Halfway, underway, upcoming

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • We are now halfway—13 Dallas GPA candidates have visas!
  • GProLearning.org now features 5,667 curated pastoral training resources in 13 languages.
  • GPA Zambia 2 is underway.
  • Ramesh Richard speaks in DTS chapel Friday, March 2, and has an upcoming four-country, five-city trip through Asia.

The bigger picture:

We praise God for the progress in pastors obtaining travel visas to attend the Dallas GPA this summer. Please keep on praying. Pray that those who have been rejected will have peace despite the great disappointment and clear guidance about reapplying. Pray for Pastors D from Niger and N from Indonesia, who have appointments March 7. And pray for the GPA team working tirelessly behind the scenes.

We’re excited about the growing library of curated pastoral training resources at GProLearning.org. Please ask God to lead us to many more excellent materials in many languages, and for volunteers who can help curate non-English language resources. Also continue to lift up GProCentral colleagues as they learn a new process of tracking activity. Pray that this will improve how we serve pastoral trainers even in the remotest areas of the world.

A national GPA is just beginning in Zambia. Thank God for all the effort put into it. Ask Him to bless them with the right 25 delegates, wisdom in managing details, and transformation for the Church in Zambia. Please ask these blessings over upcoming national GPAs scheduled for El Salvador, Panama, Paraguay, Chile and in an undisclosed region.

Dr. Richard is set to visit five cities in four Asian countries over the next two weeks. We’re so grateful for the travel mercies God has granted him. Pray for continued protection over him and his family as he travels. Pray for his appointments to be productive. Especially remember him as he prepares for two memorial services in India in honor of his dad.

Finally, Dr. Richard is to speak at the DTS chapel service on Friday, March 2. If you’re in the Dallas area and wish to attend, let us know. Thank the Lord for this opportunity and request His hand to be on Ramesh as he prepares and speaks. Thank you!

Balancing needs and realities

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • A pre-Christian couple who attended an event with Dr. Richard has requested Bibles from the believing friends who invited them.
  • Ten pastors now have visas to attend the 2018 Dallas GPA! Four more have interviews next week.
  • GPA Zambia starts March 1; GPA Laos March 8.
  • Ramesh Richard is scheduled to speak at the DTS chapel service Friday, March 2.

The bigger picture:

Just a few weeks ago Dr. Richard talked with a group of pre-Christians in a closed country. He got word from the organizers this week that “by God’s Grace we were able to give two Bibles to two of my colleagues, on their request.” Praise be to the Lord! Please keep praying for these and many others newly exposed to the Lord Jesus.

Another praise: Ten pastors are now visa-approved for the Dallas GPA! Of the pastors who had interviews this week, one was approved, one denied, and one we have not yet heard from. Four more visa interviews are scheduled next week: Pastor M – Senegal, Pastor N – Pakistan, Pastor S – Tanzania, and Pastor J – Bolivia.

GPA Zambia (2) starts Thursday, March 1, the Lord willing, with GPA Laos following on March 8. Each national gathering is precious to attendees and strategic to effectively proclaiming the Lord Jesus to large numbers of individuals. Ask God to bring the right 25 pastors to each, to protect all involved, and to connect, unite and strengthen them for His glory.

Friday, March 2, Dr. Richard is scheduled to speak at the Dallas Seminary chapel service. Please pray for God’s hand to be on him. As many have kindly advised, the process of grieving his dad’s passing will take time. Yet, he also hears his dad’s voice in his head and heart citing John 9:4, “Night comes when no man can work.” Pray for wisdom, peace, energy and patience in balancing needs and realities.

A legacy of love and proclamation

Dear praying friends,

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Ramesh Richard with his dad, John Richard, in 2015

In brief:

  • The Richard family is gathering for John Richard’s memorial services in Dallas this weekend.
  • Dallas GPA visa count: 9. Four pastors are from new countries! Several more pastors, however, have been denied.
  • Dr. Richard is preparing for an international ministry trip in March.
  • The GProCommission team is looking for more GProCentral colleagues, i.e. teammates who personally connect with pastoral trainers and leaders.

The bigger picture:

Dallas services for Ramesh Richard’s father are scheduled for Saturday, February 17. A service in Delhi, India, is set for Saturday, March 10. Please continue to pray for the family. And pray that God will extend John Richard’s legacy of love for the Lord Jesus Christ and passion for spreading His Word, to His glory.

Three Dallas GPA candidates have visa appointments next week: N from Bangladesh, C from Burundi, and S from DR Congo. Pray that they will be able to join the nine already approved, four from the new countries of Gambia, Macedonia, Mauritius, and St. Kitts and Nevis. Seventeen additional pastors are still in pre-visa application stages. Pray for the Lord’s direction and provision as they and we work through the process.

Please ask God to lead clearly as Dr. Richard plans a March trip to South East Asia. Ask for the right ministry opportunities to mature and for Dr. Richard’s capacity for scheduled and impromptu ministry moments while adjusting to the earthly loss of his dad.

