July 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. 

*Name(s) changed or last name(s) omitted for sensitivity reasons.
1 (Mon.) Global
The Christian-Muslim Relations Team is part of Peacemakers Confessing Christ International (PCCI). Pray for PCCI as they work to develop a website and videos so that they will clearly portray their mission, vision, and values. Pray also for each partner within PCCI as they work at witness, dialogue, peacemaking, and hospitality each in their own context.

2 (Tues.) U.S.
Several EMM staff members are at the Mennonite Church USA Convention this week in Kansas City, Mo. Pray for meaningful conversations with individuals looking for service opportunities.

3 (Wed.) East Asia
Ethan and Emma* have left their country of assignment, but continue to work at mobilizing workers throughout the region. Pray for Ethan as he also continues in his role as the regional representative for East Asia. 

4 (Thurs.) U.S.
Pray for an individual to join a local church community in Baltimore, Md., and be on staff at a small school run by the church.

5 (Fri.) U.S.
The Oasis retreat for workers will be held July 712 at Black Rock Retreat in Quarryville, Pa. Pray for those who will resource both the adults and children. Pray for each participant that they will find refreshment and encouragement. 

6 (Sat.) U.S.
Pray for wisdom as Angie Earl mentors and oversees a summer intern, Anne Dabroski. Pray that the Lord will enable Anne to put the many translations of the People of God study course online this summer and that these resources will bring Muslims to faith in Jesus. Pray also for the Lord to bless Anne immensely this summer in her own life of discipleship and call, and as she starts her senior year at Messiah College.

7 (Sun.) U.S.
Pray for workers participating in EMM’s commissioning service today at Black Rock Retreat in Quarryville, Pa. Pray that God would use this event to call others to serve Him in a culture not their own.

8 (Mon.)  U.S.
Pray for EMM staff as they meet with individuals and church boards to share the vision for the renovation of EMM’s new Central Administrative Office and Hospitality Center at 450 North Prince Street, Lancaster, Pa.

9 (Tues.) Belize
Pray for Tim and Julie Groff as they work the soil, plant the seeds, and wait for the Holy Spirit to bring the harvest of people choosing to follow Jesus.

10 (Wed.) U.S.
Thank God for the wonderful group of faithful financial supporters surrounding EMM. Pray that God would pour out blessings on them.

11 (Thurs.) Czech Republic
Pray for Jan Heindel as she helps with summer English camps. Pray for all those attending that they will see God's love and want to know more of Him. Pray that Jan will have time and space to get adequate physical, emotional and spiritual rest.

12 (Fri.) U.S.
Amanda Martin is half-way through her three-month GO! Summer assignment in New York City. Pray for renewed energy as she assists with various summer programs.

13 (Sat.) Germany
Eric and Janelle*, and their family, have recently arrived in Germany. Pray for them in this time of transition. Pray for good friendships for them and their children. 

14 (Sun.) Czech Republic
Pray that God might send a worker to facilitate conversational English groups or classes.

15 (Mon.) Asia
Pray for Skylar and Mia*, that they might continue relationship building through their business efforts. Ask that their workers and customers become interested in the good news and God’s love.

16 (Tues.) 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.

17 (Wed.) Cambodia
May John and Debbie Coats have increased connection with their neighbors to share God’s love in a country with only 1.2% of the population being Christian. Pray for continued success and growth for the character building program for children in local villages.

18 (Thurs.) Guatemala
Stefanie Good is in her last month of outreach in Guatemala. Pray that she is able to finish strong and have positive closure for relationships she has formed in the last nine months.

19 (Fri.) Honduras
Wendell and Melanie Nofziger, and their family, are in the U.S. for the summer. Pray for good times of refreshment and connections with family and friends. Pray that they will return to their work in Honduras with new vision and energy.

20 (Sat.) U.S.
Pray for the Kingdom Teams staff as they are about half-way through a busy summer. Ask God for renewed energy and vision as they minister to youth groups.

21 (Sun.) Czech Republic
Pray for wisdom and discernment for Stacy (Nofziger) Prknová and her new husband, Vojta, as they seek the Lord's direction for them in ministry. Pray also that fundraising will go well for her one-year extension.

22 (Mon.) East Africa
EMM is recruiting for new regional representative(s) for East Africa. Join us in prayer for this role that requires a wide range of skills.

23 (Tues.) Southeast Asia
Timothy and Madison* and their sons are wrapping up their time in the U.S. Pray that they will feel refreshed as they transition back to their work in Southeast Asia. Pray for comfort as they say goodbye to family and friends.

24 (Wed.) Honduras
Leah Zeiset is in her last month of outreach in Honduras. Pray for her as this discipleship experience comes to a close and she looks forward to where God is leading her in the future.

25 (Thurs.) U.S.
Pray for wisdom and joy for Marty and Glenna Sollenberger as they serve with Wycliffe in Texas, Marty in computer support and Glenna in library services and ethnomusicology.

26 (Fri.) U.S.
Thank God for the many EMM events that take place in the summer months. They provide opportunities to see and connect with many people. Pray that EMM staff members have the stamina to carry out all the logistics for all of the events and to enjoy the time!

27 (Sat.) East Africa
John* will attend a conference in the Middle East, and his wife, Jane*, will join him for a few days. Pray that they would learn much from others who are working with Muslims in interfaith dialogue and outreach among the poor. Pray for the children who will stay with friends for a few days.

28 (Sun.) Global
Opportunities for teaching English abound! Pray for applicants interested in serving in this practical, relational way. Locations vary across the globe.

29 (Mon.) Asia
Pray for continued healing for Lea* for some ongoing health concerns. As Lea interacts with students and friends, ask that the Holy Spirit will continue to draw people to Himself.

30 (Tues.) Wales, U.K.
Pray for Victoria Derosier as she returns home from her mission internship in Wales. Ask God to give her vision for bringing the kingdom in this new season.

31 (Wed.) Chile
EMM is looking for someone to assist in a ministry center that offers a place of camping, retreat and summer workshops for children. Pray that God would provide someone with camp development experience.

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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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