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

New opportunities | August 8, 2019

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

Praise God for time Dr. Richard and Bonnie recently spent with family.

Pray for a “mainstream” publisher for Dr. Richard’s new book.

Praise God for good progress toward a regional congress for pastoral trainers in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Pray for a special visa for Dr. Richard to minister in a closed country.

The bigger picture:

After the busyness of the Dallas Global Proclamation Academy and intensity of teaching a two-week theology institute for CRU staff, Dr. Richard was glad to spend a few days with kids and in South Carolina. Praise God for such times of refreshing.

Dr. Richard is looking for a publisher for a new book he has written. Please pray for God to open up a major Christian publisher with a vision for ministry.

Contracts have been signed and teams are coming together to hold the late-2020 Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors in Latin America and the Caribbean! Praise God! Pray for God’s total protection, global provision and manifest presence in the areas of recruitment, program planning, fund development and follow-up preparation.

Dr. Richard has been invited to speak to a significant audience in a closed country this fall. Please intercede for God’s hand on those presenting his special visa application, favor from the officials and rapid turnaround time.

Thank you for praying!

Received: April 29, 2021

August daily prayer reminders | July 31, 2019

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

iProMission: time and energy Dr. Richard can dedicate to writing and preparing talks

GProCommission: wisdom and guidance for next steps in equipping pastors locally, regionally and globally

RR: renewed energy mentally and physically after a busy travel month

Media Outreach: God to speak through Dr. Richard in the new series of LifeRocks videos

Dallas GPA: a smooth and quick transition into preparations for the Dallas GPA 2020

iProMission: praise for the successful completion of Dr. Richard’s three-week CRU course

National GPA: the right delegates to attend national GPAs around the world

RREACH: encouragement and energy for the staff in their work for the Lord Jesus

RR: quality time for Dr. Richard, Bonnie and the entire family to spend together

Media Outreach: smooth filming and production of new media content for LifeRocks and PastorReach

GProCommission: more resources and networks to share with pastors and pastoral trainers worldwide

iProMission: opportunities for Dr. Richard to proclaim the Good News in new countries

Dallas GPA: blessing on graduates’ efforts to pass what they learned at the GPA to other pastors

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

RREACH: God’s empowerment to work efficiently, effectively and excellently

Media Outreach: Dr. Richard’s PastorReach videos to encourage pastors around the world to think, preach and lead biblically

iProMission: discernment about speaking engagements amid changing world events and situations

GProCommission: energy for the team to keep up with and encourage the global network of pastoral trainers and pastoral leaders

RR: Dr. Richard’s work at Dallas Seminary to be fruitful and glorifying of the Lord Jesus

Dallas GPA: protection of and blessing on the relationships formed during the 2019 GPA

National GPA: GPA Honduras (women’s) attendees to be connected, united and strengthened as they meet 8/22–8/31

National GPA: GPA Kosovo attendees to be connected, united and strengthened as they meet 8/23–8/31

RREACH: the staff to be equipped and unified in their service to promote Jesus Christ worldwide

Media Outreach: Richard’s writings and talks to be publicized strategically in order to reach the lost

GProCommission: clear direction and provision for regional congresses for pastoral trainers

iProMission: clarity and wisdom for the scheduling of Dr. Richard’s travels and speaking engagements

National GPA: lasting connections and strengthened faith for national GPA graduates around the world

Dallas GPA: resources for graduates to equip, strengthen and encourage other local pastors

Media Outreach: Richard’s evangelistic videos to change the way people think and hear about the Lord Jesus

National GPA: clear vision, fresh energy and enduring connections for GPA Honduras (women’s) and GPA Kosovo graduates as they return home

Ramesh Richard proclaims God’s Word;

RREACH maximizes 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

GProCongress – Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers, June 15–22, 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

Thank you for praying!

Received: April 29, 2021

In his words: Ramesh Richard July update | July 26, 2019

Dear praying friends,

What a month it has been—the 2019 Dallas GProAcademy! Just two months ago, we were praying as a staff for 25/50/250/2.5 in 2019—25 pastoral leaders in June, 50 occupied hotel rooms and 250 banquet guests.

