September 2020 Mission Intercessor
1 (Thurs.) Czech Republic
Jan Heindel is in the midst of a home leave in the US. Pray for creative ways to connect with supporters and that she can find community again with family and friends. Pray for the ministries in Prague while she is gone.
2 (Fri.) U.S.
Pray for EMM's recruitment team as they experience staff transitions and relearn how to work together and serve the mission of EMM.
3 (Sat.) Wales, U.K.
Pray for Kelly Lapp as she plans to begin her internship in Wales this month. Pray that the process for acquiring her visa and purchasing plane tickets goes smoothly.
4 (Sun.) Germany
Pray for creativity for Mike and Roberta Lotvola as they lead the young adult discipleship program during the current pandemic. Pray for their daughters as they attend school.
5 (Mon.) East Africa
Pray for Joe and Yvonne Garber as they serve as LMC international partner delegates to the Tanzania Mennonite Church. Pray that these relationships would be mutually encouraging for the sake of the gospel.
6 (Tues.) U.S.
Pray for a mission intern to serve with RiversEdge Fellowship, a diverse congregation in Lancaster City that includes a large Nepalese refugee population. Pray that God calls someone with the gift of coordination and communication to serve the church’s various ministries.
7 (Wed.) Thailand
Pray for Jeremy and Jen* as they continue to learn the language and expand their circle of relationships. Pray for wisdom as they lead the team in their region. Pray for the children as they make new friends and attend school.
8 (Thurs.) Guatemala
Pray for encouragement for mission intern Katelyn Shoup whose plans were changed due to the pandemic. Ask the Lord to give her clear direction and vision for this season as she waits to begin her assignment.
9 (Fri.) Europe
The European workers’ retreat will be held virtually this year. Pray for meaningful connections for both adults and children.
10 (Sat.) U.S.
The Moving in Mission Capital Campaign continues to move forward with vision and energy. Continue to pray for the people to financially support this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to engage in missions.
11 (Sun.) Germany
Pray for Darrel and Miriam* as they interact with and minister in their church and for Darrel in his role as regional representative for workers in his region. Pray for good relationships and learning as their daughters attend school.
12 (Mon.) Honduras
Pray for Leah Zeiset who needed to return back to the U.S. because of the pandemic. Ask the Lord to provide renewed vision and direction during this unexpected time.
13 (Tues.) Vietnam
Pray for Don Sensenig as he serves as a consultant for ongoing relationships and ministry in Vietnam.
14 (Wed.) Southeast Asia
Pray for God to call an engineer to serve as a mission intern in Southeast Asia, providing technical assistance and developing new equipment for a growing manufacturer of water filters. Pray for someone gifted in product design and development to fill this need. Pray for hearts and lives to be transformed through the essential work of this growing company.
15 (Thurs.) Global
Pray for Angie Earl as she reaches out to Muslim friends and shares God's love with them. Pray for her and the rest of the Christian-Muslim Relations Team as they seek to build bridges between Christians and Muslims.
16 (Fri.) Southeast Asia
Continue to pray with us for an executive director of operations for an established transformational business in Southeast Asia.
17 (Sat.) U.S.
Pray for the young adults who will be involved in Advance — a new discipleship program starting this month. Ask God to bring the group together in unity of spirit as they get to know one another and engage in discipleship training.
18 (Sun.) South Asia
Pray for Clara* and her husband as they serve in ministering to house churches. Continue to pray that believers will grow in their walk with God and that His Word would spread to many more people and villages.
19 (Mon.) U.S.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to EMM's mid-year appeal for the Impact Fund. God has been gracious to us during this unprecedented time and we are able to continue to provide the services needed to all of our global workers.
20 (Tues.) Spain
Pray for a mission intern to join Petra Peacebuilders, a non-governmental organization caring for workers involved in humanitarian and peace work worldwide. Pray for someone who can provide executive assistance to the CEO, supporting the work of on-site resilience training, coaching, and debriefing. Pray that God would make this work effective for the spread of his kingdom.
21 (Wed.) Costa Rica
Pray for Micah Hoover as he completes his senior year here in the U.S. and for meaningful friendships as he lives apart from his family. Pray for wisdom and grace for the staff and leadership at VidaNet as they process next steps.
22 (Thurs.) Global
Pray for people to begin the long-term appointment process. As we wait and discern the global situation in the months and year ahead, pray that this would be a season of preparation.
23 (Fri.) Czech Republic
Pray for people to consider joining our team in the Czech Republic, joining in with local churches as they serve their communities and in some cases, seek to plant new churches.
24 (Sat.) U.S.
Praise the Lord for the rest and renewal that Peter and Christy* have been experiencing. Pray for a good homeschooling experience for the children (and for Peter and Christy) and for Christy as she continues her studies.
25 (Sun.) Germany
Pray for Crystal* who has just begun her mission internship in Germany. Pray that this would be a time of spiritual growth as she serves with the local church there.
26 (Mon.) U.S.
Please pray for EMM staff and missionaries who continue to connect with supporting churches during this pandemic.
27 (Tues.) Guatemala
Pray for Tim and Julie Groff as they continue to minister to the Garífuna people, and for their sons as they settle into another year of school. Pray for God to supply their needs as they fundraise from a distance due to postponing their home leave until next summer.
28 (Wed.) Global
Pray for David Shenk as he meets with his editor in preparation for publishing his memoirs. There are stories of David and Grace serving with global missions work.
29 (Thurs.) Czech Republic
Pray for Stacy and Vojta Prknovi as they prepare to welcome their new baby and adjust to being parents. Pray also for Vojta in his involvement with prison ministry.
30 (Fri.) Thailand
Pray for those who are considering serving as a mission intern in Thailand as a child care assistant or home school teacher. Ask the Lord to give clarity and discernment as we pray about this opportunity.
31 (Sat.) Wales, U.K.
Pray for Alan and Carol Wert as they continue to minister in children's homes and with teaching. Pray for significant interactions with those in their neighborhood and community despite current restrictions.
*Name(s) changed or last name(s) omitted for sensitivity reasons.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”