In his words: March update from Ramesh Richard

Dear praying friends,

Evaluation is integral to all parts of RREACH—to find out what is going well, what is not, how to keep the former going, and how to improve the latter. This exercise is particularly important in the aftermath of the 2016 Global Proclamation Congress, as we project (but not predict) the next five years.

Three major gatherings held in Dallas recently allowed for this kind of assessment and planning.

  • Our GPro Team came from Atlanta, Beirut, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Kampala, Chennai, Costa Rica and Dallas for three days of deliberate planning of a disciplined four-year follow-up. I believe the Lord (and you) would be pleased with its sophistication. Please pray that our implementation with intensity and excellence will bear immense and lasting fruit!
  • Our primarily Dallas-based team met for three days to rebalance the ministry and solve our board’s concern for leadership-level support to fulfill the charter of RREACH—a personal proclamation mission undergirding a global proclamation vision. God has brought two outstanding leaders to serve as Director of Advancement and Director of Ministries. Pray for integration and coordination with both the Dallas and GPro Teams.
  • The final Dallas gathering was a listening exercise for me. One of the unexpected delights of the GProCongress was the spontaneous eruption of interest by formal training institutions from all over the world. Their quality must be matched with the speed that non-formal training offers. Fifteen leaders (from all over the US, South Africa, Taiwan and the UK) met for 36 hours at Dallas Seminary to consider models of formal and non-formal pastoral training. Again, new ideas and initiatives were birthed, for which we need comprehensive resources. Your prayers are critical. Thank you.

Two recent speaking engagements may be mentioned here. I got to address the heads of 200+ institutions of higher education in Orlando, all of whom were quite discouraged. With declining enrollment in on-campus models, they are looking at cessation, mergers and acquisitions. God used me to give them perspective, inspiration and even direction.

Bonnie and I returned to Trinity Bible Church, our home church about 28 years ago, when our kids were very small, attending AWANA, etc., in our very own town of Richardson. The town is not named after me, though I am the son of a Richard! It was amazing to meet old friends again. It seems like we all grew older at the same pace!

Thank you for praying me forward all over our city, nation and world. Your support makes me deeply thankful, but also terrifically responsible, in clarifying the message of Jesus and the Bible everywhere.

Warmly, 

RR


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!

Before it’s too late

“Good news!! The Lord is coming,” a friend wrote to Dr. Richard. For those of us who trust the Lord Jesus Christ, that is good news. It isn’t good news for the billions who don’t. Every day Dr. Richard keenly senses that “the Gospel is not good news if it gets there too late.” He fulfills his gifting to proclaim the Lord Jesus, and his calling to equip other proclaimers, while there is still time. Your prayers mean more to him than we can express. We can’t thank you enough for praying for him. Please keep on asking the Lord for direction, protection and Christlike character in every area of life.

Also join us in praise for the Lord’s goodness bestowed on and through Dr. Richard’s father, Dr. John Richard. He celebrates his 92nd birthday today!

Some other ministry details needing intercession include:

  • The right 25 candidates, at least five from new countries, to attend the upcoming Dallas GPA
  • Dallas GPA candidates obtaining visas; the process has been difficult this year
  • GProCongress program planning
  • Clarity regarding the many speaking invitations Dr. Richard receives
  • Provision of all resources (human, spiritual, financial)  for ministry

Thank you again, dear pray-ers!

A busy, yet fulfilling season; Dallas GPA visa appointments

Dear praying friends,

Dr. Richard speaking at DTS chapel

Dr. Richard speaking at DTS chapel

Thank you for praying Dr. Richard up to and through another key GProCongress planning session last week, a speaking engagement in DTS chapel and lunch for RREACH friends, a RREACH board meeting, and making additional strategic connections. This Friday, the Lord willing, he will speak at Moody Bible Institute’s Founder’s Week and be interviewed live on Moody Radio. Thank you for covering his wife, Bonnie, and the rest of his family in prayer during this busy season, too.

Three 2015 Dallas GPA candidates have visa appointments coming up (one tomorrow); last week one pastor was denied a visa. Please intercede for this pastor as he deals with this discouragement, and for the others as they apply. Pray for the right 25 delegates, and for representation from at least five new countries. Please lift up all Dallas and national GPA graduates and their families as they minister amid the many different pressures of life.