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.

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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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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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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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Salunga, Pa. -- Haven’t renewed your passport? On a tight budget? Is the idea of foreign travel daunting with young children?

No worries. International cultures, exotic foods, and foreign languages are only a short car drive away if you live in Central Pennsylvania.

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“Honestly, I laughed at the thought of going into missions,” said Becky Gant to a crowd of other YES alumni. “Me? I’m not good enough. I did everything in my power not to go into YES. Well, I lost, and I applied.”

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