Receiving God’s goodness

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.

Dr. Richard finishes final GProCongress recruitment trip

Dear praying friends,

I have just returned from my personal final recruitment push for the Congress. Here are some thoughts for your prayers.

Final vision-casting meeting

Final vision-casting meeting

1) God has brought fine leaders around the table to implement the GProCongress. There are still decisions to be made and actions to be taken, but the general sentiment is that at this point, we have done what can be done.

2) We saw a registrant “uptick” by about 300 in what seemed a few hours! There is a recruitment effort this week in Nairobi among Anglican Evangelical Prelates. Last week a friend made special connections in a major Asian country, and recent visits to Brazil and Argentina have already yielded fruit.

3) Our industrious back office leaders relocated to Uganda from Malaysia while maintaining a torrid schedule; they also negotiated a generous visa policy for Congress delegates with our kind host country—a great answer to prayer.

4) Coordinated follow-up is to be one of the Congress hallmarks. Our fine follow-up team just gathered in Costa Rica for planning.

5) Our Thai hosts are all “pumped up” because this Congress has a vision with action till 2020! Their volunteers are amazing.

We have fewer than 56 days left. Decisions will be made by the thousands…please pray for total protection and global provision. Pray for me since I am recovering emotionally and work-wise (about 100 hours of written labor) from a personal mishap, the theft of my briefcase at an airport–all important, much useful, some favorite, and a few irreplaceable things.

God’s graces kept my passport and credit cards from being in the briefcase, where they normally are!

Thank you for praying.

ramesh

A moment for praise

Dear friends,

Thank you for your continued prayer for Dr. Richard and RREACH. Please take a moment to share in our praise for the many ministry opportunities God has blessed us with over the last month.

Personal Proclamation

Brazil: The Lord answered our prayers for Dr. Richard’s trip to Brazil in a mighty way. About 100 people, 50 percent non-believers, gathered for the evangelistic event, at which Dr. Richard’s talk was translated by our 2014 Dallas GPA grad from Brazil, Pastor N. Sixty people turned in response cards, with 30 of them indicating they had decided to trust the Lord Jesus Christ. A Palestinian attendee said this was the first time he had enjoyed hearing about Jesus.

Greece: We praise God for a recent opportunity for Dr. Richard to travel to Greece—his first time in this land of significant Christian history—where he had the opportunity to encourage Campus Crusade for Christ Global Operations Conference attendees. While visiting Mars Hill, the site where the Apostle Paul proclaimed the Lord Jesus Christ to the very religious (but pagan) people of Athens, Dr. Richard was asked by the tour guide to speak briefly and pray. It was a moving experience for this servant, whom God has gifted and called to proclaim the Lord Jesus.

Ministry Training:

Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers: Praise the Lord, RREACH has confirmed the venue for the 2016 GProCongress. The event will take place at the world-class IMPACT Center outside of Bangkok.

The Congress seed team met in September to discuss logistics and program issues, and is meeting today and tomorrow to focus on recruitment and program. Please continue to pray for excellent communication, creativity and efficient execution of tasks toward the Congress.

Also praise the Lord for key GProCongress connections He provided during Dr. Richard’s trips to Brazil and Greece, as well as during quick stops in London and Vienna while traveling to and from Greece.

Dr. Richard also has been invited to present the Congress to the Global Alliance for Church Multiplication gathering in San Diego, California. The GACX is working to facilitate the planting of 5 million churches by 2020—but up to 70 percent of church plants fail. They need adequately trained pastors, and RREACH’s GProCommission vision to connect, unite and strengthen 100,000 pastoral leaders by 2020, for which the GProCongress for Pastoral Trainers is a key catalyst, will help meet that need.

National GPAs: Twenty-four pastors from around the country attended GPA Botswana last month, most of them very young, which was to be expected given that the evangelical community in Botswana is only 20-30 years old. Pastor B, a Dallas GPA grad who organized GPA Botswana, was, for example, elected head of the Evangelical Fellowship of Botswana at age 28.

