A legacy of love and proclamation

Dear praying friends,

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Ramesh Richard with his dad, John Richard, in 2015

In brief:

  • The Richard family is gathering for John Richard’s memorial services in Dallas this weekend.
  • Dallas GPA visa count: 9. Four pastors are from new countries! Several more pastors, however, have been denied.
  • Dr. Richard is preparing for an international ministry trip in March.
  • The GProCommission team is looking for more GProCentral colleagues, i.e. teammates who personally connect with pastoral trainers and leaders.

The bigger picture:

Dallas services for Ramesh Richard’s father are scheduled for Saturday, February 17. A service in Delhi, India, is set for Saturday, March 10. Please continue to pray for the family. And pray that God will extend John Richard’s legacy of love for the Lord Jesus Christ and passion for spreading His Word, to His glory.

Three Dallas GPA candidates have visa appointments next week: N from Bangladesh, C from Burundi, and S from DR Congo. Pray that they will be able to join the nine already approved, four from the new countries of Gambia, Macedonia, Mauritius, and St. Kitts and Nevis. Seventeen additional pastors are still in pre-visa application stages. Pray for the Lord’s direction and provision as they and we work through the process.

Please ask God to lead clearly as Dr. Richard plans a March trip to South East Asia. Ask for the right ministry opportunities to mature and for Dr. Richard’s capacity for scheduled and impromptu ministry moments while adjusting to the earthly loss of his dad.

GProCommission colleagues actively connect with pastoral trainers and leaders to encourage and network them in their ministries. These regional teammates are a critical element of our strategy to strengthen pastoral trainers to produce 100,000 better trained pastors by 2020. Colleagues are especially needed in South East Asia. Pray for the Lord to bring the right people on board.

Thank you so much.

Proclaiming and pastoral training all over the world

Dear praying friends,

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Ramesh Richard speaking during a GProCongress Indonesia plenary session, assisted by interpreter Pastor RB

Dr. Richard has just completed his time at GProCongress Indonesia, a follow-up event from last June’s GProCongress for Pastoral Trainers in Bangkok. He spoke twice on aspects of the critical need for more and better-trained pastors to the group of 600 pastoral trainers representing many different denominational backgrounds.

An estimated 300 delegates stepped forward to commit themselves to train 20,000 pastors in the next four years. Not only that, GProIndonesia plans to do its own follow-up with its own budget. Praise God! Pray for them! Pray, too, for Dr. Richard and a number of formal/non-formal pastoral training colleagues as they prayerfully consider strategic next steps in more efficiently and effectively training pastors around the globe.

As GProIndonesia wrapped up, GPA Vanuatu commenced 6,000 km/3,700 mi to the southeast, in another nation of islands. Thank God that the materials shipped there arrived safely. Pray for these national GPA delegates as they meet through March 11, connecting and being encouraged to preach and live biblically.

Back in Dallas, the RREACH team is rejoicing over 14 pastors accepted to the 2017 Dallas GPA who have visas. We’ve booked four of their flights already. Seventeen accepted pastors still need visas, however. Please intercede for the following as they apply:

  • Pastor C (SE Asia): March 8
  • Pastor M (Africa): March 9
  • Pastor E (Africa): declined for visa earlier; applying again March 14
  • Pastor S (Africa): also declined; encouraged by consulate to reapply

Pray for the pastors’ spiritual, financial and physical preparation to come to Dallas. Pastor T (Africa) is having difficulty finding someone to fill the pulpit while he is away.

This weekend, the Lord willing, Dr. Richard will close his six-cities-in-12-days trip by speaking at a church in SE Asia. Please ask the Lord Jesus Christ to sustain him, in order to proclaim Him!

From Alpha to Zanzibar, GProCongress momentum rolls on

Dear praying friends,

God blessed Dr. Richard’s quick trip to the Alpha Leadership Conference 2015 in London for GProCongress mobilization with a number of strategic connections, while word continues to spread in remote areas, too. A professor from Kenya shared information about the Congress with about 60 extension trainers in Zanzibar. “The response was so encouraging,” he reported. “Twenty-five of them left me details for registration. The Zanzibar bishop is also excited about coming. Zanzibar has less than 100 churches with no Bible school for pastors. This might be the time to inspire them to train pastors.”

Concentrated prayer for the GProCongress remains a top priority. Please intercede for:

  • The GProCongress team – creativity, capacity, Christlikeness and coordination of schedules
  • Program development and a program manager
  • Funding to meet increased cash flow needs

GPA Benin has finished, while delegates are preparing for GPA Cambodia to convene May 14. Thank God for these servants and organizers and pray for their connecting, uniting and strengthening. Dallas GPA candidates continue to have trouble obtaining visas. Pastors CD, J and P from Asia, Latin America and Africa have upcoming visa appointments. Please earnestly pray for favor. Thank you!

