New opportunities

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Praise God for time Dr. Richard and Bonnie recently spent with family.
  • Pray for a “mainstream” publisher for Dr. Richard’s new book.
  • Praise God for good progress toward a regional congress for pastoral trainers in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Pray for a special visa for Dr. Richard to minister in a closed country.

The bigger picture:

After the busyness of the Dallas Global Proclamation Academy and intensity of teaching a two-week theology institute for CRU staff, Dr. Richard was glad to spend a few days with kids and in South Carolina. Praise God for such times of refreshing.

Dr. Richard is looking for a publisher for a new book he has written. Please pray for God to open up a major Christian publisher with a vision for ministry.

Contracts have been signed and teams are coming together to hold the late-2020 Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors in Latin America and the Caribbean! Praise God! Pray for God’s total protection, global provision and manifest presence in the areas of recruitment, program planning, fund development and follow-up preparation.

Dr. Richard has been invited to speak to a significant audience in a closed country this fall. Please intercede for God’s hand on those presenting his special visa application, favor from the officials and rapid turnaround time.

Thank you for praying!

July daily prayer reminders

1     Ramesh Richard to be humble before God, sensitive to needs and have clear direction in all areas of life
2     iProMission: time and energy Dr. Richard can dedicate to writing and preparing talks
3     GProCommission: God’s direction as Dr. Richard and the Ministries team consider possible regional GProCongresses
4     National GPA: GPA Antigua attendees to be connected, united and strengthened as they meet 7/4–13
5     Media Outreach: Richard’s LifeRocks video messages to reach people who have never heard about the Lord Jesus
6     Dallas GPA: encouragement for the recent GPA graduates as they readjust to regular life
7     iProMission: Richard as he teaches at a summer school for CRU staff
8     National GPA: funding for more national GPAs in additional countries
9     RREACH: spiritual and physical health for staff and their families
10   RR: quality time for Dr. Richard and Bonnie to spend together despite his hectic schedule
11   Media Outreach: people to be attracted to the Lord Jesus and chat with online counselors
12   GProCommission: successful connections as GProCentral colleagues reach out to pastors and trainers of pastors
13   National GPA: Clear vision, fresh energy and enduring connections for GPA Antigua graduates as they return home
14   iProMission: God to continue to speak through Dr. Richard at the CRU staff summer event
15   RR: Ramesh to be humble before God, sensitive to needs and have clear direction in all areas of life
16   RREACH: God’s empowerment to work efficiently, effectively and excellently
17   Dallas GPA: blessing on pastors’ efforts to deepen their people’s love for and obedience to God and His Word
18   Media Outreach: Richard’s videos to get to people otherwise restricted from hearing about the Lord Jesus
19   GProCommission: more pastors and trainers of pastors around the world to take advantage of GProLearning.org
20   National GPA: connections for holding national GPAs in additional countries
21   iProMission: guidance as Dr. Richard considers invitations to speak
22   Dallas GPA: spiritual and physical protection as graduates serve in all kinds of situations and conditions
23   RR: the Richard family to continue growing closer to the Lord Jesus and each other
24   RREACH: the staff to be encouraged in their service to the Lord Jesus
25   Media Outreach: smooth ongoing production processes for our LifeRocks videos on peace
26   GProCommission: clear direction regarding possible regional congresses for pastoral trainers
27   iProMission: the Lord Jesus to empower Dr. Richard as he speaks at a church this weekend
28   National GPA: God to bring the right 25 pastors to each national GPA
29   Dallas GPA: graduates to pass their training on to other pastoral leaders
30   Media Outreach: people to read the weekly spiritual insight emails and start thinking differently about the Lord Jesus
31   iProMission: moment-by-moment wisdom about speaking engagements amid constantly changing world events and situations

Thank you for praying!

Ramesh Richard proclaims God’s Word; RREACH maximizes 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
GProCongress – Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers, June 15–22, 2016, Bangkok, Thailand
GProCentral – team following up pastoral trainers and pastors since the 2016 GProCongress

 

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

Urgent request update and June daily prayer reminders

Urgent Prayer Request Update:
2019 Dallas Global Proclamation Academy housing

We asked your fervent prayer; now we wish to let you know what God has done.
With less than a week to go, RREACH received confirmation that Dallas Seminary has enough on-campus rooms to accommodate all of our Dallas GPA pastors!
Thank you for your prayer. Praise and glory be to God.

