October 2021 Mission Intercessor
1 (Fri.) Middle East
Pray for God to give Lucy* the words to speak when she is asked difficult questions about God and faith. Praise the Lord for the relationships she has developed in her English classes and with other friends.
2 (Sat.) Peru
Pray for an individual to be called to teach English at Promesa Mennonite School in Cusco, Peru, and be part of the growing church community there.
3 (Sun.) Wales, U.K.
Pray for Kelly Lapp as she ends her mission internship in Wales this month and returns to Pennsylvania. Ask God to give her clarity and vision for the upcoming season of transition.
4 (Mon.) South Asia
Pray for Clara and Vince* as they engage in pioneer witness and intercession in a predominantly non-Christian setting. Praise the Lord for the miracles of healing and transformation among the people they are working with.
5 (Tues.) Hong Kong
Pray for Glenn and June Kauffman as they relate to the Hong Kong Mennonite Church as LMC international partner delegates. Pray that they would be able to be a source of encouragement and support as the church navigates a difficult political climate.
6 (Wed.) U.S.
Pray for a mission intern to join the urban ministry and teaching work of a local church in Baltimore, Md.
7 (Thurs.) Costa Rica
Pray for Austin Zuercher as he leads VidaNet's community outreach programs, and also plans and leads the short-term teams that come through the ministry while traveling to different parts of Central America.
8 (Fri.) Chile
Pray for a creative person to be called to the role of Christian camp developer on Tenglo Island, Chile.
9 (Sat.) U.S.
Pray for Phil and Linda Gottschalk as they spend time on a sabbatical. Pray for times of renewal and refreshment. Praise the Lord for providing a home for them to purchase in Lancaster.
10 (Sun.) U.S.
Pray for Hub 450 and the events taking place here. May God move within these walls to build relationships across cultures and grow faith in Jesus in our local community.
11 (Mon.) Middle East
Pray for Michael and Laura* as they pick up their work again after a visit to the US. Praise the Lord for the many house churches that have begun and pray that they would be multiplied so that many more Jews would come to know Christ.
12 (Tues.) Global
Pray that God would give us wisdom on how to expand what we do to mobilize more young people into missions
13 (Wed.) Wales, U.K.
Pray for Alan and Carol Wert to persevere in their areas of ministry even when the visible transformation is incremental and hard to see. Pray for Brenin as he heads into his final year of high school and for discernment for his future.
14 (Thurs.) Thailand
Please pray for individuals to be called to the opportunity of childcare assistant and homeschool helper in Thailand. Pray for individuals to join the team of missionaries there, in the service of caring for and tutoring their children.
15 (Fri.) Czech Republic
Pray for Stacy and Vojta Prknovi as they move to a new home in a new city. Pray for new relationships with neighbors and those in the community. Stacy continues to teach English to moms and children at the family center. and Vojta is able to work again in the prisons which have reopened after being closed for many months.
16 (Sat.) Wales, U.K.
Pray for God to call an additional person or couple to the role of church developer/ community worker in Wales.
17 (Sun.) North Africa
Pray for Andres and Angelica* as they have recently moved to North Africa. Pray for good transitions and meaningful relationships to develop quickly.
18 (Mon.) U.S.
Pray that EMM staff would make good connections with young people through hosting youth groups for evenings of mission dialogue and activities this fall.
19 (Tues.) Southeast Asia
Pray for Andre and Karen Provost as they would like to raise up a team who would move to Thailand and work with them among the 18 million Isan people of Northeast Thailand. Join them in praying that they can also find Isan truth seekers, who they can train to carry the message and to plant churches throughout the villages around them.
20 (Wed.) Wales, U.K.
Pray for young adults with a heart for community development to be called to participate in the Going Public internship in Wales.
21 (Thurs.) Europe
Pray for times of refreshment and resourcing as the workers in Europe gather for a regional retreat October 21–26. Pray also for the speakers and those working with the children.
22 (Fri.) Chile
Pray for Aaron and Katarina Miller as they raise funds and prepare to begin their mission internship in Chile. Pray that God's favor would be on them through all the logistics.
23 (Sat.) Central Asia
Pray for Elizabeth* to have wisdom and good relationships with all those around her. Join her in praying for great fruitfulness.
24 (Sun.) U.S.
Pray for the churches that support EMM and our workers around the globe. May they experience God's provision, peace, and hope.
25 (Mon.) Global
Pray for William Higgins as he will be serving globally providing discipleship training, leadership development, and mutual learning and encouragement with EMM's partners.
26 (Tues.) U.S.
Please pray for the upcoming EMM banquet on November 4. Pray that God's heart would be revealed and that attendees would be moved to generously support and participate in the mission of God through EMM.
27 (Wed.) Global
Pray for Leon and Naomi Zimmerman as they teach and train both via Zoom and in-person as travel allows. Pray for the Mennonite churches of Vietnam who desire training for their leaders and for God to direct Leons steps in regards to this teaching opportunity.
28 (Thurs.) France
Pray for workers to join a developing team in Marseilles, France, to establish a witness and to reach out to the many immigrants in this city.
29 (Fri.) West Africa
Pray for the African Association of Bible Schools that it may equip many leaders who in turn will disciple and equip others. Pray for JC Ebersole as he helps to give leadership to the schools.
30 (Sat.) U.S.
Pray for our Advance participants this fall as they grow in discipleship and serve in local ministries. Ask God to give them hearts to see the nations come to know him.
31 (Sun.) Central Asia
Pray for Alexander and Maria* as they work in a transformational business and at an international school. Alexander also serves as the regional representative for Central and South Asia. Pray for their boys in school and in their 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.”