God exceeded them all.

God overcame (we could not) the complexities of current global realities and brought 28 pastoral leaders from 28 countries for one of the “sweetest” annual Dallas GPA classes. They were sweet in the spiritual sense of the term, and literally, too. They learned and taught, sang and prayed, ate and played, for a lifetime memory. They also liked ice cream!

Please let us know if you would like a private copy of their amazing, one-page bios. You will be thrilled to learn about them, and pray for them, perhaps, for one a day over the next month. Did you know that we intentionally keep them connected over the following years?

Also, God brought in 51 nights of guests and a waiting list for the 250 seats at the banquet. I am told that God used my graduation charge that night in a fruitful way. While I have not heard the talk yet, please feel free to listen to it here. I hope it charges you to service, too.

Our Albania pastor noted, “I have many materials to share with pastors, but I have never had a method before. You have given me a weapon.” Others spoke about the dignity they experienced and the trust they are able to again give to other pastoral leaders. All of them spoke of the incredible personal hospitality and logistical efficiencies our staff extended to them.

Finally, all pastors have returned to their ministries. Did you know that we have a wonderful record of a 100% return to their homelands? No one has absconded while under God’s care with us.

And the 2.5? It stands for the just under $2.5m we seek to raise in 2019 for RREACH ministry. Thank you very much for helping me proclaim God’s Word, even as RREACH amplifies the proclamation globally and multiplies the proclamation locally. Thank you so very much!

Received: April 29, 2021

July daily prayer reminders | July 1, 2019

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

2     iProMission: time and energy Dr. Richard can dedicate to writing and preparing talks

3     GProCommission: God’s direction as Dr. Richard and the Ministries team consider possible regional GProCongresses

4     National GPA: GPA Antigua attendees to be connected, united and strengthened as they meet 7/4–13

5     Media Outreach: Richard’s LifeRocks video messages to reach people who have never heard about the Lord Jesus

6     Dallas GPA: encouragement for the recent GPA graduates as they readjust to regular life

7     iProMission: Richard as he teaches at a summer school for CRU staff

8     National GPA: funding for more national GPAs in additional countries

9     RREACH: spiritual and physical health for staff and their families

10   RR: quality time for Dr. Richard and Bonnie to spend together despite his hectic schedule

11   Media Outreach: people to be attracted to the Lord Jesus and chat with online counselors

12   GProCommission: successful connections as GProCentral colleagues reach out to pastors and trainers of pastors

13   National GPA: Clear vision, fresh energy and enduring connections for GPA Antigua graduates as they return home

14   iProMission: God to continue to speak through Dr. Richard at the CRU staff summer event

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

16   RREACH: God’s empowerment to work efficiently, effectively and excellently

17   Dallas GPA: blessing on pastors’ efforts to deepen their people’s love for and obedience to God and His Word

18   Media Outreach: Richard’s videos to get to people otherwise restricted from hearing about the Lord Jesus

19   GProCommission: more pastors and trainers of pastors around the world to take advantage of GProLearning.org

20   National GPA: connections for holding national GPAs in additional countries

21   iProMission: guidance as Dr. Richard considers invitations to speak

22   Dallas GPA: spiritual and physical protection as graduates serve in all kinds of situations and conditions

23   RR: the Richard family to continue growing closer to the Lord Jesus and each other

24   RREACH: the staff to be encouraged in their service to the Lord Jesus

25   Media Outreach: smooth ongoing production processes for our LifeRocks videos on peace

26   GProCommission: clear direction regarding possible regional congresses for pastoral trainers

27   iProMission: the Lord Jesus to empower Dr. Richard as he speaks at a church this weekend

28   National GPA: God to bring the right 25 pastors to each national GPA

29   Dallas GPA: graduates to pass their training on to other pastoral leaders

30   Media Outreach: people to read the weekly spiritual insight emails and start thinking differently about the Lord Jesus

31   iProMission: moment-by-moment wisdom about speaking engagements amid constantly changing world events and situations

Thank you for praying!

