April 2019 Mission Intercessor

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1 (Mon.) Senegal
Praise God for Mennonite Church West Africa and the newly credentialed pastors who are stepping up to bring good leadership. Pray for the church as they try to model living in unity and peace with each other and with their neighbors. Ask that volunteer worker Beryl Forrester might continue to encourage the church.

2 (Tues.) U.S.
Thank God that we have filled all of the weeks of Kingdom Team programs this summer! Ask God to provide additional housing in the form of RVs for the first two weeks of July.

3 (Wed.) Asia
Pray for healing and a complete return to health for Lea.* Pray for good relationships with her students and co-workers and open doors to share the good news.

4 (Thurs.) Global
Thank God for the faithful financial supporters of the mission of God through EMM. Pray that God will raise up even more people to give generously to EMM’s vital Impact Fund.

5 (Fri.) Middle East
Praise God that Michael* is able to use technology to facilitate the teaching of leaders throughout his country, saving him travel time to the locations of these leaders. Ask God to continue the growth of the church throughout this region.

6 (Sat.) Kenya
EMM is looking for regional representatives for East Africa. Join us in prayer for this role that requires a wide range of skills.

7 (Sun.) East Africa
Pray for Felipe and Ines* as they settle back into their responsibilities and continue to adjust to being a family of five. Felipe will begin teaching a new business entrepreneurship course, and at some point, Ines will return to work at the hospital. Pray for them in all these transitions.

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

9 (Tues.) Netherlands
Pray for Linda Gottschalk as she teaches a class on church history in Rotterdam. Ask God for good interaction with her students, safe travel time, and good health.

10 (Wed.) Cambodia
Ask that God might send workers to help with a children’s character development program. These people might also be able to be discipled and mentored within a rural house church movement.

11 (Thurs.) Germany
Bryan and Karah* are planning to conclude their service in Germany. During their last few months, pray for continued opportunities to share Christ with their non-Christian friends. Pray also for the pastors and church leaders of all the churches in their city as they meet and pray together for a new Christian witness in an area of the city that has very little Christian presence.

12 (Fri.) U.S.
Thank God for new EMM President Gerry Keener. Pray that God guides Gerry in all His ways, and also for rest and good health.

13 (Sat.) Europe
EMM has many opportunities for service in Europe. Whether it’s education, working with churches, or starting something completely new, pray for more workers to be sent to this region.

14 (Sun.) Guatemala
The Central America EMM workers’ retreat is being held April 14–18 in Guatemala. Pray for good conversations, meaningful times of worship and input, and renewal for each adult and child or youth who attend.

15 (Mon.) U.S.
Ask that God might send a community worker to serve in New York City. This role includes daily enrichment and tutoring programs for children while assisting with a computer lab and ESL programs.

16 (Tues.) Southeast Asia
Pray for continued opportunities to share the love of Jesus with those that Ben and Lena* work with in Southeast Asia.

17 (Wed.) Central Asia
Ask God for wisdom and direction from the Holy Spirit as Alexander and Maria* serve with business for transformation in Central Asia.

18 (Thurs.) Peru
Pray for English teachers to serve for a year or more at PROMESA, a bilingual Christian school in Cusco, Peru.

19 (Fri.) South Asia
Ask God for guidance, wisdom, and boldness for Clara* in her witness among Muslims in South Asia. Also, ask for healthy relationships with co-workers.

20 (Sat.) Wales, U.K.
Pray that God might send mission interns to participate in the Going Public internship with Glenwood Church, for up to 10 months in the multicultural Welsh capital city of Cardiff. Interns will gain experience in a variety of areas including youth or children’s work, community work, sports ministry, or creative arts.  

21 (Sun.) Guatemala
Pray for health and safety for Ted and Julie Smoker and their family. Also, ask God for opportunities for more meaningful connections with local believers. Be in prayer for the Red Paz economic development trainings this year, both in new villages and past locations.

22 (Mon.) Germany
Pray for a mission intern* as he prepares to begin serving in Germany this summer. Ask God to prepare his heart for the many discipleship opportunities that await him.

23 (Tues.) Honduras
Praise God for the many opportunities that Wendell and Melanie Nofziger have to share God's love through their ministries of homemaking, teaching, and disciple-making. Pray that they will continue to be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit in their lives and ministry.

