“Who can list the glorious miracles of the Lord? Who can ever praise Him enough?” (Psalm 106:2 NLT) At the beginning of 2015, Dr. Richard expressed the desire that throughout the year RREACH would maintain an atmosphere of praise. From the perspective of praise, the steadily increasing responsibilities and challenges of the past nine months have been opportunities to grow in love, obedience and thanksgiving to our glorious and faithful Lord God. Your prayerful support is so essential in this. Thank you! Please keep on!
Join in giving thanks that Dr. Richard returned home safely from his Myanmar/Thailand/Canada trip, and that it was fruitful. We ask special intercession for a set of major GProCongress meetings this week. Much needs to be decided and done. Intercede for:
the Congress Core team
1,500 registrants by November 15
all 185 speaking/presenting slots to be strategically filled
generous giving to meet Congress preparation deadlines
Please also ask the Lord Jesus’ great favor and protection over the 248 Dallas GPA and 1,169 national GPA grads serving in more than 80 countries worldwide.
Finally, let us continue to lift our hearts with the Psalm 106 writer, saying, “Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever” (v. 1).
This week Dr. Richard’s schedule includes preaching lectures at Heritage College and Seminary in the Toronto and Ottawa areas, as well as GProCongress vision-casting. Pray for the Lord to speak clearly through him, and for several possible individual contact opportunities in the area to mature. Next week, the Lord willing, the Congress Core team will convene in Dallas for several days of meetings. These are their final meetings for the year and much needs to be accomplished. Please begin praying now for their travel and time together.
Many Congress applicants are requesting prayer that they will be able to raise the money needed for registration fees and airfare to the Congress. Let’s ask the Lord to provide for them in special ways, as we do for delegates to the Dallas GPA. Ask Him to provide for RREACH, too, as we seek to cover all other Congress-related costs for these pastoral trainers. Pray also for our communication with those who have been accepted but need to finish the registration process.
GPA Lesotho delegates
Finally, praise God for a good start to GPA Lesotho! Pray for the 25 delegates’ connecting, uniting and strengthening throughout the week; graduation is scheduled for Oct. 3.
Thank you for praying Dr. Richard through a short GProCongress mobilization visit to Orlando. As this is being written, he is in the air on his way to Myanmar and then Bangkok for more Congress mobilization and program planning. The Lord willing, he is to come back via Canada to lecture on preaching in two different cities as well as do additional Congress vision-casting. Please remember the whole Richard family during this higher-pressure time. Pray that they will walk closely with the Lord Jesus Christ, find strength and rest in Him, and that He will be honored in and through their lives.
GPA Lesotho is just beginning. Pray for special connecting, uniting and strengthening there. We are planning on a few more national GPAs coming up this year, the Lord willing, in Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand and Panama. Pray for a full complement of delegates at each and protection and provision for the organizers and teachers.
God has blessed the GProCongress with a wonderful Core team and set of advisers. Ask Him to direct and empower them in helping strengthen pastoral trainers, who have never come together on a global level, through the GProCongress. Thank you!
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.
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!