May 2021 Mission Intercessor
1 (Sat.) Czech Republic
Pray for times of refreshment and renewal as Jan Heindel wraps up her time of sabbatical and prepares to return to the Czech Republic.
2 (Sun.) Southeast Asia
We 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.
3 (Mon.) Chile
Pray for Aaron and Katarina Miller who are participating in Launch training in preparation for a mission internship in Chile this fall. Ask God to form them and give them vision as they prepare.
4 (Tues.) East Asia
Pray for the regional representative for East Asia, Ethan,* as he supports and encourages workers who have been forced to stay stateside. Pray for favor as he also maintains relationships with partners in East Asia.
5 (Wed.) Peru
Pray for Steve and Beth Gibbs in their role as LMC international partner delegates to the Peru Mennonite Church. Pray for the Peru church as they deal with the economic effects of COVID-19 and other challenges.
6 (Thurs.) U.S.
Please pray for God to call young men and women who will staff our Kingdom Teams programs this summer. Pray for young adults to join who have a heart for discipling youth and God's mission in the world.
7 (Fri.) Germany
Praise the Lord for his faithfulness to Eric and Janelle* and their family over the past two years as they settled into their home and assignment in Germany. Pray for them as they return to the US for the summer before beginning a new four-year term.
8 (Sat.) U.S.
Ask God to put it on the hearts of young adults to be part of the Advance program this fall to grow in discipleship and get involved in local cross-cultural discipleship.
9 (Sun.) Belize
Pray for Galen and Phyllis Groff as they continue to support and encourage partners in Belize, while living in the U.S.
10 (Mon.) U.S.
Pray for the right partner to sense a calling to operate a food business out of the new café space on the first floor of Hub 450.
11 (Tues.) Southeast Asia
Pray for Ben and Lena* to finish well as they wrap up their assignment. Pray for their children in the transition of saying goodbye to friends and their home.
12 (Wed.) Wales
Pray for mission intern Kelly Lapp as she grows in her roles and responsibilities. Ask God to give her vision for how to use her gifts and talents in new ways.
13 (Thurs.) U.S.
Pray for Michael Clancy as he mentors a few men who are living in a Christian community house which is now up and running in LEbanon, Pa. Pray for the men who live there that they can build a strong Christian community of accountability and support.
14 (Fri.) Thailand
Please pray for the role of homeschool helper in Thailand to be filled. Pray for someone to join the team of missionaries in Thailand in the service of caring for and tutoring their children.
15 (Sat.) Costa Rica
May the Lord give physical and emotional strength for Daryl and Jen Hoover and their family in their many responsibilities. Pray for wisdom and direction for the VidaMissions Teams. Pray also for unity amidst the transitions with the new directors of VidaNet.
16 (Sun.) Central Asia
Pray for people with a heart for using business as a kingdom blessing to consider moving to Central Asia.
17 (Mon.) East Africa
Pray for Samson* as he serves as the regional representative to East Africa. Pray for good connections with our partners and for safety in travel.
18 (Tues.) U.S.
Pray for Saren Williams as she works on training modules and prepares for her mission internship with the Christian-Muslim Relations Team in Lancaster, Pa., this summer.
19 (Wed.) Wales, U.K.
Pray for Alan Wert as he ministers at the local children's home and for Carol as she equips and teaches English. Pray for their children as they study and work.
20 (Thurs.) U.S.
Pray for teachers to join the ministry of Mt. Clare Christian School in southwest Baltimore, Md. Pray that God would call those with his heart for children and discipleship.
21 (Fri.) Guatemala
Pray for Ted and Julie Smoker and their family as they are in the U.S. for a sabbatical. Pray for times of refreshment and renewal and meaningful connections with family and friends.
22 (Sat.) Peru
Pray for medical workers to serve the Peru Mennonite Church in coordinating their public health work.
23 (Sun.) East Asia
Pray for Lea* as she continues to stay connected and supports and encourages friends and students even though she is currently stateside. Ask God to give her direction for future ministry.
24 (Mon.) U.S.
Pray for the current Advance participants as they wrap up the program. Ask God to give them vision for continuing lives of discipleship and sharing their faith wherever He leads them.
25 (Tues.) Germany
Darrel and Miriam* and their girls will be coming to the U.S. this summer. Pray for meaningful connections with family and friends and times of refreshment.
26 (Wed.) U.S.
Praise God for the new donors that are partnering financially with workers returning to the field on new assignments.
27 (Thurs.) Thailand
Praise the Lord for the house church community that Jeremy and Jennifer* and their family have become a part of. Pray for continued and deeper connection with the local people in their communities.
28 (Fri.) Wales, U.K.
Pray for long-term workers to consider the beautiful land of Wales as a place to practice their discipleship to Jesus, committed community with other believers, and winsome witness to Christ.
29 (Sat.) U.S.
Pray for the EMM staff and events team as they make plans and decisions for events throughout the rest of this year. Ask God for wisdom, safety, and connection.
30 (Sun.) U.S.
Pray for Krista Martin and the Kingdom Team staff as they prepare for a summer of Kingdom Teams. Ask God to provide for all of their needs.
31 (Mon.) Belize
Pray for Nathanael Davis as he pastors at Jesus' Deaf Church in Orange Walk and for Spring who practices her midwife and nursing skills, when possible. Pray for them both as they walk alongside church and community members in friendship and mentoring relationships.
*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.”