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GPA Botswana attendees

Attendees were especially diligent in their studies, which bore fruit during the graduation ceremony when one attendee preached a sermon that “blew us all away,” according to a RREACH staff member who attended.

2015 Dallas GPA: We have begun accepting applications to the 2015 Dallas GPA. Please pray for more applicants from countries never before represented at a Dallas GPA, as well as an increase in qualified applicants and additional response from our referees.

Media Outreach:

Dr. Richard is beginning work on his 2015 Media Outreach messages. Although the platform has changed, this is RREACH’s 16th year undertaking an effort to use the power of media to share the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ.

For the last couple of years, RREACH has harnessed the reach and power of social media to share this message. Visitors to RREACH’s LifeRocks Facebook page (which has garnered 545,000-plus “likes”) are driven to our program-specific http://www.LifeRocks.org website where they can watch a pre-evangelistic message by Dr. Richard, register for more information and connect with our follow-up evangelism team.

For His glory,
Edie Ross
Prayer Coordinator

Encouraging pastoral leaders in Brazil

Dear friends,

Thank you for your continued prayer for Dr. Richard and for RREACH. Dr. Richard currently is ministering to pastoral leaders in Brazil. Would you join us in the following prayer requests:

Last night: Dr. Richard met with key leaders from a local church, Igreja Batista do Morumbi in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Dr. Richard spoke with them on the topic of missions. Pray these meetings bear fruit for Christ’s Church.

This morning: Dr. Richard will meet with missionaries who serve in Sao Paulo. Pray he is well-rested and the meetings are mutually encouraging.

Saturday night: Dr. Richard will attend a worship service at Igreja Batista do Morumbi where he will address the youth. Pray those in attendance are encouraged by Dr. Richard’s message.

Sunday: Pray God uses Dr. Richard’s teaching during three services at Igreja Batista do Morumbi.

Monday evening: Pray God will use Dr. Richard’s message at an evangelistic banquet to convict unbelievers in attendance of their need for a Savior and that they would trust the Lord Jesus.

Also, praise God for an opportunity for Dr. Richard to cast the vision for the GProCongress to pastoral trainers in the Sao Paulo area. Pray that Dr. Richard would be able to clearly communicate the vision, mission and outcomes of this historic Congress and that trainers there would not only want to attend themselves, but also would encourage other pastoral trainers in their spheres of influence also to attend.

 For His glory,
Edie Ross
Prayer coordinator

Urgent: Brazil visa needed

Dear friends,

Please join us in praying for this urgent request below, received from Dr. Richard this morning. Dr. Richard has traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil to attend the Lausanne Consultation II: Towards Biblical Partnership in Global Theological Education. He is to speak at the consultation and is co-leading a session on “effective partnership that links formal and non-formal education models.” However, upon arrival he learned that he needs a visa to enter the country.

Dear everyone:

Unless the Lord wanted RREACH to spend His money and my energy/time in this apparent waste, I am hoping against hope for a hurriedly granted, temporary visa into Brazil in the next few hours.

I took the overnight flight to Sao Paulo. Immigration did not permit me into the country since I didn’t have a visa. The last time I came to Brazil, I did not need one….relations with the U.S. were better and there was reciprocity between the countries. This matter should have been checked.

The airline should not have let me on the flight without a valid visa. They have already paid a fine for flying me to Brazil, and let me know that this happens every day! My flight to Dallas is at 9pm tonight. Friends are working with the one government branch to see if an authorization can be granted today, but they are reputed to be bureaucratic.

Humanly speaking, it is critical for the 2016 Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers that I be at this event of the most influential theological educators in the world. On the other hand, God might be making me irrelevant to its success. I simply consider this as part of the kind of challenges we shall face in this next season. But I will labor, striving with His mighty power that works within me (Col. 1:29).

Would you pray that the Lord would open the way to get in? And that I would use the day well regardless.

Travel tired, but basically thankful,

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Thank you for joining us in prayer on this important matter. We will update the blog as we hear from Dr. Richard.

For His glory,
Edie Ross
prayer coordinator