My hero, my dad, D. John Richard, just entered heaven to receive his eternal reward for a full life and fruitful labors (Saturday, February 3, 2018), just 17 days shy of his 95th birthday. It happened very fast. He fell last Sunday, and five times since then. We’re grateful and sad.
I’m headed to Syracuse…just arrived in Dallas last night after 16 nights away. I wrote memories of him on my 15+ hour flight home, having just talked the exact streets and places of youthful life with him.
Please pray for all of us. We have our Christ’s Resurrection hope for His believers-followers…or we would be of all people most miserable!
I borrow from John 1:6: “There was a man sent from God. His name was John.”
People prayed a very long time for the Messiah; God answered in “the fullness of the time” (Gal. 4:4). Praise Him! As we close the year of the Lord 2017 and enter the year of the Lord 2018, would you pray with us in such faith for Dr. Richard and RREACH?
Dr. Richard and the executive team have developed a plan to enhance the proclamation side of his ministry. A praise: God has already provided some of the strategic pieces! Please pray for:
effectively putting the plan into action
the right personnel
decisions regarding possible speaking engagements and product distribution
creative time for Dr. Richard
many to think and hear differently about the Lord Jesus Christ.
Two key ministry resource Web sites are set to launch January 1: LEADERREACH and GProLearning. LEADERREACH will feature short videos in which Dr. Richard answers questions about leadership. They are geared toward pastoral leaders, but contain insights for anyone in leadership. GProLearning is a library of globally-sourced, biblically sound pastoral training resources hand-picked from a variety of contexts and languages to fit all kinds of situations, learning styles and levels. Please pray for:
final details to come together
team speed and accuracy
smooth technical operations
many to be strengthened as they serve the Lord Jesus.
Dr. Richard says, “The providential hand of God cannot be stopped when His priorities are pursued with faith, vision, sacrifice and joy.” Happy Year of the Lord 2018!