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

 

Preparing for upcoming speaking engagements; GPA host families needed

Dear praying friends,

Although he has scaled back personal proclamation to work toward the GProCongress, Dr. Richard cannot escape his gifting. Please pray for him as he prepares for the following:

  • Six Media Outreach messages for July – December
  • Teaching a DTS class on Thursday, April 23
  • The message for the 2015 Dallas GPA graduation/banquet, June 27
  • Talks for a Chinese Seminarian Conference

Do continue to lift up:

  • Just-launched GPA Peru with 25 quality young lead pastors, and upcoming GPA Indonesia
  • Dallas GPA candidates and the visa process
  • Finding just the right host families for the GPA pastors

Thank you for praying!

Timely GProCongress needs: program development, delegate recruitment, financial investment

Dear praying friends,

This week Dr. Richard has the unexpected pleasure of juggling his schedule to meet with three different influential international guests. Please pray for safe travels for each and mutual blessing from their connections. Also pray for the GProCongress team, as from various points around the globe they pour effort toward the event, now only 426 days away. Other essential needs for the Congress include:

  • a strategically-timed surge in funding
  • a team to support Dr. Richard in program development, delegate recruitment and external communications
  • smooth registration process

On the GPA front, GPA Peru is set to begin this Thursday, April 16. Other national GPAs scheduled prior to the 2015 Dallas GPA include Indonesia, Benin and Cambodia. Intercede for at least 25 choice candidates for each, protection over organizers and attendees, and for great connecting, uniting and strengthening!

Dallas GPA candidates need persistent prayer regarding visas and airfare funding. This year a record 12 pastors were denied visas. However, 20 visas have been granted, and we trust the Lord to bring just the right fine young lead pastors. Please also pray for the GPA team as we seek to coordinate an exceptional experience for them.

Momentum swells toward GProCongress, 2015 Dallas GPA and national GPAs

Dear praying friends,

You prayed for Dr. Richard’s quick recovery from his packed two-week, four-stop trip in Southeast Asia. Upon arriving back in Dallas, he promptly began outrunning the RREACH staff. Thank you, and please continue to call on The Inexhaustible One:

  • As the GProCongess program is becoming more defined, Dr. Richard needs someone to come alongside him in crucial implementation.
  • A strong wave of funding is needed over the next few months for Congress preparation. God has provided many wonderful donors; please ask for that provision to flourish.
  • GPA Indonesia, to start in less than two weeks and GPA Peru is set to open April 16. Both need prayer for finding the right 25 delegates.
  • The visa process for the 2015 Dallas GPA is still proving unusually difficult, but the Lord has now supplied 20 candidates with visas. Praise Him! And intercede for the seven more who must apply or reapply.
  • Wisdom and capacity are needed as Dr. Richard evaluates his multiplying responsibilities and opportunities.

It has been nearly one year since Dr. Richard’s dear mother, Manorama, graduated to heaven. On Thursday, April 9, which would have been her 91st birthday, Dr. Richard was able to spend some time in reflection and thanks to the Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for your kind support on this journey. It has blessed the family deeply.

Dr. Richard returns from Asia; GPA Peru and GPA Indonesia coming soon

Dear praying friends,

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.