Multi-faceted, multiplicative proclamation ministry

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Our hearts go out to pastors choosing to serve in desperate situations around the world.
  • Pray for Dr. Richard’s upcoming, multi-faceted trip through several Asian countries.
  • Praise God for the national Global Proclamation Academies completed thus far this year and pray for the final ones.
  • Thank you for upholding the Global Proclamation Associates event coming in a few weeks and please continue.

The bigger picture:

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The Lord willing, these young pastoral leaders will graduate from GPA Chile this week better prepared to preach, think and live biblically.

We’ve recently heard about man-made and natural disasters in Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia and Costa Rica, and we know that, sadly, many other places are going through tragic events. Would you pray with us especially for the pastors and families serving in these situations? They sacrifice much earthly comfort and gain to represent and proclaim the Lord Jesus amid crisis. Praise God for their amazing witness!

Dr. Richard plans to leave for Asia—many different parts of it—next week. Speaking at outreach events, pastoral training and church health conferences, and one of the fastest-growing churches in the world populate his schedule. Please pray that God will give him wisdom to be strategic with every moment and that the Holy Spirit will speak clearly through him. We cannot overestimate the value of praying for him!

Praise God for the 13 national GPAs that have taken place so far in 2018 and the pastors who have been connected, united and strengthened through them to better serve Christ in their communities. GPA Chile finishes this weekend and GPA The Gambia and GPA Guyana begin today. Pray for all aspects of these and for our preparation for the 2019 Dallas GPA.

In less than four weeks, the Lord willing, a group of select Dallas GPA graduates will gather in Dallas for the launching of Ramesh Richard’s Global Proclamation Associates. Please specifically uphold three pastors who have encountered obstacles in getting their U.S. visas. We are asking the Lord to intervene. Also pray for Dr. Richard and the RREACH staff as we work toward this event. Pray that the Lord Jesus will be honored and that many will draw near to Him through this ministry succession initiative.

Praise for the privilege to serve

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Praise God for the countless ways He has blessed Dr. Richard and RREACH.
  • Please keep praying for national Global Proclamation Academies (GPA) and pastoral training/pastoral trainer follow-up.
  • Pray for our Global Proclamation Associates (GProAssociates) gathering late October.
  • Pray for production of PASTORREACH, a media digest addressing questions from pastoral leaders around the world.

The bigger picture:

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Dr. Richard led the RREACH office staff in a day of praise, prayer, reflection and planning this week. A special hour of prayer with global team members from 10 countries and eight different time zones around the world set the foundation for the next few months of ministry. We praise God for the privilege of serving Him and the multitude of other blessings He has poured on Dr. Richard and his ministry. Pray with us that He will continue to enable Dr. Richard to fulfill His gifting and calling.

Despite the danger, 37 young pastors in an undisclosed Asian country have gathered for a national GPA that will wrap up this weekend. Pray for them. Pray for academies coming up in Chile, Guyana and The Gambia, and for the strengthening of our follow-up with graduating pastors and with pastoral trainers through the GProCommission.

The Lord willing, a gathering of Ramesh Richard’s Global Proclamation Associates (GProAssociates) will come to Dallas in late October. Through this initiative, younger colleagues—select and proven Dallas GPA graduates—will initiate and respond as needed to pastoral training opportunities worldwide on Dr. Richard’s behalf. Please uphold them and us as we lay the groundwork in planning and resources for this important milestone moment. Some are still waiting for U.S. visas.

Another initiative rolling out in the next few weeks is PASTORREACH, a weekly, short video series featuring Dr. Richard answering real questions from real pastors about real life ministry around the world. Pray for the Lord’s direction and provision through the production process and that PASTORREACH will encourage many.

Action in South, Central and North America, Africa and more

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Pray for Global Proclamation Academy (GPA) Republic of Congo graduates as they return home, GPA Ecuador’s graduation this weekend, and GPA Central African Republic delegates arriving this week.
  • Praise God for Dr. Richard and Bonnie’s time away with all their kids and grandkids.
  • Pray for Dr. Richard’s upcoming evangelistic outreach and pastoral training trip to Costa Rica.
  • Praise God for the growth of GProLearning.org; pray for more capacity to evaluate additional pastoral training materials.
  • Pray for production and distribution of Dr. Richard’s talks and writing projects.

