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

In his words: Ramesh Richard May update

Dear praying friends,

We know/love/believe/follow a God who is personal, who did not sit in His heavens and merely prescribe (cf. the God of other monotheisms), but who personally entered the crux of the human situation.

It was this crucified (crux is Latin for cross) Savior whom we recognized through 14 stations of the Via Crucis at an evangelical Anglican congregation and through the 15th station, His Resurrection, at an evangelical Lutheran sunrise service. Indeed, this was the only personal message we could send to our Family lost in the Sri Lanka Easter Sunday terrorist devastation. Let me know if you wish to receive a copy of a letter I wrote to a distraught believer there.

Last month was great, for it had no travel, at least not international travel. On my day-visit to Savannah, Georgia, to minister to the 88-year-old, most influential pastor in my life, he ministered to me instead. His son was killed in a bomb attack in Afghanistan earlier this year, and he himself fell, breaking the right side of his face. Still, he assured me that “old age is doable!” 🙂

When I am in Dallas, numerous ministry and mentoring opportunities present themselves. Younger men drop in for guidance and older men say they were decisively influenced in the style and structure of their ministries—including Dr. Celestin Musekura of ALARM and Dr. Stuart Briscoe of Telling the Truth. God uses us in humanly unplanned ways for eternal effect.

Global Proclamation Academies (GProAcademies) in Panama and Indonesia were accomplished by colleagues. I also recorded five pre-evangelistic talks for LifeRocks, our short-format monthly videos, around the theme of “de-cluttering” life, mind, heart and soul through the One who is our Peace-mover and Peace-giver.

And best of all, I concluded a Dallas Seminary semester on Cross Cultural Apologetics and Worldview Evangelism with a fine set of eager students about the ages of my kids!

Please pray for the 28 pastoral leaders from 28 countries we currently anticipate coming to the June Dallas GProAcademy. Hope you can be our guest at their graduation dinner on June 29, or really at any of our open events. You will rejoice at what God through your personal prayer support does to maximize my proclamation globally and multiply their proclamation locally. Thank you as always.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,

RR

P.S. Please keep interceding for rooms for the GProAcademy pastors at Dallas Seminary—we need four more. I would also appreciate prayer as I prepare my graduation dinner talk.