Ramesh on the road (again)

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Remember Dr. Richard as he speaks at GPA Grenada and several other events this weekend.
  • Pray for GPA Nigeria (Women’s), scheduled for July 24 – August 2.
  • Dr. Richard plans to record LifeRocks messages later this month. Please pray for his preparation.
  • Continue to ask God for quick delivery of Dr. Richard’s visa for Venezuela.

The bigger picture:

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Pastor S, 2015 Dallas GPA grad from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, helped teach sessions at GPA Grenada.

Dr. Richard is headed to Grenada for the GPA Grenada graduation and several other speaking engagements. Please pray for God to use him powerfully to encourage the pastors, business and government leaders, and others to whom he ministers. Pray also for his health and safety.

RREACH’s second GPA for women is set to begin Tuesday, July 24, in Nigeria. Visa issues have hindered some RREACH staff from getting into the country. Pray that the Lord will make the way for organizers and potential attendees to arrive safe and sound, and for the Holy Spirit to specially connect, unite and strengthen the women. Please also intercede for the funding needed to hold all the national GPAs scheduled this year.

The Lord willing, later this month Dr. Richard will record another set of LifeRocks short video messages for people who don’t know much about the Lord Jesus Christ. Please ask God to inspire him as he prepares. Also pray for a smooth production process.

Venezuelan pastors have gone to a lot of effort to organize a conference for local pastors and a talk on success for area professionals and leaders August 2 – 6. However, Dr. Richard is still waiting for his visa. Pray for it to be granted and arrive quickly, and for this trip to be a tremendous blessing to a troubled country.

Ministry and math

Dear praying friends,

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Sunday service in one of the fastest-growing churches in the world

People are hungry for God. The picture above shows Ramesh Richard’s view as he spoke in one of the fastest-growing churches in the world during his recent South Asia trip. He spoke in two of five services which average 20,000 to 25,000 attendees each. At a mega youth conference of 15,000 the church held the next day, around 10,000 responded to his invitation.

From there he went to teach at the first pastors conference held in conjunction with RREACH’s first Chair of Preaching and Pastoral Ministries, established at SAIACS a year ago. The attendance–55–was but a fraction of that at the mega-church. But for Dr. Richard, it was more strategic. The reason is simple: multiplication. Those pastors, by God’s grace, will lead many future churches.

This last week Ramesh gave several “heart message” talks to about 200 church planting leaders from around the world at a Global Alliance for Church Multiplication Forum in Minneapolis, Minn. Their goal is 5 million churches planted by 2020. The corresponding challenge: Who is going to pastor those church plants to long-term health? RREACH’s Global Proclamation Commission is working on that. At the same time the forum was in session, 36 pastors and 18 wives were finishing training in Cuba’s second national Global Proclamation Academy.

That, dear prayer partners, is how God is multiplying the effect of your prayers!

The response has been encouraging. “Your talk was superb today. Superb. Much positive feedback. We thank God for His provision.” And from a media conference in South Asia, “I could see the Holy Spirit working in every word you spoke. I clearly see God’s hand in hand picking you for this year’s conference, and from the feedback we are getting, I am seeing God igniting hearts to move forward in the area of the harvest.”

We can’t tell you how much we appreciate you. Please keep on praying. The Lord willing, RREACH’s board of directors meets this weekend, GPA Mexico begins next week, and we are planning a retreat for pastors and families in a desperately dangerous region.

 

Praying around the world

Dear praying friends,

We heard from people around the world who prayed for Dr. Ramesh Richard as he spoke to a group of influencers last week—what a blessing and encouragement! “God did speak through me,” he reported. “I sensed it…and so I am told.” May God multiply its impact.

Ramesh is now in the middle of a three-city trip in South Asia. His upcoming engagements include speaking at one of the fastest-growing churches in the region, a mega youth conference, and a pastors conference. Plus, many people wish to meet with him. Praise God for these opportunities! Pray for the right words at the right moments, physical and spiritual protection, and, ultimately, for more people to embrace the Lord Jesus Christ.

