Please be in prayer for Dr. Richard. He is currently out of the country, and his bag and many personal belongings were stolen. Pray they are recovered quickly so he can continue focusing on GProCongress mobilization.
Dr. Richard is in a mobilization sprint. After meeting with Latin American evangelical leaders in Honduras earlier this week, he returned to Dallas to assist some dear friends with the memorial service celebrating their young son. He left again yesterday evening for GProCongress vision-casting sessions in three major cities in two South American countries. Praise God for His sovereign care as Dr. Richard travels and ministers in many different ways, and pray that He will continue to be lifted up through Dr. Richard’s life and service.
Ask God to encourage many pastoral trainers in Central and South America to attend the GProCongress, both for their benefit and for the perspective they bring. Also ask Him to provide as they face prohibitive travel expenses to Bangkok. Finally, please remember the following ongoing Congress prayer priorities:
Up to 5,000 of the right pastoral training delegates
The right coaches and speakers/presenters/discussion leaders and their preparation
Praise for over $930,000 given toward the recent Inspirational Challenge
Approximately $3.1 million in donations is needed by 12/31/2016 to finish RREACH’s Congress financial commitments
Thank you for praying Dr. Richard through a short GProCongress mobilization visit to Orlando. As this is being written, he is in the air on his way to Myanmar and then Bangkok for more Congress mobilization and program planning. The Lord willing, he is to come back via Canada to lecture on preaching in two different cities as well as do additional Congress vision-casting. Please remember the whole Richard family during this higher-pressure time. Pray that they will walk closely with the Lord Jesus Christ, find strength and rest in Him, and that He will be honored in and through their lives.
GPA Lesotho is just beginning. Pray for special connecting, uniting and strengthening there. We are planning on a few more national GPAs coming up this year, the Lord willing, in Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand and Panama. Pray for a full complement of delegates at each and protection and provision for the organizers and teachers.
God has blessed the GProCongress with a wonderful Core team and set of advisers. Ask Him to direct and empower them in helping strengthen pastoral trainers, who have never come together on a global level, through the GProCongress. Thank you!
After a quick trip to California where he met more great GProCongress networking contacts, Dr. Richard has been prayerfully preparing for today’s RREACH Board meeting. Please pray for all involved as they attend to broad and deep subject matters. The GProCongress remains a key focus. Lift the area of funding to the Lord—both for RREACH to be able to provide this unique opportunity and for those planning to attend to cover their travel costs.
GPA Burkina Faso is set to graduate 28 pastors on Sept. 19, while Lesotho pastors are getting ready for their GPA to begin on the 24th. Cover these graduates and anticipants with prayer for joy, courage, greater connection in Christ and new commitment to preaching the Word.
GPA Burkina Faso delegates
The Lord willing, Dr. Richard begins another travel marathon next week. He has GProCongress mobilization meetings in Florida, heads to Myanmar for more vision-casting and Thailand for Congress logistics and programming meetings, and returns to North America for Congress mobilization and a seminary preaching lectures in Canada. Please pray for God’s favor on each of these endeavors and for Dr. Richard to remain spiritually and physically healthy. We’ll update you along the way. Thank you!
GPA Burkina Faso is underway! Pastor K, 2014 Dallas GPA graduate from Togo, is helping organizers Pastor A (2014) and Pastor P (2011) run the event. Ask God to connect, unite and strengthen the delegates in a mighty way.
Please also pray for good attendance at the GProCongress Vision Luncheon scheduled for Tuesday in southern California. It is a strategic mobilization event. Also intercede for the Lord’s total protection and global provision over the GProCongress website and registration process. The team needs wisdom and perseverance as they face unusual technical issues in these areas; we praise God for how He has protected and provided in spite of such challenges thus far.
Please pray for the RREACH board of directions meeting this Friday and Saturday.
Praise God, too, for how He has watched over Dr. Richard and his family. Pray for His continued mercies of health and safety, and especially for them to be drawn closer to the Lord Jesus Christ daily. Thank you!
