Praise God for His sustaining grace. Dr. Richard left on his sixth trip in 30 days, hoping to make crucial GProCongress connections in six countries in a little over six days. Pray for smooth entry into and exit from each country and for strategic broadening of the geography of registration for the Congress. Thank you for your faithful prayer; please continue to lift Dr. Richard’s entire well-being, and that of his family, before the Lord.
The recent headline-making terrorist attacks in Paris remind us to pray diligently for people all over the world experiencing violence and tragedy. Ask God to deliver every individual from evil—perpetrators, victims, and those ministering the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ in the middle of it.
As 15 pastors from six countries in the Middle East gather late this week for the final days of GPA Lebanon, we especially rejoice over the transformation God is quietly bringing about through them in that troubled region. Pastor A, 2013 Dallas GPA grad, reports, “They have been connecting, being united and being strengthened for the past couple of months. And now is the time to be back for Part II. Lebanon was the target of a terrorist bombing, yet this has not discouraged our friends from confirming their attendance.”
Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen. Eph. 3:20-21 Amplified
Under the most difficult of existential circumstances, 19 younger, lead pastors from Lebanon and surrounding countries met for the first part of GPA Lebanon. The finale is scheduled for November, perhaps with their spouses. Praise be to the Lord! GPA Burkina Faso is scheduled to begin September 10. They, too, have encountered major difficulties from general political instability. Please ask God for each delegate’s safe arrival and for the Holy Spirit to empower organizers and Master Coaches.
Dr. Richard did arrive home safe and sound after his trip to South Asia. The next 10 days of his schedule include a trip to the East Coast, a local speaking engagement, a trip to the West Coast, and a board meeting. Spreading the word about the GProCongress remains a critical focus. Please intercede for positive response, efficiency of registration, and funding to meet increasing obligations as the Congress nears.
By the time you read this, the Lord willing, Dr. Ramesh Richard will be finishing two super-charged weeks in South Asia. Response to his GProCongress vision-casting has been tremendous. Pray for the ongoing blessing of safety and health as he travels back to Dallas.
GPA Lebanon is being “amazingly received,” reports national GPA coordinator Rajiv Richard. The closing session is Saturday, after which many will return to ministry in highly dangerous areas. RREACH has recently received reports from GPA pastors in a number of different countries facing increased persecution. Their concern is less for themselves than for their families. Please pray for God’s mighty hand to cover them, for His peace and wisdom to fill them, and for their lives to be a radiant testimony to the Lord Jesus.
While efforts to spread the word about the GProCongress among pastoral trainers are highly visible, behind-the-scenes efforts to find the right people for speaking/discussion-leading/presenting roles are no less intense. Please ask the Lord’s provision in selecting, asking and hearing from each candidate, and for schedules to clear to permit participation.
Praise be to God! He sustained and spoke through Dr. Ramesh Richard through his 48 hours of super-intensity—seven speaking engagements and many important connections. Comments from the young senior pastor of Bethel AG Church to Dr. Richard testify to how the Lord answered our prayers: “Thank you for standing in queue for personal prayers from our prayer volunteers during the 6pm worship session, some actions have spoken very loud…. The pastoral team has picked up from so much from your gracious expressions just as they have from your wonderful messages. Thank you for taking up preaching in all the four services and doing it with such passion and sincerity.” Thank you, pray-ers, for your vital part in Dr. Richard’s ministry.
Also praise God for a good start to GPA Lebanon. Nineteen pastors, some from closed countries in the area, have gathered (one could not come because of his mother’s illness). Continue to lift them, their families, and the organizers and Master Coaches to the Lord.
Despite challenges, the Lord is moving GProCongress preparations forward. Many from Dr. Richard’s recent meetings are enthused about attending and spreading the word. Please pray diligently for this excitement to grow through upcoming vision gatherings, for the registration process to work well, and for the funding to help these eager pastoral trainers.
Today Dr. Richard is set to depart for the next country on his South Asia itinerary. Beginning Saturday morning, he is to speak seven times in 48 hours, including at four full church services. Pray for his health, strength, and continued receptiveness to the Holy Spirit. Also pray that many will be receptive to the Lord’s message given through him.
Registrants from 70 countries have applied to the GProCongress so far. Because an event like this has never been done on a global scale, the mobilization team is breaking new ground in encouraging leaders to consider its tremendous value. Response has been highly positive, yet word needs to spread even more rapidly. Please ask the Lord for it to “go viral.” Also intercede for the registration team. Pray that the process will function smoothly, quickly and without technical glitches.
Thank you for remembering GPA Lebanon, set to begin Sunday, August 30. They need the Lord’s special covering amid the ongoing threat of violence in the entire region.