A wave of Resurrection Day prayer!

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Dr. Richard finally began the New Year!
  • In honor of Dr. Richard’s parents, we’re expanding our care for pastors’ families through The ENLARGE Fund.
  • The RREACH Ministries team prepares for a major project in Africa.
  • The Dallas GPA candidate-with-visa count grows to 16!
  • Above all…

The bigger picture:

GPA El Salvador vista

Enjoy the view GPA El Salvador pastors had. In spite of gang violence in the area, God kept the pastors safe, and 19 graduated last week.

After the whirlwind of the last few of months, Dr. Richard finally found a couple of days for focused prayer and dedication to officially begin 2018. He now has nine months in which to execute 12 months of plans! Prayer support is priceless to him. Please keep on!

Ramesh has long carried a burden to strengthen pastoral leaders and their families, including widows and orphans, in situations of extreme poverty, social persecution and natural disaster. In honor of his dear parents, John and Manorama Richard, he is expanding RREACH efforts in that area with The ENLARGE Fund. Please pray for this endeavor to raise US$1 million this year.

RREACH Ministries team members meet this weekend, the Lord willing, to work toward a pastoral trainers congress in Africa. Much thought and effort have been given to this, and much more is anticipated. Ask God for His wisdom, protection and provision, and that He will use this meeting to strongly move the project forward.

Praise God — we’re up to 16 Dallas GPA candidates with visas! Six represent new countries. We have purchased flights for 10 of them. Twelve more pastors are in the admissions process. Our goal is the right 25 young pastoral leaders to comprise the 2018 class.

Above all: HE IS RISEN!

Let’s create a wave of prayer and worship over the earth this Resurrection Day! From where the sun rises in the farthest East to where it sets in the farthest West, whenever and wherever your day begins, let us worship the Lord Jesus Christ and pray blessing forward on our brothers and sisters whose day is yet to begin. And let us pray for many more to trust Him!

From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the Lord is to be praised. Psalm 113:3

 

The fullness of His timing

Dear praying friends,

People prayed a very long time for the Messiah; God answered in “the fullness of the time” (Gal. 4:4). Praise Him! As we close the year of the Lord 2017 and enter the year of the Lord 2018, would you pray with us in such faith for Dr. Richard and RREACH?

Dr. Richard and the executive team have developed a plan to enhance the proclamation side of his ministry. A praise: God has already provided some of the strategic pieces! Please pray for:

  • effectively putting the plan into action
  • the right personnel
  • decisions regarding possible speaking engagements and product distribution
  • creative time for Dr. Richard
  • many to think and hear differently about the Lord Jesus Christ.

Two key ministry resource Web sites are set to launch January 1: LEADERREACH and GProLearning. LEADERREACH will feature short videos in which Dr. Richard answers questions about leadership. They are geared toward pastoral leaders, but contain insights for anyone in leadership. GProLearning is a library of globally-sourced, biblically sound pastoral training resources hand-picked from a variety of contexts and languages to fit all kinds of situations, learning styles and levels. Please pray for:

  • final details to come together
  • team speed and accuracy
  • smooth technical operations
  • many to be strengthened as they serve the Lord Jesus.

Dr. Richard says, “The providential hand of God cannot be stopped when His priorities are pursued with faith, vision, sacrifice and joy.” Happy Year of the Lord 2018!

Some items on our minds…

Dear praying friends,

Thank you for remembering RREACH before the Lord Jesus during this extra-busy season! Praise and thanks to the Lord Jesus for His unfailing goodness!

