2018 Dallas GPA – Week 1

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Praise God that all 26 pastors arrived and had a great start to GPA 2018!
  • Praise that Dr. Richard’s voice held up during his first day of teaching. Intercede that the pastors will quickly grasp all the teaching and see how to apply it.
  • Pray for the onsite GPA team to operate effectively, efficiently and with excellence.
  • Continue to ask God to provide Dr. Richard opportunities to proclaim the Lord Jesus evangelistically.

The bigger picture:Dallas GPA classroomWe praise the Lord for the trouble-free arrival of all 26 Dallas Global Proclamation Academy delegates for 2018. Please pray that they will enjoy getting to know each other. Pray that the Lord will place them with just the right host families this weekend and next.

Thank God that Dr. Richard made it through his first day of teaching. His voice is still weakened, though, and he would appreciate continued prayer as he is scheduled to teach extra days this year. Please intercede for each pastor to learn well and discern how to effectively apply what they are learning.

Uphold the GPA team onsite at Dallas Seminary and pray that they will operate effectively, efficiently and with excellence, by the power of God’s Spirit. Pray for them to be encouraged even in the middle of pressure.

We’ve seen answers to prayer as Dr. Richard’s schedule fills with speaking engagements. Praise God and pray for other opportunities to expose opinion leaders—the largely overlooked group of people with influence and affluence—to the Lord Jesus in thoughtful and winsome ways.

Thank you!

2018 Dallas GPA…about to begin!

Dear Praying Friends,

In brief:

  • Praise God! Twenty-four Dallas GPA pastors have arrived; we expect the final two today.
  • Pray for each pastor to acclimate well and for a great first week.
  • Remember Dr. Richard as he prepares to teach at the GPA amid other demands on his time and attention.
  • Praise God for ongoing efforts to connect and strengthen trainers of pastors globally.

The bigger picture:

GPA arrivals

Almost all the pastors have arrived. Praise be to God! Please pray for the two yet on their way.

The Dallas Global Proclamation Academy, RREACH’s premier annual pastoral training event, officially begins Sunday, June 10. Pray for the 26 delegates from 26 different countries to acclimate well to their new surroundings. Pray for patience, understanding and good humor as they learn and adjust to each other’s cultural perspectives, nuances and accents. Pray that they will bond with each other in the Lord Jesus for lifelong friendships and ministry relationships.

Pray also that the pastors will dedicate this time to God and His will for their lives. Each was asked to come with a specific growth goal. Pray that He will accomplish this and far, far more in them. Pray that they will become better proclaimers of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Dr. Richard is to teach Monday, the first day in the classroom. Please pray that his allergy-compromised voice will hold up. Praise God for the additional time he had for ministry planning after last week’s board of directors meeting and ask for His unceasing direction. Continue to pray for Dr. Richard’s banquet message preparation.

Uphold GProCommission colleagues helping connect and strengthen pastoral trainers in Latin America, Africa, South Asia, Central Europe, the Middle East and North America/Western Europe. We’re still seeking a colleague for Central Asia. Please pray for that need and for the colleagues in other regions considering how they can help in the meantime.

Thank you for praying!

An eventful season

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Give thanks for Ryan and Chelsie Richard’s beautiful, Christ-honoring wedding ceremony.
  • Praise God for 26 pastors approved to come to the U.S. for the Dallas GPA!
  • Thank the Lord Jesus for the wonderful volunteers lending very helpful hands to GPA preparation.
  • Pray for personal proclamation opportunities for Dr. Richard in Paraguay, Venezuela and more.

The bigger picture:

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On a Texas May day, family and friends celebrated Ryan and Chelsie Richard’s garden wedding, an event that exalted the Lord Jesus. Praise Him for His work in the couple’s lives and pray for their growth together in Him. Praise God, too, that Dr. Richard’s voice held up as he officiated; he eventually lost it from being outdoors on the high-allergen weekend.

