30 days until the Congress: praises and requests

Dear praying friends,

Thank you for your prayer during the difficult time of Rev. Enoch Sirikul’s abrupt home-going and resulting challenges to GProCongress preparation. The Lord Jesus is inspiring Thai Christian leaders to carry forward Rev. Sirikul’s ministry in this land where less than 1 percent of the population identifies as Christian. He is also inspiring broader interest in the GProCongress. As you remember Rev. Sirikul’s family and all grieving his earthly loss, intercede for God to work mightily through those he trained. Specifically ask for His wisdom, guidance, protection and provision as Dr. Richard and the GProCongress team adjust and proceed with even more heartfelt urgency.

Pray for the GProCongress registration team as registration activity has increased heavily. Pray for this trend to continue, technology systems to operate smoothly and visa challenges to be overcome. Also praise God for providing tremendous favor with the Thai government in regard to visas.

Many pastoral trainers have acted in faith, obedience and hope as they paid Congress registration fees. They still need funding to travel to Bangkok. Please ask God to provide abundantly, so that now and in the years to come more may trust and rejoice in His name. Please ask Him for abundant spiritual provision for GProCongress presenters and coaches, also.

In a few days, the Lord willing, Dr. Richard is to record some online curriculum sessions regarding the Holy Spirit. Pray for wisdom, strength and clarity, for God’s glory. Thank you!

Grieving and Acting with Hope

Dear praying friends,

Dr. Steve Douglass-Campus Crusade for Christ International/Cru, Rev. Sirikul and Dr. Richard last November in Florida

Dr. Steve Douglass – Campus Crusade for Christ International/Cru, Rev. Sirikul and Dr. Richard last November in Florida

Early this morning Rev. Enoch Yuttasak Sirikul, chair of the Executive Board of Thailand Evangelism and Church Growth Committee, chair of Thailand Campus Crusade for Christ, and national coordinator for the Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers, went home to the Lord after a sudden, massive heart attack. Please pray for Rev. Sirikul’s family, friends and ministry.

Rev. Sirikul instantly invited Dr. Richard to hold the GProCongress in Thailand after Typhoon Haiyan battered the Philippines in late 2013, requiring the relocation and rescheduling of the event. “[The GProCongress] will be a historic event in the body of Christ for this generation,” he said.

“I am shocked, stunned and terrifically sad,” Dr. Ramesh Richard said. “I’ve known ‘Nok’ for 30 years. He was one of the great leaders of the world and one of my best friends in ministry.” Your committed prayer for God’s total protection and global provision for the fulfillment of the GProCongress and its strategic follow-up is essential during these days. Please remember:

  • Registration and delegates – up to 5,000 of the right pastoral trainers from all areas of the world
  • Speakers, presenters, coaches and follow-up – availability and preparation
  • Funding – God has supplied all the funding needed to meet Congress contract deadlines to date; we anticipate needing another $1.6 million by June 15
  • GProCongress team – creativity, capacity and Christlikeness

Thank you for praying for us during this time of intense grief and action.

 

Prayer priority: right and greatest number of GProCongress delegates

Dear praying friends,

Dr. Ramesh Richard, the “Vagabondslave,” is on the road again—and primarily will be for the next three months—recruiting delegates for the GProCongress. We thank God for how He has protected and provided for Dr. Richard personally during the GProCongress season.

Dr. Richard particularly requests prayer for the right and greatest number of delegates to the Congress. Please pray for:

  • up to 5,000 of the right delegates representing 200 countries and every aspect of pastoral training
  • favor as Dr. Richard casts the vision during several special opportunities God has opened on his current trip
  • good results from prior and ongoing recruitment efforts
  • a smooth registration process for each delegate
  • protection and financial provision for many coming from financially and/or politically troubled situations

We praise God for the privilege to know Him through the Lord Jesus Christ, to proclaim Him, and to work toward more and better proclamation for the very best of many, everywhere.

