Fruit and floods

Dear praying friends,

It took Dr. Ramesh Richard 46 hours just to get to Burundi, a beautiful African country scarred by tribal conflicts, but his four days there last week were rich in opportunity. He was invited to preach one and a half hours in a (three and a half hour) Sunday church service, spoke at a pastors conference, and held major, separate sessions with military, police, government and business leaders and students.

We prayed for good attendance and great fruit and God granted these requests. One example: Representatives from all 29 political parties filled the meeting room to hear Dr. Richard speak, and more than 20 of them indicated making major life decisions. Praise Him!

Pray that all of these efforts will result in people finding peace with God and making peace among themselves. Also pray that Burundi’s pastoral leaders will multiply the training they’ve received.

The Lord willing, on his return trip Dr. Richard will stop to speak twice at a fellowship in an influential country. Pray that his voice and energy will hold up. He also plans to meet with RREACH’s Director of Ministries to discuss organizational architecture, ministries integration and project priorities.

The last few weeks we have been praying for flood victims in Nepal, Bangladesh and India, and for mudslide victims in Sierra Leone. We now add flood victims in the Houston, Texas, area to that list. Please ask God for immediate help for all affected, and for many to receive the eternal rescue the Lord Jesus offers. Ask Him to direct and strengthen those giving aid.

Thank you!

 

Receiving God’s goodness

Dear praying friends,

On a recent flight, Dr. Richard prayed with an airplane seatmate whose mother was dying. A few days later he got word that the mother miraculously pulled through! Thank God for His kindness and pray for the family to continue to experience His loving care.

As national GPAs in Brazil and a special region conclude this week, pray that each pastor will go forward better connected, united and strengthened for ministry. Also pray for blessings on upcoming national GPAs in Niger and Mongolia.

NGPA Banner outside of the dorms.

GPA Brazil banner outside of dormitory

Last weekend Dr. Richard was privileged to speak at Shadow Mountain Community Church, Dr. David Jeremiah’s church in southern California. Praise God for this opportunity and for the wonderful connections he made while there. If you wish to listen to his message, you may access the recorded service at http://www.shadowmountain.org/default.aspx?page=3468.

Later this month Ramesh is scheduled for a pastors conference and meetings with leaders from several sectors in a troubled African country. Please pray for many to receive the Lord Jesus’ favor and for the whole country to experience positive change.

Dr. Richard finishes final GProCongress recruitment trip

Dear praying friends,

I have just returned from my personal final recruitment push for the Congress. Here are some thoughts for your prayers.

Final vision-casting meeting

Final vision-casting meeting

1) God has brought fine leaders around the table to implement the GProCongress. There are still decisions to be made and actions to be taken, but the general sentiment is that at this point, we have done what can be done.

2) We saw a registrant “uptick” by about 300 in what seemed a few hours! There is a recruitment effort this week in Nairobi among Anglican Evangelical Prelates. Last week a friend made special connections in a major Asian country, and recent visits to Brazil and Argentina have already yielded fruit.

3) Our industrious back office leaders relocated to Uganda from Malaysia while maintaining a torrid schedule; they also negotiated a generous visa policy for Congress delegates with our kind host country—a great answer to prayer.

4) Coordinated follow-up is to be one of the Congress hallmarks. Our fine follow-up team just gathered in Costa Rica for planning.

5) Our Thai hosts are all “pumped up” because this Congress has a vision with action till 2020! Their volunteers are amazing.

We have fewer than 56 days left. Decisions will be made by the thousands…please pray for total protection and global provision. Pray for me since I am recovering emotionally and work-wise (about 100 hours of written labor) from a personal mishap, the theft of my briefcase at an airport–all important, much useful, some favorite, and a few irreplaceable things.

God’s graces kept my passport and credit cards from being in the briefcase, where they normally are!

Thank you for praying.

ramesh

Dr. Richard on a mobilization sprint

Dear praying friends,

Dr. Richard is in a mobilization sprint. After meeting with Latin American evangelical leaders in Honduras earlier this week, he returned to Dallas to assist some dear friends with the memorial service celebrating their young son. He left again yesterday evening for GProCongress vision-casting sessions in three major cities in two South American countries. Praise God for His sovereign care as Dr. Richard travels and ministers in many different ways, and pray that He will continue to be lifted up through Dr. Richard’s life and service.

Ask God to encourage many pastoral trainers in Central and South America to attend the GProCongress, both for their benefit and for the perspective they bring. Also ask Him to provide as they face prohibitive travel expenses to Bangkok. Finally, please remember the following ongoing Congress prayer priorities:

  • Up to 5,000 of the right pastoral training delegates
  • The right coaches and speakers/presenters/discussion leaders and their preparation
  • Praise for over $930,000 given toward the recent Inspirational Challenge
  • Approximately $3.1 million in donations is needed by 12/31/2016 to finish RREACH’s Congress financial commitments

Thank you for praying!

Mobilizing Mobilizers

Dear praying friends,

The road to the GProCongress is not easy, but God is good, faithful and all-powerful, and we can see Him answering prayer daily. Thank you for praying. Twenty-five first-rate leaders of nine SE Asian nations who met with Dr. Ramesh Richard on his last trip have begun implementing plans to mobilize more than 1,000 delegates. Dr. Richard also met with leaders from highly influential believing communities in two other nearby countries. We’re praying for each to send 500 delegates.

