Botswana update from Dr. Richard

Dear praying friends,

With thanks to each one who prayed for my decision and even wrote of your support, I am now in Botswana, having made a decision to proceed on the missionary journeys, unless prohibited from entry. I didn’t show any fever on their thermometer, but they have permitted me in provisionally. Indeed, all of life is provisional!

In the time being, I invite you to continue to pray for me to well-serve God’s Word personally—high-level pre-evangelism outreach to opinion leaders and reinforcing pastoral leaders—with hope around the one thing on everyone’s mind worldwide.

Our world faces tempestuous times, doesn’t it? And we in the middle of our own vulnerabilities still must serve with a robust view of God—the reason I regularly pray for His total protection, global provision and manifest presence.

Should all things go as projected, but not predicted, I am to be back home in about a week’s time, whether needing to be under self-quarantine I do not know, since I am not serving in a Level 1–3 region for the virus. You should hear back from us in some form with an update … but in this note wanted to follow our practice of reporting on prayer requests with appropriate thanks to His people and always inadequate thanks to God.

Warmly,
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Praying for provision at the perfect time

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • We praise God for how He is using Dr. Ramesh Richard on his current trip to sensitive areas of Asia.
  • Pray for trainings taking place for young pastors in Guatemala and Ukraine.
  • Praise God and pray for everyone working on the Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean.
  • Pray for the process of updating LifeRocks media outreach.

The bigger picture:

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Pastors study “The Purpose Bridge,” step four of Dr. Richard’s seven-step method for preparing expository sermons, at Global Proclamation Academy Ukraine.

Praise God for Dr. Richard’s safe travel to the first of four different locations in sensitive areas of Asia over three weeks. He has already spoken in church services, to a pastors gathering and at an outreach event. Upcoming engagements include encouraging pastors, promoting the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress, meeting with the internationally-based members of RREACH’s ministries team and speaking at a church conference. He still needs a visa to enter the country of his final engagement, despite having applied months ago. Event organizers have urged him to keep moving forward with plans to go. Pray that God will provide exactly what Dr. Richard and the event need at exactly the right time for His glory.

Two national Global Proclamation Academies, Guatemala and Ukraine, come to a close this week. Please pray that graduates will preach and live biblically and remain connected as they go back to their homes and ministries. Also pray for an upcoming GPA in São Tomé.

The team working on the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress spans many countries and time zones. Praise God for each member of this diverse group. Pray for His total protection, global provision and manifest presence.

Much effort goes into LifeRocks videos, video clips, emails, social media posts, and more. Pray for discernment and patience with processes. Pray that every decision we make, seen and unseen, will help change the way large numbers of individuals think about the Lord Jesus!

Thank you!

Greetings in the name of the Most High One, the Lord Jesus Christ!

Dear praying friends,

Greetings in the name of the Most High One, the Lord Jesus Christ! That’s how Dr. Ramesh Richard greeted attendees the first evening and every morning of the GProCongress for Pastoral Trainers held June 15 – 22 in Bangkok, Thailand. Thank you for your earnest prayer for Dr. Richard, the RREACH and GProCongress teams, and the GProCongress itself over many months. God received glory, and many participants are testifying to how He blessed them.

Our prayer now turns to upcoming action. Please pray for:

  • Dr. Richard, as he now prioritizes his personal proclamation gifting expressed in so many ways, and undergirds his global proclamation calling—facilitating the multiplication of proclaimers
  • Total protection and global provision as Congress attendees implement accelerated pastoral training plans
  • The GProCongress follow-up team as they grow GProConneXt, the strategic Congress follow-up platform.
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The RREACH board and friends praying over Dr. Richard and Bonnie following a GProCongress debriefing.

Also remember believers around the world as we live for the Lord Jesus amid turmoil. RREACH receives new reports almost daily of shrinking religious freedoms and rising persecution. Overnight last night violent conflict erupted in South Sudan’s new government. Here in Dallas, close to home for RREACH, multiple police officers were murdered. As Dr. Richard tweeted this morning, ”July 8, 2016 is as much a day of badness, madness, & sadness in my city of Dallas as Nov 22, 1963.”

Of course, he has also said, “Pastoral health affects church health, and church health affects societal health.” This is a day when healthy pastors can minister to those grieving, angry and even cynical.

Your prayer and encouragement for Dr. Richard and RREACH are invaluable as we seek to strengthen pastors, the leaders on the front lines of this war, for God’s glory and the very best of many everywhere.

Five days…pray for total protection and global provision

Dear praying friends,

In about five days, the Lord willing, the GProCongress for Pastoral Trainers will convene in Bangkok, Thailand. Congress team members and volunteers are arriving daily in Thailand for on-site preparation.

When RREACH launched “the year of the GProCongress” last June, Dr. Richard asked for prayer for God’s Total Protection and Global Provision. God has answered our prayers in mighty ways, showing His clear intention for this event to take place despite some overwhelming challenges.

