In his words: February update from Ramesh Richard

Last month began with Bonnie’s and my 40th wedding anniversary trip to Costa Rica—on award mileage! We had not spent uninterrupted time away together since December 2015. That was not fair to my beloved, who sacrificed time with me for last year’s GProCongress. Having been born ocean-side in northern California, Bonnie enjoys the beach—the sights, smells and sounds. She is presently stuck with me in topographically-challenged North Texas.

While in Costa Rica, I also enjoyed time of extended spiritual reflection. God has confirmed the re-balancing of RREACH with personal proclamation as the original core from which the rest flows. Not given to just vacationing (send me pointers!), I met with over 50 Costa Rican trainers of pastors, who came together for the first GProCongress follow-up event in 2017. One said, “You lit a fire in Bangkok, and it is spreading all over.” I hope that was a metaphor for flaming enthusiasm, rather than destruction!

2017’s first national GPA began in Romania. Our staff could not go due to health reasons, but I was able to interact with them for extended times by Skype. Pray for the complex national GPA project. We are attempting to more than double the number of in-country events in 2017.

It’s always great to preach at Dallas Seminary, the future of Christian ministry, especially in the US. About 40 guests joined us mid-January for chapel and lunch. In God’s will, I look forward to returning “home” to DTS this fall.

2017’s LifeRocks media theme is “STOP FINDING PEACE.” Jesus says He will give us peace, so it is best to find Jesus instead. I have recorded three talks: The Peace Plot, The Peace Prize, and Stop Finding Peace. Pray this Facebook initiative will have wide, far and big impact—one million users have “liked” our page.

Finally, last month included a trip to Panama for the Lindell/Encircle Foundation, which benefits from the credibility of our trained pastors, who identify economic needs, allowing the foundation to help with monetary support. RREACH helps pastors’ families in zones of persecution, natural disaster and oppression, so God’s shepherds are prioritized in this joint exercise. A dinner in Panama drew 300 guests, 200 of whom were pre-Faith. Before the former Prime Minister of Ethiopia and actor Stephen Baldwin shared testimonies, I gave a full-length evangelistic talk. At least two dozen professed a response to Jesus that night; a Dallas GPA graduate’s church is following them up.

I am filled with reverence that God’s people pray for me toward the vision of changing the way large numbers of individuals think and hear about the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for this gift and for the onward journey together this year and beyond.

Please keep praying!

Dear praying friends,

In less than two weeks, the Lord willing, the GProCongress for Pastoral Trainers will begin. Thank you for your faithful, focused prayer for Dr. Richard and all involved with this event. God is moving. Please keep praying!

  • Program – the core vehicle for the Congress vision

o   Spirit-led final planning and excellent implementation

o   Presenters/Coaches: pure hearts, clear messages, safe travels

o   Development and execution of the strategic four-year follow-up plan

  • Participants

o   God’s powerful intervention on behalf of those facing visa challenges

o   Outpouring of resources for those unable to meet travel expenses

o   Heart and mind preparation, health and safety

  • Funding

o   Praise for the generosity of many who have helped us keep in step with obligations

o   Completion of funding – $2.5 million by Dec. 31

Currently, more than 2800 have registered for the Congress. Pray against obstacles that cause cancellations. We also continue to hear daily of new interest. Pray for the right 3000 attendees!

Dr. Richard and Bonnie are leaving for Thailand early this week. Please pray for total protection and global provision as they travel and make final physical, mental, spiritual, relational preparations. Thank you.

Prayer priority: right and greatest number of GProCongress delegates

Dear praying friends,

Dr. Ramesh Richard, the “Vagabondslave,” is on the road again—and primarily will be for the next three months—recruiting delegates for the GProCongress. We thank God for how He has protected and provided for Dr. Richard personally during the GProCongress season.

