In his words: Ramesh Richard July update

Dear praying friends,
What a month it has been—the 2019 Dallas GProAcademy! Just two months ago, we were praying as a staff for 25/50/250/2.5 in 2019—25 pastoral leaders in June, 50 occupied hotel rooms and 250 banquet guests.

God exceeded them all.

God overcame (we could not) the complexities of current global realities and brought 28 pastoral leaders from 28 countries for one of the “sweetest” annual Dallas GPA classes. They were sweet in the spiritual sense of the term, and literally, too. They learned and taught, sang and prayed, ate and played, for a lifetime memory. They also liked ice cream!

Please let us know if you would like a private copy of their amazing, one-page bios. You will be thrilled to learn about them, and pray for them, perhaps, for one a day over the next month. Did you know that we intentionally keep them connected over the following years?

Also, God brought in 51 nights of guests and a waiting list for the 250 seats at the banquet. I am told that God used my graduation charge that night in a fruitful way. While I have not heard the talk yet, please feel free to listen to it here. I hope it charges you to service, too.

Our Albania pastor noted, “I have many materials to share with pastors, but I have never had a method before. You have given me a weapon.” Others spoke about the dignity they experienced and the trust they are able to again give to other pastoral leaders. All of them spoke of the incredible personal hospitality and logistical efficiencies our staff extended to them.

Finally, all pastors have returned to their ministries. Did you know that we have a wonderful record of a 100% return to their homelands? No one has absconded while under God’s care with us.

And the 2.5? It stands for the just under $2.5m we seek to raise in 2019 for RREACH ministry. Thank you very much for helping me proclaim God’s Word, even as RREACH amplifies the proclamation globally and multiplies the proclamation locally. Thank you so very much!

In the Inexhaustible Vine,
RR

July daily prayer reminders

1     Ramesh Richard to be humble before God, sensitive to needs and have clear direction in all areas of life
2     iProMission: time and energy Dr. Richard can dedicate to writing and preparing talks
3     GProCommission: God’s direction as Dr. Richard and the Ministries team consider possible regional GProCongresses
4     National GPA: GPA Antigua attendees to be connected, united and strengthened as they meet 7/4–13
5     Media Outreach: Richard’s LifeRocks video messages to reach people who have never heard about the Lord Jesus
6     Dallas GPA: encouragement for the recent GPA graduates as they readjust to regular life
7     iProMission: Richard as he teaches at a summer school for CRU staff
8     National GPA: funding for more national GPAs in additional countries
9     RREACH: spiritual and physical health for staff and their families
10   RR: quality time for Dr. Richard and Bonnie to spend together despite his hectic schedule
11   Media Outreach: people to be attracted to the Lord Jesus and chat with online counselors
12   GProCommission: successful connections as GProCentral colleagues reach out to pastors and trainers of pastors
13   National GPA: Clear vision, fresh energy and enduring connections for GPA Antigua graduates as they return home
14   iProMission: God to continue to speak through Dr. Richard at the CRU staff summer event
15   RR: Ramesh to be humble before God, sensitive to needs and have clear direction in all areas of life
16   RREACH: God’s empowerment to work efficiently, effectively and excellently
17   Dallas GPA: blessing on pastors’ efforts to deepen their people’s love for and obedience to God and His Word
18   Media Outreach: Richard’s videos to get to people otherwise restricted from hearing about the Lord Jesus
19   GProCommission: more pastors and trainers of pastors around the world to take advantage of GProLearning.org
20   National GPA: connections for holding national GPAs in additional countries
21   iProMission: guidance as Dr. Richard considers invitations to speak
22   Dallas GPA: spiritual and physical protection as graduates serve in all kinds of situations and conditions
23   RR: the Richard family to continue growing closer to the Lord Jesus and each other
24   RREACH: the staff to be encouraged in their service to the Lord Jesus
25   Media Outreach: smooth ongoing production processes for our LifeRocks videos on peace
26   GProCommission: clear direction regarding possible regional congresses for pastoral trainers
27   iProMission: the Lord Jesus to empower Dr. Richard as he speaks at a church this weekend
28   National GPA: God to bring the right 25 pastors to each national GPA
29   Dallas GPA: graduates to pass their training on to other pastoral leaders
30   Media Outreach: people to read the weekly spiritual insight emails and start thinking differently about the Lord Jesus
31   iProMission: moment-by-moment wisdom about speaking engagements amid constantly changing world events and situations

Thank you for praying!

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
GProCongress – Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers, June 15–22, 2016, Bangkok, Thailand
GProCentral – team following up pastoral trainers and pastors since the 2016 GProCongress

 

In his words: Ramesh Richard May update

Dear praying friends,

We know/love/believe/follow a God who is personal, who did not sit in His heavens and merely prescribe (cf. the God of other monotheisms), but who personally entered the crux of the human situation.

