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!

December 2018 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.

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

1 (Sat.) Cambodia
Join Ryan and Bethany Umble in praying for the leadership team of Phnom Penh Mennonite Church. Pray for wisdom for the church's elders as they mentor and coach the leadership team. Ask that the team would grow in dependence on God as they provide strong leadership for the church.

2 (Sun.) U.S.
Thank God for those who pray and give to the work of God through EMM. Those faithful supporters are the shoulders on which this labor of love stands. Pray that they have peace and joy throughout this special season!

3 (Mon.) Vietnam
Pray for Gerry Keener and Don Sensenig, for cultural and linguistic competence, as they work with a Vietnamese translator to prepare Marian Bontrager's The Bible as Story and Palmer Becker's Anabaptist Essentials for publication and use in Vietnam.

4 (Tues.) Kenya
Bud and Shari Yordy are beginning a four-month mission internship as hosts at the Amani Gardens Inn. Pray for meaningful connections and opportunities with the inn's staff, as well as the guests with whom they will interact.

5 (Wed.) Asia
Lea* has begun a new school year as a teacher. She requests prayer for wisdom, courage, and love in all of her responsibilities. Ask that she will know the love of God for herself, her students, and fellow teachers.

6 (Thurs.) Thailand
Pray for individuals and families to join the work of Life Enrichment Church. Opportunities include: assisting with the care and homeschooling of missionary children, developing new ministries of the church, or assisting in opening up ministries in new districts.

7 (Fri.) Spain
Pray for Andrea* as she continues with her studies. Praise God that Rolando's* volunteer permit came through to work in the prison. Pray for wisdom for the family to be God's ambassadors while being culturally sensitive. The family is currently on a student visa but are looking at other alternative visa options. Pray that this process will go smoothly.

8 (Sat.) 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.

9 (Sun.) Germany
Pray that funds will come in for Eric and Janelle* to begin their assignment and for the trust that God will provide the necessary funds.

10 (Mon.) Costa Rica
Leah Zeiset is in her last month of training as a mission intern with the Vida220 discipleship school. Pray that through the training God would share His heart for her and the world around her.

11 (Tues.) Southeast Asia
Pray for the many people that Owen and Abby* are connecting with. Ask that there will be openness and a desire to learn more about Jesus. Pray for good health for the whole family.
12 (Wed.) Global
Thank God for the wise men and women who love the work of mission and are leading EMM. May they seek to lead well. Pray that they would listen carefully in prayer, always holding opens hands and seeking God's agenda for mission.
13 (Thurs.) East Africa
The Africa EMM worker retreat will be held December 13-16. Pray for times of renewal and refreshment, as well as good times of learning. Pray for those who will resource the adults and children/youth.

14 (Fri.) Middle East
Pray for Felix and Ruth* as they discern the direction of the Lord in their service. Ask God for peace and wisdom in the midst of uncertainty.

15 (Sat.) East Africa
EMM seeks seasoned church workers to travel through the region of East Africa, encouraging the leaders of various churches through teaching, training, and resourcing.

16 (Sun.) East Africa
Pray for a family as they continue teaching, peacebuilding initiatives in the region, educational studies, and medical work. Pray for friends, fun, school, and language learning for the children.

17 (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.

18 (Tues.) Netherlands
Pray for Phil and Linda Gottschalk as they teach and mentor students at Tyndale Theological Seminary. Pray for safety when they travel to teach at other seminaries.

19 (Wed.) U.S.
Thank God for the EMM staff who serve in Salunga, Pa. Undergirding the mission of God through EMM is a group of dedicated people who show up to carry out the daily work. Pray that they are filled with divine peace, joy, and strength to persevere.

20 (Thurs.) U.S.
Please pray with us that God will strengthen Michael Clancy in his work in Lebanon, Pa., with people that have been incarcerated, and that others would join the work of discipling these future leaders.

21 (Fri.) Ethiopia
Werner and Joanne De Jong are in the last month of their discernment assignment as mission interns. Pray that they receive clear wisdom and guidance into the next steps for how and where God is leading them.

22 (Sat.) Germany
Jonas and Hannah* continue to reach out to refugees. Pray for grace and love as they seek to be a community that extends friendship to everyone that God brings to their door. Pray that God would raise up leaders to step in when they are on sabbatical next summer.

23 (Sun.) U.S.
Pray for the many conversations that have taken place in colleges and at conference assemblies this fall pertaining to opportunities for service with EMM. Pray for the many people who will read through EMM's new opportunities brochure.

24 (Mon.) Honduras
Pray for Wendell and Melanie Nofziger in their new roles as regional representatives for Central America. Pray for wisdom in balancing family, work, and regional representative responsibilities.

25 (Tues.) Global
Merry Christmas! May we be overjoyed in Christ, compelling us to share with others the hope and life that is found in Him.

26 (Wed.) Costa Rica
Stefanie Good is in her last month of training as a mission intern with the Vida220 discipleship school. Ask God to grow and deepen her understanding of who He is and His heart for the world.

27 (Thurs.) Cambodia
Pray for Kandace Glenn, who is halfway through her second mission internship. Ask God to provide clarity of vision and guidance in the midst of changing plans.  

28 (Fri.) Costa Rica
Austin Zuercher serves with discipleship training for VidaNet. Pray that he might know the amazing love of God and see ways that God is meeting his needs and the needs of those he works with.

29 (Sat.) 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.

30 (Sun.) Wales, U.K.
Pray for Kelly Lapp, a mission intern serving in Wales. Pray that God would bring people across her path who can become an encouraging and vulnerable community for her.

31 (Mon.) Southeast Asia
Pray for an individual or family to join an EMM family serving in Southeast Asia, teaching English and engaging with a people group from which few people have met Jesus. Pray that a team could form that would provide encouragement and synergy in the work of making disciples.



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).