September 2021 Mission Intercessor
1 (Wed.) U.S.
Pray for God to draw the people he wants to participate in Advance this year. Pray for wisdom and guidance as we plan for training.
2 (Thurs.) Thailand
Pray for a new generation of missionaries to join Andre and Karen Provost on the field as team members in the church planting work in Thailand.
3 (Fri.) Costa Rica
Pray for Daryl and Jen Hoover and their family as they spend time in the U.S. Pray for meaningful connections with family and friends. May God grant rest, healing, and joy in their time of home leave. Pray for their son, Micah, as he begins the Vida220 program this fall.
4 (Sat.) 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 the team of missionaries there, in the service of caring for and tutoring their children.
5 (Sun.) Tanzania
Pray for Joe and Yvonne Garber as they serve as LMC international partner delegates to the Tanzania Mennonite Church. Pray for the church as well as they seek to enter new mission fields and develop leaders.
6 (Mon.) U.S.
Ask God to provide the needed funds for Binsa’s* assignment in Lancaster City, Pa. Pray for God’s spirit to draw persons to himself as Binsa connects with Buddhist and Hindu persons in her community.
7 (Tues.) Chile
Pray for Aaron and Katarina Miller as they apply for visas to begin their mission internship in Chile. Ask for God’s favor to be on them as the paperwork is being processed.
8 (Wed.) Asia
Pray for Skylar and Mia* as they transition from serving in Asia. Ask God to give them vision for this new season while still living missionally.
9 (Thurs.) Germany
Pray for Darrel and Miriam* and their daughters as they settle back into routines after a visit to the U.S. Pray for Darrel as he gives leadership to workers in his region, for Miriam as she teaches religion in public school classrooms for the first time, and for the girls in school.
10 (Fri.) U.S.
Give thanks for all those who responded generously to the mid-year appeal supporting the Impact Fund.
11 (Sat.) East Africa
Pray for Samson* as he serves as the regional representative for East Africa. Pray for good connections with our partners and for safety in travel.
12 (Sun.) U.S.
Pray for EMM employee, Barry Freed, in his cross-country trip, August 26–September 29. Pray for him as he engages with many churches and individuals and shares the recruitment needs of EMM throughout the world.
13 (Mon.) Southeast Asia
Pray for obedience and wisdom for Jeremy and Jennifer* as they determine how to get involved with new projects. Pray for good connections with co-workers and EMM partners. Pray for the children in school.
14 (Tues.) Peru
Pray for a certified teacher to be called to teach English to the high schoolers at Promesa Mennonite School in Cusco, Peru.
15 (Wed.) Germany
Eric and Janelle* and their family are currently in the U.S. for their home leave. Pray for times of rest and refreshment and good connections with family and friends.
16 (Thurs.) Wales, U.K.
Pray for God to call an additional person or couple to the role of church developer or community worker in Wales.
17 (Fri.) Asia
Pray for Ethan* as he continues in his role as regional representative as he supports workers in his region and connects with partners in East Asia.
18 (Sat.) Wales
Pray for Kelly Lapp as she finishes the last month of her mission internship in Wales. Pray for healthy closure in relationships and a sense of well-being and vision for the upcoming season of transition.
19 (Sun.) Asia
Pray for Lea* as she continues to stay connected while supporting and encouraging friends and students even though she is currently stateside. Pray for direction for future ministry.
20 (Mon.) Germany
Pray for Tyler* as he prepares to begin his second mission internship in Germany. Pray that the borders stay open and that he is able to travel with no problems.
21 (Tues.) France
Pray for Jennifer Weaver as she raises funds and prepares for moving to France. Pray for good connections with supporters and for finances that need to be raised.
22 (Wed.) Chile
Pray for a creative person to be called to the role of Christian camp developer on Tenglo Island, Chile.
23 (Thurs.) Belize
Pray for Tim and Julie Groff as they pick up responsibilities again after a visit to the U.S. Pray for the boys as they begin school.
24 (Fri.) Germany
Pray for Paul*, mission intern in Germany. Ask God to equip him to make disciples of others from his country of origin in the Middle East.
25 (Sat.) U.S.
Pray for encouragement for Michael Clancy as he works with people in addictions and pray for wisdom as he disciples and mentors several men.
26 (Sun.) U.S.
Pray for EMM staff as we plan fall events. Ask for wisdom, creativity, and attentiveness to the Spirit.
27 (Mon.) Chile
Pray for an English teacher to join the work in Puerto Montt, Chile, to teach in rural and/or island settings.
28 (Tues.) Guatemala
Pray for times of refreshment and renewal for Ted and Julie Smoker during their home leave. Pray for their daughter Abby as she begins college this fall and for the other children in school.
29 (Wed.) U.S.
Give thanks for our volunteers who come so faithfully and help with answering phones, greeting guests, and creating a welcoming environment.
30 (Thurs.) U.S.
Pray for God to stir in the hearts of young people and that they would answer the call into deeper discipleship and missional living by joining an EMM short-term assignment.
*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.”