The bigger picture:

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Dr. Richard (taking the picture) enjoyed playing chess with granddaughter Emma and new daughter-in-law Chelsie when the whole family got together recently.

GPA Republic of Congo graduates returned to the demands of daily ministry and home life last weekend. GPA Ecuador delegates expect to graduate and return home this weekend. GPA Central African Republic welcomes delegates this week. Please pray for the young pastors in each of these stages. Pray that what they have learned/will learn and the relationships they have developed/will develop at their national GPA will strengthen them abundantly for the work to which God has called them.

Dr. Richard and Bonnie were able to take some time away in South Carolina with all their kids and grandkids recently. Praise God for this and pray that the Richard family will continue to grow in the love and nurture of the Lord Jesus.

Dr. Richard’s upcoming trip to Costa Rica includes pre-evangelistic engagements, their first national preaching conference, and a Sunday morning service. Intercede for those preparing for all these events, for many to attend, and for Dr. Richard to be greatly used of the Lord.

We’re thankful for all the hard work that has gone into selecting biblically-based pastoral training materials for GProLearning.org. The site now features more than 9,000 items in more than 31 languages. Please pray for more people to help with the intensive vetting process and for these materials to significantly help wherever pastoral training is taking place.

Praise God for recent momentum in producing and distributing Dr. Richard’s writings and talks. Intercede for this process and for the material to bless many.

 

Some answers to prayer!

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Answer to prayer: Dr. Richard just completed two undisturbed, productive days of writing!
  • Keep praying for the possibility of a pre-evangelistic event with opinion leaders, people of influence and affluence, in Paraguay and other places.
  • Praise God for GProLearning.org’s growth to 7,142 curated pastoral training resources in more than 30 languages.
  • The Dallas GPA is nearly here; pray for 25 pastors and Holy Spirit-empowered preparation. Also pray for a national GPA in a dangerous region starting June 1.

The bigger picture:

Thank you for praying: Dr. Richard was able to dedicate a few days to writing this week and progressed well on a project. Please ask for his continued creativity and productivity.

Another answer to prayer! A RREACH colleague and local pastor met with a government official in Paraguay interested in organizing a pre-evangelistic event. Thank God for their efforts. Pray for Him to open the door there for Dr. Richard to talk with opinion leaders about life issues. Pray for more such opportunities in other locations, as well.

The resource arm of the GProCommission, GProLearning.org, now features 7,142 pastoral training resources in more than 30 languages curated from around the world. Praise God for the team’s diligence. Please ask Him for good collaboration, creativity and excellent implementation as they continue to introduce the GProCommission and its components to pastoral trainers and leaders globally.

With less than three weeks to go, we are praying for the right 25 pastors to attend the Dallas GPA, held on the Dallas Seminary campus. The count is now 23! Several pastors have upcoming visa appointments. Pray for everyone involved—pastors, RREACH team, Dallas Seminary colleagues, Master Coaches and more—to be led and empowered by the Holy Spirit in their preparation. Please also lift up a national GPA starting June 1 in a region dangerous for believers.

Thank you!

In his words: Ramesh Richard March 2018 update

Dear praying friends,

I do not know how to write a longer note this month, but not for lack of powerful activity. It just has been a personal blur caused by great earthly loss. My hero, my dad, John Richard, died 17 days short of his 95th birthday. And I have been balancing that reality with the need to continue serving God in Jesus’ name, and my father’s too! What a legacy he has left me.

He lived a full life—of faithfulness and fruitfulness—and now has begun to receive the reward for his earthly labors. I could not make it to be with him at his final earthly breath. Upon receiving the news, my first journal entry was simply: “I want to live like my father and die like my father!”

Two U.S. memorial services were conducted. God was glorified, my dad was honored, believers were strengthened and the Gospel was proclaimed. Several pre-Christian friends trusted Christ in Syracuse, New York. And our son Robby preached at his grandfather’s service in Dallas, Texas. Both brought immense joy to earth and heaven in the middle of grief.