GProCommission colleagues actively connect with pastoral trainers and leaders to encourage and network them in their ministries. These regional teammates are a critical element of our strategy to strengthen pastoral trainers to produce 100,000 better trained pastors by 2020. Colleagues are especially needed in South East Asia. Pray for the Lord to bring the right people on board.

Thank you so much.

So that many more will come to know

Dear praying friends,
In brief:

  • Rev. Dr. D. John Richard, Dr. Ramesh Richard’s father, has been called to glory.
  • Our book shipment arrived in time for GPA St. Lucia. The pastors are now heading home.
  • National GPAs are coming up in Zambia, Laos, El Salvador and Central African Republic.
  • We’re updating LifeRocks, our Media Outreach initiative.
  • Eight Dallas GPA 2018 candidates have visas! Three have appointments soon.
  • GProCommission is mapping out how to best use social media to serve pastoral trainers.

The bigger picture:
Dr. Richard and all the family of John Richard appreciate your care during this fresh time of grieving. Dallas services are scheduled for Saturday, February 17, 2018. An India service is being planned for March. Please see https://rreach.org/rev-dr-d-john-richard for details, an obituary, and some precious testimonies of how the Lord used John Richard to influence many worldwide for Him. Pray that his legacy will strengthen across time and geography so that many more will come to know the Lord Jesus.

We asked you to pray for a shipment of books for the pastors attending GPA St. Lucia. They arrived this week! Praise God. Pray for the group as they graduate and return home. Pray for preparations for national GPAs beginning in March: Zambia (2), Laos, El Salvador and Central African Republic. Also lift up preparations for many more coming throughout the year.

We’re revising the look and feel of LifeRocks, our Media Outreach initiative. Thank God for the many who have been exposed to the Lord Jesus through this platform! Pray for direction in the details so the message can go out effectively. Ask the Lord to continue drawing people—both previous and new contacts—to Himself through LifeRocks.

God has provided eight pastors visas to attend the Dallas GPA this summer! We thank Him. Pastor A from an undisclosed country had his appointment and is waiting for a final decision. Pastors I from Rwanda, B from Ethiopia, and M from Mauritius have appointments next week. Please pray.

GProCommission is developing a holistic social media strategy for connecting, uniting and strengthening pastoral trainers. Thank the Lord for this tool and intercede that we will employ it wisely.

Updated: D. John Richard memorial service information

Dr. John Richard

D. John Richard

(February 20, 1923 – February 3, 2018)


A graveside service begins at 3 p.m. (with a viewing open at 2:30 p.m.) on Saturday, February 17, at the Chapel of Hughes Family Tribute Center, 9700 Webb Chapel Road, Dallas, TX 75220 (https://www.hughescrownhill.com/directions). A memorial service with reception follows at 5 p.m. at Northrich Baptist Church, 1101 Custer Road, Richardson, TX 75080 (http://www.northrich.org/overview/). A celebration for the life of Rev. Dr. D. John Richard in India is also anticipated. Details will be announced soon.

Memorial gifts to honor this bond servant of the Most High One may be made to International Friendship Evangelism, which ministers to international students primarily at Syracuse University (www.friendshipevangelism.org), to Action International, which evangelizes, disciples and develops primarily underprivileged people in urban areas (www.actioninternational.org), and/or to RREACH, a global proclamation ministry which evangelizes leaders and strengthens pastors to reach large numbers of individuals worldwide (www.rreach.org).

Rev. Dr. John Richard’s family is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love, memories and prayers from all over the world at this important time.

My hero, my dad

Dear praying friends,

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.”

Warmly,

ramesh richard

Follow-up, fruitfulness, family

Dear praying friends,

The brief:

  • Dr. Richard’s ministry in two difficult countries was fruitful
  • Five Dallas GPA candidates now have visas; 23 others will be applying/reapplying
  • Dr. John Richard (95), Dr. Richard’s father, is ill
  • GPA St. Lucia is in progress
  • High-level security issues forced the cancellation of a national GPA

The bigger picture:

Dr. Richard’s meeting with friends of friends in a restricted area led to good discussion and ongoing interest. He also had a somewhat impromptu opportunity to speak with young entrepreneurs. Praise God and pray for good follow-up and transformed lives.

We thank God for five Dallas GPA candidates with visas. Five have been declined, although four plan to reapply. Pray for the pastor wrestling with the disappointment of not being able to come. Also pray for these pastors with upcoming appointments: T, Cameroon; K, Liberia; E, Brazil; S, Gabon; A, undisclosed.

Dr. John Richard (95), Dr. Richard’s father and “spiritual hero,” is having health issues. Please ask the Lord to watch over him and guide the family in caring for him.

GPA St. Lucia began February 1. Pray that the young pastors attending will be specially connected, united and strengthened. Also pray that a shipment of books they need will arrive in time.

The international events team is aiming for 25 national GPAs this year—a large undertaking. Pray for new ways to establish connections for national GPAs. One scheduled for pastors from a closed country had to be cancelled because of high-level security issues. Please pray for the brothers and sisters courageously proclaiming the Lord Jesus there.

For the very best…of many…everywhere.