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:

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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