Today Dr. Richard is set to depart for the next country on his South Asia itinerary. Beginning Saturday morning, he is to speak seven times in 48 hours, including at four full church services. Pray for his health, strength, and continued receptiveness to the Holy Spirit. Also pray that many will be receptive to the Lord’s message given through him.
Registrants from 70 countries have applied to the GProCongress so far. Because an event like this has never been done on a global scale, the mobilization team is breaking new ground in encouraging leaders to consider its tremendous value. Response has been highly positive, yet word needs to spread even more rapidly. Please ask the Lord for it to “go viral.” Also intercede for the registration team. Pray that the process will function smoothly, quickly and without technical glitches.
Thank you for remembering GPA Lebanon, set to begin Sunday, August 30. They need the Lord’s special covering amid the ongoing threat of violence in the entire region.
Praise God for Dr. Richard’s safe arrival in South Asia after 22 hours of travel, and for the surprise blessing of meeting midway a friend and colleague also headed there. Dr. Richard has several speaking engagements for the general council of an influential denomination of churches in a lovely but war-torn country, as well as GProCongress vision meetings. Thank the Lord for these opportunities and ask Him to speak powerfully through Dr. Richard.
The delegate count continues to slowly climb as GPA Lebanon begins in less than a week. Please pray for a full set of 25 pastors, for clear passage as many come from even more troubled regions, for protection during the GPA, and for the Lord’s favor on all involved.
Thank you for continuing to ask the Lord’s favor over the GProCongress. God has shown His providence time and again. Yet, earnest prayer is greatly needed for global provision, especially in the areas of
Funding – large amounts are now being called into play as Congress preparation accelerates
Mobilization – getting the word out among thousands of pastoral trainers and getting them registered
Speakers – finding the right cross-section of pastoral training leaders and their mentees from all over the globe to fill 185 varied slots
And pray for His continued total protection. Thank you, interceding warriors.
Last week we received the following note from Pastor D, the 2015 Dallas GPA graduate from Haiti:
I want to thank you again for your investment in our life during Dallas GPA 2015. I had 5 days of teaching last week. 35 pastors attended the class. Some of them came very far and in difficult area to attend the training. We ate, worshiped and shared experiences. The experience of GPA 2015 was very helpful for this week of teaching.
35 Haitian pastors trained by Pastor D
Give thanks for this good report and lift up all 26 graduates from the 2015 Dallas GPA as they faithfully proclaim the Lord Jesus Christ and pass what they have learned to other pastors and leaders in their nations.
Every fifth year, Dallas GPA grads get together for a strategic reunion. The Lord willing, many will attend the 2016 Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers where we will meet instead of hosting a Dallas GPA. Because an event of this scale has never before been held for people involved in training pastors, especially in bringing them together from non-formal and formal sectors, getting the word out is crucial. Please ask God to specifically guide and greatly bless mobilization efforts. Thank you.
God blessed Dr. Richard’s quick trip to the Alpha Leadership Conference 2015 in London for GProCongress mobilization with a number of strategic connections, while word continues to spread in remote areas, too. A professor from Kenya shared information about the Congress with about 60 extension trainers in Zanzibar. “The response was so encouraging,” he reported. “Twenty-five of them left me details for registration. The Zanzibar bishop is also excited about coming. Zanzibar has less than 100 churches with no Bible school for pastors. This might be the time to inspire them to train pastors.”
Concentrated prayer for the GProCongress remains a top priority. Please intercede for:
The GProCongress team – creativity, capacity, Christlikeness and coordination of schedules
Program development and a program manager
Funding to meet increased cash flow needs
GPA Benin has finished, while delegates are preparing for GPA Cambodia to convene May 14. Thank God for these servants and organizers and pray for their connecting, uniting and strengthening. Dallas GPA candidates continue to have trouble obtaining visas. Pastors CD, J and P from Asia, Latin America and Africa have upcoming visa appointments. Please earnestly pray for favor. Thank you!