Dallas GPA: Marching (toward the goal) in March UPDATED!

Please see March 14, 2014 updates in red!

Dear friends,

Please join us in praising the Lord as we march toward securing a full class of 25 pastors with visas for the 2014 Dallas GPA. Currently, we’ve accepted 25 candidates, including 15* who have obtained their visas. We now have 17 candidates with visas!

Since our last update, Pastor A from Burkina Faso was granted his visa, as was Pastor D from Fiji. Please pray for these and other pastors who have secured their visas as they work toward raising funds to cover their part of their air travel to Dallas.

Additional prayer requests include:

  • Please pray for Pastor V from Liberia. After his visa appointment, the U.S. Embassy in Liberia put his application under further review. We are expecting the embassy to call the RREACH offices today to confirm the authenticity of our invitation. We are hopeful this will result in an approved visa for Pastor V. Please continue to pray for this situation. We’ve not yet heard if his visa will be granted.
  • Pastor J from Gambia was rejected for a visa. He is trying to decide if he should reapply. This is disappointing for both Pastor J and for RREACH, as no pastors from Gambia have previously attended a Dallas GPA. Please pray for God’s wisdom, direction and favor. Please continue to pray.
  • Pray for God to provide one more master coach to join Dr. Richard in filling out the 2014 Dallas GPA faculty. Please continue to pray.

Finally, please pray for positive outcomes to these upcoming visa appointments:

  • March 12: Pastor A, from Haiti GRANTED!
  • March 13: Pastor G, from Cameroon REJECTED. Pray for wisdom on whether Pastor G should reapply or not.
  • March 13: Pastor F, from Angola GRANTED!
  • March 17: Pastor R, from Bangladesh
  • March 28: Pastor K, from Bhutan

Also, please pray for Pastor A from Nepal, who should receive his passport next week. Pray that he does and that he can secure a visa appointment very soon!

For His glory,
Edie Ross
prayer coordinator
 

*Pastors with secured visas represent the following countries: Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Hungary, Lebanon, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Syria, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad, Zimbabwe, Haiti and Angola.

Praising the Lord in Tanzania and Cambodia

Dear Friends,

Thank you for praying for the upcoming Dallas GPA and specifically for the candidate selection process. We received word that Pastor S. from Tanzania and Pastor S. from Cambodia received their visas!

I am exceedingly glad for I have passed the visa interview…Please pass on my gratitude to everyone who has prayed for the process.

– Pastor S., Tanzania

We now have eight pastors who have obtained their visas. Twenty-three total have been accepted to the 2014 Dallas GPA, including five from countries not previously represented at a Dallas GPA (Bhutan, Angola, Gambia, Nicaragua and Cambodia.) Please join us in praising the Lord for His provision.

Dr. Richard teaching during the 2013 Dallas GPA.

Dr. Richard teaching during the 2013 Dallas GPA.

Also, please lift up the following requests:

Pray for pastors who have secured their visas as they work toward raising half of their airfare to Dallas (RREACH takes care of the other half of their air travel and all of their needs while in Dallas.) For some, the cost of half of their airfare is equal to several months’ wages.

Pastor K from Togo was scheduled to have his visa appointment yesterday. Pray for a favorable outcome.

Pray for favor for these upcoming visa appointments:

  • Feb. 13: Pastor F from Mexico (UPDATE: His visa was granted! Thank you for praying!) 
  • Feb. 19: Pastor J from Mozambique
  • Feb. 27: Pastor D from Fiji
  • March 3: Pastor A from Burkina Faso

And finally, please pray for the RREACH and GPA staff as we work to raise the budget for the Dallas GPA, handle logistical details related to putting together a three-week effort to connect, unite and strengthen international pastors and work through the application/acceptance process with pastors from around the world.

2013 Dallas GPA delegates bonding together through a game of whirleyball.

2013 Dallas GPA delegates bonding together through a game of whirleyball.

If you’d like to give toward the Dallas GPA, you can access our secure online giving site here. (You’ll want to select “GProCommission” and “Dallas Global Proclamation Academy” under the “Category and Funds” heading.)

If you are in the DFW area and would be interested in volunteering to help with the Dallas GPA, please email Melissa Krispense at melissa@rreach.org.

For His glory,
Edie Ross
Prayer Coordinator