Receiving God’s goodness

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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.

Ten down, many more to go

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Dear praying friends,

RREACH just wrapped up its 10th national GPA of 2017! Praise God for the national GPA team and Dallas GPA grads who have organized this special training for more than 200 pastors in Romania, Vanuatu, Senegal, Guinea, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sierra Leone, Honduras, Ivory Coast, Argentina and Gabon. Pray for each pastor to remain connected with his national GPA brothers and to grow in preaching God’s Word.

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Young pastors at GPA Gabon

Pray as the team works toward many more national GPAs for this year and coming years. A special GPA venture began over the weekend and GPA Brazil is set to start this week. Please ask the Lord to bring the right 25 attendees to each. Ask His favor and protection on all involved, in every detail. Pray, too, for His provision of resources. With more than double the number of national GPAs being held each year now, we need more than double the funding to support them.

Dr. Richard is on the go the rest of the month, the Lord willing, with speaking engagements in California, Africa and in between. Please intercede for his safety and health, and for his ready use as an instrument in the hands of his Maker.

Thank you for praying!

In his words: Ramesh Richard August update

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Dear praying friends,

“For the first time since 2012 I felt I had a day off,” I told Bonnie early last month. I have had days off, for sure, but the fact that I was not pushing or driving towards any big, future thing was what made me feel this way. I think it was also the point of resuscitation in this five-year voyage. I get to serve Christ at His pleasure in full strength again.

On July 1, Dallas Seminary welcomed me back into full-time faculty duties. What an amazing connection with my alma mater, whose leadership has not only accommodated our original understanding of 30 years ago, but gone beyond it to institutionally and personally support what I can bring to the school in global theological engagement and pastoral ministries. It was intriguing that I hosted a global phone conference of formal and non-formal theological education on the very day of my return to DTS.

I dedicated last month to what we called iA.S.K.—explained in my devotional in our third-quarter RR Crossing magazine. Please enjoy it for your spiritual health. Taking the acronym from Matthew 7:7, I am3Q17 front

  1. Asking for God’s good gifts, especially the Holy Spirit’s empowerment as His best good gift to us;
  2. Seeking first His kingdom—His purposes, priorities and plans for this ministry—while conduct myself righteously; and
  3. Knocking at His door for opportunities big and small, deep and wide, far and near, long and short, even heavy and light. Because much has been given to me, much is required from me.

I also penned First Basic: Confession & Conviction for Missio Nexus, an organization attempting to return the North American missions community to the basics of evangelism, discipleship and church planting at its 100th anniversary year.

2017’s Media Outreach theme media is Peace. I recorded six more short videos for LifeRocks. If you don’t get our bi-monthly videos, weekly thoughts and daily postings, please let us know.

While on a weekend trip to New York to be with my dad and sister, I ended up preaching at a vibrant, international church; I also spoke in Dallas at a South Asian congregation. Both were delightful. I felt like I was in healthy churches with active congregational participation in testimonies, songs, prayer and sharing, all before communion, offering and the message.

These are decisive days for RREACH, moving from waiting (January to June) to asking (July), to prioritizing (in August), to implementing (September to December and beyond)! Every time someone sends a gift or says they pray regularly for me explains so much of what God continues to condescend to do through us, His servants, you and me together. Thank you.

Warmly,

RR

Changing the way people think…will you pray?

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Dear praying friends,

The Lord Jesus gave Dr. Richard some unexpected ministry encouragement during a quick trip to visit his father, Dr. John Richard. He met a man who remembered his talk at a leadership seminar held more than 20 years ago—and the man had been just 11 years old at the time! He also got word that a Christian television station in India is airing his LifeRocks Media Outreach messages daily. In addition to the joy of spending time with his dad, what an affirmation for Dr. Richard that God continues to change the way people think about the Lord Jesus Christ through his personal proclamation!

Will you trust God with us for his upcoming proclamation opportunities, which include Media Outreach message filming, guest-speaking at the church of an internationally-renowned minister, and a pastors conference and evangelistic outreaches in East Africa?

We rejoice in the 29 pastors who graduated from GPA Ivory Coast this month and the 24 pastors who gathered this week for GPA Argentina, which is to run through August 5.

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GPA Argentina pastors in class

Pray for God’s special connecting, uniting and strengthening for all of our Dallas and national GPA graduates and for current and upcoming national GPA attendees.

Please also uphold RREACH and GProCommission team members and their families, RREACH Board members and their families, and Dr. Richard’s family, especially as many travel this summer. Based in Dallas, Texas, USA; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Beirut, Lebanon; Kampala, Uganda; and many other places, we all strive to serve together for the proclamation of the Lord Jesus Christ worldwide.

