As people on mission with God, we understand that everything flows out of our relationship with Him. We pray with passion and persistence for His kingdom to come and His will to be done in every way and move forward as He leads us.

  • Core prayer team
  • Mission intercessor prayer guide
  • Scripture prayers

We at EMM believe that God is calling us into "ridiculous” amounts of prayer.

So we are looking for intercessors willing to commit to one hour of EMM-related prayer each week. These intercessors will receive a monthly email with one or two priority prayer requests to help guide their prayers.

No meetings are required. Members of this core prayer team are encouraged to share what they are hearing in prayer and are welcome to join EMM prayer gatherings as they are able.

Prayer is the channel through which God's power flows to bring His kingdom on earth. Our vision is to see that channel growing in size and strength so that we can see even greater transformation taking place around the world.

To join EMM's core prayer team, please contact Krystle Thorne. Let's pray ridiculous amounts of prayer!

August 2020 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 (Sat.) Kenya
Pray for Stuart and Amaris Allan and their family as they have completed their assignment and are transitioning to life here in the U.S. Pray for ease in the continued transitions. 

2 (Sun.) South America
Pray for people who are drawn to South America, to serve with our partners in either Chile or Peru. There are multiple opportunities to teach, work in church development, or help develop a Christian camp.

3 (Mon.) U.S.
An adapted Kingdom Team will take place with youth from Mountville Mennonite Church. Pray for the youth as they learn and grow in God's missional heart. The youth will be creating “Blessing Boxes” to deliver to resettled refugee families in Lancaster, Pa. Pray for each of the families who will receive a box.

4 (Tues.) Thailand
Andre and Karen Provost have developed a 5-year plan to reach four different ethnic groups in their province. Pray for them as they begin training their first leader from the Kui people. Pray for wisdom as they identify three potential leaders for initiating the movements in the three other people groups.

5 (Wed.) Belize
Pray for Bill and Judy Houser as they relate to the Belize Evangelical Mennonite Church as LMC international partner delegates. Pray for them as they support and encourage church leaders during the challenges of the pandemic.

6 (Thurs.) Albania
Pray for interns to build relationships and bring the gospel through teaching and student ministry opportunities in Albania. 

7 (Fri.) Germany 
Jonas and Hannah* and their children returned to Germany in July. Pray for them as they transition back to their relationships and responsibilities. Pray for the children as they begin school. 

8 (Sat.) Wales, U.K
Praise God that Kelly Lapp is able to return to Wales for a second internship. Pray that she is able to raise the needed funds to be able to begin the discipleship program this fall. 

9 (Sun.) Hong Kong
Pray for Glenn and June Kauffman as they walk alongside the local conference of Mennonite churches in Hong Kong. Pray that the churches can provide hope and encouragement to the communities around them and that many will come to know the Lord.

10 (Mon.) U.S. 
Please pray for our church relations staff as they try to reschedule speaking engagements as churches begin to meet once again. 

11 (Tues.) Global
Pray for Jonathan Bornman as he works on the first full draft of his doctoral dissertation and prepares to meet with the pre-submission sub-committee in September. Praise the Lord for new modes of ministry and new opportunities that have emerged for Jonathan and the team to continue to teach.

12 (Wed.) Central America
Pray for former mission interns Josh Varner and Kayleh Eshleman as they have been home in the U.S. for a month. Ask the Lord to solidify the work of transformation that he did in their hearts during their internships so that they continue to live and share Christ’s transforming love. 

13 (Thurs.) U.S.
Pray for Michael Clancy as he teaches and disciples men in prison. May God give him compassion and perseverance as he also walks alongside those who have been released from prison and are choosing to make a change in their lives. 

14 (Fri.) Spain
Praise the Lord for the training and encouragement that Paula* and her team is able to provide for those who assist others who are dealing with trauma. Pray for Paula as she also provides follow up online coaching for those who were part of the training.

15 (Sat.) Guatemala
Please pray for wisdom and direction for how Ted and Julie Smoker should go forward with their business vision in the new economic climate that will exist when things open back up. Join with them in praying that the harvest of coffee and corn will not be negatively impacted by the shutdown. Continue to pray for physical and emotional health and safety for the family.

16 (Sun.) Southeast Asia
Pray for someone to serve as a managing director of a social enterprise in Southeast Asia beginning in 2021.

17 (Mon.) Netherlands
Pray for Linda and Phil Gottschalk as they have virtual visits with their family and supporters. Pray for good connections and the finances needed for their next term. Pray for them as they prepare for the fall courses they will teach. 

18 (Tues.) Germany 
Pray for Preston* as he wraps up his internship and moves out of his apartment this month. Pray for encouragement and refreshment as he transitions into a new role as a Ph.D. student and assistant in a new location in Germany. 

19 (Wed.) North Africa
Andres and Angelica Prins have felt God rekindle the vision for more directly re-engaging the people of North Africa among whom they previously served and witnessed. Pray that the necessary pieces will come together and that God will open the doors where he would have them serve.  

20 (Thurs.) Belize
Pray for an intern who knows American Sign Language to join a ministry to deaf children and young adults who are often marginalized in Belize.

21 (Fri.) U.S.
Pray for interns to serve in Baltimore, Md., through a variety of community ministries, including a small school, while learning principles of holistic urban ministry.

22 (Sat.) U.S.
Pray for grace and wisdom as we continue to invite people to serve with EMM during these uncertain times.

23 (Sun.) West Africa
Praise the Lord that Beryl Forrester has been able to continue his teaching through online methods. Pray for the development of additional study materials that students can access online and where Beryl and others can interact with them. Thank the Lord that the church is flourishing in spite of some of the restrictions that were in place. 

