Preparation, productivity, progress

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • The Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean is one year away. Please pray!
  • Praise God for Dr. and Mrs. Richard’s safe and productive trip to Southeast Asia.
  • Pray for effective writing and content creation time for Dr. Richard this month.
  • Pray for upcoming national Global Proclamation Academies in South Asia, Ukraine and Guatemala.

The bigger picture:

Jose Madeira at conference for Panama 2020

Dallas GPA graduate Pastor J represents the upcoming GProLATAM&CARIB Congress at a conference in Brazil.

Praise God for the progress He has granted toward the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress, to be held, the Lord willing, October 12–16, 2020! The Lord willing, registration opens this week in Spanish, English and Portuguese, the official languages of the Congress. Please pray with us for the right 500 trainers of pastors to attend, a smooth registration process, and Christ-likeness, creativity and capacity for all those behind the scenes.

Dr. Richard and Bonnie enjoyed a fruitful time at Haggai International’s 50th anniversary celebration, at which Dr. Richard spoke five times. He is always grateful that God condescends to use him, even while recognizing that his gifts are bigger than his person. Praise God! Dr. Richard appreciates prayer as he prepares, strategizes, revises and presents, all in the power of God’s Holy Spirit.

Pray for this month to be fruitful as Dr. Richard focuses on writing projects and preparations for future talks.

We thank God for the national GProAcademies held in 10 different countries this year. Please pray that graduates will continue to preach biblically and connect. Also intercede for upcoming national GProAcademies in South Asia, Ukraine and Guatemala. Ask God to bring the right 25 pastors, protect organizers and attendees, and provide in every detail.

Thank you for praying!

 

In his words: Ramesh Richard September update

Dear praying friends,

Summer is over and school has begun across our neighborhood and at Dallas Seminary. The highlight of the month was our annual faculty retreat, where we envisioned a new year of eager students soon to face the reality of competing demands of professors for attention, time and work. Yet, the discipline needed for a lifetime of ministry is set in motion at a place of formal training. I am so grateful to belong to a peer-community of friends, family and co-workers preparing students for the future of the Faith. DTS is my formal setting of ministry.

Moreover, for faster delivery of better training to more pastors at lower cost, RREACH provides me with non-formal training opportunities and systems. Through the symbiosis and synergies between Dallas Seminary and RREACH, God permits my life to be fruitful and useful for evangelism and church health.

GProAcademy Kosovo concluded in neighboring Albania, a land with only about 2,000 evangelical believers. RREACH has now equipped young pastoral leaders there for two or three decades of preaching, thinking and living biblically. We also hosted a women-only GProAcademy in broken Honduras. Pastors’ wives, women who teach women, and other women met for 10 days of connecting, uniting and strengthening for a lifetime of effective service to the Lord Jesus.

At the end of each national GProAcademy, I Skype in for a half-hour graduation charge—a most beautiful, humbling experience. Having studied a book of mine, the delegates seem exuberant when they meet the author. They cheer, laugh and even sing what they learned on the video conference call.

Quickly advancing communications technologies provide speed and spread of such non-formal training of pastoral leaders. Recruitment has already begun for the 2020 Dallas GProAcademy—pray for 25 pastors from 25 countries and that, God willing, some of those graduates will come to DTS for formal training. Actually, the most recent PR videos of DTS students feature RREACH GProAcademy graduates from Asia. Synergy and symbiosis at work and in evidence!

You, too, are friend, family and co-worker “in the proclamation of God’s Word and the building up of Christ’s Church worldwide.” Those words form the last part of the DTS mission statement and drive several initiatives of RREACH. Thank you so much.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,
RR

In his words: Ramesh Richard August update

Dear praying friends,

Summers are usually “off” for professors. Mine are not. The Dallas Global Proclamation Academy (GProAcademy), held at Dallas Seminary, keeps me teaching on the seminary campus for a month. Soon after sending all 28 pastors to their homelands, we went into project evaluation, decisions and actions.

