In his words: Ramesh Richard April 2020 update

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Dear praying friends,

“A cruel joke,” I tweeted on April Fool’s Day, “if a researcher announced today that a powerful and guaranteed virus remedy was available. Delighted for a second, we would soon realize it is April 1. That’s how desperate humanity is to believe in a single cure and yet we rebel against one Savior for all sin.” We will seize April’s high and holy days to promote that single Savior for all humanity.

The month began with a visit to Dr. Ravi Zacharias, a dear friend of five decades. Now overtaken with cancer, he is hospital-based and undergoing chemo. The previous night I attended a Haggai International banquet, where 96-year-old founder Dr. John Edmund Haggai rejoiced with new leadership. I spoke at their 50th anniversary in Bali, Indonesia, last year. Dr. Satish Kumar, pastor of the fastest growing church in the world (125,000 in 12 years), came by the house to visit about his future. Then, I called on my very dear and newly widowed friend Dr. Tony Evans, only offering the gift of presence.

The next day, I flew to South Africa to help a new organization, Re-Forma, think through how to assure the quality of pastoral training. A critical need in view of many non-formal initiatives; a pastor must have the confidence of God and people as he serves.

Then countries started closing down, though not all. I headed to Botswana to strengthen pastoral leaders and evangelize opinion leaders, where about 10 of the 63 present embraced the Savior. That Sunday I preached at a thriving church whose pastor attended the 2008 Dallas Global Proclamation Academy. He also started a political party and served as a Member of Parliament—pastoral health affects church health and church health affects societal health.

Soon we heard that the transit nation of South Africa would close its borders to non-citizens. I canceled my trip to Lesotho and wait for an “impossible” seat to open to the U.S. Today, we are all dealing with alternate realities, with no place of safety except the arms of Jesus, mostly felt through the encouragement of His children—you!

Last night, I finished my 14-day, twice a day temperature-taking since returning. I am grateful that every reading was sub-normal. Though not fearful, I was careful.

Thank you for praying for this global ministry to deliver spiritual health during times of physical sickness. Critical decisions are being made as I write. I covet every possible expression of support. Thank you!

In the Inexhaustible Vine,
RR

In his words: Ramesh Richard March 2020 update

Dear praying friends,

Podcasts! Know what they are? I am becoming convinced that podcasts are better than mere videos in delivering content to more engaged, niche audiences. LifeRocks our podcast has begun. Please pray for deep and wide reach into pre-Christians. You can even sign up by clicking here.

I kept a U.S. oriented speaking itinerary last month. Eighteen men from a rural congregation heard me at a Baptist campsite. Then I spoke at a new congregation of 100+ being established in far North Texas, with all the excitement of a start-up.

Hurried overnight advancement trips to Nashville—15 meetings in 28 hours—and Atlanta—to attend the gala of a sister ministry—were tiring, but tremendous.

Pastoral visits with the two finest preachers in America—one grieving from the loss of his beloved and the other recovering from major surgery—are return expressions of blessed friendships of decades. Oh yes, I should not forget board and staff meetings, which keep ministry mechanisms legal and viable.

GProAcademy Chad in West Africa graduated 25 young pastoral leaders of whom 19 had malaria while going through the program. A global mobilization team is working on bringing the right 500 to the October GProCongress Latin America and the Caribbean. Please pray for their reach into candidates with thousands of phone calls and messages. Also, the June 2020 Dallas GProAcademy is looking for U.S. visas for 25 younger pastoral leaders. We have 10 more to go. The situation is formidable. Please pray.

My greatest joy last month was the launch of a monthly prayer video conference call. You can join from any part of the world for a fast 30 minutes of guided prayer for this ministry. Will you join us?  Thanks for not letting us run out of fuel by your prayers. I especially need them as we make major decisions in the coming weeks for the rest of 2020.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,
RR

Botswana update from Dr. Richard

Dear praying friends,

With thanks to each one who prayed for my decision and even wrote of your support, I am now in Botswana, having made a decision to proceed on the missionary journeys, unless prohibited from entry. I didn’t show any fever on their thermometer, but they have permitted me in provisionally. Indeed, all of life is provisional!

