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.
Dr. Richard traveled to Taiwan early last week for a number of GProCongress vision-casting meetings. God continues to answer prayer for opportunities to introduce the GProCongress to Christian leaders, often through the thoughtful recommendations of Dr. Richard’s global connections. Please ask the Lord for strong participation among pastoral trainers from around the world toward this Church Health movement.
Early registration for the GProCongress ended January 15. We have 1,600 initial registrations from 90 countries. While a very good response, much has to be done to translate the registrations into full payments. Pray for the highest number and right kind of delegates—up to 5,000 from 200 countries. We trust God and request intercession for the ongoing, critical work of recruiting Congress delegates. The Lord willing, Dr. Richard will visit a pivotal yet difficult region on this trip. Pray for discernment and favor, and for God to make a way for pastoral trainers in this area to be well represented at the Congress.
Just days ago Dr. Richard’s August schedule looked daunting. But then God provided a way to combine two trips into one. Another answer to prayer for Total Protection and Global Provision. Your intercession makes a difference!
Dr. Richard’s next engagements include a number of significant GProCongress vision-casting meetings during the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit. Please pray for opportunities to connect with the right people and for excitement about the Congress to spread.
We also ask prayer for Congress funding. To meet obligations and prepare adequately, we estimate needing $5,000,000 by December 31, 2015. Further, we anticipate needing another $2,500,000 by June 1, 2016, and $2,500,000 by December 31, 2016. This seems impossible, but, God can make it possible. As Dr. Richard says, “The Congress is not about pastoral training for the sake of pastoral training but pastoral training for the sake of the Great Commission.”