Richard Sharp, International Speaker
Be careful! Richard Sharp has been known to show up for meetings and turn audiences into evangelist teams. He recently told a youth group, “We can sit around here eating pizza and talking about the lost, or we can actually go meet them where they are.” Ask him about that story. It has a powerful ending--as do most of Richard’s visits.
Richard, an Englishman, is married to Rachel, a native of Colorado. They have two sons, Simon and Jonathan, both in college. Richard sums up his speaking ministry this way: “Richard is my name; to spark is my game.” He lives to:
Spark people to COME wholeheartedly to Christ. Richard seeks not just those outside the kingdom but those inside who are weary or without focus. He moves others (sometimes literally) into global action wherever he speaks: churches, colleges, camps, retreats, even the streets.
Spark people to PRAY intentionally for the world’s least-reached nations. In ministry with OM for three decades, Richard has served in India, and in leadership aboard OM ships Logos, Doulos and Logos II. He is currently traveling out of OM’s US office.
Spark people to GIVE generously for school children, mission workers and mercy projects. This missional speaker uses interactive meetings to help teach that faith is more about active sowing than passive receiving.
Spark people to GROW consistently, through distributing books and authoring transferable resources. “If you were to die tonight and stand before God and he were to ask you, ‘Why should I send you back?’ what would you say?” That’s Richard’s challenge to believers. He wants them to mingle with non-believers and be ready to share the reason for the hope that they have.
Spark people to GO boldly for 2 weeks, 2 months, 2 years, 2gether in mission. He overcomes objections and fears with transparency: “I’m scared, you're scared, let’s go be scared together.”
If you still want to invite Richard to your next meeting, do so at your own risk. Side effects may include increased prayer among your group, more members leaving for overseas service, and sacrificial giving. You’ve been warned.
For more information, visit Richards web site: www.onewish4u.com
What Other People Say
“Llanishen Baptist Church, as a whole, is changed forever since your visit. The boxes are being torn up right, left and center!”
David ~ Llanishen Baptist Church, Cardiff, Wales
“I have watched the life and ministry of Richard Sharp for over 30 years and I have seen the hand of God upon him. Often when churches ask me to recommend someone who can communicate the Word of God and the challenge of Global missions, Richard is the man I recommend.”
George Verwer ~ Founder, Operation Mobilization
“God was moving mightily in our recent annual missions emphasis, and Richard Sharp’s ministry was the precise capstone needed on the final weekend. His powerful presentations, delivered in a unique style, grabbed the hearts of many. We have never seen such an outpouring of new volunteers, financial commitments, prayer partners, and a marked general rise in fervor for world missions. To be clear, this was a God thing, but Richard was definitely an instrument in God’s hands.
“I was impressed – and this is unusual – with the younger children. The very kids who usually fidget were held spellbound.
“Richard did not limit his ministry to preaching at us. His message was life as well as word when he organized neighborhood evangelism, and later a time of missionary intercession. A passion to walk his talk, coupled with real humility in doing so, only added credibility to his message.”
Bernie Powell ~ Pastor
A 14-year-old participant of the 2009 CLBC Summer Camp said:
When asked, "What did you like least about camp this year?" she responded, "Not having Richard Sharp as a speaker."
When asked, "What are some of things you would like to do next year?" she responded, "Have more worship time...and have Richard Sharp. Please!"
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