Please continue to pray for Total Protection and Global Provision:

  • for the many participants (especially those coming from West Africa and South Asia) who continue to have trouble getting visas
  • for the final logistical details for June 15-22 and the four-year follow-up that are being pulled together
  • for the participants who are beginning to make the journey to Bangkok
  • that the Enemy’s forces, as they seek to distract and deter, will be deactivated
  • that God will move people, events and ideas to address the need to exponentially multiply pastoral training through the GProCongress

For the health and beauty of Christ’s bride worldwide.

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.

 

Dr. Richard finishes final GProCongress recruitment trip

Dear praying friends,

I have just returned from my personal final recruitment push for the Congress. Here are some thoughts for your prayers.

Final vision-casting meeting

Final vision-casting meeting

1) God has brought fine leaders around the table to implement the GProCongress. There are still decisions to be made and actions to be taken, but the general sentiment is that at this point, we have done what can be done.

2) We saw a registrant “uptick” by about 300 in what seemed a few hours! There is a recruitment effort this week in Nairobi among Anglican Evangelical Prelates. Last week a friend made special connections in a major Asian country, and recent visits to Brazil and Argentina have already yielded fruit.

3) Our industrious back office leaders relocated to Uganda from Malaysia while maintaining a torrid schedule; they also negotiated a generous visa policy for Congress delegates with our kind host country—a great answer to prayer.

4) Coordinated follow-up is to be one of the Congress hallmarks. Our fine follow-up team just gathered in Costa Rica for planning.

5) Our Thai hosts are all “pumped up” because this Congress has a vision with action till 2020! Their volunteers are amazing.

We have fewer than 56 days left. Decisions will be made by the thousands…please pray for total protection and global provision. Pray for me since I am recovering emotionally and work-wise (about 100 hours of written labor) from a personal mishap, the theft of my briefcase at an airport–all important, much useful, some favorite, and a few irreplaceable things.

God’s graces kept my passport and credit cards from being in the briefcase, where they normally are!

Thank you for praying.

ramesh

Powerful, joyful and useful start to 2016

Dear praying friends,

New Year’s greetings to you! Dr. Ramesh Richard had a powerful, joyful and useful start to 2016 with over 900 Indian missionaries characterized by Vision, Faith and Sacrifice. They were gathered for the Golden Jubilee celebration of the Indian Evangelical Mission in Hyderabad, India. He especially rejoiced in this opportunity because his 92-year-old dad, John Richard, was part of the founding team of this “indigenous” mission organization 50 years ago.

Three, quick GProCongress vision-casting sessions in three mega-cities over three days topped off the end-and-beginning-of-the-year trip to his birthland. Thank you for praying as he traveled and ministered to rather key audiences, and even large crowds.

Dr. Richard also deeply appreciates your prayer for the GProCongress. God is granting great progress toward this global and historic event for the Faith, and yet opposition is very real and from many directions. We ask your fervent prayer for His total protection over the entire project, and over the following areas in specific:

  • GProCongress team members and their families
  • Up to 5,000 of the right pastoral trainers registering—early registration ends January 15th
  • Pastoral trainers in difficult areas raising travel and registration funds
  • Compelling program with the right 185 speakers/presenters
  • Continued generous giving to meet GProCongress needs
  • Development and implementation of a robust Congress follow-up team and action plan

Another answer to praise

Dear praying friends,

A couple of weeks ago we asked you to pray that Dr. Richard, who was stuck in South Carolina, would make it back to Dallas in time to catch his flight to Indonesia. We also asked you to praise God for what He would do, including possibly giving Dr. Richard the opportunity to introduce someone to the Lord Jesus Christ. To see that post click here.

This is how God answered. Dr. Richard did get back to Dallas in time for his Indonesia flight. On the first leg, he sat next to a businessman. The two conversed about life and business, and it came out that the man was headed to India to see his dying mother. Dr. Richard asked for permission to pray together in the Name of Jesus—”the only name I have to pray with,” he says. The man assented. When they parted ways he waited at Ramesh’s gate to say goodbye. Dr. Richard was also able to connect him with a believer at his destination in India. “So God was working there, too,” Dr. Richard says. Not only did he make that flight, his seatmate, planning to fly through Chicago, was rescheduled through Dallas. “When I boarded the plane, the seat next to me was empty. Finding him there shows that God wanted me in his life.”

The Lord willing, Dr. Richard is scheduled to travel back to Dallas from Turkey this week, fly to Orlando for a brief but highly strategic meeting regarding GProCongress mobilization, and finish the week participating in Camino Global’s 125th anniversary celebrations. Thank you for praising God with us, intercessors. Please continue to ask, seek and knock, with thanksgiving, for His total protection and global provision.

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.”