Ramesh Richard proclaims God’s Word; RREACH maximizes 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

GProCongress – Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers, June 15–22, 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

GProCentral – team following up pastoral trainers and pastors since the 2016 GProCongress

Received: April 29, 2021

In his words: Ramesh Richard June update | June 27, 2019

Dear praying friends,

A full month it was, celebrating graduations, birthdays and anniversaries and traveling across continents…all because of you! God makes it possible through your praying.

From the faculty section at Dallas Seminary’s graduation, I tweeted, “Dallas Theological Seminary 2019 Graduation vignette: reminder of experience 40 years ago! My 1979 class reunion revealed many deceased, most retired, the rest serving God, with some still in missions in the U.S.A. and abroad. Until we no longer can, we shall.” Teaching at DTS is something specific and strategic I do for the U.S.A., contributing here even as I do elsewhere.

Elsewhere, I addressed a “sold-out” leadership forum of 125 leaders for three days in Albania, the world’s first officially atheistic state. The highlight was reaching 100 guests. A dozen professed decisions for the Lord Jesus. Christ’s Church prevails!

I rushed to beautiful Rwanda via Istanbul, with a 6 ½ hour wait in the world’s largest and newest airport, a witness to the greatness of humanity. I encountered the awfulness of humanity, however, in Kigali at the 25th remembrance season of the 1 million people, 100-day genocide. I proclaimed God’s Word to 200 opinion leaders, 500 pastoral leaders, 175 pastoral trainers and 200 university students over four days.

After an eight-hour overnight wait in Doha, I traveled back home on my 66th birthday. Since the Middle East is eight hours ahead, I turned it into the longest birthday of my life! If you have other secrets to extending hours and days and years, let me know. For Bonnie’s birthday, we visited our grandchildren and their parents in Greenville, S.C., along with a quick trip to Charleston. It was also the wedding anniversary month of Bonnie’s and my parents and of our oldest son, Ryan, and his wife, Chelsie. I praise God for my family—past, present and future.

We have been in full-throttle with the 2019 Dallas Global Proclamation Academy. Pray for a memorable finish (including my graduation talk)! God has already done mighty things and we look forward to updating you more in days to come. The important thing now is to say thank you for helping make this global proclamation ministry possible.

Received: April 29, 2021

Urgent request update and June daily prayer reminders | June 1, 2019

Urgent Prayer Request Update:

2019 Dallas Global Proclamation Academy housing

We asked your fervent prayer; now we wish to let you know what God has done.

With less than a week to go, RREACH received confirmation that Dallas Seminary has enough on-campus rooms to accommodate all of our Dallas GPA pastors!

Thank you for your prayer. Praise and glory be to God.

Dear praying friends,

This June, please pray with us for:

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

2     iProMission: God’s Word to continue to work in hearts and minds where Dr. Richard has spoken

3     Dallas GPA: health, safety and smooth customs/immigration entry as the pastors arrive this week

4     GProCommission: wisdom and perseverance as GProCentral colleagues keep reaching out to encourage pastors and pastoral trainers

5     Media Outreach: many to engage with Dr. Richard’s LifeRocks short video messages about peace

6     Dallas GPA: spiritual and physical protection of the delegates and all RREACH and DTS staff involved

7     iProMission: blocks of time Dr. Richard can dedicate to writing and preparing messages

8     National GPA: clear vision, fresh energy and enduring connections for GPA Colombia graduates as they return home

9     Dallas GPA: day 1 – worship service, special lunch and orientation leading into an exciting week in the classroom

10   RR: teaching three sessions today as the first Master Coach of the GPA

11   Media Outreach: insight as RREACH staff plan and excellence as they execute plans

12   RREACH: special energy and encouragement for the staff throughout the Dallas GPA

13   GProCommission: preparations for regional gatherings of pastoral trainers

14   Dallas GPA: a great weekend for the pastors and their host families

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

16   National GPA: funding so we can continue to make national GPAs possible

17   Dallas GPA: week 2 in the classroom – Master Coaches, deepening relationships, Scripture Sculpture homework

18   Media Outreach: people in unreachable areas to hear about the Lord Jesus through LifeRocks’ online presence

19   GProCommission: capacity to translate more materials into more languages

20   National GPA: GPA Belize pastors to be connected, united and strengthened as they meet 6/20–29

21   Dallas GPA: a great weekend for the pastors and their host families

22   iProMission: making Dr. Richard’s books, talks and other resources available for greatest effect

