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 October update

Dear praying friends,

After a summer of prayerful thinking, listening and waiting, consulting and strategizing, I am excited to see God’s next steps and season for RREACH unveiled. We are in our 30th year of ministry, and we build on the past. Anniversaries remind us of how far God has brought us—but they don’t tell us how far we have to go!

Last month I celebrated 50th and 25th anniversaries with ministries akin to RREACH. They are training pastoral leaders who seek to serve congregations all over the world. Fifty, 30 and 25 years ago, we could not have imagined the ways He would enable us to do this.

In the keynote address at the 100th anniversary of Missio Nexus, I had to address 775 leaders of missions organizations representing 30,000 missionaries to return to their first foundation—evangelism. I encouraged them to consider whether we were just doing evangelism by proxy, rather than doing evangelism ourselves. I sensed, and comments confirmed, that God once again used me.

A RREACH donor who also volunteers at a respected and major YMCA asked me to bring their annual breakfast talk. They wanted to “lift the C in the YMCA; to put the C back in YMCA.” A significant group of in the Park Cities area of Dallas heard the message. Would you pray that it can lead to more testifying about the Lord Jesus—the hope of the world!

Video-conferences with the young pastors attending national GPAs in Mongolia and Niger were mutually inspiring. The Church in Mongolia is only 27 years old—younger than RREACH! In Niger, less than one percent of the people claim to be Christian, and they are fragmented by a general culture of distrust. May God enable our GPA grads to bear witness among their people with new strength.

Thank you for walking with me on this challenging ministry venture. You are a critical part of how God provides for us in many ways. A meeting with a dear friend just weeks ago resulted in an introduction that turned into a generous gift of kind to RREACH. Your prayers, introductions, financial support and encouragement carry us. I entreat your generous fellowship for the journey ahead.

In the Inexhaustible One,

RR

P.S. Stay tuned for updates on our international pastors and families retreat and GPA Mexico 2. They’re happening right now!

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

An update on Africa, full report to come

Dear friends,

Thank you all for your prayers for Dr. Richard’s trip to Africa. We learned this morning that Dr. Richard has safely landed in Dallas. Praise the Lord!

Dr. Richard reported that he was not able to meet with the president of Zambia, but did meet the chief political officer, who introduced himself as a born-again Christian!

Dr. Richard also asked us to join him in praising God that both the national television and national radio interviews went well and are airing today—Zambia’s Independence Day and the 100th birthday of their capital city of Lusaka.

We hope to bring you a full trip update very soon!

For now, please continue to pray for GPA Zambia, which will end on Saturday.

For His glory,

Edie Ross
prayer coordinator

 

From Zambia to you: A greeting from Ramesh Richard

Dear friends,

Dr. Richard is currently ministering in Africa, and sent this video greeting this morning (Monday afternoon Zambia time). We are so excited to share it with you.

Please also rejoice with us over some praises from Dr. Richard’s trip across four countries in Africa, and please join us in prayer for the remainder of his time abroad.

Praises

  • Dr. Richard had the humbling privilege of personally leading a Zambian ambassador (who some in Zambia have referred to as a possible “kingmaker”) to trust in Christ. Dr Richard reported, “I sent him away rejoicing!”
  • Praise God for an evangelistic event where 50 attended and at least two responded to the Gospel message.
  • Praise God for a dinner Dr. Richard attended at the home of the head of southern Africa’s wing of a global beverage corporation. The man, Hindu by faith, came to the evangelistic event Sunday night and heard Dr. Richard speak on Unmasked: Facing the Mystery of Evil. While the man seemingly only wanted to prove his religiosity during his dinner with Dr. Richard, his chauffeur was eternally rescued! Please continue to pray for the man, that what he has been told about the Lord Jesus would weigh heavily upon his heart until he has no response but to submit his life!

Prayer requests

  • Please pray for wisdom and articulation as Dr. Richard has received a sudden invitation to speak on national television in Zambia on Tuesday. Pray that God would speak through him and that many would be brought closer to faith in the Lord Jesus after hearing Dr. Richard.
  • Also pray for Dr. Richard as he conducts a national Christian radio interview, which will be aired on Thursday, the Zambian Independence Day and the 100th anniversary of the city of Lusaka. Pray that his words would encourage, uplift and motivate Zambian Christians and that the airing of it on such an important holiday would carry God’s message far and wide.
  • Finally, pray for the potential opportunity for Dr. Richard to meet with the President of Zambia, who has said he will meet with Dr. Richard if he (the President) is back in Lusaka by 1 p.m. (6 a.m. Dallas time) Tuesday. Pray that the President does make it back to the city and that the Lord would use their meeting to bring glory to Himself.

For His glory,

Edie Ross
prayer coordinator

P.S. Stay tuned for reports on GPA South Africa and GPA Zambia.