December 2019 Mission Intercessor

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1 (Sun.) Chile
Pray for the construction work being done on the Siloé property on Tenglo Island. They are enlarging the meeting area in preparation for the summer camps in January 2020. Pray for protection, favorable weather, and unity among the workers.

2 (Mon.) Kenya
Rosslyn Academy, a K12 school for missionary and international children in Nairobi, is in its hiring season for teachers for the 20202021 school year. Pray that the vacancies are filled.

3 (Tues.) Chile
Mike and Nancy Hostetter are currently in the U.S. connecting with supporters and family. Pray also for times of refreshment as they move into a time of sabbatical.

4 (Wed.) Wales, U.K.
Ask God to provide an intern to serve with Going Public in partnership with Glenwood Church, from September to July. Interns can choose from a variety of ministry placements within the community.

5 (Thurs.) Germany
Pray for Darrel and Miriam* and their family as they minister in a church that has become a home to immigrants from many nationalities. Pray also for Darrel as he gives oversight and leadership to EMM workers in West Europe.

6 (Fri.) Costa Rica
Pray for Kayley Eshleman as she engages in discipleship training through Vida220 in Costa Rica. Pray for God's love to compel, change, and propel her into mission as she prepares for outreach in Central America.

7 (Sat.) U.S.
Pray for Michael Clancy as he disciples men in prison and those who have been released. He also is training others to mentor and walk alongside these men. Pray for transformation in the lives of these men.

8 (Sun.) U.S.
Please pray for the church relations team as they prepare to speak in churches in 2020.

9 (Mon.) Thailand
Pray for Nathan and Valerie* as they coach, train, and equip others to serve in Asia. They have decided to complete their assignment this summer. Pray for them as they seek God's direction for their next steps.

10 (Tues.) U.S.
Thank God for EMM's faithful and generous donors who continue to carry God's work around the world through EMM. Pray for God's peace and grace to be poured out in their lives.

11 (Wed.) Spain
Ask God to continue to give Paula* wisdom and strength as she works to empower peacebuilders and foster their resilience. Pray for wisdom for Paula and her team as they plan for 2020.

12 (Thurs.) Africa
Pray for those attending the annual Africa retreat being held December 1215. Pray for those providing input for the adults and children. 

13 (Fri.) Guatemala
Ted and Julie Smoker and their family are here in the U.S. for home leave. Pray for times of refreshment and good connections as they spend time with family and friends. Pray also that they can raise the funds needed to continue to minister among the Kʼekchiʼ people.

14 (Sat.) U.S.
Pray that next year’s Kingdom Team staff can grow in leadership and discipleship skills as they work with youth groups and connect with refugee children and youth during the summer.

15 (Sun.) Global
Pray for Angie Earl as she serves as a consultant on the Christian-Muslim Relations Team. Pray for wisdom as she interacts with many people from other countries.

16 (Mon.) Chile
There are many opportunities to serve in Chile. Pray for more workers to be sent to this region where people are very open to the gospel.

17 (Tues.) Netherlands
Praise God for the opportunity Phil and Linda Gottschalk have to teach students from all over the world as these students then return to their countries and share Jesus.

18 (Wed.) Thailand
Please pray for Shirah Burns as she adjusts once again to the culture and people of Thailand. Pray for strength, grace, and wisdom as she walks with long-term missionary families to support their children's care and education. Pray that her language learning efforts go well and for discernment regarding future involvement in Thailand.

19 (Thurs.) South Asia
Pray for Clara* and her new husband, Daniel*, as they settle into married life. Pray for her in the transition of moving and joining her husband in ministry. Pray for them as they continue to discern God's leading in ministry.

20 (Fri.) Germany
Pray for Preston* as he enters the holiday season in Germany. Pray for opportunities for him to share the amazing news of God's incarnation among people. Pray for barriers to dissolve and for people to hear and understand what the joy of the season signifies. Pray for ears and eyes and hearts to be open.

21 (Sat.) U.S.
Pray for Marty Sollenberger as he works in information technology with Wycliffe Bible Translators at the International Linguistics Center in Dallas, Texas. Pray for his wife, Glenna, in her work as a library cataloger at Dallas International University.

22 (Sun.) Albania
Pray for more church workers to be sent to Albania, for a life-giving impact on this Muslim-majority country.

23 (Mon.) Southeast Asia
Pray for Timothy and Madison* as they continue to work in business for transformation. Pray for the many opportunities they have to share with others about the Living Water. Pray for lives to be transformed.

24 (Tues.) Guatemala
Pray for Andi Starner as she serves children in Guatemala. Pray for God's peace to flood Andi and for His love to be so very evident to her. Pray for hope and joy to fill her and that those around her would experience God's care for them.

25 (Wed.) Germany
Pray for Eric and Janelle* and their children as they learn the language and continue to develop relationships. Pray for wisdom as they walk alongside and support those who come to the international church in which they are involved.

26 (Thurs.) U.S.
Pray for the end-of-year financial giving toward the work of EMM around the world. Ask for God's continued gracious provision on this mission.

27 (Fri.) Sierra Leone
Pray for Janet Millward as she has just completed her internship in Sierra Leone and has returned home. Pray for the Lord to teach and guide Janet as she draws closer to him. Pray for God's purposes and glory to be revealed in and through Janet.

28 (Sat.) Peru
Pray for English teachers willing to commit to serving long-term at PROMESA, a bilingual Christian school in the Cusco area.

29 (Sun.) Global
Pray for Leon and Naomi Zimmerman as they provide leadership training for ministry partners around the world. 

30 (Mon.) Costa Rica
Pray for Josh Varner as he engages in discipleship training through Vida220 in Costa Rica. Pray for God's love to compel, change, and propel him into mission as he prepares for outreach in Central America.

31 (Tues.) U.S.
Ask God to provide a community worker to serve in Queens, N.Y. during summer 2020 to assist with community summer programs, including daily enrichment and tutoring programs for children.  

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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No worries. International cultures, exotic foods, and foreign languages are only a short car drive away if you live in Central Pennsylvania.

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“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.”

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