Dallas GPA: June 27

Dear friends,

The 2014 Dallas GPA is drawing to a close. Thank you for your prayers over the last three weeks. We have been blessed and encouraged by these pastors, and we pray that they have been encouraged by their time here.

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Please continue to pray for the next few days for the following requests:

  • Pray for the pastors as they complete their three weeks of training, networking and ministry encouragement. Pray that these three weeks were beneficial for each of them, that it brought glory to God and that it helped the furtherance of His kingdom.
  • Pray for the pastors as they prepare for graduation. Pray that the banquet and graduation is an uplifting time for all attendees. Pray for Dr. Richard as he addresses the graduates and gives them a ministry charge from Scripture. Pray for the logistics of the graduation and that everything runs smoothly.
  • Pray for the graduates as they pack and prepare to depart. Pray that their flights are on time and they have safe and smooth flights back to their home countries. Pray that the teaching over the past three weeks impacts each of the pastors, who in turn use it to impact their home churches and ministries.
  • Pray that the graduates will stay connected with each other and also to previous years’ Dallas GPA graduates. Pray that ministry networks will be built among all Dallas GPA graduates in order to strengthen the worldwide church.
For His glory,
Edie Ross
Prayer Coordinator

Dallas GPA: June 25

Dear friends:

We can’t believe we are mid-way through the final week of the 2014 Dallas GPA. Thank you for your continued prayer.

Please join us in praising God that the pastors had a good, relaxing weekend with host families from all around the DFW area. We also are thankful that the the first several days of this week have encouraged the pastors as they heard from Dr. Richard on Monday and Master Coach Dr. Timothy George on Tuesday.

Please continue to pray for the 2014 Dallas GPA:

  • Pray for the Master Coaches who are teaching the rest of this week: Dr. Rick Reed,  Dr. Bryan Chapell and Dr. Richard again on Friday. Pray that the pastors will continue with enthusiasm, excitement and eagerness to learn and bond with each other. Pray for the pastors as they work on their homework this week.
  • Pray for the health of each of the pastors. Pray for the pastors’ families at home as they continue without their husbands and fathers.
  • Pray that the GPA chaplain will minister and bless the pastors this week, helping with any issues or problems as they arise.
  • Pray for preparations for the June 28 graduation banquet—that all efforts to make the banquet excellent and memorable would bear fruit.
For His glory,
Edie Ross
Prayer Coordinator

Dallas GPA: June 20

Dear friends,

We are closing out the second week of the Dallas GPA, and praising God for His amazing work in and through these pastors. We’re also thankful for First Baptist Dallas, which is hosting the pastors for dinner and a friendly game of soccer tonight.

Please continue to pray for the 2014 Dallas GPA:

  • Pray for the pastors as they finish their second week of classes. Pray for endurance to tackle the third and final week.
  • Pray that each of the pastors will get adequate rest and relaxation over the weekend. Pray that the pastors and host families will be safe over the weekend as they enjoy fun activities.
  • Pray that the church service the pastors attend with their host families will be meaningful. Pray that the pastors will make lasting connections with their host families for future encouragement and mutual benefit.
  • For the home churches of each of the pastors as their Sunday services continue in their absence. Pray for the families of the pastors and their continued safety and well-being. 
  • Pray that each of the pastors return safely to DTS Sunday evening.
  • Pray that each of the pastors will seek to serve God as He directs.
  • Pray for protection over Dr. Richard, the GPA/RREACH staff and their families.
For His glory,
Edie Ross
Prayer Coordinator

From Dr. Richard: Praising God for His provision

Dear friends:

Thank you for continuing to pray for RREACH and the 2014 Dallas GPA. We wanted to share with you a note from Dr. Richard regarding a recent praise!

Since we asked you to pray, with joy and integrity we right away report that The Lord has provided for RREACH’s expenses for the 2014 Dallas GPA. Praise the Lord! Only one pastor could not meet his part of his airfare, as a result of his bag being stolen in Istanbul with computer and all. We have replaced his computer (along with 24 more for his fellow delegates)—all loaded and with tools and resources, too.

We continue to pray that The Lord would bring forward individuals to underwrite 3.5 more tables for the June 28 graduation banquet, and that He will fill the event with 400 friends and potential partners.

We also are praying for gifts to help us reach our annual budget for the larger Global Proclamation Commission, of which the Dallas GPA is but one part. An important announcement is to be made at the banquet on June 28th about the location of the GProCongress for Pastoral Trainers. Please pray with us.

Thank you for praying for this class of Dallas GPA pastors. They have truly blessed us with their passion to serve the Lord Jesus. Please continue to pray for Pastor A’s daughter, who has had a high fever. Also pray for Pastor L’s daughter, who is suffering from a chronic illness.

