In his words: Ramesh Richard September update

Dear praying friends,

We are well into the fall season, though still looking back at the end of summer 2018. We are grateful for several accomplishments made possible by God’s generosity through you.

Early last month, I made an overnight trip to Colorado Springs to meet the new Global Facilitator of the Trainers of Pastors International Coalition [TOPIC]. TOPIC serves as a global facilitator of collaborative efforts towards church health by training large numbers of pastoral leaders where Christ’s Church is growing. Formed by RREACH 20 years ago, it is now to be hosted under our GProCommission, which is tasked with documenting and increasing the number of pastoral trainers and pastors trained. Your prayers make organizational efficiencies happen.

I always endure the taping of LifeRocks, short videos moistening the soil for Gospel planting, but enjoy the response of those who embrace the Lord Jesus. Please enjoy these evangelistic “TED Talks” at LifeRocks.org and forward them to many pre-Christ friends. They just might be interesting, relevant and winsome enough to reach unbelieving family and friends. Your prayers make media outreach happen.

Your partnering with us helped three national Global Proclamation Academies (10-day pastoral training academies) take place in the Republic of Congo, Ecuador and Central African Republic. I video conference with each of these classes the day before their graduation. While video connections are often poor, we all rejoice in what God is doing in these diverse lands. Your prayers make pastoral training happen.

RREACH’s board committee in charge of organizational succession met to confirm our transition process into the next decade, with 2022 and 2028 as marker dates. With no presumption on our side and fully shipwrecked on God’s sovereignty, we trust that we will find the best key servants to lead each key initiative in the long term.

However, the month’s highlight was entirely personal! Those in our life-stage know there’s nothing much better than the experience of the “perfect love” of grandkids. Our family get-together in Greenville, South Carolina, provided for much sweetness. We drove to Myrtle Beach for two nights and took in family shows, good food and cooler (than Texas) weather. Praise be to God!

Thank you, dear ones, for supporting this ministry through prayer.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,

RR

More, better and lasting fruit

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Pray for production of Dr. Richard’s new short evangelistic videos.
  • Praise God for sustaining Dr. Richard through some demanding weeks of speaking, filming and considering RREACH’s future.
  • National Global Proclamation Academy (GPA) action is high: pray for GPAs in Republic of Congo (in process), Ecuador (starting today), and Central African Republic (to begin in a week).
  • Please lift up pastors and pastoral trainers serving in areas of natural or man-made turbulence.

The bigger picture:

Pastor Tata meeting with other Cameroonian pastors

Pastor T, Dallas GPA 2018, meets with other Cameroonian pastors about escalating conflict in the country. (Note: He is carrying the RREACH water bottle he received at the GPA.) Because of direct threats, Pastor T had to move his family away from their home after he returned from the Dallas GPA. They pray it is a temporary move. This is one glimpse of how your prayers and encouragement of Dr. Ramesh Richard and RREACH are affecting the world. Thank you.

Last week Dr. Richard had two recording sessions, one for LifeRocks evangelistic talks and one for PASTORREACH, an upcoming project addressing questions sent in by pastoral leaders. Praise God for the time he had to prepare for these and for the sessions running well. Pray for good production of the videos and that new elements of LifeRocks will increase people’s exposure to the Lord Jesus, especially in otherwise unreachable socio-economic tiers and geographical areas.

Also praise God for the direction prepared as RREACH board members recently discussed ministry succession. Please pray that this will enable Dr. Richard and RREACH, as the Lord Jesus charged His followers, to “go and bear” more, better and lasting fruit (John 15:16).

Twenty-five young pastors gathered last week for GPA Republic of [perennially troubled] Congo. The Lord willing, they will graduate late this week.

GPA Ecuador is kicking off today and GPA Central African Republic next Thursday. Other national GPAs planned for this fall include Hungary, an undisclosed Asian country, Chile, The Gambia, Guyana, Bolivia and the Solomon Islands. Intercede for attendees to learn and connect well and for God’s protection over all involved; the spiritual warfare can be intense.

Please remember all pastors and pastoral trainers around the world who serve in difficult—even humanly impossible—circumstances. Ask the Lord Jesus to favor them with joy, courage, strength and a sense of His powerful and shielding presence.

