, the Lord willing, in October 2020. Ask God to bless them with discernment, dependability and drive as they serve. Only He can and will make it happen!

Two national GPAs are scheduled to begin late next week in Honduras (women’s) and Kosovo. Please pray for those organizing the 10-day pastoral training events, the right 25 attendees and God’s Spirit to move mightily to connect, unite and strengthen pastoral leaders.