RREACH Daily Prayer Reminder – April

Dear praying friends,

Many have told us they use the daily prayer calendar from our RR Crossing newsletter, so we are expanding it to more accessible and updateable formats. We hope this will accelerate how you can find out what God is doing through RREACH and pray.

Each month we will post a set of daily requests here on the prayer blog, in addition to our weekly updates. Utilize them in whatever way works best for you.

Thank you for joining us in praying. It means more than you can know and helps explain the impact God grants this ministry. The following reminders cover the next half of April.


15     Ramesh Richard: to be humble before God, sensitive to needs and have clear direction in all areas of life
16     Dallas GPA: God’s provision of the right 25 pastors to attend the 2019 Dallas GPA; 16 currently have visas to come
17     Media Outreach: smooth production process for LifeRocks videos—writing, filming, editing, curating content, promoting and distributing
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GProCommission: growing collaboration with pastoral training individuals and organizations
19     RREACH: funds needed to support Dr. Richard’s itinerant proclamation ministry
20     National GPA: graduates to apply what they have learned and to remain connected
21     Rejoice in the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, who died to atone for our sins and lives to draw all to Himself!
22     Media Outreach: the filming of Dr. Richard’s next set of LifeRocks videos
23     RR: safety, health and travel mercies
24     Dallas GPA: God to make the 2019 GPA a life- and ministry-changing event for this cohort of pastors
25     National GPA: GPA Panama and wGPA Indonesia (women’s) attendees to be connected, united and strengthened as they meet 4/25–5/4
26     iProMission: wisdom in making Dr. Richard’s books, talks and other resources available to those who most need them
27     GProCommission: accuracy, efficiency and speed in getting materials translated into different languages for eager pastors
28     RREACH: Effective communication among team members, who are based all around the world
29     Dallas GPA: pastors to be supernaturally connected, united and strengthened to think, live and preach biblically
30     iProMission: Richard’s trip to Albania and Rwanda to strengthen pastors and speak to pre-Christian opinion leaders

Ramesh Richard proclaims God’s Word; RREACH maximizes the proclamation globally and multiplies the proclamation locally.

RR – Ramesh Richard
GPA – Global Proclamation Academy
GProCommission – Global Proclamation Commission
iProMission – Ramesh Richard’s personal proclamation

New faith, new year, new life

Dear praying friends:

In brief:

  • Pray for follow-up with those who made decisions for the Lord Jesus on Dr. Ramesh Richard’s latest trip.
  • Pray for upcoming outreach events in The Gambia and other places, and for events in planning.
  • Pray for the Global Proclamation Commission’s (GProCommission) growing contribution to pastoral health and church health around the world.

The bigger picture:

Dr. Richard’s recent ministry trip in South Asia saw a number of opinion leaders—people of influence and affluence—trust the Lord Jesus as their only heart-Savior after his talks. Praise God! Please pray that their new faith will take root and flourish, and that their witness will draw others to Him.

At the beginning of this new year, the Lord willing, Dr. Richard is heading out again, this time for West Africa. A Dallas Global Proclamation Academy graduate from The Gambia is organizing a number of events in a situation in which the majority of people follow another world-view. Praise God for these opportunities.

Pray for His protection over those organizing the events, for the Holy Spirit to prepare hearts and minds to receive new life, and for Dr. Richard to be a useful instrument in the Lord’s hands. Please also ask His direction and provision regarding other outreach and pastoral training opportunities and amplification in 2019.

God continues to deepen and broaden GProCommission effectiveness in strengthening pastoral leaders and pastoral trainers. Much prayer is needed since much of what we’re doing has not been done before, especially in developing a global network of connections, encouragement and resources. We need sensitivity to God, readiness for action, excellent execution and perseverance in His strength.

Thank you for praying! May God bless your New Year with renewed faith and renewed life.

In his words: Ramesh Richard November update

Dear praying friends,

I am quickly over-running my allotted word count even as I begin this letter! Bring out your magnifying glasses to rejoice over a two-week, six-country, seven-airline-dominated last month.

  • China: A two-hour pastoral visit during a five-hour stopover after American Airlines’ longest flight (Dallas to Hong Kong—17 hours!) with a long-term friend weakened by cancer.
  • India: One of the richest days of my life in my childhood city! Two-hundred-fifty believers brought 350 pre-Christ friends for a day-long event featuring talks from converts to the Lord Jesus. I was energized by the spirit of the stories, and more importantly by the Spirit of God, to present the final 30-minute talk at the end of a powerful, jet-lagged day. Thirty-eight made first time professions of faith—a huge percentage! That night I flew to my birth city to talk to 20,000-plus people (mostly new believers) on the problem of evil.
  • Thailand: Yet another four-hour layover after an overnight flight allowed for a pastoral visit with a fine Dallas GPA grad/businessman/church planter. We finished with prayer for a child. That was Monday; on Thursday, he confirmed his wife’s pregnancy. God answers even before I pray! (smile)
  • Japan: A nation where the evangelical Faith has failed to penetrate. Still at an abysmal 0.50 percent, with most Japanese pastors soon to retire, they need a boost in recruitment and training of younger pastors. Who would have thought that RREACH would provide just that through our Global Proclamation (GPro) Commission? A Japanese leader who attended our 2016 GProCongress mobilized over 100 devoted Japanese pastors, older and younger, for GProJapan. They envision 50,000 congregations in Japan over the next decade.
  • Malaysia: God (and Bonnie) knew that I needed two slower days, which I found in Kuala Lumpur with RREACH’s director of Ministry Coordination, former Ambassador Selwyn Das. We had delightful times of meeting, eating, even shoe repair and a haircut!
  • Philippines: GProPhilippines was hosted by TOPIC (Trainers of Pastors International Commission), an organization founded by RREACH 20 years ago. We presented the new global facilitator of TOPIC, Al Bridges (formerly of BEE—Biblical Education by Extension). God used me once again to charge the 150. They plan to train 5,000 pastoral trainers to produce 10,000 new pastoral leaders by 2020!

