Dallas GPA 2018 – Week 2

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • We’re praising God for this year’s 26 wonderful GPA pastors and His blessing as we finish the second week of GPA!
  • Praise God for so many generous and welcoming friends who come alongside RREACH to make the GPA a special time for the pastors.
  • Continue to pray for comprehensive protection of pastors and staff.
  • Intercede for a momentous graduation and banquet evening.
  • Pray for details to come together for Dr. Richard’s upcoming trips.

The bigger picture:

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The 2018 class of Dallas GPA delegates is eager to learn, asking a lot of questions in class, and sharing ministry experiences and practices with each other. One pastor half-jokingly told Dr. Richard, “I’m an idiot!” He was referring to how much he is learning about the Scriptures and how much more he has yet to learn. Praise God for these young leaders and ask His favor on their remaining time here.

Praise God, too, for the many people who have helped make the GPA a great experience for the pastors. Volunteers, hosts, donors, prayer partners and more … all are expressions of His blessing!

We’re thankful that no major challenges have arisen for the pastors or their families. Please keep asking God’s complete protection over them and the staff. One staff member’s home was broken into this week. A great deal was stolen, but, praise God, no one was hurt and insurance will cover most of the loss.

Also pray for preparation for the GPA graduation and banquet. It is scheduled for, the Lord willing, Saturday, June 30. Pray for God’s anointing as Dr. Richard prepares his message and for his voice to return to full strength.

Dr. Richard is scheduled to speak in Dallas, New York, the Caribbean, Central America and South America this summer. Please pray for details to come together and meaningful engagement. Also ask the Lord’s direction regarding possible future events in Paraguay, Hungary and South Asia.

 

Visits, visas and vision-casting

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • The Lord Jesus blessed Dr. Richard’s trip with deep connections and re-connections.
  • LifeRocks is getting an update to better engage pre-Christians.
  • We’re celebrating the completion of GPA Zambia and a 14th Dallas GPA candidate visa approved!
  • The GProCommission is developing connections across Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

The bigger picture:

Dr. Richard is en route back to the U.S. after a swift, five-city trip through Singapore, India, Hong Kong and the Philippines. He visited long-time friends, made new friends, cast vision, spoke several times and participated in two memorial services for his dad. He reports that his heart and mind are beginning to adjust after the initial period of grieving. God is using your prayers and expressions of love to help the whole Richard family heal.

RREACH is migrating and updating LifeRocks, our Media Outreach website. Please pray for technological mercies! Also pray for the production and release of the newest LifeRocks video next month. Continue to intercede for more pre-Christians to think more clearly about the Lord Jesus Christ as they view and read our materials.

The fourth national GPA of 2018 is in session. Please ask God to watch over GPA El Salvador attendees and organizers and their families and ministries back home. Praise Him for the 28 young pastors who completed GPA Zambia (2) last week and ask His blessing on their ongoing ministry.

Also thank the Lord for a 14th Dallas GPA candidate who has received a visa. Sadly, another brother who applied this week was rejected. We are waiting to hear results from three others and praying for upcoming appointments for Pastors K from Togo (second attempt), K from Lesotho, and T from Myanmar.

On the GProCommission front, our colleague in Latin America is pursuing partnerships for Spanish pastoral training resources and a mentoring program. Our colleague in the Middle East plans to speak and cast vision at an upcoming conference. Our colleague in Europe is developing alliances with organizations in French-speaking Africa. Please pray for these and for ongoing provision and protection of colleagues and pastoral trainers in all areas.

Thank you!

 

Halfway, underway, upcoming

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • We are now halfway—13 Dallas GPA candidates have visas!
  • GProLearning.org now features 5,667 curated pastoral training resources in 13 languages.
  • GPA Zambia 2 is underway.
  • Ramesh Richard speaks in DTS chapel Friday, March 2, and has an upcoming four-country, five-city trip through Asia.

The bigger picture:

We praise God for the progress in pastors obtaining travel visas to attend the Dallas GPA this summer. Please keep on praying. Pray that those who have been rejected will have peace despite the great disappointment and clear guidance about reapplying. Pray for Pastors D from Niger and N from Indonesia, who have appointments March 7. And pray for the GPA team working tirelessly behind the scenes.

We’re excited about the growing library of curated pastoral training resources at GProLearning.org. Please ask God to lead us to many more excellent materials in many languages, and for volunteers who can help curate non-English language resources. Also continue to lift up GProCentral colleagues as they learn a new process of tracking activity. Pray that this will improve how we serve pastoral trainers even in the remotest areas of the world.

A national GPA is just beginning in Zambia. Thank God for all the effort put into it. Ask Him to bless them with the right 25 delegates, wisdom in managing details, and transformation for the Church in Zambia. Please ask these blessings over upcoming national GPAs scheduled for El Salvador, Panama, Paraguay, Chile and in an undisclosed region.

Dr. Richard is set to visit five cities in four Asian countries over the next two weeks. We’re so grateful for the travel mercies God has granted him. Pray for continued protection over him and his family as he travels. Pray for his appointments to be productive. Especially remember him as he prepares for two memorial services in India in honor of his dad.

