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July 2020 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. 

1 (Wed.) Costa Rica
Pray for fresh creative ministry ideas and wisdom for Austin Zuercher to know how to minister effectively as things slowly reopen. Pray also for wisdom for Austin as he looks at college options. 

2 (Thurs.) Southeast Asia
We are praying for someone with business management experience to take the lead in an established, transformational business in Southeast Asia. Join us in prayer!

3 (Fri.) Czech Republic
Pray for Jan Heindel as she prepares for her upcoming sabbatical in September. Pray that the youth leaders she mentors will be willing to step up and lead the youth group and other programs while she is gone. Praise the Lord for the growth in these leaders and for the positive relationship Jan has with them.

4 (Sat.) South America
English teachers are needed for a bilingual Christian school in Peru. Pray that the Lord would call people to serve in this position.

5 (Sun.) Germany
Pray for wisdom and creativity for Mike and Roberta Lotvola as they give leadership to a discipleship program for young adults. Pray for joy in their family as they live and serve in Germany.

6 (Mon.) U.S.
The Oasis retreat will not be held at Black Rock this year but instead, workers and staff will meet virtually. Pray that it can still be a time of good connection and encouragement for those who attend, both adults and children.

7 (Tues.) Wales, U.K. 
Pray for mission intern, Kelly Lapp, as she prepares for a second internship as part of a missional community in Wales in the fall. Pray that she would receive all the funds she needs for this assignment as she pursues God's call for her.

8 (Wed.) Europe
Serve as an intern in Wales with the Glennwood Church by reaching out to the community with your life-giving gifts.

9 (Thurs.) Middle East
Pray for Lucy* as she continues to learn the language and work among a local refugee group.

10 (Fri.) U.S.
Please pray for continued, faithful giving to EMM's Impact Fund. These funds continue to allow EMM to recruit, train, send, coach, and care for our missionaries around the world.

11 (Sat.) Hong Kong
Pray for Glenn and June Kauffman as they relate to the Hong Kong Mennonite Church as 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.

12 (Sun.) U.S.
A group from Oxford Circle will take part in virtual Kingdom Team discipleship sessions this week, July 13–17. Pray that technology would work well and that this time would bring mutual learning about God.

13 (Mon.) Belize
Pray for wisdom for Nathanael and Spring Davis in pastoring/leading others, parenting, and culture. They also ask for wisdom and prayer in how to deal with the influences of the Jehovah Witness to the deaf community.

14 (Tues.) U.S.
Pray for someone to serve as an intern in Lancaster, Pa., with the Christian-Muslim Relations Team by using their technological and relational gifts.

15 (Wed.) West Africa
Pray for JC Ebersole as he gives leadership to the Africa Association of Bible Schools. Pray for wisdom in how to continue to train pastors and leaders in the midst of challenging times.

16 (Thurs.) U.S.
Continue to pray for a manager to lead the innovative and cross-cultural center located at EMM's new headquarters in downtown Lancaster, PA.

17 (Fri.) Albania
Pray for flexibility and creativity for the Torchbearer's Camp ministry due to the COVID-19 situation. Pray that Sonya Harnish and the team can continue to be faithful and attentive to how God would have them serve, sharing His love and mercy, even if it looks different then it has in the past. Pray for Sonya to have attentiveness to opportunities to get to know her neighbors.

18 (Sat.) Honduras
Pray for Leah Zeiset as she continues her mission internship with a local church and school. Ask the Lord to use this time to deepen her understanding of his heart for healing the brokenness in this world. 

19 (Sun.) Wales, U.K.
Pray for Alan and Carol Wert and their children as they desire to help people fix the broken pieces in their lives and find the place where they fit into God’s kingdom. Pray for Carol that she can offer hope and encouragement to her English students.

20 (Mon.) Central America
Pray for Josh Varner and Kayley Eshleman as they wrap up their assignments with the Vida220 discipleship program. Pray for grace as they say goodbye to many relationships they have formed over the past year.

21 (Tues.) Thailand
Pray for Jeremey and Jennifer Janzen in their role as regional representatives for Southeast Asia. Pray that they and their team can continue to find ways to bless and encourage those around them.

22 (Wed.) Southeast Asia
Pray for English teachers to join one of our teams in Southeast Asia, taking advantage of the visa it provides and the opportunity to build relationships with students and neighbors.

23 (Thurs.) U.S.
Glenna and Marty Sollenberger are excited to be part of reaching deaf communities with the good news of God's word through a new sign language center opening this summer. Continue to pray for the ministry of Wycliffe in providing the Word of God in languages that people can understand.

24 (Fri.) Germany
Pray for Tyler Auker as he raises funds for his second internship to Germany. Ask the Lord to provide for all of his needs in order to begin his assignment this fall.

25 (Sat.) Global
Praise the Lord for the continued meaningful relationships Angie Earl has with her Muslim friends. Pray that God would provide additional interns to help the Christian-Muslim Relations Team this summer.

26 (Sun.) U.S.
Please pray for Andrew Mashas as he starts to reschedule church visits and speaking engagements as churches begin to meet in person after several months.

27 (Mon.) Germany
Pray for Darrel* as he connects with other EMM workers as the regional representative for West Europe. Pray for him and Miriam* as they give pastoral leadership to those in their church.

28 (Tues.) Global
Pray that as we all examine our lives in light of the crises around us, we would be sensitive to the Spirit inviting us to live fully, following the call of God on our lives in service to our neighbors and the world.

29 (Wed.) U.S.
Please pray for the Capital Campaign Steering Committee as they continue to find new and creative ways to solicit funds for the project during the COVID-19 pandemic.

30 (Thurs.) Guatemala
Pray for Katelyn Shoup as she postpones her internship for several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ask the Lord to give her grace as she adjusts her plans.

31 (Fri.) Global
Pray for Leon Zimmerman as he studies and then records a course that will be used overseas. Pray for God's anointing on this course. Pray for Leon and Naomi as they connect with leaders virtually rather than in person.

 *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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