Nepal earthquake: pastors facing great work

In the wake of the massive earthquake that just hit Nepal, RREACH has word that five of six Dallas GPA grads have been accounted for. “We have national GPA guys to account for, as well,” Dr. Ramesh Richard says. “And RREACH hosted about 1,400 pastoral leaders in Kathmandu a few years ago.

“We have had a deep history with this land hugely responsive to the Gospel over the last 60 years. I remember when there were about five Christians in Nepal, and we would pray for the persecution to stop. Yesterday, was the 100th anniversary of the Nepali Bible translation. Of course, Chile’s volcano was apocalyptic. Then there are the European migrant, Middle Eastern refugee, and so many other terrible situations. We are to be more urgent about the Lord’s work, for ‘night comes when no man can work’ says our Lord.”

Just two weeks ago 2014 Dallas GPA grad Pastor AC moved from a remote area to Kathmandu. “I can see God’s hands on this move,” he wrote. “The leaders … have come to the conclusion that it is God who is calling me for a greater work.” As we pray for all affected, especially remember pastors and their families. The work is great, and night is coming.

Encouraging the hope-less and the faith-full in Haiti

Dear Friends,

Please join with us in prayer today and over the weekend as Dr. Richard and a few RREACH staff and friends travel to Haiti to minister there.

Dr. Richard and RREACH have a deep history in this country that is impoverished materially but blessed with giants of the Faith.

Dr. Richard has made several trips there to train and encourage pastors, including in 2010, just a month after the devastating earthquake that claimed the lives of 300,000 people. He and the RREACH team traveling with him, including Dr. Richard’s wife, Bonnie, went to provide a day of refreshment for Haitian pastors dealing with their own losses of loved ones and physical property while also trying to minister to their hurting congregations.

Haiti 2010

2010 Haiti Trip

Dr. Richard said this of his decision to go then.

Bonnie and I were there … because the pastors had stopped smiling and singing.

During this weekend’s trip, please pray for the following opportunities to proclaim Christ:

Saturday: In the morning, Dr. Richard will deliver the keynote address for the Theological Education Program commencement ceremony. Pray that those attending the commencement ceremony would be transformed and encouraged by Dr. Richard’s message.

That evening he will speak to “hope-less” opinion leaders at an evangelistic dinner. The office of Haitian president Michel Martelly called to inform RREACH’s Haitian hosts of Martelly’s sudden need to go to the funeral of Nelson Mandela, which will cause him to be unable to attend the evangelistic event Saturday evening. Please pray that many opinion leaders would attend, and that many would find hope and place their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sunday: Dr. Richard will teach from the pulpit during two services at Eglise Baptiste Berée, the church of long-time RREACH friend Pastor E, a Dallas Seminary graduate. That evening Dr. Richard will have a special visit with GPA graduates in the area, who have multiplied their training to the third generation. Dallas GPA graduates from Haiti in 2011 put on GPA Haiti. GPA Haiti graduates, in turn, were inspired to organize intentional pastoral training for 100 specially selected pastors from all 10 regions of Haiti. Please pray that God would use Dr. Richard’s preaching at Eglise Baptiste Berée to impact those attending and that the special visit would be of mutual encouragement and refreshment for GPA graduates and for Dr. Richard.

For His glory,
Edie Ross
prayer coordinator