Committed into God’s unfailing hands

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Please pray for God’s protection over the national Global Proclamation Academy starting next week in South Asia.
  • Ask God to direct us in distributing Dr. Richard’s books, articles and talks.
  • Pray for Dr. Richard’s speaking engagement this weekend and video-recording sessions next week.
  • Praise God that registration is open for the 2020 Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean.

The bigger picture:

Rising sociopolitical tensions may affect pastors traveling to and from the national GProAcademy scheduled next week in “the most dangerous country in the world,” found in South Asia. Organizers plan to move ahead, saying, “God is in control and we commit ourselves into His unfailing and secure hands.” They have recruited a fine group of young pastors from different denominations across the country and pray for “a zeal of learning spirits.” Please pray over this national GProAcademy.

Pray for discernment, connections and creativity as we seek to make Dr. Richard’s products—books, articles offering biblical perspectives on current issues, short outreach videos, mentoring podcasts for pastors, and more—available to various audiences. One current, specific request is a publisher for a manuscript addressing a major challenge to the Lord Jesus.

Your prayers over Dr. Richard’s speaking engagements mean more than you can know. Thank you for lifting him up as he exercises his gifting. This weekend, the Lord willing, he will speak at a church in the Dallas area (he doesn’t do this very much!) and next Monday he is scheduled to record numerous videos. Pray for his preparation, strategy, revision and presentation, all in the power of God’s Holy Spirit.

Tremendous effort went into preparing the registration system for the 2020 GProLATAM&CARIB Congress and we praise God that it is now open! We also praise Him for all who labored on it. Please intercede for ongoing recruitment efforts—we want the right 500 pastoral trainers, trouble-free registration, and all that is needed to pull off this strategic event for a growing region.

Thank you for praying!

Hope for the spiritually hungry

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Give thanks for Dr. Richard’s many opportunities to share Good News in spiritually hungry places.
  • Pray for implementation of ministry strategies over the final two years of RREACHABLE (2010–2020) and into the following decade.
  • Continue to intercede for Dallas and national Global Proclamation Academy preparations.
  • Praise God and pray for more growth in our Media Outreach.
  • Praise God for bringing Bonnie Richard’s mom through surgery and ask Him for good recovery.

The bigger picture:

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On his recent trip to Asia, Dr. Richard encouraged believers in the Lord Jesus who are a minority in their country.

Dr. Richard has just completed a 15-day, five-country trip. God blessed him with strong opportunities to encourage Christ’s Church and offer hope to the spiritually hungry.

He wrote to RREACH colleagues, “I am sitting at a window looking at beautiful mountains and greens—except that the beauty only extends to topography. The people here would like to extend it to the human situation—I am also overlooking a monument which people have been circling since 3:30 a.m. to repent of misdeeds and gain future merit. If eternal salvation was possible in this way, I would not need to meet with you. And yet we are, for the sake of populating heaven under the revelation of God, who is not wrong about Himself, His Son, His Salvation, His grace or His mission.”

Please pray that many exposed to the Good News of the Lord Jesus on that trip will receive it. Pray, too, that we will execute God’s priorities, strategies and plans for RREACH’s next decade of ministry with faithfulness, joy and excellence.

Preparations continue for the 2019 Dallas GPA and upcoming national GPAs. Intercede for the right 25 pastors to attend each, for visas for those needing to come to the U.S., and for physical and spiritual protection of those coordinating the GPAs.

Praise God for the tools and opportunities available for RREACH’s Media Outreach. Pray that we will strategically use YouTube to reach large numbers of individuals, for Dr. Richard’s preparations to film new videos, and for the new LifeRocks Instagram account (@LifeRocks_official) to be effective.

Thank you for praying for Bonnie Richard’s mom! Please ask the Lord to ease her pain and help her regain strength after her surgery.

Thank you again, pray-ers!

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!