It was this crucified (crux is Latin for cross) Savior whom we recognized through 14 stations of the Via Crucis at an evangelical Anglican congregation and through the 15th station, His Resurrection, at an evangelical Lutheran sunrise service. Indeed, this was the only personal message we could send to our Family lost in the Sri Lanka Easter Sunday terrorist devastation. Let me know if you wish to receive a copy of a letter I wrote to a distraught believer there.

Last month was great, for it had no travel, at least not international travel. On my day-visit to Savannah, Georgia, to minister to the 88-year-old, most influential pastor in my life, he ministered to me instead. His son was killed in a bomb attack in Afghanistan earlier this year, and he himself fell, breaking the right side of his face. Still, he assured me that “old age is doable!” 🙂

When I am in Dallas, numerous ministry and mentoring opportunities present themselves. Younger men drop in for guidance and older men say they were decisively influenced in the style and structure of their ministries—including Dr. Celestin Musekura of ALARM and Dr. Stuart Briscoe of Telling the Truth. God uses us in humanly unplanned ways for eternal effect.

Global Proclamation Academies (GProAcademies) in Panama and Indonesia were accomplished by colleagues. I also recorded five pre-evangelistic talks for LifeRocks, our short-format monthly videos, around the theme of “de-cluttering” life, mind, heart and soul through the One who is our Peace-mover and Peace-giver.

And best of all, I concluded a Dallas Seminary semester on Cross Cultural Apologetics and Worldview Evangelism with a fine set of eager students about the ages of my kids!

Please pray for the 28 pastoral leaders from 28 countries we currently anticipate coming to the June Dallas GProAcademy. Hope you can be our guest at their graduation dinner on June 29, or really at any of our open events. You will rejoice at what God through your personal prayer support does to maximize my proclamation globally and multiply their proclamation locally. Thank you as always.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,

RR

P.S. Please keep interceding for rooms for the GProAcademy pastors at Dallas Seminary—we need four more. I would also appreciate prayer as I prepare my graduation dinner talk.

Action across Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Praise God for opportunities to proclaim the Lord Jesus in Albania and Rwanda.
  • Praise God for the completion of national Global Proclamation Academies (GPA) in Panama and Indonesia (pastor’s wives and women).
  • Praise God for 27 pastors with visas planning to attend the 2019 Dallas GPA.
  • Pray for the newest LifeRocks outreach video release.
  • Pray for the RREACH board of directors.

The bigger picture:

DSC_0315

A GPA Indonesia attendee studies Dr. Ramesh Richard’s seven-step method for preparing an expository sermon.

God granted Dr. Ramesh Richard many wonderful opportunities to proclaim the Lord Jesus on his recent trip to Albania and Rwanda. Albania was the first nation to declare atheism as its authorized religion, though it is now officially a secular state. Dr. Richard spoke to pastoral leaders there and at a private outreach event with about a 60 percent atheist and M*sl*m  audience.

Rwanda is solemnly observing the anniversary of the horrific genocide there 25 years ago. Dr. Richard ministered multiple times to both national and church leaders. Please pray that God’s Word will reach widely and deeply in these countries as a result.

We’re thanking God for the completion of national GPAs in Panama and Indonesia (pastor’s wives and women) this month. Pray for attendees to apply what they learned. Also pray for the funding to continue to make these GPAs possible.

God has blessed us with 27 pastors who have visas and wish to attend this year’s Dallas GPA. Praise Him! Please continue to pray for provision for them and us as well as for our preparation process. We all encounter practical challenges and spiritual opposition in a greater way during this time. Your prayer makes a difference.

We would also appreciate your prayer for the newest LifeRocks video, released last week. Pray that many pre-Christians will watch it and pursue learning more about the Lord Jesus.

Finally, please uphold the RREACH board of directors, which met recently. Pray that their every discussion and decision will strengthen Dr. Richard’s and RREACH’s proclamation of the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you!

RREACH Daily Prayer Reminder – April

Dear praying friends,

Many have told us they use the daily prayer calendar from our RR Crossing newsletter, so we are expanding it to more accessible and updateable formats. We hope this will accelerate how you can find out what God is doing through RREACH and pray.

Each month we will post a set of daily requests here on the prayer blog, in addition to our weekly updates. Utilize them in whatever way works best for you.

Thank you for joining us in praying. It means more than you can know and helps explain the impact God grants this ministry. The following reminders cover the next half of April.


