In his words: Ramesh Richard April update

Dear praying friends,

“There by the grace of God, go I” well captures my sentiment, more so than the also true “there but for the grace of God, go I!” I never want to overlook the grace that carries and covers me all over the world and brings me back each time.

By God’s grace, I was carried on airlines you’ve likely not heard of: Spicejet, Druk Air,  Malindo Air and Qatar Airlines on a recent five-country, 15-day trip. It started with about 200 church leaders in a remote South Asia area, the gateway to the next two countries.

In the next country, I secretly visited our Lord’s family of 75 on a Sunday morning and with 10 thoroughly committed pastors at night. In Nepal, I publicly shared God’s Word with over 1,000 greatly enthusiastic leaders. They currently have the highest church growth rate in the world.

Then it was on to Malaysia for executive ministry meetings as a follow up to a “SWOT” exercise where our global staff had to each identify about 100 strengths, 50 weaknesses, 25 opportunities and 10 weaknesses of RREACH! A ministry directorate will oversee and implement what we discern as priorities for programs, funding, timing.  A day-long pastoral visit to nearby Singapore with weakening old(er) friends finished out the grace-filled trip.

At home, the month began with a group of about 50 grace-filled friends over a day of spiritual and strategic deliberation. What do the final two years of our decade-long human capital campaign (RREACHABLE 2010 – 2020) look like? And what about the next decade, too? 2022 and 2028 seem to be key marker moments according to … you guessed it … grace, grace, God’s grace, grace that is greater than all our sins—and plans.

Dallas Theological Seminary, too, is a grace-filled institution. In teaching the spiritual life course, I emphasize that DTS’ unique contribution to the subject is grace. I was recognized for 35 years of faculty service. I used to be the youngest ever on the faculty, once, long ago!

You, too, are a marker of God’s grace in my life. Your grace-based prayer carries and covers this servant’s ministry. Thank you for exhibiting the grace of praying, even as I continue in the grace of serving the One who died and rose again for us to ground grace into daily living.

In the Inexhaustible Vine,

RR

Hope for the spiritually hungry

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Give thanks for Dr. Richard’s many opportunities to share Good News in spiritually hungry places.
  • Pray for implementation of ministry strategies over the final two years of RREACHABLE (2010–2020) and into the following decade.
  • Continue to intercede for Dallas and national Global Proclamation Academy preparations.
  • Praise God and pray for more growth in our Media Outreach.
  • Praise God for bringing Bonnie Richard’s mom through surgery and ask Him for good recovery.

The bigger picture:

RR in Malaysia 3 2019-03-17

On his recent trip to Asia, Dr. Richard encouraged believers in the Lord Jesus who are a minority in their country.

Dr. Richard has just completed a 15-day, five-country trip. God blessed him with strong opportunities to encourage Christ’s Church and offer hope to the spiritually hungry.

He wrote to RREACH colleagues, “I am sitting at a window looking at beautiful mountains and greens—except that the beauty only extends to topography. The people here would like to extend it to the human situation—I am also overlooking a monument which people have been circling since 3:30 a.m. to repent of misdeeds and gain future merit. If eternal salvation was possible in this way, I would not need to meet with you. And yet we are, for the sake of populating heaven under the revelation of God, who is not wrong about Himself, His Son, His Salvation, His grace or His mission.”

Please pray that many exposed to the Good News of the Lord Jesus on that trip will receive it. Pray, too, that we will execute God’s priorities, strategies and plans for RREACH’s next decade of ministry with faithfulness, joy and excellence.

Preparations continue for the 2019 Dallas GPA and upcoming national GPAs. Intercede for the right 25 pastors to attend each, for visas for those needing to come to the U.S., and for physical and spiritual protection of those coordinating the GPAs.

Praise God for the tools and opportunities available for RREACH’s Media Outreach. Pray that we will strategically use YouTube to reach large numbers of individuals, for Dr. Richard’s preparations to film new videos, and for the new LifeRocks Instagram account (@LifeRocks_official) to be effective.

Thank you for praying for Bonnie Richard’s mom! Please ask the Lord to ease her pain and help her regain strength after her surgery.

Thank you again, pray-ers!