Weekly Godward

Join Dr. Richard and friends from around the world at the beginning of each week to pray for our world. Every Sunday at 8:30 p.m. US Central (Daylight) Time, we unite in a fast and precious 45 minutes of intercession over the pandemic and other ministry matters. Write to  to receive details necessary to join the call. Or, watch the call live on this page. 

Only God

RREACH’s first operational value is “Only God.” One way we recognize and live in our dependence on Him is by beginning, covering and ending every aspect of ministry in prayer, with thanksgiving. As the Lord continues to open doors for Dr. Richard and his ministry, we are even more aware of the need for prayer.

We post regular prayer updates on this page, including a daily prayer calendar at the beginning of each month. Please take a moment to visit and look over recent posts of requests and God’s responses.

Prayer Updates

Note that most of these are ongoing prayer requests; the date listed is the posting date.

More, better and lasting fruit | August 16, 2018

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

Pray for production of Dr. Richard’s new short evangelistic videos.

Praise God for sustaining Dr. Richard through some demanding weeks of speaking, filming and considering RREACH’s future.

National Global Proclamation Academy (GPA) action is high: pray for GPAs in Republic of Congo (in process), Ecuador (starting today), and Central African Republic (to begin in a week).

Please lift up pastors and pastoral trainers serving in areas of natural or man-made turbulence.

The bigger picture:

Pastor T, Dallas GPA 2018, meets with other Cameroonian pastors about escalating conflict in the country. (Note: He is carrying the RREACH water bottle he received at the GPA.) Because of direct threats, Pastor T had to move his family away from their home after he returned from the Dallas GPA. They pray it is a temporary move. This is one glimpse of how your prayers and encouragement of Dr. Ramesh Richard and RREACH are affecting the world. Thank you.

Last week Dr. Richard had two recording sessions, one for LifeRocks evangelistic talks and one for PASTORREACH, an upcoming project addressing questions sent in by pastoral leaders. Praise God for the time he had to prepare for these and for the sessions running well. Pray for good production of the videos and that new elements of LifeRocks will increase people’s exposure to the Lord Jesus, especially in otherwise unreachable socio-economic tiers and geographical areas.

Also praise God for the direction prepared as RREACH board members recently discussed ministry succession. Please pray that this will enable Dr. Richard and RREACH, as the Lord Jesus charged His followers, to “go and bear” more, better and lasting fruit (John 15:16).

Twenty-five young pastors gathered last week for GPA Republic of [perennially troubled] Congo. The Lord willing, they will graduate late this week.

GPA Ecuador is kicking off today and GPA Central African Republic next Thursday. Other national GPAs planned for this fall include Hungary, an undisclosed Asian country, Chile, The Gambia, Guyana, Bolivia and the Solomon Islands. Intercede for attendees to learn and connect well and for God’s protection over all involved; the spiritual warfare can be intense.

Please remember all pastors and pastoral trainers around the world who serve in difficult—even humanly impossible—circumstances. Ask the Lord Jesus to favor them with joy, courage, strength and a sense of His powerful and shielding presence.

Thank you for praying!

Received: April 29, 2021

More proclaiming and strengthening proclaimers | August 10, 2018

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

Please pray for Dr. Richard’s creativity, capacity and Christ-likeness as opportunities arise to proclaim the Lord Jesus.

Pray for the Lord Jesus’ clear direction regarding a trip to minister in Venezuela.

Give thanks for how God is strengthening GProCommission efforts to connect and resource pastoral trainers.

GPA Republic of Congo has started! Pray for them and for upcoming national GPAs planned for Ecuador, Central African Republic, Hungary and a closed country.

The bigger picture:

Dr. Richard speaking at Upendo Baptist Church's 20th anniversary in Dallas

The Lord Jesus continues to answer our prayer for openings for Dr. Richard to proclaim Him. On a recent trip, his outbound seatmate had just lost her grandmother and her mother was dying of cancer. He talked and prayed with her. On his return trip, the same woman was again his seatmate! The Lord again allowed him to minister to her. Pray that this woman and others whom Dr. Richard has introduced to the Lord Jesus will receive His new life.

