June 2019 Mission Intercessor

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1 (Sat.) France
Pray for a team of interns to be recruited for an assignment in Marseilles, France, where a school and dormitory have created an international community ideal for discipleship opportunities.
 
2 (Sun.) Netherlands
Ask the Lord to continually renew Phil and Linda Gottschalk as they serve at Tyndale Theological Seminary in the Netherlands, teaching young people from around the world in a post-Christian culture.
 
3 (Mon.) U.S.
Pray for Andrew Mashas, church relations and development coordinator, as he works to gather sponsors for Global Fair. Thank God for the businesses and organizations that make Global Fair possible every year!
 
4 (Tues.) Germany
Bryan and Karah* will be completing their assignment and returning to the U.S. in July. Pray for them to finish well. Pray for the whole family as they say goodbye and walk through this time of transition.
 
5 (Wed.) Wales, U.K.
Pray for Victoria Derosier in her last month of a mission internship in Wales, U.K. Ask God for divine insight for ways she can minister as her time draws to a close.
 
6 (Thurs.) Southeast Asia
Continue to pray for deepening relationships between Owen* and the eight persons he specifically connects with. Pray for boldness for Abby* to do Bible studies with their helper.
 
7 (Fri.) U.S.
Pray for an individual to join a local church community in Baltimore, Md., that seeks to be part of gospel transformation, including a small school run by the church. This position provides opportunities to learn principles of holistic urban ministry.
 
8 (Sat.) Belize
Pray for Nathanael and Spring Davis as they model a Christian marriage and family. As they continue to share Jesus with those around them, pray that hearts will be open and receptive to accepting Christ.
 
9 (Sun.) East Africa
EMM is still recruiting for a new regional representative for East Africa. Continue praying for this role that requires a wide range of skills.
 
10 (Mon.) Albania
Pray for Sonya Harnish who is on a three-month home leave. Pray for rest, renewal, new vision, and excitement for moving to a new city and ministry when she returns to Albania.
 
11 (Tues.) East Africa
Pray for a mission intern* as she returns from a nine-month internship in East Africa. Ask God for a smooth adjustment to life in North America as she jumps right into a busy schedule.
 
12 (Wed.) U.S.
Pray for the Kingdom Team staff as they begin training for a busy summer of programs. Ask God to deepen their relationships with Him so they can minister effectively with youth this summer.
 
13 (Thurs.) Africa
Nicholas will be completing his assignment this summer. Pray for him in the upcoming transitions and that he will finish well.
 
14 (Fri.) Honduras
Pray that Bobby and Amanda Peoples will experience joy in Honduras as they see youth transitioning to independence after being raised in an orphanage.
 
15 (Sat.) U.S.
Thank God for the many wonderful financial supporters of the work of God through EMM. Pray that they are filled in every way through God's generous spirit.
 
16 (Sun.) U.S.
Summer is a busy time with various retreats taking place here in the U.S. Pray for Hannah Zimmerman as she prepares and connects with the children and youth who attend these retreats.
 
17 (Mon.) U.S.
Pray for all the new workers attending Launch from June 16 to 28, that they will be equipped for serving overseas.   
 
18 (Tues.) Costa Rica
Ask God to continue to encourage Austin Zuercher as he transitions from one group of short-term workers to another with VidaNet in Costa Rica.
 
19 (Wed.) Peru
Pray for more English teachers
to serve for a year or more at PROMESA, a bilingual Christian school in Cusco, Peru.
 
20 (Thurs.) Thailand
Praise the Lord for new believers who have been baptized. Pray for them as they grow in Christ. Ask for wisdom, stamina, and vision for Steve and Bethany to continue making the most of every opportunity in many home visits. Pray for additional workers to join the team.
 
21 (Fri.) Global
Join us in praying that EMM would meet its mid-year Impact Fund goal so that we can continue to cross cultures, engage the world, and make disciples of Jesus.
 
22 (Sat.) Central Asia
Pray for Jayden and Anika* and their children as they are on home leave before beginning a new assignment. Pray for refreshment and renewal as they reconnect with family and friends.
 
23 (Sun.) Cambodia
A children's program worker is needed to help with a children's character development program in Cambodia. A college degree in education is preferred.  
 
24 (Mon.) Netherlands
Bob and Miriam Phillips are long-term workers in the Netherlands. Pray for continued vision as they work in leadership development and evangelism.
 
25 (Tues.) Wales, U.K.
Pray for Kelly Lapp as she finishes her last month of a 10-month internship. Pray that she will have vision for these remaining weeks of ministry as she also looks ahead to future plans.
 
26 (Wed.) Thailand
Pray for the Schoenhals family as they settle into new schools and routines. Heidi is being homeschooled and Hannah has started in a new school. Pray that the girls will have good friends, that Hannah's new school will be a good fit, and for Mark and Sarah as they work out a teaching schedule. Pray for Mark and Sarah that they will find a good balance with family and ministry life.
 
27 (Thurs.) Chile
Michael and Nancy Hostetter request prayer for fortitude and perseverance for the first generation Christians that are meeting in house church groups in their region of Chile.
 
28 (Fri.) Kosovo
An invitation stands for workers to join a small body of believers in Kosovo and participate in discipleship and congregational life. Pray for more long-term workers to come who long to see the kingdom of God flourish in this region of East and Central Europe.
 
29 (Sat.) Germany
Pray for a mission intern* as he begins serving in Germany. Ask the Lord for quick-forming relationships as he adjusts to language and culture.
 
30 (Sun.) Germany
Pray for an individual to contribute to an inner-city church by assisting in children's ministry, Sunday worship, immigrant ministry, or church building renovation and maintenance.

*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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