Visits, visas and vision-casting

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

  • The Lord Jesus blessed Dr. Richard’s trip with deep connections and re-connections.
  • LifeRocks is getting an update to better engage pre-Christians.
  • We’re celebrating the completion of GPA Zambia and a 14th Dallas GPA candidate visa approved!
  • The GProCommission is developing connections across Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

The bigger picture:

Dr. Richard is en route back to the U.S. after a swift, five-city trip through Singapore, India, Hong Kong and the Philippines. He visited long-time friends, made new friends, cast vision, spoke several times and participated in two memorial services for his dad. He reports that his heart and mind are beginning to adjust after the initial period of grieving. God is using your prayers and expressions of love to help the whole Richard family heal.

RREACH is migrating and updating LifeRocks, our Media Outreach website. Please pray for technological mercies! Also pray for the production and release of the newest LifeRocks video next month. Continue to intercede for more pre-Christians to think more clearly about the Lord Jesus Christ as they view and read our materials.

The fourth national GPA of 2018 is in session. Please ask God to watch over GPA El Salvador attendees and organizers and their families and ministries back home. Praise Him for the 28 young pastors who completed GPA Zambia (2) last week and ask His blessing on their ongoing ministry.

Also thank the Lord for a 14th Dallas GPA candidate who has received a visa. Sadly, another brother who applied this week was rejected. We are waiting to hear results from three others and praying for upcoming appointments for Pastors K from Togo (second attempt), K from Lesotho, and T from Myanmar.

On the GProCommission front, our colleague in Latin America is pursuing partnerships for Spanish pastoral training resources and a mentoring program. Our colleague in the Middle East plans to speak and cast vision at an upcoming conference. Our colleague in Europe is developing alliances with organizations in French-speaking Africa. Please pray for these and for ongoing provision and protection of colleagues and pastoral trainers in all areas.

Thank you!

 

Only God

Dear praying friends,

Preparing for the GProCongress for Pastoral Trainers has been an enormous test and affirmation of RREACH’s motto: ONLY GOD. Late last week a couple of well-coordinated thieves made off with Dr. Richard’s briefcase, which contained his computer, important Congress notes, several items of personal significance, and cash. The loss and subsequent challenges reemphasized our total dependence on God, and God only. The fact that Dr. Richard was not harmed and the generosity of his Brazilian hosts in helping with funds to cover part of the losses despite their own economic situation re-testify to how great the Only God is. Thank you so much for standing with Dr. Richard, RREACH and the GProCongress team in prayer and praise to Only God!

Yesterday Dr. Richard headed out for his final GProCongress vision-casting trip—in spite of issues that cropped up with his flight. Please pray for good response to the upcoming vision-casting in one country in the Middle East and for productive Congress team meetings in Bangkok next week. Pray, too, for:

  • fruit from all preceding recruitment efforts
  • selection of the right presenters and coaches
  • robust development of the Congress follow-up strategy.

Praise ONLY GOD.

Dr. Richard on a mobilization sprint

Dear praying friends,

Dr. Richard is in a mobilization sprint. After meeting with Latin American evangelical leaders in Honduras earlier this week, he returned to Dallas to assist some dear friends with the memorial service celebrating their young son. He left again yesterday evening for GProCongress vision-casting sessions in three major cities in two South American countries. Praise God for His sovereign care as Dr. Richard travels and ministers in many different ways, and pray that He will continue to be lifted up through Dr. Richard’s life and service.

Ask God to encourage many pastoral trainers in Central and South America to attend the GProCongress, both for their benefit and for the perspective they bring. Also ask Him to provide as they face prohibitive travel expenses to Bangkok. Finally, please remember the following ongoing Congress prayer priorities:

  • Up to 5,000 of the right pastoral training delegates
  • The right coaches and speakers/presenters/discussion leaders and their preparation
  • Praise for over $930,000 given toward the recent Inspirational Challenge
  • Approximately $3.1 million in donations is needed by 12/31/2016 to finish RREACH’s Congress financial commitments

Thank you for praying!

