A sense of gratitude, calmness in a busy new season

Dear praying friends,
Late last week Dr. Richard and the RREACH board got away for a long-overdue retreat. God blessed their time with deepened camaraderie and insightful discussion of ministry strategy, structure and succession. God’s reaffirmation of RREACH’s mission and vision has given Dr. Richard a sense of gratitude and calmness as he evaluates the range of new opportunities opened by the GProCongress. Please pray that he will continue to be sensitive to God’s leading, from the panoramic to the particular.

Dr. Richard is eager to return to “personal proclamation” after his long administrative stint as Convener of the GProCongress. Pray for clarity and creativity as he studies, writes new material and prepares new talks. Also intercede for his upcoming trip to Africa and southeast Asia. Part of his itinerary is affected by still-delayed government documents. Ask God to make His path clear.

RREACH received its first applications for the 2017 Dallas GPA this week! Pray for many more recommendations, especially from under-represented countries, for the right 25 delegates, and for God’s favor on the visa process. Pray, too, as Master Coach invitations go out. Ask God to open schedules and bring the right 11.

Thank you for praying!

In his words: an update from Ramesh Richard

Dear praying friends,

Thank you for continuing to lift up Dr. Richard and RREACH in prayer. Please see a personal note from Dr. Richard below:

During this time of resuscitation from soul-entombment, I have stayed in the Scriptures. My journal records deep, spiritual movements towards fulfilling what God has placed before me. For example, the Book of Acts calls me to stay with the core ministry of RREACH (from which all else flows), much like the apostle Paul did. His/my personal proclamation gifting undergirds his/my global proclamation calling.

Or his Colossians injunction to Archippus: “See to it that you fulfill the ministry that you have received from the Lord” (4:17). I too shall “see to it.” A friend wrote to me saying, “I feel compelled to tell you to read Deuteronomy.” This was Israel’s second start, with clear injunctions to “possess” what God has given to them. If they/I retreated now, it would be unbelief, disobedience, rebellion! Pray for me not to go that route!

But I did go on a four-country Southeast Asia tour, because my son Ryan invited me to speak at one of his client’s meetings in Malaysia…and the client paid for it! (I took Ryan on his first overseas trip when he was 12.) Our latest trip included Singapore and Jakarta for the Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering, which I also attended 30 years ago. We ended up in Amman, Jordan, where I spoke at the 25th anniversary and graduation services of the Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary. I have had decades of wonderful friendship with their founder and leader.

I returned home to attend the Dallas Seminary faculty retreat, where the Academic Dean provided time for a six-faculty-member report on the GProCongress. The dominant sentiment? One of “disturbance”—we are the privileged elite, while most who need us don’t have access to us! I concluded the month by recording the final three short talks for our series “The Corruptionist” on LifeRocks.org, our pre-evangelistic foray on Facebook’s media platform. The talk on “Sexual Corruption” last month received a huge response. The talks all obviously point to our Savior.

 Thank you for praying! I think I am “back!” 

Warmly,

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We are praising God! Join us?

Dear friends,

Thank you for continuing to pray for Dr. Richard and RREACH. We wanted to take a moment to report how God has been working. Please join us in praising Him for His perfect provision!

Praise! Dr. Richard has successfully recorded his final 2016 Media Outreach messages; thank you for praying. Please now pray for the team as they produce the videos and coordinate the media outreach messaging across multiple platforms.

Praise! National GPA coordinator Rajiv Richard has scheduled the first 2017 national GPA. Pray for GPA Romania, to be held in January, the Lord willing. Several more are in the pipeline; pray for 25 total.

Praise! The Dallas GPA referee email was successfully sent last week and we’ve already received a number of nominations. The application will officially be available to potential delegates next week. Please continue to pray that the Lord would bring the right 25 fine, young pastors to the 2017 Dallas GPA.

Praise! Last night friends from all over gathered with us to celebrate God’s work in and through the GProCongress for Pastoral Trainers. It was a meaningful time of worship, thanksgiving, commitment to what is ahead, and prayer for the world. Please continue to pray for the four-year follow up effort.

 

Please pray: 2017 Dallas GPA

Dear praying friends,

Please be in prayer for RREACH staff and the 2017 Dallas GPA as we begin the process of taking nominations for this three-week academy taking place in June on the campus of Dallas Seminary.

Tomorrow morning the emails requesting nominations from our Dallas GPA graduates and other referees from the pastoral training sector will be sent.

Please pray for the following:

  • That there will be no errors or problems with sending this important email.
  • That the referees and GPA graduates will submit to us the right pastors who meet the criteria to attend the Dallas GPA.
  • That there will be no issues with the potential delegates filling out the Dallas GPA application.
  • That there will be no issues or very minor issues with approved delegates obtaining visas this year.
  • For RREACH staff to respond and communicate with the referees and delegates with accuracy and swiftness.

Thank you!

Praying over RREACH’s three strategies

Dear praying friends,

Thank you for your continued prayer for Dr. Richard and RREACH. As we head into the fall, there is a flurry of activity at RREACH in each of our three strategies: Media Outreach, Personal Proclamation and Ministry training.

Please join us in praying for the following requests:

Media Outreach:
Dr. Richard will film multiple Life Rocks messages later this month. Pray for God to use this media-driven method to spread the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ to individuals around the world.

Personal Proclamation: 
Continue to pray for Dr. Richard’s recovery from the huge GProCongress effort. Pray for upcoming opportunities for his personal proclamation of the Lord Jesus Christ, including during an upcoming trip to India.

Ministry Training:
Dallas GPA: Pray for wisdom and discernment as we assemble the team that will be planning and carrying out the 2017 Dallas GPA, set for June 2017 on the campus of Dallas Theological Seminary. Pray, also for the selection of 25 fine, young pastors from around the globe, and specifically for candidates from countries never before represented at the Dallas GPA.

