Please pray for Dr. Richard’s creativity, capacity and Christ-likeness as opportunities arise to proclaim the Lord Jesus.
Pray for the Lord Jesus’ clear direction regarding a trip to minister in Venezuela.
Give thanks for how God is strengthening GProCommission efforts to connect and resource pastoral trainers.
GPA Republic of Congo has started! Pray for them and for upcoming national GPAs planned for Ecuador, Central African Republic, Hungary and a closed country.
The bigger picture:
Dr. Richard speaking at Upendo Baptist Church’s 20th anniversary in Dallas
The Lord Jesus continues to answer our prayer for openings for Dr. Richard to proclaim Him. On a recent trip, his outbound seatmate had just lost her grandmother and her mother was dying of cancer. He talked and prayed with her. On his return trip, the same woman was again his seatmate! The Lord again allowed him to minister to her. Pray that this woman and others whom Dr. Richard has introduced to the Lord Jesus will receive His new life.
Also please continue to ask the Lord’s direction regarding a potential Venezuela trip. In God’s providence, the applied-for visa has still not been granted and plans are on hold. Intercede for the pastors ministering amid many difficulties there and for the Lord to protect Dr. Richard’s passport.
Uphold the GProCommission team and everyone involved in efforts to strengthen pastoral trainers and multiply pastors. We engage in strategic follow-up action after every Dallas and national GPA and are maintaining follow-up from the GProCongress for Pastoral Trainers. The work is intensive. Please ask the Lord’s provision in human, financial and technical resources and wise implementation of those resources.
Praise God for the pastors gathered for GPA Republic of Congo! Pray for them to be especially connected, united and strengthened. Pray, too, for upcoming GPAs in Ecuador, Central African Republic, Hungary and a closed country.
Praise God for His great blessings on Dr. Richard’s trip to Grenada.
Uphold Dr. Richard’s upcoming speaking engagement and recording of short evangelistic talks.
We are still waiting for Dr. Richard’s Venezuela visa. This window of opportunity is closing. Please pray.
Praise God for GPA Nigeria (Women’s), underway right now.
Pray for good GProCommission partnerships to develop.
The bigger picture:
Dr. Richard spoke to Grenadian pastors and church leaders about spiritual convictions for leadership service
GPA Grenada finished on a high note last week as Dr. Richard was able to join the 25 young pastoral leaders for their graduation. Praise God and pray that they will remain connected, united and strengthened as they return home to daily demands.
While in Grenada, Dr. Richard also spoke at an event for opinion leaders, in two church services, with the Prime Minister’s cabinet, and for another group of pastors. Several individuals indicated making significant personal decisions. Please ask the Lord for ongoing fruit from his ministry there.
Dr. Richard is scheduled to speak at a Dallas-area church this weekend, record messages for his LifeRocks series on peace early next week, and speak several other times over the next month. Pray for good preparation time and for the Lord’s Spirit to be upon him for these engagements.
We need to make a decision very soon regarding Dr. Richard’s planned trip to minister to Venezuela pastors. Please ask the Lord for Dr. Richard’s visa to arrive immediately and for clarity about moving forward. Pray, also, for the pastors and families serving in this stricken country.
GPA Nigeria, RREACH’s second women’s GPA, began Tuesday. Praise God for the women who have gathered for training in preaching and living biblically. Pray for them to be connected, united and strengthened.
One aim of the GProCommission for Pastoral Trainers is to collaborate with pastoral training organizations around the world. Please intercede for insight on how to best do this. Thank you!
We’re praising God for this year’s 26 wonderful GPA pastors and His blessing as we finish the second week of GPA!
Praise God for so many generous and welcoming friends who come alongside RREACH to make the GPA a special time for the pastors.
Continue to pray for comprehensive protection of pastors and staff.
Intercede for a momentous graduation and banquet evening.
Pray for details to come together for Dr. Richard’s upcoming trips.
The bigger picture:
The 2018 class of Dallas GPA delegates is eager to learn, asking a lot of questions in class, and sharing ministry experiences and practices with each other. One pastor half-jokingly told Dr. Richard, “I’m an idiot!” He was referring to how much he is learning about the Scriptures and how much more he has yet to learn. Praise God for these young leaders and ask His favor on their remaining time here.
