Please keep praying!

Dear praying friends,

In less than two weeks, the Lord willing, the GProCongress for Pastoral Trainers will begin. Thank you for your faithful, focused prayer for Dr. Richard and all involved with this event. God is moving. Please keep praying!

  • Program – the core vehicle for the Congress vision

o   Spirit-led final planning and excellent implementation

o   Presenters/Coaches: pure hearts, clear messages, safe travels

o   Development and execution of the strategic four-year follow-up plan

  • Participants

o   God’s powerful intervention on behalf of those facing visa challenges

o   Outpouring of resources for those unable to meet travel expenses

o   Heart and mind preparation, health and safety

  • Funding

o   Praise for the generosity of many who have helped us keep in step with obligations

o   Completion of funding – $2.5 million by Dec. 31

Currently, more than 2800 have registered for the Congress. Pray against obstacles that cause cancellations. We also continue to hear daily of new interest. Pray for the right 3000 attendees!

Dr. Richard and Bonnie are leaving for Thailand early this week. Please pray for total protection and global provision as they travel and make final physical, mental, spiritual, relational preparations. Thank you.

30 days until the Congress: praises and requests

Dear praying friends,

Thank you for your prayer during the difficult time of Rev. Enoch Sirikul’s abrupt home-going and resulting challenges to GProCongress preparation. The Lord Jesus is inspiring Thai Christian leaders to carry forward Rev. Sirikul’s ministry in this land where less than 1 percent of the population identifies as Christian. He is also inspiring broader interest in the GProCongress. As you remember Rev. Sirikul’s family and all grieving his earthly loss, intercede for God to work mightily through those he trained. Specifically ask for His wisdom, guidance, protection and provision as Dr. Richard and the GProCongress team adjust and proceed with even more heartfelt urgency.

Pray for the GProCongress registration team as registration activity has increased heavily. Pray for this trend to continue, technology systems to operate smoothly and visa challenges to be overcome. Also praise God for providing tremendous favor with the Thai government in regard to visas.

Many pastoral trainers have acted in faith, obedience and hope as they paid Congress registration fees. They still need funding to travel to Bangkok. Please ask God to provide abundantly, so that now and in the years to come more may trust and rejoice in His name. Please ask Him for abundant spiritual provision for GProCongress presenters and coaches, also.

In a few days, the Lord willing, Dr. Richard is to record some online curriculum sessions regarding the Holy Spirit. Pray for wisdom, strength and clarity, for God’s glory. Thank you!

Grieving and Acting with Hope

Dear praying friends,

Dr. Steve Douglass-Campus Crusade for Christ International/Cru, Rev. Sirikul and Dr. Richard last November in Florida

Dr. Steve Douglass – Campus Crusade for Christ International/Cru, Rev. Sirikul and Dr. Richard last November in Florida

Early this morning Rev. Enoch Yuttasak Sirikul, chair of the Executive Board of Thailand Evangelism and Church Growth Committee, chair of Thailand Campus Crusade for Christ, and national coordinator for the Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers, went home to the Lord after a sudden, massive heart attack. Please pray for Rev. Sirikul’s family, friends and ministry.

Rev. Sirikul instantly invited Dr. Richard to hold the GProCongress in Thailand after Typhoon Haiyan battered the Philippines in late 2013, requiring the relocation and rescheduling of the event. “[The GProCongress] will be a historic event in the body of Christ for this generation,” he said.

“I am shocked, stunned and terrifically sad,” Dr. Ramesh Richard said. “I’ve known ‘Nok’ for 30 years. He was one of the great leaders of the world and one of my best friends in ministry.” Your committed prayer for God’s total protection and global provision for the fulfillment of the GProCongress and its strategic follow-up is essential during these days. Please remember:

  • Registration and delegates – up to 5,000 of the right pastoral trainers from all areas of the world
  • Speakers, presenters, coaches and follow-up – availability and preparation
  • Funding – God has supplied all the funding needed to meet Congress contract deadlines to date; we anticipate needing another $1.6 million by June 15
  • GProCongress team – creativity, capacity and Christlikeness

Thank you for praying for us during this time of intense grief and action.