Dear praying friends,
This June, please pray with us for:

1     Ramesh Richard to be humble before God, sensitive to needs and have clear direction in all areas of life
2     iProMission: God’s Word to continue to work in hearts and minds where Dr. Richard has spoken
3     Dallas GPA: health, safety and smooth customs/immigration entry as the pastors arrive this week
4     GProCommission: wisdom and perseverance as GProCentral colleagues keep reaching out to encourage pastors and pastoral trainers
5     Media Outreach: many to engage with Dr. Richard’s LifeRocks short video messages about peace
6     Dallas GPA: spiritual and physical protection of the delegates and all RREACH and DTS staff involved
7     iProMission: blocks of time Dr. Richard can dedicate to writing and preparing messages
8     National GPA: clear vision, fresh energy and enduring connections for GPA Colombia graduates as they return home
9     Dallas GPA: day 1 – worship service, special lunch and orientation leading into an exciting week in the classroom
10   RR: teaching three sessions today as the first Master Coach of the GPA
11   Media Outreach: insight as RREACH staff plan and excellence as they execute plans
12   RREACH: special energy and encouragement for the staff throughout the Dallas GPA
13   GProCommission: preparations for regional gatherings of pastoral trainers
14   Dallas GPA: a great weekend for the pastors and their host families
15   RR: Ramesh to be humble before God, sensitive to needs and have clear direction in all areas of life
16   National GPA: funding so we can continue to make national GPAs possible
17   Dallas GPA: week 2 in the classroom – Master Coaches, deepening relationships, Scripture Sculpture homework
18   Media Outreach: people in unreachable areas to hear about the Lord Jesus through LifeRocks’ online presence
19   GProCommission: capacity to translate more materials into more languages
20   National GPA: GPA Belize pastors to be connected, united and strengthened as they meet 6/20–29
21   Dallas GPA: a great weekend for the pastors and their host families
22   iProMission: making Dr. Richard’s books, talks and other resources available for greatest effect
23   RR: God’s hand to be on Dr. Richard as he prepares the 2019 graduation charge
24   Dallas GPA: final week – sermon preparation, closer bonding, energy to finish well
25   Media Outreach: pre-Christians to have meaningful conversations with online counselors
26   GProCommission: pastoral trainers to benefit from the thousands of resources available on GProLearning.org
27   iProMission: discernment as Dr. Richard evaluates potential speaking engagements
28   National GPA: clear vision, fresh energy and enduring connections for GPA Belize graduates as they return home tomorrow
29   Dallas GPA: a powerful graduation celebration for the 2019 graduates
30   Dallas GPA: safety and strength as the pastors depart and go back to their everyday lives

Ramesh Richard proclaims God’s Word; RREACH maximizes 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

RREACH daily prayer reminder – May

Dear praying friends,

This month, please pray with us for:

1     Ramesh Richard to be humble before God, sensitive to needs, and have clear direction in all areas of life
2     iProMission: good attendance at pre-evangelistic events
3     Dallas GPA: thorough practical and spiritual preparation as the pastors get ready to come to Dallas
4     National GPA: Clear vision, fresh energy and enduring connections for GPA Panama and Indonesia (women’s) graduates as they return home
5     Media Outreach: effectively using technology and different media platforms to proclaim the Lord Jesus
6     GProCommission: team members to be encouraged in their service
7     iProMission: time Dr. Richard can dedicate to preparing messages and writing
8     Dallas GPA: direction and diligence as we pull final details together
9     RR: blessings and even greater fruitfulness in the Lord Jesus as Dr. Richard celebrates another birthday
10     National GPA: financial provision for the increased number of national GPAs we are holding each year and wisdom in administering it
11     Media Outreach: good conversations between seekers and online counselors
12     RREACH: God’s hand to be on the RREACH board of directors and internal and external staff
13     GProCommission: team members to be able to connect with and encourage hard-to-reach pastors and pastoral trainers
14     iProMission: people who have heard Dr. Richard speak to embrace the Lord Jesus
15     RR: Ramesh to be humble before God, sensitive to needs and have clear direction in all areas of life
16     Dallas GPA: safety, health and travel mercies for the pastors
17     RREACH: the board of directors meeting today
18     Media Outreach: excellence and perseverance in producing campaigns that engage pre-Christians
19     GProCommission: attention to detail in managing information and relationships
20     National GPA: organizers to walk with the Lord Jesus and faithfully manage details
21     iProMission: maximizing Dr. Richard’s health, energy and time to fulfill God’s gifting and calling on him
22     Dallas GPA: the 2019 GPA to be a life- and ministry-changing event
23     RR: safety, health and travel mercies
24     Media Outreach: to reach people who have never been exposed to the Lord Jesus Christ
25      National GPA: GPA Colombia pastors to be connected, united and strengthened as they meet 5/25 – 6/8
26     iProMission: making Dr. Richard’s books, talks and other resources available for greatest effect
27     GProCommission: accuracy, efficiency and speed in translating materials into multiple languages for eager pastors
28     RREACH: Good connections and bonding among team members, who are based all around the world
29     Dallas GPA: peace that passes understanding for pastors and organizers in the final days of preparation
30     RR: Ramesh to grow ever deeper in his relationship with the Lord Jesus
31     National GPA: physical and spiritual protection for pastors, organizers and their families

