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January 2022 Mission Intercessor

EMM's monthly prayer guide. Sign up to receive Mission Intercessor via email here, or sign up to receive a print version here.

1 (Sat.) Middle East
Pray for Lucy* as she wraps up her time of ministry and transitions back to the U.S. in February. Pray for her to finish well and that the transition back to the US will go smoothly.

2 (Sun.) 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 (Mon.) Costa Rica
Pray for Myla Curtis, serving with VidaNet, as she begins the outreach portion of the discipleship program in Honduras.

4 (Tues.) Southeast Asia
Pray for encouragement and perseverance for Clara and Vince* as they engage in pioneer witness and intercession in a predominantly non-Christian setting. Pray also for the needed funds for their fellowship to purchase land and build a meeting place.

5 (Wed.) Guatemala
Pray for Allen Eshleman in his role as an LMC international partner delegate relating to the K’ekchi’ Mennonite Church in Guatemala.

6 (Thurs.) Thailand
Please pray for individuals to be called to the opportunity of child care assistant and home school helper in Thailand. Pray for individuals to join this team of missionaries in the service of caring for and tutoring their children.

7 (Fri.) Wales, U.K.
Pray for Alan and Carol Wert as they faithfully minister in Wales through teaching English, discipleship training, and church development. Pray for their children to make friends at the new church they are attending and for Dylan, who co-leads a small group.

8 (Sat.) U.S.
Pray for Travis Stauffer as he serves in a cross-cultural setting locally for his internship portion of the Advance program. Ask God to reveal His heart to Travis to love and seek the good for people of other cultures.

9 (Sun.) Thailand
Pray for Andre and Karen Provost in their ministry among the Isaan people, and for others to join the team. Pray for Isaan truth seekers, who can be trained to carry the message and to plant churches throughout the villages around them.

10 (Mon.) U.S.
Give thanks for God's faithfulness throughout the past year and ask that God continues to provide for the financial needs of EMM in the year ahead.

11 (Tues.) Netherlands
Pray for Bob Phillips as he and a team launch an in-person Alpha course this month. Pray for the needed funds for Brad and Margie's* ministry as area specialists for training with Serge Global.

12 (Wed.) Chile
Pray for the children’s camps and events set to take place at Siloé on Island Tenglo, depending on Covid restrictions. Pray for a small team of local volunteers who will get the place ready for children's camps happening January 15 through February 15 before the school year starts.

13 (Thurs.) Thailand
Mark and Sarah Schoenhals and their team have an evolving vision to recruit and train many more church planting teams to serve in various parts of Isaan, which is an unreached people group. Pray also that intercessors with a particular heart for Isaan would come forward and labor with them in prayer.

14 (Fri.) U.S.
Please intercede for the provision of an urban ministry and teaching intern to be sent to Baltimore, Md.

15 (Sat.) Asia
Pray for Lea* as she continues to settle into her new location. Pray for her as she develops relationships and for wisdom in her ministry.

16 (Sun.) France
Pray for workers to join a team developing in Marseilles, France, to establish a witness and reach out to the many immigrants in this city.

17 (Mon.) Costa Rica
Pray that God would provide meaningful local relationships for Wendell and Melanie Nofziger and their children as they continue to settle into their life in Costa Rica. Pray for the Vida220 participants as they head into their 5-month time of outreach.

18 (Tues.) Chile
Pray for Aaron and Katarina Miller as they adjust to the climate, language, and culture in Chile while they begin their 18-month internship.

19 (Wed.) Central Asia
Pray for God's clear guiding and leading for Elizabeth* of where and what ministry to get involved with as she transitions out of full-time language study. Pray also for the salvation of her teachers and friends.

20 (Thurs.) 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 (Fri.) Southeast Asia
Praise the Lord for the many opportunities Abby* has to talk and share with their helper. Pray that her faith will take root as they study Bible stories together. Ask God to continue to open up opportunities to share the good news with their neighbors.

22 (Sat.) Thailand
Pray for God to call pioneer church planters into the harvest field of Thailand and join the team there.

23 (Sun.) Asia
Pray for wisdom and discernment for Ethan* and his family as they continue forming a team for future ministry in Asia.

24 (Mon.) U.S.
Praise God for connections with things that are happening locally with young adults! Pray for continued favor in these relationships and wisdom in how EMM can best partner with this move of the Spirit.

25 (Tues.) Costa Rica
Pray for Austin Zuercher as he leads during the months of outreach training currently underway with the VidaNet participants. Pray for safety in travel.

26 (Wed.) U.S.
Pray for an endowment to be established and funded for the ministry center on the first floor of Hub 450. This will allow resourcing, gathering, and other opportunities to be provided freely or at a very low cost for participants.

27 (Thurs.) Cambodia
Pray for Kandace Glenn as she disciples and walks alongside several young girls. Continue to pray that they will be drawn to the love of Jesus and will choose to follow him.

28 (Fri.) U.S.
Pray for strong support of the Impact Fund in these first few months of the year. These funds are essential as EMM sends, trains, and supports our workers as they share the love of Jesus around the world.

29 (Sat.) Czech Republic
Agree with us in prayer for God to raise up a church planting team member to join the work in the Czech Republic.

30 (Sun.) U.S.
Pray for deeper relationships with partners in other cities to help connect youth to EMM programs.

31 (Mon.) Belize
Pray with Luke and Sherelle Charles for continued discernment for a starting date and location of service as they begin fundraising in early 2022.

*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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