 

Only God

Dear praying friends,

Preparing for the GProCongress for Pastoral Trainers has been an enormous test and affirmation of RREACH’s motto: ONLY GOD. Late last week a couple of well-coordinated thieves made off with Dr. Richard’s briefcase, which contained his computer, important Congress notes, several items of personal significance, and cash. The loss and subsequent challenges reemphasized our total dependence on God, and God only. The fact that Dr. Richard was not harmed and the generosity of his Brazilian hosts in helping with funds to cover part of the losses despite their own economic situation re-testify to how great the Only God is. Thank you so much for standing with Dr. Richard, RREACH and the GProCongress team in prayer and praise to Only God!

Yesterday Dr. Richard headed out for his final GProCongress vision-casting trip—in spite of issues that cropped up with his flight. Please pray for good response to the upcoming vision-casting in one country in the Middle East and for productive Congress team meetings in Bangkok next week. Pray, too, for:

  • fruit from all preceding recruitment efforts
  • selection of the right presenters and coaches
  • robust development of the Congress follow-up strategy.

Praise ONLY GOD.

Dr. Richard on a mobilization sprint

Dear praying friends,

Dr. Richard is in a mobilization sprint. After meeting with Latin American evangelical leaders in Honduras earlier this week, he returned to Dallas to assist some dear friends with the memorial service celebrating their young son. He left again yesterday evening for GProCongress vision-casting sessions in three major cities in two South American countries. Praise God for His sovereign care as Dr. Richard travels and ministers in many different ways, and pray that He will continue to be lifted up through Dr. Richard’s life and service.

Ask God to encourage many pastoral trainers in Central and South America to attend the GProCongress, both for their benefit and for the perspective they bring. Also ask Him to provide as they face prohibitive travel expenses to Bangkok. Finally, please remember the following ongoing Congress prayer priorities:

  • Up to 5,000 of the right pastoral training delegates
  • The right coaches and speakers/presenters/discussion leaders and their preparation
  • Praise for over $930,000 given toward the recent Inspirational Challenge
  • Approximately $3.1 million in donations is needed by 12/31/2016 to finish RREACH’s Congress financial commitments

Thank you for praying!

Intense GProCongress preparation; Inspirational Challenge deadline today!

Dear praying friends,

Thank you for praying in the power of the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ! We hope your Easter celebration of our Savior was sweet.

The GProCongress team is facing many challenges as they prepare for eight highly intentional, carefully scheduled days in June. Pray for wisdom, precision and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit in the coordination of all the moving parts. Ask God for His power to prevail in behind-the-scenes operations. Pray for just the right people to fill the remaining presentation slots. Pray that those already committed to serve as emcees, speakers, presenters and coaches will be clearly directed by the Spirit as they prepare.

In delegate recruitment, we are asking in faith for not more than 5,000 pastoral trainers from 200 countries. Currently, more than 2,000 from 97 countries are in various stages of application/registration/payment. Intercede for the right pastoral trainers representing every nation of the world to be motivated and able to attend. Uphold Dr. Richard as he considers a number of pending recruitment trips to Central America, South America, Asia and Africa.

Please also pray for many to be moved to give toward the Congress in the final hours of our Inspirational Challenge. Over 75% has come in; we are in need of about $260,000 to meet our March 31 goal.

We are grateful beyond words for your faithful intercession for physical/spiritual/mental/relational protection and provision for Dr. Richard, the RREACH and GProCongress teams, and the RREACH board. God is able!

Dr. Richard meets a young seeker; search continues for right GProCongress presenters

Dear praying friends,

Dr. Richard is scheduled to fly home from Asia this weekend. Praise God for new connections and encouraging visits with friends who have stood by Dr. Richard from his early days in ministry. Please pray for his safe return and for his physical, mental, relational and spiritual health, which are being tested as never before.

