News from the GProCongress frontline: “Just heard that 30 pastors just received visas in Kenya, with more to come. Twenty-two pastors from Benin received visas in Senegal, even though they were to go to Nigeria! Wonderful miracles are happening, praise God together.” However, we’re also hearing from pastoral trainers in countries where visas are being denied.
Your prayers are vital, please keep on. Many pastoral trainers long to attend the GProCongress yet face visa, financial, health, transportation and other challenges. Pray that the Lord will provide and protect in such a way that their faith will be strengthened and His name lifted up among any non-believing family members, friends, acquaintances—even in their nation. Additional needs in the area of Congress recruitment include participation from countries not yet represented and strong delegations from strategic countries, including a good response to an initiative in honor of the late Rev. Enoch Sirikul.
Dr. Richard and the Congress program team plan to meet next week. Ask God to give them wisdom and creativity in planning, and attention to detail, encouragement and patience in plan implementation. Dr. Richard requests special prayer for three main program elements—the opening and closing events and the mid-Congress Communion service. Also lift up the panel discussion addressing how to connect and enhance the worlds of formal and non-formal pastoral training. The Lord willing, Dr. Richard is to participate in this panel.
God blessed Dr. Richard’s quick trip to the Alpha Leadership Conference 2015 in London for GProCongress mobilization with a number of strategic connections, while word continues to spread in remote areas, too. A professor from Kenya shared information about the Congress with about 60 extension trainers in Zanzibar. “The response was so encouraging,” he reported. “Twenty-five of them left me details for registration. The Zanzibar bishop is also excited about coming. Zanzibar has less than 100 churches with no Bible school for pastors. This might be the time to inspire them to train pastors.”
Concentrated prayer for the GProCongress remains a top priority. Please intercede for:
The GProCongress team – creativity, capacity, Christlikeness and coordination of schedules
Program development and a program manager
Funding to meet increased cash flow needs
GPA Benin has finished, while delegates are preparing for GPA Cambodia to convene May 14. Thank God for these servants and organizers and pray for their connecting, uniting and strengthening. Dallas GPA candidates continue to have trouble obtaining visas. Pastors CD, J and P from Asia, Latin America and Africa have upcoming visa appointments. Please earnestly pray for favor. Thank you!