Proclamation and pastoral care

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • The Lord has been giving Dr. Richard many opportunities to speak words of life and give pastoral care to leaders and professionals in West Africa, North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia, to name a few recent locations. Praise Him!
  • GPA Solomon Islands, the first national Global Proclamation Academy of 2019, wrapped up last week. Pray for these young pastors to return to ministry greatly encouraged and strengthened.
  • Dr. Richard resumes teaching at Dallas Seminary this week. Pray for him to be a useful and powerful instrument in the Lord’s hands.
  • Pray over a strategic, upcoming event introducing future RREACH ministry.

The bigger picture:

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The connection was shaky, but the Lord allowed Dr. Richard to chat with pastors at GPA Solomon Islands by video conference.

Over recent months, God used Dr. Richard to greatly encourage groups of pastoral leaders and believers, as well as speak about life issues to leaders and professionals, in West Africa, North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. The Lord even opened the door for Dr. Richard to meet with the president of a majority non-Christian country, who invited guests, conversations, private time and prayer. Ask God to continue to pour His Spirit upon these places, strengthening those who believe and drawing many to Himself. Pray for direction as Dr. Richard considers upcoming trips to complex locations that offer great opportunities.

The first national GPA of 2019 finished last week in the Solomon Islands. Thank God for the 30 young pastors who attended. Please pray that He will connect, unite and strengthen them in special ways. Pray for upcoming national GPAs in Madagascar, Guatemala, Indonesia (women’s) and Panama.

Dr. Richard looks forward to getting back into the classroom at Dallas Seminary this week. Please pray for his preparation and teaching. Pray, too, as he prepares to speak in chapel January 30. (If you’re in Dallas at that time, you’re welcome to attend. Let us know, so he can look for you!)

We would appreciate prayer as we prepare for an early March event celebrating what God has done through RREACH and introducing the next decade. Please pray that God will clarify all details and bring the right participants for a full, even overflowing, house. Thank you for praying!

Every prayer matters

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Praise and pray for Dr. Ramesh Richard’s current ministry trip in South Asia.
  • Thank God that Dr. Richard found his much-used and convenient jotter pad!
  • Pray for special opportunities to proclaim our Lord Jesus this amazing Christmas season.
  • Ask God to provide just the right resources for RREACH ministry.

The bigger picture:

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Dr. Richard encouraging leaders and students at a new theological institute in South Asia

Dr. Richard has enjoyed many opportunities to talk about the Lord Jesus with opinion leaders—people of influence and affluence—during his current trip in South Asia. Praise God for the individuals who organized outreaches and for the good turnouts. Please pray that the messages keep penetrating minds and hearts, that many will receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior!

Thank God with us for granting even seemingly small requests. A few weeks ago Dr. Richard could not find his pocket-sized jotter pad, a handy little tool he always uses for visits with friends or opening comments during talks. He remembered where he had left it, but it had disappeared. He searched high and low and asked RREACH staff to pray with him, especially as time drew near to an international trip with numerous speaking engagements. The good news came to the staff after he was already en route—God placed his hand on the jotter pad (literally—it had been laid on top of a tall cabinet) the night before his departure. Thank you for your every prayer for Ramesh. We may have no idea how the Lord is answering—but He is!

People seem more open to thinking about spiritual and eternal realities at this time of year. Would you please especially remember Dr. Richard and all of our Dallas and national Global Proclamation Academy graduates as they proclaim God’s Word in many different contexts? Pray for their bold and loving witness. Pray for protection and peace. Pray for more people to realize and receive the true gift of God during the Christmas season.

We continually bow before God as He supplies what RREACH needs for ministry. We thank Him for every provision and ask His wisdom in employing it wisely. Please pray for His ongoing, timely provision and for blessing on every channel through whom it flows.

Thank you!

In his words: Ramesh Richard November update

Dear praying friends,

I have spent months diving into the five occurrences of our Lord’s Final Commission. I/We must (1) go with the Gospel (Mark 16); (2) proclaim forgiveness (Luke 24); (3) make disciples of all nations (Mt. 28); (4) by the power of the Spirit (Acts 1); and (5) in the way Christ was sent (John 20). What He has said is what I have done at RREACH for the last 30 years, and last month, too!

In South Asia I spoke in two of five Sunday services at the world’s fastest-growing church, each service averaging 20,000. Their pastor has never had formal training for ministry! At a mega-festival, fully half the 20,000 youth responded to my invitation. I proclaim!

Then I headed to RREACH’s first event at our first established Chair of Biblical Preaching and Pastoral Ministries. The South Asia Institute of Christian Studies (SAIACS) is one of the finest seminaries in Asia. Most of the 50 attendees were teachers of preaching and will take this preaching method to their schools. We multiply proclaimers!

Hardly recovered from jet lag, I proclaimed God’s Word through four “heart messages” to the Global Alliance for Church Multiplication in chilly Minneapolis. Their goal? Planting 4 million more churches in the next four years. And yet who will pastor those churches to health? RREACH’s GProCommission addresses the church health side of church growth.

I might as well have stayed jet-lagged! A Middle Eastern country gave me opportunities at its most prestigious university. Sixteen pre-Christ, English Literature students actively wanted to know about the meaning of life, giving me permission at the end of two hours to share my personal conviction about the Lord Jesus. I did, and offered LifeRocks as follow-up.

