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
  • Grow in prayer
  • Mission Intercessor prayer guide
  • Prayer and Fasting community events
  • 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 bi-weekly 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 Troy Landis. Let's pray ridiculous amounts of prayer!

Enhance your prayer life with this guided exploration of Andrew Murray’s timeless classic, With Christ in the School of Prayer.

May 2017 Mission Intercessor

EMM's monthly prayer guide. Sign up to receive Mission Intercessor via email here, or sign up to receive a print version here.


1 (Mon.) Belize
Pray for Nancy Marshall as she ministers to Deaf students. May she be salt and light to the people to whom she has been sent (Matthew 5:13–14).

2 (Tues.) The Middle East
Felix and Ruth* have been living in the midst of political unrest and tension. Pray for strength and rejuvenation as they remain dedicated to their ministry in this time of transition. As they spend this month taking classes in the U.S., pray that all will go smoothly and the trip will be refreshing and meaningful.

3 (Wed.) Cambodia
Pray for Kandace Glenn, who is serving on a one-year mission internship. Ask the Lord to provide a close community of peers around her.

4 (Thurs.) Chile
Pray for more English teachers to be sent to isolated or island schools near Puerto Montt, where they can build relationships for simple church networking.

5 (Fri.) Germany
Pray that Darrel and Miriam’s* ministry will be exceedingly fruitful, and that God will be glorified through their work. May the message of Jesus may spread rapidly and be honored (2 Thessalonians 3:1).

6 (Sat.) Global
Thank God for the engagement of faithful EMM supporters through prayer and finances. The way people like you carry this mission is beautiful! Pray for God to supply for needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

7 (Sun.) Czech Republic
Pray that a long-term missionary English tutor will be sent to share Jesus and teach English in a Czech community.

8 (Mon.) Honduras
Pray for God’s provision and wisdom for Wendell and Melanie Nofziger as they minister to community members, and that their ministry will continue to be fruitful. Pray also that they will continue to integrate into their community roles.

9 (Tues.) Guatemala
Pray for Zachary Ranck as he finishes his three-month mission internship this month. Pray that he will be able to stay focused on all that God has for him.

10 (Wed.) East Africa
Pray for Daniela*, who is halfway through her one-year mission internship. Pray that she will see the places of influence in which God has placed her. Pray for a strong support network of other believers to encourage her.

11 (Thurs.) Czech Republic
Pray for more workers to join an international church planting team in a village on the outskirts of Prague.

12 (Fri.) Central Asia
As Maria and Alexander* approach the end of their U.S. sabbatical, pray that they will be refreshed and that God will provide direction for their ministry in Central Asia.

13 (Sat.) Salunga, Pa.
Pray for EMM Facility Manager Galen Hershey. He works hard to care for EMM’s buildings and grounds. We are grateful for him and his prayerful presence at EMM.

14 (Sun.) East Asia
Pray that non-resident volunteer workers June and Glenn Kauffman would not lose their focus in ministry, and that they would have their priorities ordered by God. May they set their minds on things above and not on the things of the earth (Colossians 3:2–3).

15 (Mon.) South Asia
Pray for Jackson and Olivia* as they finish their mission internship. Ask the Lord to give them guidance as they discern future possibilities of continuing work in this region.

16 (Tues.) Flushing, N.Y.
This New York City neighborhood is a hardworking immigrant community of many cultures and religions. Pray for more workers to join a church planting team there in partnership with Immanuel Community Church.

17 (Wed.) Thailand
Lucille Zimmerman is thankful for the six students she is tutoring after school. Pray that she will have the opportunity to share Jesus with them. This summer, Lucille would like to host another English language-learning camp for students at her home; pray that God will bring participants. Praise God for three new baptized believers!

18 (Thurs.) Kenya
Praise God for the hard work of Debbi and Aram DiGennaro and the team they work with. Pray for additional dedicated team members to join them in their ministry.