Praise God, too, for the many people who have helped make the GPA a great experience for the pastors. Volunteers, hosts, donors, prayer partners and more … all are expressions of His blessing!
We’re thankful that no major challenges have arisen for the pastors or their families. Please keep asking God’s complete protection over them and the staff. One staff member’s home was broken into this week. A great deal was stolen, but, praise God, no one was hurt and insurance will cover most of the loss.
Also pray for preparation for the GPA graduation and banquet. It is scheduled for, the Lord willing, Saturday, June 30. Pray for God’s anointing as Dr. Richard prepares his message and for his voice to return to full strength.
Dr. Richard is scheduled to speak in Dallas, New York, the Caribbean, Central America and South America this summer. Please pray for details to come together and meaningful engagement. Also ask the Lord’s direction regarding possible future events in Paraguay, Hungary and South Asia.
Give thanks for Ryan and Chelsie Richard’s beautiful, Christ-honoring wedding ceremony.
Praise God for 26 pastors approved to come to the U.S. for the Dallas GPA!
Thank the Lord Jesus for the wonderful volunteers lending very helpful hands to GPA preparation.
Pray for personal proclamation opportunities for Dr. Richard in Paraguay, Venezuela and more.
The bigger picture:
On a Texas May day, family and friends celebrated Ryan and Chelsie Richard’s garden wedding, an event that exalted the Lord Jesus. Praise Him for His work in the couple’s lives and pray for their growth together in Him. Praise God, too, that Dr. Richard’s voice held up as he officiated; he eventually lost it from being outdoors on the high-allergen weekend.
Our prayers have been answered: We now have 26 pastors with visas for the June 10 – 30 Dallas GPA (our goal was 25). Thank you so much for praying. And please keep on praying for this group of fine, young pastoral leaders to be supernaturally connected, united and strengthened. Pray for safe, smooth travels and entry into the US. Most will be starting their journeys in less than a week.
Several sets of volunteers have lent their encouraging presence and helping hands to getting us ready for the GPA. We cannot thank God enough for them. Please pray blessing on them and on all final preparations for this major annual event. Also remember the teams serving behind the scenes.
Dr. Richard’s summer following the Dallas GPA is filling up rapidly. Ask God for clear leading about upcoming personal proclamation opportunities in Paraguay and Venezuela and later possibilities in Costa Rica, Hungary, and several locations in India, as well as U.S.-based engagements. Pray that he will be an effective spokesman for the Sovereign Savior worldwide.
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.
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.
Ramesh Richard with his dad, John Richard, in 2015
The Richard family is gathering for John Richard’s memorial services in Dallas this weekend.
Dallas GPA visa count: 9. Four pastors are from new countries! Several more pastors, however, have been denied.
Dr. Richard is preparing for an international ministry trip in March.
The GProCommission team is looking for more GProCentral colleagues, i.e. teammates who personally connect with pastoral trainers and leaders.
The bigger picture:
Dallas services for Ramesh Richard’s father are scheduled for Saturday, February 17. A service in Delhi, India, is set for Saturday, March 10. Please continue to pray for the family. And pray that God will extend John Richard’s legacy of love for the Lord Jesus Christ and passion for spreading His Word, to His glory.
Three Dallas GPA candidates have visa appointments next week: N from Bangladesh, C from Burundi, and S from DR Congo. Pray that they will be able to join the nine already approved, four from the new countries of Gambia, Macedonia, Mauritius, and St. Kitts and Nevis. Seventeen additional pastors are still in pre-visa application stages. Pray for the Lord’s direction and provision as they and we work through the process.
Please ask God to lead clearly as Dr. Richard plans a March trip to South East Asia. Ask for the right ministry opportunities to mature and for Dr. Richard’s capacity for scheduled and impromptu ministry moments while adjusting to the earthly loss of his dad.
GProCommission colleagues actively connect with pastoral trainers and leaders to encourage and network them in their ministries. These regional teammates are a critical element of our strategy to strengthen pastoral trainers to produce 100,000 better trained pastors by 2020. Colleagues are especially needed in South East Asia. Pray for the Lord to bring the right people on board.