As people on mission with God, we understand that everything flows out of our relationship with Him. We pray with passion and persistence for His kingdom to come and His will to be done in every way and move forward as He leads us.

  • Core prayer team
  • Mission Intercessor prayer guide
  • Scripture prayers

We at EMM believe that God is calling us into "ridiculous” amounts of prayer.

So we are looking for intercessors willing to commit to one hour of EMM-related prayer each week. These intercessors will receive a monthly email with one or two priority prayer requests to help guide their prayers.

No meetings are required. Members of this core prayer team are encouraged to share what they are hearing in prayer and are welcome to join EMM prayer gatherings as they are able.

Prayer is the channel through which God's power flows to bring His kingdom on earth. Our vision is to see that channel growing in size and strength so that we can see even greater transformation taking place around the world.

To join EMM's core prayer team, please contact Krystle Thorne. Let's pray ridiculous amounts of prayer!

January 2019 Mission Intercessor

Workers featured each month in Mission Intercessor are also featured in the corresponding EMM prayer calendar. Contact EMM at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for your free copy. 

*Name(s) changed or last name(s) omitted for security reasons.

1 (Tues.) Chile
Peter Fiorillo, director of Black Rock Retreat, is leading a team of six college-age adults to train the Chilean Siloé Camp Team from December 31 to January 12. They will be helping to run two weeks of youth camp. Pray for the leaders and youth in Siloé, Chile, that these camps will continue to bear fruit.

2 (Wed.) East Africa
Continue to pray for a mission intern* in East Africa. Pray that she is able to pick up the language and engage with locals in order to share Christ’s love in simple ways.

3 (Thurs.) West Africa
Mike and Karen Baker serve as non-resident workers for West Africa, overseeing the work of the churches in Guinea-Bissau from a distance. Pray for clear communication with leaders there, and for those leaders as they seek to make disciples who are making disciples.

4 (Fri.) Southeast Asia
Pray for more teachers to serve long-term in Southeast Asia. There are opportunities to teach school children, youth, and university students.

5 (Sat.) Spain
Pray for Bianca Neff, a recently appointed EMM worker and founder of Petra Peacebuilders. Ask that God will lead her as she continues supporting EMM workers with resilience coaching and training.

6 (Sun.) U.S.
Thank God for all of the very faithful supporters of EMM for their continuous financial giving through even the most challenging of times. May God’s blessing carry these generous people as they walk forward in obedience.

7 (Mon.) U.S.
Ask that God might send Kingdom Team summer staff to serve in Lancaster, Pa. These individuals will grow in leadership and discipleship skills by working with youth groups as they connect with refugee children and youth during the summer Kingdom Team program.

8 (Tues.) Wales, U.K.
Pray for Victoria Derosier as she begins her mission internship. Ask God to quickly provide meaningful relationships as she becomes part of a discipleship program and missional community there.

9 (Wed.) Germany
Mike and Roberta Lotvola, and their family, serve with discipleship training. Pray that God will empower Mike in his teaching at the discipleship training school in Kaiserslautern. Ask that the students will more clearly see who Jesus is and how they can love and serve Him.

10 (Thurs.) Ethiopia
Keep Werner and Joanne De Jong in your prayer as they transition back to life in Canada after a four-month discernment internship in Ethiopia. Ask God to give them clarity of where He is calling them.

11 (Fri.) Asia
Pray for Skylar and Mia*, and their family serving in Asia, as they work with unreached people. Ask that the Lord would open hearts to respond to Jesus’ call. Pray for good health for this family.

12 (Sat.) Europe
EMM has many opportunities for service in Europe. Pray for more workers who are gifted in education, working with churches, or starting something completely new.

13 (Sun.) Cambodia
Thank the Lord for the wonderful connections that John and Debbie Coats are making with youth who are seeking the Lord. Pray that these young people will grow in their knowledge and ability to follow Jesus, our Lord.

14 (Mon.) U.S.
Pray for all of the staff at EMM as many transitions are happening. Pray for heightened awareness of God’s presence and peace to be among them as they continue to serve well in the many changes.

15 (Tues.) Global
Ask God to favor David and Grace Shenk with insight as they work in Christian-Muslim relationships and as consultants for church leaders.

16 (Wed.) Costa Rica
Keep Leah Zeiset and Stefanie Good in prayer as they begin the outreach portion of the Vida220 discipleship program. Ask God to provide divine encounters and opportunities to practice all that they’ve learned in training.

17 (Thurs.) Costa Rica
Ask God for wisdom and grace for Daryl and Jen Hoover for each situation which arises with a family of four boys, and with a group of students and leaders with VidaNet. Specifically, ask God for a permanent cook for Vida220.

18 (Fri.) Wales, U.K.
Pray for mission intern Kelly Lapp as she continues to build relationships within the missional community she lives and ministers. Ask the Lord for vulnerability and trust to form as an avenue to share the love of Christ within that context.

19 (Sat.) Netherlands
Pray for Bob and Miriam Phillips that God would continue to open doors for effective ministry in evangelism and church planting in a difficult culture.

20 (Sun.) Sierra Leone
Pray for nurses, midwives, and ultrasound/X-ray technicians to be sent to a rural hospital in Sierra Leone to serve and help train local staff.

21 (Mon.) U.S.
Ask that God might send community workers to serve in the Queens borough of New York City. These individuals will assist and/or direct community summer programs at Immanuel Community Church and Murray Hill Neighborhood Association, including VBS, daily enrichment, tutoring programs for children, and a sports program.

22 (Tues.) Senegal
Ask God for daily strength and wisdom as Beryl Forrester teaches and encourages leaders in the emerging churches in Senegal and West Africa as a whole.

