We can’t thank you enough for your prayers for Dr. Richard and the GProCongress team. Please remember them as most of the team meets on-site in Bangkok this week and others continue their labors in the critical areas of registration, follow-up, program management, coach procurement, and funding.
GProCongress team visiting the venue
We also ask your intercession as we seek to bring to the Congress substantive numbers of delegates who serve in troubled regions and under impoverished conditions. Pray for God to clear political and social barriers and to provide abundantly for these faithful men and women who deeply desire to come. Please also pray for His provision for RREACH, as we have committed to pay for all hotel, food, venue and internal transportation for every attendee.
GPA Thailand Part 2 is scheduled for the end of this week. Dr. Richard hopes to be with them one evening. Pray for their connecting, uniting and strengthening and for good fruit from their better proclamation of the Lord Jesus Christ.
GPA Thailand is underway with 21 pastors from many provinces. Organizers report delegates have connected quickly and are excited about the GPA. Because social/economic realities limit the amount of time these bi-vocational pastors can take off at one time, they plan to meet through Nov. 14 and then reconvene early next year for the final days. Pray for a great finish to this week and for God to bring them all back together for the highly important remaining days and graduation.
GPA grads who organized GPA Thailand: Pastor O (2009), Pastor W (2015), Pastor T (2013) and Pastor R (2012)
We thank God for blessing Dr. Richard with a very fruitful trip to Turkey. Please ask Him to increase the GProCongress momentum built there, and to spread it far and wide. Also pray for endurance, joy and discernment as, the Lord willing, Dr. Richard meets with strategic GProCongress partners in Florida on Friday, participates in Camino Global’s 125th anniversary on Saturday, and leaves for Southeast Asia again on Monday. Pray for more GProCongress fruit from crucial countries, some of which Dr. Richard has not visited in some time, on this next trip.
Praise God for 850 applicants for the GProCongress, and for the new one-step registration system implemented this week! We are asking Him for at least 1,500 registrants this month and 5,000 in total. Please also pray for travel mercies, wisdom and favor on Dr. Richard as he leaves today, the Lord willing, for a conference of leading theological educators in the Middle East. He hopes to make significant progress in mobilizing Congress attendees and presenters there.
Almost daily we receive news from GPA grads and other believing friends around the world who are suffering the effects of natural disaster, broken systems, and persecution. Yet they hold on to the Lord Jesus Christ. One wrote, Please I would like to express my deep request to you uphold us in your daily prayer that our God is a God of provider and in Him everything is under control. In His everlasting love…. Let’s intercede, with gratitude, for our brothers and sisters.
Finally, GPA Thailand is scheduled to begin Nov. 8. Pray for a good group of 25 pastors, for organizers and master and peer coaches, and for life-changing connecting, uniting and strengthening.
A little over a week ago we asked you to pray because rain in Dallas had marooned Dr. Richard in South Carolina when he was scheduled to be leaving for Indonesia. Thank you for praying: after an overnight delay, God provided Dr. Richard a flight to Dallas and time to grab everything he needed before boarding his flight to Jakarta. Although sleep was scarce (he had three different countries and multiple meetings on his seven-day itinerary), he enjoyed times sharing the GProCongress with GPA grads and other leaders. Praise God for His goodness and please ask Him to sustain and continue to minister through Dr. Richard as he leaves for the Middle East this week.
Praise God for the completion of GPA Trinidad and Tobago and pray for the upcoming GPA Thailand, especially for 25 key young pastors to attend.
Please continue to lift up the need for the right speakers/presenters/discussion leaders for the GProCongress—185 in total. Though the event is issue-focused and results-oriented rather than speaker-driven, we desire the best people to facilitate and catalyze pastoral training for the long-term health of Christ’s Church worldwide.