Praise for the privilege to serve

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Praise God for the countless ways He has blessed Dr. Richard and RREACH.
  • Please keep praying for national Global Proclamation Academies (GPA) and pastoral training/pastoral trainer follow-up.
  • Pray for our Global Proclamation Associates (GProAssociates) gathering late October.
  • Pray for production of PASTORREACH, a media digest addressing questions from pastoral leaders around the world.

The bigger picture:

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Dr. Richard led the RREACH office staff in a day of praise, prayer, reflection and planning this week. A special hour of prayer with global team members from 10 countries and eight different time zones around the world set the foundation for the next few months of ministry. We praise God for the privilege of serving Him and the multitude of other blessings He has poured on Dr. Richard and his ministry. Pray with us that He will continue to enable Dr. Richard to fulfill His gifting and calling.

Despite the danger, 37 young pastors in an undisclosed Asian country have gathered for a national GPA that will wrap up this weekend. Pray for them. Pray for academies coming up in Chile, Guyana and The Gambia, and for the strengthening of our follow-up with graduating pastors and with pastoral trainers through the GProCommission.

The Lord willing, a gathering of Ramesh Richard’s Global Proclamation Associates (GProAssociates) will come to Dallas in late October. Through this initiative, younger colleagues—select and proven Dallas GPA graduates—will initiate and respond as needed to pastoral training opportunities worldwide on Dr. Richard’s behalf. Please uphold them and us as we lay the groundwork in planning and resources for this important milestone moment. Some are still waiting for U.S. visas.

Another initiative rolling out in the next few weeks is PASTORREACH, a weekly, short video series featuring Dr. Richard answering real questions from real pastors about real life ministry around the world. Pray for the Lord’s direction and provision through the production process and that PASTORREACH will encourage many.

Accomplishing His assigned purposes

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Praise God for using Dr. Richard’s ministry in Costa Rica to profoundly change lives!
  • Pray for Dr. Richard’s upcoming ministry engagements and for wisdom for future opportunities.
  • Pray for an upcoming meeting of proclamation associates in Dallas this fall.
  • Rejoice and pray for about 35 young pastors gathering for a national Global Proclamation Academy (GPA) in a restricted Asian country.

The bigger picture:

RR at CRCCThe Lord Jesus touched many lives through Dr. Ramesh Richard in Costa Rica last week. Praise Him! Two pre-evangelistic events, a two-day national preaching conference, a meeting of Christian leaders and a Sunday service, in addition to connecting with a number of individuals, filled his five days there. He sensed the support of our prayers.

Please pray for those who made decisions to embrace the Lord Jesus, for the local pastors and believers following up with them, and for the 90-plus pastors who attended the national preaching conference, organized by Pastor M, a Dallas GPA 2012 grad, who holds the RREACH Chair of Biblical Preaching and Pastoral Ministries at ESEPA, a major seminary in Costa Rica.

Dr. Richard has two lengthy international trips, a number of U.S.-based engagements, and multiple key meetings over the coming months. Please pray for the Lord’s hand to be on him and on all the preparations for these events. Pray that He will use Dr. Richard fully to accomplish His assigned purposes.

One upcoming event needing specific intercession is a gathering of proclamation associates in Dallas. Pray for their visas and for resources for this strategic next step in RREACH’s ministry.

GPA Central African Republic, held in that economically difficult country, wrapped up last week. This week a GPA begins in an undisclosed Asian country. Please ask for God’s protection and power over those who have gone back to daily ministry, and over the group gathering now. These national GPAs and other training initiatives are only as effective as their ongoing benefit to the pastors and their ministries. Pray that the Lord will direct and empower us to follow up effectively.

More proclaiming and strengthening proclaimers

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Please pray for Dr. Richard’s creativity, capacity and Christ-likeness as opportunities arise to proclaim the Lord Jesus.
  • Pray for the Lord Jesus’ clear direction regarding a trip to minister in Venezuela.
  • Give thanks for how God is strengthening GProCommission efforts to connect and resource pastoral trainers.
  • GPA Republic of Congo has started! Pray for them and for upcoming national GPAs planned for Ecuador, Central African Republic, Hungary and a closed country.

