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December 2021 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 (Wed.) Guatemala
Pray for Ted and Julie Smoker as they continue to connect with partners in Guatemala while they are in the U.S. Pray for safety as Ted takes a two-week trip to Guatemala this month.

2 (Thurs.) Peru
Pray for God to fill the need for an English teacher at PROMESA school in Cusco, Peru.

3 (Fri.) West Africa
Pray for a team of EMM staff and others who will be traveling in West Africa for the first two weeks of December. This will be a time of meeting local leaders and learning of some of the needs and vision for the region as well as exploring long-term service for some people. Ask God to give direction and discernment to each on the team as well as good connections with local leaders. 

4 (Sat.) Chile
Aaron and Katarina Miller will be starting their 18-month mission internship in Chile this month. Pray for them as they transition and adjust to culture, language, and climate. 

5 (Sun.) 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.

6 (Mon.) Germany
Pray for Eric and Janelle* as they offer hospitality to those in their neighborhood and as they volunteer in their children's schools. It is their desire that the kindness of Jesus, working through them, would draw their neighbors and friends to repentance and freedom in Christ.

7 (Tues.) U.S.
Please pray for Advance participant Travis Stauffer that God would use him in his giftings and that he would be a blessing to those he is serving in his internship.

8 (Wed.) Costa Rica
Pray for Daryl and Jen Hoover as they settle back into their routines and responsibilities after spending some time in the U.S. Praise the Lord for his faithfulness in providing participants and staff for the fall program of VidaNet. Pray for their son Micah as he also participates in the program. 

9 (Thurs.) U.S. 
Pray that many people would respond to the invitation to support EMM's Impact Fund so that all of EMM's expenses for the year are met. 

10 (Fri.) U.S.
Please intercede for the provision of an urban minister/teacher sent to Baltimore, Md.

11 (Sat.) Chile
Pray for Michael and Nancy Hostetter as they prepare for and welcome new short-term workers this month. Pray for wisdom as they continue to mentor businesspersons. 

12 (Sun.) U.S.
Pray for EMM staff as we think of creative ways to engage young adults in the local area. Ask God for wisdom, creativity, and excitement for partnering with and encouraging things that other young adults are doing.

13 (Mon.) Southeast Asia
Pray for Timothy and Madison* as they are on sabbatical. They also continue to connect with friends and coworkers in Southeast Asia. Pray for their sons as they experience many different things this year in the U.S., including new school opportunities. 

14 (Tues.) Indonesia
Pray in advance for the Mennonite World Conference Global Youth Summit in Indonesia, scheduled for July 2022.

15 (Wed.) Belize
Praise the Lord for the growing church in Belize. Continue to pray for wisdom and discernment for those in leadership including Tim and Julie Groff. Pray for Julie as she homeschools their sons Simeon and Gabe, and for a good school year for them. 

16 (Thurs.) Wales, U.K.
Pray for God to raise up an additional church developer/community worker to serve in Wales, U.K.

17 (Fri.) East Africa
Pray for Regional Representative Samson Mehari as he connects with partners in East Africa. Pray for safety in travel and favor as he assists in resettling refugees in Canada. 

18 (Sat.) U.S.
Pray for young adults who are discerning a call to mission to choose a mission internship with EMM as an opportunity to bring clarity and focus to this call.

19 (Sun.) Middle East
Praise the Lord with Jade* for the provision of a teaching job at a university. Pray for wisdom in faith conversations as she interacts with friends and students and enjoys offering hospitality.

20 (Mon.) Thailand
Ask God to call and send a two-week prayer team to travel and pray through the Isaan region of Thailand.

21 (Tues.) U.S.
Pray for Angie Earl as she balances family and her work with the Christian-Muslim Relations Team. Pray for continued opportunities to share God's love in her relationships with her Muslim friends. 

22 (Wed.) Middle East
Pray for God's Spirit to embolden, equip, and send an additional English teacher, called to the Middle East.

23 (Thurs.) Belize
Pray for God's encouragement for the leaders at Jesus' Deaf Church and for continued growth in the church. Pray for Nathanael and Spring Davis and their children as they spend time here in the U.S.  

24 (Fri.) Central America
Pray for Myla Curtis, a VidaNet intern, as she spends the holidays at home with family before returning to Central America in January. Pray that her time with family refreshes her and that she is ready to head into ministry with her team.

25 (Sat.) Global
Give thanks for God's willingness to send His own son into this messy, dangerous, human world. Pray for God to increase that calling in each of our hearts, to increase our openness to be sent, and to support others who are engaging in the mission of God. 

26 (Sun.) Southeast Asia
Pray for Jeremy and Jennifer* as they walk with their team in Southeast Asia, giving encouragement and support as they minister in various places. Pray for wisdom in knowing what opportunities to pursue and for balance in work and family life. 

27 (Mon.) U.S.
Join us in praying for Kingdom Team staff to join this work in the Lancaster area for the summer 2022 season.

28 (Tues.) Global
Ask God to open new doors of ministry locally where Jonathan Bornman can connect with Muslim neighbors and friends. Ask the Lord to inspire and direct his writing as he has numerous projects that await his attention. 

29 (Wed.) U.S.
Pray for the EMM Finance Team as the end of the year is a busy and often stressful season. Ask God to supply what they need for each day. 

30 (Thurs.) Peru
Please pray for Ana Maria Gonzales as she discerns possible, ongoing future ministry at the PROMESA school in Peru. Pray also for EMM staff as they walk with her in this discernment process. 

31 (Fri.) Czech Republic
Pray for Jan Heindel as she organizes and systemizes things for Battle for the Heart, a spiritual formation curriculum, in the Czech. Pray for wisdom in knowing how to use the training she received in spiritual care in walking with those around her. 

*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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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.

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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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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.

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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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