30 years of proclamation products…and many more, D.V.

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Dear praying friends,

Whew! RREACH is in the last stages of inventorying 30 years of Dr. Ramesh Richard’s personal proclamation products—from books, booklets and articles to audio and video recordings (in every format from beta to digital). We’re so grateful for the volunteers who generously gave time to help pull three decades worth of materials into one central database. Please pray for Dr. Richard and the Ministries team as they strategize creative and cost-effective new ways to use these texts and messages to further proclaim the Lord Jesus Christ.

It’s hard to believe one year has passed since the culmination of the GProCongress gathering of pastoral trainers in Bangkok. Efforts to follow up with attendees and further mobilize pastoral trainers have been intensive and fruitful, yet the need remains immense. Please ask God to pour out wisdom, power, perseverance and sufficiency on the team. Intercede for more workers to help in this critical aspect of the harvest.

Eight national GPAs have taken place so far in 2017. GPAs Argentina and Gabon are scheduled to begin in the next few weeks.

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GPA Honduras graduates

Pray for all graduates to continue to connect, unite and be strengthened, and for God’s will to prevail as organizers labor to pull off many more national GPAs planned for this year.

We thank you!

In his words: Ramesh Richard July update

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The Dallas GPA Class of 2017 receiving a standing ovation

Our annual highlight is the amazing Dallas GPA which absorbs our energies and energizes our activities. For three weeks, RREACH hosts this fruitful project at Dallas Theological Seminary. This year 29 pastors from 29 countries were immersed in Scripture, in classes, and in fellowship with one another.

That the 2017 Dallas GPA happened was a miracle indeed. Two months prior we didn’t know if we would have enough pastoral leaders. The US visa environment had changed, and we wondered if our model of bringing fine, younger pastoral leaders to Dallas would have to be changed, too.

“But God”—the powerful phrase which moves earth from heaven—became a reality. Our aim was 25 pastors from 25 countries, and God gave us 29. Target exceeded, with five new countries represented. Here’s one of many letters we received from them recently to encourage you:

By God’s grace I arrived safe-and-sound back home after one of the greatest experiences of my life, participating at Global Proclamation Academy in Dallas. I want to express my gratitude for your leadership and for how God has used you in my life and ministry. God used the GPA, the teaching of master coaches and the fellowship of pastors to clarify my vision and rekindle my passion for the Gospel. I am in-debt to the grace of God and pray that God will continue to make the changes He began to do in my heart that will affect, God willing, both my family and my ministry for His own glory. 

You know we have a 100% return rate! All have arrived in their homelands to strive on!

One major memory was the Dallas GPA delegates’ Skype call with GPA Honduras (June 8 – 17). Pastoral leaders spanning the whole globe encouraged 20 younger pastoral leaders in that deprived Central American land. The connection and multiplication continues deep and wide, near and far, slowly and speedily.

I had to make a quick trip to Wittenberg, Germany, where 70 global strategists (apparently, I am one) met to consider breakthrough ideas for Christ’s cause over the next 3 to 5 years. It was a relationally rich time. Best of all, RREACH emphasis was again confirmed, because almost all impactful and workable ideas in every context go through pastoral leaders.

Each year at this time, RREACH assesses all our ministries and activities, strengths and weaknesses, assets and liabilities, resources and lacks. I have dedicated July to move from a year of listening and waiting to asking and receiving in view of planning and acting. Please pray for me.

An ending that is really a beginning

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Dear praying friends,

The three intense weeks of the 2017 Dallas GPA are drawing to a close. Today, Dr. Richard taught the final Master Coach sessions and joined the pastors in a special wrap-up time of sharing and prayer. Tomorrow, the Lord willing, many RREACH friends will gather for the GPA graduation dinner, a time of celebration and commissioning.

Please pray for these final hours in Dallas to be rich for our 29 fine young pastoral leaders. As Dr.  Richard says, the real GPA work begins as these men go back to the demands and stresses of ministry in their 29 different countries. Pray that the connecting, uniting and strengthening they experienced here will multiply into greater proclamation of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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2017 GPA delegates: Connecting, uniting, strengthening

Intercede for Dr. Richard as he finalizes and delivers his graduation talk.

The RREACH and GPA staff also appreciate prayer as we strive to create a first-class experience for the pastors down to the final details, and to honor the Lord Jesus Christ in how we speak and serve amid all the responsibilities and demands. Much is yet to be done to host the banquet and to get the pastors safely on their way home (pray for safe travels, too!)

