In his words: Ramesh Richard February 2020 update

Dear praying friends,

We have just passed 02022020. For 900+ years we could not have written out a numerical palindrome (same backward as forward) of the date. February 2, 2020, tells me the year and decade are in full swing. I must use time and life well.

The year began with an intense trip to Brazil to teach a Dallas Seminary course on Culture, Meaning and Contextualization to 14 doctoral level students. One wrote, “Professor, I write briefly to thank you for this week of great wealth for our lives.” RREACH uses the tagline “delivering spiritual wealth worldwide” with special reference to those who have not heard the Gospel, but did not think we bring wealth to believers, too. Paul’s writings express biblical precedence to “spiritual riches in Christ Jesus” for all.

I also got to preach and cast vision for the October 2020 Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean in three cities. We want 20% of the attendees to be Portuguese-speaking. Please pray for God’s wisdom in this good work of preparing for great outputs of this entire vision and project.

The day after I returned, I had to speak at the Dallas Seminary chapel. Though I was tired after an overnight flight from São Paulo and sad with a dear friend who lost his wife, God strengthened me. My friend and I, and all of us, must use time and life well.

A new immigrant congregation made up of dynamic and gifted young people from India invited me to bring an evangelistic talk to their growing church plant. I remembered my own youth and offered to switch ages with them. No one has yet agreed.

With the new year upon us, I am shifting my attention to writing for all audiences, delivery mechanisms, and line extension of products. Would you pray for deep concentration of mind and the creation of blocks of time to produce content of substance to deliver spiritual health to believers and nonbelievers?

Thank you for joining us in yet another year of service. I have many decisions to constantly make; I need to know the Lord’s guidance, insight and empowerment, for they affect many at several levels. I appreciate your prayer so very much.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,
RR

In his words: Ramesh Richard February 2020 update

Dear praying friends,

We have just passed 02022020. For 900+ years we could not have written out a numerical palindrome (same backward as forward) of the date. February 2, 2020, tells me the year and decade are in full swing. I must use time and life well.

The year began with an intense trip to Brazil to teach a Dallas Seminary course on Culture, Meaning, and Contextualization to 14 doctoral level students. One wrote, “Professor, I write briefly to thank you for this week of great wealth for our lives.” RREACH uses the tagline “delivering spiritual wealth worldwide” with special reference to those who have not heard the Gospel, but did not think we bring wealth to believers, too. Paul’s writings express biblical precedence to “spiritual riches in Christ Jesus” for all.

I also got to preach and cast vision for the October 2020 Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean in three cities. We want 20% of the attendees to be Portuguese-speaking. Please pray for God’s wisdom in this good work of preparing for great outputs of this entire vision and project.

The day after I returned, I had to speak at the Dallas Seminary chapel. Though I was tired after an overnight flight from São Paulo and sad with a dear friend who lost his wife, God strengthened me. My friend and I, and all of us, must use time and life well.

A new immigrant congregation made up of dynamic and gifted young people from India invited me to bring an evangelistic talk to their growing church plant. I remembered my own youth and offered to switch ages with them. No one has yet agreed.

With the new year upon us, I am shifting my attention to writing for all audiences, delivery mechanisms, and line extension of products. Would you pray for deep concentration of mind and the creation of blocks of time to produce content of substance to deliver spiritual health to believers and nonbelievers?

Thank you for joining us in yet another year of service. I have many decisions to constantly make; I need to know the Lord’s guidance, insight and empowerment, for they affect many at several levels. And you need to know that your faithfulness helps keep me serving in, at and through RREACH. Thank you so very much.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,
RR

Beginning 2020 with teaching and preaching

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Pray for Dr. Richard’s trip to South America to teach and mobilize for the Global Proclamation Congress for Latin America & the Caribbean (GProLATAM&CARIB Congress).
  • Pray for Dr. Richard’s preparation to speak on January 15 at Dallas Seminary’s chapel service.
  • Praise God for the many ways He has provided for RREACH ministry through His people.
  • Praise God for a productive trip to Panama to prepare for the 2020 GProLATAM&CARIB Congress.

The bigger picture:

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Dr. Ramesh Richard spoke at two events during his recent trip to Panama.

Dr. Richard is scheduled to teach a Doctor of Ministry course for Dallas Seminary in Brazil early this month. Please pray for his strength of mind, body and spirit. Pray that he will connect well with the class. Also pray for excellent opportunities while there to mobilize trainers of pastors from the Portuguese-speaking world to attend the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress.

The day after he returns from Brazil, the Lord willing, Dr. Richard will speak at the first Dallas Seminary chapel service of the semester, January 15. Pray that he will find time to prepare and that he will proclaim God’s Word faithfully and eloquently.

Thank God for the many people who have been generous toward RREACH ministry with their time, attention, skills, prayer, counsel, finances and more. Ask Him to draw them nearer to Himself. Pray that we will wisely employ every gift of every kind He provides for His glory.

Praise God for a productive trip to Panama to prepare for the 2020 GProLATAM&CARIB Congress. Team members reviewed the venue and met with numerous service vendors and officials. Please pray for the ongoing process of arranging for services, negotiating contracts, and attending to the myriad details of convening an event for 500. Pray also that recruitment efforts will bring many early registrations with payment.

Thank you for praying!

In his words: Ramesh Richard September update

Dear praying friends,

Summer is over and school has begun across our neighborhood and at Dallas Seminary. The highlight of the month was our annual faculty retreat, where we envisioned a new year of eager students soon to face the reality of competing demands of professors for attention, time and work. Yet, the discipline needed for a lifetime of ministry is set in motion at a place of formal training. I am so grateful to belong to a peer-community of friends, family and co-workers preparing students for the future of the Faith. DTS is my formal setting of ministry.

