April 2021 Mission Intercessor
1 (Thurs.) Germany
Pray for Mike and Roberta Lotvola as they teach and disciple young adults. Also, pray for their daughters in school.
2 (Fri.) Albania
Pray for people to serve in Albania, cultivating a life of building relationships with people through church and/or youth work, or university education, in a place with a small minority of Jesus followers.
3 (Sat.) U.S.
Pray for Saren Williams as she prepares for her mission internship working with the Christian-Muslim Relations Team in Lancaster, Pa. Pray for grace and diligence as she finishes a college semester and works on EMM online training modules.
4 (Sun.) Hong Kong
Pray for the Mennonite churches in Hong Kong to continue to grow and flourish. Praise the Lord for the encouragement and prayer that Glenn and June Kauffman can provide as they relate to the church community there as LMC international partner delegates and non-resident EMM workers.
5 (Mon.) Tanzania
Pray for Joe and Yvonne Garber as they serve as LMC international partner delegates to the Tanzania Mennonite Church. The church has ambitious goals to reach their nation for Christ. Pray that Joe and Yvonne can be an encouragement and blessing to them in this mission.
6 (Tues.) U.S.
Please pray for young adults to consider and make plans to participate in the Advance program this Fall, serving cross-culturally through various ministries in a local U.S. city while growing in discipleship with a like-minded community.
7 (Wed.) Belize
Pray for Luke and Sherelle Charles as they continue to plan and prepare for moving to Belize. Pray for their financial support to come together.
8 (Thurs.) Chile
Pray for a rugged-nature lover to move to Chile, where a beautiful piece of property awaits further development as a Christian camp!
9 (Fri.) Global
Pray for creativity and continued opportunities for Leon and Naomi Zimmerman to provide theological teaching and leadership development to EMM’s global partner churches and movements.
10 (Sat.) U.S.
Give thanks to God for the generous churches, individuals, and businesses who give to the Impact Fund, the fund that enables staff to support EMM workers around the globe.
11 (Sun.) Cambodia
Pray for Kandace Glenn to find a good balance between work and personal time. Pray for strength and good health as she meets with staff and students, plans and leads retreats, Bible studies, and other activities for the dorm, and continues to study the Khmer language. Pray for the students who have heard the gospel — and now believe — to be strengthened in their faith.
12 (Mon.) Wales, U.K.
Pray for mission intern Kelly Lapp, as she continues to be in lockdown with her housemates. Pray that vaccines would continue to be available so that the extended lockdown can be lifted. Ask God to give her a vision for how to be using this time.
13 (Tues.) Vietnam
Praise the Lord for Don Sensenig's faithfulness in serving as a consultant for ongoing relationships and ministry in Vietnam. Pray that he can be an encouragement to our brothers and sisters in Vietnam.
14 (Wed.) Southeast Asia
Pray for Timothy and Madison* and their boys as they prepare to come to the U.S. this summer. Pray for refreshment and good connections with family and friends.
15 (Thurs.) U.S.
Praise the Lord for the opportunities Angie Earl has to share the good news with her Muslim friends. Pray for her and the rest of the Christian-Muslim Relations Team as they seek to build bridges between Christians and Muslims.
16 (Fri.) Southeast Asia
Persevere in prayer with us for an executive director to join a thriving transformational business in Southeast Asia.
17 (Sat.) U.S.
Please pray that God would call young adult men and women to engage as Kingdom Team staff in cross-cultural ministry in Lancaster and Lebanon, Pa. this summer.
18 (Sun.) Germany
Pray for Tyler Auker as he prepares to begin his mission internship in Germany. Ask God to clarify his calling and his focus for this season.
19 (Mon.) Spain
Pray for Paula* as she serves as a coach and organizational leader for Petra Peacebuilders. This is an organization dedicated to providing preemptive resilience support for people working to build peace in places where fieldwork takes a heavy toll.
20 (Tues.) U.S.
Give thanks to God for the many volunteers who give their time serving His mission through EMM.
21 (Wed.) Cambodia
Praise the Lord for God's faithfulness to John and Debbie Coats in the big and small things in their lives. Pray for them as they walk in obedience and trust.
22 (Thurs.) U.S.
Pray for teachers to join the ministry of Mt. Clare Christian School in southwest Baltimore, Md. Pray that God would call those with his heart for children and discipleship.
23 (Fri.) Middle East
Pray for Jade* to continue to put her hope and trust in Jesus as she goes through a transition in her job. Pray for God's provision and direction. Praise the Lord for the opportunities she has to share about the hope that she has in Christ.
24 (Sat.) Global
Pray for people who are considering mission service while the global pandemic continues to loom; pray for hope, perseverance, and courage to take steps forward even in the midst of so many unknowns.
25 (Sun.) Southeast Asia
Pray for Owen and Abby* as they continue to build relationships and share the good news. Praise the Lord for the opportunities to disciple and walk alongside those in their community.
26 (Mon.) U.S.
Pray for the Advance participants as they finish their last month of the program. Ask God to give them vision for how they will continue to be witnesses of the gospel in their communities.
27 (Tues.) Global
Praise the Lord for the opportunities Jonathan Bornman has had to connect various friends and partners. Pray that Jesus will be glorified and his kingdom advance according to his will. Pray for Jonathan as he makes plans for an upcoming sabbatical.
28 (Wed.) U.S.
Praise God for the donors and volunteers who have given generously towards the Moving in Mission Capital Campaign. Pray that the fundraising goal will be reached and that God's spirit will be present to all who enter Hub 450.
29 (Thurs.) Thailand
Pray for Steve and Bethany Horst and their children as they return to Thailand this month. Pray for smooth transitions back and comfort as they say goodbye to family and friends in the U.S. Praise the Lord for new believers and pray with Steve and Bethany for 2021 to be a year of God's kingdom coming and growing in Ubon Ratchathani province.
30 (Fri.) Spain
Pray for Christine Bye as she prepares for a mission internship in Spain. Ask God to work out the details of visa issues and paperwork.
*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.”