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!

September 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. 

1 (Sun.) Kenya
Stuart and Amaris Allan have transitioned to Nairobi, Kenya, where Stuart will provide leadership at Amani Gardens Inn. Amaris will continue to use her medical skills in and around Nairobi. Pray for the children as they transition into a new setting with a new schedule and different cultural and societal elements.

2 (Mon.) U.S.
Pray for EMM Central Administrative Office staff members as they review service opportunities in order to update the website and print the annual opportunities booklet. 

3 (Tues.) Middle East
Imogen* began her long-term assignment in August. Pray that God would open her mind to absorb the language and that she would sense God’s presence with her.

4 (Wed.) U.S.
Pray for someone to join a local church in Baltimore, Md., in serving the local community, including a small school that provides quality education for children at risk.

5 (Thurs.) U.S.
Continue to pray for Joe and Gloria Bontrager as they finish their assignment as non-resident volunteers to East Africa on August 31. Pray for God’s grace and wisdom to empower them in the time of transition.

6 (Fri.) Costa Rica
Keep Kayley Eshleman and her family in prayer as she prepares to begin a 10-month mission internship with the VidaNet discipleship program.

7 (Sat.) East Asia
Pray for Ethan* as he transitions to a 50 percent non-resident role. He will continue his responsibilities as a regional representative.

8 (Sun.) U.S.
Pray for EMM Church Relations as many congregations have invited  speakers for fall renewal meetings and missions festivals. Pray for good connections and conversations.

9 (Mon.) U.S.
Michael Clancy has many opportunities to walk with and disciple people struggling with addictions. Pray for wisdom in balancing his work and family life in Lebanon, Pa. Praise God for those who are finding freedom and new life in Christ.

10 (Tues.) Global
Thank God for the people who provide faithful financial support for the work of God through EMM around the world and here in Lancaster. Pray for God's continued blessing on all of those who give, pray, and volunteer!

11 (Wed.) Cambodia
Ask God to continually encourage John and Debbie Coats as they teach and encourage others in following Jesus in Cambodia.

12 (Thurs.) Costa Rica
Pray for Josh Varner as he begins a 10-month mission internship with the VidaNet discipleship program.

13 (Fri.) U.S.
Pray for Debbi DiGennaro and her family as they adjust to living in the U.S. Debbi will continue in her role as the regional representative for East Africa through December. Pray for wisdom as she leads from a distance.

14 (Sat.) East Africa
An individual is wanted to serve as a visiting professor and teach for a semester at one of two possible universities. Pray that someone would respond to this request.

15 (Sun.) Thailand
Pray for Steve Horst and Bethany Tobin as they continue to walk with and disciple new believers. Join with them in praying for more local friends for their children and for grace with language learning.

16 (Mon.) Southeast Asia
The skills of a web designer and a media technician are needed for a transformational business in Southeast Asia. Pray that God might send people to fill these roles.

17 (Tues.) Thailand
Pray for Nathan and Valerie* as they continue to teach and resource mission teams coming to their city. Join with them in praying for movements of people coming to faith in Thailand!

18 (Wed.) Sierra Leone
Pray for mission intern Janet Millward as she begins a three-month assignment in Sierra Leone. She will be working as a nurse alongside our long-term workers Jonathan & Heleen Yoder. 

19 (Thurs.) East Asia
Skylar and Mia* need our prayers for wisdom as they live and minister in a difficult part of the world. Ask God to be very near to them. 

20 (Fri.) Guatemala
Pray for a quick adjustment and fast-forming relationships for Andi Starner as she begins her mission internship with We Help Children in Guatemala.

21 (Sat.) Global
Pray for Paula* as she trains and equips persons working to bring peace in high conflict situations. Pray for safety in travel and physical health and strength in a busy schedule. 

22 (Sun.) East Europe
Pray for someone passionate about discipleship to serve and walk with a small church in Kosovo.

23 (Mon.) Guatemala
Pray for wisdom and direction for Ted and Julie Smoker as they discern how they can best come alongside the K'ekchi' people and demonstrate God's love and hope. Pray also for the whole family as they continue to learn both Spanish and K'ekchi' languages.

24 (Tues.) Global
Ask the Lord for more young adults to answer the call to make disciples through a gap-year mission internship for the upcoming year.

25 (Wed.) Spain
Continue to pray for the salvation of persons that Rolando and Andrea* are walking with. Pray for their sons, Wilmer and Daniel, in their interactions with friends and for wisdom for Daniel in his decision about whether he should switch to an online school.

26 (Thurs.) U.S.
Thank God for Joe Hollinger, EMM Advancement director. Pray that he and his wife, Cheryl, experience times of deep rest and renewal as they continue to serve faithfully.

27 (Fri.) Global
Hannah Zimmerman has come through a busy summer of many opportunities to walk alongside current and future missionary children. Pray for renewed strength and wisdom as she continues to connect with and encourage children and youth.

28 (Sat.) Sierra Leone
Pray for physicians and other health professionals to serve at a Mattru Jong hospital. Current long-term workers who are leaving at the end of the year hope to see an individual or couple replace them.

29 (Sun.) Southeast Asia
Pray for an individual to serve as a child care worker/home school teacher.

30 (Mon.) Germany
Pray for wisdom and discernment for a mission intern, as he begins guest-teaching at a college starting in October.

*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).