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