GProCongress registration update

Dear praying friends,

Dr. Richard traveled to Taiwan early last week for a number of GProCongress vision-casting meetings. God continues to answer prayer for opportunities to introduce the GProCongress to Christian leaders, often through the thoughtful recommendations of Dr. Richard’s global connections. Please ask the Lord for strong participation among pastoral trainers from around the world toward this Church Health movement.

Early registration for the GProCongress ended January 15. We have 1,600 initial registrations from 90 countries. While a very good response, much has to be done to translate the registrations into full payments. Pray for the highest number and right kind of delegates—up to 5,000 from 200 countries. We trust God and request intercession for the ongoing, critical work of recruiting Congress delegates. The Lord willing, Dr. Richard will visit a pivotal yet difficult region on this trip. Pray for discernment and favor, and for God to make a way for pastoral trainers in this area to be well represented at the Congress.

Thank you!

Smooth travel, growing the GProCongress geography, GPA Lebanon Part II

Dear praying friends,

Praise God for His sustaining grace. Dr. Richard left on his sixth trip in 30 days, hoping to make crucial GProCongress connections in six countries in a little over six days. Pray for smooth entry into and exit from each country and for strategic broadening of the geography of registration for the Congress. Thank you for your faithful prayer; please continue to lift Dr. Richard’s entire well-being, and that of his family, before the Lord.

The recent headline-making terrorist attacks in Paris remind us to pray diligently for people all over the world experiencing violence and tragedy. Ask God to deliver every individual from evil—perpetrators, victims, and those ministering the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ in the middle of it.

As 15 pastors from six countries in the Middle East gather late this week for the final days of GPA Lebanon, we especially rejoice over the transformation God is quietly bringing about through them in that troubled region. Pastor A, 2013 Dallas GPA grad, reports, “They have been connecting, being united and being strengthened for the past couple of months. And now is the time to be back for Part II. Lebanon was the target of a terrorist bombing, yet this has not discouraged our friends from confirming their attendance.”

Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen. Eph. 3:20-21 Amplified

An answer to praise

Dear praying friends,

Praise God for 850 applicants for the GProCongress, and for the new one-step registration system implemented this week! We are asking Him for at least 1,500 registrants this month and 5,000 in total. Please also pray for travel mercies, wisdom and favor on Dr. Richard as he leaves today, the Lord willing, for a conference of leading theological educators in the Middle East. He hopes to make significant progress in mobilizing Congress attendees and presenters there.

Almost daily we receive news from GPA grads and other believing friends around the world who are suffering the effects of natural disaster, broken systems, and persecution. Yet they hold on to the Lord Jesus Christ. One wrote, Please I would like to express my deep request to you uphold us in your daily prayer that our God is a God of provider and in Him everything is under control. In His everlasting love…. Let’s intercede, with gratitude, for our brothers and sisters.

Finally, GPA Thailand is scheduled to begin Nov. 8. Pray for a good group of 25 pastors, for organizers and master and peer coaches, and for life-changing connecting, uniting and strengthening.

Preaching lectures, GProCongress registration, GPA Lesotho

Dear praying friends,

This week Dr. Richard’s schedule includes preaching lectures at Heritage College and Seminary in the Toronto and Ottawa areas, as well as GProCongress vision-casting. Pray for the Lord to speak clearly through him, and for several possible individual contact opportunities in the area to mature. Next week, the Lord willing, the Congress Core team will convene in Dallas for several days of meetings. These are their final meetings for the year and much needs to be accomplished. Please begin praying now for their travel and time together.

Many Congress applicants are requesting prayer that they will be able to raise the money needed for registration fees and airfare to the Congress. Let’s ask the Lord to provide for them in special ways, as we do for delegates to the Dallas GPA. Ask Him to provide for RREACH, too, as we seek to cover all other Congress-related costs for these pastoral trainers. Pray also for our communication with those who have been accepted but need to finish the registration process.

Lestho

GPA Lesotho delegates

Finally, praise God for a good start to GPA Lesotho! Pray for the 25 delegates’ connecting, uniting and strengthening throughout the week; graduation is scheduled for Oct. 3.