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.

January 2020 RREACH daily prayer reminder | January 1, 2020

RREACH STAFF

1.1    to grow in the Lord as they serve.

1.2    energy and diligence to keep up with all that needs to be done behind the scenes.

1.3    all that we do locally and globally to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.

1.4    safety and provision for traveling team members.

DR. RAMESH RICHARD

1.5    total protection while traveling internationally.

1.6    dedicated time to prepare for teaching and speaking opportunities.

1.7    wisdom and humility in all areas of life.

1.8    God to work through Ramesh to reach pre-Christ friends locally and internationally.

GProCOMMISSION

1.9    energy and wisdom in the final steps of 2016 GProCongress follow-up.

1.10  the team to be a source of encouragement to the GProCommunity.

1.11  connections with trainers of pastors in the 60+ countries not yet represented in follow-up.

1.12  the team's evaluation of whom to invite to participate in future GProCongresses.

MEDIA OUTREACH

1.13  the new LifeRocks series on loneliness to reach those who don't yet know the Lord Jesus.

1.14  successful launch of the LifeRocks website updates and redesign.

1.15  wider reach and deeper engagement with online content.

1.16  weekly PastorReach videos to encourage pastors to live, lead and preach biblically.

GProLATAM&CARIB

1.17  the right 500 trainers of pastors to attend the Congress.

1.18  recruitment to make meaningful and lasting connections with trainers of pastors.

1.19  registrants to be able to pay the registration and travel costs.

1.20  wisdom for the communication team to determine best distribution strategies.

DALLAS GPA 2020

1.21  young pastors from new and underrepresented countries.

1.22  candidates to obtain visas.

1.23  energy and diligence for the admissions team.

1.24  the right Master Coaches to be able to lead the courses.

GENERAL

1.25  opportunities to host national GPAs in new countries.

1.26  openings for Dr. Richard's printed materials to be distributed to pre-Christians around the world.

1.27  discernment in evaluating Dr. Richard's potential speaking engagements.

1.28  capacity and creativity as Dr. Richard develops content for speaking engagements.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

1.29  wisdom and discernment as they consider RREACH's future.

1.30  blessing over each board member's leadership roles.

1.31  joy in the Lord as they serve RREACH and others.

GPro: Global Proclamation (Commission, Congress, Community)

GProLATAM&CARIB: Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean

GPA: Global Proclamation Academy

Received: April 29, 2021

In his words: Ramesh Richard December update | December 22, 2019

Dear praying friends,

The end of the year is almost here. Sometimes it feels like the end of the world is near, too! We take a quick world tour and wish His promise to come soon (Rev. 22:20) would happen now. Yet He waits to come so more would repent (2 Pet. 3:8). In these “betwixt” times and tension, I must serve God’s Word to the world.

In Bali, Indonesia, I spoke at a church service, then to about 120 pastoral leaders, and at an evening event where all four pre-Christ friends and family in attendance embraced the Lord Jesus.

In a South Asian country experiencing an extreme air quality crisis, I was addressing 500+ heroes at The Word Conference. Many pastors had been physically assaulted for the Faith. Who am I to minister to them? But they went back home more committed!

In Jakarta, Indonesia, RREACH hosted two networking sessions for about 100 world evangelical leaders on pastoral training over the next four years. We invited them to advocate for advancing Church Health worldwide by the training of pastors.

Trip highlight? Three days in a restricted Asian country. After waiting seven months for a last minute and rare official visa to speak, I addressed 800 leaders of their second largest denomination. Out of 500 pastors, only four had formal training—less than 1%. And yet they have grown from 200 to a whopping 220,000 people! Hallelujah!?

Preaching at favorite congregation in Singapore was my final stop before rushing home to a wonderful U.S. Thanksgiving! Praise be to God.

We also must multiply proclaimers around the world. Our national Global Proclamation Academies were held in Guatemala, Ukraine and São Tomé-Princípe, with 25 pastoral leaders each who were better trained to preach and live biblically. What a joy!

You make all this possible. Like early Christians, we cry out for “the Lord to come” (1 Cor. 16:22) and “even so come Lord Jesus” (Rev. 22:20). Until then, thank you for making His truth and love available to the world through this ministry. 2020 awaits!