24 (Mon.) Costa Rica
Pray for Jadyn Hess as she prepares to begin a mission internship with Vida220 this fall. Pray that any long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic would not greatly impact the program from its typical schedule. 

25 (Tues.) Central Asia
Pray for joy and creativity for Alexander and Maria* and their boys as they spend their summer in Central Asia instead of in the U.S. Pray for wisdom for Alexander in the many business connections he has and as he mentors others. 

26 (Wed.) U.S.
Continue to pray for the EMM Impact Fund as we live into uncertain economic times. The Impact Fund is essential for EMM to fulfill its calling to make disciples around the world. 

27 (Thurs.) Czech Republic
Pray for Stacy and Vojta Prknovi as they spend their summer in the Czech Republic instead of in the US. Pray for good connections with supporters and for the needed funds for another term. Pray for Stacy as she teaches English and supports the local church. 

28 (Fri.) Global
Our hearts continue to be stirred for gateway cities, such as Marseilles, France. Join with us in praying for people to serve in these places, where the nations of the world meet and mingle.

29 (Sat.) U.S.
Please pray for the Everyone Moving in Mission Capital Campaign for the 450 North Prince Street project in Lancaster City, Pa. We continue to pray and seek out donors who can make this project a reality. 

30 (Sun.) Honduras
Pray for mission intern Leah Zeiset as she discerns her next steps and call into future missions. Ask the Lord for clear vision and grace to follow in obedience. 

31 (Mon.) Thailand
Pray for rest and refreshment for Steve Horst and Bethany Tobin and their children during their home leave in the U.S. Pray for creativity and good connections with supporters. They are scheduled to return to Thailand in August — pray that God will lead in his timing for them to be able to return.

*Name(s) changed or last name(s) omitted for sensitivity reasons.

Sometimes you don’t know exactly how to pray for the EMM workers you carry in your heart. That’s a good time to “pray the Scriptures.” Turn the scriptures below into prayers by inserting the name of the missionary you are supporting in prayer.

Ministry prayers

Father, I ask that _________________ will be filled with the Holy Spirit and will daily walk in the Spirit’s power (Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:16).

I pray that _________________ will speak the Word of God with boldness (Acts 4:31; Ephesians 6:19).

I ask that ___________________ will present the gospel clearly to unbelievers (Colossians 4:4).

Father, I ask that You will open doors and hearts to receive Jesus as _______________ ministers in his/her place of service (Colossians 4:3).

I pray that You will make _____________________’s ministry exceedingly fruitful and that You will glorify yourself through this ministry and that the message of Jesus may spread rapidly and be honored. (2 Thessalonians 3:1).

Please grant ______________________ Your specific direction for his/her ministry (Psalm 37:5).

May ____________________ have a renewed and growing zeal to share the gospel with unbelievers (Romans 1:15-16).

May ______________________ be salt and light to the people to which he/she has been sent (Matthew 5:13-14).

I ask that ______________ would not lose his/her focus in ministry but that he/she would have his/her priorities ordered by You. I pray that ______________ will set his/her mind on things above and not on the things of the earth (Colossians 3:2-3).

Provision and protection prayers

May all of ___________________’s needs --- physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual --- be met by You through your grace and power (Philippians 4:19).

I pray that You will raise up intercessors and financial partners for _________________ (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

God, I ask You to protect _____________________ from the attacks of Satan (Romans 15:30-31; 2 Thessalonians 3:2-3, John 17).

Father, I ask that any loneliness experienced by _______________ will become fruitful solitude (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 18:9-10; Hebrews 13:5).

Father, continually protect ____________________ from all harm and strengthen him/her physically (Genesis 2:7).

Relationship prayers

Lord, I pray that _______________ would be accepted by the nationals, the believers, and the missionaries in the area where he/she is laboring (Romans 15:30-31).

I ask that You would grant _____________________ peace and assurance about the care of his/her family members that are back home (1 Peter 5:7).

Lord, I ask You to bless and strengthen ____________________’s family (Ephesians 5:22-6:4).

O God, raise up strong believers around _____________________ who will encourage him/her in the tasks that God has given to him/her (Philemon 20).

Spiritual maturity prayers

Lord, I pray that You will create in ____________________ a servant’s heart (Philippians 2:5-10).

I ask that ____________________ will live and labor each day for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Father, I ask that ___________________ will be a vessel through which the love of God can flow to others (Romans 5:5; John 13:34-35).

I ask that __________________ will have a growing and intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ (John 15:4-5).

I pray that _______________________ will have a deeper and clearer understanding of the Word of God (John 16:13).

Fill _____________________ with Your joy in all situations and let this joy sustain him/her in all situations (Nehemiah 8:10).

Father, I pray that ____________________ would see people and things from your perspective (Proverbs 3:5).

I ask that __________________ will be completely yielded to Christ and willing to die to self in all matters (Mark 8:34-35).

I pray that ___________________ will be growing in humility (1 Peter 5:5-6).

Father, I ask that ____________________ will endure persecution in a Christ-like manner and will be willing to give his/her life for the gospel’s sake if that is what is called for in the situation (1 Peter 2:21-23).

I ask You to create a thankful heart in _____________________ especially in times of difficulty (Ephesians 5:20).

I ask that __________________ will labor from godly motives and not from a desire to please people (2 Corinthians 4:2).

I pray that _____________________ would long to be holy and live a life of obedience to the Word of God (1 Peter 1:15-16).

Father, I pray that You would enable ___________________ to pray for those who persecute him/her and for those who spitefully use him/her (Matthew 5:44).

I pray that ________________ would not lag in diligence but would be fervent in spirit. May _________________ rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, and continue steadfastly in prayer (Romans 12:11-12).

May _______________ be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that his/her labor is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58).