Some items currently on our minds and hearts:

  • A major consideration for the RREACH board (meeting today) and our executive team (meeting soon) is how to expand Dr. Richard’s personal proclamation ministry. Please pray for creativity and capacity in the planning and the implementation. Also pray for wisdom as Dr. Richard thinks and prays through 2018 speaking opportunities.
  • RREACH is establishing another Chair of Biblical Preaching and Pastoral Ministries, this time at ESEPA Bible College and Seminary in Costa Rica. Dr. Richard heads to Costa Rica next week, the Lord willing, to speak at ESEPA’s graduation ceremony and the Chair installation.
  • The GProCommission team is on an ambitious deadline to launch a pastoral training resources Web site at the New Year. They are also training to implement an improved customer relationship management platform. Ask the Lord to grant them efficiency, energy and keen minds.
  • We have 19 approved applicants, five from new countries, for the 2018 Dallas GPA. Much prayer would be appreciated for a full cohort of 25 next June with at least five new countries represented. Intercede also for the right 25 delegates at each 2018 national GPA.
  • Many, many pastoral leaders and trainers around the world are tired, discouraged and facing tough circumstances. Pray for our Sovereign God to refresh their hearts in Him, and to protect, provide for and unite them.

The RREACH staff prays together daily. If we may pray for you, please let us know: rreach.org/contact-us.

In his words: Ramesh Richard October update

Dear praying friends,

After a summer of prayerful thinking, listening and waiting, consulting and strategizing, I am excited to see God’s next steps and season for RREACH unveiled. We are in our 30th year of ministry, and we build on the past. Anniversaries remind us of how far God has brought us—but they don’t tell us how far we have to go!

Last month I celebrated 50th and 25th anniversaries with ministries akin to RREACH. They are training pastoral leaders who seek to serve congregations all over the world. Fifty, 30 and 25 years ago, we could not have imagined the ways He would enable us to do this.

In the keynote address at the 100th anniversary of Missio Nexus, I had to address 775 leaders of missions organizations representing 30,000 missionaries to return to their first foundation—evangelism. I encouraged them to consider whether we were just doing evangelism by proxy, rather than doing evangelism ourselves. I sensed, and comments confirmed, that God once again used me.

A RREACH donor who also volunteers at a respected and major YMCA asked me to bring their annual breakfast talk. They wanted to “lift the C in the YMCA; to put the C back in YMCA.” A significant group of in the Park Cities area of Dallas heard the message. Would you pray that it can lead to more testifying about the Lord Jesus—the hope of the world!

Video-conferences with the young pastors attending national GPAs in Mongolia and Niger were mutually inspiring. The Church in Mongolia is only 27 years old—younger than RREACH! In Niger, less than one percent of the people claim to be Christian, and they are fragmented by a general culture of distrust. May God enable our GPA grads to bear witness among their people with new strength.

Thank you for walking with me on this challenging ministry venture. You are a critical part of how God provides for us in many ways. A meeting with a dear friend just weeks ago resulted in an introduction that turned into a generous gift of kind to RREACH. Your prayers, introductions, financial support and encouragement carry us. I entreat your generous fellowship for the journey ahead.

In the Inexhaustible One,

RR

P.S. Stay tuned for updates on our international pastors and families retreat and GPA Mexico 2. They’re happening right now!

In his words: Ramesh Richard July update

GPA graduation standing ovation

The Dallas GPA Class of 2017 receiving a standing ovation

Our annual highlight is the amazing Dallas GPA which absorbs our energies and energizes our activities. For three weeks, RREACH hosts this fruitful project at Dallas Theological Seminary. This year 29 pastors from 29 countries were immersed in Scripture, in classes, and in fellowship with one another.

That the 2017 Dallas GPA happened was a miracle indeed. Two months prior we didn’t know if we would have enough pastoral leaders. The US visa environment had changed, and we wondered if our model of bringing fine, younger pastoral leaders to Dallas would have to be changed, too.

“But God”—the powerful phrase which moves earth from heaven—became a reality. Our aim was 25 pastors from 25 countries, and God gave us 29. Target exceeded, with five new countries represented. Here’s one of many letters we received from them recently to encourage you:

By God’s grace I arrived safe-and-sound back home after one of the greatest experiences of my life, participating at Global Proclamation Academy in Dallas. I want to express my gratitude for your leadership and for how God has used you in my life and ministry. God used the GPA, the teaching of master coaches and the fellowship of pastors to clarify my vision and rekindle my passion for the Gospel. I am in-debt to the grace of God and pray that God will continue to make the changes He began to do in my heart that will affect, God willing, both my family and my ministry for His own glory. 