24 (Wed.) Southeast Asia
Pray for more workers to serve in Southeast Asia, and collaborate with EMM teammates to build multiplying communities of discipleship.

25 (Thurs.) Global
God has given EMM many supporting churches for which we are thankful! Pray that this wide and growing body will bring strong connections to the mission of God through EMM and that they would be blessed.

26 (Fri.) Southeast Asia
Pray for Owen and Abby* and their four children as they have extended their service for another year of working with Muslims in Southeast Asia.

27 (Sat.) Guatemala
Pray for Andi Starner as she prepares for a mission internship in Guatemala. Ask God to speak to her through the pre-field training she is involved in.  

28 (Sun.) Wales, U.K.
Pray for Victoria Derosier, a mission intern serving in Wales. Pray that the Lord would expand her understanding of who He is, providing opportunities for her to connect and share His love within the community.

29 (Mon.) Sierra Leone
Pray for Janet Millward as she looks forward to using her nursing skills as a mission intern in Sierra Leone this fall.

30 (Tues.) South Sudan
As Nicole Hess concludes her service in South Sudan, pray for good closure to her work and the relationships that she has developed. Pray for peace in the midst of the goodbyes and for the transition to life in the U.S.

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

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CHICAGO — At the largest annual Muslim gathering in North America, thousands of Muslims browsed a bustling bazaar showcasing products, businesses, and opportunities by and for Muslims. Of over 500 booths, only one represented a commitment to dialogue and friendship from the perspective of committed followers of Jesus the Messiah.

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SALUNGA, Pa. — Nathanael Thorne and Joseph Manneh, friends from across the world, didn’t expect to meet again. For 10 months, their 2012–2013 Guinea-Bissau EMM YES team brought together nine missions-minded youth from West Africa and the U.S., including Thorne, from Washington, D.C., and Manneh, from The Gambia.

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SALUNGA, Pa. — “There would be many reasons for staying at home. We have already given our best 25 years to overseas work. We have built a house but have rarely lived in it. Our fruit trees invite us to remain and consume their bountiful harvest. Our parents have been in the hospital several times of late. We would enjoy keeping frequent contact with our growing children in the United States.”

Those were the words of missionary James Sauder (February 4, 1935 – July 22, 2016) after 25 years of evangelism, church planting, Bible teaching, and leadership development through Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) in Honduras and beyond. Yet Sauder and his wife Rhoda left home again to live and serve in the Dominican Republic, extending their missionary career to 30 years with EMM.

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Evelyn Hershey spent a yearlong term (2015–2016) serving as a hostess at Amani Gardens Inn in Nairobi, Kenya. Evelyn also taught art, traveled, and worshiped with East Africans!

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SALUNGA, Pa. — She wrote countless lesson plans, graded hundreds of compositions, welcomed students who needed a listening ear at all hours, and poured many, many cups of tea. She had a quiet but profound influence on early leaders of Meserete Kristos Church in Ethiopia, the largest Anabaptist conference in the world today.

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Nuen, a pseudonym due to sensitivities in her work, lives in Thailand where she walks alongside the local church and works in economic development. She shares a glimpse of her house, gardens, a kitchen "pet," and her life in Southeast Asia.

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WILLOW STREET, Pa. — Thirty-two adults and children were commissioned as missionaries at EMM’s commissioning service on July 10, 2016, at Willow Street Mennonite Church. The workers, both new and reappointed, will be serving in 14 countries including the U.S.

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WILLOW STREET, Pa. — More than 1,000 visitors enjoyed learning about the cultures, foods, and customs of countries around the world at Eastern Mennonite Missions’ Global Fair on Saturday, July 9, 2016. The grounds of the Hans Herr House and Museum were filled with exhibits hosted by EMM workers, staff, volunteers, and friends of more than 16 countries around the world. Visitors could purchase delicious food from places like Somalia, Puerto Rico, and Tajikistan. Children enjoyed creating free crafts, petting llamas, and playing a variety of international games.

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MILTON, Pa. Inviting a Muslim family to share a meal in your home: is this simple action key to helping Christians build bridges of friendship with their Muslim neighbors? After leading a group of Community Mennonite Fellowship congregants through sections of David W. Shenk’s “Approaches to Islam” video course, that’s just what Ron Geib did. And after a class filled with enthusiastic learning and discussion, about 20 other churchgoers are better prepared to take those simple, significant steps toward making Muslim friends.

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