In his words: Ramesh Richard May update

Dear praying friends,

We know/love/believe/follow a God who is personal, who did not sit in His heavens and merely prescribe (cf. the God of other monotheisms), but who personally entered the crux of the human situation.

It was this crucified (crux is Latin for cross) Savior whom we recognized through 14 stations of the Via Crucis at an evangelical Anglican congregation and through the 15th station, His Resurrection, at an evangelical Lutheran sunrise service. Indeed, this was the only personal message we could send to our Family lost in the Sri Lanka Easter Sunday terrorist devastation. Let me know if you wish to receive a copy of a letter I wrote to a distraught believer there.

Last month was great, for it had no travel, at least not international travel. On my day-visit to Savannah, Georgia, to minister to the 88-year-old, most influential pastor in my life, he ministered to me instead. His son was killed in a bomb attack in Afghanistan earlier this year, and he himself fell, breaking the right side of his face. Still, he assured me that “old age is doable!” 🙂

When I am in Dallas, numerous ministry and mentoring opportunities present themselves. Younger men drop in for guidance and older men say they were decisively influenced in the style and structure of their ministries—including Dr. Celestin Musekura of ALARM and Dr. Stuart Briscoe of Telling the Truth. God uses us in humanly unplanned ways for eternal effect.

Global Proclamation Academies (GProAcademies) in Panama and Indonesia were accomplished by colleagues. I also recorded five pre-evangelistic talks for LifeRocks, our short-format monthly videos, around the theme of “de-cluttering” life, mind, heart and soul through the One who is our Peace-mover and Peace-giver.

And best of all, I concluded a Dallas Seminary semester on Cross Cultural Apologetics and Worldview Evangelism with a fine set of eager students about the ages of my kids!

Please pray for the 28 pastoral leaders from 28 countries we currently anticipate coming to the June Dallas GProAcademy. Hope you can be our guest at their graduation dinner on June 29, or really at any of our open events. You will rejoice at what God through your personal prayer support does to maximize my proclamation globally and multiply their proclamation locally. Thank you as always.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,

RR

P.S. Please keep interceding for rooms for the GProAcademy pastors at Dallas Seminary—we need four more. I would also appreciate prayer as I prepare my graduation dinner talk.

Dallas GPA praise and urgent prayer request

Answer to prayer: Praise be to God! RREACH now has 28 pastors with visas who plan to attend the Dallas GPA! This has been a major prayer concern and we thank all who have prayed. Having a visa does not guarantee entry into a country, though, so please continue to pray.
Urgent request: A critical aspect of the Dallas GPA is housing all the pastors on the Dallas Seminary campus. Not enough rooms are currently available and we must begin the move-in process in less than two weeks. We ask your fervent prayer that God will open up all the rooms needed.

Thank you!

Faithful in doing

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Praise God for a wonderful weekend of vision-casting with long-time and new RREACH friends.
  • Pray for Dr. Richard’s 15-day, five-country trip to sensitive areas in Asia.
  • Praise for continuing visa approvals for Dallas GPA candidates; please continue to pray!
  • Praise for the recently completed national GPA in Madagascar and pray for upcoming ones in Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Panama and Indonesia (women’s).
  • Uphold Bonnie Richard’s mother, Joyce, who had a serious fall.

The bigger picture:

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Four Dallas Global Proclamation Academy graduates now studying at Dallas Seminary joined RREACH’s vision-casting weekend. They prayed over the ministry in their primary languages: Tagalog (Pastor N, Philippines), English (Pastor G, Cameroon), Mongolian (Pastor C, Mongolia) and French (Pastor D, Haiti).

We’re grateful for the 70+ long-time and new friends who joined Dr. Richard last weekend for an overview of RREACH’s next decade of ministry. Praise God for how He has used Dr. Richard and RREACH to change how large numbers of individuals think and hear about the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray that we will be faithful in doing what He has laid before us. Pray for creativity, clarity, perseverance, provision in all ways, and fruit beyond expectation.

Dr. Richard has just left for Asia, where God has opened doors for proclamation and encouraging leaders in some spiritually needy areas. We are unable to disclose locations ahead of time due to local situations. Please ask for His guidance and protection, for the good news of the Lord Jesus to penetrate the neediest places, and for productive meetings with RREACH’s international team members.

Although we received word of three visa denials this week, God has granted 15 pastors visas to attend the 2019 Dallas GPA, seven from new or under-represented countries. Praise Him! We are praying for at least 10 more, and for even more new countries to be represented. Also intercede for us as we prepare to make this a life-changing time for these special young pastors.

The reasons for praise just keep coming. GPA Madagascar finished last week. Pray that these 19 leaders will preach, think and live biblically as they return to their homes and ministries. Also pray for preparations for GPA Guatemala, GPA Guinea-Bissau, GPA Panama and GPA Indonesia (women’s).

Bonnie Richard’s mother, Joyce, fell this week and had surgery. Please ask the Lord to sustain her through the recovery process and that Joyce’s firm belief that “God is in charge” will be a powerful witness to everyone helping care for her.

Thank you for praying!

 

In his words: Ramesh Richard February 2019 update

Dear praying friends,

No sooner had this year begun than I headed on a four-region, nine-day international trip filled with opportunities for personal proclamation and global multiplication.

