Keep praying for proclaiming

Dear praying friends,

2018 has started out like 2017 ended—eventfully. GPA Democratic Republic of Congo (East) began Jan. 4 in Goma with 30 eager pastors. They wrap up this weekend.

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Pray that these young GPA DR Congo pastors will return home better equipped and connected with fellow pastors for the demands of ministry in their country of much turmoil but amazing potential. Pray, too, for the teams preparing to hold national GPAs in many other countries this year.

Turmoil characterizes much of our world today and is something Dr. Richard sees close-up in his global proclamation travels. This week, during an intimate dinner with a small group of RREACH friends, he shared a biblically grounded perspective and strategy for understanding and living in these complex and uncertain times. If you’d like to read some of what he has written on this topic, browse the articles on the RREACH website: rreach.org/articles.

The Lord willing, Ramesh plans to fly out next week to minister in two areas of the world difficult for followers of the Lord Jesus. Please ask God’s great favor on this trip—that He will use Dr. Richard to greatly encourage believers and winsomely connect with pre-Christians, some who may never have heard anything of the Gospel.

We continue to pray for the right 25 pastors, at least five from new countries, for the 2018 Dallas GPA. Being approved for a visa to travel to the U.S. is a huge challenge for many of them. Four pastors will be applying for their visas over the next couple of weeks. Please intercede for them.

Finally, continue to lift up our efforts to re-center around RREACH’s core purpose of fully exploiting—in the good way—Dr. Richard’s gifting and calling to proclaim the Lord Jesus Christ, for the very best of many everywhere. Thank you!

A wonderful surprise

Dear praying friends,

RREACH just received a wonderful surprise: the independent charity evaluator Charity Navigator has updated our rating to 100! Less than one percent of all the charities evaluated by Charity Navigator have received perfect scores. We are humbly grateful.

Please continue to pray that we will do our best in every way to steward what God has entrusted to us, especially as the RREACH board of directors plans to meet late next week. Also remember the executive team meetings set to take place, the Lord willing, in a couple of weeks.

In the area of Media Outreach, Dr. Richard’s latest video campaign on grief is doing well. Pray for many to hear his talks, engage with us through LifeRocks.org, and ultimately trust the Lord Jesus Christ for their lives.

Work toward the 2018 Dallas GPA continues on schedule. We have filled every Master Coach slot and have accepted 17 pastors, four from new countries. We’re also working toward holding at least 25 national GPAs next year. Please ask God’s direction and favor.

Thank you!

A new RREACH acronym

Women's GPA

RREACH board member Shelby Barnette (front row, second from the right) with the first class of women’s national GPA (WGPA) delegates in Manila

Dear praying friends,

RREACH’s first national Global Proclamation Academy for women, WGPA, is taking place right now in Manila, Philippines. Praise God! Of the 28 taking part, 20 come from the Philippines and eight from areas around the world where we hope to hold future WGPAs. Please cover the organizers, Master Coaches, and delegates and their families with the shield and blessing of prayer. We’re excited to see where God takes this!

Just one week after RREACH gathered pastors from a war-torn country for a retreat, a group met within their country for prayer and encouragement. A few of their concerns include unity and better relationships, wisdom amid chaos, government relations, and more people following the Lord Jesus Christ. Let’s pray with and for these pastors and their families.

Dr. Richard has had a number of opportunities recently to talk with individuals about the Lord Jesus. Rejoice! Intercede for many to trust and follow Him. RREACH is looking at ways to free more of Dr. Richard’s time and focus for personal proclamation. Pray as we implement strategies.

We also appreciate your prayer for financial resources to meet ministry needs as we move toward the end of the year. Please ask that we will manage them wisely for maximum Kingdom effect, for God’s glory. Thank you!

Only God

Dear praying friends,

It’s hard to think of a better phrase than RREACH’s motto to apply to what has been happening in Dr. Ramesh Richard’s ministry.

Only God allowed RREACH to accomplish bringing 35 pastoral couples out of a battle-ravaged nation to a neighboring country for a few days of refreshing. These pastors have remained in dangerous circumstances, willing to die for the sake of the Lord Jesus Christ. Even their children want to stay. And God is using them to bring many to Himself! Praise be to God! Pray for them as they have now gone back to serve.

