Baseball, bagpipes and training pastors

Dear friends,

Thank you for praying for Dr. Richard as he traveled and ministered in the Dominican Republic and Cuba. We are excited to share these praises from the trip!

GPA Dominican Republic:

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Dr. Richard teaching at GPA Dominican Republic.

National GPAs are intentionally designed to combine training and fellowship and are focused on younger pastors (in an effort to maximize the number of years they  multiply the training.) This combination of training, fellowship and focus on multiplication sets National GPAs apart from other training opportunities.

Because of demographics, church structure and other variables, it is not always easy to find younger pastors in certain countries, including in the Dominican Republic. Organizers had this to say:

It was very challenging at first for us to be able to register 25 pastors under 40 years of age. We have very few pastors in all the country with this requirement. A couple of days before starting we thought it was not going to be possible but God granted us the privilege of having 25 young pastors in the Academy. 

Regarding the training received, pastors said Dr. Richard’s Scripture Sculpture method of preparing and preaching expository sermons was very relevant to their ministries.

In terms of connecting and uniting the pastors, GPA Dominican Republic organizers put together a game of baseball, which thrilled participants—some who had not had the opportunity to play for years. It was such a treat that it became one of the things the pastors “wrote home” about.

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Bonding via baseball.

“I grew up next to a baseball field,” Pastor U said. “I used to play every day but I had 10 years without doing it. My family was happy when I called them the day we were playing and gave them the news.”

Several of the pastors remarked on the way the GPA—through activities like the baseball game—brought together pastors of different denominations.

“It was amazing to have the opportunity to share with pastors from other denominations and see so many things we all have in common,” Pastor R said. “It was good to blow away the prejudice among denominations.”

RREACH encourages national GPA organizers to allow wives to attend over the weekend, and GPA Dominican Republic drew 21 wives – the most of any national GPA so far!

Some wives called the national GPA “another honeymoon,” and said it was an excellent opportunity to learn and share with their husbands without distractions.

Please continue to pray for the pastors who attended GPA Dominican Republic as they return to their ministries and apply what they learned.

Cuba Pastors Conference

In Cuba where the average income is $20 a month, there is a stark contrast between tourist and government areas and the rest of the country. While the population of Cuba is declining, the number of Christians is increasing!

The pastors conference, which drew 300 pastors and their wives, had a grand opening with bagpipes, an orchestra and dancing. David, who translated for Dr. Richard, had translated for Dr. John Richard (Dr. Richard’s father) 20 years ago!

The pastors were eager to learn and were a true blessing to Dr. Richard. Please continue to pray for these faithful men ministering in difficult circumstances.

Thank you for your continued prayer for Dr. Richard and RREACH.

For His glory,
Edie Ross
prayer coordinator
 

Hitting the ground running in 2014

Dear friends,

Thank you for your prayer partnership with Dr. Richard and RREACH. Just 15 days into the new year and the RREACH offices are buzzing with activity. Please join us in praying for the following requests:

1. Dominican Republic/Cuba trip:

  • Please pray for Dr. Richard and RREACH staff as they travel to the Dominican Republic today, where GPA Dominican Republic is happening now.
  • Pray for Dr. Richard as he travels to Cuba and speaks at a pastors conference there. Pray that those attending will arrive safely and that the conference is encouraging for them.
  • Pray for GPA Dominican Republic and the 25 pastors attending it. Pray for Dr. Richard and other master coaches as they teach and for the delegates to be strengthened and connected to one another.
GPA Dominican Republic Pastors

GPA Dominican Republic Pastors

2. Global Pastoral Trainers Congress:

Join us in praising the Lord for overwhelming encouragement from other pastoral trainers around the world as Dr. Richard continues to seek God’s wisdom on the location of the 2016 Congress after Manila, Philippines had to withdraw because of the November super-typhoon.

Multiple viable location possibilities have been suggested, so please continue to pray for wisdom, discernment and humility as a decision is made.

3. 2014 Media Outreach:

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Praise God for the early response we are getting to Dr. Richard’s 2014 State of Humanity address “LifeSaveyour.” Since Jan. 1, 850,000-plus people have been exposed to the content on Facebook and 24,844 have “liked” it.

Just over 10,000 people have visited our program-specific web site (www.LifeRocks.org), 591 have indicated that they have prayed and asked the Lord Jesus to be their Savior and 120 have entered into follow-up e-mail conversations with worldview-trained evangelists. We hope you’ll visit the site and share it with your friends!

Please continue to pray that the lost would come to know the Lord Jesus through our LifeRocks Facebook page and web site.

4. Upcoming DTS chapel:

Finally, please pray for Dr. Richard as he delivers the chapel address at Dallas Theological Seminary on January 28. Pray that Dr. Richard would be well-rested after quite a bit of international travel this month and that God would use his words to encourage students, faculty and guests attending.DTS logo

If you are in the Dallas area and would like to attend a luncheon following the chapel, please email me at edie@rreach.org by Jan. 20. We’d love to see you and update you on what RREACH is looking forward to this year.

For His glory,
Edie Ross
Prayer coordinator