Received: April 29, 2021

Outreach opportunities | December 13, 2019

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

Praise God for a productive meeting of the board of directors last week.

Praise God and pray for several outreach opportunities for Dr. Richard this month.

Uphold Dr. Richard and Ministries Team members meeting in Panama next week in preparation for the Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean.

Please continue to pray for total efforts toward the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress.

The bigger picture:

Ramesh Richard proclaims God's Word at one of several events scheduled this month.

Thank you for praying for Dr. Richard and the RREACH board as they met last week. They have spent considerable time thinking about the future of RREACH ministry. Please pray that Dr. Richard and RREACH will continue to wholeheartedly pursue God’s calling to proclaim His Word globally and multiply proclaimers locally.

Let's pray for many to open their hearts to the Lord Jesus during this Christmas/holiday season. Dr. Richard spoke at one outreach event last week and has two more scheduled this month. Many Dallas and national Global Proclamation Academy (GPA) grads are planning special outreaches, as well. Praise God for these opportunities and pray for His truth and grace to transform many lives.

One of Dr. Richard’s outreach events is scheduled during his trip to Panama next week. The Lord willing, while there he will also speak to pastoral leaders and meet with members of RREACH’s Ministries Team regarding the 2020 GProLATAM&CARIB Congress. Please pray that he will proclaim God’s Word clearly and that the team will make wise decisions.

Recruitment for the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress continues steadily. Pray that the team’s phone calls and emails will reach many trainers of pastors and excite interest in the GProCongress. We are asking God for many to register and pay early. Pray, too, for the process of developing the program and selecting presenters.

Thank you for praying!

Received: April 29, 2021

REACHED! Praise God! | December 6, 2019

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

REACHED! Praise God for providing many generous people to respond to a huge Inspirational Challenge for RREACH ministry.

Praise God for providing a last-minute and rarely granted official speaking visa that Dr. Richard needed to minister in a restricted country.

Praise God for the 316 pastors who graduated from the Dallas and national Global Proclamation Academies in 2019.

Pray for next week’s trip to Panama for an outreach event and Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean planning.

Pray for the RREACH board meeting on December 6, 2019.

The bigger picture:

Dr. Richard takes precautions while traveling in an area of high air pollution in Asia with Pastor H, a 2017 Dallas GProAcademy graduate.

REACHED! was the word Dr. Richard sent out after we reached our US $500,000 Inspirational Challenge on December 3—and exceeded it by 34 cents—but only after he wrote this note to God: “You are stunning; and I am stunned.” Would all of you rejoice with us at God’s magnificent provision? Pray that His vision through Ramesh will be reached. Soli Deo Gloria!

We’re praising God for how He used Dr. Richard during a recent trip to Asia. Ramesh ministered to more than 1,400 pastoral leaders in three countries where Christians are a significant minority and often suffer for the Faith. At a small outreach event, all four pre-Christians in attendance embraced the Lord Jesus. Please pray that these long-time and new followers will grow deep in joyful faith.

Twenty-five young pastors graduated from GProAcademy São Tomé and Príncipe last week, our final national GProAcademy of 2019. Pray that all 316 graduates of this year’s Dallas and national GProAcademies will continue to preach, live and think biblically.

Pray as we assess 2020 Dallas GProAcademy applications and organize more national academies.

The Lord willing, Dr. Richard and members of the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress organizing team will travel to Panama next week. Pray for God’s total protection and global provision as they gather information and make decisions. Pray for many pre-Christians to attend the outreach event scheduled. Pray that Dr. Richard will proclaim God’s Word wisely and winsomely.

RREACH’s board of directors meets the final time this year on Friday, December 6. Thank God for this group of godly leaders and their willingness to walk alongside Ramesh in his ministry calling. Please ask God’s sovereign guidance in this meeting and His hand to be on the board members and their families.

Thank you!