I trust that your Thanksgiving season included what the Lord makes happen through you, me and this ministry. You were included in our United States Happy Thanksgiving season.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,

RR

Ministry and math

Dear praying friends,

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Sunday service in one of the fastest-growing churches in the world

People are hungry for God. The picture above shows Ramesh Richard’s view as he spoke in one of the fastest-growing churches in the world during his recent South Asia trip. He spoke in two of five services which average 20,000 to 25,000 attendees each. At a mega youth conference of 15,000 the church held the next day, around 10,000 responded to his invitation.

From there he went to teach at the first pastors conference held in conjunction with RREACH’s first Chair of Preaching and Pastoral Ministries, established at SAIACS a year ago. The attendance–55–was but a fraction of that at the mega-church. But for Dr. Richard, it was more strategic. The reason is simple: multiplication. Those pastors, by God’s grace, will lead many future churches.

This last week Ramesh gave several “heart message” talks to about 200 church planting leaders from around the world at a Global Alliance for Church Multiplication Forum in Minneapolis, Minn. Their goal is 5 million churches planted by 2020. The corresponding challenge: Who is going to pastor those church plants to long-term health? RREACH’s Global Proclamation Commission is working on that. At the same time the forum was in session, 36 pastors and 18 wives were finishing training in Cuba’s second national Global Proclamation Academy.

That, dear prayer partners, is how God is multiplying the effect of your prayers!

The response has been encouraging. “Your talk was superb today. Superb. Much positive feedback. We thank God for His provision.” And from a media conference in South Asia, “I could see the Holy Spirit working in every word you spoke. I clearly see God’s hand in hand picking you for this year’s conference, and from the feedback we are getting, I am seeing God igniting hearts to move forward in the area of the harvest.”

We can’t tell you how much we appreciate you. Please keep on praying. The Lord willing, RREACH’s board of directors meets this weekend, GPA Mexico begins next week, and we are planning a retreat for pastors and families in a desperately dangerous region.

 

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.

The vision is sizable; the task is formidable, but this world is REACHABLE

Dear friends,

Please join us in praying for the Global Proclamation Commission, a 10-year human capital campaign to connect, unite and strengthen 100,000 pastors from 200 countries by the year 2020.

The GProCommission was launched in 2010 and seeks to address the needs of undertrained and isolated pastors, especially in Asia, Africa and Latin America. These pastors, more potent because of their participation in the Global Proclamation Commission, can create healthier churches with the aim of better carrying our the Lord’s Great Commission.

The GProCommission is being executed through three types of training events: The annual Dallas Global Proclamation Academy, multiple national Global Proclamation Academies each year and, Lord willing, the 2016 Global Pastoral Trainers Congress in Manila, Philippines.

Please join us in praising God for the opportunities RREACH has had to hold Dallas GPAs and National GPAs in the last several years:

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Also, praise God for the way He is using RREACH and our pastoral training model (both training pastors AND connecting them to one another).

Actually, to say the least, I’ve not seen a program that is so compressed—short days, but very impactful.

For those of us who are young pastors in ministry—we are confronted with a lot issues. Some of those issues have to do with being validated by older ministers. And to a large extent, orientation into ministry has to do with—you teach certain kinds of things; the gospel. But, coming to GPA, first of all, there is this stripping from old ideas that are not really relevant for kingdom work.

And then this remodeling after a pattern that is, to a large extent, proven to be very, very effective. Especially expository sermon presentation. To a large extent—to friendships made anew, to teaching that has come our way – very strategic teaching come our way. I am a better preacher to the little audience that God has made in my hands to nurture in the faith.

And please pray along with us for the following needs as we march toward 2016 (the Congress) and then 2020 (the completion of the campaign):

  • That pastors who attended national GPAs in 2011, 2012 and so far in 2013 would remain connected and united and would be multiplying their training toward the vision of the Global Proclamation Commission.
  • For teachable, humble hearts of pastors preparing to attend the following GPAs:
    • GPA South Africa – Mid-October
    • GPA Zambia- Mid-October
    • GPA Mexico- Mid-November
    • GPA Ghana- Late-November
  • For the planning and preparation for the following National GPAs scheduled for 2014:
    • Dominican Republic
    • Benin
    • Trinidad
    • Myanmar
    • Rwanda
    • Burundi
    • Togo
  • That God would open doors for National GPAs in the 13 additional countries considering hosting one in 2014.

For His glory,

Edie Ross
prayer coordinator