Finally, Dr. Richard is to speak at the DTS chapel service on Friday, March 2. If you’re in the Dallas area and wish to attend, let us know. Thank the Lord for this opportunity and request His hand to be on Ramesh as he prepares and speaks. Thank you!

What is he doing?

Dear praying friends,

What in the world is Ramesh Richard doing? And where? Writing, among other things. We’ve been praying for Dr. Richard to get quality time to develop ideas and write. God has provided a precious pocket of time for this during his current trip to Southeast Asia. Please ask the Lord to bless him with clear direction, creativity and productiveness. Pray that this time will be deeply refreshing in Christ.

Ramesh also anticipates tremendous opportunities for personal proclamation along the way, the Lord willing. Pray for:

  • A private gathering of believers and pre-Christian friends in a place where Gospel exposure is strongly curtailed.
  • Sessions with mission leaders in a land where the Church is growing and, sadly, so is opposition.
  • Comprehensive protection.

In the area of strengthening proclaimers, intercede for:

  • Dallas GPA preparations – Visas remain a critical concern. Two (of two) pastors have been denied so far. Pastor C from Cote d’Ivoire, Pastor I from Macedonia, and Pastor R from St. Kitts and Nevis have appointments in the next 10 days.
  • National GPAs – GPA St. Lucia is set for February 1 – 10. Other upcoming ones include Zambia 2, Laos, El Salvador and Central African Republic. Our goal is the right 25 pastors at each one.
  • GProCommunity – New technology tools and processes are proving invaluable in serving pastoral trainers globally. The teams are working hard on set-up and learning. They also seek more colleagues, especially in Southeast Asia.

Finally, please continue to pray for good fruit from our Media Outreach messages on Peace. If you have friends wrestling with life and the idea of God, suggest LifeRocks.org. We pray they’ll find what they are looking for!

 

Only God

Dear praying friends,

It’s hard to think of a better phrase than RREACH’s motto to apply to what has been happening in Dr. Ramesh Richard’s ministry.

Only God allowed RREACH to accomplish bringing 35 pastoral couples out of a battle-ravaged nation to a neighboring country for a few days of refreshing. These pastors have remained in dangerous circumstances, willing to die for the sake of the Lord Jesus Christ. Even their children want to stay. And God is using them to bring many to Himself! Praise be to God! Pray for them as they have now gone back to serve.

Only God gave Ramesh two hours of back-and-forth dialogue one evening with 16 bright pre-Christian university students in an international setting. Toward the end, one student asked him directly what gives his life meaning. Ramesh was honored to share. Praise God for this opportunity! Pray for these students to find true meaning in life.

The Lord willing, the first women’s national Global Proclamation Academy will begin next week in the Philippines. The organizing team, master coaches and potential attendees have been encountering many challenges as they prepare. Intercede for God to protect and provide, as only He can, amid health emergencies, mechanical breakdowns, financial struggles and last-minute schedule conflicts. Pray for this to be an unprecedented time of connecting, uniting and strengthening for pastors’ wives and women in ministry. Praise Him for the 20 pastors who recently graduated from GPA Mexico 2.

Thank you for your faithful intercession.

Pray for pastors!

Dear praying friends,

A vision several years in the making is being realized! The Lord willing, next week RREACH will host an international retreat for about 40 pastors and their families from one of the most turbulent regions in the world. “I am going to be with heroes of our Faith, who have faithfully served God’s purposes and people in their great land during a time of turmoil and need,” Dr. Richard says. He is to fly out this weekend.

They have set a day of prayer and fasting (over at least one meal) for the retreat. We welcome you to join in this. Please ask the Lord Jesus for travel mercies and a deep and rich time of spiritual encouragement and personal refreshment.

The GProCommission team reports similar prayer requests on behalf of pastors around the globe. They desperately need spiritual refreshment and protection, provision, and unity to do God’s work most effectively. Pastors in Mexico are even now gathering for their second national GPA. Would you join us in praying for the health of pastors, churches and societies everywhere? And pray for more individuals from every culture and conviction to come to know the True, Good and Chief Shepherd. Thank you!

Urgent prayer needs: Congress registrant visa and funding challenges

Dear praying friends,

We thank God for two good days of planning Dr. Richard had with the GProCongress program team earlier this week. Please pray that they can move quickly on action items, for positive results, and for the Holy Spirit’s total direction of the program.

Some requests we’ve brought to you before are now critical: visa procurement and participant travel funding. Despite the Congress team’s great diligence and the hospitality of the Thai government, GProCongress registrants in some countries are still encountering obstacles when applying for visas. One pastoral trainer writes:

We are facing difficulties in obtaining the visa. We sent an email to the embassy but we did not receive any response, we then followed up with a call but no one picked up.

We traveled to the embassy city on Tuesday to present all our authorized documents and were asked to come for the visa the following day till today. We were only informed today that we cannot receive our visa unless the embassy receives more information.

Our flight home was this evening but we have to reschedule our flight for Monday. Most of the participants from other West Africa countries are getting frustrated with the hindrance here because of the cost of hotel, feeding and transportation just to get a visa.

We are pleading with you to help in facilitating the visa process.

Some other registrants are regretfully cancelling their attendance because they have not been able to get funds to travel to Bangkok. Please intercede for God’s provision and protection in the face of these visa and funding challenges, and pray that many will see Him at work and glorify Him.