The bigger picture:

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Dr. Richard speaking at Upendo Baptist Church’s 20th anniversary in Dallas

The Lord Jesus continues to answer our prayer for openings for Dr. Richard to proclaim Him. On a recent trip, his outbound seatmate had just lost her grandmother and her mother was dying of cancer. He talked and prayed with her. On his return trip, the same woman was again his seatmate! The Lord again allowed him to minister to her. Pray that this woman and others whom Dr. Richard has introduced to the Lord Jesus will receive His new life.

Also please continue to ask the Lord’s direction regarding a potential Venezuela trip. In God’s providence, the applied-for visa has still not been granted and plans are on hold. Intercede for the pastors ministering amid many difficulties there and for the Lord to protect Dr. Richard’s passport.

Uphold the GProCommission team and everyone involved in efforts to strengthen pastoral trainers and multiply pastors. We engage in strategic follow-up action after every Dallas and national GPA and are maintaining follow-up from the GProCongress for Pastoral Trainers. The work is intensive. Please ask the Lord’s provision in human, financial and technical resources and wise implementation of those resources.

Praise God for the pastors gathered for GPA Republic of Congo! Pray for them to be especially connected, united and strengthened. Pray, too, for upcoming GPAs in Ecuador, Central African Republic, Hungary and a closed country.

In his words: Ramesh Richard March 2018 update

Dear praying friends,

I do not know how to write a longer note this month, but not for lack of powerful activity. It just has been a personal blur caused by great earthly loss. My hero, my dad, John Richard, died 17 days short of his 95th birthday. And I have been balancing that reality with the need to continue serving God in Jesus’ name, and my father’s too! What a legacy he has left me.

He lived a full life—of faithfulness and fruitfulness—and now has begun to receive the reward for his earthly labors. I could not make it to be with him at his final earthly breath. Upon receiving the news, my first journal entry was simply: “I want to live like my father and die like my father!”

Two U.S. memorial services were conducted. God was glorified, my dad was honored, believers were strengthened and the Gospel was proclaimed. Several pre-Christian friends trusted Christ in Syracuse, New York. And our son Robby preached at his grandfather’s service in Dallas, Texas. Both brought immense joy to earth and heaven in the middle of grief.

Actually, the month began with me doing what my dad would have wanted me to do—addressing 300 some leaders from about 150+ missions agencies. Many leaders and organizations are part of his legacy. I spent four days of writing in a nice Middle Eastern hotel on a friend’s points, but also got to present the Gospel there at a private dinner for 25, where 10 responded with professions of embracing the Good News. Also, I started back in the classroom at Dallas Seminary after a five-year load-restructure around RREACH’s mega-project, the decade-long Global Proclamation Commission. Heavy and hearty follow-up continues deep and wide in pastoral training and biblical proclamation.


…balancing ideas with opportunities and resources with realities…


Two more memorial services for my dad also took place in India. I will write about them next time. You will benefit reading the outpouring of memories from across the world at www.rreach.org. And you are welcome to add your own. There would have been no RREACH without my dad. And RREACH would not continue without you.

I want to thank my family, board, staff and intercessors for your amazing support through the thick and thin of personal and ministry life. We are in the process of balancing ideas with opportunities and resources with realities. I thank you and need your ongoing help!

In the Inexhaustible One,

RR

Mission-critical opportunities; overcoming obstacles

Dear praying friends,

New and exciting opportunities for personal proclamation knock on Dr. Ramesh Richard’s door almost daily. He appreciates prayer for clear direction toward the most mission-critical assignments. His newest Media Outreach message, themed #StopFindingPeace, launched mid-month. Ask God to speak to many through it.

Thank you for continuing to uphold the massive Global Proclamation Commission vision, which is advancing at intense pace and focus. The national GPA in Vanuatu has concluded; GPA Senegal is scheduled to begin March 23; GPAs Guinea Conakry, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Romania-part 2 are coming in April. Pray for God to work powerfully in and through the RREACH ministries team, local organizers, and each pastoral delegate.

For the Dallas GPA, visas remain a critical concern. We have 16 pastors with visas. Ten have been rejected; some plan to reapply. Please intercede diligently for open minds and softened hearts, and for encouragement for the pastors not approved.

The GPro follow-up team asks prayer for extra capacity and great teamwork as they implement pastoral trainer/training multiplication plans. Two current projects of emphasis, country launches and data tracking, require creativity and discernment.