Please  also continue to pray for the overall 2014 Dallas GPA:

  • Pray for the delegates as they have just changed roommates at this mid-point in the Academy. This is sometimes difficult as many roommates have become very close. Pray that they will continue to build deep relationships with one another.
  • Pray for continued courage, which God has given to delegates to minister in difficult countries.
  • Pray for physical and spiritual stamina for the delegates, Dr. Richard and and RREACH staff at this mid-point in Dallas GPA.
  • Pray for delegates’ spouses and their marriages.
  • Pray for Dr. Richard as he works on his speech for the graduation banquet, and that all banquet RSVPs would be in on time.
For His glory,
Edie Ross
Prayer Coordinator

Dallas GPA: June 16

Dear friends:

Thank you for your intentional prayer for the Dallas GPA. We are happy to report these ways we are seeing prayer answered:

  • The pastors had a great time in Sherman. Praise the Lord for good connections with their host families and the churches there. One pastor reported that he felt so valued by everyone involved. This is a huge praise for pastors who are used to ministering in isolated and sometimes thankless positions.
  • Also praise the Lord that the Master Coaches’ lessons are impacting the pastors at a deep level. Pastor J from Mozambique had this to say about a lesson Master Coach Celestin Musekura gave on forgiveness and reconciliation:

“The session yesterday was about forgiveness and to consider reconciliation. It was very strong. I’ve never heard anyone describe and live the forgiveness and to consider reconciliation like that… There are no words.”

Please continue to pray for the 2014 Dallas GPA as we enter week two:

  • Continue to pray for Pastor L’s daughter in Hungary, who is still ill.
  • Pray for the Master Coaches who are teaching this week: Dr. Ramesh Richard, Dr. Dennis Hollinger, Dr. Barry Corey, Dr. Bill Lawrence and Dr. Wayne Strickland. Pray that the pastors will begin this week with enthusiasm, excitement and eagerness to learn and to bond with each other. Pray for the pastors as they work on their homework this week.
  • Pray for the pastors as they prepare to give presentations about their home churches and ministry activities.
  • Pray that each of the pastors will bond with at least one other pastor on a deep level this week.
  • Pray for the pastors to get adequate rest this week as the schedule can be demanding. Pray for the health of each of the pastors. Pray for the pastors’ families at home as they continue without their husbands and fathers.
  • Pray that the GPA Chaplain will minister and bless the pastors this week, helping with any issues or problems as they arise.
  • Pray that administrative and logistical tasks go as planned and that all behind-the-scenes work is carried out with excellence.
  • Pray that those who attend a Global Impact lunch this week will be encouraged by how God is working around the world through the 2014 Dallas GPA delegates.
For His glory,
Edie Ross
Prayer Coordinator

Dallas GPA: June 13

Dear Friends:

Thank you for your continued prayer for the 2014 Dallas GPA. We are at the end of the first week and are praising God for all He has done and is doing through the 2014 delegates.

We also are thankful to a handful of churches in Sherman, who are partnering together to host all 25 pastors in that community over the weekend.

Please continue to pray for the 2014 Dallas GPA:

  • For the pastors as they finish their first week of classes.
  • For safety in travel to Fort Worth tonight as the pastors attend a rodeo and for bonding opportunities to occur.
  • That each of the pastors will get adequate rest and relaxation over the weekend. Pray that the pastors and host families will be safe over the weekend as they enjoy fun activities.
  • That the church services the pastors will attend with their host families are meaningful and encouraging to the pastors. Pray that the pastors will make lasting connections with their host families and the churches they visit for future encouragement and mutual benefit.
  • For the home churches of each of the pastors as their Sunday services continue in their absence. Pray for the families of the pastors and their continued safety and well-being.
  • That each of the pastors returns safely to DTS Sunday evening.
  • That each of the pastors will be humble servants and that God gives them wisdom as they contemplate implementing what they learned this week in their home churches and ministries. Pray that God will enrich the pastors in their knowledge, understanding and commitment to our Lord Jesus Christ and His worldwide church.
For His glory,
Edie Ross
Prayer Coordinator

Dallas GPA: June 9 UPDATE

6/10 Update: Please pray for Pastor J from the Dominican Republic, who has developed a bad rash that is causing significant discomfort and also has kept him from sleeping. He was able to see a nurse practitioner this morning and she prescribed some medicine, which we hope will provide quick relief. 

Please pray that Pastor J’s body would respond, and also that the rash does not get worse or cause a fever, in which case he may need more serious medical attention. 

Dear friends:

Thank you for your intercession for the Dallas GPA and these international pastors who take the message of Christ throughout the earth. We had a wonderful first weekend with the pastors, including trips to two local churches and the Dallas Arboretum.

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Please join us in praying for pastors’ requests:

  • Pastor V from Liberia: Please pray for his wife, who had an asthma attack after he left.
  • Pastor S from Cambodia: Please pray for his wife and newborn baby, who was born the day before he came to Dallas!

We praise God:

  • For the safe arrival of all pastors.
  • For the connection pastors already have made to each other.
  • For the generosity of those families and churches who showed hospitality in various ways for the pastors over their first weekend in Dallas.

Please continue to pray for the 2014 Dallas GPA:

  • That the pastors would be encouraged by and attentive to the Master Coaches of the first week: Dr. Ramesh Richard, Dr. Celestin Musekura, Dr. Bruce Fong, Dr. Bill Brown and Dr. Mark Yarbrough.
  • For clarity and effectiveness of instruction from the Master Coaches.
  • That the fellowship among 2014 Dallas GPA pastors would overflow into lifelong ministry partnerships with each other and with those who have previously graduated from the Dallas GPA.
  • As each pastor gives a formal ministry report, may the entire group be stirred to glorify God.
  • Against further technology problems. Our main office printer stopped working late last week! Pray that it would be fixed quickly.
For His glory,
Edie Ross
Prayer Coordinator