23   RR: God’s hand to be on Dr. Richard as he prepares the 2019 graduation charge

24   Dallas GPA: final week – sermon preparation, closer bonding, energy to finish well

25   Media Outreach: pre-Christians to have meaningful conversations with online counselors

26   GProCommission: pastoral trainers to benefit from the thousands of resources available on GProLearning.org

27   iProMission: discernment as Dr. Richard evaluates potential speaking engagements

28   National GPA: clear vision, fresh energy and enduring connections for GPA Belize graduates as they return home tomorrow

29   Dallas GPA: a powerful graduation celebration for the 2019 graduates

30   Dallas GPA: safety and strength as the pastors depart and go back to their everyday lives

Ramesh Richard proclaims God’s Word; RREACH maximizes 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

Received: April 29, 2021

In his words: Ramesh Richard May update | May 30, 2019

Dear praying friends,

We know/love/believe/follow a God who is personal, who did not sit in His heavens and merely prescribe (cf. the God of other monotheisms), but who personally entered the crux of the human situation.

It was this crucified (crux is Latin for cross) Savior whom we recognized through 14 stations of the Via Crucis at an evangelical Anglican congregation and through the 15th station, His Resurrection, at an evangelical Lutheran sunrise service. Indeed, this was the only personal message we could send to our Family lost in the Sri Lanka Easter Sunday terrorist devastation. Let me know if you wish to receive a copy of a letter I wrote to a distraught believer there.

Last month was great, for it had no travel, at least not international travel. On my day-visit to Savannah, Georgia, to minister to the 88-year-old, most influential pastor in my life, he ministered to me instead. His son was killed in a bomb attack in Afghanistan earlier this year, and he himself fell, breaking the right side of his face. Still, he assured me that “old age is doable!” :-)

When I am in Dallas, numerous ministry and mentoring opportunities present themselves. Younger men drop in for guidance and older men say they were decisively influenced in the style and structure of their ministries—including Dr. Celestin Musekura of ALARM and Dr. Stuart Briscoe of Telling the Truth. God uses us in humanly unplanned ways for eternal effect.

Global Proclamation Academies (GProAcademies) in Panama and Indonesia were accomplished by colleagues. I also recorded five pre-evangelistic talks for LifeRocks, our short-format monthly videos, around the theme of “de-cluttering” life, mind, heart and soul through the One who is our Peace-mover and Peace-giver.

And best of all, I concluded a Dallas Seminary semester on Cross Cultural Apologetics and Worldview Evangelism with a fine set of eager students about the ages of my kids!

Please pray for the 28 pastoral leaders from 28 countries we currently anticipate coming to the June Dallas GProAcademy. Hope you can be our guest at their graduation dinner on June 29, or really at any of our open events. You will rejoice at what God through your personal prayer support does to maximize my proclamation globally and multiply their proclamation locally. Thank you as always.

P.S. Please keep interceding for rooms for the GProAcademy pastors at Dallas Seminary—we need four more. I would also appreciate prayer as I prepare my graduation dinner talk.

Received: April 29, 2021

Dallas GPA praise and urgent prayer request | May 24, 2019

Answer to prayer: Praise be to God! RREACH now has 28 pastors with visas who plan to attend the Dallas GPA! This has been a major prayer concern and we thank all who have prayed. Having a visa does not guarantee entry into a country, though, so please continue to pray.

Urgent request: A critical aspect of the Dallas GPA is housing all the pastors on the Dallas Seminary campus. Not enough rooms are currently available and we must begin the move-in process in less than two weeks. We ask your fervent prayer that God will open up all the rooms needed.

Thank you!

Received: April 29, 2021

Action across Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe | May 21, 2019

Dear praying friends,

In brief:

Praise God for opportunities to proclaim the Lord Jesus in Albania and Rwanda.

Praise God for the completion of national Global Proclamation Academies (GPA) in Panama and Indonesia (pastor's wives and women).

Praise God for 27 pastors with visas planning to attend the 2019 Dallas GPA.

