News from the GProCongress frontline: “Just heard that 30 pastors just received visas in Kenya, with more to come. Twenty-two pastors from Benin received visas in Senegal, even though they were to go to Nigeria! Wonderful miracles are happening, praise God together.” However, we’re also hearing from pastoral trainers in countries where visas are being denied.
Your prayers are vital, please keep on. Many pastoral trainers long to attend the GProCongress yet face visa, financial, health, transportation and other challenges. Pray that the Lord will provide and protect in such a way that their faith will be strengthened and His name lifted up among any non-believing family members, friends, acquaintances—even in their nation. Additional needs in the area of Congress recruitment include participation from countries not yet represented and strong delegations from strategic countries, including a good response to an initiative in honor of the late Rev. Enoch Sirikul.
Dr. Richard and the Congress program team plan to meet next week. Ask God to give them wisdom and creativity in planning, and attention to detail, encouragement and patience in plan implementation. Dr. Richard requests special prayer for three main program elements—the opening and closing events and the mid-Congress Communion service. Also lift up the panel discussion addressing how to connect and enhance the worlds of formal and non-formal pastoral training. The Lord willing, Dr. Richard is to participate in this panel.
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.