Proclaiming and pastoral training all over the world

Dear praying friends,

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Ramesh Richard speaking during a GProCongress Indonesia plenary session, assisted by interpreter Pastor RB

Dr. Richard has just completed his time at GProCongress Indonesia, a follow-up event from last June’s GProCongress for Pastoral Trainers in Bangkok. He spoke twice on aspects of the critical need for more and better-trained pastors to the group of 600 pastoral trainers representing many different denominational backgrounds.

An estimated 300 delegates stepped forward to commit themselves to train 20,000 pastors in the next four years. Not only that, GProIndonesia plans to do its own follow-up with its own budget. Praise God! Pray for them! Pray, too, for Dr. Richard and a number of formal/non-formal pastoral training colleagues as they prayerfully consider strategic next steps in more efficiently and effectively training pastors around the globe.

As GProIndonesia wrapped up, GPA Vanuatu commenced 6,000 km/3,700 mi to the southeast, in another nation of islands. Thank God that the materials shipped there arrived safely. Pray for these national GPA delegates as they meet through March 11, connecting and being encouraged to preach and live biblically.

Back in Dallas, the RREACH team is rejoicing over 14 pastors accepted to the 2017 Dallas GPA who have visas. We’ve booked four of their flights already. Seventeen accepted pastors still need visas, however. Please intercede for the following as they apply:

  • Pastor C (SE Asia): March 8
  • Pastor M (Africa): March 9
  • Pastor E (Africa): declined for visa earlier; applying again March 14
  • Pastor S (Africa): also declined; encouraged by consulate to reapply

Pray for the pastors’ spiritual, financial and physical preparation to come to Dallas. Pastor T (Africa) is having difficulty finding someone to fill the pulpit while he is away.

This weekend, the Lord willing, Dr. Richard will close his six-cities-in-12-days trip by speaking at a church in SE Asia. Please ask the Lord Jesus Christ to sustain him, in order to proclaim Him!

Travels, talks, training and time…would you pray?

Dear praying friends,

Dr. Richard is in the midst of a 12-day, five-city trip across SE Asia. The Lord willing, he is to speak twice at GProCongress Indonesia this week. Pray for this major follow-up event to the Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers held last June in Bangkok. Pray for energy, wisdom and good times of connection for Dr. Richard as he forges through a tight schedule.

GPA Vanuatu is also set to begin this week, on March 2. Specifically ask God to direct the materials we shipped for this national GPA to the right people at the right time. Also ask His blessing on each organizer and attending pastor over these 10 days of targeted training and connecting.

For the Dallas GPA, please continue to intercede for the 27 accepted candidates (three from new countries) planning to attend. Pray for favor, as 15 of them have yet to apply for visas, and for good options and costs as we begin to book their travel.

Finally, Dr. Richard desires to carve out more time in his schedule for study and for writing new talks and materials. Please ask God to provide good opportunities for this, and for insight and creativity during those times.

Thank you!

 

 

Another answer to praise

Dear praying friends,

A couple of weeks ago we asked you to pray that Dr. Richard, who was stuck in South Carolina, would make it back to Dallas in time to catch his flight to Indonesia. We also asked you to praise God for what He would do, including possibly giving Dr. Richard the opportunity to introduce someone to the Lord Jesus Christ. To see that post click here.

This is how God answered. Dr. Richard did get back to Dallas in time for his Indonesia flight. On the first leg, he sat next to a businessman. The two conversed about life and business, and it came out that the man was headed to India to see his dying mother. Dr. Richard asked for permission to pray together in the Name of Jesus—”the only name I have to pray with,” he says. The man assented. When they parted ways he waited at Ramesh’s gate to say goodbye. Dr. Richard was also able to connect him with a believer at his destination in India. “So God was working there, too,” Dr. Richard says. Not only did he make that flight, his seatmate, planning to fly through Chicago, was rescheduled through Dallas. “When I boarded the plane, the seat next to me was empty. Finding him there shows that God wanted me in his life.”

The Lord willing, Dr. Richard is scheduled to travel back to Dallas from Turkey this week, fly to Orlando for a brief but highly strategic meeting regarding GProCongress mobilization, and finish the week participating in Camino Global’s 125th anniversary celebrations. Thank you for praising God with us, intercessors. Please continue to ask, seek and knock, with thanksgiving, for His total protection and global provision.

Praising God for travel mercies; national GPAs; Congress needs

Dear praying friends,

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.

Downpour delay; please pray

Praise God for watching over Dr. Richard, and pray, too. Dr. Richard is scheduled to leave Dallas for Indonesia at 6:40pm tomorrow for another key GProCongress vision trip. However, he is in South Carolina, and each flight he has gotten on today has been delayed and then canceled because of torrential rains. There is the possibility of a very early morning flight to Dallas tomorrow.

We know that our Sovereign God is not surprised and has plans to “do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,” (as Dr. Richard has reminded us recently!)

Please pray for a safe, expedited journey to Dallas and then Indonesia for Dr. Richard, and praise God for what great things He will do. Dr. Richard may even get the opportunity to introduce someone specific to the Lord Jesus Christ because of the altered flights!

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. Eph. 3:14-21 NASB

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.