We’re excited about the young pastors who have recently graduated from GPA Niger and GPA Mongolia. Please intercede that they will apply what they learned and continue to encourage each other. GPA Cuba and GPA Mexico are coming up.

Also lift up the GProCommission team’s efforts to connect, unite and strengthen trainers of pastors. The range of needs in this area is vast—but God is providing as we pray! An associate who can communicate with a significant language group recently joined in the work.

Fruit and floods

Dear praying friends,

It took Dr. Ramesh Richard 46 hours just to get to Burundi, a beautiful African country scarred by tribal conflicts, but his four days there last week were rich in opportunity. He was invited to preach one and a half hours in a (three and a half hour) Sunday church service, spoke at a pastors conference, and held major, separate sessions with military, police, government and business leaders and students.

We prayed for good attendance and great fruit and God granted these requests. One example: Representatives from all 29 political parties filled the meeting room to hear Dr. Richard speak, and more than 20 of them indicated making major life decisions. Praise Him!

Pray that all of these efforts will result in people finding peace with God and making peace among themselves. Also pray that Burundi’s pastoral leaders will multiply the training they’ve received.

The Lord willing, on his return trip Dr. Richard will stop to speak twice at a fellowship in an influential country. Pray that his voice and energy will hold up. He also plans to meet with RREACH’s Director of Ministries to discuss organizational architecture, ministries integration and project priorities.

The last few weeks we have been praying for flood victims in Nepal, Bangladesh and India, and for mudslide victims in Sierra Leone. We now add flood victims in the Houston, Texas, area to that list. Please ask God for immediate help for all affected, and for many to receive the eternal rescue the Lord Jesus offers. Ask Him to direct and strengthen those giving aid.

Thank you!

 

Receiving God’s goodness

Dear praying friends,

On a recent flight, Dr. Richard prayed with an airplane seatmate whose mother was dying. A few days later he got word that the mother miraculously pulled through! Thank God for His kindness and pray for the family to continue to experience His loving care.

As national GPAs in Brazil and a special region conclude this week, pray that each pastor will go forward better connected, united and strengthened for ministry. Also pray for blessings on upcoming national GPAs in Niger and Mongolia.

NGPA Banner outside of the dorms.

GPA Brazil banner outside of dormitory

Last weekend Dr. Richard was privileged to speak at Shadow Mountain Community Church, Dr. David Jeremiah’s church in southern California. Praise God for this opportunity and for the wonderful connections he made while there. If you wish to listen to his message, you may access the recorded service at http://www.shadowmountain.org/default.aspx?page=3468.

Later this month Ramesh is scheduled for a pastors conference and meetings with leaders from several sectors in a troubled African country. Please pray for many to receive the Lord Jesus’ favor and for the whole country to experience positive change.

Changing the way people think…will you pray?

Dear praying friends,

The Lord Jesus gave Dr. Richard some unexpected ministry encouragement during a quick trip to visit his father, Dr. John Richard. He met a man who remembered his talk at a leadership seminar held more than 20 years ago—and the man had been just 11 years old at the time! He also got word that a Christian television station in India is airing his LifeRocks Media Outreach messages daily. In addition to the joy of spending time with his dad, what an affirmation for Dr. Richard that God continues to change the way people think about the Lord Jesus Christ through his personal proclamation!

Will you trust God with us for his upcoming proclamation opportunities, which include Media Outreach message filming, guest-speaking at the church of an internationally-renowned minister, and a pastors conference and evangelistic outreaches in East Africa?

We rejoice in the 29 pastors who graduated from GPA Ivory Coast this month and the 24 pastors who gathered this week for GPA Argentina, which is to run through August 5.

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GPA Argentina pastors in class

Pray for God’s special connecting, uniting and strengthening for all of our Dallas and national GPA graduates and for current and upcoming national GPA attendees.

