More proclaiming and strengthening proclaimers

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Please pray for Dr. Richard’s creativity, capacity and Christ-likeness as opportunities arise to proclaim the Lord Jesus.
  • Pray for the Lord Jesus’ clear direction regarding a trip to minister in Venezuela.
  • Give thanks for how God is strengthening GProCommission efforts to connect and resource pastoral trainers.
  • GPA Republic of Congo has started! Pray for them and for upcoming national GPAs planned for Ecuador, Central African Republic, Hungary and a closed country.

The bigger picture:

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Dr. Richard speaking at Upendo Baptist Church’s 20th anniversary in Dallas

The Lord Jesus continues to answer our prayer for openings for Dr. Richard to proclaim Him. On a recent trip, his outbound seatmate had just lost her grandmother and her mother was dying of cancer. He talked and prayed with her. On his return trip, the same woman was again his seatmate! The Lord again allowed him to minister to her. Pray that this woman and others whom Dr. Richard has introduced to the Lord Jesus will receive His new life.

Also please continue to ask the Lord’s direction regarding a potential Venezuela trip. In God’s providence, the applied-for visa has still not been granted and plans are on hold. Intercede for the pastors ministering amid many difficulties there and for the Lord to protect Dr. Richard’s passport.

Uphold the GProCommission team and everyone involved in efforts to strengthen pastoral trainers and multiply pastors. We engage in strategic follow-up action after every Dallas and national GPA and are maintaining follow-up from the GProCongress for Pastoral Trainers. The work is intensive. Please ask the Lord’s provision in human, financial and technical resources and wise implementation of those resources.

Praise God for the pastors gathered for GPA Republic of Congo! Pray for them to be especially connected, united and strengthened. Pray, too, for upcoming GPAs in Ecuador, Central African Republic, Hungary and a closed country.

Praise for a busy summer

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Praise God for His great blessings on Dr. Richard’s trip to Grenada.
  • Uphold Dr. Richard’s upcoming speaking engagement and recording of short evangelistic talks.
  • We are still waiting for Dr. Richard’s Venezuela visa. This window of opportunity is closing. Please pray.
  • Praise God for GPA Nigeria (Women’s), underway right now.
  • Pray for good GProCommission partnerships to develop.

The bigger picture:

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Dr. Richard spoke to Grenadian pastors and church leaders about spiritual convictions for leadership service

GPA Grenada finished on a high note last week as Dr. Richard was able to join the 25 young pastoral leaders for their graduation. Praise God and pray that they will remain connected, united and strengthened as they return home to daily demands.

While in Grenada, Dr. Richard also spoke at an event for opinion leaders, in two church services, with the Prime Minister’s cabinet, and for another group of pastors. Several individuals indicated making significant personal decisions. Please ask the Lord for ongoing fruit from his ministry there.

Dr. Richard is scheduled to speak at a Dallas-area church this weekend, record messages for his LifeRocks series on peace early next week, and speak several other times over the next month. Pray for good preparation time and for the Lord’s Spirit to be upon him for these engagements.

We need to make a decision very soon regarding Dr. Richard’s planned trip to minister to Venezuela pastors. Please ask the Lord for Dr. Richard’s visa to arrive immediately and for clarity about moving forward. Pray, also, for the pastors and families serving in this stricken country.

GPA Nigeria, RREACH’s second women’s GPA, began Tuesday. Praise God for the women who have gathered for training in preaching and living biblically. Pray for them to be connected, united and strengthened.

One aim of the GProCommission for Pastoral Trainers is to collaborate with pastoral training organizations around the world. Please intercede for insight on how to best do this. Thank you!

Ramesh on the road (again)

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Remember Dr. Richard as he speaks at GPA Grenada and several other events this weekend.
  • Pray for GPA Nigeria (Women’s), scheduled for July 24 – August 2.
  • Dr. Richard plans to record LifeRocks messages later this month. Please pray for his preparation.
  • Continue to ask God for quick delivery of Dr. Richard’s visa for Venezuela.

The bigger picture:

GPA Grenada

Pastor S, 2015 Dallas GPA grad from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, helped teach sessions at GPA Grenada.

Dr. Richard is headed to Grenada for the GPA Grenada graduation and several other speaking engagements. Please pray for God to use him powerfully to encourage the pastors, business and government leaders, and others to whom he ministers. Pray also for his health and safety.

RREACH’s second GPA for women is set to begin Tuesday, July 24, in Nigeria. Visa issues have hindered some RREACH staff from getting into the country. Pray that the Lord will make the way for organizers and potential attendees to arrive safe and sound, and for the Holy Spirit to specially connect, unite and strengthen the women. Please also intercede for the funding needed to hold all the national GPAs scheduled this year.

