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.

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:

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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