Preparing for the GProCongress for Pastoral Trainers has been an enormous test and affirmation of RREACH’s motto: ONLY GOD. Late last week a couple of well-coordinated thieves made off with Dr. Richard’s briefcase, which contained his computer, important Congress notes, several items of personal significance, and cash. The loss and subsequent challenges reemphasized our total dependence on God, and God only. The fact that Dr. Richard was not harmed and the generosity of his Brazilian hosts in helping with funds to cover part of the losses despite their own economic situation re-testify to how great the Only God is. Thank you so much for standing with Dr. Richard, RREACH and the GProCongress team in prayer and praise to Only God!
Yesterday Dr. Richard headed out for his final GProCongress vision-casting trip—in spite of issues that cropped up with his flight. Please pray for good response to the upcoming vision-casting in one country in the Middle East and for productive Congress team meetings in Bangkok next week. Pray, too, for:
fruit from all preceding recruitment efforts
selection of the right presenters and coaches
robust development of the Congress follow-up strategy.
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 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 850 applicants for the GProCongress, and for the new one-step registration system implemented this week! We are asking Him for at least 1,500 registrants this month and 5,000 in total. Please also pray for travel mercies, wisdom and favor on Dr. Richard as he leaves today, the Lord willing, for a conference of leading theological educators in the Middle East. He hopes to make significant progress in mobilizing Congress attendees and presenters there.
Almost daily we receive news from GPA grads and other believing friends around the world who are suffering the effects of natural disaster, broken systems, and persecution. Yet they hold on to the Lord Jesus Christ. One wrote, Please I would like to express my deep request to you uphold us in your daily prayer that our God is a God of provider and in Him everything is under control. In His everlasting love…. Let’s intercede, with gratitude, for our brothers and sisters.
Finally, GPA Thailand is scheduled to begin Nov. 8. Pray for a good group of 25 pastors, for organizers and master and peer coaches, and for life-changing connecting, uniting and strengthening.
A little over a week ago we asked you to pray because rain in Dallas had marooned Dr. Richard in South Carolina when he was scheduled to be leaving for Indonesia. Thank you for praying: after an overnight delay, God provided Dr. Richard a flight to Dallas and time to grab everything he needed before boarding his flight to Jakarta. Although sleep was scarce (he had three different countries and multiple meetings on his seven-day itinerary), he enjoyed times sharing the GProCongress with GPA grads and other leaders. Praise God for His goodness and please ask Him to sustain and continue to minister through Dr. Richard as he leaves for the Middle East this week.
Praise God for the completion of GPA Trinidad and Tobago and pray for the upcoming GPA Thailand, especially for 25 key young pastors to attend.
Please continue to lift up the need for the right speakers/presenters/discussion leaders for the GProCongress—185 in total. Though the event is issue-focused and results-oriented rather than speaker-driven, we desire the best people to facilitate and catalyze pastoral training for the long-term health of Christ’s Church worldwide.
On the first day of Ramadan one year ago, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, ISIS, officially began its campaign of terror. The atrocities they have committed, primarily against followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, have dominated news reports. Many in the Middle East expect the group to escalate violence during Ramadan, June 17 – July 17, 2015, in celebration of their one-year anniversary.
This morning, the 2015 class of Dallas GPA delegates from 26 different countries gathered around Pastor AA, their brother from Syria, to cry out to the Lord about the imminent threat. Dr. Richard wishes to ask all of us, also, to pray urgently and fervently. Please pray
That God will give His people the strength to endure and be at peace.
That those being persecuted will deepen in faith and love, and be glorious witnesses of the Lord Jesus Christ.
For God’s miraculous deliverance
Of the persecuted from earthly evil, for the glory of His name.
Of the persecutors, from heart evil, that they may be transformed to glorify Jesus’ name.
Each day brings new matters for praise and prayer. Thank you for undertaking this vital ministry on Dr. Ramesh Richard’s and RREACH’s behalf. Here are a few items for your intercession this week:
GPA Nicaragua graduated 25 fine young pastors last week! Many are fairly young in ministry and in faith. Praise God for their connecting, uniting and strengthening, and pray for continued growth in these areas.
GPA Tanzania is set to begin this Thursday, March 19. National GPA Coordinator Rajiv Richard leaves for Africa tomorrow. Pray that this special set of men will connect, unite and be strengthened.
2015 Dallas GPAcandidates from Nigeria and Cambodia have received visas! Four more pastors have visa appointments this week; some still need to make appointments. Timely visa applications help us obtain better airfares (and each pastor is responsible for one half of his airfare).
The GProCongress Program Leader is one of Dr. Richard’s most pressing prayer requests. We would like to have this person in place by April 1. Please ask the Lord to provide.
Dr. Richard has a busy week and two Sunday morning messages to deliver before he takes off next Monday, March 23, the Lord willing, for a jam-packed trip across Asia. He praises God for the medical help his daughter, Sitara, received while battling a serious infection last week, and is grateful for each who prayed and sent encouragement.
Severe attacks on Christians in the Middle East continue. One 2015 Dallas GPA candidate from the region sent the following note on Sunday, 3/15: Please pray for the people whose relatives were killed and injured in suicide attacks on churches. My own house is very near one of the affected churches. I had gone for Sunday service and my wife was at home. She is traumatized and very shocked. Please pray for our family as well.
We appreciate your faith-full, persevering prayerfulness!