In his words: Ramesh Richard April 2018 update

Well, I must finally start … 2018.  I needed to find a day to begin and Resurrection Sunday/April Fool’s Day provided a definite marker. Between grief and travel recovery (I actually slept two full nights on the 31st and 1st), I told Bonnie I’m beginning a new day, week, month and … year!

Last month blazed with a two-week, five-country, six-city presence and proclamation.

  • I count all Dallas Seminary opportunities a stewardship and ended my recent chapel talk there with a 1972 photo of two heroes of the Faith together, Billy Graham and John Richard. They both flew to heaven in February, much like they did on an Indian Airlines flight in 1965. Ongoing classroom involvement at DTS has been a wonderful outlet for me to personally proclaim God’s Word.
  • In Singapore, I roomed with a believer who had just lost his beloved Hindu mother. We grieved differently—with and without hope. He has hope for himself, but not for his mom; unlike myself with hope for both me and my dad. I so overlook biblical riches.
  • Two cities in India hosted the final services for my dad. The Lord empowered me for His glory, my father’s honor, the strengthening of believers, and Gospel advance through testimonies to an extraordinary life. I got to preach at a church in Chennai from which I have childhood memories of my father as a lay-leader and where I was spiritually shaped. That experience strangely strengthened my resolve to do all I can until I no longer can to serve Christ—like my dad.
  • I took an overnight flight to Hong Kong for pastoral calls—a couple fighting her cancer; a man fighting Parkinson’s; a man fighting his wife; a couple fighting his health challenge—caring for friends in life’s fights.
  • Finally I wrapped up with 40 hours in the Philippines with key encouragers, the head of the Philippines Council of Evangelical Churches (who has suggested a GProCongress Philippines), and a wedding, before a 36-hour journey home.

In the multiplying of proclaimers of God’s Word, RREACH accomplished the second GPA Zambia, since the first one in 2013 was mostly a failure. Also, GPA El Salvador graduated 19, who met at a beautiful place within 300 feet of a gang murder. God protects.

And God provides … through you … for me to carry on in proclamation and leadership into the rest of 2018. Our Lord has created time before and I am counting on him to do so again, or at least to compress 12 months into nine. Maybe I will get to share how next January. I intend to start the next year on time, the Lord willing. Thank you.

In the Inexhaustible One,

RR

Visits, visas and vision-casting

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • The Lord Jesus blessed Dr. Richard’s trip with deep connections and re-connections.
  • LifeRocks is getting an update to better engage pre-Christians.
  • We’re celebrating the completion of GPA Zambia and a 14th Dallas GPA candidate visa approved!
  • The GProCommission is developing connections across Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

The bigger picture:

Dr. Richard is en route back to the U.S. after a swift, five-city trip through Singapore, India, Hong Kong and the Philippines. He visited long-time friends, made new friends, cast vision, spoke several times and participated in two memorial services for his dad. He reports that his heart and mind are beginning to adjust after the initial period of grieving. God is using your prayers and expressions of love to help the whole Richard family heal.

RREACH is migrating and updating LifeRocks, our Media Outreach website. Please pray for technological mercies! Also pray for the production and release of the newest LifeRocks video next month. Continue to intercede for more pre-Christians to think more clearly about the Lord Jesus Christ as they view and read our materials.

The fourth national GPA of 2018 is in session. Please ask God to watch over GPA El Salvador attendees and organizers and their families and ministries back home. Praise Him for the 28 young pastors who completed GPA Zambia (2) last week and ask His blessing on their ongoing ministry.

Also thank the Lord for a 14th Dallas GPA candidate who has received a visa. Sadly, another brother who applied this week was rejected. We are waiting to hear results from three others and praying for upcoming appointments for Pastors K from Togo (second attempt), K from Lesotho, and T from Myanmar.

On the GProCommission front, our colleague in Latin America is pursuing partnerships for Spanish pastoral training resources and a mentoring program. Our colleague in the Middle East plans to speak and cast vision at an upcoming conference. Our colleague in Europe is developing alliances with organizations in French-speaking Africa. Please pray for these and for ongoing provision and protection of colleagues and pastoral trainers in all areas.

Thank you!

 

Tremendous turnout of Nepali pastors; Dallas GPA about to begin

Dear praying friends,

Dr. Richard spent an intense and rewarding day with about 200 Nepali pastors and wives in Kathmandu last week. About 20 GPA Nepal graduates and four Dallas GPA graduates from Nepal were there and expressed deep thanks to him and to those behind the scenes who prayed and worked and gave to send him to minister to them at this very difficult time. Thank you for your part in blessing them.

GProCongress-driven engagements had Dr. Richard in Hong Kong on Sunday; he visits two more countries before he heads back for the Dallas GPA. Strides are being made toward securing a Program Manager by June 1. A significant portion of funds to resource the Congress is needed over the next 18 months, $5 million by the end of 2015. Please continue to pray over these.

The 2015 Dallas GPA—21 rigorous days—is just days away. Praise be to God, 26 candidates, five from new countries, now have visas! Some arrive, the Lord willing, in a few days. Pray the Lord’s protection and provision over them, their families and ministries, and the Master Coaches as they prepare and come. Please also ask protection and provision over the RREACH, GPA and DTS staff involved, and Dr. Richard and his family, who have had many rigorous days getting ready. Thank you!

Hong Kong, the Philippines, now Thailand—praying Dr. Richard through his trip

Dear praying friends,

We’ve prayed him through hectic schedules in Hong Kong and the Philippines. The Lord Jesus graciously granted him numerous meaningful contacts and opportunities to proclaim His name. Now, Dr. Richard has landed in Bangkok for onsite GProCongress meetings. Much is yet to be done in the 441 days until June 15, 2016!

  • Please ask the Lord to streamline the team’s discussion, decisions and action directly toward extending, expanding and intensifying pastoral training efforts worldwide.
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit’s confirmation of the right person/s for and clear understanding of the critical role of Program leader.
  • Logistics—whether spreading the word about the Congress, running the application process, negotiating contracts, maintaining program security and viability, and many other nuts-and-bolts aspects—need total protection and global provision so that the entire GProCongress experience honors God.
  • We are deeply grateful for key leaders and organizations of the faith who are giving of their time, expertise and affirmation to this undertaking. Please pray for the Lord’s favor to be upon each.

New applications have been received recently from pastors in countries never before represented at the Dallas GPA, and several pastors already accepted are applying for visas in the next few days. Let’s continue to remember them and the entire upcoming Dallas GPA in prayer. Thank you!