In his words: Ramesh Richard November update

Dear praying friends,

Not that you need reminding, but five-sixths of 2019 is over as I pen this note on the first day of the month. So much happens each month. I want to be as profitable to the Master as I possibly can and as productive in the ministry as I should, especially in light of the tornado which recently struck Dallas. Friends lost property, but no lives were lost. I tweeted 13 Tornado Takeaways for myself. We can email them to you upon request.

A greater sense of responsibility and urgency impels all of us still alive. Did you receive “When Christian Leaders Defect,” an article about prominent leaders defecting from the Faith? Several friends have written about how much it strengthened them.

I also got to write a technical response to a “theory of homiletics.” Preachers must find what the Divine/Author says and does IN a biblical text to propose what they are proposing to the original audience and to us. This paper is not for the public…yet.

Weekend visits to the far ends of the U.S.A. (New York and Washington) broke up the intensity of the month, only to be followed by recording evangelistic and pastoral training short videos. Feel free to visit LifeRocks.org and PastorReach.org to watch what your prayer distributes worldwide.

I could also add here the hosting of Global Proclamation Academies in South East Asia and Democratic Republic of Congo (South), two very difficult environments, but God provided protection.

The month climaxed with RREACH’s annual board retreat as we considered strategic decisions under the Lordship of God’s Christ and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. I need Trinitarian foresight for our forethought. What a fine and godly board we have! So thank you so very much for your prayer. Pray for our Inspirational Challenge to be reached, even exceeded, by the December 3 deadline.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,

What is he doing?

Dear praying friends,

What in the world is Ramesh Richard doing? And where? Writing, among other things. We’ve been praying for Dr. Richard to get quality time to develop ideas and write. God has provided a precious pocket of time for this during his current trip to Southeast Asia. Please ask the Lord to bless him with clear direction, creativity and productiveness. Pray that this time will be deeply refreshing in Christ.

Ramesh also anticipates tremendous opportunities for personal proclamation along the way, the Lord willing. Pray for:

  • A private gathering of believers and pre-Christian friends in a place where Gospel exposure is strongly curtailed.
  • Sessions with mission leaders in a land where the Church is growing and, sadly, so is opposition.
  • Comprehensive protection.

In the area of strengthening proclaimers, intercede for:

  • Dallas GPA preparations – Visas remain a critical concern. Two (of two) pastors have been denied so far. Pastor C from Cote d’Ivoire, Pastor I from Macedonia, and Pastor R from St. Kitts and Nevis have appointments in the next 10 days.
  • National GPAs – GPA St. Lucia is set for February 1 – 10. Other upcoming ones include Zambia 2, Laos, El Salvador and Central African Republic. Our goal is the right 25 pastors at each one.
  • GProCommunity – New technology tools and processes are proving invaluable in serving pastoral trainers globally. The teams are working hard on set-up and learning. They also seek more colleagues, especially in Southeast Asia.

Finally, please continue to pray for good fruit from our Media Outreach messages on Peace. If you have friends wrestling with life and the idea of God, suggest LifeRocks.org. We pray they’ll find what they are looking for!

 

A wonderful surprise

Dear praying friends,

RREACH just received a wonderful surprise: the independent charity evaluator Charity Navigator has updated our rating to 100! Less than one percent of all the charities evaluated by Charity Navigator have received perfect scores. We are humbly grateful.

Please continue to pray that we will do our best in every way to steward what God has entrusted to us, especially as the RREACH board of directors plans to meet late next week. Also remember the executive team meetings set to take place, the Lord willing, in a couple of weeks.

In the area of Media Outreach, Dr. Richard’s latest video campaign on grief is doing well. Pray for many to hear his talks, engage with us through LifeRocks.org, and ultimately trust the Lord Jesus Christ for their lives.

Work toward the 2018 Dallas GPA continues on schedule. We have filled every Master Coach slot and have accepted 17 pastors, four from new countries. We’re also working toward holding at least 25 national GPAs next year. Please ask God’s direction and favor.

Thank you!