Moreover, for faster delivery of better training to more pastors at lower cost, RREACH provides me with non-formal training opportunities and systems. Through the symbiosis and synergies between Dallas Seminary and RREACH, God permits my life to be fruitful and useful for evangelism and church health.

GProAcademy Kosovo concluded in neighboring Albania, a land with only about 2,000 evangelical believers. RREACH has now equipped young pastoral leaders there for two or three decades of preaching, thinking and living biblically. We also hosted a women-only GProAcademy in broken Honduras. Pastors’ wives, women who teach women, and other women met for 10 days of connecting, uniting and strengthening for a lifetime of effective service to the Lord Jesus.

At the end of each national GProAcademy, I Skype in for a half-hour graduation charge—a most beautiful, humbling experience. Having studied a book of mine, the delegates seem exuberant when they meet the author. They cheer, laugh and even sing what they learned on the video conference call.

Quickly advancing communications technologies provide speed and spread of such non-formal training of pastoral leaders. Recruitment has already begun for the 2020 Dallas GProAcademy—pray for 25 pastors from 25 countries and that, God willing, some of those graduates will come to DTS for formal training. Actually, the most recent PR videos of DTS students feature RREACH GProAcademy graduates from Asia. Synergy and symbiosis at work and in evidence!

You, too, are friend, family and co-worker “in the proclamation of God’s Word and the building up of Christ’s Church worldwide.” Those words form the last part of the DTS mission statement and drive several initiatives of RREACH. Thank you so much.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,
RR

In his words: Ramesh Richard August update

Dear praying friends,

Summers are usually “off” for professors. Mine are not. The Dallas Global Proclamation Academy (GProAcademy), held at Dallas Seminary, keeps me teaching on the seminary campus for a month. Soon after sending all 28 pastors to their homelands, we went into project evaluation, decisions and actions.

The very next day, I left on an enjoyable but intense two weeks at CRU’s Institute of Biblical Studies in Fort Collins, Colorado, where I taught on the subject of GOD-BIBLE-HOLY SPIRIT to about 60 students. We do share a ministry “DNA”!

Upon return to Dallas, I plunged into planning meetings for the 2020 Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers of Latin America & the Caribbean (GProLATAM/CARIB Congress). RREACH’s board and staff and Dallas Seminary colleagues attended the private signing ceremony of the first event of the next 10 years under God’s sovereignty. Would you be with us June 27, 2020, in Dallas for the public launching of our next decade? How’s that for a save-the-date alert?

RREACH also hosted a national GProAcademy graduating 24 pastoral leaders in Antigua and Barbuda, and I got to address them by video just before their graduation.

With death always being intrusive and interruptive, Bonnie and I rushed to Texarkana, Texas, to comfort the family of RREACH’s founding board chairman, as well as preach at Fellowship Church there. George Goode’s life was well lived, well run and well fought!

The month ended with holding an afternoon workshop for 28 African-American ministers in Albany, Georgia. They had gone through my Preaching Expository Sermons book for nearly six months under the tutelage of eminent preacher, new Dallas Seminary board member and urologist Dr. Frank Glover. In addition, RightNow.Org (the “Netflix of Christian Bible Study”) has just released an eight-video series on my preaching method.

Thank you for sending me to proclaim God’s Word with your prayers. May the Lord amplify the proclamation globally and multiply the proclamation locally.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,
RR

In his words: Ramesh Richard June update

Dear praying friends,

A full month it was, celebrating graduations, birthdays and anniversaries and traveling across continents…all because of you! God makes it possible through your praying.

From the faculty section at Dallas Seminary’s graduation, I tweeted, “Dallas Theological Seminary 2019 Graduation vignette: reminder of experience 40 years ago! My 1979 class reunion revealed many deceased, most retired, the rest serving God, with some still in missions in the U.S.A. and abroad. Until we no longer can, we shall.” Teaching at DTS is something specific and strategic I do for the U.S.A., contributing here even as I do elsewhere.

Elsewhere, I addressed a “sold-out” leadership forum of 125 leaders for three days in Albania, the world’s first officially atheistic state. The highlight was reaching 100 guests. A dozen professed decisions for the Lord Jesus. Christ’s Church prevails!

I rushed to beautiful Rwanda via Istanbul, with a 6 ½ hour wait in the world’s largest and newest airport, a witness to the greatness of humanity. I encountered the awfulness of humanity, however, in Kigali at the 25th remembrance season of the 1 million people, 100-day genocide. I proclaimed God’s Word to 200 opinion leaders, 500 pastoral leaders, 175 pastoral trainers and 200 university students over four days.

After an eight-hour overnight wait in Doha, I traveled back home on my 66th birthday. Since the Middle East is eight hours ahead, I turned it into the longest birthday of my life! If you have other secrets to extending hours and days and years, let me know. For Bonnie’s birthday, we visited our grandchildren and their parents in Greenville, S.C., along with a quick trip to Charleston. It was also the wedding anniversary month of Bonnie’s and my parents and of our oldest son, Ryan, and his wife, Chelsie. I praise God for my family—past, present and future.

We have been in full-throttle with the 2019 Dallas Global Proclamation Academy. Pray for a memorable finish (including my graduation talk)! God has already done mighty things and we look forward to updating you more in days to come. The important thing now is to say thank you for helping make this global proclamation ministry possible.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,

RR

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.