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September 2020 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 (Tues.) Chile
Pray for Michael and Nancy Hostetter as they mentor businessmen and businesswomen who are seeking to conduct their businesses in Christ-like ways, as well as guiding local Chileans in the ministry of planting and leading house churches. Pray also for them as they partner with those working to raise awareness of the childhood sexual abuse crisis in Chile.

2 (Wed.) Southeast Asia
Pray for someone with business management experience to serve as the director of a water filter factory in Southeast Asia. 

3 (Thurs.) Germany
Pray for Preston*, former mission intern, as he adjusts to his new role as a Ph.D. student and assistant in a new location in Germany. 

4 (Fri.) Asia
Lea* is currently in the U.S. due to travel restrictions to her country of service. Pray for wisdom in discerning future plans.

5 (Sat.) Guatemala
Pray for Allen Eshleman as he begins his role as an LMC international partner delegate relating to the K’ekchi’ Mennonite Church in Guatemala. Pray that he would soon be able to reschedule his trip to meet with the church leaders there to encourage them.

6 (Sun.) Central America
Pray for our partners at VidaNet who will not be having their discipleship training this fall after their director passed away suddenly this summer. Ask God to give their board and leaders wisdom as they navigate this season. 

7 (Mon.) Middle East
Join with Michael and Laura* in counting their blessings in the midst of disappointments. Two blessings that have come out of the pandemic: Praise the Lord for the unity that He is bringing among leaders of different ethnic groups; and there is exciting growth in the number of house fellowships as well as transformation in the leaders who are being mentored. 

8 (Tues.) Honduras
Pray for continued health improvements for mission intern in Honduras, Leah Zeiset. Pray that she would continue to regain strength and energy after a season of sickness. 

9 (Wed.) East Asia
Pray for Ethan* as he serves part-time as the regional representative for the work in East Asia. Pray for the workers and ministries that seek to share the Good News that they can offer hope in the midst of challenging times. 

10 (Thurs.) U.S.
Please pray for EMM church relations as speakers begin to share again in churches across the constituency.

11 (Fri.) Cambodia
Pray for John and Debbie Coats as they resume the children's program that many children will hear the good news. Pray also that the children and teachers will remain healthy. Pray for peace and wisdom for John and Debbie as they wait and process when they should take their home leave. 

12 (Sat.) U.S.
Praise God for bringing Dave Houser to serve at EMM as the discipleship coach. Ask the Lord to guide him in wisdom as he adjusts to this role and looks to develop areas of discipleship especially for youth and young adults. 

13 (Sun.) Middle East
Pray for Jade* not to give up as she repeatedly sows, waters, and waits for fruit. Pray for her friend, that she will be responsive to the Father's love. Pray for creativity for Jade as she does online tutoring. 

14 (Mon.) Wales, U.K.
Ask the Lord to open doors and borders for young people to serve as mission interns in Wales, U.K., along with the Going Public discipleship program.

15 (Tues.) Southeast Asia
Pray for Ben and Lena* as they relate to and care for those who work at the water filter factory. Pray that the business can continue to be a blessing to many who get clean water through the filters and that they will give their lives to the One who gives life-giving water.

16 (Wed.) U.S.
Continue to pray for guidance and discernment as we make decisions regarding the management of our hospitality center at the 450 North Prince Street building. 

17 (Thurs.) U.S.
Please pray for the Farewell to Salunga event taking place on September 19. We hope to raise $35,000 at this fundraising event for the new green space at the 450 North Prince Street building. 

18 (Fri.) Guatemala
Pray for Katelyn Shoup as she plans to serve as a mission intern in Guatemala next year. Ask the Lord to guide her path and make her way clear. 

19 (Sat.) Central Asia
Join Elizabeth* in praying for a revival in her country. It is her desire to be positioned and prepared to partner with God and participate in what He does.

20 (Sun.) Southeast Asia
Pray for a mission intern to serve as a home school helper in Thailand for two of our long-term worker families. 

21 (Mon.) Germany
Pray for perseverance as Eric and Janelle* continue to learn the language. Pray that they can be a blessing as they support an international church that serves refugees. 

22 (Tues.) Global
Pray for patience, perseverance, and discernment during these days of restricted travel, as we continue to invite people into cross-cultural missions. Pray for creativity to grow out of limitations.

23 (Wed.) Asia
Skylar and Mia* continue to be in the U.S. as they are not able to get back to their country of service. Pray for peace and wisdom as they seek God's direction for them. 

24 (Thurs.) Wales, U.K.
Pray for Kelly Lapp who is planning to serve in Wales, U.K. beginning this fall as long as travel is possible, and the program Going Public continues with its schedule. Please pray that these needs would be met so she is able to begin her internship along with the others beginning this fall. 

25 (Fri.) Southeast Asia
Pray for Owen and Abby* that relationships will continue even while they are away from their village. Pray for the provision of food and finances for many of their friends who are out of work. Continue to pray for health and safety for them, their family, and friends. 

26 (Sat.) U.S.
Please pray for wisdom and discernment for potential new donors to the Moving in Mission Capital Campaign for 450 North Prince Street.

27 (Sun.) Belize
It is Nathanael and Spring Davis's desire to equip and encourage the local church leaders to fully embrace the leadership in the church. Pray for wisdom as they mentor and disciple both leaders and members of the church. 

28 (Mon.) West Africa
Pray for someone available and willing to be apprenticed by a seasoned EMM worker, to continue the support and development of the leaders of our partner churches in West Africa. 

29 (Tues.) North Africa
Nicholas* is in the U.S. due to the virus and his visa situation. Pray for wisdom and peace as he processes his future. 

30 (Wed.) Germany
Pray for mission intern, Tyler*, as he prepares to return to Germany. Ask God to provide for his financial needs as well as preparing meaningful connections that will lead to an abundant harvest. 

31 (Thurs.) Belize
Pray for Galen and Phyllis Groff as they seek to stay connected with relationships in Belize while being here in the U.S. due to the virus situation. Pray also for ministry opportunities here in the U.S. and for wisdom in planning for the future.

 *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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