In his words: Ramesh Richard April 2018 update

Well, I must finally start … 2018.  I needed to find a day to begin and Resurrection Sunday/April Fool’s Day provided a definite marker. Between grief and travel recovery (I actually slept two full nights on the 31st and 1st), I told Bonnie I’m beginning a new day, week, month and … year!

Last month blazed with a two-week, five-country, six-city presence and proclamation.

  • I count all Dallas Seminary opportunities a stewardship and ended my recent chapel talk there with a 1972 photo of two heroes of the Faith together, Billy Graham and John Richard. They both flew to heaven in February, much like they did on an Indian Airlines flight in 1965. Ongoing classroom involvement at DTS has been a wonderful outlet for me to personally proclaim God’s Word.
  • In Singapore, I roomed with a believer who had just lost his beloved Hindu mother. We grieved differently—with and without hope. He has hope for himself, but not for his mom; unlike myself with hope for both me and my dad. I so overlook biblical riches.
  • Two cities in India hosted the final services for my dad. The Lord empowered me for His glory, my father’s honor, the strengthening of believers, and Gospel advance through testimonies to an extraordinary life. I got to preach at a church in Chennai from which I have childhood memories of my father as a lay-leader and where I was spiritually shaped. That experience strangely strengthened my resolve to do all I can until I no longer can to serve Christ—like my dad.
  • I took an overnight flight to Hong Kong for pastoral calls—a couple fighting her cancer; a man fighting Parkinson’s; a man fighting his wife; a couple fighting his health challenge—caring for friends in life’s fights.
  • Finally I wrapped up with 40 hours in the Philippines with key encouragers, the head of the Philippines Council of Evangelical Churches (who has suggested a GProCongress Philippines), and a wedding, before a 36-hour journey home.

In the multiplying of proclaimers of God’s Word, RREACH accomplished the second GPA Zambia, since the first one in 2013 was mostly a failure. Also, GPA El Salvador graduated 19, who met at a beautiful place within 300 feet of a gang murder. God protects.

And God provides … through you … for me to carry on in proclamation and leadership into the rest of 2018. Our Lord has created time before and I am counting on him to do so again, or at least to compress 12 months into nine. Maybe I will get to share how next January. I intend to start the next year on time, the Lord willing. Thank you.

In the Inexhaustible One,

RR

In his words: Ramesh Richard March 2018 update

Dear praying friends,

I do not know how to write a longer note this month, but not for lack of powerful activity. It just has been a personal blur caused by great earthly loss. My hero, my dad, John Richard, died 17 days short of his 95th birthday. And I have been balancing that reality with the need to continue serving God in Jesus’ name, and my father’s too! What a legacy he has left me.

He lived a full life—of faithfulness and fruitfulness—and now has begun to receive the reward for his earthly labors. I could not make it to be with him at his final earthly breath. Upon receiving the news, my first journal entry was simply: “I want to live like my father and die like my father!”

Two U.S. memorial services were conducted. God was glorified, my dad was honored, believers were strengthened and the Gospel was proclaimed. Several pre-Christian friends trusted Christ in Syracuse, New York. And our son Robby preached at his grandfather’s service in Dallas, Texas. Both brought immense joy to earth and heaven in the middle of grief.

Actually, the month began with me doing what my dad would have wanted me to do—addressing 300 some leaders from about 150+ missions agencies. Many leaders and organizations are part of his legacy. I spent four days of writing in a nice Middle Eastern hotel on a friend’s points, but also got to present the Gospel there at a private dinner for 25, where 10 responded with professions of embracing the Good News. Also, I started back in the classroom at Dallas Seminary after a five-year load-restructure around RREACH’s mega-project, the decade-long Global Proclamation Commission. Heavy and hearty follow-up continues deep and wide in pastoral training and biblical proclamation.


…balancing ideas with opportunities and resources with realities…


Two more memorial services for my dad also took place in India. I will write about them next time. You will benefit reading the outpouring of memories from across the world at www.rreach.org. And you are welcome to add your own. There would have been no RREACH without my dad. And RREACH would not continue without you.

I want to thank my family, board, staff and intercessors for your amazing support through the thick and thin of personal and ministry life. We are in the process of balancing ideas with opportunities and resources with realities. I thank you and need your ongoing help!

In the Inexhaustible One,

RR

Keep praying for proclaiming

Dear praying friends,

2018 has started out like 2017 ended—eventfully. GPA Democratic Republic of Congo (East) began Jan. 4 in Goma with 30 eager pastors. They wrap up this weekend.

