January 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. 

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1 (Tues.) Chile
Peter Fiorillo, director of Black Rock Retreat, is leading a team of six college-age adults to train the Chilean Siloé Camp Team from December 31 to January 12. They will be helping to run two weeks of youth camp. Pray for the leaders and youth in Siloé, Chile, that these camps will continue to bear fruit.

2 (Wed.) East Africa
Continue to pray for a mission intern* in East Africa. Pray that she is able to pick up the language and engage with locals in order to share Christ’s love in simple ways.

3 (Thurs.) West Africa
Mike and Karen Baker serve as non-resident workers for West Africa, overseeing the work of the churches in Guinea-Bissau from a distance. Pray for clear communication with leaders there, and for those leaders as they seek to make disciples who are making disciples.

4 (Fri.) Southeast Asia
Pray for more teachers to serve long-term in Southeast Asia. There are opportunities to teach school children, youth, and university students.

5 (Sat.) Spain
Pray for Bianca Neff, a recently appointed EMM worker and founder of Petra Peacebuilders. Ask that God will lead her as she continues supporting EMM workers with resilience coaching and training.

6 (Sun.) U.S.
Thank God for all of the very faithful supporters of EMM for their continuous financial giving through even the most challenging of times. May God’s blessing carry these generous people as they walk forward in obedience.

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

8 (Tues.) Wales, U.K.
Pray for Victoria Derosier as she begins her mission internship. Ask God to quickly provide meaningful relationships as she becomes part of a discipleship program and missional community there.

9 (Wed.) Germany
Mike and Roberta Lotvola, and their family, serve with discipleship training. Pray that God will empower Mike in his teaching at the discipleship training school in Kaiserslautern. Ask that the students will more clearly see who Jesus is and how they can love and serve Him.

10 (Thurs.) Ethiopia
Keep Werner and Joanne De Jong in your prayer as they transition back to life in Canada after a four-month discernment internship in Ethiopia. Ask God to give them clarity of where He is calling them.

11 (Fri.) Asia
Pray for Skylar and Mia*, and their family serving in Asia, as they work with unreached people. Ask that the Lord would open hearts to respond to Jesus’ call. Pray for good health for this family.

12 (Sat.) Europe
EMM has many opportunities for service in Europe. Pray for more workers who are gifted in education, working with churches, or starting something completely new.

13 (Sun.) Cambodia
Thank the Lord for the wonderful connections that John and Debbie Coats are making with youth who are seeking the Lord. Pray that these young people will grow in their knowledge and ability to follow Jesus, our Lord.

14 (Mon.) U.S.
Pray for all of the staff at EMM as many transitions are happening. Pray for heightened awareness of God’s presence and peace to be among them as they continue to serve well in the many changes.

15 (Tues.) Global
Ask God to favor David and Grace Shenk with insight as they work in Christian-Muslim relationships and as consultants for church leaders.

16 (Wed.) Costa Rica
Keep Leah Zeiset and Stefanie Good in prayer as they begin the outreach portion of the Vida220 discipleship program. Ask God to provide divine encounters and opportunities to practice all that they’ve learned in training.

17 (Thurs.) Costa Rica
Ask God for wisdom and grace for Daryl and Jen Hoover for each situation which arises with a family of four boys, and with a group of students and leaders with VidaNet. Specifically, ask God for a permanent cook for Vida220.

18 (Fri.) Wales, U.K.
Pray for mission intern Kelly Lapp as she continues to build relationships within the missional community she lives and ministers. Ask the Lord for vulnerability and trust to form as an avenue to share the love of Christ within that context.

19 (Sat.) Netherlands
Pray for Bob and Miriam Phillips that God would continue to open doors for effective ministry in evangelism and church planting in a difficult culture.

20 (Sun.) Sierra Leone
Pray for nurses, midwives, and ultrasound/X-ray technicians to be sent to a rural hospital in Sierra Leone to serve and help train local staff.

21 (Mon.) U.S.
Ask that God might send community workers to serve in the Queens borough of New York City. These individuals will assist and/or direct community summer programs at Immanuel Community Church and Murray Hill Neighborhood Association, including VBS, daily enrichment, tutoring programs for children, and a sports program.

22 (Tues.) Senegal
Ask God for daily strength and wisdom as Beryl Forrester teaches and encourages leaders in the emerging churches in Senegal and West Africa as a whole.

23 (Wed.) Thailand
Mark and Sarah Schoenhals praise the Lord for a generous donor who has made it possible for the building of a separate space for children’s ministry. Continue to pray that church leaders and members will see the importance of teaching, ministering to, and building relationships with children and youth.

24 (Thurs.) U.S.
Thank God for Executive Vice President Gerry Keener and the EMM Leadership Team. Pray that wisdom and clarity will be with them as they navigate unknown territory while being confident that God is present!

25 (Fri.) U.S.
Praise the Lord that all the weeks for the Kingdom Teams summer program have been filled by youth groups! Pray that these weeks would be a time of deep spiritual growth and world awareness for the groups who participate.

26 (Sat.) East Asia
Please pray for Ethan and Emma* and their family as they make plans to transition to Pennsylvania. They will continue in their role as regional representatives but wisdom is needed in working out the details. They ask for prayer in ending their time overseas well.

27 (Sun.) U.S.
Ask that God might send volunteers to serve with the mission of God by volunteering through our administrative offices in Lancaster County, Pa., using the gifts and passions God has given them.

28 (Mon.) Kosovo
An invitation stands for long-term workers to join a small body of believers in Kosovo and participate in discipleship and congregational life. Pray to the Lord of the Harvest for more workers to be sent to this landlocked country in the Balkans.

29 (Tues.) Middle East
Pray for safety, discernment, and God’s grace for Felix and Ruth*, and their family, ministering to immigrants.

30 (Wed.) Belize
Ask God to give clear direction to Galen and Phyllis Groff for leadership development in Belize and throughout Central America.

31 (Thurs.) Global
Pray for Andres Prins and his work with the Christian-Muslim Relations Team as the team seeks “to equip Christians around the world for life-giving relationships with Muslims through dialogue, witness, peacemaking, and hospitality.”

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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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