15     Ramesh Richard: to be humble before God, sensitive to needs and have clear direction in all areas of life
16     Dallas GPA: God’s provision of the right 25 pastors to attend the 2019 Dallas GPA; 16 currently have visas to come
17     Media Outreach: smooth production process for LifeRocks videos—writing, filming, editing, curating content, promoting and distributing
18   
GProCommission: growing collaboration with pastoral training individuals and organizations
19     RREACH: funds needed to support Dr. Richard’s itinerant proclamation ministry
20     National GPA: graduates to apply what they have learned and to remain connected
21     Rejoice in the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, who died to atone for our sins and lives to draw all to Himself!
22     Media Outreach: the filming of Dr. Richard’s next set of LifeRocks videos
23     RR: safety, health and travel mercies
24     Dallas GPA: God to make the 2019 GPA a life- and ministry-changing event for this cohort of pastors
25     National GPA: GPA Panama and wGPA Indonesia (women’s) attendees to be connected, united and strengthened as they meet 4/25–5/4
26     iProMission: wisdom in making Dr. Richard’s books, talks and other resources available to those who most need them
27     GProCommission: accuracy, efficiency and speed in getting materials translated into different languages for eager pastors
28     RREACH: Effective communication among team members, who are based all around the world
29     Dallas GPA: pastors to be supernaturally connected, united and strengthened to think, live and preach biblically
30     iProMission: Richard’s trip to Albania and Rwanda to strengthen pastors and speak to pre-Christian opinion leaders

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

Faithful in doing

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Praise God for a wonderful weekend of vision-casting with long-time and new RREACH friends.
  • Pray for Dr. Richard’s 15-day, five-country trip to sensitive areas in Asia.
  • Praise for continuing visa approvals for Dallas GPA candidates; please continue to pray!
  • Praise for the recently completed national GPA in Madagascar and pray for upcoming ones in Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Panama and Indonesia (women’s).
  • Uphold Bonnie Richard’s mother, Joyce, who had a serious fall.

The bigger picture:

RREACHABILITY [2019]-29 to post online

Four Dallas Global Proclamation Academy graduates now studying at Dallas Seminary joined RREACH’s vision-casting weekend. They prayed over the ministry in their primary languages: Tagalog (Pastor N, Philippines), English (Pastor G, Cameroon), Mongolian (Pastor C, Mongolia) and French (Pastor D, Haiti).

We’re grateful for the 70+ long-time and new friends who joined Dr. Richard last weekend for an overview of RREACH’s next decade of ministry. Praise God for how He has used Dr. Richard and RREACH to change how large numbers of individuals think and hear about the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray that we will be faithful in doing what He has laid before us. Pray for creativity, clarity, perseverance, provision in all ways, and fruit beyond expectation.

Dr. Richard has just left for Asia, where God has opened doors for proclamation and encouraging leaders in some spiritually needy areas. We are unable to disclose locations ahead of time due to local situations. Please ask for His guidance and protection, for the good news of the Lord Jesus to penetrate the neediest places, and for productive meetings with RREACH’s international team members.

Although we received word of three visa denials this week, God has granted 15 pastors visas to attend the 2019 Dallas GPA, seven from new or under-represented countries. Praise Him! We are praying for at least 10 more, and for even more new countries to be represented. Also intercede for us as we prepare to make this a life-changing time for these special young pastors.

The reasons for praise just keep coming. GPA Madagascar finished last week. Pray that these 19 leaders will preach, think and live biblically as they return to their homes and ministries. Also pray for preparations for GPA Guatemala, GPA Guinea-Bissau, GPA Panama and GPA Indonesia (women’s).

Bonnie Richard’s mother, Joyce, fell this week and had surgery. Please ask the Lord to sustain her through the recovery process and that Joyce’s firm belief that “God is in charge” will be a powerful witness to everyone helping care for her.

Thank you for praying!

 

In his words: Ramesh Richard January 2019 update

Dear praying friends,

HNY is a popular texting abbreviation for a Happy New Year. It is a New Year, certainly, by the Gregorian Calendar, to which all of the world subscribes, though many cultures still have their own calendars running simultaneously, whether Jewish, Chinese or Indian. A New Year is new in the sense of hopes and desires, even a new chance at life itself.

On the very first working day of 2019, 24 of our global staff spanning five time zones in eight countries celebrated much that God did through us last year; anything else would be presumptuous. Echoing Romans 15:18, we lead Gentiles to obey God! Here are a few highlights to share:

  • Twenty-five (of the 300+) leading graduates of the Dallas Global Proclamation Academy (2005-2017) have been inducted as Global Proclamation Associates (GProAssociates). They will serve as alternates, complements and substitutes where and when I can’t go. They are my ministry succession plan.
  • Speaking at the 50th anniversary of a church I helped plant, with its 30 congregations and over 2,000 people, was overwhelming. A thousand memories of slogging to plant a fledgling congregation which would eventually become the central engine of this multi-site endeavor brought me to tears.
  • I was able to lead several “Gentiles to obey God” at a most prestigious dinner made up of about 100 leaders from finance, business and entertainment in a major South Asian city. Over a dozen responded to the invitation and some even rose to applaud—an unknown feature in these circles!

Pray for RREACH to better amplify my proclamation globally and multiply more of His proclaimers locally.

We have much upon us in 2019. I so hope we can see each other face-to-face soon. Thank you for under-girding my proclamation of God’s Word by your goodwill through generosity and prayer. With this new year still young, I wish you God’s great blessings for the year. HNY!

In the Inexhaustible One,

RR