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.

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

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.

God is doing great things!

Dear praying friends,

Our God is doing great things! Dr. Richard set that theme for last week’s RREACH Board of Directors meeting using Psalm 126:2b-3:

Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us; We are glad.

Be glad with us for the great things God is unfolding through the RREACH ministry:

  • RREACH’s Board is highly encouraged about direction and progress; their next meeting is being planned around a national GPA graduation
  • Interest in the GProCongress is swelling and a number of GProCongress mobilization events, from Orlando to Myanmar, are coming up
  • 28 pastors graduated from politically plagued and impoverished GPA Burkina Faso last Saturday; GPA Lesotho will begin, the Lord willing, this Thursday, Sept. 24
  • Although the RREACH office and our neighbor were burglarized over the weekend, the setbacks appear to be relatively small, and no RREACH staff were present

We are glad for your encouragement and prayers. Please ask the Lord Jesus for His continuing empowerment, protection and provision of Dr. Richard and this ministry, that all nations will see His greatness!

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.

Praise for the Lord Jesus Christ, pray that more may believe

Dear praying friends,

This Christmas season we rejoice anew that we can know God through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ! Many thousands of individuals all over the globe have heard of the Lord Jesus Christ because God has gifted, called and empowered Dr. Richard to proclaim the good news. (Many more have heard through pastors he has trained.) Please pray that, during this time when the birth of Christ receives greater public attention, each who has heard will embrace Him as Savior and Lord.

Also remember the Church worldwide as we worship the one true God during Advent in a vast range of languages, locations and customs, as well as conditions and situations. Our worship and work are ongoing. Thank you for lifting up Dr. Richard and RREACH, in particular, as we obey His calling, and pray that the way One Billion Individuals think and hear about the Lord Jesus Christ will change for His glory.