Thank you for praying!

Praise for a busy summer

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Praise God for His great blessings on Dr. Richard’s trip to Grenada.
  • Uphold Dr. Richard’s upcoming speaking engagement and recording of short evangelistic talks.
  • We are still waiting for Dr. Richard’s Venezuela visa. This window of opportunity is closing. Please pray.
  • Praise God for GPA Nigeria (Women’s), underway right now.
  • Pray for good GProCommission partnerships to develop.

The bigger picture:

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Dr. Richard spoke to Grenadian pastors and church leaders about spiritual convictions for leadership service

GPA Grenada finished on a high note last week as Dr. Richard was able to join the 25 young pastoral leaders for their graduation. Praise God and pray that they will remain connected, united and strengthened as they return home to daily demands.

While in Grenada, Dr. Richard also spoke at an event for opinion leaders, in two church services, with the Prime Minister’s cabinet, and for another group of pastors. Several individuals indicated making significant personal decisions. Please ask the Lord for ongoing fruit from his ministry there.

Dr. Richard is scheduled to speak at a Dallas-area church this weekend, record messages for his LifeRocks series on peace early next week, and speak several other times over the next month. Pray for good preparation time and for the Lord’s Spirit to be upon him for these engagements.

We need to make a decision very soon regarding Dr. Richard’s planned trip to minister to Venezuela pastors. Please ask the Lord for Dr. Richard’s visa to arrive immediately and for clarity about moving forward. Pray, also, for the pastors and families serving in this stricken country.

GPA Nigeria, RREACH’s second women’s GPA, began Tuesday. Praise God for the women who have gathered for training in preaching and living biblically. Pray for them to be connected, united and strengthened.

One aim of the GProCommission for Pastoral Trainers is to collaborate with pastoral training organizations around the world. Please intercede for insight on how to best do this. Thank you!

Ramesh on the road (again)

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Remember Dr. Richard as he speaks at GPA Grenada and several other events this weekend.
  • Pray for GPA Nigeria (Women’s), scheduled for July 24 – August 2.
  • Dr. Richard plans to record LifeRocks messages later this month. Please pray for his preparation.
  • Continue to ask God for quick delivery of Dr. Richard’s visa for Venezuela.

The bigger picture:

GPA Grenada

Pastor S, 2015 Dallas GPA grad from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, helped teach sessions at GPA Grenada.

Dr. Richard is headed to Grenada for the GPA Grenada graduation and several other speaking engagements. Please pray for God to use him powerfully to encourage the pastors, business and government leaders, and others to whom he ministers. Pray also for his health and safety.

RREACH’s second GPA for women is set to begin Tuesday, July 24, in Nigeria. Visa issues have hindered some RREACH staff from getting into the country. Pray that the Lord will make the way for organizers and potential attendees to arrive safe and sound, and for the Holy Spirit to specially connect, unite and strengthen the women. Please also intercede for the funding needed to hold all the national GPAs scheduled this year.

The Lord willing, later this month Dr. Richard will record another set of LifeRocks short video messages for people who don’t know much about the Lord Jesus Christ. Please ask God to inspire him as he prepares. Also pray for a smooth production process.

Venezuelan pastors have gone to a lot of effort to organize a conference for local pastors and a talk on success for area professionals and leaders August 2 – 6. However, Dr. Richard is still waiting for his visa. Pray for it to be granted and arrive quickly, and for this trip to be a tremendous blessing to a troubled country.

Praise, productivity, peace

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Praise for one more pastor who has obtained a visa to join us for the Dallas GPA!
  • Praise for a good first semester back in the DTS classroom for Dr. Richard; pray for summer productivity.
  • Pray for GPA Paraguay pastors as they finish and return home and for other GProCommission pastoral training efforts in Latin America.
  • Pray for many to hear about the Lord Jesus in a new way through LifeRocks.

The bigger picture:

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Another praise: Our newly updated LifeRocks media outreach site has gone live with Dr. Richard’s newest talk on peace. Intercede for many, especially in otherwise unreachable areas, to see these talks and receive the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ.