Please also uphold RREACH and GProCommission team members and their families, RREACH Board members and their families, and Dr. Richard’s family, especially as many travel this summer. Based in Dallas, Texas, USA; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Beirut, Lebanon; Kampala, Uganda; and many other places, we all strive to serve together for the proclamation of the Lord Jesus Christ worldwide.

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.

Specific and timely prayer requests on behalf of Dr. Richard

Dear praying friends,

After an intense weekend of meetings related to the four-year follow-up of the GProCongress, Dr. Richard is off on another trip. In fact, between now and the beginning of the 2015 Dallas GPA, he expects to be home only three days. Would you please pray with us over the following?

  • At President Paul Nyquist’s invitation, Dr. Richard will be presenting the GProCongress during five 5-minute slots throughout the Moody Pastor’s Conference this week. Dr. Richard (and Brian Considine, mobilization director,) will have prime opportunities to share the Congress with potential attendees, networkers, staff, etc., and to make vital connections.
  • Nepal continues to quake, literally and figuratively, in the aftermath of the massive April 25 earthquake. The Lord willing, Dr. Richard will host a special half-day of encouragement for Nepali pastors and their wives May 29. Thanks to generous RREACH friends, we will also be able to provide each pastor’s family a precious, monetary encouragement, a small “love-gift.”
  • Praise! Twenty-three pastors now have the visas they need to attend the Dallas GPA. Four more are still attempting to get theirs, which also complicates getting reasonably priced flights to Dallas. We want the Lord’s right 25 (or more) here.
  • GPA Cambodia is in full swing. They continue until May 23.
  • The RREACH and GProCongress teams need our Lord Jesus Christ’s total protection and global provision during the intense 20 days until the Dallas GPA and 392 days until the Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers—as well as during and for following up each.

We are grateful for you and for your intercession. Know that we pray and praise on your behalf, too!

Praises from across Africa

Dear Praying Friends,

Thank you for praying Dr. Richard across Malawi, South Africa, Uganda and Ethiopia over the past two weeks. Here are a few photos from Uganda for you to enjoy.

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Dr. Richard teaching at the Uganda Pastors Conference

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Dr. Richard speaking to non-believers in Uganda

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Crowd at evangelistic event

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Dr. Richard, Robby Richard and four of our Dallas GPA grads who minister in Uganda

The Lord willing, Dr. Richard will arrive back in Dallas today. He has a busy schedule coming up.

Please pray for:

  • The RREACH Board meetings this week
  • Dr. Richard’s two speaking engagements and trips (within the U.S.) next week
  • Several special gatherings with long-time and new-to-RREACH friends

“We have learned a new thing…”: praise/prayer update from Africa

Dear Praying Friends,

Praise: GPA Mali accomplished!

mali 3Against earthly odds, 21 pastors graduated from GPA Mali last week. Master Coach Pastor MN reported,

It was a new experience which challenged us in a new way. We have learned a new thing to trust God more in hard situations. The world news highlights on Mali: Ebola, Jihaddists, etc., and not enough attendees in the first three days, really shook us. If it were not for Christ’s sake we could have decided otherwise. But now, we have joy and thanksgiving in our heart. As Paul said, ‘We have kept the faith,’ and RREACH has shown how much it cares for the Church of Christ, for it could have cancelled the Mali national GPA.”

“We are thankful to God for His grace, care, protection and provision throughout the whole GPA Mali.

Dr. Richard’s Journey Through Africa

Dr. Richard is grateful for the prayers sustaining him through less-than-ideal circumstances when he first reached Africa. His hosts’ warm spirits blessed him through a busy first few days in Malawi and South Africa. Please continue to intercede for him as he heads, the Lord willing, into a large pastors conference and evangelistic events in Uganda, as well as GProCongress vision-casting gatherings with leaders in Uganda and Ethiopia. Also pray for organizers and attendees.

Thank you for praying!