23 (Wed.) Thailand
Mark and Sarah Schoenhals praise the Lord for a generous donor who has made it possible for the building of a separate space for children’s ministry. Continue to pray that church leaders and members will see the importance of teaching, ministering to, and building relationships with children and youth.

24 (Thurs.) U.S.
Thank God for Executive Vice President Gerry Keener and the EMM Leadership Team. Pray that wisdom and clarity will be with them as they navigate unknown territory while being confident that God is present!

25 (Fri.) U.S.
Praise the Lord that all the weeks for the Kingdom Teams summer program have been filled by youth groups! Pray that these weeks would be a time of deep spiritual growth and world awareness for the groups who participate.

26 (Sat.) East Asia
Please pray for Ethan and Emma* and their family as they make plans to transition to Pennsylvania. They will continue in their role as regional representatives but wisdom is needed in working out the details. They ask for prayer in ending their time overseas well.

27 (Sun.) U.S.
Ask that God might send volunteers to serve with the mission of God by volunteering through our administrative offices in Lancaster County, Pa., using the gifts and passions God has given them.

28 (Mon.) Kosovo
An invitation stands for long-term workers to join a small body of believers in Kosovo and participate in discipleship and congregational life. Pray to the Lord of the Harvest for more workers to be sent to this landlocked country in the Balkans.

29 (Tues.) Middle East
Pray for safety, discernment, and God’s grace for Felix and Ruth*, and their family, ministering to immigrants.

30 (Wed.) Belize
Ask God to give clear direction to Galen and Phyllis Groff for leadership development in Belize and throughout Central America.

31 (Thurs.) Global
Pray for Andres Prins and his work with the Christian-Muslim Relations Team as the team seeks “to equip Christians around the world for life-giving relationships with Muslims through dialogue, witness, peacemaking, and hospitality.”

Sometimes you don’t know exactly how to pray for the EMM workers you carry in your heart. That’s a good time to “pray the Scriptures.” Turn the scriptures below into prayers by inserting the name of the missionary you are supporting in prayer.

Ministry prayers

Father, I ask that _________________ will be filled with the Holy Spirit and will daily walk in the Spirit’s power (Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:16).

I pray that _________________ will speak the Word of God with boldness (Acts 4:31; Ephesians 6:19).

I ask that ___________________ will present the gospel clearly to unbelievers (Colossians 4:4).

Father, I ask that You will open doors and hearts to receive Jesus as _______________ ministers in his/her place of service (Colossians 4:3).

I pray that You will make _____________________’s ministry exceedingly fruitful and that You will glorify yourself through this ministry and that the message of Jesus may spread rapidly and be honored. (2 Thessalonians 3:1).

Please grant ______________________ Your specific direction for his/her ministry (Psalm 37:5).

May ____________________ have a renewed and growing zeal to share the gospel with unbelievers (Romans 1:15-16).

May ______________________ be salt and light to the people to which he/she has been sent (Matthew 5:13-14).

I ask that ______________ would not lose his/her focus in ministry but that he/she would have his/her priorities ordered by You. I pray that ______________ will set his/her mind on things above and not on the things of the earth (Colossians 3:2-3).

Provision and protection prayers

May all of ___________________’s needs --- physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual --- be met by You through your grace and power (Philippians 4:19).

I pray that You will raise up intercessors and financial partners for _________________ (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

God, I ask You to protect _____________________ from the attacks of Satan (Romans 15:30-31; 2 Thessalonians 3:2-3, John 17).

Father, I ask that any loneliness experienced by _______________ will become fruitful solitude (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 18:9-10; Hebrews 13:5).

Father, continually protect ____________________ from all harm and strengthen him/her physically (Genesis 2:7).

Relationship prayers

Lord, I pray that _______________ would be accepted by the nationals, the believers, and the missionaries in the area where he/she is laboring (Romans 15:30-31).

I ask that You would grant _____________________ peace and assurance about the care of his/her family members that are back home (1 Peter 5:7).

Lord, I ask You to bless and strengthen ____________________’s family (Ephesians 5:22-6:4).

O God, raise up strong believers around _____________________ who will encourage him/her in the tasks that God has given to him/her (Philemon 20).

Spiritual maturity prayers

Lord, I pray that You will create in ____________________ a servant’s heart (Philippians 2:5-10).

I ask that ____________________ will live and labor each day for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Father, I ask that ___________________ will be a vessel through which the love of God can flow to others (Romans 5:5; John 13:34-35).

I ask that __________________ will have a growing and intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ (John 15:4-5).

I pray that _______________________ will have a deeper and clearer understanding of the Word of God (John 16:13).

Fill _____________________ with Your joy in all situations and let this joy sustain him/her in all situations (Nehemiah 8:10).

Father, I pray that ____________________ would see people and things from your perspective (Proverbs 3:5).

I ask that __________________ will be completely yielded to Christ and willing to die to self in all matters (Mark 8:34-35).

I pray that ___________________ will be growing in humility (1 Peter 5:5-6).

Father, I ask that ____________________ will endure persecution in a Christ-like manner and will be willing to give his/her life for the gospel’s sake if that is what is called for in the situation (1 Peter 2:21-23).

I ask You to create a thankful heart in _____________________ especially in times of difficulty (Ephesians 5:20).

I ask that __________________ will labor from godly motives and not from a desire to please people (2 Corinthians 4:2).

I pray that _____________________ would long to be holy and live a life of obedience to the Word of God (1 Peter 1:15-16).

Father, I pray that You would enable ___________________ to pray for those who persecute him/her and for those who spitefully use him/her (Matthew 5:44).

I pray that ________________ would not lag in diligence but would be fervent in spirit. May _________________ rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, and continue steadfastly in prayer (Romans 12:11-12).

May _______________ be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that his/her labor is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58).