Received: April 29, 2021

December daily prayer reminder | November 29, 2019

1    iProMission: Dr. Richard as he speaks at two Dallas-area churches, one today and another this coming weekend, the Lord willing

2    Ramesh Richard: to be humble before God, sensitive to needs and have clear direction in all areas of life

3    GProLATAM&CARIB Congress: the right 500 trainers of pastors to attend

4    Dallas GPA: 2020 candidates’ process of obtaining visas and raising half their airfare

5    Media Outreach: updates to the LifeRocks website for an early 2020 rollout

6    RREACH: Dr. Richard and the RREACH board as they meet today for the final time in 2019

7    National GPA: mobilization of more national GPAs for 2020

8    iProMission: capacity, creativity and Christlikeness as Dr. Richard develops content for talks, articles and other projects

9    GProCommission: pastoral trainers and leaders worldwide to be encouraged by our ongoing follow-up

10  Dallas GPA: the best candidates from at least five new/under-represented countries

11  National GPA: pastors to put into practice the expository preaching steps they have learned, even when life gets busy

12  Media Outreach: unreached people to hear about the Lord Jesus and want to know Him

13  RREACH: the staff to grow in the Lord as they serve

14  GProCommission: diligence in details as we prepare for the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress

15  RR: Ramesh to be humble before God, sensitive to needs and have clear direction in all areas of life

16  iProMission: good attendance at an outreach in Panama and Dr. Richard to clearly proclaim God’s Word

17  GProLATAM&CARIB Congress: God’s total protection, global provision and manifest presence during a planning trip to Panama

18  Dallas GPA: graduates of all 13 cohorts to preach, live and think biblically

19  National GPA: spiritual and physical protection of organizers

20  Media Outreach: pastors worldwide to be encouraged by Dr. Richard’s PastorReach podcasts

21  RREACH: diligence for the staff to keep up with behind the scenes details

22  GProCommission: a spirit of grace and truth among global team members

23  iProMission: dedicated time for Dr. Richard to prepare for upcoming speaking events

24  Dallas GPA: great blessing as graduates proclaim God’s Word during this season

25  Glory to the One who was, is and will be Immanuel, God with us

26  National GPA: pastors to remain connected and share their training with others

27  RR: blessing as Ramesh and Bonnie celebrate their wedding anniversary

28  GProLATAM&CARIB Congress: recruitment team to connect with many potential attendees and motivate many early registrations and payments

29  Media Outreach: LifeRocks messages to reach those who need them

30  iProMission: discernment in evaluating Dr. Richard’s potential speaking engagements

31  Praise God, from whom all blessings flow

 Thank you for praying!

Ramesh Richard proclaims God’s Word; RREACH amplifies the proclamation globally and multiplies the proclamation locally.

RR – Ramesh Richard

GPA – Global Proclamation Academy

GProCommission – Global Proclamation Commission

GProLATAM&CARIB Congress – Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean, October 12–16, 2020, Panama City, Panama

iProMission – Ramesh Richard’s personal proclamation

Received: April 29, 2021

In his words: Ramesh Richard November update | November 22, 2019

Dear praying friends,

Not that you need reminding, but five-sixths of 2019 is over as I pen this note on the first day of the month. So much happens each month. I want to be as profitable to the Master as I possibly can and as productive in the ministry as I should, especially in light of the tornado which recently struck Dallas. Friends lost property, but no lives were lost. I tweeted 13 Tornado Takeaways for myself. We can email them to you upon request.

A greater sense of responsibility and urgency impels all of us still alive. Did you receive “When Christian Leaders Defect,” an article about prominent leaders defecting from the Faith? Several friends have written about how much it strengthened them.

I also got to write a technical response to a “theory of homiletics.” Preachers must find what the Divine/Author says and does IN a biblical text to propose what they are proposing to the original audience and to us. This paper is not for the public…yet.

Weekend visits to the far ends of the U.S.A. (New York and Washington) broke up the intensity of the month, only to be followed by recording evangelistic and pastoral training short videos. Feel free to visit LifeRocks.org and PastorReach.org to watch what your prayer distributes worldwide.

I could also add here the hosting of Global Proclamation Academies in South East Asia and Democratic Republic of Congo (South), two very difficult environments, but God provided protection.

The month climaxed with RREACH’s annual board retreat as we considered strategic decisions under the Lordship of God’s Christ and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. I need Trinitarian foresight for our forethought. What a fine and godly board we have! So thank you so very much for your prayer. Pray for our Inspirational Challenge to be reached, even exceeded, by the December 3 deadline.