Pray, too, for a young engineer Dr. Richard met while traveling. After sharing a meal, the young man accepted Dr. Richard’s invitation to join him for the church service at which Dr. Richard was scheduled to speak. With the church’s affirmation, Dr. Richard quickly shifted his presentation in regard for the young man’s need for eternal salvation. The man enjoyed the experience and has continued conversation with Dr. Richard via email. Please pray for him to trust the Lord Jesus.

Speakers and presenters have been secured for many key roles in the GProCongress; see this link for a partial list so you can pray for them individually, http://gprocongress.org/speakers/. A number of the right kind of presenters are still needed. Because this Congress is intentionally vision- and issue-driven rather than speaker-centric, we are interceding for the best people in every area, from case presenters and panel participants to discussion leaders and platform presenters.

An answer to praise

Dear praying friends,

Praise God for 850 applicants for the GProCongress, and for the new one-step registration system implemented this week! We are asking Him for at least 1,500 registrants this month and 5,000 in total. Please also pray for travel mercies, wisdom and favor on Dr. Richard as he leaves today, the Lord willing, for a conference of leading theological educators in the Middle East. He hopes to make significant progress in mobilizing Congress attendees and presenters there.

Almost daily we receive news from GPA grads and other believing friends around the world who are suffering the effects of natural disaster, broken systems, and persecution. Yet they hold on to the Lord Jesus Christ. One wrote, Please I would like to express my deep request to you uphold us in your daily prayer that our God is a God of provider and in Him everything is under control. In His everlasting love…. Let’s intercede, with gratitude, for our brothers and sisters.

Finally, GPA Thailand is scheduled to begin Nov. 8. Pray for a good group of 25 pastors, for organizers and master and peer coaches, and for life-changing connecting, uniting and strengthening.

Praising God for travel mercies; national GPAs; Congress needs

Dear praying friends,

A little over a week ago we asked you to pray because rain in Dallas had marooned Dr. Richard in South Carolina when he was scheduled to be leaving for Indonesia. Thank you for praying: after an overnight delay, God provided Dr. Richard a flight to Dallas and time to grab everything he needed before boarding his flight to Jakarta. Although sleep was scarce (he had three different countries and multiple meetings on his seven-day itinerary), he enjoyed times sharing the GProCongress with GPA grads and other leaders. Praise God for His goodness and please ask Him to sustain and continue to minister through Dr. Richard as he leaves for the Middle East this week.

Praise God for the completion of GPA Trinidad and Tobago and pray for the upcoming GPA Thailand, especially for 25 key young pastors to attend.

Please continue to lift up the need for the right speakers/presenters/discussion leaders for the GProCongress—185 in total. Though the event is issue-focused and results-oriented rather than speaker-driven, we desire the best people to facilitate and catalyze pastoral training for the long-term health of Christ’s Church worldwide.

Upcoming national GPA, continued travel and needs for the GProCongress

Dear praying friends,

Since we asked you to pray for GPA Lebanon, more pastors began applying. Thank you! Please continue to ask the Lord for a full set of 25 pastors and for His protection and favor as the organizers work hard to bring the GPA about in the challenging region. GPA Burkina Faso organizers rejoice that they have a good number of applicants for the Sept. 10 – 19 event, and yet they face challenges from the country’s political instability. “Thanks everyone for your prayers, which help us to be strong, wise and make all things according to the will of God,” says Pastor A, Dallas GPA 2014.

After a quick trip to Houston for a speaking engagement this weekend, Dr. Richard is set to travel through three South Asian countries next week. He plans to cast the GProCongress vision for several groups of leaders and has numerous speaking engagements. Please pray for the Lord to speak powerfully through him, and that he will maintain good spiritual and physical health during the busyness.

Also remember the critical need for the right speakers/presenters/forum leaders for the GProCongress. Pray for the selection and invitation process, and for good response.