A few things we’re thankful for

Dear praying friends,

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving season in the U.S., here are just a few things for which RREACH thanks God:

  • During a recent trip to New York State to visit his dad, Ramesh had an impromptu, informal opportunity to share with 32 foreign service officials of a strategic country, some of whom had never before heard of the Lord Jesus
  • That unexpected opening to talk about the Lord Jesus arose at a point when Ramesh was fatigued from fighting a couple of concurrent illnesses; God answered his cry and gave him supernatural strength for the moment
  • The first women’s national GPA concluded successfully; attendees included 20 from the Philippines, the host country, and eight from South Africa, China, Tobago, India, Panama and Argentina
  • The GProCommission team is nearing the launch of a special online learning platform featuring more than 4,300 (and increasing) pastoral training curricular resources they have curated from around the world and in various languages
  • We have accepted 15 outstanding young pastors to the 2018 Dallas GPA; they are proceeding to obtain visas and raise their portion of the airfare
  • The blessing of you who care, pray and encourage.

We so need God’s sustenance through health and through sickness, through progress and through challenges. Thank you for lifting Dr. Ramesh Richard, the RREACH team, and this ministry before Him.

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.

Hong Kong, the Philippines, now Thailand—praying Dr. Richard through his trip

Dear praying friends,

We’ve prayed him through hectic schedules in Hong Kong and the Philippines. The Lord Jesus graciously granted him numerous meaningful contacts and opportunities to proclaim His name. Now, Dr. Richard has landed in Bangkok for onsite GProCongress meetings. Much is yet to be done in the 441 days until June 15, 2016!

  • Please ask the Lord to streamline the team’s discussion, decisions and action directly toward extending, expanding and intensifying pastoral training efforts worldwide.
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit’s confirmation of the right person/s for and clear understanding of the critical role of Program leader.
  • Logistics—whether spreading the word about the Congress, running the application process, negotiating contracts, maintaining program security and viability, and many other nuts-and-bolts aspects—need total protection and global provision so that the entire GProCongress experience honors God.
  • We are deeply grateful for key leaders and organizations of the faith who are giving of their time, expertise and affirmation to this undertaking. Please pray for the Lord’s favor to be upon each.

New applications have been received recently from pastors in countries never before represented at the Dallas GPA, and several pastors already accepted are applying for visas in the next few days. Let’s continue to remember them and the entire upcoming Dallas GPA in prayer. Thank you!

 

Spiritual warfare in Dallas GPA and GProCongress preparation

Dear praying friends,

You’ve been praying with us over the devastation of physical war all over the world. Please also pray against the insidious spiritual warfare we face. Each year as the Dallas GPA nears, RREACH experiences a surge in challenges. This year, obstacles are compounding as GProCongress preparation intensifies. Would you ask the Lord’s total protection and global provision for Dr. Richard, RREACH and the GProCongress team in the following areas?

– Smooth operation of office equipment, computers and programs, Internet services, and communication systems

– Physical, spiritual, relational and mental endurance; travel mercies; safety

– Christ-honoring relationships – in ministry, family, organizational and public contexts

– Dallas GPA candidates – visa and travel arrangements, families, ministries

Dr. Richard is in South East Asia—right now in Manila, Philippines—for GProCongress vision-casting and several speaking engagements. On Monday, the Lord willing, he will head to Bangkok, Thailand, for GProCongress planning meetings. The team is excited to be meeting on-site.

Do also remember GPA Tanzania, which wraps up Saturday, March 28. Pray that these pastors will continue to grow in connection, unity and strengthening one another, for the sake of the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you!

Urgent: Global Pastoral Trainers Congress

Dear friends,

Thank you for your continued prayers for Dr. Richard and for RREACH. We urgently need your prayers today as important meetings take place regarding the Global Pastoral Trainers Congress. 

As you know, a super typhoon has devastated parts of the Philippines. While Manila, where the Congress is scheduled to take place in 2016, has not been affected, much of the Congress’ national leadership team now must turn their attention from preparing for the Congress to the urgent need for physical care resulting from the typhoon. 

Dr. Richard and the RREACH team have been in prayer over the matter regarding how God would have us proceed in terms of the scope, location, venue and staffing of the historic event. 

Please pray for Spirit-led meetings, effective communication, strategic ideas and efficient implementation for mobilization of participants and prayer worldwide, along with follow-up considerations.

For His glory,
Edie Ross
Prayer Coordinator

This, that and a gift idea

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your continued prayer for Dr. Richard and RREACH! I have some prayer and praise updates and a great opportunity for you to get some Christmas shopping done.

Prayer update: Philippines

Thank you for praying for all affected by the super typhoon that devastated parts of the Philippines. RREACH is working to get aid to pastors there through the Pastor’s Family Care Fund. To hear about the situation in the Philippines directly from Dr. Richard, please see the video below, which was sent out to RREACH friends as a Thanksgiving message. (If you didn’t receive it and would like to be on RREACH’s e-mail list, please email me at edie@rreach.org.)

Please continue to pray for the recovery effort in the Philippines, and specifically for the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, which is inundated with requests for help.

Praise update: Dr. Richard’s Southeast Asia Trip

Before traveling to the Philippines, Dr. Richard spent time in Singapore. He wrote this of his trip there:

In dynamic Singapore, I addressed a denominational convention whose leaders were in great discouragement. Their heyday was in 1978, around the time of Billy Graham’s visit to their ascending city. One member mourned that the committee comprised the same people from 35 years ago!
 
God used me at a preaching clinic for about 50 pastors from seven countries and at a private, pre-evangelistic meeting of about 30 people, half of whom were unbelievers. Three (20%, they noted!) welcomed Jesus, and there was triple joy in heaven. The climactic talk of the week was to 400 church leaders at a pastors’ appreciation dinner—a fine concept for any pastor, any church, any denomination, in any city.

Please join us in praising God for this wonderful and beneficial trip. Pray for great fruit.

Prayer request: Please be in prayer for the RREACH board meetings, which were scheduled for today and tomorrow but have been delayed because of the weather. We are thankful for every member of our board as they faithfully serve RREACH in unique and wonderful ways. Please pray specifically that board meetings later this month would be Spirit-led and that the board would seek God’s wisdom to set the direction of RREACH.

Praise update: Thank you for praying for GPA Ghana. Information about that GPA is rolling in and we’ll have a full update soon. Enjoy this picture of GPA Ghana delegates!

GPA Ghana

Gift idea: We received word from the publisher of Dr. Richard’s acclaimed sermon preparation series that they will be offering the e-book of Preparing Evangelistic Sermons for $3.99 today through Dec. 12 on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and ChristianBook.com as part of a special promotion.

Preparing Evangelistic Sermons is the partner book to Preparing Expository Sermons (Scripture Sculpture), which in 2009 was named one of the 25 Most Influential Preaching Books of the Past 25 years by Preaching Magazine. In Preparing Evangelistic Sermons, using principles rooted in his seven-step Scripture Sculpture method, Dr. Richard guides the reader through the foundation, framework, method and special issues of preaching salvation.

For His glory,
Edie Ross
Prayer Coordinator