Note from Dr. Richard on Nepal, GProCongress and GPA

Dear praying friends,

Nepal remains in our minds and hearts. The extent of devastation is still largely unknown because no one can get to some of the hardest-hit areas, but Dallas GPA pastors are keeping RREACH apprised. People are without food, shelter, clothing, and heavy aftershocks are delaying relief. If you have time to read more, see the heartfelt note below from Pastor A, the 2014 Dallas GPA grad who just moved from his rural village to Kathmandu. Please pray with us about how RREACH can most strategically come alongside our brothers there.

I would also appreciate prayer for fruit from vision-casting gatherings and progress on the GProCongress program. Some gifted leaders have flown into Dallas to meet about that fundamental Congress component this week. The RREACH board plans to meet on Friday.

GPA-wise, praise God for the 24 who graduated from GPA Peru! GPA Indonesia is going strong, and GPA Benin is scheduled to begin April 29. Two Dallas GPA candidates have visa appointments this week, and more need to be scheduled.

Thank you for your faithful prayer support. We thank God for you.

Warmly,

ramesh richard

Report from Nepal Dallas GPA 2014 graduate Pastor A:

In and around my village and in a walking distance of about 7-8 hours the houses are ruined. Throughout the district the churches are affected and the believers and unbelievers alike are left homeless. They have no food and no clothing. There is no single house in my village and other villages. Casualties in my district are high. Places are filled with dead bodies while the workers are needed. I tried to go to my village, a distance of 3-4 hours bus drive, but the roads are broken. There is no access of relief at this point, no communication, no transportation. About an hour ago we had another big strike of about 6.8 rector scale, which has the epicenter in my district. Continuous big/huge earthquakes are hitting and almost every hour we feel the shock. Actually many feel it is shaking the whole time. People around the street look hopeless.

Please pray with me and others that we have patience, faith and perseverance. I am thankful for constant prayers and concerns that you have shown toward me and my people. My kids are terrified and I don’t know how they will come out of these traumatic experiences. Pray that we all glorify God in this situation of distress. In this situation, I am so honored to be leading people to prayer and explain biblical truth to draw people near to God. Thanks for your love.

Yours sincerely,

Pastor A

 

GProCommission action—the 2015 Dallas GPA, upcoming national GPAs, and GProCongress mobilization

Dear praying friends,

One week ago today Dr. Richard braved the winter chill of Chicago to speak at Moody Bible Institute. Today he is in sunny Honduras at the International Leaders Forum of the World Evangelical Alliance. In addition to presenting the GProCongress, he will also have the pleasure of attending the installation of his friend Bishop Efraim Tendero as new Secretary General of the WEA. Bishop Ef, as he is fondly known, was head of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches and among the first to own the GProCongress vision.

We’d appreciate your prayer as Dr. Richard seeks just the right person to fill a significant role on the Congress team, as well as for overall Congress funding.

Please also continue to lift up:

  • Preparations and those preparing for the 12 national GPAs yet to come, the Lord willing, in 2015 (praise for GPA Cuba, completed in January!)
  • The Dallas GPA – two more pastors have visa appointments next week; sponsors for events and host families will be needed in June
  • Bonnie and the rest of the Richard family

GPA candidates need visas; a full Friday coming for Dr. Richard

Dear praying friends,

Yesterday, Pastor A from Albania was approved for a visa to come to the 2015 Dallas GPA! Seven of our 21 accepted candidates now have visas. Those with upcoming visa appointments include: Pastor N (East Asia) – Jan. 29; Pastor N (West Asia) – Feb. 3; and Pastor A (Middle East) – Feb. 10. Pastor A was accepted to the Dallas GPA last year, but delays in getting official documents prevented him from coming. Please pray the Lord’s favor on each pastor for visa approval and for raising his half of the GPA airfare.

The Lord willing, a key GProCongress team member who was unable to attend last week’s meetings will fly in to meet with Dr. Richard and with the RREACH Board this Friday. We are asking the Lord’s clear direction for these meetings, as well as for the provision of a Congress program manager and timely funding. Dr. Richard is also scheduled to speak at the DTS Chapel on Friday (Jan. 30).

On behalf of Dr. Richard, we thank you for remembering these needs and offering thanksgiving to our Lord Jesus Christ.