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
- Week of prayer and fasting
- 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!
April 2019 Mission Intercessor
1 (Mon.) Senegal
Praise God for Mennonite Church West Africa and the newly credentialed pastors who are stepping up to bring good leadership. Pray for the church as they try to model living in unity and peace with each other and with their neighbors. Ask that volunteer worker Beryl Forrester might continue to encourage the church.
2 (Tues.) U.S.
Thank God that we have filled all of the weeks of Kingdom Team programs this summer! Ask God to provide additional housing in the form of RVs for the first two weeks of July.
3 (Wed.) Asia
Pray for healing and a complete return to health for Lea.* Pray for good relationships with her students and co-workers and open doors to share the good news.
4 (Thurs.) Global
Thank God for the faithful financial supporters of the mission of God through EMM. Pray that God will raise up even more people to give generously to EMM’s vital Impact Fund.
5 (Fri.) Middle East
Praise God that Michael* is able to use technology to facilitate the teaching of leaders throughout his country, saving him travel time to the locations of these leaders. Ask God to continue the growth of the church throughout this region.
6 (Sat.) Kenya
EMM is looking for regional representatives for East Africa. Join us in prayer for this role that requires a wide range of skills.
7 (Sun.) East Africa
Pray for Felipe and Ines* as they settle back into their responsibilities and continue to adjust to being a family of five. Felipe will begin teaching a new business entrepreneurship course, and at some point, Ines will return to work at the hospital. Pray for them in all these transitions.
8 (Mon.) U.S.
Ask that God might send additional Kingdom Team summer staff to serve in Lancaster and Lebanon, Pa. this summer. These staff members will grow in leadership and discipleship skills by working with youth groups as they connect with refugee children and youth in this summer program.
9 (Tues.) Netherlands
Pray for Linda Gottschalk as she teaches a class on church history in Rotterdam. Ask God for good interaction with her students, safe travel time, and good health.
10 (Wed.) Cambodia
Ask that God might send workers to help with a children’s character development program. These people might also be able to be discipled and mentored within a rural house church movement.
11 (Thurs.) Germany
Bryan and Karah* are planning to conclude their service in Germany. During their last few months, pray for continued opportunities to share Christ with their non-Christian friends. Pray also for the pastors and church leaders of all the churches in their city as they meet and pray together for a new Christian witness in an area of the city that has very little Christian presence.
12 (Fri.) U.S.
Thank God for new EMM President Gerry Keener. Pray that God guides Gerry in all His ways, and also for rest and good health.
13 (Sat.) Europe
EMM has many opportunities for service in Europe. Whether it’s education, working with churches, or starting something completely new, pray for more workers to be sent to this region.
14 (Sun.) Guatemala
The Central America EMM workers’ retreat is being held April 14–18 in Guatemala. Pray for good conversations, meaningful times of worship and input, and renewal for each adult and child or youth who attend.
15 (Mon.) U.S.
Ask that God might send a community worker to serve in New York City. This role includes daily enrichment and tutoring programs for children while assisting with a computer lab and ESL programs.
16 (Tues.) Southeast Asia
Pray for continued opportunities to share the love of Jesus with those that Ben and Lena* work with in Southeast Asia.
17 (Wed.) Central Asia
Ask God for wisdom and direction from the Holy Spirit as Alexander and Maria* serve with business for transformation in Central Asia.
18 (Thurs.) Peru
Pray for English teachers to serve for a year or more at PROMESA, a bilingual Christian school in Cusco, Peru.
19 (Fri.) South Asia
Ask God for guidance, wisdom, and boldness for Clara* in her witness among Muslims in South Asia. Also, ask for healthy relationships with co-workers.
20 (Sat.) Wales, U.K.
Pray that God might send mission interns to participate in the Going Public internship with Glenwood Church, for up to 10 months in the multicultural Welsh capital city of Cardiff. Interns will gain experience in a variety of areas including youth or children’s work, community work, sports ministry, or creative arts.
21 (Sun.) Guatemala
Pray for health and safety for Ted and Julie Smoker and their family. Also, ask God for opportunities for more meaningful connections with local believers. Be in prayer for the Red Paz economic development trainings this year, both in new villages and past locations.
22 (Mon.) Germany
Pray for a mission intern* as he prepares to begin serving in Germany this summer. Ask God to prepare his heart for the many discipleship opportunities that await him.
23 (Tues.) Honduras
Praise God for the many opportunities that Wendell and Melanie Nofziger have to share God's love through their ministries of homemaking, teaching, and disciple-making. Pray that they will continue to be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit in their lives and ministry.
24 (Wed.) Southeast Asia
Pray for more workers to serve in Southeast Asia, and collaborate with EMM teammates to build multiplying communities of discipleship.
25 (Thurs.) Global
God has given EMM many supporting churches for which we are thankful! Pray that this wide and growing body will bring strong connections to the mission of God through EMM and that they would be blessed.
26 (Fri.) Southeast Asia
Pray for Owen and Abby* and their four children as they have extended their service for another year of working with Muslims in Southeast Asia.
27 (Sat.) Guatemala
Pray for Andi Starner as she prepares for a mission internship in Guatemala. Ask God to speak to her through the pre-field training she is involved in.
28 (Sun.) Wales, U.K.
Pray for Victoria Derosier, a mission intern serving in Wales. Pray that the Lord would expand her understanding of who He is, providing opportunities for her to connect and share His love within the community.
29 (Mon.) Sierra Leone
Pray for Janet Millward as she looks forward to using her nursing skills as a mission intern in Sierra Leone this fall.
30 (Tues.) South Sudan
As Nicole Hess concludes her service in South Sudan, pray for good closure to her work and the relationships that she has developed. Pray for peace in the midst of the goodbyes and for the transition to life in the U.S.
*Name(s) changed or last name(s) omitted for sensitivity reasons.
You’re invited to join us in our annual week of prayer and fasting, scheduled this year for April 15–18.
Participate in a way that works for you, setting aside special time to listen to the Lord, and to lift up the work and mission of EMM, the mission you are called to, and other things God lays on your heart. Consider if there is a type of fast God is leading you to practice in conjunction with the focused time of prayer.
In particular, consider participating in our 24 hours of prayer from 12 noon Wednesday, April 17, until 12 noon on Thursday, April 18. Contact Jess Herlein or click the button below to sign up for a one-hour time slot. Use this guide as a resource as you pray.
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.
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).
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).