Heard of The Gambia? The smallest of African nations features only 4 percent Christians. And yet, a faith-filled 2018 grad of our Dallas Global Proclamation Academy arranged special meetings with several constituencies.

About 100 churches attended a united Sunday evening meeting, followed by a Monday morning gathering of 100 pastoral leaders. Separate dinners hosted business and government leaders. Several publicly professed faith. The trip climaxed with meeting the nation’s president, who had me pray for him in the name of the risen Lord Jesus.

Long transit waits in North Africa (10 hours) and the Middle East (12 hours) allowed me pastoral visits with two sets of couples, of which one husband has reverted to the religion of his birth. But that did not keep me from praying with him and his Christian wife in Jesus’ name.

Attending the 50th reunion of my high school (we graduated at 16!) in South Asia brought opportunities to personally and publicly present the glad news. About 800 eleventh and twelfth graders heard the Gospel, and over 200 of them responded for an embrace of the Lord Jesus.

I am teaching 12 fine students at Dallas Seminary this semester. And to once again preach at the Seminary’s chapel service was a privilege, as always. I have done so for 30+ years!

Beyond personal proclamation, I must receive and deploy God’s gift of leadership for global multiplication. Serving as the board chair of Trainers of Pastors International Coalition [TOPIC] carries distinct responsibilities, including a major recent meeting, while constantly seeking God’s wisdom for the future.

Thank you for walking with me and the RREACH ministry into the unknown, but not uncertain, future. The Lord provides courage and enthusiasm through your prayers. Thank you very much.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,

RR

Be all in. Go all out.

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • We’re thanking God for sustaining Dr. Richard through several demanding weeks.
  • Please pray for a special RREACH vision event coming March 1–2.
  • Ask the Lord for Dallas Global Proclamation Academy nominations from unrepresented countries and visas for all accepted candidates.
  • Uphold Dr. Richard’s preparation for ministry trip to Haiti in late February.

The bigger picture:

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Dr. Richard challenged Dallas Seminary chapel attendees to pursue the “NIV Life” (Not In Vain), to “be all in” and “go all out” for the Lord Jesus.

Your ongoing prayers for Dr. Richard mean so much, even when you might not know specifically what he has going on. For instance, he recently returned from a demanding ministry trip to immediately prepare for and host two major board meetings (one taking place this weekend), teach a full day at Dallas Seminary, and speak in the seminary’s chapel service—all while keeping other ministry concerns rolling along. He is grateful for God’s sustaining presence and power and for our prayers.

One of the “other ministry concerns” Dr. Richard has in progress is a RREACH vision event set for early March. Please pray for the right attendees and excellence in all the details of preparation. Pray, too, for opportunities for him to set aside time to write and for wisdom regarding various leadership projects.

Please intercede for the Dallas GPA nomination and candidate selection process. We have accepted 20 candidates, but need more from countries not previously represented. Also intercede for the accepted candidates’ preparation process. Getting visas to come to the U.S. remains a critical challenge. Several pastors have already been rejected. Nine have upcoming visa appointments. The pastors and embassy officers need to be covered in prayer.

The Lord willing, Dr. Richard will minister in Haiti later this month, encouraging pastoral leaders and speaking to opinion leaders, including government leaders. Please uphold the organizers and organization of these events. Pray that Dr. Richard will proclaim God’s Word in a mighty way.

Thank you!

Proclamation and pastoral care

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • The Lord has been giving Dr. Richard many opportunities to speak words of life and give pastoral care to leaders and professionals in West Africa, North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia, to name a few recent locations. Praise Him!
  • GPA Solomon Islands, the first national Global Proclamation Academy of 2019, wrapped up last week. Pray for these young pastors to return to ministry greatly encouraged and strengthened.
  • Dr. Richard resumes teaching at Dallas Seminary this week. Pray for him to be a useful and powerful instrument in the Lord’s hands.
  • Pray over a strategic, upcoming event introducing future RREACH ministry.

The bigger picture:

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The connection was shaky, but the Lord allowed Dr. Richard to chat with pastors at GPA Solomon Islands by video conference.

Over recent months, God used Dr. Richard to greatly encourage groups of pastoral leaders and believers, as well as speak about life issues to leaders and professionals, in West Africa, North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. The Lord even opened the door for Dr. Richard to meet with the president of a majority non-Christian country, who invited guests, conversations, private time and prayer. Ask God to continue to pour His Spirit upon these places, strengthening those who believe and drawing many to Himself. Pray for direction as Dr. Richard considers upcoming trips to complex locations that offer great opportunities.

The first national GPA of 2019 finished last week in the Solomon Islands. Thank God for the 30 young pastors who attended. Please pray that He will connect, unite and strengthen them in special ways. Pray for upcoming national GPAs in Madagascar, Guatemala, Indonesia (women’s) and Panama.

Dr. Richard looks forward to getting back into the classroom at Dallas Seminary this week. Please pray for his preparation and teaching. Pray, too, as he prepares to speak in chapel January 30. (If you’re in Dallas at that time, you’re welcome to attend. Let us know, so he can look for you!)

We would appreciate prayer as we prepare for an early March event celebrating what God has done through RREACH and introducing the next decade. Please pray that God will clarify all details and bring the right participants for a full, even overflowing, house. Thank you for praying!

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!