Pray for the newest LifeRocks outreach video release.

Pray for the RREACH board of directors.

The bigger picture:

A GPA Indonesia attendee studies Dr. Ramesh Richard's seven-step method for preparing an expository sermon.

God granted Dr. Ramesh Richard many wonderful opportunities to proclaim the Lord Jesus on his recent trip to Albania and Rwanda. Albania was the first nation to declare atheism as its authorized religion, though it is now officially a secular state. Dr. Richard spoke to pastoral leaders there and at a private outreach event with about a 60 percent atheist and M*sl*m  audience.

Rwanda is solemnly observing the anniversary of the horrific genocide there 25 years ago. Dr. Richard ministered multiple times to both national and church leaders. Please pray that God’s Word will reach widely and deeply in these countries as a result.

We’re thanking God for the completion of national GPAs in Panama and Indonesia (pastor's wives and women) this month. Pray for attendees to apply what they learned. Also pray for the funding to continue to make these GPAs possible.

God has blessed us with 27 pastors who have visas and wish to attend this year’s Dallas GPA. Praise Him! Please continue to pray for provision for them and us as well as for our preparation process. We all encounter practical challenges and spiritual opposition in a greater way during this time. Your prayer makes a difference.

We would also appreciate your prayer for the newest LifeRocks video, released last week. Pray that many pre-Christians will watch it and pursue learning more about the Lord Jesus.

Finally, please uphold the RREACH board of directors, which met recently. Pray that their every discussion and decision will strengthen Dr. Richard’s and RREACH’s proclamation of the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you!

Received: April 29, 2021

RREACH daily prayer reminder - May | May 1, 2019

Dear praying friends,

This month, please pray with us for:

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

2     iProMission: good attendance at pre-evangelistic events

3     Dallas GPA: thorough practical and spiritual preparation as the pastors get ready to come to Dallas

4     National GPA: Clear vision, fresh energy and enduring connections for GPA Panama and Indonesia (women’s) graduates as they return home

5     Media Outreach: effectively using technology and different media platforms to proclaim the Lord Jesus

6     GProCommission: team members to be encouraged in their service

7     iProMission: time Dr. Richard can dedicate to preparing messages and writing

8     Dallas GPA: direction and diligence as we pull final details together

9     RR: blessings and even greater fruitfulness in the Lord Jesus as Dr. Richard celebrates another birthday

10     National GPA: financial provision for the increased number of national GPAs we are holding each year and wisdom in administering it

11     Media Outreach: good conversations between seekers and online counselors

12     RREACH: God’s hand to be on the RREACH board of directors and internal and external staff

13     GProCommission: team members to be able to connect with and encourage hard-to-reach pastors and pastoral trainers

14     iProMission: people who have heard Dr. Richard speak to embrace the Lord Jesus

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

16     Dallas GPA: safety, health and travel mercies for the pastors

17     RREACH: the board of directors meeting today

18     Media Outreach: excellence and perseverance in producing campaigns that engage pre-Christians

19     GProCommission: attention to detail in managing information and relationships

20     National GPA: organizers to walk with the Lord Jesus and faithfully manage details

21     iProMission: maximizing Dr. Richard’s health, energy and time to fulfill God’s gifting and calling on him

22     Dallas GPA: the 2019 GPA to be a life- and ministry-changing event

23     RR: safety, health and travel mercies

24     Media Outreach: to reach people who have never been exposed to the Lord Jesus Christ

25      National GPA: GPA Colombia pastors to be connected, united and strengthened as they meet 5/25 – 6/8

26     iProMission: making Dr. Richard’s books, talks and other resources available for greatest effect

27     GProCommission: accuracy, efficiency and speed in translating materials into multiple languages for eager pastors

28     RREACH: Good connections and bonding among team members, who are based all around the world

29     Dallas GPA: peace that passes understanding for pastors and organizers in the final days of preparation

30     RR: Ramesh to grow ever deeper in his relationship with the Lord Jesus

31     National GPA: physical and spiritual protection for pastors, organizers and their families

Ramesh Richard proclaims God’s Word; RREACH maximizes 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

Received: April 29, 2021

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