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.

  • Prayer and fasting community events
  • Core prayer team
  • Grow in prayer
  • Mission intercessor prayer guide
  • Scripture prayers

In the work week leading up to Easter Sunday (March 26–29 in 2018), EMM staff traditionally devote time to prayer and fasting. Anyone is welcome to join us for the following events during the week:

Prayer and fasting hour
12–1 p.m. on Monday, March 26, and Wednesday, March 28
EMM meetinghouse, 53 W Brandt Blvd., Salunga, PA 17538
On Monday and Wednesday, join EMM staff at the Salunga meetinghouse to worship, pray, and fast during what is usually the lunchtime hour.

Prayer and fasting (community prayer event)
Tuesday, March 27, 9–10 a.m.
Bethany Chapel (West entrance) of Landis Homes, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543
All are invited to come together at Landis Homes for a time of corporate worship and intercessory prayer for local and global EMM ministry.

Breaking the fast
Thursday, March 29, 12–1 p.m.
EMM meetinghouse, 53 W Brandt Blvd., Salunga, PA 17538
After three days spent in prayer and fasting, join EMM staff on Thursday for a lunch of soup, bread, and thankfulness.

For more information, contact Jessica Herlein.


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 bi-weekly 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 Troy Landis. Let's pray ridiculous amounts of prayer!

Enhance your prayer life with this guided exploration of Andrew Murray’s timeless classic, With Christ in the School of Prayer.

February 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.

1 (Thurs.) Cusco, Peru
Construction continues on the new facilities for PROMESA, a Peruvian Mennonite school where Joanna and Duane Harrison serve. Pray for progress to continue in the areas of fundraising and construction.

2 (Fri.) Global
Continue to pray for the many mission interns who have returned from mission assignments in the past year. Pray that God will continue to grow the kingdom seeds that have been planted in and through them.

3 (Sat.) Puerto Montt, Chile
Pray that God will create a spirit of unity within Nancy and Michael Hostetter’s family, among their fellow missionaries, and in the local community. Pray that they will find endurance and encouragement in Christ and one another.

4 (Sun.) Global
Thank God for the many people who support EMM every day by engaging prayerfully and financially. What a blessing to be so cared for by everyone moving in mission!

5 (Mon.) Orlando, Fla.
Anita and Jamie Farr, who work with Wycliffe Bible Translators and EMM, reported that in 2017, Bible translation work began among 106 language groups that do not yet have Scripture in their own language. Pray for these new projects, and also that the Farr family will be blessed with healthy family and community relationships.

6 (Tues.) Heredia, Costa Rica
Pray for young people to join a 10-month international discipleship school called Vida220 that challenges young adults to experience growth as disciples of Jesus as well as servanthood in the church and beyond.

7 (Wed.) Bourofaye, Senegal
Pray that as Beryl Forrester serves with the Mennonite Church in West Africa, he will be filled with the Holy Spirit and will daily walk in His power (Ephesians 5:18, Galatians 5:16).

8 (Thurs.) Germany
Pray for Katja* in her nine-month mission internship. Ask the Lord for meaningful connections with people in which she can bless and share Jesus with them. Pray also that she will find a host family to live with during her internship.

9 (Fri.) Vietnam
The Southeast Asia worker retreat is being held in Vietnam on February 9–14. Pray for each adult and child who attends, that their time together will be encouraging and they will leave feeling refreshed.

10 (Sat.) Lancaster, Pa.
Pray for EMM President Nelson Okanya as he takes a well-deserved sabbatical until the end of March. Pray that he is renewed through rest and relationships.

11 (Sun.) Global
Pray that Christian-Muslim Relations Team member Sheryl Martin will be daily refreshed in her faith and hope in the Lord, so that she can confidently share His love as she works for peace and Christian witness among different people groups.

12 (Mon.) Lancaster, Pa.; Kan.
Pray for EMM recruiters sharing mission opportunities with students at a Lancaster Bible College conference on February 12–16. Also pray for Personnel Placement Coach Jimm Derksen as he interacts with students at four colleges in Kansas (Bethel, Hesston, McPherson, and Tabor) on February 12–15.

13 (Tues.) East Asia
William* and his fellow workers praise God for those who have supported their work over the last decade. Pray that William’s ministry would continue to be fruitful. Pray also for safe travels as he visits the U.S. in the first months of 2018 and then returns to the mission field.

14 (Wed.) Kaiserslautern, Germany
Pray for young people to join German students in an 11-month discipleship training and service program called Freiwilliges Soziales Jahre (Voluntary Service Year), including a three-week outreach where hope is desperately needed.

15 (Thurs.) Nairobi, Kenya
Debbi DiGennaro’s recent book, “Acclimated to Africa,” is a guide for Westerners living in Africa. Pray that it would open doors of communication and relationship between missionaries and people from African communities, enabling the gospel to be shared with many.

16 (Fri.) Global
Pray for the young adults who are discerning whether or not to engage in short-term service through EMM. Ask the Lord to move in their hearts and make His will clear to them.

17 (Sat.) Cambodia
Pray for John and Debbie Coats as they recently lost a close local partner in ministry to a terminal illness. Pray that this partner’s family will be comforted and encouraged by his life and testimony. Praise God that this man is now with his Savior, and that his faith and life were an inspiration to many.

18 (Sun.) Salunga, Pa.
Thank God for EMM’s Central Administrative Office staff. Pray that health and wellness abound at the offices in Salunga, Pa.

19 (Mon.) Kaiserslautern, Germany
Pray that Roberta and Mike Lotvola will continually be renewed in their spiritual lives so that they can be refreshed and fruitful in their work and communities. Pray also that their daughters will be blessed through school and friendships.

20 (Tues.) Germany
Pray for God’s blessings over Bryan and Karah* as they celebrate over four years serving in Germany. May their friendships grow deeper. May they treasure daily experiences and be blessed by new ones as well.

21 (Wed.) Harrisonburg, Va.
Pray for Personnel Placement Coaches Sherrie Ober and Jimm Derksen as they share about EMM mission opportunities with students at Eastern Mennonite University and Eastern Mennonite School on February 21 and 22.

22 (Thurs.) Queens, N.Y.
Pray for a worker to be sent to assist or direct community summer programs, including VBS, daily enrichment, and tutoring programs for children, among other community outreach programs.

23 (Fri.) Granada, Spain
Andrea and Rolando Zelaya and their two sons have recently arrived in Spain to begin their assignment. Pray that during this significant transition, God will give the family peace and encouragement. Pray for local friendships for the boys.

24 (Sat.) Kaiserslautern, Germany
Micah Martin is in a one-year mission internship in Germany, where he is helping at both an elementary school and an after-school program. Pray that these positions would offer opportunities to share Christ with the students.

25 (Sun.) Honduras
Due to a disputed political election in Honduras, where Wendell and Melanie Nofziger serve, there is unrest throughout the country. Pray for unity and safety for the Nofzigers and Honduran citizens. Pray that God’s presence will be felt and that His peace will reign.

26 (Mon.) Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Pray for more workers to serve long-term in Bosnia and Herzegovina by working alongside a small evangelical church situated in a predominately Muslim city of 200,000 people.

27 (Tues.) Heredia, Costa Rica
After a busy season of ministry with Costa Rican discipleship network VidaNet, pray that Jen and Daryl Hoover will experience the rejuvenating peace and rest of God. Thank God for providing for VidaNet’s needs in 2017.

28 (Wed.) Lancaster, Pa.
Pray for the preparations for EMM’s summer Kingdom Team program. Pray for a young adult to fill the Kingdom Team director position, as well as open doors for outreach opportunities.

*Names changed for security 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).