Also please continue to ask the Lord’s direction regarding a potential Venezuela trip. In God’s providence, the applied-for visa has still not been granted and plans are on hold. Intercede for the pastors ministering amid many difficulties there and for the Lord to protect Dr. Richard’s passport.

Uphold the GProCommission team and everyone involved in efforts to strengthen pastoral trainers and multiply pastors. We engage in strategic follow-up action after every Dallas and national GPA and are maintaining follow-up from the GProCongress for Pastoral Trainers. The work is intensive. Please ask the Lord’s provision in human, financial and technical resources and wise implementation of those resources.

Praise God for the pastors gathered for GPA Republic of Congo! Pray for them to be especially connected, united and strengthened. Pray, too, for upcoming GPAs in Ecuador, Central African Republic, Hungary and a closed country.

Received: April 29, 2021

In his words: Ramesh Richard August update | August 3, 2018

Dear praying friends,

Any time I get to personally deliver God’s Word, whether in evangelism or edification, with a few or many, I live out what God has made, gifted, called and placed me to do. That’s why RREACH began and exists. Thank you for prayerfully supporting this proclamation ministry.

Barely had the Dallas GPA ended when I rushed off to Rochester, New York. In addition to the cooler weather away from a “blazin’ Texas,” it was a delight to deliver God’s Word to 600+ Bhutanese-Nepalese. Kicked out of Bhutan, they lived as refugees for 20 years in Nepal.

I got to challenge them to spiritual and moral commitments. Dozens responded to the invitation to re-start their spiritual life!

Then I touched Syracuse, where my father breathed his last only five months prior, and preached where my brother-in-law and sister serve. In February, I had to speak there the very day after he died. As difficult as it was, a dozen or so came to Christ. This time, many committed to living a life of surrender and abandonment to Christ and His cause.

Two international events fulfilled the multiplication side of this global proclamation ministry. Twenty-five pastoral leaders attended GPA Grenada, a small “isle of spice where everyone is nice” in the lower West Indies. I got to address the GPA graduation, joint Sunday services, a pastors gathering, their Prime Minister’s cabinet, and a pre-evangelistic outreach dinner. Half of the 80 guests were unbelievers and five men (men alone!), indicated a profession of faith.

Women’s GPAs are filled pastors’ wives and women who primarily teach women. At the end of each GPA, I “charge” them into the Gospel ministry by video or phone call. It was thrilling to get photos of WGPA Nigeria, of both prayer time and play time—women’s soccer! I don’t think these wives and mothers have played anything for a long time!

Thanks for making it possible to do what is humanly impossible, in ability or resources. You help us reverse the eternal destinies of large numbers of desperate individuals worldwide! You are a blessing to me and RREACH.

Received: April 29, 2021

Praise for a busy summer | July 27, 2018

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

Praise God for His great blessings on Dr. Richard’s trip to Grenada.

Uphold Dr. Richard’s upcoming speaking engagement and recording of short evangelistic talks.

We are still waiting for Dr. Richard’s Venezuela visa. This window of opportunity is closing. Please pray.

Praise God for GPA Nigeria (Women’s), underway right now.

Pray for good GProCommission partnerships to develop.

The bigger picture:

Dr. Richard spoke to Grenadian pastors and church leaders about spiritual convictions for leadership service

GPA Grenada finished on a high note last week as Dr. Richard was able to join the 25 young pastoral leaders for their graduation. Praise God and pray that they will remain connected, united and strengthened as they return home to daily demands.

While in Grenada, Dr. Richard also spoke at an event for opinion leaders, in two church services, with the Prime Minister’s cabinet, and for another group of pastors. Several individuals indicated making significant personal decisions. Please ask the Lord for ongoing fruit from his ministry there.

Dr. Richard is scheduled to speak at a Dallas-area church this weekend, record messages for his LifeRocks series on peace early next week, and speak several other times over the next month. Pray for good preparation time and for the Lord’s Spirit to be upon him for these engagements.