Ramesh Richard proclaims God’s Word; RREACH maximizes 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

New faith, new year, new life

Dear praying friends:

In brief:

  • Pray for follow-up with those who made decisions for the Lord Jesus on Dr. Ramesh Richard’s latest trip.
  • Pray for upcoming outreach events in The Gambia and other places, and for events in planning.
  • Pray for the Global Proclamation Commission’s (GProCommission) growing contribution to pastoral health and church health around the world.

The bigger picture:

Dr. Richard’s recent ministry trip in South Asia saw a number of opinion leaders—people of influence and affluence—trust the Lord Jesus as their only heart-Savior after his talks. Praise God! Please pray that their new faith will take root and flourish, and that their witness will draw others to Him.

At the beginning of this new year, the Lord willing, Dr. Richard is heading out again, this time for West Africa. A Dallas Global Proclamation Academy graduate from The Gambia is organizing a number of events in a situation in which the majority of people follow another world-view. Praise God for these opportunities.

Pray for His protection over those organizing the events, for the Holy Spirit to prepare hearts and minds to receive new life, and for Dr. Richard to be a useful instrument in the Lord’s hands. Please also ask His direction and provision regarding other outreach and pastoral training opportunities and amplification in 2019.

God continues to deepen and broaden GProCommission effectiveness in strengthening pastoral leaders and pastoral trainers. Much prayer is needed since much of what we’re doing has not been done before, especially in developing a global network of connections, encouragement and resources. We need sensitivity to God, readiness for action, excellent execution and perseverance in His strength.

Thank you for praying! May God bless your New Year with renewed faith and renewed life.

In his words: Ramesh Richard November update

Dear praying friends,

I am quickly over-running my allotted word count even as I begin this letter! Bring out your magnifying glasses to rejoice over a two-week, six-country, seven-airline-dominated last month.

  • China: A two-hour pastoral visit during a five-hour stopover after American Airlines’ longest flight (Dallas to Hong Kong—17 hours!) with a long-term friend weakened by cancer.
  • India: One of the richest days of my life in my childhood city! Two-hundred-fifty believers brought 350 pre-Christ friends for a day-long event featuring talks from converts to the Lord Jesus. I was energized by the spirit of the stories, and more importantly by the Spirit of God, to present the final 30-minute talk at the end of a powerful, jet-lagged day. Thirty-eight made first time professions of faith—a huge percentage! That night I flew to my birth city to talk to 20,000-plus people (mostly new believers) on the problem of evil.
  • Thailand: Yet another four-hour layover after an overnight flight allowed for a pastoral visit with a fine Dallas GPA grad/businessman/church planter. We finished with prayer for a child. That was Monday; on Thursday, he confirmed his wife’s pregnancy. God answers even before I pray! (smile)
  • Japan: A nation where the evangelical Faith has failed to penetrate. Still at an abysmal 0.50 percent, with most Japanese pastors soon to retire, they need a boost in recruitment and training of younger pastors. Who would have thought that RREACH would provide just that through our Global Proclamation (GPro) Commission? A Japanese leader who attended our 2016 GProCongress mobilized over 100 devoted Japanese pastors, older and younger, for GProJapan. They envision 50,000 congregations in Japan over the next decade.
  • Malaysia: God (and Bonnie) knew that I needed two slower days, which I found in Kuala Lumpur with RREACH’s director of Ministry Coordination, former Ambassador Selwyn Das. We had delightful times of meeting, eating, even shoe repair and a haircut!
  • Philippines: GProPhilippines was hosted by TOPIC (Trainers of Pastors International Commission), an organization founded by RREACH 20 years ago. We presented the new global facilitator of TOPIC, Al Bridges (formerly of BEE—Biblical Education by Extension). God used me once again to charge the 150. They plan to train 5,000 pastoral trainers to produce 10,000 new pastoral leaders by 2020!

I trust that your Thanksgiving season included what the Lord makes happen through you, me and this ministry. You were included in our United States Happy Thanksgiving season.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,

RR