Praise and pray for divine connections and many registrations

Dear praying friends,

Thank you for holding Dr. Richard up during this final stretch to the Global Proclamation Congress. The opposition he faces is constant and comes on all fronts, but the Holy Spirit’s protection and guidance are even more constant, powerful and always/everywhere-present. Praise Him!

Dr. Richard’s vision-casting meeting with 9 of the 10 countries of ASEAN leaders last week, put together in two weeks, was well-attended—a direct answer to prayer. It looked like one key country would not be represented, but God brought in a leader from that nation just two hours before the meeting. Please pray that this session will translate into a surge of registrations. Dr. Richard also spent the weekend in a neighboring region where the Church is thriving quietly but exponentially. Pray for a strongly positive response, and for God to clear the way for many pastoral trainers from this area to attend.

Connections for the third stop on Dr. Richard’s trip are coming together after a great deal of prayer and perseverance. We thank the Lord Jesus! Please ask Him to bring the right people together at the right time(s), to give Dr. Richard wisdom as he communicates, and to spur a robust delegation for the GProCongress. We praise Him for how He is moving all of us and the Congress forward for His honor and joy.

On the road…again, national GPAs and GProCongress team needs

Dear praying friends,

Thank you for praying Dr. Richard through a short GProCongress mobilization visit to Orlando. As this is being written, he is in the air on his way to Myanmar and then Bangkok for more Congress mobilization and program planning. The Lord willing, he is to come back via Canada to lecture on preaching in two different cities as well as do additional Congress vision-casting. Please remember the whole Richard family during this higher-pressure time. Pray that they will walk closely with the Lord Jesus Christ, find strength and rest in Him, and that He will be honored in and through their lives.

GPA Lesotho is just beginning. Pray for special connecting, uniting and strengthening there. We are planning on a few more national GPAs coming up this year, the Lord willing, in Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand and Panama. Pray for a full complement of delegates at each and protection and provision for the organizers and teachers.

God has blessed the GProCongress with a wonderful Core team and set of advisers. Ask Him to direct and empower them in helping strengthen pastoral trainers, who have never come together on a global level, through the GProCongress. Thank you!

Pray as persecution increases; Praise for vision-casting reception and GPA Lebanon

Dear praying friends,

By the time you read this, the Lord willing, Dr. Ramesh Richard will be finishing two super-charged weeks in South Asia. Response to his GProCongress vision-casting has been tremendous. Pray for the ongoing blessing of safety and health as he travels back to Dallas.

GPA Lebanon is being “amazingly received,” reports national GPA coordinator Rajiv Richard. The closing session is Saturday, after which many will return to ministry in highly dangerous areas. RREACH has recently received reports from GPA pastors in a number of different countries facing increased persecution. Their concern is less for themselves than for their families. Please pray for God’s mighty hand to cover them, for His peace and wisdom to fill them, and for their lives to be a radiant testimony to the Lord Jesus.

groupWhile efforts to spread the word about the GProCongress among pastoral trainers are highly visible, behind-the-scenes efforts to find the right people for speaking/discussion-leading/presenting roles are no less intense. Please ask the Lord’s provision in selecting, asking and hearing from each candidate, and for schedules to clear to permit participation.

Answered prayer, upcoming opportunities

Dear praying friends,

Just days ago Dr. Richard’s August schedule looked daunting. But then God provided a way to combine two trips into one. Another answer to prayer for Total Protection and Global Provision. Your intercession makes a difference!

Dr. Richard’s next engagements include a number of significant GProCongress vision-casting meetings during the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit. Please pray for opportunities to connect with the right people and for excitement about the Congress to spread.

We also ask prayer for Congress funding. To meet obligations and prepare adequately, we estimate needing $5,000,000 by December 31, 2015. Further, we anticipate needing another $2,500,000 by June 1, 2016, and $2,500,000 by December 31, 2016. This seems impossible, but, God can make it possible. As Dr. Richard says, “The Congress is not about pastoral training for the sake of pastoral training but pastoral training for the sake of the Great Commission.”