November daily prayer reminders

1   Ramesh Richard: to be humble before God, sensitive to needs and have clear direction in all areas of life
2   National GPA: GPA Ukraine attendees to learn to preach biblically and live biblically, 11/1–9/2019
3   iProMission: Richard’s outreach and pastoral training engagements in South and Southeast Asia over the next few weeks
4   GProCommission: opportunities to promote the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress Dr. Richard attends the World Evangelical Alliance General Assembly
5   Media Outreach: progress on LifeRocks website updates
6   iProMission: God to speak clearly through Dr. Richard as he ministers to pastoral leaders under oppression
7   Dallas GPA: praise for the first 16 pastors accepted for 2020
8   RREACH: Staff efficiency and excellence even in the details
9   National GPA: GPA Guatemala and GPA Ukraine graduates to apply what they have learned and remain connected as they return home
10  GProCommission: strength, joy and a close walk with the Lord Jesus for the team/staff
11  iProMission: physical and spiritual strength as Dr. Richard continues to minister in Asia
12  Media Outreach: LifeRocks messages to engage people in otherwise unreachable areas
13  Dallas GPA: newly-accepted candidates’ visa applications and raising half of their airfare
14  GProCommission: strong, early response to GProLATAM&CARIB Congress recruitment efforts
15  RR: Ramesh to be humble before God, sensitive to needs and have clear direction in all areas of life
16  Media Outreach: God’s Spirit to speak clearly to pre-Christians through LifeRocks messages
17  GProCommission: selection and availability of the right speakers for the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress
18  iProMission: good preparation time for Dr. Richard’s talks
19  Dallas GPA: financial provision for pastors accepted to the 2020 Dallas GPA
20  Media Outreach: PastorReach podcasts to provide practical wisdom to pastors around the world
21  National GPA: GPA São Tomé attendees to learn to preach biblically and live biblically, 11/21–30/2019
22  GProCommission: clear, consistent communication among team members around the world
23  RR: Richard’s family to grow deeper in the Lord
24  Dallas GPA: wisdom in selecting the right candidates, at least five from new countries
25  iProMission: a publisher for Dr. Richard’s manuscript addressing the uniqueness of the Lord Jesus Christ
26  National GPA: graduates to be encouraged by how expository preaching benefits their churches
27  Media Outreach: translators to help translate the content into five languages
28  RREACH: thank God for the vision to change the way One Billion Individuals think and hear about the Lord Jesus Christ
29  Dallas GPA: more excellent candidates from new and under-represented countries
30  National GPA: GPA São Tomé graduates to apply what they have learned and remain connected as they return home

Thank you for praying!

Ramesh Richard proclaims God’s Word;
RREACH amplifies 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
GProLATAM&CARIB Congress – Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean, October 12–16, 2020, Panama City, Panama

 

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

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

September 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: good preparation for Dr. Richard’s upcoming ministry trip
3    GProCommission: direction and provision for the program of the Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean
4    Media Outreach: God to draw many to the Lord Jesus through Life Rocks videos
5    National GPA: GPA Cape Verde attendees to be connected, united and strengthened as they meet 9/5 – 9/14
6    Dallas GPA: referrals of qualifying pastors from new and under-represented countries for the 2020 Dallas GPA
7    RR: the Richard family to grow closer to the Lord Jesus and to each other
8    GProCommission: smooth registration processes for GProLATAM&CARIB Congress
9    RREACH: creativity and collaboration as staff and teams serve
10  Media Outreach: direction for the development of online material to accompany video series on peace
11  GProCommission: blessing on the continuing follow-up with pastoral trainers
12  iProMission: travel mercies and empowerment to speak about the Lord Jesus as Dr. and Mrs. Richard start a ministry trip
13  Dallas GPA: opportunities for graduates to teach what they learned at the GPA to other pastors
14  National GPA: clear vision, fresh energy and enduring connections for GPA Cape Verde graduates as they return home
15  RR: to be humble before God, sensitive to needs and have clear direction in all areas of life
16  Dallas GPA: protection of Dallas GPA graduates as they pastor in many different situations
17  National GPA: favor on organizers as they recruit pastors and attend to logistical details
18  Media Outreach: pastors around the world to be edified and encouraged through PastorReach videos
19  RREACH: good participation in RREACH Giving Day
20  RR: continued mercies and encouragement for Dr. and Mrs. Richard as they travel and serve
21  Dallas GPA: pastors to continue to preach biblically
22  iProMission: the right outlet to publish Dr. Richard’s book
23  National GPA: opportunities to hold academies in more countries
24  GProCommission: God to bring the right pastoral trainers to GProLATAM&CARIB Congress
25  Media Outreach: Dr. Richard’s writing and talks to reach many pre-Christians
26  iProMission: God to speak through Dr. Richard at a church multiplication conference
27  Dallas GPA: wisdom in selecting candidates for the 2020 GPA
28  National GPA: lasting connections and strengthened faith for national GPA graduates around the world
29  RREACH: staff to grow in their commitment to and love for the Lord Jesus
30  iProMission: productivity and creativity as Dr. Richard writes and prepares for speaking engagements

Ramesh Richard proclaims God’s Word; RREACH amplifies 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
GProLATAM&CARIB Congress – Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean, October 12–16, 2020, Panama City, Panama

 

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.