A 22nd pastor has obtained his visa to attend the 2018 Dallas GPA! Six more are in the visa process. Praise God for His provision in so many ways—available and quality candidates, seven new countries represented, visa approvals, generosity in funding, Master Coach availability, good behind-the-scenes teamwork, and more. Keep praying for the right 25 delegates, their and our preparation (including funding), and those dealing with deep disappointment at not being able to come.

Dr. Richard has completed his first semester back in the DTS classroom after several years in a revised role. Praise God for a good semester and pray for him to find times for focused writing this summer. Pray, too, for his son Ryan and Ryan’s fianceé, Chelsie, as they prepare to marry in a few weeks.

Despite some initial challenges, GPA Paraguay began last week and is set to conclude this week. Pray for God’s protection of and provision for all national GPA organizers and potential delegates. They often face major obstacles. We’re also asking the Lord for fruitful GProCommission pastoral training connections all across Latin America.

Virtually praying together

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Praise God for a worldwide RREACH staff and team virtual prayer meeting.
  • Pray for Dr. Richard as he considers how RREACH might look in the future.
  • Answered prayer: 21 pastors have obtained visas to come to Dallas in June!
  • Continue to lift up preparations for a LifeRocks media outreach relaunch in May.
  • The GProCommission team requests prayer as they develop an assessment tool.

The bigger picture:

April 2018 RREACH virtual prayer gathering

Image created courtesy of Time Zone Map on timeanddate.com.

The RREACH Dallas staff and external team members, from nine different countries and nine time zones, enjoyed a two-hour virtual prayer gathering last week. Praise God for the unifying power of the Holy Spirit and the technology that makes this possible!

As Dr. Richard prepares for upcoming board meetings, he is considering organizational “balancing”—how RREACH might function in the future. Please be in prayer for him. Also continue to pray for a block of time in May he can dedicate to writing.

We now have 21 pastors cleared to travel to Dallas for the GPA in June. Thank you for praying! Please pray for their ongoing spiritual and practical preparation, and for four more to join this group. On the national GPA front, GPA Paraguay is beginning. Pray for a good group, God’s hand on them, and a possible coordinating pre-evangelistic event.

Intercede for the final stages of production on the LifeRocks website and video, especially diligence and patience with details and technologies to function properly. Ask God to use this to draw many to the Lord Jesus.

Finally, please pray for wisdom and discernment as the GProCommission team develops a tool to help GProLearning.org users assess their skills and theological capacity. Thank you!

A new LifeRocks launch and more

Dear Praying Friends,

In brief:

  • An update to the LifeRocks website is coming soon!
  • Angola and Paraguay are hosting national GPAs this month; the Dallas GPA pastors-with-visas count is up to 18.
  • RREACH has set a US$1 million goal to expand our care for pastors’ families in need.
  • Ramesh is looking for time to write in May.

The bigger picture:

GPA Angola - praying in the mountains

GPA Angola: “Wonderful prayer time in the mountains!”

Please pray for the launch of a new LifeRocks website and video. We want the new design, video and weekly blog to draw more pre-Christians to think differently about the Lord Jesus Christ and consider Him as their Lord and Savior. Please ask the Lord for the technology to work correctly, wisdom in advertising to many people, and the Good News presented by Dr. Richard to transform many.

Thank you for praying: Despite continual rains, 28 pastors made it to GPA Angola! They graduate this week. GPA Paraguay begins next week, the Lord willing. Pray for the right 25 pastors to attend and for God’s hand to be on the organizers. The Dallas GPA count has grown to 18 pastors who have visas. Remember Pastor J from Botswana, Pastor E from Sierra Leone, and Pastor J from the Philippines as they go to appointments next week. Pastor F from Lithuania was asked to go back next week, as well.

First as a child and then as a pastor himself, Ramesh Richard experienced firsthand the sacrifices pastors and their families make. He established The ENLARGE Fund in honor of his late parents, wishing to raise US$1 million over the next year to help pastors’ families, widows and orphans in situations of specific need. Please pray for this effort to be fruitful and for discernment in responding to needs.

Dr. Richard hopes to set aside time for writing in May. Please ask God to provide the right time, place and productivity. Also remember the Richard family as they prepare for Ryan’s marriage to Chelsie Birks in late May.

Thank you!