Please keep praying!

Dear praying friends,

In less than two weeks, the Lord willing, the GProCongress for Pastoral Trainers will begin. Thank you for your faithful, focused prayer for Dr. Richard and all involved with this event. God is moving. Please keep praying!

  • Program – the core vehicle for the Congress vision

o   Spirit-led final planning and excellent implementation

o   Presenters/Coaches: pure hearts, clear messages, safe travels

o   Development and execution of the strategic four-year follow-up plan

  • Participants

o   God’s powerful intervention on behalf of those facing visa challenges

o   Outpouring of resources for those unable to meet travel expenses

o   Heart and mind preparation, health and safety

  • Funding

o   Praise for the generosity of many who have helped us keep in step with obligations

o   Completion of funding – $2.5 million by Dec. 31

Currently, more than 2800 have registered for the Congress. Pray against obstacles that cause cancellations. We also continue to hear daily of new interest. Pray for the right 3000 attendees!

Dr. Richard and Bonnie are leaving for Thailand early this week. Please pray for total protection and global provision as they travel and make final physical, mental, spiritual, relational preparations. Thank you.

Grieving and Acting with Hope

Dear praying friends,

Dr. Steve Douglass-Campus Crusade for Christ International/Cru, Rev. Sirikul and Dr. Richard last November in Florida

Dr. Steve Douglass – Campus Crusade for Christ International/Cru, Rev. Sirikul and Dr. Richard last November in Florida

Early this morning Rev. Enoch Yuttasak Sirikul, chair of the Executive Board of Thailand Evangelism and Church Growth Committee, chair of Thailand Campus Crusade for Christ, and national coordinator for the Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers, went home to the Lord after a sudden, massive heart attack. Please pray for Rev. Sirikul’s family, friends and ministry.

Rev. Sirikul instantly invited Dr. Richard to hold the GProCongress in Thailand after Typhoon Haiyan battered the Philippines in late 2013, requiring the relocation and rescheduling of the event. “[The GProCongress] will be a historic event in the body of Christ for this generation,” he said.

“I am shocked, stunned and terrifically sad,” Dr. Ramesh Richard said. “I’ve known ‘Nok’ for 30 years. He was one of the great leaders of the world and one of my best friends in ministry.” Your committed prayer for God’s total protection and global provision for the fulfillment of the GProCongress and its strategic follow-up is essential during these days. Please remember:

  • Registration and delegates – up to 5,000 of the right pastoral trainers from all areas of the world
  • Speakers, presenters, coaches and follow-up – availability and preparation
  • Funding – God has supplied all the funding needed to meet Congress contract deadlines to date; we anticipate needing another $1.6 million by June 15
  • GProCongress team – creativity, capacity and Christlikeness

Thank you for praying for us during this time of intense grief and action.

 

Congress needs: program development, delegates, funding

Dear praying friends,

God keeps providing opportunities, advances and affirmation for the GProCongress in spite of very real challenges Dr. Richard and the team face. Your prayer is essential, and we thank you. Please intercede for:

  • Congress program development
    • speaker/presenter procurement and preparation
    • careful planning and attention to detail for a smoothly-run schedule
    • coach recruitment
  • Congress recruitment and delegates – up to 5,000 from 200 countries
    • motivating the many who are interested to apply
    • provision for expenses of those in difficult areas/situations (RREACH is covering as much as possible while respecting delegates’ need to own part of the process)
    • mental and spiritual preparation
  • Congress funding – $1.1 million inspirational challenge by March 31 ($5m in 2016)
    • praise—we are halfway to our Inspirational Challenge goal
    • the Lord to move the right people at the right time to give, making it possible for many from less materially-advantaged circumstances to attend
    • positive response from foundations

The Lord willing, Dr. Richard travels to Washington, D.C., this week to meet a group of leaders from various parts of the Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking worlds and early next week will meet with leaders of the Arabic- and Russian-speaking worlds. Pray for mutual encouragement and good response to the GProCongress. We need more pastoral trainers from South America, Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East to attend.

Pray for GProCongress needs and DTS chapel

Dear praying friends,

Recently,

  • The GProCongress team welcomed several key new members
  • A large group from a critical but difficult region successfully registered for the Congress
  • Some unexpected opportunities have opened for Dr. Richard to cast the GProCongress vision
  • GPA Thailand Part 2 concluded on Feb. 13
GPA Thailand graduates

GPA Thailand graduates

Praise the Lord God, our Provider and Protector, from whom all these blessings flow! Also remember

  • Dr. Richard’s upcoming trip to an important country he has not yet visited on behalf of the Congress
  • Ongoing and ever-intensifying GProCongress activity in recruitment, funding and program development
  • Dr. Richard as he speaks in the Dallas Seminary chapel service this Friday, Feb. 19
  • The RREACH Board meeting also to be held, the Lord willing, this Friday

Thank you for praying!

Thank you for praying, here’s how God answered

Dear praying friends,

Praise be to God! He sustained and spoke through Dr. Ramesh Richard through his 48 hours of super-intensity—seven speaking engagements and many important connections. Comments from the young senior pastor of Bethel AG Church to Dr. Richard testify to how the Lord answered our prayers: “Thank you for standing in queue for personal prayers from our prayer volunteers during the 6pm worship session, some actions have spoken very loud…. The pastoral team has picked up from so much from your gracious expressions just as they have from your wonderful messages. Thank you for taking up preaching in all the four services and doing it with such passion and sincerity.” Thank you, pray-ers, for your vital part in Dr. Richard’s ministry.

Also praise God for a good start to GPA Lebanon. Nineteen pastors, some from closed countries in the area, have gathered (one could not come because of his mother’s illness). Continue to lift them, their families, and the organizers and Master Coaches to the Lord.