Received: April 29, 2021

Praying for provision at the perfect time | November 7, 2019

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

We praise God for how He is using Dr. Ramesh Richard on his current trip to sensitive areas of Asia.

Pray for trainings taking place for young pastors in Guatemala and Ukraine.

Praise God and pray for everyone working on the Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean.

Pray for the process of updating LifeRocks media outreach.

The bigger picture:

Pastors study "The Purpose Bridge," step four of Dr. Richard's seven-step method for preparing expository sermons, at Global Proclamation Academy Ukraine.

Praise God for Dr. Richard’s safe travel to the first of four different locations in sensitive areas of Asia over three weeks. He has already spoken in church services, to a pastors gathering and at an outreach event. Upcoming engagements include encouraging pastors, promoting the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress, meeting with the internationally-based members of RREACH’s ministries team and speaking at a church conference. He still needs a visa to enter the country of his final engagement, despite having applied months ago. Event organizers have urged him to keep moving forward with plans to go. Pray that God will provide exactly what Dr. Richard and the event need at exactly the right time for His glory.

Two national Global Proclamation Academies, Guatemala and Ukraine, come to a close this week. Please pray that graduates will preach and live biblically and remain connected as they go back to their homes and ministries. Also pray for an upcoming GPA in São Tomé.

The team working on the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress spans many countries and time zones. Praise God for each member of this diverse group. Pray for His total protection, global provision and manifest presence.

Much effort goes into LifeRocks videos, video clips, emails, social media posts, and more. Pray for discernment and patience with processes. Pray that every decision we make, seen and unseen, will help change the way large numbers of individuals think about the Lord Jesus!

Thank you!

Received: April 29, 2021

November daily prayer reminders | October 31, 2019

1   Ramesh Richard: to be humble before God, sensitive to needs and have clear direction in all areas of life

2   National GPA: GPA Ukraine attendees to learn to preach biblically and live biblically, 11/1–9/2019

3   iProMission: Richard’s outreach and pastoral training engagements in South and Southeast Asia over the next few weeks

4   GProCommission: opportunities to promote the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress Dr. Richard attends the World Evangelical Alliance General Assembly

5   Media Outreach: progress on LifeRocks website updates

6   iProMission: God to speak clearly through Dr. Richard as he ministers to pastoral leaders under oppression

7   Dallas GPA: praise for the first 16 pastors accepted for 2020

8   RREACH: Staff efficiency and excellence even in the details

9   National GPA: GPA Guatemala and GPA Ukraine graduates to apply what they have learned and remain connected as they return home

10  GProCommission: strength, joy and a close walk with the Lord Jesus for the team/staff

11  iProMission: physical and spiritual strength as Dr. Richard continues to minister in Asia

12  Media Outreach: LifeRocks messages to engage people in otherwise unreachable areas

13  Dallas GPA: newly-accepted candidates’ visa applications and raising half of their airfare

14  GProCommission: strong, early response to GProLATAM&CARIB Congress recruitment efforts

15  RR: Ramesh to be humble before God, sensitive to needs and have clear direction in all areas of life

16  Media Outreach: God’s Spirit to speak clearly to pre-Christians through LifeRocks messages

17  GProCommission: selection and availability of the right speakers for the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress

18  iProMission: good preparation time for Dr. Richard’s talks

19  Dallas GPA: financial provision for pastors accepted to the 2020 Dallas GPA

20  Media Outreach: PastorReach podcasts to provide practical wisdom to pastors around the world

21  National GPA: GPA São Tomé attendees to learn to preach biblically and live biblically, 11/21–30/2019

22  GProCommission: clear, consistent communication among team members around the world

23  RR: Richard’s family to grow deeper in the Lord

24  Dallas GPA: wisdom in selecting the right candidates, at least five from new countries

25  iProMission: a publisher for Dr. Richard’s manuscript addressing the uniqueness of the Lord Jesus Christ

26  National GPA: graduates to be encouraged by how expository preaching benefits their churches

27  Media Outreach: translators to help translate the content into five languages

28  RREACH: thank God for the vision to change the way One Billion Individuals think and hear about the Lord Jesus Christ

29  Dallas GPA: more excellent candidates from new and under-represented countries

30  National GPA: GPA São Tomé graduates to apply what they have learned and remain connected as they return home

Thank you for praying!