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Pray that these young GPA DR Congo pastors will return home better equipped and connected with fellow pastors for the demands of ministry in their country of much turmoil but amazing potential. Pray, too, for the teams preparing to hold national GPAs in many other countries this year.

Turmoil characterizes much of our world today and is something Dr. Richard sees close-up in his global proclamation travels. This week, during an intimate dinner with a small group of RREACH friends, he shared a biblically grounded perspective and strategy for understanding and living in these complex and uncertain times. If you’d like to read some of what he has written on this topic, browse the articles on the RREACH website: rreach.org/articles.

The Lord willing, Ramesh plans to fly out next week to minister in two areas of the world difficult for followers of the Lord Jesus. Please ask God’s great favor on this trip—that He will use Dr. Richard to greatly encourage believers and winsomely connect with pre-Christians, some who may never have heard anything of the Gospel.

We continue to pray for the right 25 pastors, at least five from new countries, for the 2018 Dallas GPA. Being approved for a visa to travel to the U.S. is a huge challenge for many of them. Four pastors will be applying for their visas over the next couple of weeks. Please intercede for them.

Finally, continue to lift up our efforts to re-center around RREACH’s core purpose of fully exploiting—in the good way—Dr. Richard’s gifting and calling to proclaim the Lord Jesus Christ, for the very best of many everywhere. Thank you!

In his words: Ramesh Richard September update

Dear praying friends,

Two days in 30 were all I could give to Dallas last month. Fortunately, six of the 30 were spent with Bonnie and son Robby and his family in Greenville, South Carolina. Everyone with grandkids know they energize grandparents while depleting them. They gave me enough joy to bear the intense travel of the month.

It began in the eastern tip of North America—Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. A dozen leaders met to discuss additional initiatives stimulated at last year’s GProCongress. That GProCongress, which you helped support, continues to ripple all over the world with beautiful and fruitful effect.

Speaking over a weekend at Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego, California, on the other end of the continent, was another amazing experience. Well-trained to listen by eminent preacher Dr. David Jeremiah, God’s people were terrifically responsive.

Soon after I left for a most remote country which most don’t know exists! Broken, but beautiful and beloved, Burundi (Google it!) wore me out. ALARM, Inc. our host, had me speak

  • Sunday—at a three and a half hour service for about 2000 people, involving a one and a half hour message with translation. My voice was already showing weakness.
  • Monday—four hours with 120 select pastors on “Shepherding;” their questions showed much lack of pastoral training.
  • Tuesday—three hours with 80 officers of their police and military sitting together for the first time in their history to uphold both the law and government of the land, hearing about Ethics and Society. Several made public spiritual commitments. That evening with businessmen had a light turn-out, yet many among the few embraced the Gospel.

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    Ramesh speaks with Burundian police and military officers on “Ethics and Society.”

  • Wednesday—three hours with about 200 university students on “Foundations for the Future.” Their questions, too, revealed lack of basic knowledge, but great eagerness.
  • Wednesday evening was my highlight as 100 select politicians from ALL 29 political parties attended a two hour seminar. I don’t know any country where all political parties would attend anywhere together! Several embraced the Gospel.

With my voice totally silent by then, I wondered how I could proclaim God’s Word two more times on the way back. And as I have experienced many times before, God’s strength accompanied my weakness…just for the speaking moment…and then I became weak again. God did it, once more! Thank you for being part of His specific support system in this servant’s life of proclaiming and multiplying proclaimers of God’s Word worldwide.

Warmly,

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P.S. Feeling uncertain about the state of the world? You may find comfort in my reflections from October 2001.

GPA Lebanon challenges, strategic GProCongress presentations

Dear praying friends,

GPA Lebanon is scheduled to start August 30. Pastors from several neighboring countries hostile to the Gospel are planning to come, eager for this opportunity. However, GPA organizers are facing difficulty finding enough candidates, since the region is volatile and so many have to be bi-vocational pastors by necessity. Please pray that at least 25 young lead pastors from this area of huge need will be able to attend and receive the invaluable GPA experience of connecting, uniting and strengthening.

This week Dr. Richard is scheduled to make two key presentations to ministry leaders about the GProCongress. We desire for these well-connected leaders to mobilize many in their networks to attend the Congress and to further spread the word to their networks. Please ask the Lord for both presentations to be well-attended and effective in communicating the need to come together in a new way at the Congress for better and increased pastoral training.

Before it’s too late

“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

Thank you again, dear pray-ers!