Praying in place

Dear praying friends,

You are invited to join a 30-minute virtual prayer call with Dr. Ramesh Richard each Sunday in April at 9 p.m. U.S. Central (Daylight) Time. Let us know you are interested and we will send details.


In brief:

  • Praise God for new opportunities to care for others and invite them to know Him personally.
  • Pray that Dr. Richard’s LifeRocks outreach videos and podcasts will reach and help many.
  • Ask God to comfort those pastors who had planned to attend the 2020 Dallas Global Proclamation Academy.
  • Pray for Dallas and national GProAcademy graduates around the world as they serve amid this crisis.
  • Please ask God for discernment and favor regarding the October Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors.

The bigger picture:

Dr. Richard at his home desk

Dr. Ramesh Richard is recording short video reflections from his home desk during the local pandemic shelter in place order. Click the image to view some of his Wisdom and Peace Contagion messages for encouragement and perspective.

Our God never changes. We praise Him for that while the world reels. Thank Him for these new opportunities to care for others and introduce them to the only one who can save them. Pray for His enablement to seize this time for the very best of many everywhere.

Pray that new audiences will find and engage with LifeRocks videos and podcasts while people spend more time online. Pray that God will give Dr. Richard and the Media team fresh messages and creative ideas for maximizing this outreach.

Even though we hope to give them a chance to attend in 2021, the pastors accepted to the 2020 Dallas GProAcademy are fighting discouragement and disappointment at its cancellation. Please ask God to sustain them, as well as protect them. (See Dr. Richard’s statement about this here.)

Over 2,100 Dallas and national GProAcademy graduates are proclaiming and living out God’s Word in more than 100 countries around the world during the present crisis. Thank God for them. Pray for His protection and empowerment.

We need wisdom and favor regarding the Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean, scheduled for October 2020, the Lord willing. Please ask God’s direction and provision in negotiations with the venue. Pray for solutions that bless everyone involved. Pray that God’s leading will be clear.

Pray with us this Thursday, February 20

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Praise God and pray for our upcoming prayer call with RREACH friends.
  • Pray for a national Global Proclamation Academy (GProAcademy) taking place in North Africa.
  • Pray for the Dallas GProAcademy candidates applying for visas.
  • Praise God for good response to our new podcast series.
  • Pray for recruitment efforts for the Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean (GProLATAM&CARIB Congress).

The bigger picture:

Playing soccer

Pastors enjoy some recreational time together–a great way to bond–at the national GProAcademy taking place in North Africa right now.

We are excited about our virtual prayer gathering coming this Thursday, Feb. 20, 8:00 p.m. US Central Standard Time! Praise God for the technology and skills that make it possible. Pray for everything to work well and that this time of praying together will please Him and accomplish His purposes.

You are invited to this prayer gathering. If you would like to participate, let us know at Melissa@rreach.org or +1 972-528-6100.

Pray for the organizers and attendees of a national GProAcademy in North Africa going on right now. Pray that the pastors will be connected, united and strengthened to preach and live biblically in this difficult place. Pray that all involved will sense God’s loving care and sovereignty. Pray for the preparation for other national GProAcademies.

Thank God for another group of fine young candidates for the Dallas GProAcademy; we currently have 10 with visas (nine of whom already had visas). Sadly, several pastors’ visa applications have been rejected. Every year we need fervent prayer in faith for the visa application process. Pray that He will grant favor to those waiting to hear if their visas were granted and those who have yet to apply, as He sees fit. Thank Him now for His wise provision.

Our Media team has repackaged some of Dr. Richard’s video messages in the popular podcast (Web-based, digital audio) format. Praise God for the good response these messages are getting! Pray for many listeners to be exposed to the Lord Jesus Christ and for many to embrace Him as Savior and Lord.

Finally, keep lifting our GProLATAM&CARIB Congress recruitment efforts before the Lord. Momentum is beginning to build. Also pray for those who wish to attend but have financial or logistical challenges.