The Lord willing, later this month Dr. Richard will record another set of LifeRocks short video messages for people who don’t know much about the Lord Jesus Christ. Please ask God to inspire him as he prepares. Also pray for a smooth production process.

Venezuelan pastors have gone to a lot of effort to organize a conference for local pastors and a talk on success for area professionals and leaders August 2 – 6. However, Dr. Richard is still waiting for his visa. Pray for it to be granted and arrive quickly, and for this trip to be a tremendous blessing to a troubled country.

An eventful season

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • Give thanks for Ryan and Chelsie Richard’s beautiful, Christ-honoring wedding ceremony.
  • Praise God for 26 pastors approved to come to the U.S. for the Dallas GPA!
  • Thank the Lord Jesus for the wonderful volunteers lending very helpful hands to GPA preparation.
  • Pray for personal proclamation opportunities for Dr. Richard in Paraguay, Venezuela and more.

The bigger picture:

Ryan and Chelsie cutting cake

On a Texas May day, family and friends celebrated Ryan and Chelsie Richard’s garden wedding, an event that exalted the Lord Jesus. Praise Him for His work in the couple’s lives and pray for their growth together in Him. Praise God, too, that Dr. Richard’s voice held up as he officiated; he eventually lost it from being outdoors on the high-allergen weekend.

Our prayers have been answered: We now have 26 pastors with visas for the June 10 – 30 Dallas GPA (our goal was 25). Thank you so much for praying. And please keep on praying for this group of fine, young pastoral leaders to be supernaturally connected, united and strengthened. Pray for safe, smooth travels and entry into the US. Most will be starting their journeys in less than a week.

Several sets of volunteers have lent their encouraging presence and helping hands to getting us ready for the GPA. We cannot thank God enough for them. Please pray blessing on them and on all final preparations for this major annual event. Also remember the teams serving behind the scenes.

Dr. Richard’s summer following the Dallas GPA is filling up rapidly. Ask God for clear leading about upcoming personal proclamation opportunities in Paraguay and Venezuela and later possibilities in Costa Rica, Hungary, and several locations in India, as well as U.S.-based engagements. Pray that he will be an effective spokesman for the Sovereign Savior worldwide.

Pastoring amidst violence: Ukraine, Venezuela, Thailand

Dear friends,

Greetings on behalf of Dr. Ramesh Richard. You have no doubt heard about violent protests happening in places like Ukraine, Venezuela and Thailand.

We have heard from our beloved brothers in these countries—pastors who have attended a Dallas GPA or a national GPA (Venezuela was our first national GPA in 2011). Please join Dr. Richard and the RREACH board and staff as we lift them up in prayer along with all Christians and especially pastors in these difficult situations.

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Ukraine: More than 80 people have been killed in clashes between police and demonstrators in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev. Amid an ongoing political stalemate, violence has spread to other towns and cities.

The Ukraine Baptist Union asks for the following prayer:

  1. “Our brother in Christ, a member of a Baptist Church in Kiev, was elected acting President of the Parliament until the next elections on May 25. Please, pray for him. (click here to read more about President Turchynov. )
  2. Ukraine is still divided into West and East and the threat of a Division is still real. Please, pray for the unity of our nation.
  3. All of our congregations are very active praying day and night for God and we see how He responds. This is an excellent time and opportunity to attest to God’s love. We have to experience and feel The power of the atonement of Jesus Christ.
  4. Pray for God’s wisdom for all our pastors, because people are looking for answers to many questions in the context of this whole situation.”

Requests from Pastor A, Dallas GPA 09 graduate:

“Please pray for peace in our country, that we would have new leadership and new country without corruption and old communist mindset. Pray for our nation to repent before God and start living according His word. Pray for revival among churches – that they would think not only about themselves but serve people around them and preach good news.

We are going to pray every evening at the center of our home town, Lutsk, with our church, and distribute Bibles, hot tea there, talk with people about Jesus. Thanks for your prayers and send our greetings to your fellow pastors and your churches. Shalom!”

Requests from Pastor A, Dallas GPA 07 graduate:

“My family and me are well. In my city the situation is not so hot. The church is keep on serving the Lord as normal, besides more constant and intensive prayers for the country. We never were so close to the civil war. Pray that God would give me as pastor special wisdom to lead the church. So many opinions and emotions about what we as believers should do.”

Venezuela: A wave of anti-government demonstrations – the largest in a decade – has been sweeping through Venezuela since early February. At least 13 people have died.

Thailand: Thailand has been hit by months of mass protests as part of a long-running political battle. Several have been killed, including at least three children.

Venezuelan and Thai pastors alike are asking for continued prayer for their countries and for wisdom as they pastor through the situations in Venezuela and Thailand.

For His glory,
Edie Ross
Prayer coordinator