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