Finally, please lift the RREACH board and staff and their families before our Father God. Several are going through serious health challenges or loss of loved ones. Thank you for being vital partners in ministry with Ramesh Richard and RREACH. We pray God’s goodness will abound to you.

In his words: March update from Ramesh Richard

Dear praying friends,

Evaluation is integral to all parts of RREACH—to find out what is going well, what is not, how to keep the former going, and how to improve the latter. This exercise is particularly important in the aftermath of the 2016 Global Proclamation Congress, as we project (but not predict) the next five years.

Three major gatherings held in Dallas recently allowed for this kind of assessment and planning.

  • Our GPro Team came from Atlanta, Beirut, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Kampala, Chennai, Costa Rica and Dallas for three days of deliberate planning of a disciplined four-year follow-up. I believe the Lord (and you) would be pleased with its sophistication. Please pray that our implementation with intensity and excellence will bear immense and lasting fruit!
  • Our primarily Dallas-based team met for three days to rebalance the ministry and solve our board’s concern for leadership-level support to fulfill the charter of RREACH—a personal proclamation mission undergirding a global proclamation vision. God has brought two outstanding leaders to serve as Director of Advancement and Director of Ministries. Pray for integration and coordination with both the Dallas and GPro Teams.
  • The final Dallas gathering was a listening exercise for me. One of the unexpected delights of the GProCongress was the spontaneous eruption of interest by formal training institutions from all over the world. Their quality must be matched with the speed that non-formal training offers. Fifteen leaders (from all over the US, South Africa, Taiwan and the UK) met for 36 hours at Dallas Seminary to consider models of formal and non-formal pastoral training. Again, new ideas and initiatives were birthed, for which we need comprehensive resources. Your prayers are critical. Thank you.

Two recent speaking engagements may be mentioned here. I got to address the heads of 200+ institutions of higher education in Orlando, all of whom were quite discouraged. With declining enrollment in on-campus models, they are looking at cessation, mergers and acquisitions. God used me to give them perspective, inspiration and even direction.

Bonnie and I returned to Trinity Bible Church, our home church about 28 years ago, when our kids were very small, attending AWANA, etc., in our very own town of Richardson. The town is not named after me, though I am the son of a Richard! It was amazing to meet old friends again. It seems like we all grew older at the same pace!

Thank you for praying me forward all over our city, nation and world. Your support makes me deeply thankful, but also terrifically responsible, in clarifying the message of Jesus and the Bible everywhere.

Warmly, 

RR


Proclaiming and pastoral training all over the world

Dear praying friends,

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Ramesh Richard speaking during a GProCongress Indonesia plenary session, assisted by interpreter Pastor RB

Dr. Richard has just completed his time at GProCongress Indonesia, a follow-up event from last June’s GProCongress for Pastoral Trainers in Bangkok. He spoke twice on aspects of the critical need for more and better-trained pastors to the group of 600 pastoral trainers representing many different denominational backgrounds.

An estimated 300 delegates stepped forward to commit themselves to train 20,000 pastors in the next four years. Not only that, GProIndonesia plans to do its own follow-up with its own budget. Praise God! Pray for them! Pray, too, for Dr. Richard and a number of formal/non-formal pastoral training colleagues as they prayerfully consider strategic next steps in more efficiently and effectively training pastors around the globe.

As GProIndonesia wrapped up, GPA Vanuatu commenced 6,000 km/3,700 mi to the southeast, in another nation of islands. Thank God that the materials shipped there arrived safely. Pray for these national GPA delegates as they meet through March 11, connecting and being encouraged to preach and live biblically.

Back in Dallas, the RREACH team is rejoicing over 14 pastors accepted to the 2017 Dallas GPA who have visas. We’ve booked four of their flights already. Seventeen accepted pastors still need visas, however. Please intercede for the following as they apply:

  • Pastor C (SE Asia): March 8
  • Pastor M (Africa): March 9
  • Pastor E (Africa): declined for visa earlier; applying again March 14
  • Pastor S (Africa): also declined; encouraged by consulate to reapply

Pray for the pastors’ spiritual, financial and physical preparation to come to Dallas. Pastor T (Africa) is having difficulty finding someone to fill the pulpit while he is away.

This weekend, the Lord willing, Dr. Richard will close his six-cities-in-12-days trip by speaking at a church in SE Asia. Please ask the Lord Jesus Christ to sustain him, in order to proclaim Him!