November 2019 Mission Intercessor

Workers featured each month in Mission Intercessor are also featured in the corresponding EMM prayer calendar. Contact EMM at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for your free copy. 

1 (Fri.) West Africa
Pray for J.C. Ebersole as he serves as the executive director for the Africa Association of Bible Schools. Pray for safety in travel when visiting on location in Africa.

2 (Sat.) U.S.
Ask God to provide an administrative assistant for the Christian-Muslim Relations Team to work in Lancaster, Pa.

3 (Sun.) Belize
Pray for Galen and Phyllis Groff as they coach and mentor local church leaders as well as other EMM workers in the region.

4 (Mon.) Chile
Pray for people to consider mission service in Chile. Opportunities await in English teaching, camp ministry, or simple church development.

5 (Tues.) U.S.
Tonight is EMM’s vision and fundraising banquet. Pray that God would move powerfully among those in attendance, stirring vision, and creating desire to give freely.

6 (Wed.) Sierra Leone
Pray for Janet Millward who is serving in healthcare for three months at a hospital in Mattru Jong, Sierra Leone. Ask for God to give Janet peace, discernment, and a heart of love for those she is serving. Pray for God's continued care of Janet as she cares for her patients. Pray that they would see Jesus in her, and come to know Him for themselves.

7 (Thurs.) Spain
Praise the Lord for good contacts Rolando* has had with inmates in the prison ministry. Pray for the message to bring life changes to many. Pray for his wife, Andrea*, as she continues her education and their sons in their involvement in many activities. 

8 (Fri.) U.S.
In the coming months, EMM staff and campaign volunteers will be sharing about EMM’s Lancaster City property with congregations during Sunday sermon times and in Sunday school classes, as well as in other settings. Pray that these sharing times will be meaningful for all. 

9 (Sat.) Southeast Asia
Pray for Owen and Abby* as they resume their responsibilities after an unexpected home leave in the U.S. They are beginning another two-year term.

10 (Sun.) U.S.
Thank God for the many ways EMM is financially supported! Pray that, as in the past, the provision of God will be there for the vision of God through the people of God.

11 (Mon.) Global
Ask God to give Jonathan Bornman wisdom and knowledge as he writes and rewrites chapters for his Ph.D. study program. Pray also for the meeting at Oxford Centre for Mission Studies when he will present those chapters.

12 (Tues.) Costa Rica
Please pray for Kayley Eshleman and Josh Varner who are serving in discipleship training with VidaNet in Costa Rica. Pray for the Holy Spirit to move in their lives and transform them during this intensive 11-month discipleship experience.

13 (Wed.) Belize
Join Tim and Julie Groff in praying for the Dangriga Christian Fellowship as leaders are developed and for vision and fruitfulness in the church. Pray also that the church will continue to find new ways to reach out to their community to share God's love.

14 (Thurs.) U.S.
Ask God to provide an administrative assistant for a diverse congregation in Lancaster City, Pa. that includes a large Nepalese refugee population.

15 (Fri.) Albania
Pray for wisdom and guidance for Sonya Harnish as she works with Bible school and camp administration. Pray for the Spirit's leading as she disciples and walks alongside others.

16 (Sat.) East Africa
Continue praying for the next regional representative for East Africa as EMM interacts with a few interested candidates.

17 (Sun.) Costa Rica
Jen and Daryl Hoover and their family are currently on home leave in the U.S. Pray for times of refreshment and good connections with family and supporters. Pray also that things will run smoothly in Costa Rica while they are away.

18 (Mon.) Guatemala
Please pray for Andi Starner who began a seven-month service assignment in Guatemala last month. Andi is ministering to children at risk in partnership with the organization We Help Children. Pray for compassion, wisdom, and discernment for Andi, and for God's love and guidance as she is stretched in this new and challenging environment.

19 (Tues.) Southeast Asia
Pray for Jayden and Anika* and their children as they adjust to their new location and assignment in Southeast Asia. Pray for peace in the midst of the transitions.

20 (Wed.) Germany
Please pray for Preston* as he forms friendships and disciples new believers in a multicultural context. Pray for the Holy Spirit's power to break through boundaries of culture, language, and religion. Pray for God's love and truth to be revealed among this small community of nations -- including old, new, and not-yet believers.

21 (Thurs.) Thailand
Pray for wisdom for Mark and Sarah Schoenhals as they continue to walk alongside the Life Enrichment Church, encouraging a vision for multiplication. Pray for encouragement for them as they provide pastoral care for church leaders.

22 (Fri.) Europe
EMM has many opportunities for service in Europe. Whether it’s education, working with churches, or starting something completely new, pray for more workers to be sent to this region.

23 (Sat.) East Africa
Pray for John and Jane* and their children as they adjust to being a family of five! Pray also for John as he continues teaching and working at interfaith dialogue.

24 (Sun.) Kenya
Please pray for Chris and Lois Leuz as they near the end of a two-month assignment in Kenya, where they have been serving in hospitality at Amani Gardens Inn. Pray for God's direction as Chris and Lois bring closure to their time of relationship-building ministry to travelers and locals in Nairobi.

25 (Mon.) Costa Rica
Pray for Austin Zuercher as his job with VidaNet requires meeting new short term workers and terminating with those he has worked with for some time. May these relationship adjustments go well for him.

26 (Tues.) U.S.
Thank God for the Communications Team at EMM! These are the people who carefully put together the Missionary Messenger six times per year, telling the stories of God's work through EMM around the world. Pray for staff members Micah, Linda, Hilary, and Nancy as they carry out this faithful work with joy and attention to detail. 

27 (Wed.) Kenya
Pray for wisdom for Stuart Allan as he gives leadership at Amani Gardens Inn and for his wife, Amaris, in her health care roles. Pray for the children as they continue to build friendships and adjust to a new culture.

28 (Thurs.) Kosovo
An invitation stands for long-term workers to join a small body of believers in Kosovo and participate in discipleship and congregational life. Pray to the Lord of the Harvest for more workers to be sent to this landlocked country in the Balkans.

29 (Fri.) U.S.
Pray that God might send a refugee ministry worker to a local church in Lancaster, Pa. to support Karen refugees.

30 (Sat.) Kenya
Please pray for Jim and Kathy Wohlers as they prepare for their three-month assignment beginning in January. The Wohlers will be serving at Amani Gardens Inn in hospitality. Pray that God will prepare their hearts and minds to engage well with the people they meet. Pray that they will be messengers of good news and carriers of blessing.

*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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