Ramesh Richard has two memorial services for his dad in India this weekend.
The latest Dallas Global Proclamation Academy candidates applying for visas were rejected.
GPA Zambia wraps up this week; GPA El Salvador is coming.
The GProCommission team is sourcing pastoral training content for updates and blogs.
The bigger picture:
Dr. Richard is to participate in memorial services for his dad this weekend in Delhi and Chennai, India. Please continue to intercede for the Richard family. Also intercede that many will embrace the Good News proclaimed at these services.
Two Dallas GPA candidates were denied visas this week. Strong prayer is still needed on every applicant’s behalf. Pastors scheduled for interviews next week include M – Haiti, J – Vanuatu, S – Gabon, and M – Burkina Faso. We’re also beginning to search for airline tickets. Please pray for good itineraries at the best possible prices.
Zambian pastors studying how to preach an expository sermon.
The second national GPA held in Zambia finishes this week. Thank God for the 28 young pastoral delegates and ask Him to further connect, unite and strengthen them as they get back into the daily demands of ministry and life. GPA El Salvador is coming March 18. We pray for God’s Word to be proclaimed more and better in every reach of the globe as a result of national GPAs.
The GProCommission team is always on the lookout for high quality, engaging pastoral training material that is applicable across many cultures and contexts. Pray that God will alert us to such resources. Pray, too, for more pastoral trainers to become connected, united and strengthened through our efforts.
Greetings in the name of our resurrected Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! We rejoice with you that because He lives, all who trust Him may live. Dr. Richard has just completed a two-week trip to Southeast Asia, where he had several engagements to proclaim that Good News. Some items to remember for prayer as he returns include:
Rapid recovery from the stress of travel
Clarity regarding the many opportunities that come his way
Preparation for upcoming talks, articles and other ministry engagements
Continued GProCongress program and partnership development
GPA Peru is scheduled for April 16 – 25 and GPA Indonesia for April 23 – May 2. Please pray for the organizers and those planning to attend, as well as their families and ministries.
Also specifically lift up those preparing for the 2015 Dallas GPA—the RREACH team, the pastors (especially with regard to visas and airfare), the Master Coaches, the host families, and many others who serve in different ways.
“Good news!! The Lord is coming,” a friend wrote to Dr. Richard. For those of us who trust the Lord Jesus Christ, that is good news. It isn’t good news for the billions who don’t. Every day Dr. Richard keenly senses that “the Gospel is not good news if it gets there too late.” He fulfills his gifting to proclaim the Lord Jesus, and his calling to equip other proclaimers, while there is still time. Your prayers mean more to him than we can express. We can’t thank you enough for praying for him. Please keep on asking the Lord for direction, protection and Christlike character in every area of life.
Also join us in praise for the Lord’s goodness bestowed on and through Dr. Richard’s father, Dr. John Richard. He celebrates his 92nd birthday today!
Some other ministry details needing intercession include:
The right 25 candidates, at least five from new countries, to attend the upcoming Dallas GPA
Dallas GPA candidates obtaining visas; the process has been difficult this year
GProCongress program planning
Clarity regarding the many speaking invitations Dr. Richard receives
Provision of all resources (human, spiritual, financial) for ministry
When Dr. Richard was in Aurangabad, India, a couple of weeks ago, he spoke to 120 business-professionals in that city of 1.2 million people. Up to 60 percent of the audience heard God’s good news for the very first time. The gathering was organized by Dallas GPA 2013 grad Pastor A., in whose church Dr. Richard also spoke. It is a thriving group of 60 people, 90 percent of whom are first-generation converts to the Lord Jesus Christ. Please pray for God’s Word to continue to bear fruit and that believers will stand strong for the Lord Jesus Christ during times of challenges and in areas of threats.
Continue to remember:
the GProCongress meetings this week
strategic Congress positions to be filled
selection of 25 fine, young pastoral leaders for the 2015 Dallas GPA, at least five from new countries.