Major outreach opportunities

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Dr. Ramesh Richard is on his way to minister in an influential country experiencing increasing hostility towards believers/followers. Please pray.
  • Praise! GPA Bolivia, the final national Global Proclamation Academy of 2018, successfully graduated 33 younger pastoral leaders. Please pray for 2019.
  • Plans are under way for a strategic event early next year. Pray for creativity, capacity and Christ-likeness in the process.

The bigger picture:

PES1 books in Spanish donated in Bolivia

Two Spanish editions of Dr. Richard’s book Preparing Expository Sermons were given to a GPA Bolivia coordinator for use in a seminary there. They hope to incorporate Dr. Richard’s seven-step process for preparing expository sermons into their courses.

Dr. Richard is embarking on a trip with major outreach opportunities, but new spiritual realities in his destination country require us to call on the Lord for protection and impact. Please pray for his entry into the country, for all the local hosts, and for full events. Intercede for God’s Word to reach into many and transform the many. Pray also for his engagement to speak at the 50th anniversary of a congregation he planted, which has become a central strategic influence in one of the world’s largest cities.

The final national GPA of 2018 wrapped up in Bolivia with 33 young pastoral graduates. Ask God to continue to work in the lives and ministries of each national GPA graduate—380 in 2018, 1,928 since 2011! Pray, too, for the national GPAs being organized for 2019. Pray for local organizers, logistical details and for the right 25 young pastors to attend each. Please also remember ongoing preparation for the 2019 Dallas GPA. Nineteen pastors have been accepted so far.

Finally (for this week), we would appreciate prayer for a special early-2019 event celebrating God’s work through RREACH and looking ahead to the next phase of Dr. Richard’s proclamation ministry. Pray for creativity, capacity and Christ-likeness as we organize this and for good response from 50 like-minded and long-term generous friends.

Thank you for praying!

Ramesh on the road

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Please intercede for Dr. Richard’s two-week trip through Asia.
  • Uphold ongoing preparations for the upcoming Global Proclamation Associates event.
  • Praise God for how He is exciting young pastors about preaching biblically through national Global Proclamation Academies.
  • Praise God for good news from a dangerous situation.

The bigger picture:

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The young pastoral leaders at GPA The Gambia stand with the two Master Coaches helping them learn how to preach expository sermons, Dallas GPA 2018 grad Pastor S (in green) and Dallas GPA 2012 grad Pastor M (in turquoise blue). Pastor M also serves as national GPA facilitator for all of Africa.

Dr. Richard has departed for a busy personal proclamation and ministry training trip through four countries in Asia. His first stop includes providing the closing talk for a major event for opinion leaders. Pray that God will use this event to rescue many lost souls. After that, Dr. Richard has a quick flight to speak at the fastest-growing church in the world.

Pray, too, for his talks at a church multiplication event being held in a nation where, despite much effort, evangelical Christianity is declining. Pray for God to raise up many young pastoral leaders in this nation and region, and that their biblical proclamation of the Lord Jesus will bring many to recognize Him as Savior and Lord. Finally, pray for God’s leading in additional strategic connections Dr. Richard would like to make on this trip.

We would appreciate prayer for our ongoing preparation for the GProAssociates event coming in a few weeks. Ask the Lord for direction in planning the program and addressing logistical details. Also pray for Dr. Richard’s health and strength. He is scheduled to return from his trip just days before the GProAssociates arrive and, the Lord willing, goes into a RREACH board retreat immediately following that.

God is energizing young pastoral leaders about biblical preaching through national GPAs! The day after graduating from GPA Chile, one pastor held a youth conference for 1,100. He didn’t waste any time in emphasizing the importance of preaching correctly, even having the group memorize Dr. Richard’s seven steps for expository preaching. Remember pastors at GPA The Gambia and GPA Guyana as they wrap up this week and pray for blessing on efforts toward GPA Bolivia.

Last week we asked for prayer for pastors and families serving in danger/deprivation zones. One pastor called this week to say the conflict in the area continues, but they are now able to leave the house. The danger of being shot if seen in the street has abated. He is praising God for His goodness.

Thank you for praying!

In his words: Ramesh Richard September update

Dear praying friends,

We are well into the fall season, though still looking back at the end of summer 2018. We are grateful for several accomplishments made possible by God’s generosity through you.

