Proclamation and pastoral care

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • The Lord has been giving Dr. Richard many opportunities to speak words of life and give pastoral care to leaders and professionals in West Africa, North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia, to name a few recent locations. Praise Him!
  • GPA Solomon Islands, the first national Global Proclamation Academy of 2019, wrapped up last week. Pray for these young pastors to return to ministry greatly encouraged and strengthened.
  • Dr. Richard resumes teaching at Dallas Seminary this week. Pray for him to be a useful and powerful instrument in the Lord’s hands.
  • Pray over a strategic, upcoming event introducing future RREACH ministry.

The bigger picture:

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The connection was shaky, but the Lord allowed Dr. Richard to chat with pastors at GPA Solomon Islands by video conference.

Over recent months, God used Dr. Richard to greatly encourage groups of pastoral leaders and believers, as well as speak about life issues to leaders and professionals, in West Africa, North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. The Lord even opened the door for Dr. Richard to meet with the president of a majority non-Christian country, who invited guests, conversations, private time and prayer. Ask God to continue to pour His Spirit upon these places, strengthening those who believe and drawing many to Himself. Pray for direction as Dr. Richard considers upcoming trips to complex locations that offer great opportunities.

The first national GPA of 2019 finished last week in the Solomon Islands. Thank God for the 30 young pastors who attended. Please pray that He will connect, unite and strengthen them in special ways. Pray for upcoming national GPAs in Madagascar, Guatemala, Indonesia (women’s) and Panama.

Dr. Richard looks forward to getting back into the classroom at Dallas Seminary this week. Please pray for his preparation and teaching. Pray, too, as he prepares to speak in chapel January 30. (If you’re in Dallas at that time, you’re welcome to attend. Let us know, so he can look for you!)

We would appreciate prayer as we prepare for an early March event celebrating what God has done through RREACH and introducing the next decade. Please pray that God will clarify all details and bring the right participants for a full, even overflowing, house. Thank you for praying!

Only God

Dear praying friends,

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.

Praise ONLY GOD.

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.

Smooth travel, growing the GProCongress geography, GPA Lebanon Part II

Dear praying friends,

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

An answer to praise

Dear praying friends,

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.

Praising God for travel mercies; national GPAs; Congress needs

Dear praying friends,

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.

Urgent prayer for Christians in the Middle East

Dear praying friends,

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.