From Alpha to Zanzibar, GProCongress momentum rolls on

Dear praying friends,

God blessed Dr. Richard’s quick trip to the Alpha Leadership Conference 2015 in London for GProCongress mobilization with a number of strategic connections, while word continues to spread in remote areas, too. A professor from Kenya shared information about the Congress with about 60 extension trainers in Zanzibar. “The response was so encouraging,” he reported. “Twenty-five of them left me details for registration. The Zanzibar bishop is also excited about coming. Zanzibar has less than 100 churches with no Bible school for pastors. This might be the time to inspire them to train pastors.”

Concentrated prayer for the GProCongress remains a top priority. Please intercede for:

  • The GProCongress team – creativity, capacity, Christlikeness and coordination of schedules
  • Program development and a program manager
  • Funding to meet increased cash flow needs

GPA Benin has finished, while delegates are preparing for GPA Cambodia to convene May 14. Thank God for these servants and organizers and pray for their connecting, uniting and strengthening. Dallas GPA candidates continue to have trouble obtaining visas. Pastors CD, J and P from Asia, Latin America and Africa have upcoming visa appointments. Please earnestly pray for favor. Thank you!

GProCommission in action: national GPAs, 2015 Dallas GPA, 2016 GProCongress

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GPA Indonesia grads

Dear praying friends,

GPA Indonesia has just wrapped up and GPA Benin has commenced. The effort to organize and run a national GPA is tremendous. Far more than a pastors conference, each event is intense and intentional in connecting, uniting and strengthening young pastors—and following up. We thank God for National GPA Coordinator Rajiv Richard and the Dallas GPA grads who are making them happen. Please pray for these coordinators, for each pastoral delegate, and for long-term effects on their churches and ministries. The National GPAs are a powerful aspect of our decade-long Global Proclamation Commission.

We also give thanks for RREACH’s dedicated Board of Directors, who have just finished meeting. Please ask the Lord for clarity, energy and efficiency as RREACH moves toward the GProCongress while maintaining the other areas of important ministry. Dr. Richard heads to London for the week for additional Congress vision-casting. He continues to seek the Lord’s provision for people to lead specific aspects of the project, especially in program.

For the 2015 Dallas GPA, we are now in dangerous territory. Only 22 pastors now have visas (12 have been denied US visas) and 21 flights have been purchased. Eight more pastors have visa appointments or need to make them. Pray that the Lord will bring the right 25 (or a couple more!) pastors. And especially, pray for their and the RREACH team’s physical, mental and spiritual preparation.

Note from Dr. Richard on Nepal, GProCongress and GPA

Dear praying friends,

Nepal remains in our minds and hearts. The extent of devastation is still largely unknown because no one can get to some of the hardest-hit areas, but Dallas GPA pastors are keeping RREACH apprised. People are without food, shelter, clothing, and heavy aftershocks are delaying relief. If you have time to read more, see the heartfelt note below from Pastor A, the 2014 Dallas GPA grad who just moved from his rural village to Kathmandu. Please pray with us about how RREACH can most strategically come alongside our brothers there.

I would also appreciate prayer for fruit from vision-casting gatherings and progress on the GProCongress program. Some gifted leaders have flown into Dallas to meet about that fundamental Congress component this week. The RREACH board plans to meet on Friday.

GPA-wise, praise God for the 24 who graduated from GPA Peru! GPA Indonesia is going strong, and GPA Benin is scheduled to begin April 29. Two Dallas GPA candidates have visa appointments this week, and more need to be scheduled.

Thank you for your faithful prayer support. We thank God for you.

Warmly,

ramesh richard

Report from Nepal Dallas GPA 2014 graduate Pastor A:

In and around my village and in a walking distance of about 7-8 hours the houses are ruined. Throughout the district the churches are affected and the believers and unbelievers alike are left homeless. They have no food and no clothing. There is no single house in my village and other villages. Casualties in my district are high. Places are filled with dead bodies while the workers are needed. I tried to go to my village, a distance of 3-4 hours bus drive, but the roads are broken. There is no access of relief at this point, no communication, no transportation. About an hour ago we had another big strike of about 6.8 rector scale, which has the epicenter in my district. Continuous big/huge earthquakes are hitting and almost every hour we feel the shock. Actually many feel it is shaking the whole time. People around the street look hopeless.

Please pray with me and others that we have patience, faith and perseverance. I am thankful for constant prayers and concerns that you have shown toward me and my people. My kids are terrified and I don’t know how they will come out of these traumatic experiences. Pray that we all glorify God in this situation of distress. In this situation, I am so honored to be leading people to prayer and explain biblical truth to draw people near to God. Thanks for your love.

Yours sincerely,

Pastor A