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May 2020 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 (Fri.) Global
Pray for all our workers around the globe as they live into the realities of the current world situation. Pray for God's presence and peace during times of loneliness or uncertainty.

2 (Sat.) U.S.
Nathan and Valerie* and their children have completed their assignment in Southeast Asia. Pray for them as they transition back to life in the U.S.

3 (Sun.) East Asia
Pray for Lea* who had to come to the U.S. earlier than planned. She has been staying in touch with other teachers and friends from her school. Pray for peace and wisdom as they work on plans in the midst of uncertainty. Pray for her as she plans for a sabbatical.

4 (Mon.) Wales, U.K.
Ask God to provide individuals to be a part of the internship program of Glenwood Church in Cardiff, Wales. Interns can build relationships through social interaction, along with opportunities to work with children and youth programs, and a music and drama program.

5 (Tues.) Middle East
Ask God to give Michael and Laura* creativity, compassion, and courage as they relate to both believers and unbelievers.

6 (Wed.) Guatemala
Pray for Katelyn Shoup as she prepares for a mission internship in Guatemala.

7 (Thurs.) Southeast Asia
Pray for a few more skilled workers to join a transformational business that is bringing affordable access to clean water in Southeast Asia.

8 (Fri.) U.S.
Pray for an individual to be part of a life-giving summer program for children in Flushing, New York City. Community outreach opportunities such as assisting at a food bank, a computer lab, and teaching English as a second language are available.

9 (Sat.) Honduras
Pray for Wendell and Melanie Nofziger as they take on some additional responsibilities at the school where they work due to some staff leaving. Pray for good family times together and for joy in their work and relationships.

10 (Sun.) U.S.
Pray for community partnership and support of EMM's Moving in Mission capital campaign and the mission of the 450 North Prince Street hospitality center. Ask God to provide a highly motivated manager to lead the hospitality center.

11 (Mon.) Czech Republic
Pray for wisdom for Stacy Prknová as she works with others to figure out new routines in the midst of the current world situation. Pray for creative ways to interact with the students and parents at the Family Center.

12 (Tues.) Germany
Pray for Preston*, a mission intern, as he is in the final months of his internship. Ask God to lead him in the various discipling relationships he has developed during his time there.

13 (Wed.) Southeast Asia
Pray for Ben and Lena* as they relate to and care for those who work with them in providing access to clean water. Pray that the business can continue to be a blessing to many who get physically clean water through the filters.

14 (Thurs.) Costa Rica and Germany
Ask God to call individuals to join a discipleship team in either Costa Rica or Germany. Team members would attend a discipleship school and participate in outreach opportunities.

15 (Fri.) Kenya
There is a great need in Kenya that Stuart and Amaris Allan can help to meet — both medically and logistically. Pray that by God's strength and will, they can intervene for others with the skills and gifts God has given them.

16 (Sat.) Tanzania
Joe and Yvonne Garber serve as International Partner Delegates to the Tanzania Mennonite Church (KMT) on behalf of LMC. Pray for strong relationships of mutual encouragement and support with leaders of the Tanzanian church.

17 (Sun.) Global
Pray for Jonathan Bornman as he finishes up his dissertation. Pray for him and the other members of the Christian-Muslim Relations Team as they continue to build bridges between Christians and Muslims.

18 (Mon.) U.S.
Kaitlyn Harnly and Emily Sensenig are preparing to serve as summer staff for EMM's Kingdom Teams program. Ask the Lord to give them vision and passion for their ministry this summer.

19 (Tues.) Thailand
Andre and Karen Provost continue to relate to the Kui people. Praise the Lord for the opportunities they have had to show the Jesus film and for those who are interested in knowing more. Pray that God would give Andre and Karen the wisdom and love that they need.

20 (Wed.) Honduras
Pray for Leah Zeiset, mission intern in Honduras, as she adapts and serves in the midst of changing circumstances.

21 (Thurs.) Guatemala
Pray that Ted and Julie Smoker will find creative ways to continue contact with the coffee farmers and be able to encourage them during this difficult time.

22 (Fri.) West Africa
Ask God to provide a church development worker for West Africa to apprentice under a seasoned EMM worker. This man would carry on the work of leadership development and discipleship.

23 (Sat.) U.S.
Pray for generous hearts who will help sustain EMM’s Impact Fund so that God's mission in the world can continue to be carried out through EMM.

24 (Sun.) Central America
Pray for Josh Varner and Kayley Eshleman, interns with Vida220, as they serve in Guatemala and Honduras respectively. Ask the Lord to give them creativity in how they minister and serve in their communities.

25 (Mon.) East Asia
Pray for Skylar and Mia* who have been unable to return to their location. Pray for God to continue to move and stir hearts among their friends in their country of service.

26 (Tues.) Global
Pray for congregations who are finding new ways to be the church and connect with others in the current realities. May God's love shine through the darkness and bring hope to the world.

27 (Wed.) Africa
Nicholas* seeks to be a witness in a predominately non-Christian setting. Pray that people will come to know Jesus through Nicholas’ words and actions.

28 (Thurs.) U.S.
Pray for more workers to join a church-planting team in the bustling New York City neighborhood of Flushing, Queens. The majority of this team’s interactions will be with Chinese- and Spanish-speaking people.

29 (Fri.) Belize
Pray for Galen and Phyllis Groff who are in the U.S. longer than planned. Pray that they can be a source of encouragement to the church in Belize even from a distance.

30 (Sat.) U.S.
Pray for Krista Martin, Kingdom Team director, as she plans and makes decisions for the summer program. Ask God for wisdom and discernment.

31 (Sun.) Chile
Ask God to guide Michael and Nancy Hostetter as they mentor and disciple many people including businessmen and women, Christian leaders, and friends.

 *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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