Praise God for His sustaining grace. Dr. Richard left on his sixth trip in 30 days, hoping to make crucial GProCongress connections in six countries in a little over six days. Pray for smooth entry into and exit from each country and for strategic broadening of the geography of registration for the Congress. Thank you for your faithful prayer; please continue to lift Dr. Richard’s entire well-being, and that of his family, before the Lord.
The recent headline-making terrorist attacks in Paris remind us to pray diligently for people all over the world experiencing violence and tragedy. Ask God to deliver every individual from evil—perpetrators, victims, and those ministering the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ in the middle of it.
As 15 pastors from six countries in the Middle East gather late this week for the final days of GPA Lebanon, we especially rejoice over the transformation God is quietly bringing about through them in that troubled region. Pastor A, 2013 Dallas GPA grad, reports, “They have been connecting, being united and being strengthened for the past couple of months. And now is the time to be back for Part II. Lebanon was the target of a terrorist bombing, yet this has not discouraged our friends from confirming their attendance.”
Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen. Eph. 3:20-21 Amplified
Praise God for Dr. Richard’s safe arrival in South Asia after 22 hours of travel, and for the surprise blessing of meeting midway a friend and colleague also headed there. Dr. Richard has several speaking engagements for the general council of an influential denomination of churches in a lovely but war-torn country, as well as GProCongress vision meetings. Thank the Lord for these opportunities and ask Him to speak powerfully through Dr. Richard.
The delegate count continues to slowly climb as GPA Lebanon begins in less than a week. Please pray for a full set of 25 pastors, for clear passage as many come from even more troubled regions, for protection during the GPA, and for the Lord’s favor on all involved.
Thank you for continuing to ask the Lord’s favor over the GProCongress. God has shown His providence time and again. Yet, earnest prayer is greatly needed for global provision, especially in the areas of
Funding – large amounts are now being called into play as Congress preparation accelerates
Mobilization – getting the word out among thousands of pastoral trainers and getting them registered
Speakers – finding the right cross-section of pastoral training leaders and their mentees from all over the globe to fill 185 varied slots
And pray for His continued total protection. Thank you, interceding warriors.
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 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.
Thank you for your continued prayer for Dr. Richard and RREACH. Dr. Richard currently is ministering in Lebanon, and has a few additional stops to make while he is in the region. Please join us in praising God for a wonderful reunion Dr. Richard already has had with three past Dallas GPA graduates.
Dr. Richard with Lebanese Dallas GPA grads from 2006, 2014 and 2013 (L to R)
And please join us in praying for the following:
* That God would use Dr. Richard’s words to encourage and transform individuals attending a workshop on Spiritual Pitfalls he is presenting in Beirut.
* For meetings with pastoral trainers from around the region—that Dr. Richard would clearly communicate the vision, mission and outcomes of the 2016 Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers, and that those hearing about it would desire not only to attend, but also to encourage other pastoral trainers in their spheres of influence to attend.
* For God to use Dr. Richard’s preaching during an upcoming Sunday morning church service.
* For God to protect Dr. Richard during his time traveling in the Middle East.