Our prayers have been answered: We now have 26 pastors with visas for the June 10 – 30 Dallas GPA (our goal was 25). Thank you so much for praying. And please keep on praying for this group of fine, young pastoral leaders to be supernaturally connected, united and strengthened. Pray for safe, smooth travels and entry into the US. Most will be starting their journeys in less than a week.

Several sets of volunteers have lent their encouraging presence and helping hands to getting us ready for the GPA. We cannot thank God enough for them. Please pray blessing on them and on all final preparations for this major annual event. Also remember the teams serving behind the scenes.

Dr. Richard’s summer following the Dallas GPA is filling up rapidly. Ask God for clear leading about upcoming personal proclamation opportunities in Paraguay and Venezuela and later possibilities in Costa Rica, Hungary, and several locations in India, as well as U.S.-based engagements. Pray that he will be an effective spokesman for the Sovereign Savior worldwide.

In his words: Ramesh Richard May 2018 update

My dear praying friends,
Hurray! On April 30, I finished my first full-semester back at Dallas Theological Seminary, after the administration graciously loaned me to serve the world for the last several years in view of executing and recovering from the 2016 Global Proclamation Congress.

Students at DTS are highly motivated. They sacrifice much in terms of season of life, finances and relationships to attend seminary. One student drove three hours each way from Lawton, Oklahoma, to Dallas for an evening class (6:45pm – 9:30pm), returning very late to his home. That kind of commitment inspires any teacher to do his best. I did not know I missed the classroom so much. So, I am grateful.

Since I “lost” the first quarter of 2018 to travel and my father’s final earthly farewell, I formally began 2018 three months late. I am asking the Lord to compress 12 months of life into nine and create new time for me. This He has already begun to do with cancellations and rescheduling. Again, I am thankful.

The personal highlight of the month was my three days with our pastor-son Robby and his family in Greenville, South Carolina. Joshua (8), Emma (5) and I played chess, laughed, read and told stories. Our Dallas granddaughter, Annika (2) is a daily joy and responsibility for Bonnie and me. I am blessed.

The organizational highlight was a set of two global phone calls with RREACH-related staff based in some ten countries. A two-hour prayer time went by so fast that we are going to make it a quarterly habit. Then came an hour of casting vision to the global team in view of the upcoming five years (2018-2022). Our organization does not waste much time, money or energy, and now has been recognized by non-profit watchdog Charity Navigator as the ONLY “religious” organization with a 100 score for financial health accountability and transparency. Praise be to God.

Dallas GPA planning is in full swing for a busy June. Final visas and US entry still pose a problem. Yet God has intervened in our situation in many times and ways so that we are trusting Him yet again to do what we cannot. He tests the limits of our faith till the final moment. Thank you for being part of this brinksmanship through your faithful prayer.

In the Inexhaustible One,

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Some answers to prayer!

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Answer to prayer: Dr. Richard just completed two undisturbed, productive days of writing!
  • Keep praying for the possibility of a pre-evangelistic event with opinion leaders, people of influence and affluence, in Paraguay and other places.
  • Praise God for GProLearning.org’s growth to 7,142 curated pastoral training resources in more than 30 languages.
  • The Dallas GPA is nearly here; pray for 25 pastors and Holy Spirit-empowered preparation. Also pray for a national GPA in a dangerous region starting June 1.

The bigger picture:

Thank you for praying: Dr. Richard was able to dedicate a few days to writing this week and progressed well on a project. Please ask for his continued creativity and productivity.

Another answer to prayer! A RREACH colleague and local pastor met with a government official in Paraguay interested in organizing a pre-evangelistic event. Thank God for their efforts. Pray for Him to open the door there for Dr. Richard to talk with opinion leaders about life issues. Pray for more such opportunities in other locations, as well.