Early last month, I made an overnight trip to Colorado Springs to meet the new Global Facilitator of the Trainers of Pastors International Coalition [TOPIC]. TOPIC serves as a global facilitator of collaborative efforts towards church health by training large numbers of pastoral leaders where Christ’s Church is growing. Formed by RREACH 20 years ago, it is now to be hosted under our GProCommission, which is tasked with documenting and increasing the number of pastoral trainers and pastors trained. Your prayers make organizational efficiencies happen.

I always endure the taping of LifeRocks, short videos moistening the soil for Gospel planting, but enjoy the response of those who embrace the Lord Jesus. Please enjoy these evangelistic “TED Talks” at LifeRocks.org and forward them to many pre-Christ friends. They just might be interesting, relevant and winsome enough to reach unbelieving family and friends. Your prayers make media outreach happen.

Your partnering with us helped three national Global Proclamation Academies (10-day pastoral training academies) take place in the Republic of Congo, Ecuador and Central African Republic. I video conference with each of these classes the day before their graduation. While video connections are often poor, we all rejoice in what God is doing in these diverse lands. Your prayers make pastoral training happen.

RREACH’s board committee in charge of organizational succession met to confirm our transition process into the next decade, with 2022 and 2028 as marker dates. With no presumption on our side and fully shipwrecked on God’s sovereignty, we trust that we will find the best key servants to lead each key initiative in the long term.

However, the month’s highlight was entirely personal! Those in our life-stage know there’s nothing much better than the experience of the “perfect love” of grandkids. Our family get-together in Greenville, South Carolina, provided for much sweetness. We drove to Myrtle Beach for two nights and took in family shows, good food and cooler (than Texas) weather. Praise be to God!

Thank you, dear ones, for supporting this ministry through prayer.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,

RR

Lost … and found

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Praise God for the successful completion of a national Global Proclamation Academy (GPA) in an undisclosed Asian country.
  • Pray for nominations for the 2019 Dallas GPA, especially from new and under-represented countries.
  • Praise God: On Dr. Richard’s recent trip back from Costa Rica, the Lord put him next to a multi-millionaire who had lost his way. He was eager to talk with Dr. Richard and then trusted in the Lord Jesus!
  • Continue to remember the select group of Dallas GPA graduates traveling to Dallas next month, the Lord willing, for a special meeting. Pray for them to get visas and for our preparation.
  • Please pray for Bonnie Richard’s mother, Joyce Perry, as she faces health challenges.

The bigger picture:

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GPA Chile flyer

We thank God for the successful completion of a national GPA in a closed Asian country. Dr. Richard was able to Skype with the 37 pastors in attendance, a great encouragement to him and them. Pray that they will be able to implement what they learned for the greater health of their churches and communities. Please uphold upcoming 2018 GPAs in Chile, The Gambia, Guyana, Bolivia and the Solomon Islands.

We have begun working toward the 2019 Dallas GPA. Please ask the Lord for direction regarding nominations already sent in and for more nominations from new and under-represented countries. Also pray for Master Coach selection and availability.

Thank you for praying for the Lord Jesus to bring people with spiritual needs across Dr. Richard’s path. On his way back from a recent trip to Costa Rica, he sat next to a multi-millionaire who was lost and knew he was lost. Dr. Richard “lost” his air time, but was able to share deep spiritual things with this man who was ready to welcome the Lord Jesus as His Savior. Please keep praying for opportunities small and large, old and new, deep and wide, for Dr. Richard to offer God’s Good News. Also pray for God’s protection of those coordinating outreach events.

Continue to pray for Ramesh Richard’s Global Proclamation Associates (GProAssociates) meeting in Dallas in late October. Pray for program preparation, logistical arrangements and each pastor planning to attend. Pray that this milestone event will multiply the global proclamation of the Lord Jesus Christ to God’s glory.

Please also uphold Bonnie Richard’s mother, Joyce Perry. She is facing discouraging health and housing challenges. Uphold the family as they care for her, some from long distances away.