We need to make a decision very soon regarding Dr. Richard’s planned trip to minister to Venezuela pastors. Please ask the Lord for Dr. Richard’s visa to arrive immediately and for clarity about moving forward. Pray, also, for the pastors and families serving in this stricken country.

GPA Nigeria, RREACH’s second women’s GPA, began Tuesday. Praise God for the women who have gathered for training in preaching and living biblically. Pray for them to be connected, united and strengthened.

One aim of the GProCommission for Pastoral Trainers is to collaborate with pastoral training organizations around the world. Please intercede for insight on how to best do this. Thank you!

Received: April 29, 2021

Ramesh on the road (again) | July 19, 2018

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

Remember Dr. Richard as he speaks at GPA Grenada and several other events this weekend.

Pray for GPA Nigeria (Women’s), scheduled for July 24 – August 2.

Dr. Richard plans to record LifeRocks messages later this month. Please pray for his preparation.

Continue to ask God for quick delivery of Dr. Richard’s visa for Venezuela.

The bigger picture:

Pastor S, 2015 Dallas GPA grad from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, helped teach sessions at GPA Grenada.

Dr. Richard is headed to Grenada for the GPA Grenada graduation and several other speaking engagements. Please pray for God to use him powerfully to encourage the pastors, business and government leaders, and others to whom he ministers. Pray also for his health and safety.

RREACH’s second GPA for women is set to begin Tuesday, July 24, in Nigeria. Visa issues have hindered some RREACH staff from getting into the country. Pray that the Lord will make the way for organizers and potential attendees to arrive safe and sound, and for the Holy Spirit to specially connect, unite and strengthen the women. Please also intercede for the funding needed to hold all the national GPAs scheduled this year.

The Lord willing, later this month Dr. Richard will record another set of LifeRocks short video messages for people who don’t know much about the Lord Jesus Christ. Please ask God to inspire him as he prepares. Also pray for a smooth production process.

Venezuelan pastors have gone to a lot of effort to organize a conference for local pastors and a talk on success for area professionals and leaders August 2 – 6. However, Dr. Richard is still waiting for his visa. Pray for it to be granted and arrive quickly, and for this trip to be a tremendous blessing to a troubled country.

Received: April 29, 2021

Papers arrived! Pray for fast turn-around | July 10, 2018

Thank you for praying! The documents we needed (see Urgent: Visa Needed) arrived this morning. Right now they are on the way to the consulate. Now please pray for fast turn-around, not only so Dr. Richard receives the visa in time for his trip, but also because the earlier we book the ticket, the less expensive it is!

Also pray for our hosts to be able to put to put together very specific and strategic events while they face many uncertainties. Pray that God will prepare the way for Dr. Richard to be used mightily in this nation which needs much healing and encouragement.

Received: April 29, 2021

Urgent: Visa Needed | July 9, 2018

Please urgently join us in praying for the necessary paperwork to arrive today in order to apply for a visa to a turbulent country (13000% inflation) listed in the current US travel ban where Dr. Richard has ministry opportunities in the beginning of August. The visa could take up to 15 days or longer so the window in receiving a visa is closing. Thank you for joining us in prayer on this important matter.

Received: April 29, 2021

2018 Dallas GPA - Final(s) week | June 28, 2018

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

It’s the final week of Dallas GPA 2018! Pray for everyone.

Dr. Richard has a heavy teaching/speaking schedule the rest of this week. Please pray.

Pray for the pastors as they travel home and go back to the demands of ministry.

Ask the Lord to bring the right connections and personnel needed by the GProCommission team.

The bigger picture:

Praise God for the experience of the 2018 Dallas GPA! He has blessed over and over again through the three rigorous weeks. The delegates need prayer in these final days of instruction, study and deepening personal connections. They are tired and missing home, but reluctant to say goodbye. Pray for all the staff, too.