The resource arm of the GProCommission, GProLearning.org, now features 7,142 pastoral training resources in more than 30 languages curated from around the world. Praise God for the team’s diligence. Please ask Him for good collaboration, creativity and excellent implementation as they continue to introduce the GProCommission and its components to pastoral trainers and leaders globally.

With less than three weeks to go, we are praying for the right 25 pastors to attend the Dallas GPA, held on the Dallas Seminary campus. The count is now 23! Several pastors have upcoming visa appointments. Pray for everyone involved—pastors, RREACH team, Dallas Seminary colleagues, Master Coaches and more—to be led and empowered by the Holy Spirit in their preparation. Please also lift up a national GPA starting June 1 in a region dangerous for believers.

Thank you!

Praise, productivity, peace

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Praise for one more pastor who has obtained a visa to join us for the Dallas GPA!
  • Praise for a good first semester back in the DTS classroom for Dr. Richard; pray for summer productivity.
  • Pray for GPA Paraguay pastors as they finish and return home and for other GProCommission pastoral training efforts in Latin America.
  • Pray for many to hear about the Lord Jesus in a new way through LifeRocks.

The bigger picture:

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Another praise: Our newly updated LifeRocks media outreach site has gone live with Dr. Richard’s newest talk on peace. Intercede for many, especially in otherwise unreachable areas, to see these talks and receive the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ.

A 22nd pastor has obtained his visa to attend the 2018 Dallas GPA! Six more are in the visa process. Praise God for His provision in so many ways—available and quality candidates, seven new countries represented, visa approvals, generosity in funding, Master Coach availability, good behind-the-scenes teamwork, and more. Keep praying for the right 25 delegates, their and our preparation (including funding), and those dealing with deep disappointment at not being able to come.

Dr. Richard has completed his first semester back in the DTS classroom after several years in a revised role. Praise God for a good semester and pray for him to find times for focused writing this summer. Pray, too, for his son Ryan and Ryan’s fianceé, Chelsie, as they prepare to marry in a few weeks.

Despite some initial challenges, GPA Paraguay began last week and is set to conclude this week. Pray for God’s protection of and provision for all national GPA organizers and potential delegates. They often face major obstacles. We’re also asking the Lord for fruitful GProCommission pastoral training connections all across Latin America.

A new LifeRocks launch and more

Dear Praying Friends,

In brief:

  • An update to the LifeRocks website is coming soon!
  • Angola and Paraguay are hosting national GPAs this month; the Dallas GPA pastors-with-visas count is up to 18.
  • RREACH has set a US$1 million goal to expand our care for pastors’ families in need.
  • Ramesh is looking for time to write in May.

The bigger picture:

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GPA Angola: “Wonderful prayer time in the mountains!”

Please pray for the launch of a new LifeRocks website and video. We want the new design, video and weekly blog to draw more pre-Christians to think differently about the Lord Jesus Christ and consider Him as their Lord and Savior. Please ask the Lord for the technology to work correctly, wisdom in advertising to many people, and the Good News presented by Dr. Richard to transform many.

Thank you for praying: Despite continual rains, 28 pastors made it to GPA Angola! They graduate this week. GPA Paraguay begins next week, the Lord willing. Pray for the right 25 pastors to attend and for God’s hand to be on the organizers. The Dallas GPA count has grown to 18 pastors who have visas. Remember Pastor J from Botswana, Pastor E from Sierra Leone, and Pastor J from the Philippines as they go to appointments next week. Pastor F from Lithuania was asked to go back next week, as well.

First as a child and then as a pastor himself, Ramesh Richard experienced firsthand the sacrifices pastors and their families make. He established The ENLARGE Fund in honor of his late parents, wishing to raise US$1 million over the next year to help pastors’ families, widows and orphans in situations of specific need. Please pray for this effort to be fruitful and for discernment in responding to needs.

Dr. Richard hopes to set aside time for writing in May. Please ask God to provide the right time, place and productivity. Also remember the Richard family as they prepare for Ryan’s marriage to Chelsie Birks in late May.

Thank you!