Pivoting toward media proclamation

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • You’re invited to join our Sunday evening (U.S. time) pandemic prayer calls.
  • Praise God for new opportunities and pray as RREACH realigns priorities and staffing to meet current, urgent realities.
  • Pray for Dr. Richard’s writing projects and the need for good-quality publishers.
  • Praise God for the generous care expressed toward pastors and families in need.

The bigger picture:

Each Sunday evening, 9–9:30 US Central Daylight Time, Dr. Richard hosts a PrayerReach conference call (audio only via Zoom) for matters relating to the pandemic and its consequences. We would be glad for you to join us for this precious time. Let us know and we will send you details. We continue to seek God’s mercy and wisdom for all as this virus continues to wreak havoc around the world.

With the cancellation and postponement of major ministry training events, RREACH has pivoted hard toward Ramesh Richard’s media proclamation. We praise God for new opportunities to proclaim His Word arising out of pandemic circumstances. Ramesh has had several Web-based live speaking engagements. We are scaling our media initiatives to meet new and heightened needs revealed by the pandemic. Pray for wisdom, agile operations and God’s Word to penetrate areas where humans are trying to shut it out. Pray for His discernment and provision to manage this shift and its potential ramifications on workflow and the work force.

Please pray for a publisher for Dr. Richard’s new book, as well as completion of a couple more publication projects.

The spread of starvation is one tragic development of efforts to curtail the pandemic. We thank God that caring friends have donated more than US$64,000 (our goal was $50,000!) in addition to RREACH’s initial $50,000 allocation so that we can help more than 2,000 pastors and their families (averaging a $50 one-time gift) in hard-hit areas. More requests from hungry families of pastors are pouring in. Ask Him to provide more funds by June 30 for more pastoral families and to get the funds to those in the greatest need. Lift them to Him for protection, perseverance and provision. Pray that He will be glorified as they serve Him even in their suffering.

Thank you!

March 2020 RREACH daily prayer reminders

DR. RAMESH RICHARD
3.1    a proclamation and ministry training trip to several African countries
3.2    humility before God, sensitivity to needs and clear direction
3.3    time and concentration to produce writing/speaking content
3.4    discernment in evaluating speaking invitations
3.5    a publisher for a current book manuscript

GPROCOMMISSION
3.6    GPA Equatorial Guinea pastors to be connected, united and strengthened
3.7    pastors at a South Asia national GPA to be connected, united and strengthened
3.8    funding for Dallas and national GPAs and GProCongresses
3.9    final follow-up of the 2016 GProCongress for trainers of pastors

DALLAS GPA 2020
3.10
   favor on candidates applying for U.S. visas
3.11
   full cohort of 25 pastors in June, at least five from new countries
3.12    provision for the candidates in raising half their airfare
3.13    need for pre-event set-up volunteers and weekend host families

GPROLATAM&CARIB
3.14    many early registrations with payment
3.15    selection of presenters for varied sessions
3.16    efficient, effective collaboration among internationally-based team members
3.17    good connections with local service vendors
3.18    procuring excellent interpretation services

MEDIA OUTREACH
3.19    scheduling time for Dr. Richard to film videos
3.20    provision for a video editor to join the staff
3.21    LifeRocks videos/podcasts to change the way many individuals think about the Lord Jesus
3.22    translation of materials into six languages

RREACH STAFF
3.23    encouragement while serving behind the scenes
3.24    lean, nimble and wise operations
3.25    perseverance and clarity in executing complex projects
3.26    living our value of a “Jesus culture”

RREACH
3.27    more opportunities for outreach events
3.28    additional countries to host expository preaching trainings
3.29    new ideas for the media outreach team
3.30    wider audiences for Dr. Richard’s materials
3.31    more pastoral trainers to register for the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress

GPro: Global Proclamation (Commission, Congress, Community)
GProLATAM&CARIB: Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean
GPA: Global Proclamation Academy

Updates and a special date

Dear praying friends,

You are invited to join Virtual Gathering with Ramesh Richard and RREACH: Pray with Us on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 8:00 p.m. CST. For more information, please email Melissa@rreach.org or call +1 972-528-6100.

This week in brief:

  • Praise God for updates to the LifeRocks media outreach website!
  • Pray for national Global Proclamation Academies (GPAs) as they start again this year.
  • Pray that Dr. Ramesh Richard will be able to set aside time for writing projects.
  • Praise God for progress made toward holding the Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean (GProLATAM&CARIB Congress) in October.

The bigger picture:

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Click the picture above to go to LifeRocks.org and watch Dr. Richard’s latest short outreach talk.

Praise God for progress in updating our LifeRocks website. Pray for the ongoing project of translating more than 300 LifeRocks videos into Spanish, Portuguese, French, Arabic and Chinese. We need more translators. Pray that these messages will cause many to think differently about the Lord Jesus.

We are working toward national GPAs this year in North Africa, Southeast Asia, Equatorial Guinea, Namibia, Lithuania, Macedonia and more. Each requires great effort in organizing and recruiting. Pray for the RREACH team overseeing these. Pray for local organizers to each find 25 pastors who see the GPA’s value and can set aside 10 days to attend.

Ask God to provide the quality time and concentration Dr. Richard needs for writing projects. Pray for His enablement in every way. Pray for Dr. Richard’s meeting with the RREACH board of directors later this week.

Praise God for bringing people and details together for the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress. We pray that everything we do and say in preparation will honor God and accomplish His work. Please pray for the program team as they pursue presenters. And keep praying for early registrations with payment. We’re seeing better progress.

