Dr. Richard is scheduled to fly home from Asia this weekend. Praise God for new connections and encouraging visits with friends who have stood by Dr. Richard from his early days in ministry. Please pray for his safe return and for his physical, mental, relational and spiritual health, which are being tested as never before.
Pray, too, for a young engineer Dr. Richard met while traveling. After sharing a meal, the young man accepted Dr. Richard’s invitation to join him for the church service at which Dr. Richard was scheduled to speak. With the church’s affirmation, Dr. Richard quickly shifted his presentation in regard for the young man’s need for eternal salvation. The man enjoyed the experience and has continued conversation with Dr. Richard via email. Please pray for him to trust the Lord Jesus.
Speakers and presenters have been secured for many key roles in the GProCongress; see this link for a partial list so you can pray for them individually, http://gprocongress.org/speakers/. A number of the right kind of presenters are still needed. Because this Congress is intentionally vision- and issue-driven rather than speaker-centric, we are interceding for the best people in every area, from case presenters and panel participants to discussion leaders and platform presenters.
The Lord provided what Dr. Richard called a “terrific” trip of ministry through India. Thank you for your prayers! It was also physically and spiritually rigorous, and your prayer for his rejuvenation and scheduled trip to attend a conference of Christian leaders in the Pacific Northwest would be appreciated. Next week, the Lord willing, a number of key GProCongress personnel will gather in Dallas for intensive meetings. We thank Him for these gifted and committed individuals and request prayer for their preparation, travel, discussion, decisions, and execution of plans.
And, believe it or not, the 2015 Dallas GPA is coming soon. To date we have accepted 16 candidates, two from new countries. We are praying for 25 fine young pastors to attend, at least five from countries never before represented at the GPA. Pastor S from Ivory Coast, a new country, applied for and received his visa this week! Please pray the Lord’s favor on these, and on the national GPA currently going on in Cuba.
“I am worn out after a rich and meaningful start to the New Year, just like I would want it—my equivalent of a ministry-Times Square ball-drop!” So wrote Dr. Richard after he spoke at a Watch Night service for 2,000 in Chennai, India. (You can watch a brief video here: http://viewpure.com/YSzXech0cMc.) He has since traveled north to Maharashtra State to meet with pastors, cast vision for the GProCongress, and speak at an evangelistic event for business leaders, all organized by GPA grad Pastor A. Early reports indicate that about 110, 60% nonbelievers, attended the evangelistic event. The Lord willing, on January 5 he’ll be off to another city for a spontaneously-organized evangelistic event.
As you remember Dr. Richard and these ministry opportunities in prayer, please also ask the Lord to give him restorative sleep. He managed to get three hours in the first 30 of this trip. Thank you for praying!
God is sustaining Dr. Richard through a torrid schedule—thank you for praying. After returning to Dallas last week from a 24,000+ air mile journey through four African countries, he went immediately into meetings with key contacts and the RREACH board, had a prayer event, and preached at Christ Church Plano’s two Sunday morning services. Monday found him in New York City for a World Evangelical Alliance event and gathering with strategic groups of Christian leaders regarding the GProCongress. Today, the Lord willing, he flies to Spokane, Washington, where he is to speak at Moody Bible Institute-Spokane’s commencement exercises this weekend. Continue to lift Dr. Richard up for travel and ministry mercies.
Please also pray for these ongoing elements of his ministry:
• Preparation for Dr. Richard’s 2015 Media Outreach messages on forgiveness
• Upcoming national GPAs in Cuba, Nicaragua and Lebanon
• A potential pastors conference to encourage pastors in a dangerous region
• GProCongress mobilization efforts
• Recruitment for the 2015 Dallas GPA