You know we have a 100% return rate! All have arrived in their homelands to strive on!

One major memory was the Dallas GPA delegates’ Skype call with GPA Honduras (June 8 – 17). Pastoral leaders spanning the whole globe encouraged 20 younger pastoral leaders in that deprived Central American land. The connection and multiplication continues deep and wide, near and far, slowly and speedily.

I had to make a quick trip to Wittenberg, Germany, where 70 global strategists (apparently, I am one) met to consider breakthrough ideas for Christ’s cause over the next 3 to 5 years. It was a relationally rich time. Best of all, RREACH emphasis was again confirmed, because almost all impactful and workable ideas in every context go through pastoral leaders.

Each year at this time, RREACH assesses all our ministries and activities, strengths and weaknesses, assets and liabilities, resources and lacks. I have dedicated July to move from a year of listening and waiting to asking and receiving in view of planning and acting. Please pray for me.

An ending that is really a beginning

Dear praying friends,

The three intense weeks of the 2017 Dallas GPA are drawing to a close. Today, Dr. Richard taught the final Master Coach sessions and joined the pastors in a special wrap-up time of sharing and prayer. Tomorrow, the Lord willing, many RREACH friends will gather for the GPA graduation dinner, a time of celebration and commissioning.

Please pray for these final hours in Dallas to be rich for our 29 fine young pastoral leaders. As Dr.  Richard says, the real GPA work begins as these men go back to the demands and stresses of ministry in their 29 different countries. Pray that the connecting, uniting and strengthening they experienced here will multiply into greater proclamation of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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2017 GPA delegates: Connecting, uniting, strengthening

Intercede for Dr. Richard as he finalizes and delivers his graduation talk.

The RREACH and GPA staff also appreciate prayer as we strive to create a first-class experience for the pastors down to the final details, and to honor the Lord Jesus Christ in how we speak and serve amid all the responsibilities and demands. Much is yet to be done to host the banquet and to get the pastors safely on their way home (pray for safe travels, too!)

GPA Honduras has its graduation this weekend, as well. Pray for the Lord’s rich blessing on that special event and on the pastors as they go forward better connected, united and strengthened to serve.

Thank you, friends, for caring and praying.

In his words: May update from Ramesh Richard

Dear praying friends,

On a beautiful spring day, the last day of last month, my beloved Bonnie and I sat in a park to talk and pray. As we thanked the Lord for His mercies in travel safety, health, ease and use, she described the month as “You went, and then went, and then went!”

First, I went to Cyprus, to speak for the Lindell (you’ve seen the My Pillow guy on TV?) Foundation. RREACH has given them fast growth potential through offering our GPA grads to be in-country validators as they seek to provide economic help to pastors’ families and more. The Lord used me there and it is always great to see our pastoral leaders anywhere.

And then I went to speak on behalf of my mentor Fred Smith’s (breakfastwithfred.com) legacy. A “millennial” audience filled the Illinois university chapel and was deeply attentive and responsive. I did not diminish their future potential by stereotyping them.

Before I went off again, the RREACH Board met for 24 hours of deep reflection and decisive action on this transition year of “proclamation reclamation.” How much I appreciate the wise counsel and wide perspectives of multiple voices which speak into my life.

I didn’t realize that I was on a seven-day around-the-world tour till a colleague pointed it out. Bonnie called it a whirlwind. In Bangkok for 28 hours with three different and lengthy speaking engagements, one of which was the first anniversary of the death of the one Thai leader without whom the GProCongress would not have happened last year.

Then I traveled all the way to Eastern Europe to attend the grand finale of GPA Romania—pastors’ wives attended, too! It was fabulous. And simultaneously GPA Guinea Conakry (West Africa) and GPA St. Vincent/Grenadines (Caribbean region) were also happening. Oh! All that God is doing!

Thank you for your terrific and timely prayer support, my friends. Please be our guest at the June 24 celebration banquet of the 2017 Dallas GPA. Keep us in your prayers.