July 2021 Mission Intercessor
1 (Thurs.) Costa Rica
Pray for Austin Zuercher during his busy summer. Pray for times of refreshment while he comes stateside to attend the Oasis Retreat and then immediately returns to many responsibilities at VidaNet.
2 (Fri.) U.S.
Pray for volunteers to serve at our Central Administrative Office in Lancaster, Pa. One of the most pressing needs is for volunteer receptionists to be a welcoming presence at our office.
3 (Sat.) U.S.
Pray for Krista Martin as she coordinates and leads the summer Kingdom Teams partnering with the School District of Lancaster to offer the Leap into Language program for refugee students.
4 (Sun.) U.S.
Pray for missionaries and staff as they meet for Oasis this week at Black Rock Retreat. Pray for encouragement and refreshment for all who participate.
5 (Mon.) 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 (Tues.) U.S.
Pray for networking and recruitment opportunities for EMM staff members as they participate in the Mennonite Church USA virtual conference from July 6 to 10.
7 (Wed.) U.S.
Michael and Ruth* serve on the Christian-Muslim Relations Team, helping to equip others for fruitful relationships with Muslims. Pray for them to continue to grow in prayer and equipping others in prayer as a vital part of mission.
8 (Thurs.) Wales, U.K.
Pray for additional long-term workers to be called to the church and community development work in Wales.
9 (Fri.) Germany
Pray for Mike and Roberta Lotvola and their three girls as they wrap up their assignment and return to the U.S. in August. Pray for good closure and for all the transitions in their move.
10 (Sat.) U.S.
Pray for EMM staff members as they lead summer training, programs, and retreats. Ask God for energy and meaningful engagement with workers and youth as we serve, learn, and grow together.
11 (Sun.) Middle East
Pray for Lucy* as she wraps up her visit here in the U.S. and prepares to head back to her assignment. Pray for comfort as she says goodbye and for peace as she transitions back to her responsibilities.
12 (Mon.) Wales, U.K.
Pray for continued guidance and spiritual leading for mission intern Kelly Lapp, as she begins thinking about returning home. Pray that the peace which surpasses all understanding will guard her against feeling overwhelmed with decisions she needs to make about her future.
13 (Tues.) West Africa
Pray for JC Ebersole as he serves as the executive director of the Africa Association of Bible Schools. Pray that the various Bible schools can be a good resource and source of encouragement to pastors and leaders.
14 (Wed.) Peru
Pray for a certified teacher to be called to teach English virtually to the high schoolers at Promesa Mennonite School in Cusco, Peru.
15 (Thurs.) Albania
Pray for Sonya Harnish as she settles back into her routines and responsibilities after a visit to the U.S. Pray for relationships with those in her community to continue to grow.
16 (Fri.) Global
Continue to pray for our regional representatives as they consider opportunities for service most needed in their respective regions.
17 (Sat.) U.S.
Pray for Marty and Glenna Sollenberger as they serve with Wycliffe Bible Translators at the International Linguistics Center in Dallas, Texas. Pray for encouragement and perseverance in their roles in information technology and in the library.
18 (Sun.) Chile
Pray for Aaron and Katarina Miller as they continue to raise funds and prepare for a mission internship in Chile. Ask the Lord to provide all they need and to prepare their hearts for what he has for them.
19 (Mon.) Netherlands
Pray for encouragement and creativity for Bob and Miriam Phillips as they reach out through an art ministry. Pray for wisdom as they work in leadership development.
20 (Tues.) U.S.
Give thanks for continued, faithful giving to EMM's Impact Fund which allows EMM to recruit, train, send, and care for our workers around the world.
21 (Wed.) France
Pray for Peter and Christy* and their family as they prepare to move to France in August. Pray that their visa will come through so they have time to settle in before the children begin school in September. Praise the Lord for Christy’s completion of her nurse-midwifery course.
22 (Thurs.) Global
Pray for insight and discernment as we consider how to best engage young adults in missions, both locally and abroad.
23 (Fri.) Thailand
Mark and Sarah Schoenhals understand the importance of prayer and it is their desire to grow in prayer – especially corporate prayer – that is strategic and abundant. Pray for the multiplication of disciples and house churches, which is the vision of the Life Enrichment Church and the Schoenhals.
24 (Sat.) Southeast Asia
Continue to ask God to provide an executive director for a transformational business in Southeast Asia. Pray for wisdom, and also for effectiveness from a new ad on a “business as mission” website.
25 (Sun.) Germany
Pray for Jonas and Hannah* as they serve in intercultural church planting and mentoring church planters.
26 (Mon.) U.S.
Pray for Kendall Martin as he continues in his mission internship with the Christian-Muslim Relations Team this summer. Pray that his time providing necessary support to the team helps him to see opportunities to share his faith with people around him.
27 (Tues.) Chile
Pray for unity among those participating in the house church network and in the Businessmen's Christian Fraternity in Chile.
28 (Wed.) U.S.
Please pray for the Moving in Mission Capital Campaign as we approach our final goal. Give thanks for the many supportive partners who have made this Hub 450 space and ministry possible.
29 (Thurs.) Costa Rica
Pray for Wendell and Melanie Nofziger as they give leadership to VidaNet. Pray for grace for the family as they transition into their roles and for friendships for the children.
30 (Fri.) U.S.
Pray that young adults would answer the call of God in their lives and join EMM's Advance program as a way to grow in discipleship and serve in local ministry.
31 (Sat.) West Africa
Pray for Mike Baker in his role as the regional representative to West Africa and as he connects with the church leaders and other EMM partners.
*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.”