New Congress connections in Arab- and Russian-speaking worlds

Dear praying friends,

Praise God! He provided two windows of opportunity into the Arab-speaking and Russian-speaking worlds—and the required travel visas—for Dr. Ramesh Richard to make new connections for the GProCongress. In addition to praying for good fruit for the Congress, please ask the Lord for special endurance and clarity of mind since Dr. Richard’s flight out of Dallas on Sunday was delayed, leading to a missed connection and a night of sleep lost for him and his host in the Northern Africa region.

Also praise God for the steady response to the GProCongress Inspirational Challenge of $1.1 million by March 31. Generous friends have given about half of that goal amount. Every gift is precious. We just received the following note from a pastor in Ethiopia: “I am so much impressed by the scope and scale of your influence and would like to be part of it. Thank you for your sponsorship of the logistics which none of us would get chance to afford it unless and otherwise.

Dr. Richard, the RREACH team and the GProCongress team are deeply grateful for your prayers that they will remain focused on and abiding in the Lord Jesus Christ. Please continue to pray for His total protection and global provision.

“We have learned a new thing…”: praise/prayer update from Africa

Dear Praying Friends,

Praise: GPA Mali accomplished!

mali 3Against earthly odds, 21 pastors graduated from GPA Mali last week. Master Coach Pastor MN reported,

It was a new experience which challenged us in a new way. We have learned a new thing to trust God more in hard situations. The world news highlights on Mali: Ebola, Jihaddists, etc., and not enough attendees in the first three days, really shook us. If it were not for Christ’s sake we could have decided otherwise. But now, we have joy and thanksgiving in our heart. As Paul said, ‘We have kept the faith,’ and RREACH has shown how much it cares for the Church of Christ, for it could have cancelled the Mali national GPA.”

“We are thankful to God for His grace, care, protection and provision throughout the whole GPA Mali.

Dr. Richard’s Journey Through Africa

Dr. Richard is grateful for the prayers sustaining him through less-than-ideal circumstances when he first reached Africa. His hosts’ warm spirits blessed him through a busy first few days in Malawi and South Africa. Please continue to intercede for him as he heads, the Lord willing, into a large pastors conference and evangelistic events in Uganda, as well as GProCongress vision-casting gatherings with leaders in Uganda and Ethiopia. Also pray for organizers and attendees.

Thank you for praying!

Prayer needed: GPA in “difficult/dangerous” Mali, Dr. Richard leaving on 4-country Africa trip

Dear friends,

GPA Mali – a difficult and dangerous undertaking

Mali is one of the most difficult and dangerous places in the world for anyone, let mali_small_mapalone Christians. It is also one of the world’s poorest nations. Yet right now, three courageous and committed Dallas GPA grads are holding a national GPA for 21 Malian pastors who have braved threats of terrorism, war and Ebola to attend.

Pastor MO, the sole Dallas GPA grad from Mali (2007), traveled two weeks one way to GPA Togo last September to observe a national GPA in process. He then single-handedly organized GPA Mali, with fellow Dallas grads Pastor MN from Burundi (2012) and Pastor MS from Togo (2013) joining him as master coaches. By the opening day of November 14, only 15 of the anticipated 25 delegates had arrived. Others had started their journeys two days ahead of time, but were still held up by various difficulties. The team worked hard to encourage them to persevere.

“Every day since we came the news is not encouraging,” Pastor MS wrote Sunday. “The state of Ebola is increasing and there is a lot of fear in the city. But because of Christ we are more than conquerors…. I am starting the ‘Scripture Sculpture’ and need your prayers to be effective while teaching.”

Yesterday we received communication from Pastor MN: “We have started well and are grateful to God for His grace. We have 21 ministers of the Gospel. We are thankful for them. However, one has lost a child in his church. Please pray for him and his church family.”

Both expressed thankfulness to be part of the Global Proclamation Commission, serving “among passionate people making Jesus Christ known and the Church healthier by equipping pastors to teach and preach sound biblical messages”–even, and specifically, in Mali. As Pastor MN declared, “May all the glory be to God.”

Please pray earnestly with us for the organizers and pastors of GPA Mali, and for their churches and families.

Dr. Ramesh Richard – upcoming proclamation trip in Africa

Dr. Richard leaves today, Tuesday, November 18, for a 14-day, four-country trip to Southern and Eastern Africa. Please pray that he will be able to meet about 25 key pastoral trainers in each country–Malawi, South Africa, Ethiopia and Uganda–regarding the Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers. This weekend he is to speak at an apologetics conference and at Dallas GPA grad Pastor F’s church in Lilongwe. Next week he is speaking at a pastors conference and evangelistic event in Uganda. This will be his first time away from home over Thanksgiving in 38 years. He is also preparing for a number of key engagements taking place immediately upon his return.

Please pray for Christ-likeness, capacity and creativity for Dr. Richard, as well as the Lord’s total protection and global provision on him and all with whom he will come in contact.