Receiving God’s goodness

Dear praying friends,

On a recent flight, Dr. Richard prayed with an airplane seatmate whose mother was dying. A few days later he got word that the mother miraculously pulled through! Thank God for His kindness and pray for the family to continue to experience His loving care.

As national GPAs in Brazil and a special region conclude this week, pray that each pastor will go forward better connected, united and strengthened for ministry. Also pray for blessings on upcoming national GPAs in Niger and Mongolia.

NGPA Banner outside of the dorms.

GPA Brazil banner outside of dormitory

Last weekend Dr. Richard was privileged to speak at Shadow Mountain Community Church, Dr. David Jeremiah’s church in southern California. Praise God for this opportunity and for the wonderful connections he made while there. If you wish to listen to his message, you may access the recorded service at http://www.shadowmountain.org/default.aspx?page=3468.

Later this month Ramesh is scheduled for a pastors conference and meetings with leaders from several sectors in a troubled African country. Please pray for many to receive the Lord Jesus’ favor and for the whole country to experience positive change.

Proclamation reclamation and other good news

Dear praying friends,

The post-GProCongress reclamation of the proclamation portion of Dr. Richard’s ministry is progressing. During a short trip this week, he spoke to a packed college chapel. When he invited attendees to new or renewed relationships with the Lord Jesus Christ, many responded!

The RREACH board is meeting today and tomorrow, and next week Dr. Richard heads to Thailand, the Lord willing, and then to Romania for the final days of the national GPA there. Please pray for the Lord’s special sustenance through a demanding itinerary and a number of speaking engagements.

Two other national GPAs are underway right now: GPA Guinea (Conakry) and GPA St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Pray that delegates in all locations will be powerfully connected, united and strengthened.

We rejoice that 20 pastors now have visas to attend the 2017 Dallas GPA! Thank you for praying, and please continue to intercede for the visa process. We also appreciate your prayers for getting good flights for the pastors. God is providing–ahead of our schedule.

Proclaiming and pastoral training all over the world

Dear praying friends,

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Ramesh Richard speaking during a GProCongress Indonesia plenary session, assisted by interpreter Pastor RB

Dr. Richard has just completed his time at GProCongress Indonesia, a follow-up event from last June’s GProCongress for Pastoral Trainers in Bangkok. He spoke twice on aspects of the critical need for more and better-trained pastors to the group of 600 pastoral trainers representing many different denominational backgrounds.

An estimated 300 delegates stepped forward to commit themselves to train 20,000 pastors in the next four years. Not only that, GProIndonesia plans to do its own follow-up with its own budget. Praise God! Pray for them! Pray, too, for Dr. Richard and a number of formal/non-formal pastoral training colleagues as they prayerfully consider strategic next steps in more efficiently and effectively training pastors around the globe.

As GProIndonesia wrapped up, GPA Vanuatu commenced 6,000 km/3,700 mi to the southeast, in another nation of islands. Thank God that the materials shipped there arrived safely. Pray for these national GPA delegates as they meet through March 11, connecting and being encouraged to preach and live biblically.

Back in Dallas, the RREACH team is rejoicing over 14 pastors accepted to the 2017 Dallas GPA who have visas. We’ve booked four of their flights already. Seventeen accepted pastors still need visas, however. Please intercede for the following as they apply:

  • Pastor C (SE Asia): March 8
  • Pastor M (Africa): March 9
  • Pastor E (Africa): declined for visa earlier; applying again March 14
  • Pastor S (Africa): also declined; encouraged by consulate to reapply

Pray for the pastors’ spiritual, financial and physical preparation to come to Dallas. Pastor T (Africa) is having difficulty finding someone to fill the pulpit while he is away.

This weekend, the Lord willing, Dr. Richard will close his six-cities-in-12-days trip by speaking at a church in SE Asia. Please ask the Lord Jesus Christ to sustain him, in order to proclaim Him!

Travels, talks, training and time…would you pray?

Dear praying friends,

Dr. Richard is in the midst of a 12-day, five-city trip across SE Asia. The Lord willing, he is to speak twice at GProCongress Indonesia this week. Pray for this major follow-up event to the Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers held last June in Bangkok. Pray for energy, wisdom and good times of connection for Dr. Richard as he forges through a tight schedule.