In the time being, I invite you to continue to pray for me to well-serve God’s Word personally—high-level pre-evangelism outreach to opinion leaders and reinforcing pastoral leaders—with hope around the one thing on everyone’s mind worldwide.

Our world faces tempestuous times, doesn’t it? And we in the middle of our own vulnerabilities still must serve with a robust view of God—the reason I regularly pray for His total protection, global provision and manifest presence.

Should all things go as projected, but not predicted, I am to be back home in about a week’s time, whether needing to be under self-quarantine I do not know, since I am not serving in a Level 1–3 region for the virus. You should hear back from us in some form with an update … but in this note wanted to follow our practice of reporting on prayer requests with appropriate thanks to His people and always inadequate thanks to God.

Warmly,
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Moving forward in faith

Dear praying friends,

You are invited to join our next virtual prayer gathering on Thursday, March 19, at 8:00 p.m. U.S. Central Daylight Savings Time. For more information, please email Melissa@rreach.org or call +1 972-528-6100.

In brief:

  • Praise God for the growing registration list for the Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America and the Caribbean; pray for many more registrations.
  • Pray for the 2020 Dallas Global Proclamation Academy candidates still applying for visas.
  • Pray for Dr. Richard’s trip to several countries in the south of Africa.
  • Praise God for sustaining the graduates of GPA Chad. Pray for upcoming national GPAs.

The bigger picture:

The latest count of trainers of pastors registered for the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress is 151. Praise God! Pray for the team working diligently to mobilize the right 500. Pray for those who wish to attend but are hesitating to register because of potential airfare costs. RREACH is covering all their conference costs, including boarding and lodging. Pray that they will step forward in faith to register now.

We have 13 candidates for the 2020 Dallas GPA with visas. We need 12 more. Please ask God for great favor on those applying for visas (five this week). Pray for the team in Dallas as they prepare.

Dr. Richard is off on a trip to several countries in southern Africa. Pray for his health, safety and impact. Pray that he will be sensitive to God and proclaim His Word clearly and winsomely. Pray that pastoral leaders will be encouraged and pre-Christians attracted to the Lord Jesus. Praise God for Dr. Richard’s  recent fruitful trips to Nashville and Atlanta in the U.S.

Nineteen of 26 GPA Chad attendees, in addition to some organizers, came down with malaria and flu during the GPA. Praise God that they persevered to finish! Pray for His protection as they return to their ministries better able to preach and live biblically.

Please also pray for a national GPA for pastors from a closed Southeast Asian country. Organizers ask for earnest prayer regarding coronavirus and other concerns that could hinder pastors from attending.

Thank you!

In his words: Ramesh Richard December update

Dear praying friends,
The end of the year is almost here. Sometimes it feels like the end of the world is near, too! We take a quick world tour and wish His promise to come soon (Rev. 22:20) would happen now. Yet He waits to come so more would repent (2 Pet. 3:8). In these “betwixt” times and tension, I must serve God’s Word to the world.

In Bali, Indonesia, I spoke at a church service, then to about 120 pastoral leaders, and at an evening event where all four pre-Christ friends and family in attendance embraced the Lord Jesus.

In a South Asian country experiencing an extreme air quality crisis, I was addressing 500+ heroes at The Word Conference. Many pastors had been physically assaulted for the Faith. Who am I to minister to them? But they went back home more committed!

In Jakarta, Indonesia, RREACH hosted two networking sessions for about 100 world evangelical leaders on pastoral training over the next four years. We invited them to advocate for advancing Church Health worldwide by the training of pastors.

Trip highlight? Three days in a restricted Asian country. After waiting seven months for a last minute and rare official visa to speak, I addressed 800 leaders of their second largest denomination. Out of 500 pastors, only four had formal training—less than 1%. And yet they have grown from 200 to a whopping 220,000 people! Hallelujah!?

