The Lord Jesus blessed Dr. Richard’s trip with deep connections and re-connections.
LifeRocks is getting an update to better engage pre-Christians.
We’re celebrating the completion of GPA Zambia and a 14th Dallas GPA candidate visa approved!
The GProCommission is developing connections across Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.
The bigger picture:
Dr. Richard is en route back to the U.S. after a swift, five-city trip through Singapore, India, Hong Kong and the Philippines. He visited long-time friends, made new friends, cast vision, spoke several times and participated in two memorial services for his dad. He reports that his heart and mind are beginning to adjust after the initial period of grieving. God is using your prayers and expressions of love to help the whole Richard family heal.
RREACH is migrating and updating LifeRocks, our Media Outreach website. Please pray for technological mercies! Also pray for the production and release of the newest LifeRocks video next month. Continue to intercede for more pre-Christians to think more clearly about the Lord Jesus Christ as they view and read our materials.
The fourth national GPA of 2018 is in session. Please ask God to watch over GPA El Salvador attendees and organizers and their families and ministries back home. Praise Him for the 28 young pastors who completed GPA Zambia (2) last week and ask His blessing on their ongoing ministry.
Also thank the Lord for a 14th Dallas GPA candidate who has received a visa. Sadly, another brother who applied this week was rejected. We are waiting to hear results from three others and praying for upcoming appointments for Pastors K from Togo (second attempt), K from Lesotho, and T from Myanmar.
On the GProCommission front, our colleague in Latin America is pursuing partnerships for Spanish pastoral training resources and a mentoring program. Our colleague in the Middle East plans to speak and cast vision at an upcoming conference. Our colleague in Europe is developing alliances with organizations in French-speaking Africa. Please pray for these and for ongoing provision and protection of colleagues and pastoral trainers in all areas.
“Who can list the glorious miracles of the Lord? Who can ever praise Him enough?” (Psalm 106:2 NLT) At the beginning of 2015, Dr. Richard expressed the desire that throughout the year RREACH would maintain an atmosphere of praise. From the perspective of praise, the steadily increasing responsibilities and challenges of the past nine months have been opportunities to grow in love, obedience and thanksgiving to our glorious and faithful Lord God. Your prayerful support is so essential in this. Thank you! Please keep on!
Join in giving thanks that Dr. Richard returned home safely from his Myanmar/Thailand/Canada trip, and that it was fruitful. We ask special intercession for a set of major GProCongress meetings this week. Much needs to be decided and done. Intercede for:
the Congress Core team
1,500 registrants by November 15
all 185 speaking/presenting slots to be strategically filled
generous giving to meet Congress preparation deadlines
Please also ask the Lord Jesus’ great favor and protection over the 248 Dallas GPA and 1,169 national GPA grads serving in more than 80 countries worldwide.
Finally, let us continue to lift our hearts with the Psalm 106 writer, saying, “Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever” (v. 1).
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!
Our God is doing great things! Dr. Richard set that theme for last week’s RREACH Board of Directors meeting using Psalm 126:2b-3:
Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us; We are glad.
Be glad with us for the great things God is unfolding through the RREACH ministry:
RREACH’s Board is highly encouraged about direction and progress; their next meeting is being planned around a national GPA graduation
Interest in the GProCongress is swelling and a number of GProCongress mobilization events, from Orlando to Myanmar, are coming up
28 pastors graduated from politically plagued and impoverished GPA Burkina Faso last Saturday; GPA Lesotho will begin, the Lord willing, this Thursday, Sept. 24
Although the RREACH office and our neighbor were burglarized over the weekend, the setbacks appear to be relatively small, and no RREACH staff were present
We are glad for your encouragement and prayers. Please ask the Lord Jesus for His continuing empowerment, protection and provision of Dr. Richard and this ministry, that all nations will see His greatness!
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!
Thank you for your continued prayer for Dr. Richard and RREACH! We have exciting updates to share with you today.
GPA Myanmar brought together 31 young pastors from different regions, different denominations, and most of the different major ethnic groups. For 10 days they ate, studied and played together near the ancient city of Bago, Myanmar.
The pastors braved 100-plus degree heat and extremely humid conditions to sit in the classrooms and learn from our five Dallas GPA grads and Master Coaches. It was the first time that many had been to that part of Myanmar (about 50 miles from the capital city of Yangon).
The country only recently opened its doors (2011), and economic growth and development in the country has exploded. This has brought new challenges for the church in Myanmar, and the GPA Myanmar cohort will now be able to face them together. Several of the pastors mentioned that this GPA will be an event that will have an impact in shaping the Christian landscape in Myanmar throughout the next few decades and beyond!
Our 26th pastor has received his visa. Pastor P from Indonesia received his passport at the end of April, completing our 2014 Dallas GPA class! Praise the Lord.
Unfortunately, Pastor I from Rwanda was unable to obtain his visa. Please pray for him.
Please also continue to pray for Pastor A from Syria. He has obtained his visa, but had to reapply for a passport. The Syrian government has granted his passport, but he has not yet received it from them.