The very next day, I left on an enjoyable but intense two weeks at CRU’s Institute of Biblical Studies in Fort Collins, Colorado, where I taught on the subject of GOD-BIBLE-HOLY SPIRIT to about 60 students. We do share a ministry “DNA”!

Upon return to Dallas, I plunged into planning meetings for the 2020 Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers of Latin America & the Caribbean (GProLATAM/CARIB Congress). RREACH’s board and staff and Dallas Seminary colleagues attended the private signing ceremony of the first event of the next 10 years under God’s sovereignty. Would you be with us June 27, 2020, in Dallas for the public launching of our next decade? How’s that for a save-the-date alert?

RREACH also hosted a national GProAcademy graduating 24 pastoral leaders in Antigua and Barbuda, and I got to address them by video just before their graduation.

With death always being intrusive and interruptive, Bonnie and I rushed to Texarkana, Texas, to comfort the family of RREACH’s founding board chairman, as well as preach at Fellowship Church there. George Goode’s life was well lived, well run and well fought!

The month ended with holding an afternoon workshop for 28 African-American ministers in Albany, Georgia. They had gone through my Preaching Expository Sermons book for nearly six months under the tutelage of eminent preacher, new Dallas Seminary board member and urologist Dr. Frank Glover. In addition, RightNow.Org (the “Netflix of Christian Bible Study”) has just released an eight-video series on my preaching method.

Thank you for sending me to proclaim God’s Word with your prayers. May the Lord amplify the proclamation globally and multiply the proclamation locally.

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

Dallas GPA praise and urgent prayer request

Answer to prayer: Praise be to God! RREACH now has 28 pastors with visas who plan to attend the Dallas GPA! This has been a major prayer concern and we thank all who have prayed. Having a visa does not guarantee entry into a country, though, so please continue to pray.
Urgent request: A critical aspect of the Dallas GPA is housing all the pastors on the Dallas Seminary campus. Not enough rooms are currently available and we must begin the move-in process in less than two weeks. We ask your fervent prayer that God will open up all the rooms needed.

Thank you!

Action across Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Praise God for opportunities to proclaim the Lord Jesus in Albania and Rwanda.
  • Praise God for the completion of national Global Proclamation Academies (GPA) in Panama and Indonesia (pastor’s wives and women).
  • Praise God for 27 pastors with visas planning to attend the 2019 Dallas GPA.
  • Pray for the newest LifeRocks outreach video release.
  • Pray for the RREACH board of directors.

The bigger picture:

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A GPA Indonesia attendee studies Dr. Ramesh Richard’s seven-step method for preparing an expository sermon.

God granted Dr. Ramesh Richard many wonderful opportunities to proclaim the Lord Jesus on his recent trip to Albania and Rwanda. Albania was the first nation to declare atheism as its authorized religion, though it is now officially a secular state. Dr. Richard spoke to pastoral leaders there and at a private outreach event with about a 60 percent atheist and M*sl*m  audience.

Rwanda is solemnly observing the anniversary of the horrific genocide there 25 years ago. Dr. Richard ministered multiple times to both national and church leaders. Please pray that God’s Word will reach widely and deeply in these countries as a result.

We’re thanking God for the completion of national GPAs in Panama and Indonesia (pastor’s wives and women) this month. Pray for attendees to apply what they learned. Also pray for the funding to continue to make these GPAs possible.

God has blessed us with 27 pastors who have visas and wish to attend this year’s Dallas GPA. Praise Him! Please continue to pray for provision for them and us as well as for our preparation process. We all encounter practical challenges and spiritual opposition in a greater way during this time. Your prayer makes a difference.

We would also appreciate your prayer for the newest LifeRocks video, released last week. Pray that many pre-Christians will watch it and pursue learning more about the Lord Jesus.

Finally, please uphold the RREACH board of directors, which met recently. Pray that their every discussion and decision will strengthen Dr. Richard’s and RREACH’s proclamation of the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you!

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