GPA Honduras has its graduation this weekend, as well. Pray for the Lord’s rich blessing on that special event and on the pastors as they go forward better connected, united and strengthened to serve.

Thank you, friends, for caring and praying.

Things we’re thanking God for

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Dear praying friends,

We have so many things for which to thank God! Here are just a few:

  • Dr. Richard feels he’s improving after battling a persistent, acute bacterial infection for over a month. His doctor cleared him to attend a consultation of international mission leaders convened by Lausanne in Wittenberg, Germany, over the last few days. Pray for his safe return, continued healing, and energy as he jumps back into the Dallas GPA.
  • We’ve just crossed the halfway mark of the Dallas GPA. The pastors are connecting well, Master Coach sessions are powerful, and everyone is staying healthy. Please ask the Lord Jesus to continue to shine upon and shield this endeavor, that His name may be proclaimed more and better around the world!
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2017 Dallas Global Proclamation Academy delegates connecting, uniting and strengthening

  • The national GPA in Honduras began last week and is set to finish this weekend. Praise God for this connecting, uniting and strengthening opportunity; pray for further multiplication.
  • We’re excited that several international RREACH team members plan to come to Dallas for the final portion of the GPA and the Graduation Dinner. Pray for good travel, productive planning and mutual encouragement. Also remember Dr. Richard as he prepares for his graduation talk.

And we thank God for you!

“…to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 25 NASB)

In his words: Ramesh Richard update

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Dear praying friends,

We’ve just finished a month of birthdays. Bonnie and I are aging at the same pace…even as you are! We are grateful to exchange weariness, weakness and any worry for His strength as we actively wait for the Lord to lead us into the future.

As you can guess I have been in Isaiah 40:31—the verse picked by India’s national and historic missions agency Friends Missionary Prayer Band to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Over 1,000 Indian missionaries were present, and my preparation on “the loftiest chapter in the Old Testament” refreshed me even as the talk rejuvenated others. “God is God. He is not applying for the job.”

Just before that I had spoken in Thailand to 1,000 leaders, with a large contingent from another strategic nation. Forty hours there and forty hours in India made for demanding travel, but gave me the opportunity to advance Christ’s cause through committed leaders representing two of the world’s largest countries. My sentiment after concluding this heavy and rich time was simply: “No servant of Jesus should be given so much opportunity in the space of one week!” Thank you, Lord Jesus. What an honor!

I also spoke at private evangelistic dinner at the fine Shangri-La Hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Sixty of the 100 attendees were pre-Christian, all of them noted that they wanted to know more, and eight of them responded to the invitation to trust the Lord Jesus as their Heart-God.

The World Evangelical Alliance met in Kona, Hawaii, where I shared some of my leadership learnings with top-tier missions and organizational leaders. Except I had contracted an antibiotic-resistant acute bacterial infection that still lingers, four weeks later. Please pray for me.

We are well into the 2017 Dallas GPA. While we faced major visa problems, God provided more pastors than we planned for! If you wish to serve as a host family for a pastor for the weekend of June 10-11, please let my colleague Mary know at mary@rreach.org.

We’d love for you to be our dinner guest for the graduation on June 24, to rejoice at the fruit of your investments with us. Kindly RSVP here: rreach.org/GPAbanquet.

Thank you for your prayers. I am counting on them.

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Dallas Global Proclamation Academy 2017: First day of class

“This is what God has made me to do”

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Dear praying friends,

Great news from Dr. Ramesh Richard in Thailand: “The Lord just gave us a great harvest at a private gathering of about 100 opinion leaders, with 60% being pre-Christian, and all of them want to know about Jesus. Eight or more of them received Jesus today. Follow-up has begun! This is what God has made me to do—Proclaim His Word and multiply Proclaimers of His Word to deliver spiritual health to large numbers of individuals worldwide.”

Dr. Richard also spoke to a gathering of 1,000 Christian leaders about the tremendous need for pastoral training, and this weekend he is to speak to a large group of missionaries in Southeast Asia. Next week he flies back, the Lord willing, in time for the start of the 2017 Dallas GPA. Please ask the Lord to continue to speak through and sustain this “Vagabondslave.”

We’re also praising God for granting 29 pastors the visas they need to attend the Dallas GPA, which begins June 4! Pray for final preparations—on our side to welcome them and on their side to come to the U.S. Pray for smooth and safe travels, protection of loved ones, and a powerful three weeks of connecting, uniting and strengthening.

Please also remember the GProCommission team in their massive post-GProCongress effort to connect and nurture pastoral trainers and pastoral training.