In his words: Ramesh Richard January 2018 update

Dear praying friends,

“Happy New Year” seems trite and passé. However, with the Eternal Father of time (in His ownership), above time (in His essence), and over time (in His control), I wish you a Hope-filled New Year.

Immersed in Psalm 90 at the turn of the year, I noticed verse 9: “We end our years with a sigh!” And we did sigh, indeed, in exhaling 2017, and not necessarily with lament, though it was a tough year for some. With gratitude for God’s wisdom in numbering our fast-fleeting and frail days (v. 12), we appeal to God to display His splendor and extend His favor to us (vs. 16-17).


…we appeal to God to display His splendor and extend His favor to us…


I began last month began by personally witnessing to a brilliant airplane seat-mate from Portland to Dallas. He ended up acknowledging his need and affirming his trust in the Lord Jesus. Rejoice with me!

Then it was on to year-end business as our entire board again signed on for the next annual term. We have godly and practical counsel watching over this ministry. Fine Ministries, Operations and Advancement reports affirmed the excellence of this work.

I dashed off on a two-day trip to Costa Rica, where RREACH established a Chair of Biblical Preaching and Pastoral Ministries at ESEPA, a foremost Central America seminary. We wish to elevate the local church and advance the cause of biblical Preaching through key schools like this worldwide. On the flight back, I got to sow seeds and shake the belief of a young, bright Jewish/Costa Rican businessman. We are following up with LifeRocks thoughts and videos.

The month’s ministry highlight was an intense, three-day gathering of our Ministries staff around a singular priority: How do we enhance RREACH’s “I Proclaim” (iPro) core in order to affirm our charter, uniqueness and mission? We are beginning a short-term (2018-2020) balancing for strength and implementation. Thank you always for standing with us.

Very soon, I am to re-enter the classroom at Dallas Seminary. I have enjoyed getting prepared for these educational encounters with the future of the Church, especially in America. I am glad I am able to contribute to this great land, too, in fulfilling the “worldwide” part of our Mission and our Lord’s Final Commission. Thank you for once again being a part of this personal, biblical and global ministry in changing the way One Billion Individuals think and hear about the Lord Jesus Christ.

In the Inexhaustible One,

RR

Pray for GProCongress needs and DTS chapel

Dear praying friends,

Recently,

  • The GProCongress team welcomed several key new members
  • A large group from a critical but difficult region successfully registered for the Congress
  • Some unexpected opportunities have opened for Dr. Richard to cast the GProCongress vision
  • GPA Thailand Part 2 concluded on Feb. 13
GPA Thailand graduates

GPA Thailand graduates

Praise the Lord God, our Provider and Protector, from whom all these blessings flow! Also remember

  • Dr. Richard’s upcoming trip to an important country he has not yet visited on behalf of the Congress
  • Ongoing and ever-intensifying GProCongress activity in recruitment, funding and program development
  • Dr. Richard as he speaks in the Dallas Seminary chapel service this Friday, Feb. 19
  • The RREACH Board meeting also to be held, the Lord willing, this Friday

Thank you for praying!

Board meeting, national GPAs, GProCongress vision-casting

Dear praying friends,

After a quick trip to California where he met more great GProCongress networking contacts, Dr. Richard has been prayerfully preparing for today’s RREACH Board meeting. Please pray for all involved as they attend to broad and deep subject matters. The GProCongress remains a key focus. Lift the area of funding to the Lord—both for RREACH to be able to provide this unique opportunity and for those planning to attend to cover their travel costs.

GPA Burkina Faso is set to graduate 28 pastors on Sept. 19, while Lesotho pastors are getting ready for their GPA to begin on the 24th. Cover these graduates and anticipants with prayer for joy, courage, greater connection in Christ and new commitment to preaching the Word.

Burkina Faso

GPA Burkina Faso delegates

The Lord willing, Dr. Richard begins another travel marathon next week. He has GProCongress mobilization meetings in Florida, heads to Myanmar for more vision-casting and Thailand for Congress logistics and programming meetings, and returns to North America for Congress mobilization and a seminary preaching lectures in Canada. Please pray for God’s favor on each of these endeavors and for Dr. Richard to remain spiritually and physically healthy. We’ll update you along the way. Thank you!

A busy, yet fulfilling season; Dallas GPA visa appointments

Dear praying friends,

Dr. Richard speaking at DTS chapel

Dr. Richard speaking at DTS chapel

Thank you for praying Dr. Richard up to and through another key GProCongress planning session last week, a speaking engagement in DTS chapel and lunch for RREACH friends, a RREACH board meeting, and making additional strategic connections. This Friday, the Lord willing, he will speak at Moody Bible Institute’s Founder’s Week and be interviewed live on Moody Radio. Thank you for covering his wife, Bonnie, and the rest of his family in prayer during this busy season, too.

Three 2015 Dallas GPA candidates have visa appointments coming up (one tomorrow); last week one pastor was denied a visa. Please intercede for this pastor as he deals with this discouragement, and for the others as they apply. Pray for the right 25 delegates, and for representation from at least five new countries. Please lift up all Dallas and national GPA graduates and their families as they minister amid the many different pressures of life.

 

GPA candidates need visas; a full Friday coming for Dr. Richard

Dear praying friends,

Yesterday, Pastor A from Albania was approved for a visa to come to the 2015 Dallas GPA! Seven of our 21 accepted candidates now have visas. Those with upcoming visa appointments include: Pastor N (East Asia) – Jan. 29; Pastor N (West Asia) – Feb. 3; and Pastor A (Middle East) – Feb. 10. Pastor A was accepted to the Dallas GPA last year, but delays in getting official documents prevented him from coming. Please pray the Lord’s favor on each pastor for visa approval and for raising his half of the GPA airfare.

The Lord willing, a key GProCongress team member who was unable to attend last week’s meetings will fly in to meet with Dr. Richard and with the RREACH Board this Friday. We are asking the Lord’s clear direction for these meetings, as well as for the provision of a Congress program manager and timely funding. Dr. Richard is also scheduled to speak at the DTS Chapel on Friday (Jan. 30).

On behalf of Dr. Richard, we thank you for remembering these needs and offering thanksgiving to our Lord Jesus Christ.