Knowing God and Making Him Known
The Story of RAM: Highlights of the First Thirty Years
Dr. Amato has traveled in 47 countries and preached in almost all 50 states. He is also the founder and president of KidsCare, a multi-million dollar, non-profit humanitarian and educational organization. KidsCare has been used by God to open doors into foreign countries often hostile to missionaries. With U.S. government sanctioning, KidsCare has already delivered over ten million dollars in medicine and surgical equipment into many nations, including over five million to Cuba.
Dr. Amato and his teams have traveled extensively in Cuba, China and Russia (as well as other hard to reach nations) where he personally met with Presidents Gorbachev and Yeltsin and conducted the first and only all out Gospel preaching crusades in the Kremlin. In this historic breakthrough in Russia, over 1,500,000 Russian Scriptures were distributed.
God also used RAM to print and distribute 100,000 Scriptures on the island nation of Cuba. These Scriptures were Cuban-designed and translated and were also anonymous, with the first page simply saying, “A gift from your Creator.” This is a FIRST in Cuban and American history!
The facilitation of American and foreign believers working together to save the lives of sick children, distribute Scriptures and preach the Cross has birthed a movement of its own. Over 6,000 people have traveled with him on mission endeavors and over five hundred are on the field full time today. Hundreds of churches and two seminaries have been started.
With tensions escalating in the Middle East and transition afoot within the final remaining communist nation in the Western Hemisphere, Dr. Amato’s international outreach efforts continue to be in full force and widening. RAM placed 7,000 Pakistani Bibles into the hands of converted Muslims hiding for their lives in the mountains. Hundreds have been converted from Islam and baptized.
Here at home, having himself recovered from addiction in his youth, Rick is passionate about reaching the young people of the United States with his message about addiction and choices. Sportscaster James Brown, former Congressman Steve Largent, the late Reggie White and others have supported and endorsed Dr. Amato’s secular War On Addiction® and Power of a Choice campaigns. The President of the United States has personally received a DVD of the War On Addiction®, which Rick has taken directly to the youth of America.
He has spoken face-to-face to well over 1,300,000 elementary, junior high, senior high and college students in the last few years, explaining to youth that they have the power to choose, but cannot choose the consequences of their choices. This is almost always done in close cooperation with the local church, which is near and dear to Dr. Amato’s heart, and has resulted in enormous harvests with some churches doubling in their number and each church penetrating the public marketplace as never before. Widespread media attention has followed. His television special for young people, The Preacher Dude, has aired multiple times on VH-1 and Fox television networks.
Dr. Amato and the RAM team believe in spreading the love and grace of God through the anointing of the Holy Spirit and the preaching of His Word through the local church. Dr. Amato has held meetings in well over 1,200 local churches. As the late Pastor Jerry Falwell put it, “Rick Amato is not only unusually talented, but supernaturally anointed by God.”
Rick has a heart to listen to the pastor and a burning message in his soul from God to the American local church. Above all, besides his wife Susan, their five children (who were at one point all teenagers at the same time) and his ten grandchildren, the greatest passion of his life continues to be the preaching of Jesus and Him crucified. His family shares his passion to reach beyond the over 1,200 churches where God has used Amato’s gift as an evangelist to continue to bring in the harvest for the kingdom of God. Amato’s constant prayer is, “Give us souls, give us souls, give us souls!”
Amato calls himself “a turtle on a fence post.” When asked why, Amato coyly questions, “What do you know when you see a turtle on a fence post? Somebody else put him there.” To God be all the glory!
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