October 2019 Mission Intercessor

EMM's monthly prayer guide. Sign up to receive Mission Intercessor via email here, or sign up to receive a print version here.

1 (Tues.) Central Asia
Pray for Alexander and Maria* as they connect with people through business for transformation and teaching. Pray also for the boys in school and in relationships with their peers.

2 (Wed.) Middle East
There are English teaching job opportunities at a university in the Middle East. Pray for more workers to be sent to this region.

3 (Thurs.) Europe
The Europe worker retreat will be held October 38. Pray for those resourcing the adults and children and for each participant that they will find joy and will be refreshed to return to their places of service.

4 (Fri.) U.S.
Pray for a technology intern to handle technology and media needs for EMM's Christian-Muslim Relations Team. 

5 (Sat.) Global
Pray for Leon and Naomi Zimmerman as they prepare leadership training materials for upcoming trips. Ask for safety in travel as they resource churches around the world.

6 (Sun.) Germany
Jonas and Hannah* and their family are in the U.S. for a sabbatical. They would like to build good rhythms for family time. Jonas and Hannah intend to spend time in writing as well. Pray for meaningful times together and for rest and renewal.

7 (Mon.) Guatemala
Pray for Andi Starner as she begins her seven-month mission internship in Guatemala today.  Ask the Lord for a quick adjustment to climate and culture.

8 (Tues.) U.S.
Please pray for EMM staff members as they meet with various church leadership teams, councils, and Sunday school classes to share the vision for the renovation of EMM’s Lancaster City property. Pray for good dialogue and energy around this project.

9 (Wed.) Czech Republic
Praise the Lord with Jan Heindel for the trust that is building between her and those she is connecting with. Pray for her as she mentors one of the female youth leaders in her church. Pray for wisdom and creativity for those areas to which she gives leadership in the church. 

10 (Thurs.) U.S.
The people who financially support the work of God through EMM are the best! Thank God for them and pray they are blessed in every way.

11 (Fri.) East Asia
Pray for strength and perseverance for Lea* as she relates to those who are interested in learning more about her relationship with God. Pray that the Holy Spirit will give her the words to speak when the opportunities arise. Continue to pray for rest in a busy schedule.

12 (Sat.) Thailand
Ask God to send someone to serve as a child care assistant and home-school teacher for missionary children in Thailand.

13 (Sun.) Germany
Pray for Mike and Roberta Lotvola as they continue to disciple young adults. Pray for wisdom in finding a healthy rhythm of work and rest.

14 (Mon.) Wales, U.K.
The Going Public internship provides opportunities for individuals to gain experience in a whole host of areas alongside British youth in working with youth or children's work, community work, social action, and creative arts. Pray for young adults to join this internship.

15 (Tues.) Southeast Asia
Lift up Ben and Lena* as they continue the important ministry of bringing fresh water to many people in their region. Pray that they can find healthy rhythms and know when to pause and disengage from their work.

16 (Wed.) Europe
EMM has many opportunities to serve in Europe. Whether it’s education, working with churches, or starting something completely new. Pray for more workers to be sent to this region.

17 (Thurs.) Honduras
Pray for wisdom for Wendell Nofziger as he gives leadership to the elementary school at Academia Los Pinares. Pray for his wife, Melanie, as she walks with and disciples women. Pray for good friends for their children.

18 (Fri.) Costa Rica
Pray for Kayley Eshleman, mission intern with VidaNet. Ask the Lord to open her heart and mind, seeking more of Him as she goes through discipleship training.

19 (Sat.) U.S.
Pray for the Friends of EMM gathering as people enjoy brunch with President Gerry Keener at EMM’s property in Lancaster City, Pa. to learn about the vision and renovation plans for this space. Pray that God would create in people’s hearts the desire to be a part of what God is doing in Lancaster City.

20 (Sun.) Southeast Asia
A web designer/app developer or media technician is needed to serve a growing business for transformation that is bringing affordable access to clean water. Pray that God might send the right person.

21 (Mon.) Honduras
Pray for Bobby and Amanda Peoples as they continue to work with children and youth who are at risk. Pray for wisdom in research and development for new programs.

22 (Tues.) Netherlands
Pray for Bob and Miriam as they share God's love, mentor, and disciple ministry leaders in Amsterdam.

23 (Wed.) U.S.
EMM will be at the Messiah College career and grad school expo today. Pray for fruitful connections with students.

24 (Thurs.) Germany
A mission intern* in Germany has begun regularly guest teaching at a local college. Pray for wisdom and grace as he serves in this capacity.

25 (Fri.) Global
Praise God for the many opportunities Andres Prins has had to travel and be a witness to the power of Christ. Pray that the seeds sown will produce abundant fruit for God's glory. Pray for progress of the Amharic translation of “A Muslim and a Christian in Dialogue.”

26 (Sat.) U.S.
Thank God for EMM staff members and all the roles they play to keep the mission of God through EMM strong and flowing. Pray for perseverance and joy in the journey of serving!

27 (Sun.) Czech Republic
Pray for wisdom and focus for Stacy Nofziger Prknová as she plans lessons for the many groups she teaches. Pray for good connections with her students. Pray also for wisdom in finding a good balance with her schedule.

28 (Mon.) U.S.
Pray for the recruitment team at EMM as they discern how to "sow generously" into recruitment. Ask for God to show them where to focus their energy, so they can truly partner with God as He sends laborers into His harvest.

29 (Tues.) Sierra Leone
Jon and Heleen Yoder plan to complete their assignment in December. Pray for them during their last few months that they will be at peace about what they are able to accomplish and can release the rest to others to carry on. Continue to pray for their ministry to children with disabilities.

30 (Wed.) Costa Rica
Pray for mission intern, Josh Varner, as he goes through the VidaNet discipleship training. Ask God to be deepening his understanding of his identity in Christ. 

31 (Thurs.) Sierra Leone
Janet Millward is halfway through her three-month mission internship in Sierra Leone. Pray that she would have perseverance in harsh conditions and that those she is serving would experience the love and care of Christ.

*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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