My hero, my dad, D. John Richard, just entered heaven to receive his eternal reward for a full life and fruitful labors (Saturday, February 3, 2018), just 17 days shy of his 95th birthday. It happened very fast. He fell last Sunday, and five times since then. We’re grateful and sad.
I’m headed to Syracuse…just arrived in Dallas last night after 16 nights away. I wrote memories of him on my 15+ hour flight home, having just talked the exact streets and places of youthful life with him.
Please pray for all of us. We have our Christ’s Resurrection hope for His believers-followers…or we would be of all people most miserable!
I borrow from John 1:6: “There was a man sent from God. His name was John.”
The Carribean’s strongest storm in almost a decade has made landfall on Haiti’s Tiburon Peninsula as a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 145 mph. It is the first major hurricane (Category 3, 4, or 5) to hit Haiti in 50 years, since Inez in 1966, Colorado State University reported.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami then expects the storm to continue on for another landfall — expected in the lightly populated eastern end of Cuba.
Please uphold Haiti—an already beleaguered nation—and especially the four Dallas GPA graduates and many GPA Haiti graduates currently ministering there.
UPDATE: ministry training, personal proclamation requests
Eight pastors have now applied for the 2017 Dallas GPA, several from high-priority countries. Please pray for more nominations and applications from under-represented countries.
Pray for the right Dallas GPA Master Coaches to be available; two invitees so far have said “yes.”
Four national GPAs have been scheduled: Romania, Senegal, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Ivory Coast. Ask God for His blessing as teams organize these, and for a total of 25 national GPAs to take place in 2017.
Also, continue to remember the GproCommission for Trainers of Pastors, the critical follow-up phase of the GProCongress. Pray for involvement in the process and for growth in pastoral training to exceed expectations.
Finally, praise God for Dr. Richard’s fruitful time in Kenya and Qatar, and pray for his preparation for upcoming events. He is still waiting for replacement travel documents before he can serve in another, key country. Pray for God’s provision as this affects him and event organizers in that nation. Also intercede that his October Media Outreach video and social media campaign will attract a wide range of viewers to the Lord Jesus Christ.
We thank God for two good days of planning Dr. Richard had with the GProCongress program team earlier this week. Please pray that they can move quickly on action items, for positive results, and for the Holy Spirit’s total direction of the program.
Some requests we’ve brought to you before are now critical: visa procurement and participant travel funding. Despite the Congress team’s great diligence and the hospitality of the Thai government, GProCongress registrants in some countries are still encountering obstacles when applying for visas. One pastoral trainer writes:
We are facing difficulties in obtaining the visa. We sent an email to the embassy but we did not receive any response, we then followed up with a call but no one picked up.
We traveled to the embassy city on Tuesday to present all our authorized documents and were asked to come for the visa the following day till today. We were only informed today that we cannot receive our visa unless the embassy receives more information.
Our flight home was this evening but we have to reschedule our flight for Monday. Most of the participants from other West Africa countries are getting frustrated with the hindrance here because of the cost of hotel, feeding and transportation just to get a visa.
We are pleading with you to help in facilitating the visa process.
Some other registrants are regretfully cancelling their attendance because they have not been able to get funds to travel to Bangkok. Please intercede for God’s provision and protection in the face of these visa and funding challenges, and pray that many will see Him at work and glorify Him.
Dr. Steve Douglass – Campus Crusade for Christ International/Cru, Rev. Sirikul and Dr. Richard last November in Florida
Early this morning Rev. Enoch Yuttasak Sirikul, chair of the Executive Board of Thailand Evangelism and Church Growth Committee, chair of Thailand Campus Crusade for Christ, and national coordinator for the Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers, went home to the Lord after a sudden, massive heart attack. Please pray for Rev. Sirikul’s family, friends and ministry.
Rev. Sirikul instantly invited Dr. Richard to hold the GProCongress in Thailand after Typhoon Haiyan battered the Philippines in late 2013, requiring the relocation and rescheduling of the event. “[The GProCongress] will be a historic event in the body of Christ for this generation,” he said.
“I am shocked, stunned and terrifically sad,” Dr. Ramesh Richard said. “I’ve known ‘Nok’ for 30 years. He was one of the great leaders of the world and one of my best friends in ministry.” Your committed prayer for God’s total protection and global provision for the fulfillment of the GProCongress and its strategic follow-up is essential during these days. Please remember:
Registration and delegates – up to 5,000 of the right pastoral trainers from all areas of the world
Speakers, presenters, coaches and follow-up – availability and preparation
Funding – God has supplied all the funding needed to meet Congress contract deadlines to date; we anticipate needing another $1.6 million by June 15
GProCongress team – creativity, capacity and Christlikeness
Thank you for praying for us during this time of intense grief and action.
Please be in prayer for Dr. Richard. He is currently out of the country, and his bag and many personal belongings were stolen. Pray they are recovered quickly so he can continue focusing on GProCongress mobilization.
Praise God for watching over Dr. Richard, and pray, too. Dr. Richard is scheduled to leave Dallas for Indonesia at 6:40pm tomorrow for another key GProCongress vision trip. However, he is in South Carolina, and each flight he has gotten on today has been delayed and then canceled because of torrential rains. There is the possibility of a very early morning flight to Dallas tomorrow.
We know that our Sovereign God is not surprised and has plans to “do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,” (as Dr. Richard has reminded us recently!)
Please pray for a safe, expedited journey to Dallas and then Indonesia for Dr. Richard, and praise God for what great things He will do. Dr. Richard may even get the opportunity to introduce someone specific to the Lord Jesus Christ because of the altered flights!
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. Eph. 3:14-21 NASB