Please ask God for clear direction as Dr. Richard considers trips to the Middle East and South America in the next month. Pray for the right people to be available to meet with him and for best stewardship of time, resources, physical health and relationship in the midst of numerous opportunities and demands.

Thank you for continuing to remember Dr. Richard’s family in prayer. Intercede for the Lord Jesus’ protection and peace, and praise Him for His infinite blessings.

Praise and pray for divine connections and many registrations

Dear praying friends,

Thank you for holding Dr. Richard up during this final stretch to the Global Proclamation Congress. The opposition he faces is constant and comes on all fronts, but the Holy Spirit’s protection and guidance are even more constant, powerful and always/everywhere-present. Praise Him!

Dr. Richard’s vision-casting meeting with 9 of the 10 countries of ASEAN leaders last week, put together in two weeks, was well-attended—a direct answer to prayer. It looked like one key country would not be represented, but God brought in a leader from that nation just two hours before the meeting. Please pray that this session will translate into a surge of registrations. Dr. Richard also spent the weekend in a neighboring region where the Church is thriving quietly but exponentially. Pray for a strongly positive response, and for God to clear the way for many pastoral trainers from this area to attend.

Connections for the third stop on Dr. Richard’s trip are coming together after a great deal of prayer and perseverance. We thank the Lord Jesus! Please ask Him to bring the right people together at the right time(s), to give Dr. Richard wisdom as he communicates, and to spur a robust delegation for the GProCongress. We praise Him for how He is moving all of us and the Congress forward for His honor and joy.

Upcoming national GPA, continued travel and needs for the GProCongress

Dear praying friends,

Since we asked you to pray for GPA Lebanon, more pastors began applying. Thank you! Please continue to ask the Lord for a full set of 25 pastors and for His protection and favor as the organizers work hard to bring the GPA about in the challenging region. GPA Burkina Faso organizers rejoice that they have a good number of applicants for the Sept. 10 – 19 event, and yet they face challenges from the country’s political instability. “Thanks everyone for your prayers, which help us to be strong, wise and make all things according to the will of God,” says Pastor A, Dallas GPA 2014.

After a quick trip to Houston for a speaking engagement this weekend, Dr. Richard is set to travel through three South Asian countries next week. He plans to cast the GProCongress vision for several groups of leaders and has numerous speaking engagements. Please pray for the Lord to speak powerfully through him, and that he will maintain good spiritual and physical health during the busyness.

Also remember the critical need for the right speakers/presenters/forum leaders for the GProCongress. Pray for the selection and invitation process, and for good response.

GPA Lebanon challenges, strategic GProCongress presentations

Dear praying friends,

GPA Lebanon is scheduled to start August 30. Pastors from several neighboring countries hostile to the Gospel are planning to come, eager for this opportunity. However, GPA organizers are facing difficulty finding enough candidates, since the region is volatile and so many have to be bi-vocational pastors by necessity. Please pray that at least 25 young lead pastors from this area of huge need will be able to attend and receive the invaluable GPA experience of connecting, uniting and strengthening.

This week Dr. Richard is scheduled to make two key presentations to ministry leaders about the GProCongress. We desire for these well-connected leaders to mobilize many in their networks to attend the Congress and to further spread the word to their networks. Please ask the Lord for both presentations to be well-attended and effective in communicating the need to come together in a new way at the Congress for better and increased pastoral training.

GPA pastors training pastors; recruiting for GProCongress

Dear praying friends,

Last week we received the following note from Pastor D, the 2015 Dallas GPA graduate from Haiti:

I want to thank you again for your investment in our life during Dallas GPA 2015. I had 5 days of teaching last week. 35 pastors attended the class. Some of them came very far and in difficult area to attend the training. We ate, worshiped and shared experiences. The experience of GPA 2015 was very helpful for this week of teaching.

haiti

35 Haitian pastors trained by Pastor D

Give thanks for this good report and lift up all 26 graduates from the 2015 Dallas GPA as they faithfully proclaim the Lord Jesus Christ and pass what they have learned to other pastors and leaders in their nations.

Every fifth year, Dallas GPA grads get together for a strategic reunion. The Lord willing, many will attend the 2016 Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers where we will meet instead of hosting a Dallas GPA. Because an event of this scale has never before been held for people involved in training pastors, especially in bringing them together from non-formal and formal sectors, getting the word out is crucial. Please ask God to specifically guide and greatly bless mobilization efforts. Thank you.

Four days/357 days to go

Dear praying friends,

There are just four days until the 2015 Dallas GPA graduation and 357 days until the GProCongress. Please pray that Dr. Richard, the RREACH staff and the GProCongress team will steward every moment with wisdom, intentionality, ingenuity and Christlike character, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Specific Dallas GPA needs:

  • Energy and endurance for the 26 GPA pastors (and the RREACH/GPA staff) to finish this concentrated three weeks well
  • Giving to cover the final 7 percent of funds needed for the GPA
  • All details of the graduation banquet to be executed with excellence
  • Dr. Richard’s preparation for the graduation event – the charge and other comments

Specific GProCongress needs:

  • A dynamic “Year of the Congress” launch this Saturday, June 27
  • Development of a dynamic program and availability of the right speakers/session leaders
  • Funding to meet sizeable cash flow requirements over the new few months
  • The Congress vision to continue to spread among strategic mobilizers and pastoral trainers

Thank you for praying!