19 (Fri.) Germany
Pray for Tyler*, who is finishing his three-month mission internship. Ask the Lord to show him the next steps in his journey.

20 (Sat.) Germany
Pray that a church development worker will be sent to contribute to an inner-city church by assisting in one of several possible ministries, including children's ministry, Sunday worship, immigrant ministry, and/or church building renovation and maintenance.

21 (Sun.) The Gambia
David and Delores Shirk minister in The Gambia, which has been experiencing a difficult transition between political leaders. Pray for peaceful resolution, and that peace and economic health will be restored. Pray also for Delores as she prepares Bible and health lessons, that they will be relevant and easily understood.

22 (Mon.) Vietnam
Pray for Gerry and Donna Keener as they prepare to teach a Salvation History course in June to a new cohort of bachelor-level students in Vietnam. This course is foundational to the four-year curriculum, so wisdom is needed to decide what to include without overwhelming the students.

23 (Tues.) Kenya
Pray for Betsy Stewart, who is about halfway through her six-month mission internship. Pray that her acts of listening, learning, and being present would lead her to gain an understanding of justice and righteousness in her context.

24 (Wed.) East Africa
Praise God for healing and strength in the Kaye family after an illness that led to brief hospitalization. Pray for the Tanzania Mennonite Church, one of the the Kayes’ primary church partners, in a time of leadership transition.

25 (Thurs.) The Netherlands
Pray for Phil and Linda Gottschalk as they finish this academic year at Tyndale Theological Seminary, where they both serve as professors. Pray for Phil’s safety as he travels to Ukraine in May to teach a Bible course.

26 (Fri.) Vietnam
Pray that God will provide a long-term missionary teacher, who is needed to teach Essential Skills and Dispositions courses to Vietnamese middle and high school students at a private school.

27 (Sat.) Lancaster, Pa.
Many of EMM’s administrative staff have small children. What a blessing they are! Pray for these young families, that they would experience good health and rest as they live out their own missional calling in their households.

28 (Sun.) Sierra Leone
New workers Jon and Heleen Yoder arrived in Sierra Leone at the end of March. Pray for them in this transition as they continue to settle in and learn about their new community.  

29 (Mon.) Czech Republic
Pray that a youth worker will be sent to engage with high-school-aged Czech youth through teaching English during the summer.

30 (Tues.) U.S.
EMM is preparing to host and and/or participate in many summer events! Pray that worker events like Oasis, public events like Global Fair, and church-geared events like the Mennonite Church USA Convention will all minister to souls and facilitate valuable conversations.

31 (Wed.) Global
Join Christian/Muslim Relations Team member Sheryl Martin in praying for the migrant crisis around the world, and for the opportunities for all of us to show love to people from different cultures and nations in our own communities.


*Name(s) changed for security reasons.

In the work week leading up to Easter Sunday (April 10–14 in 2017), EMM staff traditionally devote time to prayer and fasting. Anyone is welcome to join us for the following events during the week:

Prayer and fasting hour
12–1 p.m. on Monday, April 10, and Wednesday, April 12
EMM meetinghouse, 53 W Brandt Blvd., Salunga, PA 17538
On Monday and Wednesday, join EMM staff at the Salunga meetinghouse to worship, pray, and fast during what is usually the lunchtime hour.

Prayer and fasting (community prayer event)
Tuesday, April 11, 6:30 p.m.
Westview Community Room at Landis Homes, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543
After praying and fasting individually throughout the day on Tuesday, all are invited to come together at Landis Homes for an evening of corporate worship and intercessory prayer for local and global EMM ministry.

Breaking the fast
Thursday, April 13, 12–1 p.m.
EMM meetinghouse, 53 W Brandt Blvd., Salunga, PA 17538
After three days spent in prayer and fasting, join EMM staff on Thursday for a lunch of soup, bread, and thankfulness.

For more information, contact Jessica Herlein.


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).