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January 2020 Mission Intercessor

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1 (Wed.) Sierra Leone
Jon and Heleen Yoder have extended their assignment through the end of February. Pray for a good transition with the new hospital administration and incoming missionaries. Pray that they will end well.

2 (Thurs.) Global
The beginning of a new year encourages reflection on the past year and the future. Pray to the Lord of the Harvest for more families to consider serving with EMM in 2020.

3 (Fri.) U.S.
Pray for EMM’s Church Relations team this month as there are many speaking engagements in supporting churches. In 2020, Church Relations will be sharing the vision for the Moving in Mission Capital Campaign and 450 project in many churches. Pray that others will catch the vision for this project and be compelled to give, advocate, or volunteer.

4 (Sat.) Wales, U.K.
Pray for individuals to participate in a 7- to 10-month internship with Glenwood Church. There are opportunities to choose from a variety of ministry placements to bring God's transforming power to the community.

5 (Sun.) Middle East
Jade* returned to the Middle East last month. Pray for God’s grace, peace, and strength in this time of transition and as she begins her new teaching job.

6 (Mon.) Costa Rica
Pray for Kayley Eshleman as she begins the outreach portion of the VidaNet discipleship program. Ask God to provide many divine appointments for her and her team to share the gospel.

7 (Tues.) Global
Pray for wisdom for David and Grace Shenk as they prepare for speaking engagements and for safety in their travel. 

8 (Wed.) Thailand
Praise the Lord for the things God has been doing in Thailand this past year: six new believers were baptized and people are taking steps of obedience and opening themselves to God's healing. Pray for Steve Horst and Bethany Tobin as they work and pray about how to balance ministry, homeschool, and rest.

9 (Thurs.) Central Asia
Pray for Alexander* as he continues to give leadership to the workers in his region. Pray for continued creativity in his business. Pray for Maria* in her various roles in the school and for the boys in their relationships and schooling.

10 (Fri.) U.S.
Thank God for the donors who give to EMM's Impact Fund! It's a new year, and God is still moving all over the world. Pray for the funds to continue to support the vision for God's transforming love to be spread everywhere through the work of EMM.

11 (Sat.) Costa Rica
Austin Zuercher is currently in the U.S. for a couple of months and will then be returning to Costa Rica for another three-year term. Pray for good times of refreshment while he is home and for good connections with his supporters. He asks for prayer that God will continue to grow him and grow the ministry in Costa Rica.

12 (Sun.) Germany
Pray for Preston*, mission intern in Germany, as he takes on a lot of responsibility in the absence of long-term workers. Pray that he would have healthy boundaries and take time to be filled by the Holy Spirit.

13 (Mon.) Thailand
Pray for an emerging house church and for the new believers in various locations. Pray for spiritual protection for each one as they take baby steps of faith. Praise the Lord for an intern who has come to help Mark and Sarah Schoenhals with child care and homeschooling.

14 (Tues.) U.S.
Pray for someone to assist with the summer program at Immanuel Community Church in New York City. This individual would tutor children and have other community involvements.

15 (Wed.) Southeast Asia
Pray for Jayden and Anika* and their children as they continue settling into their new location. Pray for their cross cultural adjustment and language learning. Praise the Lord for the team that has welcomed them and helped them in the transition.

16 (Thurs.) West Africa
A church development worker is needed in West Africa to apprentice under a seasoned EMM worker. This person will carry on the work of leadership development and discipleship. Pray that God would supply this need.

17 (Fri.) Costa Rica
Praise the Lord for the good connections that Daryl and Jen Hoover and their family have experienced during their home leave. Pray for all the funds to come in for their second term.

18 (Sat.) Honduras
Leah Zeiset is planning to return to Honduras as a mission intern. Pray that the needed funds would come in quickly. Pray also that this time would be formational in her discipleship journey.

19 (Sun.) Thailand
Pray for Jeremy and Jennifer Janzen and their three children as they transition to Thailand to serve as regional representatives. Pray for them as they initially focus on learning the Thai culture and language. Pray for the children who will be attending an international school.

20 (Mon.) Guatemala
Pray for Andi Starner as she continues to learn her way in her mission internship in Guatemala. Ask the Lord to provide opportunities for her to share the love of the Father with the children she interacts with.

21 (Tues.) Thailand
Andre and Karen Provost are settling back into Thailand. Praise the Lord for His provision of a house and a two-month tourist visa. Pray for them as they begin their ministry roles.

22 (Wed.) France
We have been praying for years for a team to come together to send to Marseilles. It looks like that could happen in the near future. Pray for vision, discernment, and provision for those praying about this opportunity.

23 (Thurs.) Belize
Pray for Galen and Phyllis Groff as they mentor and disciple those in their neighborhood and church community. May the Holy Spirit fill and equip them as they pour themselves into the lives of others.

24 (Fri.) Chile
A number of individuals have inquired about serving in Chile this past year. Pray that their perceived obstacles would diminish.

25 (Sat.) Netherlands
Pray for Phil and Linda Gottschalk as they continue their involvement in leadership training at Tyndale Theological Seminary. Pray also for Linda in her work in the seminary library.

26 (Sun.) U.S.
Thank God for EMM's Advancement Team! Pray that they feel God's joy as they do their work of communicating stories of God's transforming love through the work of EMM.

27 (Mon.) West Africa
Praise the Lord that Mennonite Church West Africa is witnessing a great opportunity for growth. They are being invited to inaugurate Mennonite congregations in three locations in three different countries. Pray for Beryl Forrester as he visits and teaches in these new communities and helps with the organization of the congregations.

28 (Tues.) Costa Rica
Pray for Josh Varner as he participates in the outreach portion of the VidaNet discipleship program. Ask the Lord for grace as he and his team are stretched through new opportunities.

29 (Wed.) Chile
Keep praying for Mike and Nancy Hostetter as they are currently in the U.S. connecting with supporters and family. Pray also for times of refreshment during their sabbatical.

30 (Thurs.) Thailand
Mission Intern Shirah Burns has been in Thailand for two months. Pray for spiritual protection as she lives with a Buddhist host family. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide her conversations so that He can reveal Himself through Shirah.

31 (Fri.) U.S.
Pray for individuals to serve as Kingdom Team summer staff. They will have opportunities to grow in leadership and discipleship skills by working with youth groups as they connect with refugee children and youth.


*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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