A pastors retreat in a war-devastated country was the highlight of the month. After several years of frustrated efforts, we received the Lord’s provision in all ways to gather half (32) of all the pastors staying to serve in this sad area, with their wives and kids under 12, for a time of loving refreshment. Although their suffering is far greater than we can imagine, God used His Word through me to encourage them.

This Thanksgiving month, I cannot but thank God and you for helping me proclaim God’s Word and multiply proclaimers of God’s Word through your priceless support of RREACH.

In the Inexhaustible One,

RR

Ministry and math

Dear praying friends,

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Sunday service in one of the fastest-growing churches in the world

People are hungry for God. The picture above shows Ramesh Richard’s view as he spoke in one of the fastest-growing churches in the world during his recent South Asia trip. He spoke in two of five services which average 20,000 to 25,000 attendees each. At a mega youth conference of 15,000 the church held the next day, around 10,000 responded to his invitation.

From there he went to teach at the first pastors conference held in conjunction with RREACH’s first Chair of Preaching and Pastoral Ministries, established at SAIACS a year ago. The attendance–55–was but a fraction of that at the mega-church. But for Dr. Richard, it was more strategic. The reason is simple: multiplication. Those pastors, by God’s grace, will lead many future churches.

This last week Ramesh gave several “heart message” talks to about 200 church planting leaders from around the world at a Global Alliance for Church Multiplication Forum in Minneapolis, Minn. Their goal is 5 million churches planted by 2020. The corresponding challenge: Who is going to pastor those church plants to long-term health? RREACH’s Global Proclamation Commission is working on that. At the same time the forum was in session, 36 pastors and 18 wives were finishing training in Cuba’s second national Global Proclamation Academy.

That, dear prayer partners, is how God is multiplying the effect of your prayers!

The response has been encouraging. “Your talk was superb today. Superb. Much positive feedback. We thank God for His provision.” And from a media conference in South Asia, “I could see the Holy Spirit working in every word you spoke. I clearly see God’s hand in hand picking you for this year’s conference, and from the feedback we are getting, I am seeing God igniting hearts to move forward in the area of the harvest.”

We can’t tell you how much we appreciate you. Please keep on praying. The Lord willing, RREACH’s board of directors meets this weekend, GPA Mexico begins next week, and we are planning a retreat for pastors and families in a desperately dangerous region.

 

Praying around the world

Dear praying friends,

We heard from people around the world who prayed for Dr. Ramesh Richard as he spoke to a group of influencers last week—what a blessing and encouragement! “God did speak through me,” he reported. “I sensed it…and so I am told.” May God multiply its impact.

Ramesh is now in the middle of a three-city trip in South Asia. His upcoming engagements include speaking at one of the fastest-growing churches in the region, a mega youth conference, and a pastors conference. Plus, many people wish to meet with him. Praise God for these opportunities! Pray for the right words at the right moments, physical and spiritual protection, and, ultimately, for more people to embrace the Lord Jesus Christ.

We’re excited about the young pastors who have recently graduated from GPA Niger and GPA Mongolia. Please intercede that they will apply what they learned and continue to encourage each other. GPA Cuba and GPA Mexico are coming up.

Also lift up the GProCommission team’s efforts to connect, unite and strengthen trainers of pastors. The range of needs in this area is vast—but God is providing as we pray! An associate who can communicate with a significant language group recently joined in the work.

Five days…pray for total protection and global provision

Dear praying friends,

In about five days, the Lord willing, the GProCongress for Pastoral Trainers will convene in Bangkok, Thailand. Congress team members and volunteers are arriving daily in Thailand for on-site preparation.

When RREACH launched “the year of the GProCongress” last June, Dr. Richard asked for prayer for God’s Total Protection and Global Provision. God has answered our prayers in mighty ways, showing His clear intention for this event to take place despite some overwhelming challenges.

Please continue to pray for Total Protection and Global Provision:

  • for the many participants (especially those coming from West Africa and South Asia) who continue to have trouble getting visas
  • for the final logistical details for June 15-22 and the four-year follow-up that are being pulled together
  • for the participants who are beginning to make the journey to Bangkok
  • that the Enemy’s forces, as they seek to distract and deter, will be deactivated
  • that God will move people, events and ideas to address the need to exponentially multiply pastoral training through the GProCongress

For the health and beauty of Christ’s bride worldwide.

GPA Burkina Faso beginning; Dr. Richard to East and West Coasts

Dear praying friends,

Under the most difficult of existential circumstances, 19 younger, lead pastors from Lebanon and surrounding countries met for the first part of GPA Lebanon. The finale is scheduled for November, perhaps with their spouses. Praise be to the Lord! GPA Burkina Faso is scheduled to begin September 10. They, too, have encountered major difficulties from general political instability. Please ask God for each delegate’s safe arrival and for the Holy Spirit to empower organizers and Master Coaches.

Dr. Richard did arrive home safe and sound after his trip to South Asia. The next 10 days of his schedule include a trip to the East Coast, a local speaking engagement, a trip to the West Coast, and a board meeting. Spreading the word about the GProCongress remains a critical focus. Please intercede for positive response, efficiency of registration, and funding to meet increasing obligations as the Congress nears.