GPA Vanuatu is also set to begin this week, on March 2. Specifically ask God to direct the materials we shipped for this national GPA to the right people at the right time. Also ask His blessing on each organizer and attending pastor over these 10 days of targeted training and connecting.

For the Dallas GPA, please continue to intercede for the 27 accepted candidates (three from new countries) planning to attend. Pray for favor, as 15 of them have yet to apply for visas, and for good options and costs as we begin to book their travel.

Finally, Dr. Richard desires to carve out more time in his schedule for study and for writing new talks and materials. Please ask God to provide good opportunities for this, and for insight and creativity during those times.

Thank you!

 

 

Please pray: a week of important meetings

Dear praying friends,

Dr. Ramesh Richard is gearing up for a stimulating week of meetings about RREACH’s immediate and future ministry.

Team members from around the globe are flying to Dallas to align in the rebalancing of RREACH ministry toward Dr. Richard’s proclamation and to address the acceleration and extension of GProCommission (the four-year follow-up to the GProCongress) activity.

Prayer is a key agenda item of each meeting, and we invite you to pray with us throughout this important week.

 Pray for:

  • the Holy Spirit’s clear leading in discussions of execution of strategies and roles/responsibilities
  • innovative collaboration and wise assessment
  • a spirit of enthusiasm, encouragement and unity
  • health and safety, and protection for loved ones

 

The Lord willing, Dr. Richard will also attend the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. Please intercede that the leadership of the U.S. will return to the founding value “In God we trust,” and that the nation will follow.

Requesting prayer in a busy season

Dear praying friends,

Thank you for your continued prayer for Dr. Richard and RREACH. The Lord has blessed RREACH with a flurry of activity in every one of our three strategies. Please join us in prayer for the following needs:

Personal Proclamation:

As you know, several months ago Dr. Richard’s belongings were stolen, including important travel documentation that has to be replaced for him to continue his itinerant ministry.

Replacement documents will arrive, the Lord willing, in the next several days. If they do, Dr. Richard will be traveling early next week for a major speaking event focused on mobilizing believers to reach unreached areas across Asia. The event is expected to draw 30,000 youth from around South Asia, along with pastors, mission leaders and business leaders. Please pray that replacement documents do, indeed, arrive in time and for traveling mercies for Dr. Richard. 

Media Outreach:

Praise! Dr. Richard’s October Media Outreach message has garnered a large response—nearly twice what is normal. Pray that this message would help many see their deep need for salvation and respond in obedience to the Lord Jesus. 

Ministry training:

National Global Proclamation Academies have been confirmed in 12 countries and many more are prospective. Pray for the teams working on planning national GPAs around the world and that God would provide national GPAs in a total of 25 countries in 2017.

Also, RREACH staff has received 24 applications for the 2017 Dallas Global Proclamation Academy, including five from top-priority countries (these are typically countries that have not yet been represented at the Dallas GPA). Please pray that God would send the right 25 fine, young pastors for this three-week training set for June 2017.

Will you intercede?

Dear praying friends,

Thank you for lifting up Dr. Ramesh Richard and RREACH in prayer. God is providing and we have many praises to share! We ask you to continue to intercede for some updated needs below, as well.

Praise! The official documents Dr. Richard has been waiting on since the end of June have arrived in the U.S.! The process of getting them in hand will take several more business days, though, and he needs them in order to leave for a major speaking engagement in a little over a week. Please pray that the documents will arrive in time and contain no restrictions.

We also thank God for the growing activity on GProConneXt.com, the hub for connecting, resourcing and mobilizing pastoral trainers after the GProCongress. Ask the Lord for His continued guidance and blessing as the GProCommission team facilitates this global movement.

Praise God for progress toward the 2017 Dallas GPA. We have secured nearly half of the needed Master Coaches and have received a number of promising candidate applications. Intercede for the remaining Master Coaches needed, for more quality applications from new and under-represented countries, and for our selection process, especially as we only accept one delegate per country. National GPAs also need much prayer as we seek to more than double our goal for the number held each year.

Dr. Richard will be traveling again next week, the Lord willing, and Bonnie will be accompanying him. Pray for safety, joy and further post-GProCongress resuscitation.

Thank you!