National GPAs: Pray for the planning and preparations for national GPAs in 2017. It is our goal to have 25 NGPAs per year through 2020, which is a huge undertaking.

GProCongress: Pray for the follow-up team and their efforts in having all attendees and even non-attendees fulfill the goals of the Congress in deliberate and ongoing training of pastors.

RREACH operations:
Pray for the upcoming Audit Committee meeting and Board meetings, as well as hiring decisions.

 

Managing a gradual return: praying for discernment and direction

Dear praying friends,

Thank you for praying for Dr. Richard’s post-GProCongress recovery. Managing a gradual return is demanding! Please pray for sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, clarity in decisions, and physical stamina as he seeks God’s pacing through numerous opportunities and contacts generated on his southeast Asia trip. Also pray for God’s favor as Dr. Richard works through roadblocks to replace some important documents stolen from him in April.  

Praise God for Dr. Richard and the global team developing and facilitating follow-up for the massive pastoral training movement catalyzed at the Congress. Ask Him to reveal the most critical needs, for plans to result in effective action and robust response, and for supporting technologies to function smoothly. Ask Him to further connect, unite and strengthen pastoral trainers from formal and non-formal pastoral training sectors.

 Dr. Richard looks forward to spending time with Dallas Seminary colleagues at their annual retreat next week, the Lord willing, and to the Sept. 8 GProCongress Praise and Prayer celebration dinner. Please pray for these times to be fruitful. We are also asking God to provide special funding for the dinner.   

 

Please pray: Continued recovery, National GPAs and more

Dear praying friends,

Dr. Ramesh Richard is beginning to pick up his pace after taking time to recover from his schedule leading up to and during the GProCongress for Pastoral Trainers.

Earlier this week he flew to southeast Asia to serve as a mentor at Lausanne’s Young Leaders Gathering 2016. While in the region, he is touching base with long-time friends, thanking them for their encouragement during the GProCongress season and giving them a glimpse of the momentum generated by the Congress.

His agenda next week expands to several speaking engagements and key meetings regarding GProCongress follow-up. His son Ryan is accompanying him on this trip.

Please pray for Dr. Richard’s continued recovery, especially with the physical demands of this trip. He says his brain is slightly ahead of his body in the recovery process.

Pray, too, for those organizing national GPAs in 2017. National GPAs are a strategic part of the GProCommission vision for 100,000 connected, united and strengthened pastoral leaders by 2020. RREACH’s goal for the next four years is to hold 25 national GPAs per year (up from 10 per year prior to the GProCongress). This will require much more coordination, as well as funding. The cost of a national GPA is $25,000.

Finally, yesterday 11 bombings took place in five different provinces in Thailand. Please ask God for His sustaining care for those affected and for the pastors ministering to them.

Remember all our brothers and sisters around the world in ongoing situations of devastation and need. Thank you for praying!

 

Greetings in the name of the Most High One, the Lord Jesus Christ!

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Dear praying friends,

Greetings in the name of the Most High One, the Lord Jesus Christ! That’s how Dr. Ramesh Richard greeted attendees the first evening and every morning of the GProCongress for Pastoral Trainers held June 15 – 22 in Bangkok, Thailand. Thank you for your earnest prayer for Dr. Richard, the RREACH and GProCongress teams, and the GProCongress itself over many months. God received glory, and many participants are testifying to how He blessed them.

Our prayer now turns to upcoming action. Please pray for:

  • Dr. Richard, as he now prioritizes his personal proclamation gifting expressed in so many ways, and undergirds his global proclamation calling—facilitating the multiplication of proclaimers
  • Total protection and global provision as Congress attendees implement accelerated pastoral training plans
  • The GProCongress follow-up team as they grow GProConneXt, the strategic Congress follow-up platform.
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The RREACH board and friends praying over Dr. Richard and Bonnie following a GProCongress debriefing.

Also remember believers around the world as we live for the Lord Jesus amid turmoil. RREACH receives new reports almost daily of shrinking religious freedoms and rising persecution. Overnight last night violent conflict erupted in South Sudan’s new government. Here in Dallas, close to home for RREACH, multiple police officers were murdered. As Dr. Richard tweeted this morning, ”July 8, 2016 is as much a day of badness, madness, & sadness in my city of Dallas as Nov 22, 1963.”

Of course, he has also said, “Pastoral health affects church health, and church health affects societal health.” This is a day when healthy pastors can minister to those grieving, angry and even cynical.

Your prayer and encouragement for Dr. Richard and RREACH are invaluable as we seek to strengthen pastors, the leaders on the front lines of this war, for God’s glory and the very best of many everywhere.

Five days…pray for total protection and global provision

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Dear praying friends,

In about five days, the Lord willing, the GProCongress for Pastoral Trainers will convene in Bangkok, Thailand. Congress team members and volunteers are arriving daily in Thailand for on-site preparation.

When RREACH launched “the year of the GProCongress” last June, Dr. Richard asked for prayer for God’s Total Protection and Global Provision. God has answered our prayers in mighty ways, showing His clear intention for this event to take place despite some overwhelming challenges.

Please continue to pray for Total Protection and Global Provision:

  • for the many participants (especially those coming from West Africa and South Asia) who continue to have trouble getting visas
  • for the final logistical details for June 15-22 and the four-year follow-up that are being pulled together
  • for the participants who are beginning to make the journey to Bangkok
  • that the Enemy’s forces, as they seek to distract and deter, will be deactivated
  • that God will move people, events and ideas to address the need to exponentially multiply pastoral training through the GProCongress

For the health and beauty of Christ’s bride worldwide.

Please keep praying!

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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.