Preaching at favorite congregation in Singapore was my final stop before rushing home to a wonderful U.S. Thanksgiving! Praise be to God.

We also must multiply proclaimers around the world. Our national Global Proclamation Academies were held in Guatemala, Ukraine and São Tomé-Princípe, with 25 pastoral leaders each who were better trained to preach and live biblically. What a joy!

You make all this possible. Like early Christians, we cry out for “the Lord to come” (1 Cor. 16:22) and “even so come Lord Jesus” (Rev. 22:20). Until then, thank you for making His truth and love available to the world through this ministry. 2020 awaits!
In the Inexhaustible Vine,
RR

REACHED! Praise God!

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • REACHED! Praise God for providing many generous people to respond to a huge Inspirational Challenge for RREACH ministry.
  • Praise God for providing a last-minute and rarely granted official speaking visa that Dr. Richard needed to minister in a restricted country.
  • Praise God for the 316 pastors who graduated from the Dallas and national Global Proclamation Academies in 2019.
  • Pray for next week’s trip to Panama for an outreach event and Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean planning.
  • Pray for the RREACH board meeting on December 6, 2019.

The bigger picture:

RR on November SE Asia trip

Dr. Richard takes precautions while traveling in an area of high air pollution in Asia with Pastor H, a 2017 Dallas GProAcademy graduate.

REACHED! was the word Dr. Richard sent out after we reached our US $500,000 Inspirational Challenge on December 3—and exceeded it by 34 cents—but only after he wrote this note to God: “You are stunning; and I am stunned.” Would all of you rejoice with us at God’s magnificent provision? Pray that His vision through Ramesh will be reached. Soli Deo Gloria!

We’re praising God for how He used Dr. Richard during a recent trip to Asia. Ramesh ministered to more than 1,400 pastoral leaders in three countries where Christians are a significant minority and often suffer for the Faith. At a small outreach event, all four pre-Christians in attendance embraced the Lord Jesus. Please pray that these long-time and new followers will grow deep in joyful faith.

Twenty-five young pastors graduated from GProAcademy São Tomé and Príncipe last week, our final national GProAcademy of 2019. Pray that all 316 graduates of this year’s Dallas and national GProAcademies will continue to preach, live and think biblically.

Pray as we assess 2020 Dallas GProAcademy applications and organize more national academies.

The Lord willing, Dr. Richard and members of the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress organizing team will travel to Panama next week. Pray for God’s total protection and global provision as they gather information and make decisions. Pray for many pre-Christians to attend the outreach event scheduled. Pray that Dr. Richard will proclaim God’s Word wisely and winsomely.

RREACH’s board of directors meets the final time this year on Friday, December 6. Thank God for this group of godly leaders and their willingness to walk alongside Ramesh in his ministry calling. Please ask God’s sovereign guidance in this meeting and His hand to be on the board members and their families.

Thank you!

