Intense GProCongress preparation; Inspirational Challenge deadline today!

Dear praying friends,

Thank you for praying in the power of the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ! We hope your Easter celebration of our Savior was sweet.

The GProCongress team is facing many challenges as they prepare for eight highly intentional, carefully scheduled days in June. Pray for wisdom, precision and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit in the coordination of all the moving parts. Ask God for His power to prevail in behind-the-scenes operations. Pray for just the right people to fill the remaining presentation slots. Pray that those already committed to serve as emcees, speakers, presenters and coaches will be clearly directed by the Spirit as they prepare.

In delegate recruitment, we are asking in faith for not more than 5,000 pastoral trainers from 200 countries. Currently, more than 2,000 from 97 countries are in various stages of application/registration/payment. Intercede for the right pastoral trainers representing every nation of the world to be motivated and able to attend. Uphold Dr. Richard as he considers a number of pending recruitment trips to Central America, South America, Asia and Africa.

Please also pray for many to be moved to give toward the Congress in the final hours of our Inspirational Challenge. Over 75% has come in; we are in need of about $260,000 to meet our March 31 goal.

We are grateful beyond words for your faithful intercession for physical/spiritual/mental/relational protection and provision for Dr. Richard, the RREACH and GProCongress teams, and the RREACH board. God is able!

Dr. Richard meets a young seeker; search continues for right GProCongress presenters

Dear praying friends,

Dr. Richard is scheduled to fly home from Asia this weekend. Praise God for new connections and encouraging visits with friends who have stood by Dr. Richard from his early days in ministry. Please pray for his safe return and for his physical, mental, relational and spiritual health, which are being tested as never before.

Pray, too, for a young engineer Dr. Richard met while traveling. After sharing a meal, the young man accepted Dr. Richard’s invitation to join him for the church service at which Dr. Richard was scheduled to speak. With the church’s affirmation, Dr. Richard quickly shifted his presentation in regard for the young man’s need for eternal salvation. The man enjoyed the experience and has continued conversation with Dr. Richard via email. Please pray for him to trust the Lord Jesus.

Speakers and presenters have been secured for many key roles in the GProCongress; see this link for a partial list so you can pray for them individually, http://gprocongress.org/speakers/. A number of the right kind of presenters are still needed. Because this Congress is intentionally vision- and issue-driven rather than speaker-centric, we are interceding for the best people in every area, from case presenters and panel participants to discussion leaders and platform presenters.

GPA Nicaragua completed; GPA Tanzania starting this week; and more

 Dear praying friends,

Each day brings new matters for praise and prayer. Thank you for undertaking this vital ministry on Dr. Ramesh Richard’s and RREACH’s behalf. Here are a few items for your intercession this week:

  • GPA Nicaragua graduated 25 fine young pastors last week! Many are fairly young in ministry and in faith. Praise God for their connecting, uniting and strengthening, and pray for continued growth in these areas.
  • GPA Tanzania is set to begin this Thursday, March 19. National GPA Coordinator Rajiv Richard leaves for Africa tomorrow. Pray that this special set of men will connect, unite and be strengthened.
  • 2015 Dallas GPA candidates from Nigeria and Cambodia have received visas! Four more pastors have visa appointments this week; some still need to make appointments. Timely visa applications help us obtain better airfares (and each pastor is responsible for one half of his airfare).
  • The GProCongress Program Leader is one of Dr. Richard’s most pressing prayer requests. We would like to have this person in place by April 1. Please ask the Lord to provide.
  • Dr. Richard has a busy week and two Sunday morning messages to deliver before he takes off next Monday, March 23, the Lord willing, for a jam-packed trip across Asia. He praises God for the medical help his daughter, Sitara, received while battling a serious infection last week, and is grateful for each who prayed and sent encouragement.
  • Severe attacks on Christians in the Middle East continue. One 2015 Dallas GPA candidate from the region sent the following note on Sunday, 3/15: Please pray for the people whose relatives were killed and injured in suicide attacks on churches. My own house is very near one of the affected churches. I had gone for Sunday service and my wife was at home. She is traumatized and very shocked. Please pray for our family as well.

We appreciate your faith-full, persevering prayerfulness!

National GPAs -praise report

Dear friends,

Thank you for your faithful prayers for Dr. Richard and RREACH. I’d like to share some praises with you that we received from two recent national GPAs.

GPA Bangladesh:

In early August 30 pastors from around Bangladesh attended GPA Bangladesh. RREACH staff at the national GPA reported how grateful the pastors were to be connected and united with one another. Most live in very difficult situations, and as Christians in a predominately Muslim and Hindu society, they are looked down upon. To fellowship and pray with a group of Christian brothers and fellow pastors was so refreshing and encouraging.

As one pastor noted “We made lifetime relationships with each other.”

The highest-rated session was a practical work session in preaching expository sermons. One pastor said, “The impact of this training will last forever since the sessions were very much practical and addressed us on a personal level.”

Praise God for the pastors who were able to attend GPA Bangladesh and pray that they would apply their training in their own churches and multiply it by sharing it with other pastors.

Also praise God for his protection over GPA Bangladesh, which took place amidst heightened political unrest in that region. In fact, some pastors had to stay two extra days because of a political strike and countrywide shutdown. The organizers added some extra sessions to redeem the time.

(To be as sensitive as possible to safety concerns, we won’t post pictures of GPA Bangladesh. Please continue to pray for these pastors as they minister in difficult situations.)

GPA Nigeria:

At the same time in a different part of the world 27 pastors from across Nigeria were attending GPA Nigeria. RREACH staff who attended reported that this was the most boisterous group of pastors at a national GPA yet. In fact, during worship at a local church the pastor asked everyone to “make a joyful noise to the Lord,” and the pastors grabbed chairs and waste baskets and started dancing and singing. DSCN0035

The pastors had the same zeal for learning, and some of their sessions went on until 11:30 at night. The group also beseeched organizers for additional sessions to address problems prevailing in the Nigerian churches and those sessions were reported to be “awesome and transforming.”

In some Nigerian churches pride is celebrated and hierarchy is encouraged in ministry leadership. This was a concern for organizers.

However, they reported that they were overwhelmed when pastors publicly confessed their errors in humility rather than let pride reign—a testament to how the teaching and fellowship at GPA Nigeria had influenced them.

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Please join us in praising God for His provision of these 27 pastors and His sanctifying work in their lives. GPA Nigeria organizers already are discussing the possibility of regional GPAs within Nigeria, at the request of the pastors who attended.

For His glory,

Edie Ross
Prayer Coordinator