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 2020 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. 

1 (Wed.) Sierra Leone
Jon and Heleen Yoder have extended their assignment through the end of February. Pray for a good transition with the new hospital administration and incoming missionaries. Pray that they will end well.

2 (Thurs.) Global
The beginning of a new year encourages reflection on the past year and the future. Pray to the Lord of the Harvest for more families to consider serving with EMM in 2020.

3 (Fri.) U.S.
Pray for EMM’s Church Relations team this month as there are many speaking engagements in supporting churches. In 2020, Church Relations will be sharing the vision for the Moving in Mission Capital Campaign and 450 project in many churches. Pray that others will catch the vision for this project and be compelled to give, advocate, or volunteer.

4 (Sat.) Wales, U.K.
Pray for individuals to participate in a 7- to 10-month internship with Glenwood Church. There are opportunities to choose from a variety of ministry placements to bring God's transforming power to the community.

5 (Sun.) Middle East
Jade* returned to the Middle East last month. Pray for God’s grace, peace, and strength in this time of transition and as she begins her new teaching job.

6 (Mon.) Costa Rica
Pray for Kayley Eshleman as she begins the outreach portion of the VidaNet discipleship program. Ask God to provide many divine appointments for her and her team to share the gospel.

7 (Tues.) Global
Pray for wisdom for David and Grace Shenk as they prepare for speaking engagements and for safety in their travel. 

8 (Wed.) Thailand
Praise the Lord for the things God has been doing in Thailand this past year: six new believers were baptized and people are taking steps of obedience and opening themselves to God's healing. Pray for Steve Horst and Bethany Tobin as they work and pray about how to balance ministry, homeschool, and rest.

9 (Thurs.) Central Asia
Pray for Alexander* as he continues to give leadership to the workers in his region. Pray for continued creativity in his business. Pray for Maria* in her various roles in the school and for the boys in their relationships and schooling.

10 (Fri.) U.S.
Thank God for the donors who give to EMM's Impact Fund! It's a new year, and God is still moving all over the world. Pray for the funds to continue to support the vision for God's transforming love to be spread everywhere through the work of EMM.

11 (Sat.) Costa Rica
Austin Zuercher is currently in the U.S. for a couple of months and will then be returning to Costa Rica for another three-year term. Pray for good times of refreshment while he is home and for good connections with his supporters. He asks for prayer that God will continue to grow him and grow the ministry in Costa Rica.

12 (Sun.) Germany
Pray for Preston*, mission intern in Germany, as he takes on a lot of responsibility in the absence of long-term workers. Pray that he would have healthy boundaries and take time to be filled by the Holy Spirit.

13 (Mon.) Thailand
Pray for an emerging house church and for the new believers in various locations. Pray for spiritual protection for each one as they take baby steps of faith. Praise the Lord for an intern who has come to help Mark and Sarah Schoenhals with child care and homeschooling.

14 (Tues.) U.S.
Pray for someone to assist with the summer program at Immanuel Community Church in New York City. This individual would tutor children and have other community involvements.

15 (Wed.) Southeast Asia
Pray for Jayden and Anika* and their children as they continue settling into their new location. Pray for their cross cultural adjustment and language learning. Praise the Lord for the team that has welcomed them and helped them in the transition.

16 (Thurs.) West Africa
A church development worker is needed in West Africa to apprentice under a seasoned EMM worker. This person will carry on the work of leadership development and discipleship. Pray that God would supply this need.

17 (Fri.) Costa Rica
Praise the Lord for the good connections that Daryl and Jen Hoover and their family have experienced during their home leave. Pray for all the funds to come in for their second term.

18 (Sat.) Honduras
Leah Zeiset is planning to return to Honduras as a mission intern. Pray that the needed funds would come in quickly. Pray also that this time would be formational in her discipleship journey.

19 (Sun.) Thailand
Pray for Jeremy and Jennifer Janzen and their three children as they transition to Thailand to serve as regional representatives. Pray for them as they initially focus on learning the Thai culture and language. Pray for the children who will be attending an international school.

20 (Mon.) Guatemala
Pray for Andi Starner as she continues to learn her way in her mission internship in Guatemala. Ask the Lord to provide opportunities for her to share the love of the Father with the children she interacts with.

21 (Tues.) Thailand
Andre and Karen Provost are settling back into Thailand. Praise the Lord for His provision of a house and a two-month tourist visa. Pray for them as they begin their ministry roles.

22 (Wed.) France
We have been praying for years for a team to come together to send to Marseilles. It looks like that could happen in the near future. Pray for vision, discernment, and provision for those praying about this opportunity.

23 (Thurs.) Belize
Pray for Galen and Phyllis Groff as they mentor and disciple those in their neighborhood and church community. May the Holy Spirit fill and equip them as they pour themselves into the lives of others.

24 (Fri.) Chile
A number of individuals have inquired about serving in Chile this past year. Pray that their perceived obstacles would diminish.

25 (Sat.) Netherlands
Pray for Phil and Linda Gottschalk as they continue their involvement in leadership training at Tyndale Theological Seminary. Pray also for Linda in her work in the seminary library.

26 (Sun.) U.S.
Thank God for EMM's Advancement Team! Pray that they feel God's joy as they do their work of communicating stories of God's transforming love through the work of EMM.

27 (Mon.) West Africa
Praise the Lord that Mennonite Church West Africa is witnessing a great opportunity for growth. They are being invited to inaugurate Mennonite congregations in three locations in three different countries. Pray for Beryl Forrester as he visits and teaches in these new communities and helps with the organization of the congregations.

28 (Tues.) Costa Rica
Pray for Josh Varner as he participates in the outreach portion of the VidaNet discipleship program. Ask the Lord for grace as he and his team are stretched through new opportunities.

29 (Wed.) Chile
Keep praying for Mike and Nancy Hostetter as they are currently in the U.S. connecting with supporters and family. Pray also for times of refreshment during their sabbatical.

30 (Thurs.) Thailand
Mission Intern Shirah Burns has been in Thailand for two months. Pray for spiritual protection as she lives with a Buddhist host family. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide her conversations so that He can reveal Himself through Shirah.

31 (Fri.) U.S.
Pray for individuals to serve as Kingdom Team summer staff. They will have opportunities to grow in leadership and discipleship skills by working with youth groups as they connect with refugee children and youth.

 

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

 

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).