Thank you!

In his words: Ramesh Richard December update

Dear praying friends,
The end of the year is almost here. Sometimes it feels like the end of the world is near, too! We take a quick world tour and wish His promise to come soon (Rev. 22:20) would happen now. Yet He waits to come so more would repent (2 Pet. 3:8). In these “betwixt” times and tension, I must serve God’s Word to the world.

In Bali, Indonesia, I spoke at a church service, then to about 120 pastoral leaders, and at an evening event where all four pre-Christ friends and family in attendance embraced the Lord Jesus.

In a South Asian country experiencing an extreme air quality crisis, I was addressing 500+ heroes at The Word Conference. Many pastors had been physically assaulted for the Faith. Who am I to minister to them? But they went back home more committed!

In Jakarta, Indonesia, RREACH hosted two networking sessions for about 100 world evangelical leaders on pastoral training over the next four years. We invited them to advocate for advancing Church Health worldwide by the training of pastors.

Trip highlight? Three days in a restricted Asian country. After waiting seven months for a last minute and rare official visa to speak, I addressed 800 leaders of their second largest denomination. Out of 500 pastors, only four had formal training—less than 1%. And yet they have grown from 200 to a whopping 220,000 people! Hallelujah!?

Preaching at favorite congregation in Singapore was my final stop before rushing home to a wonderful U.S. Thanksgiving! Praise be to God.

We also must multiply proclaimers around the world. Our national Global Proclamation Academies were held in Guatemala, Ukraine and São Tomé-Princípe, with 25 pastoral leaders each who were better trained to preach and live biblically. What a joy!

You make all this possible. Like early Christians, we cry out for “the Lord to come” (1 Cor. 16:22) and “even so come Lord Jesus” (Rev. 22:20). Until then, thank you for making His truth and love available to the world through this ministry. 2020 awaits!
In the Inexhaustible Vine,
RR

Praying for provision at the perfect time

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • We praise God for how He is using Dr. Ramesh Richard on his current trip to sensitive areas of Asia.
  • Pray for trainings taking place for young pastors in Guatemala and Ukraine.
  • Praise God and pray for everyone working on the Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean.
  • Pray for the process of updating LifeRocks media outreach.

The bigger picture:

GPA Ukraine - SS step 4

Pastors study “The Purpose Bridge,” step four of Dr. Richard’s seven-step method for preparing expository sermons, at Global Proclamation Academy Ukraine.

Praise God for Dr. Richard’s safe travel to the first of four different locations in sensitive areas of Asia over three weeks. He has already spoken in church services, to a pastors gathering and at an outreach event. Upcoming engagements include encouraging pastors, promoting the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress, meeting with the internationally-based members of RREACH’s ministries team and speaking at a church conference. He still needs a visa to enter the country of his final engagement, despite having applied months ago. Event organizers have urged him to keep moving forward with plans to go. Pray that God will provide exactly what Dr. Richard and the event need at exactly the right time for His glory.

Two national Global Proclamation Academies, Guatemala and Ukraine, come to a close this week. Please pray that graduates will preach and live biblically and remain connected as they go back to their homes and ministries. Also pray for an upcoming GPA in São Tomé.

The team working on the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress spans many countries and time zones. Praise God for each member of this diverse group. Pray for His total protection, global provision and manifest presence.

Much effort goes into LifeRocks videos, video clips, emails, social media posts, and more. Pray for discernment and patience with processes. Pray that every decision we make, seen and unseen, will help change the way large numbers of individuals think about the Lord Jesus!

Thank you!

In his words: Ramesh Richard October update

Dear praying friends,

Two witnesses, Bonnie and my faithful colleague David Brugger, remarked, “You’ve not had much of a break this summer!” I knew I had to listen when the ones who know me best make the same unsolicited comment. Yet last month became one of the busiest ever—running without resting!

Writing a 4,000 word article on the problem of Christian leaders who defect, I was filled with sadness over this grave matter. You will receive the pastoral comment soon. Pray that God will use it to comfort loved ones and confirm those disappointed in their leaders.

An extended call with the TOPIC (Trainers of Pastors International Coalition) board on how an organization founded and backed by RREACH must thrive on its own proved illuminating. TOPIC plays a key role in sustaining training of pastors inside nations.

The biggest demand of the month was a two week overseas trip. Fortunately, Bonnie went along. The fine ministry Haggai International asked me to speak five times at their 50th anniversary in Bali, Indonesia, to 600 delegates from 69 nations. We also spent 60 hours in the Philippines meeting dear friends. Bonnie has been with me all over the world, though she does not relish leaving home. So we both were glad that she did very well, though our recovery from jet lag is taking much longer than it used to!

God allowed us to exceed the financial goals set for the RREACH Giving Day, thanks to many a friend like you. Our next big goal is ThanksGIVING Tuesday. Pray that a friend’s surprisingly large gift will inspire others to double it by December 3.

I ended the month speaking to the Global Alliance for Church Multiplication, made up of 300 church planters from 150 organizations ministering in 25 countries. Then at Legacy Bible Church, Sherman, Texas, where I could speak to my heart’s delight at 50 minutes a talk. Remember, a sermon is not how long it is, but how long it feels!

God is returning RREACH to its charter: To undergird my proclamation of God’s Word, even as it amplifies the proclamation globally and multiplies it locally. Maybe next month’s ministry structure will permit me to rest on the run! I can never say enough thanks for you!

In the Inexhaustible Vine,
RR

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