GPA Lebanon challenges, strategic GProCongress presentations

Dear praying friends,

GPA Lebanon is scheduled to start August 30. Pastors from several neighboring countries hostile to the Gospel are planning to come, eager for this opportunity. However, GPA organizers are facing difficulty finding enough candidates, since the region is volatile and so many have to be bi-vocational pastors by necessity. Please pray that at least 25 young lead pastors from this area of huge need will be able to attend and receive the invaluable GPA experience of connecting, uniting and strengthening.

This week Dr. Richard is scheduled to make two key presentations to ministry leaders about the GProCongress. We desire for these well-connected leaders to mobilize many in their networks to attend the Congress and to further spread the word to their networks. Please ask the Lord for both presentations to be well-attended and effective in communicating the need to come together in a new way at the Congress for better and increased pastoral training.

Momentum swells toward GProCongress, 2015 Dallas GPA and national GPAs

Dear praying friends,

You prayed for Dr. Richard’s quick recovery from his packed two-week, four-stop trip in Southeast Asia. Upon arriving back in Dallas, he promptly began outrunning the RREACH staff. Thank you, and please continue to call on The Inexhaustible One:

  • As the GProCongess program is becoming more defined, Dr. Richard needs someone to come alongside him in crucial implementation.
  • A strong wave of funding is needed over the next few months for Congress preparation. God has provided many wonderful donors; please ask for that provision to flourish.
  • GPA Indonesia, to start in less than two weeks and GPA Peru is set to open April 16. Both need prayer for finding the right 25 delegates.
  • The visa process for the 2015 Dallas GPA is still proving unusually difficult, but the Lord has now supplied 20 candidates with visas. Praise Him! And intercede for the seven more who must apply or reapply.
  • Wisdom and capacity are needed as Dr. Richard evaluates his multiplying responsibilities and opportunities.

It has been nearly one year since Dr. Richard’s dear mother, Manorama, graduated to heaven. On Thursday, April 9, which would have been her 91st birthday, Dr. Richard was able to spend some time in reflection and thanks to the Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for your kind support on this journey. It has blessed the family deeply.

Praise for a vital GProCongress deadline met, GPA Nicaragua begins, and ongoing Dallas GPA needs

Dear praying friends,

GPA Nicaragua—another country with great needs—goes into its first full day today! Please ask the Lord’s blessing on the pastoral delegates, master coaches and organizers, as well as their families while they are away. Pray for these young leaders to be connected, united and strengthened in a special way for an entire lifetime.

GPA Nicaragua pastors start the morning with worship

GPA Nicaragua pastors start the morning with worship

Thirty-three candidates have now been accepted to this year’s Dallas GPA; eleven have U.S. visas—one just granted yesterday. The process of getting U.S. visas this year has been unusually difficult. Residents of some countries are finding it difficult to enter even with U.S. visas. RREACH takes great care to abide by national policies, and every single Dallas GPA delegate has returned, as promised, to his home country. We ask you to pray for the Lord’s favor on the four pastors who have yet to apply for their visas, as well as those who will be reapplying. We appreciate your intercession on behalf of all who live in difficult areas.

Dr. Richard met an important GProCongress program deadline last week. Thank you for lifting him up! Please continue to ask the Lord to provide a Congress program director. More key meetings, some video-recording projects and preparation for upcoming speaking engagements are on his schedule this week. Pray for these, too.

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.