November daily prayer reminders

1   Ramesh Richard: to be humble before God, sensitive to needs and have clear direction in all areas of life
2   National GPA: GPA Ukraine attendees to learn to preach biblically and live biblically, 11/1–9/2019
3   iProMission: Richard’s outreach and pastoral training engagements in South and Southeast Asia over the next few weeks
4   GProCommission: opportunities to promote the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress Dr. Richard attends the World Evangelical Alliance General Assembly
5   Media Outreach: progress on LifeRocks website updates
6   iProMission: God to speak clearly through Dr. Richard as he ministers to pastoral leaders under oppression
7   Dallas GPA: praise for the first 16 pastors accepted for 2020
8   RREACH: Staff efficiency and excellence even in the details
9   National GPA: GPA Guatemala and GPA Ukraine graduates to apply what they have learned and remain connected as they return home
10  GProCommission: strength, joy and a close walk with the Lord Jesus for the team/staff
11  iProMission: physical and spiritual strength as Dr. Richard continues to minister in Asia
12  Media Outreach: LifeRocks messages to engage people in otherwise unreachable areas
13  Dallas GPA: newly-accepted candidates’ visa applications and raising half of their airfare
14  GProCommission: strong, early response to GProLATAM&CARIB Congress recruitment efforts
15  RR: Ramesh to be humble before God, sensitive to needs and have clear direction in all areas of life
16  Media Outreach: God’s Spirit to speak clearly to pre-Christians through LifeRocks messages
17  GProCommission: selection and availability of the right speakers for the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress
18  iProMission: good preparation time for Dr. Richard’s talks
19  Dallas GPA: financial provision for pastors accepted to the 2020 Dallas GPA
20  Media Outreach: PastorReach podcasts to provide practical wisdom to pastors around the world
21  National GPA: GPA São Tomé attendees to learn to preach biblically and live biblically, 11/21–30/2019
22  GProCommission: clear, consistent communication among team members around the world
23  RR: Richard’s family to grow deeper in the Lord
24  Dallas GPA: wisdom in selecting the right candidates, at least five from new countries
25  iProMission: a publisher for Dr. Richard’s manuscript addressing the uniqueness of the Lord Jesus Christ
26  National GPA: graduates to be encouraged by how expository preaching benefits their churches
27  Media Outreach: translators to help translate the content into five languages
28  RREACH: thank God for the vision to change the way One Billion Individuals think and hear about the Lord Jesus Christ
29  Dallas GPA: more excellent candidates from new and under-represented countries
30  National GPA: GPA São Tomé graduates to apply what they have learned and remain connected as they return home

Thank you for praying!

Ramesh Richard proclaims God’s Word;
RREACH amplifies the proclamation globally
and multiplies the proclamation locally.

RR – Ramesh Richard
GPA – Global Proclamation Academy
GProCommission – Global Proclamation Commission
iProMission – Ramesh Richard’s personal proclamation
GProLATAM&CARIB Congress – Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean, October 12–16, 2020, Panama City, Panama

 

In his words: Ramesh Richard September update

Dear praying friends,

Summer is over and school has begun across our neighborhood and at Dallas Seminary. The highlight of the month was our annual faculty retreat, where we envisioned a new year of eager students soon to face the reality of competing demands of professors for attention, time and work. Yet, the discipline needed for a lifetime of ministry is set in motion at a place of formal training. I am so grateful to belong to a peer-community of friends, family and co-workers preparing students for the future of the Faith. DTS is my formal setting of ministry.

Moreover, for faster delivery of better training to more pastors at lower cost, RREACH provides me with non-formal training opportunities and systems. Through the symbiosis and synergies between Dallas Seminary and RREACH, God permits my life to be fruitful and useful for evangelism and church health.

GProAcademy Kosovo concluded in neighboring Albania, a land with only about 2,000 evangelical believers. RREACH has now equipped young pastoral leaders there for two or three decades of preaching, thinking and living biblically. We also hosted a women-only GProAcademy in broken Honduras. Pastors’ wives, women who teach women, and other women met for 10 days of connecting, uniting and strengthening for a lifetime of effective service to the Lord Jesus.

At the end of each national GProAcademy, I Skype in for a half-hour graduation charge—a most beautiful, humbling experience. Having studied a book of mine, the delegates seem exuberant when they meet the author. They cheer, laugh and even sing what they learned on the video conference call.

Quickly advancing communications technologies provide speed and spread of such non-formal training of pastoral leaders. Recruitment has already begun for the 2020 Dallas GProAcademy—pray for 25 pastors from 25 countries and that, God willing, some of those graduates will come to DTS for formal training. Actually, the most recent PR videos of DTS students feature RREACH GProAcademy graduates from Asia. Synergy and symbiosis at work and in evidence!

