“This is what God has made me to do”

Dear praying friends,

Great news from Dr. Ramesh Richard in Thailand: “The Lord just gave us a great harvest at a private gathering of about 100 opinion leaders, with 60% being pre-Christian, and all of them want to know about Jesus. Eight or more of them received Jesus today. Follow-up has begun! This is what God has made me to do—Proclaim His Word and multiply Proclaimers of His Word to deliver spiritual health to large numbers of individuals worldwide.”

Dr. Richard also spoke to a gathering of 1,000 Christian leaders about the tremendous need for pastoral training, and this weekend he is to speak to a large group of missionaries in Southeast Asia. Next week he flies back, the Lord willing, in time for the start of the 2017 Dallas GPA. Please ask the Lord to continue to speak through and sustain this “Vagabondslave.”

We’re also praising God for granting 29 pastors the visas they need to attend the Dallas GPA, which begins June 4! Pray for final preparations—on our side to welcome them and on their side to come to the U.S. Pray for smooth and safe travels, protection of loved ones, and a powerful three weeks of connecting, uniting and strengthening.

Please also remember the GProCommission team in their massive post-GProCongress effort to connect and nurture pastoral trainers and pastoral training.

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.

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

Before it’s too late

“Good news!! The Lord is coming,” a friend wrote to Dr. Richard. For those of us who trust the Lord Jesus Christ, that is good news. It isn’t good news for the billions who don’t. Every day Dr. Richard keenly senses that “the Gospel is not good news if it gets there too late.” He fulfills his gifting to proclaim the Lord Jesus, and his calling to equip other proclaimers, while there is still time. Your prayers mean more to him than we can express. We can’t thank you enough for praying for him. Please keep on asking the Lord for direction, protection and Christlike character in every area of life.

Also join us in praise for the Lord’s goodness bestowed on and through Dr. Richard’s father, Dr. John Richard. He celebrates his 92nd birthday today!

Some other ministry details needing intercession include:

  • The right 25 candidates, at least five from new countries, to attend the upcoming Dallas GPA
  • Dallas GPA candidates obtaining visas; the process has been difficult this year
  • GProCongress program planning
  • Clarity regarding the many speaking invitations Dr. Richard receives
  • Provision of all resources (human, spiritual, financial)  for ministry

Thank you again, dear pray-ers!