Only God gave Ramesh two hours of back-and-forth dialogue one evening with 16 bright pre-Christian university students in an international setting. Toward the end, one student asked him directly what gives his life meaning. Ramesh was honored to share. Praise God for this opportunity! Pray for these students to find true meaning in life.

The Lord willing, the first women’s national Global Proclamation Academy will begin next week in the Philippines. The organizing team, master coaches and potential attendees have been encountering many challenges as they prepare. Intercede for God to protect and provide, as only He can, amid health emergencies, mechanical breakdowns, financial struggles and last-minute schedule conflicts. Pray for this to be an unprecedented time of connecting, uniting and strengthening for pastors’ wives and women in ministry. Praise Him for the 20 pastors who recently graduated from GPA Mexico 2.

Thank you for your faithful intercession.

Pray for pastors!

Dear praying friends,

A vision several years in the making is being realized! The Lord willing, next week RREACH will host an international retreat for about 40 pastors and their families from one of the most turbulent regions in the world. “I am going to be with heroes of our Faith, who have faithfully served God’s purposes and people in their great land during a time of turmoil and need,” Dr. Richard says. He is to fly out this weekend.

They have set a day of prayer and fasting (over at least one meal) for the retreat. We welcome you to join in this. Please ask the Lord Jesus for travel mercies and a deep and rich time of spiritual encouragement and personal refreshment.

The GProCommission team reports similar prayer requests on behalf of pastors around the globe. They desperately need spiritual refreshment and protection, provision, and unity to do God’s work most effectively. Pastors in Mexico are even now gathering for their second national GPA. Would you join us in praying for the health of pastors, churches and societies everywhere? And pray for more individuals from every culture and conviction to come to know the True, Good and Chief Shepherd. Thank you!

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.

In his words: Ramesh Richard September update

Dear praying friends,

Two days in 30 were all I could give to Dallas last month. Fortunately, six of the 30 were spent with Bonnie and son Robby and his family in Greenville, South Carolina. Everyone with grandkids know they energize grandparents while depleting them. They gave me enough joy to bear the intense travel of the month.

It began in the eastern tip of North America—Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. A dozen leaders met to discuss additional initiatives stimulated at last year’s GProCongress. That GProCongress, which you helped support, continues to ripple all over the world with beautiful and fruitful effect.

Speaking over a weekend at Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego, California, on the other end of the continent, was another amazing experience. Well-trained to listen by eminent preacher Dr. David Jeremiah, God’s people were terrifically responsive.

Soon after I left for a most remote country which most don’t know exists! Broken, but beautiful and beloved, Burundi (Google it!) wore me out. ALARM, Inc. our host, had me speak

  • Sunday—at a three and a half hour service for about 2000 people, involving a one and a half hour message with translation. My voice was already showing weakness.
  • Monday—four hours with 120 select pastors on “Shepherding;” their questions showed much lack of pastoral training.
  • Tuesday—three hours with 80 officers of their police and military sitting together for the first time in their history to uphold both the law and government of the land, hearing about Ethics and Society. Several made public spiritual commitments. That evening with businessmen had a light turn-out, yet many among the few embraced the Gospel.

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    Ramesh speaks with Burundian police and military officers on “Ethics and Society.”

  • Wednesday—three hours with about 200 university students on “Foundations for the Future.” Their questions, too, revealed lack of basic knowledge, but great eagerness.
  • Wednesday evening was my highlight as 100 select politicians from ALL 29 political parties attended a two hour seminar. I don’t know any country where all political parties would attend anywhere together! Several embraced the Gospel.

With my voice totally silent by then, I wondered how I could proclaim God’s Word two more times on the way back. And as I have experienced many times before, God’s strength accompanied my weakness…just for the speaking moment…and then I became weak again. God did it, once more! Thank you for being part of His specific support system in this servant’s life of proclaiming and multiplying proclaimers of God’s Word worldwide.

Warmly,

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P.S. Feeling uncertain about the state of the world? You may find comfort in my reflections from October 2001.