Dr. Richard is scheduled to teach two days yet this week, as well as finish and deliver  Saturday's graduation banquet message on . Please pray for his final moments with the pastors to be sweet and for good quiet time as he prepares for the banquet.

We also ask for prayer cover for the pastors as they travel home over Sunday and Monday. Pray for safety, smooth travels and wonderful reunions with their loved ones. Pray for their adjustment back to the daily life of ministry and discernment in how to apply what they have learned. Pray that they will be able to keep in touch with each other for mutual encouragement.

Praise God for the GProCommission team as they continue the gargantuan work of helping connect, unite and strengthen pastoral trainers around the world. As the 2018 Dallas GPA grads go forth, they will benefit from the GProCommission’s highly personal and intentional follow-up. The GPro team is asking the Lord to bring connections who can introduce them to pastoral trainers not yet part of what we call the "GProCommunity" and for personnel to help in various areas.

Thank you for upholding us, wonderful prayer warriors!

Received: April 29, 2021

Dallas GPA 2018 - Week 2 | June 22, 2018

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

We’re praising God for this year’s 26 wonderful GPA pastors and His blessing as we finish the second week of GPA!

Praise God for so many generous and welcoming friends who come alongside RREACH to make the GPA a special time for the pastors.

Continue to pray for comprehensive protection of pastors and staff.

Intercede for a momentous graduation and banquet evening.

Pray for details to come together for Dr. Richard’s upcoming trips.

The bigger picture:

The 2018 class of Dallas GPA delegates is eager to learn, asking a lot of questions in class, and sharing ministry experiences and practices with each other. One pastor half-jokingly told Dr. Richard, “I’m an idiot!” He was referring to how much he is learning about the Scriptures and how much more he has yet to learn. Praise God for these young leaders and ask His favor on their remaining time here.

Praise God, too, for the many people who have helped make the GPA a great experience for the pastors. Volunteers, hosts, donors, prayer partners and more … all are expressions of His blessing!

We’re thankful that no major challenges have arisen for the pastors or their families. Please keep asking God’s complete protection over them and the staff. One staff member’s home was broken into this week. A great deal was stolen, but, praise God, no one was hurt and insurance will cover most of the loss.

Also pray for preparation for the GPA graduation and banquet. It is scheduled for, the Lord willing, Saturday, June 30. Pray for God’s anointing as Dr. Richard prepares his message and for his voice to return to full strength.

Dr. Richard is scheduled to speak in Dallas, New York, the Caribbean, Central America and South America this summer. Please pray for details to come together and meaningful engagement. Also ask the Lord’s direction regarding possible future events in Paraguay, Hungary and South Asia.

Received: April 29, 2021

2018 Dallas GPA - Week 1 | June 15, 2018

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

Praise God that all 26 pastors arrived and had a great start to GPA 2018!

Praise that Dr. Richard’s voice held up during his first day of teaching. Intercede that the pastors will quickly grasp all the teaching and see how to apply it.

Pray for the onsite GPA team to operate effectively, efficiently and with excellence.

Continue to ask God to provide Dr. Richard opportunities to proclaim the Lord Jesus evangelistically.

The bigger picture:

We praise the Lord for the trouble-free arrival of all 26 Dallas Global Proclamation Academy delegates for 2018. Please pray that they will enjoy getting to know each other. Pray that the Lord will place them with just the right host families this weekend and next.

Thank God that Dr. Richard made it through his first day of teaching. His voice is still weakened, though, and he would appreciate continued prayer as he is scheduled to teach extra days this year. Please intercede for each pastor to learn well and discern how to effectively apply what they are learning.

Uphold the GPA team onsite at Dallas Seminary and pray that they will operate effectively, efficiently and with excellence, by the power of God’s Spirit. Pray for them to be encouraged even in the middle of pressure.

We’ve seen answers to prayer as Dr. Richard’s schedule fills with speaking engagements. Praise God and pray for other opportunities to expose opinion leaders—the largely overlooked group of people with influence and affluence—to the Lord Jesus in thoughtful and winsome ways.

Thank you!

Received: April 29, 2021

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