You, too, are friend, family and co-worker “in the proclamation of God’s Word and the building up of Christ’s Church worldwide.” Those words form the last part of the DTS mission statement and drive several initiatives of RREACH. Thank you so much.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,
RR

In his words: Ramesh Richard July update

Dear praying friends,
What a month it has been—the 2019 Dallas GProAcademy! Just two months ago, we were praying as a staff for 25/50/250/2.5 in 2019—25 pastoral leaders in June, 50 occupied hotel rooms and 250 banquet guests.

God exceeded them all.

God overcame (we could not) the complexities of current global realities and brought 28 pastoral leaders from 28 countries for one of the “sweetest” annual Dallas GPA classes. They were sweet in the spiritual sense of the term, and literally, too. They learned and taught, sang and prayed, ate and played, for a lifetime memory. They also liked ice cream!

Please let us know if you would like a private copy of their amazing, one-page bios. You will be thrilled to learn about them, and pray for them, perhaps, for one a day over the next month. Did you know that we intentionally keep them connected over the following years?

Also, God brought in 51 nights of guests and a waiting list for the 250 seats at the banquet. I am told that God used my graduation charge that night in a fruitful way. While I have not heard the talk yet, please feel free to listen to it here. I hope it charges you to service, too.

Our Albania pastor noted, “I have many materials to share with pastors, but I have never had a method before. You have given me a weapon.” Others spoke about the dignity they experienced and the trust they are able to again give to other pastoral leaders. All of them spoke of the incredible personal hospitality and logistical efficiencies our staff extended to them.

Finally, all pastors have returned to their ministries. Did you know that we have a wonderful record of a 100% return to their homelands? No one has absconded while under God’s care with us.

And the 2.5? It stands for the just under $2.5m we seek to raise in 2019 for RREACH ministry. Thank you very much for helping me proclaim God’s Word, even as RREACH amplifies the proclamation globally and multiplies the proclamation locally. Thank you so very much!

In the Inexhaustible Vine,
RR

In his words: Ramesh Richard June update

Dear praying friends,

A full month it was, celebrating graduations, birthdays and anniversaries and traveling across continents…all because of you! God makes it possible through your praying.

From the faculty section at Dallas Seminary’s graduation, I tweeted, “Dallas Theological Seminary 2019 Graduation vignette: reminder of experience 40 years ago! My 1979 class reunion revealed many deceased, most retired, the rest serving God, with some still in missions in the U.S.A. and abroad. Until we no longer can, we shall.” Teaching at DTS is something specific and strategic I do for the U.S.A., contributing here even as I do elsewhere.

Elsewhere, I addressed a “sold-out” leadership forum of 125 leaders for three days in Albania, the world’s first officially atheistic state. The highlight was reaching 100 guests. A dozen professed decisions for the Lord Jesus. Christ’s Church prevails!

I rushed to beautiful Rwanda via Istanbul, with a 6 ½ hour wait in the world’s largest and newest airport, a witness to the greatness of humanity. I encountered the awfulness of humanity, however, in Kigali at the 25th remembrance season of the 1 million people, 100-day genocide. I proclaimed God’s Word to 200 opinion leaders, 500 pastoral leaders, 175 pastoral trainers and 200 university students over four days.

After an eight-hour overnight wait in Doha, I traveled back home on my 66th birthday. Since the Middle East is eight hours ahead, I turned it into the longest birthday of my life! If you have other secrets to extending hours and days and years, let me know. For Bonnie’s birthday, we visited our grandchildren and their parents in Greenville, S.C., along with a quick trip to Charleston. It was also the wedding anniversary month of Bonnie’s and my parents and of our oldest son, Ryan, and his wife, Chelsie. I praise God for my family—past, present and future.

We have been in full-throttle with the 2019 Dallas Global Proclamation Academy. Pray for a memorable finish (including my graduation talk)! God has already done mighty things and we look forward to updating you more in days to come. The important thing now is to say thank you for helping make this global proclamation ministry possible.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,

RR