In his words: Ramesh Richard October update

Dear praying friends,

Last month began at the tail end of a flourishing trip to Costa Rica—two evangelistic events, one large (1000+), and one private (100+), along with launching a national preaching conference at their foremost seminary. This annual conference will grow deep and wide.

RREACH convened two national Global Proclamation Academies. I visited by video with the soon-to-be graduates of the poorest nation of the world (by per capita income). Central African Republic has no consistent electricity, but they found a generator to power the call. I had to talk to them in the dark! Then with 37 younger pastors of a restricted country in Asia, meeting five road-hours away from the glare of their government, I shared a biblical charge by video.

The month concluded by my serving as a leader and speaker at a luxury event to a high-level, private think-tank outside Vail, Colorado. I am grateful to be always learning what the apostle Paul had already learned…the secret of contentment in economic extremes (Phil. 4:12).

Thank you for sending me to proclaim God’s word globally and multiply the proclamation locally. I so value your trust in me and this ministry, and I hope you feel valued, too.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,

RR

Accomplishing His assigned purposes

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Praise God for using Dr. Richard’s ministry in Costa Rica to profoundly change lives!
  • Pray for Dr. Richard’s upcoming ministry engagements and for wisdom for future opportunities.
  • Pray for an upcoming meeting of proclamation associates in Dallas this fall.
  • Rejoice and pray for about 35 young pastors gathering for a national Global Proclamation Academy (GPA) in a restricted Asian country.

The bigger picture:

RR at CRCCThe Lord Jesus touched many lives through Dr. Ramesh Richard in Costa Rica last week. Praise Him! Two pre-evangelistic events, a two-day national preaching conference, a meeting of Christian leaders and a Sunday service, in addition to connecting with a number of individuals, filled his five days there. He sensed the support of our prayers.

Please pray for those who made decisions to embrace the Lord Jesus, for the local pastors and believers following up with them, and for the 90-plus pastors who attended the national preaching conference, organized by Pastor M, a Dallas GPA 2012 grad, who holds the RREACH Chair of Biblical Preaching and Pastoral Ministries at ESEPA, a major seminary in Costa Rica.

Dr. Richard has two lengthy international trips, a number of U.S.-based engagements, and multiple key meetings over the coming months. Please pray for the Lord’s hand to be on him and on all the preparations for these events. Pray that He will use Dr. Richard fully to accomplish His assigned purposes.

One upcoming event needing specific intercession is a gathering of proclamation associates in Dallas. Pray for their visas and for resources for this strategic next step in RREACH’s ministry.

GPA Central African Republic, held in that economically difficult country, wrapped up last week. This week a GPA begins in an undisclosed Asian country. Please ask for God’s protection and power over those who have gone back to daily ministry, and over the group gathering now. These national GPAs and other training initiatives are only as effective as their ongoing benefit to the pastors and their ministries. Pray that the Lord will direct and empower us to follow up effectively.

Action in South, Central and North America, Africa and more

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Pray for Global Proclamation Academy (GPA) Republic of Congo graduates as they return home, GPA Ecuador’s graduation this weekend, and GPA Central African Republic delegates arriving this week.
  • Praise God for Dr. Richard and Bonnie’s time away with all their kids and grandkids.
  • Pray for Dr. Richard’s upcoming evangelistic outreach and pastoral training trip to Costa Rica.
  • Praise God for the growth of GProLearning.org; pray for more capacity to evaluate additional pastoral training materials.
  • Pray for production and distribution of Dr. Richard’s talks and writing projects.

The bigger picture:

Emma and Chelsie playing chess

Dr. Richard (taking the picture) enjoyed playing chess with granddaughter Emma and new daughter-in-law Chelsie when the whole family got together recently.

GPA Republic of Congo graduates returned to the demands of daily ministry and home life last weekend. GPA Ecuador delegates expect to graduate and return home this weekend. GPA Central African Republic welcomes delegates this week. Please pray for the young pastors in each of these stages. Pray that what they have learned/will learn and the relationships they have developed/will develop at their national GPA will strengthen them abundantly for the work to which God has called them.

Dr. Richard and Bonnie were able to take some time away in South Carolina with all their kids and grandkids recently. Praise God for this and pray that the Richard family will continue to grow in the love and nurture of the Lord Jesus.

Dr. Richard’s upcoming trip to Costa Rica includes pre-evangelistic engagements, their first national preaching conference, and a Sunday morning service. Intercede for those preparing for all these events, for many to attend, and for Dr. Richard to be greatly used of the Lord.

We’re thankful for all the hard work that has gone into selecting biblically-based pastoral training materials for GProLearning.org. The site now features more than 9,000 items in more than 31 languages. Please pray for more people to help with the intensive vetting process and for these materials to significantly help wherever pastoral training is taking place.

Praise God for recent momentum in producing and distributing Dr. Richard’s writings and talks. Intercede for this process and for the material to bless many.

 

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

Some items on our minds…

Dear praying friends,

Thank you for remembering RREACH before the Lord Jesus during this extra-busy season! Praise and thanks to the Lord Jesus for His unfailing goodness!

Some items currently on our minds and hearts:

  • A major consideration for the RREACH board (meeting today) and our executive team (meeting soon) is how to expand Dr. Richard’s personal proclamation ministry. Please pray for creativity and capacity in the planning and the implementation. Also pray for wisdom as Dr. Richard thinks and prays through 2018 speaking opportunities.
  • RREACH is establishing another Chair of Biblical Preaching and Pastoral Ministries, this time at ESEPA Bible College and Seminary in Costa Rica. Dr. Richard heads to Costa Rica next week, the Lord willing, to speak at ESEPA’s graduation ceremony and the Chair installation.
  • The GProCommission team is on an ambitious deadline to launch a pastoral training resources Web site at the New Year. They are also training to implement an improved customer relationship management platform. Ask the Lord to grant them efficiency, energy and keen minds.
  • We have 19 approved applicants, five from new countries, for the 2018 Dallas GPA. Much prayer would be appreciated for a full cohort of 25 next June with at least five new countries represented. Intercede also for the right 25 delegates at each 2018 national GPA.
  • Many, many pastoral leaders and trainers around the world are tired, discouraged and facing tough circumstances. Pray for our Sovereign God to refresh their hearts in Him, and to protect, provide for and unite them.

The RREACH staff prays together daily. If we may pray for you, please let us know: rreach.org/contact-us.

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

Multiplying trained pastors and pastoral trainers

Dear praying friends,

This week the RREACH staff had the privilege of meeting a national GPA graduate from Costa Rica. Training for pastors is hard to come by in his region of Costa Rica. In addition to planting two churches, one among Costa Rican nationals and another among English-speakers in the area, this dynamic second-generation GPA-trained pastor is now using Dr. Richard’s “Scripture Sculpture” to train yet other pastors—a third generation equipped to preach expository sermons.

We praise God for the grassroots growth of biblically-based pastoral training even as we prepare for next year’s global gathering of pastoral trainers, an event intended to exponentially increase the momentum and accessibility of training. On the logistics side, many contracts have been successfully negotiated. The application and registration process, which had a few technological snags early, is now smoothing out. Praise God for these answers to prayer, and keep on lifting up Dr. Richard and each member of the Congress Core Team. Pray for creativity, diligence, insight and trust, and for physical and spiritual health/protection for them and their families.