Thank you!

In his words: Ramesh Richard September update

Dear praying friends,

Summer is over and school has begun across our neighborhood and at Dallas Seminary. The highlight of the month was our annual faculty retreat, where we envisioned a new year of eager students soon to face the reality of competing demands of professors for attention, time and work. Yet, the discipline needed for a lifetime of ministry is set in motion at a place of formal training. I am so grateful to belong to a peer-community of friends, family and co-workers preparing students for the future of the Faith. DTS is my formal setting of ministry.

Moreover, for faster delivery of better training to more pastors at lower cost, RREACH provides me with non-formal training opportunities and systems. Through the symbiosis and synergies between Dallas Seminary and RREACH, God permits my life to be fruitful and useful for evangelism and church health.

GProAcademy Kosovo concluded in neighboring Albania, a land with only about 2,000 evangelical believers. RREACH has now equipped young pastoral leaders there for two or three decades of preaching, thinking and living biblically. We also hosted a women-only GProAcademy in broken Honduras. Pastors’ wives, women who teach women, and other women met for 10 days of connecting, uniting and strengthening for a lifetime of effective service to the Lord Jesus.

At the end of each national GProAcademy, I Skype in for a half-hour graduation charge—a most beautiful, humbling experience. Having studied a book of mine, the delegates seem exuberant when they meet the author. They cheer, laugh and even sing what they learned on the video conference call.

Quickly advancing communications technologies provide speed and spread of such non-formal training of pastoral leaders. Recruitment has already begun for the 2020 Dallas GProAcademy—pray for 25 pastors from 25 countries and that, God willing, some of those graduates will come to DTS for formal training. Actually, the most recent PR videos of DTS students feature RREACH GProAcademy graduates from Asia. Synergy and symbiosis at work and in evidence!

You, too, are friend, family and co-worker “in the proclamation of God’s Word and the building up of Christ’s Church worldwide.” Those words form the last part of the DTS mission statement and drive several initiatives of RREACH. Thank you so much.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,
RR

In his words: Ramesh Richard August update

Dear praying friends,

Summers are usually “off” for professors. Mine are not. The Dallas Global Proclamation Academy (GProAcademy), held at Dallas Seminary, keeps me teaching on the seminary campus for a month. Soon after sending all 28 pastors to their homelands, we went into project evaluation, decisions and actions.

The very next day, I left on an enjoyable but intense two weeks at CRU’s Institute of Biblical Studies in Fort Collins, Colorado, where I taught on the subject of GOD-BIBLE-HOLY SPIRIT to about 60 students. We do share a ministry “DNA”!

Upon return to Dallas, I plunged into planning meetings for the 2020 Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers of Latin America & the Caribbean (GProLATAM/CARIB Congress). RREACH’s board and staff and Dallas Seminary colleagues attended the private signing ceremony of the first event of the next 10 years under God’s sovereignty. Would you be with us June 27, 2020, in Dallas for the public launching of our next decade? How’s that for a save-the-date alert?

RREACH also hosted a national GProAcademy graduating 24 pastoral leaders in Antigua and Barbuda, and I got to address them by video just before their graduation.

With death always being intrusive and interruptive, Bonnie and I rushed to Texarkana, Texas, to comfort the family of RREACH’s founding board chairman, as well as preach at Fellowship Church there. George Goode’s life was well lived, well run and well fought!

The month ended with holding an afternoon workshop for 28 African-American ministers in Albany, Georgia. They had gone through my Preaching Expository Sermons book for nearly six months under the tutelage of eminent preacher, new Dallas Seminary board member and urologist Dr. Frank Glover. In addition, RightNow.Org (the “Netflix of Christian Bible Study”) has just released an eight-video series on my preaching method.

Thank you for sending me to proclaim God’s Word with your prayers. May the Lord amplify the proclamation globally and multiply the proclamation locally.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,
RR