Despite challenges, the Lord is moving GProCongress preparations forward. Many from Dr. Richard’s recent meetings are enthused about attending and spreading the word. Please pray diligently for this excitement to grow through upcoming vision gatherings, for the registration process to work well, and for the funding to help these eager pastoral trainers.

Intense South Asia schedule; GPA Lebanon days away

Dear praying friends,

Praise God for Dr. Richard’s safe arrival in South Asia after 22 hours of travel, and for the surprise blessing of meeting midway a friend and colleague also headed there. Dr. Richard has several speaking engagements for the general council of an influential denomination of churches in a lovely but war-torn country, as well as GProCongress vision meetings. Thank the Lord for these opportunities and ask Him to speak powerfully through Dr. Richard.

The delegate count continues to slowly climb as GPA Lebanon begins in less than a week. Please pray for a full set of 25 pastors, for clear passage as many come from even more troubled regions, for protection during the GPA, and for the Lord’s favor on all involved.

Thank you for continuing to ask the Lord’s favor over the GProCongress. God has shown His providence time and again. Yet, earnest prayer is greatly needed for global provision, especially in the areas of

  • Funding – large amounts are now being called into play as Congress preparation accelerates
  • Mobilization – getting the word out among thousands of pastoral trainers and getting them registered
  • Speakers – finding the right cross-section of pastoral training leaders and their mentees from all over the globe to fill 185 varied slots

And pray for His continued total protection. Thank you, interceding warriors.

God’s constant care

Dear praying friends,

The GProCongress has nearly doubled Dr. Richard’s engagements in 2015 over 2014. To date he has logged 54 events in 18 locations across 10 countries. Last year at this time, he had participated in 30 different events in 14 different locations across seven countries (not counting the Dallas GPA or personal engagements, such as weddings).

We praise God for His constant care for Dr. Richard and his family during this intensified activity, and they are grateful for the many who pray for them and even send encouraging greetings. Please continue to lift them to the Lord.

Regarding the GProCongress, specifically pray over the application/registration process. Pray that the process will be smooth, technology will function as it should, and for quick and accurate communication. Also ask the Lord for ongoing progress in recruiting speakers, applicants and funding.

Answered prayer, upcoming opportunities

Dear praying friends,

Just days ago Dr. Richard’s August schedule looked daunting. But then God provided a way to combine two trips into one. Another answer to prayer for Total Protection and Global Provision. Your intercession makes a difference!

Dr. Richard’s next engagements include a number of significant GProCongress vision-casting meetings during the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit. Please pray for opportunities to connect with the right people and for excitement about the Congress to spread.

We also ask prayer for Congress funding. To meet obligations and prepare adequately, we estimate needing $5,000,000 by December 31, 2015. Further, we anticipate needing another $2,500,000 by June 1, 2016, and $2,500,000 by December 31, 2016. This seems impossible, but, God can make it possible. As Dr. Richard says, “The Congress is not about pastoral training for the sake of pastoral training but pastoral training for the sake of the Great Commission.”

2015 Dallas GPA has begun: Special request for week one

Dear Praying Friends:

“What you have heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 1:13

Praise:

-For the safe arrival of all 26 pastors.

-That the one pastor who was feeling ill is better and the other pastor whose luggage was missing has arrived.

-For a wonderful opening day, making the pastors feel especially welcome and setting the tone for a good GPA experience.

-For the very practical study outline provided by Dr. Ramesh Richard that helps train our pastors in biblical preaching.

Pray:

-That the pastors would be encouraged by and attentive to the Master Coaches of the first week: Dr. Ramesh Richard, Dr. David Dockery, Dr. Bill Brown, Dr. George Murray and Dr. Bryan Chapell.

-For clarity and effectiveness of instruction from the Master Coaches.

-For the fellowship of the 2015 GPA pastors to overflow into lifelong ministry partnerships with each other and with previous GPA graduates.

-As each pastor gives a formal ministry report, for the entire group to be stirred to glorify God (cf. Acts 14:27.)

-That the time the pastors spend one-on-one will develop into rich bonds of personal and ministry partnerships.

-For wisdom as the pastors consider the best uses for the material they are gathering.

-For the lessons to speak to the personal heart of each pastor. May they sense the leading of the Spirit.

-For good attendance at Global Impact meals.

-That the remainder of Dallas GPA funding is received and that the Lord provides for half of the pastors’ airfare.

-That all events during the Dallas GPA will be well planned and attended.

-Protection over and unity among the RREACH staff.

 

Timely GProCongress needs: program development, delegate recruitment, financial investment

Dear praying friends,

This week Dr. Richard has the unexpected pleasure of juggling his schedule to meet with three different influential international guests. Please pray for safe travels for each and mutual blessing from their connections. Also pray for the GProCongress team, as from various points around the globe they pour effort toward the event, now only 426 days away. Other essential needs for the Congress include:

  • a strategically-timed surge in funding
  • a team to support Dr. Richard in program development, delegate recruitment and external communications
  • smooth registration process

On the GPA front, GPA Peru is set to begin this Thursday, April 16. Other national GPAs scheduled prior to the 2015 Dallas GPA include Indonesia, Benin and Cambodia. Intercede for at least 25 choice candidates for each, protection over organizers and attendees, and for great connecting, uniting and strengthening!

Dallas GPA candidates need persistent prayer regarding visas and airfare funding. This year a record 12 pastors were denied visas. However, 20 visas have been granted, and we trust the Lord to bring just the right fine young lead pastors. Please also pray for the GPA team as we seek to coordinate an exceptional experience for them.