March 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. 

*Name(s) changed or last name(s) omitted for sensitivity reasons.
1 (Fri.) U.S.
Ask God to guide Michael Clancy as he works with community development in Lebanon City, Pa.

2 (Sat.) Guatemala
Stefanie Good is in the outreach portion of her mission internship in Guatemala with VidaNet. Ask God to increase her understanding of His power to transform lives.

3 (Sun.) Honduras
Keep Bobby and Amanda Peoples in your prayers that they will continually be encouraged, seeing God's love in their work with children and youth.

4 (Mon.) Global
Thank God for the wonderful ways in which EMM is faithfully supported. Pray that everything needed for God's vision through EMM would continue to be provided for.

5 (Tues.) Southeast Asia
Pray that Timothy and Madison* might be steadfast, immovable, and always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that their labor is not in vain.

6 (Wed.) Kenya
EMM is seeking a person (or persons) to fill the East Africa regional representative role. Pray that the Lord would piece together all that is needed for this role, whether in one person or in two people able to work well together.

7 (Thurs.) Global
Jonathan Bornman continues to have many opportunities to build bridges between Muslims and Christians. Pray for his Muslim friends who might be interested in the gospel.

8 (Fri.) North Africa
Nicholas* desires God's wisdom and love in all of his relationships with fellow students and language teachers. Pray that he might have a clear mind to focus on his studies and friendships with others.

9 (Sat.) U.S.
Pray that God might send mission interns to serve through a variety of community ministries in Baltimore, Md., including a small school run by a church. These individuals will learn the principles of holistic urban ministry.

10 (Sun.) Albania
Pray for clarity for Sonya Harnish regarding further ministry involvements and the courage to walk forward after being in a season of uncertainty on how God would best have her invest her time. Pray for the ability to listen well and for wisdom and courage in conversations as she continues to build friendships with locals and foreigners in the Korça area.

11 (Mon.) Honduras
Leah Zeiset is in the outreach portion of her mission internship with VidaNet in Honduras. Pray that God would use her to share His love with those she meets.

12 (Tues.) U.S.
Ask the Lord to show Marty and Glenna Sollenberger glimpses of the fruit of their labors in computer support and library services with Wycliffe where they have been serving for many years.

13 (Wed.) Global
Thank God for President Gerry Keener and the Leadership Team of EMM as they carry the staff and workers through a time of transition. Pray for clarity and perseverance as they stay the course.

14 (Thurs.) East Africa
Ask that God might send practicing or retired professors to teach for a semester at one of two possible universities in East Africa.

15 (Fri.) Hong Kong
Pray for Glen and June Kauffman, non-resident workers to Hong Kong, as they nurture prayer-filled relationships with Mennonite churches in East Asia.

16 (Sat.) East and Central Europe
Pray for God to send church workers for East and Central Europe. Many small churches in countries like Kosovo and the Czech Republic are seeking encouragement and support.

17 (Sun.) Costa Rica
Austin Zuercher appreciates your prayers as he leads teams in the VidaNet training in Costa Rica, and as he travels throughout Central America encouraging church leaders.

18 (Mon.) Cambodia
Pray for mission intern Kandace Glenn, asking for wisdom for her as she assists in providing leadership for a women's dorm ministry.

19 (Tues.) Cambodia
Ryan and Bethany Umble, and their family, will be completing their assignment and returning to the U.S. this summer. Pray for them as they hand off their responsibilities and train others to pick up their roles. Ask for peace for the whole family during this time of saying goodbye and transitioning to the U.S.

20 (Wed.) Global
Thank God for the staff of EMM. Pray that they have strength and joy as they continue to carry the God-given vision found in the EMM document,
A Garden in Spring.

21 (Thurs.) Sierra Leone
Pray for doctors, nurses, public health specialists, and professionals from a variety of other disciplines to consider serving at a mission hospital in Sierra Leone. Current EMM workers on location see a great need and opportunity to serve.

22 (Fri.) Wales, U.K.
Pray that Alan and Carol Wert can be a blessing to all they meet in their various engagements through football, meals shared around the table, teaching and preaching, school and work. Pray for their daughter, Cerys, as she finishes high school in the next couple of months and makes choices about her future.

23 (Sat.) Southeast Asia
Ask that God might send an engineer to provide technical assistance in developing new equipment for more efficient manufacturing, product design, and development for a water filtration organization.  

24 (Sun.) South Asia
Pray for Jack and Julia*, and their children, as they near the end of their sabbatical and as they prepare to continue their ministry overseas.

25 (Mon.) Wales, U.K.
Pray for mission intern Kelly Lapp as she discerns her future and considers returning to Wales for another one-year internship. Ask God to direct her path during this time of discernment.

26 (Tues.) Thailand
The Southeast Asia workers' retreat is being held March 26-31 in Thailand. Pray for good conversations, meaningful times of worship, input, and renewal for each adult and child/youth who attends.

27 (Wed.) U.S.
Pray for people to consider ministry opportunities in the states, whether it's in Lancaster County or somewhere such as New York City. A number of churches ask EMM to recruit for people to come alongside them in their service and outreach to their neighborhoods.

28 (Thurs.) Thailand
Pray for Hannah Zimmerman as she continues to serve in her role of Third Culture Kid (TCK) trainer. She will give leadership to the children's ministry at the Southeast Asia workers' retreat, March 26-31. Pray for good relationships with the children, youth, and parents.

29 (Fri.) Kenya
Pray for divine appointments to be made as short-term volunteers Bud and Shari Yordy minister as hosts at the Amani Gardens Inn.

30 (Sat.) Belize
Nathanael and Spring Davis serve in Belize. Pray for Nathanael as he pastors a church for the Deaf community in Belize, and for Spring in a variety of roles as mother, nurse, midwife, and friend. Ask that relationships will lead to deeper friendships and opportunities to share Jesus as Lord and Savior.

31 (Sun. ) East Africa
Pray for an intern* serving in East Africa, as she ministers to the children of long-term workers. Ask God to give her insight into how she can best nurture and care for the children.
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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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