Ramesh Richard proclaims God’s Word;

RREACH amplifies the proclamation globally

and multiplies the proclamation locally.

RR – Ramesh Richard

GPA – Global Proclamation Academy

GProCommission – Global Proclamation Commission

iProMission – Ramesh Richard’s personal proclamation

GProLATAM&CARIB Congress – Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean, October 12–16, 2020, Panama City, Panama

Received: April 29, 2021

In his words: Ramesh Richard October update | October 25, 2019

Dear praying friends,

Two witnesses, Bonnie and my faithful colleague David Brugger, remarked, “You’ve not had much of a break this summer!” I knew I had to listen when the ones who know me best make the same unsolicited comment. Yet last month became one of the busiest ever—running without resting!

Writing a 4,000 word article on the problem of Christian leaders who defect, I was filled with sadness over this grave matter. You will receive the pastoral comment soon. Pray that God will use it to comfort loved ones and confirm those disappointed in their leaders.

An extended call with the TOPIC (Trainers of Pastors International Coalition) board on how an organization founded and backed by RREACH must thrive on its own proved illuminating. TOPIC plays a key role in sustaining training of pastors inside nations.

The biggest demand of the month was a two week overseas trip. Fortunately, Bonnie went along. The fine ministry Haggai International asked me to speak five times at their 50th anniversary in Bali, Indonesia, to 600 delegates from 69 nations. We also spent 60 hours in the Philippines meeting dear friends. Bonnie has been with me all over the world, though she does not relish leaving home. So we both were glad that she did very well, though our recovery from jet lag is taking much longer than it used to!

God allowed us to exceed the financial goals set for the RREACH Giving Day, thanks to many a friend like you. Our next big goal is ThanksGIVING Tuesday. Pray that a friend’s surprisingly large gift will inspire others to double it by December 3.

I ended the month speaking to the Global Alliance for Church Multiplication, made up of 300 church planters from 150 organizations ministering in 25 countries. Then at Legacy Bible Church, Sherman, Texas, where I could speak to my heart’s delight at 50 minutes a talk. Remember, a sermon is not how long it is, but how long it feels!

God is returning RREACH to its charter: To undergird my proclamation of God’s Word, even as it amplifies the proclamation globally and multiplies it locally. Maybe next month’s ministry structure will permit me to rest on the run! I can never say enough thanks for you!

Received: April 29, 2021

Committed into God's unfailing hands | October 18, 2019

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

Please pray for God’s protection over the national Global Proclamation Academy starting next week in South Asia.

Ask God to direct us in distributing Dr. Richard’s books, articles and talks.

Pray for Dr. Richard’s speaking engagement this weekend and video-recording sessions next week.

Praise God that registration is open for the 2020 Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean.

The bigger picture:

Rising sociopolitical tensions may affect pastors traveling to and from the national GProAcademy scheduled next week in “the most dangerous country in the world,” found in South Asia. Organizers plan to move ahead, saying, “God is in control and we commit ourselves into His unfailing and secure hands.” They have recruited a fine group of young pastors from different denominations across the country and pray for “a zeal of learning spirits.” Please pray over this national GProAcademy.

Pray for discernment, connections and creativity as we seek to make Dr. Richard’s products—books, articles offering biblical perspectives on current issues, short outreach videos, mentoring podcasts for pastors, and more—available to various audiences. One current, specific request is a publisher for a manuscript addressing a major challenge to the Lord Jesus.

Your prayers over Dr. Richard’s speaking engagements mean more than you can know. Thank you for lifting him up as he exercises his gifting. This weekend, the Lord willing, he will speak at a church in the Dallas area (he doesn’t do this very much!) and next Monday he is scheduled to record numerous videos. Pray for his preparation, strategy, revision and presentation, all in the power of God's Holy Spirit.

Tremendous effort went into preparing the registration system for the 2020 GProLATAM&CARIB Congress and we praise God that it is now open! We also praise Him for all who labored on it. Please intercede for ongoing recruitment efforts—we want the right 500 pastoral trainers, trouble-free registration, and all that is needed to pull off this strategic event for a growing region.

Thank you for praying!

Received: April 29, 2021

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