Actually, the month began with me doing what my dad would have wanted me to do—addressing 300 some leaders from about 150+ missions agencies. Many leaders and organizations are part of his legacy. I spent four days of writing in a nice Middle Eastern hotel on a friend’s points, but also got to present the Gospel there at a private dinner for 25, where 10 responded with professions of embracing the Good News. Also, I started back in the classroom at Dallas Seminary after a five-year load-restructure around RREACH’s mega-project, the decade-long Global Proclamation Commission. Heavy and hearty follow-up continues deep and wide in pastoral training and biblical proclamation.


…balancing ideas with opportunities and resources with realities…


Two more memorial services for my dad also took place in India. I will write about them next time. You will benefit reading the outpouring of memories from across the world at www.rreach.org. And you are welcome to add your own. There would have been no RREACH without my dad. And RREACH would not continue without you.

I want to thank my family, board, staff and intercessors for your amazing support through the thick and thin of personal and ministry life. We are in the process of balancing ideas with opportunities and resources with realities. I thank you and need your ongoing help!

In the Inexhaustible One,

RR

Visits, visas and vision-casting

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • The Lord Jesus blessed Dr. Richard’s trip with deep connections and re-connections.
  • LifeRocks is getting an update to better engage pre-Christians.
  • We’re celebrating the completion of GPA Zambia and a 14th Dallas GPA candidate visa approved!
  • The GProCommission is developing connections across Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

The bigger picture:

Dr. Richard is en route back to the U.S. after a swift, five-city trip through Singapore, India, Hong Kong and the Philippines. He visited long-time friends, made new friends, cast vision, spoke several times and participated in two memorial services for his dad. He reports that his heart and mind are beginning to adjust after the initial period of grieving. God is using your prayers and expressions of love to help the whole Richard family heal.

RREACH is migrating and updating LifeRocks, our Media Outreach website. Please pray for technological mercies! Also pray for the production and release of the newest LifeRocks video next month. Continue to intercede for more pre-Christians to think more clearly about the Lord Jesus Christ as they view and read our materials.

The fourth national GPA of 2018 is in session. Please ask God to watch over GPA El Salvador attendees and organizers and their families and ministries back home. Praise Him for the 28 young pastors who completed GPA Zambia (2) last week and ask His blessing on their ongoing ministry.

Also thank the Lord for a 14th Dallas GPA candidate who has received a visa. Sadly, another brother who applied this week was rejected. We are waiting to hear results from three others and praying for upcoming appointments for Pastors K from Togo (second attempt), K from Lesotho, and T from Myanmar.

On the GProCommission front, our colleague in Latin America is pursuing partnerships for Spanish pastoral training resources and a mentoring program. Our colleague in the Middle East plans to speak and cast vision at an upcoming conference. Our colleague in Europe is developing alliances with organizations in French-speaking Africa. Please pray for these and for ongoing provision and protection of colleagues and pastoral trainers in all areas.

Thank you!

 

For more and better proclamation

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Ramesh Richard has two memorial services for his dad in India this weekend.
  • The latest Dallas Global Proclamation Academy candidates applying for visas were rejected.
  • GPA Zambia wraps up this week; GPA El Salvador is coming.
  • The GProCommission team is sourcing pastoral training content for updates and blogs.

The bigger picture:

Dr. Richard is to participate in memorial services for his dad this weekend in Delhi and Chennai, India. Please continue to intercede for the Richard family. Also intercede that many will embrace the Good News proclaimed at these services.

Two Dallas GPA candidates were denied visas this week. Strong prayer is still needed on every applicant’s behalf. Pastors scheduled for interviews next week include M – Haiti, J – Vanuatu, S – Gabon, and M – Burkina Faso. We’re also beginning to search for airline tickets. Please pray for good itineraries at the best possible prices.

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Zambian pastors studying how to preach an expository sermon.

The second national GPA held in Zambia finishes this week. Thank God for the 28 young pastoral delegates and ask Him to further connect, unite and strengthen them as they get back into the daily demands of ministry and life. GPA El Salvador is coming March 18. We pray for God’s Word to be proclaimed more and better in every reach of the globe as a result of national GPAs.

The GProCommission team is always on the lookout for high quality, engaging pastoral training material that is applicable across many cultures and contexts. Pray that God will alert us to such resources. Pray, too, for more pastoral trainers to become connected, united and strengthened through our efforts.