Dr. Richard particularly requests prayer for the right and greatest number of delegates to the Congress. Please pray for:

  • up to 5,000 of the right delegates representing 200 countries and every aspect of pastoral training
  • favor as Dr. Richard casts the vision during several special opportunities God has opened on his current trip
  • good results from prior and ongoing recruitment efforts
  • a smooth registration process for each delegate
  • protection and financial provision for many coming from financially and/or politically troubled situations

We praise God for the privilege to know Him through the Lord Jesus Christ, to proclaim Him, and to work toward more and better proclamation for the very best of many, everywhere.

Pray for GProCongress needs and DTS chapel

Dear praying friends,

Recently,

  • The GProCongress team welcomed several key new members
  • A large group from a critical but difficult region successfully registered for the Congress
  • Some unexpected opportunities have opened for Dr. Richard to cast the GProCongress vision
  • GPA Thailand Part 2 concluded on Feb. 13
GPA Thailand graduates

GPA Thailand graduates

Praise the Lord God, our Provider and Protector, from whom all these blessings flow! Also remember

  • Dr. Richard’s upcoming trip to an important country he has not yet visited on behalf of the Congress
  • Ongoing and ever-intensifying GProCongress activity in recruitment, funding and program development
  • Dr. Richard as he speaks in the Dallas Seminary chapel service this Friday, Feb. 19
  • The RREACH Board meeting also to be held, the Lord willing, this Friday

Thank you for praying!

Downpour delay; please pray

Praise God for watching over Dr. Richard, and pray, too. Dr. Richard is scheduled to leave Dallas for Indonesia at 6:40pm tomorrow for another key GProCongress vision trip. However, he is in South Carolina, and each flight he has gotten on today has been delayed and then canceled because of torrential rains. There is the possibility of a very early morning flight to Dallas tomorrow.

We know that our Sovereign God is not surprised and has plans to “do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,” (as Dr. Richard has reminded us recently!)

Please pray for a safe, expedited journey to Dallas and then Indonesia for Dr. Richard, and praise God for what great things He will do. Dr. Richard may even get the opportunity to introduce someone specific to the Lord Jesus Christ because of the altered flights!

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. Eph. 3:14-21 NASB

Intense South Asia schedule; GPA Lebanon days away

Dear praying friends,

Praise God for Dr. Richard’s safe arrival in South Asia after 22 hours of travel, and for the surprise blessing of meeting midway a friend and colleague also headed there. Dr. Richard has several speaking engagements for the general council of an influential denomination of churches in a lovely but war-torn country, as well as GProCongress vision meetings. Thank the Lord for these opportunities and ask Him to speak powerfully through Dr. Richard.

The delegate count continues to slowly climb as GPA Lebanon begins in less than a week. Please pray for a full set of 25 pastors, for clear passage as many come from even more troubled regions, for protection during the GPA, and for the Lord’s favor on all involved.

Thank you for continuing to ask the Lord’s favor over the GProCongress. God has shown His providence time and again. Yet, earnest prayer is greatly needed for global provision, especially in the areas of

  • Funding – large amounts are now being called into play as Congress preparation accelerates
  • Mobilization – getting the word out among thousands of pastoral trainers and getting them registered
  • Speakers – finding the right cross-section of pastoral training leaders and their mentees from all over the globe to fill 185 varied slots

And pray for His continued total protection. Thank you, interceding warriors.

“Year of the GProCongress”

Dear praying friends,

The Dallas GPA typically creates the busiest season for Dr. Richard and RREACH, but in this “Year of the GProCongress,” the snowball of preparations is rolling ever-faster and larger along the countdown to Bangkok, now only 11 months away. Dr. Richard has had major meetings with the Congress Core team in Dallas and in Colorado this week. Would you please pray specifically over these team members as they take on impossible tasks believing God is bringing this vision to reality?

  • David Brugger
  • Brian Considine
  • Jon Corts
  • Selwyn Das
  • Otto Kladensky
  • Tommy Lee
  • Herb McCarthy
  • Tom Nolan
  • Rachel Ratha
  • Ramesh Richard
  • John Rogers
  • Edie Ross
  • Tom Victor