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

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!