August 2019 Mission Intercessor

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1 (Thurs.) U.S.
The re-entry retreat will be held August 1–4 at Black Rock Retreat Center in Quarryville, Pa. Pray for all the workers who are completing and transitioning back to North America. Pray for the staff who will resource the adults, children, and youth.

2 (Fri.) Honduras
Academia Los Pinares in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, is in urgent need of teachers for the upcoming school year. Pray for teachers to take advantage of this unique opportunity to use their skills.

3 (Sat.) Middle East
Pray for Jade* as she continues to settle into her new home and city. Pray that a job comes through for her as verbal agreements for her original job are falling through. Pray for good connections and friendships to develop.

4 (Sun.) U.S.
Continue to pray for an urban ministry/teaching intern to serve in Baltimore. This individual would learn principles of holistic urban ministry as they join a local church community that seeks to be part of gospel transformation through various ministries, including a small school.

5 (Mon.) Middle East
Praise the Lord with Michael and Laura* that the Lord of the harvest is answering prayer! Pray for Laura as she continues to invest in a ministry of hospitality, providing a welcoming and loving presence to friends, family, and seekers.

6 (Tues.) Wales, U.K.
Pray for Kelly Lapp as she prepares to return to the U.S. after her nine-month mission internship in Wales. Ask the Lord to give her wisdom and discernment for what He has next for her.

7 (Wed.) West Africa
Ask God for continued wisdom and discernment in J.C. Ebersole’s role as director of Africa Association of Bible Schools.

8 (Thurs.) East Africa
Continue to pray with us for an individual or two to consider serving as EMM's regional representative(s) for East Africa.

9 (Fri.) West Africa
Praise God for the many opportunities Beryl Forrester has had to travel and resource church leaders on biblical teaching from an Anabaptist perspective. Pray for Beryl as he spends time in the U.S. this summer and shares with people some recommendations to expand these teachings for church leaders in West Africa.

10 (Sat.) U.S.
Thank God for the many people who faithfully support the mission of God through EMM. Pray for encouragement, vision, and perseverance for these people who help this work financially. May they be transformed through their giving!

11 (Sun.) Belize
Pray for Phyllis and Galen Groff as they continue to walk alongside the church in Belize. Pray for strength and encouragement to persevere as they disciple others.

12 (Mon.) U.S.
Stefanie Good has just returned from her 10-month mission internship with the Vida220 discipleship program in Costa Rica. Pray that she would continue to grow in her discipleship journey as she transitions to life in the U.S.

13 (Tues.) Belize
Nathanael and Spring Davis and their family are on home leave and will return to Belize in mid-August. Pray for good times of refreshment and connections with family and friends. Pray for renewed energy and vision as they return to Belize.

14 (Wed.) Costa Rica
Pray for a discipleship team member to live and serve in Costa Rica, joining a 10-month international discipleship school that provides intense training, practical ministry and leadership opportunities. 

15 (Thurs.) Chile
Pray that Michael and Nancy Hostetter will reflect the love of Jesus in their many relationships as they work with business men and women, church planting leaders, and individuals in Chile.

16 (Fri.) U.S.
Please pray for the August 16–17 EMM Board meeting happening in Holmes County, Ohio. Pray that Board members can connect well with area leaders and churches who are now part of LMC.

17 (Sat.) Hong Kong
Pray for Glen and June Kauffman to be encouraged and directed by the Holy Spirit as they encourage others in Hong Kong.

18 (Sun.) U.S.
Remember Leah Zeiset in prayer as she transitions back into life in the U.S. from her 10-month mission internship with the Vida220 discipleship program in Costa Rica.

19 (Mon.) Global
Pray for safety for Andres Prins as he travels in his role with the Christian-Muslim Relations Team. Pray for wisdom in preparation for presentations and for the many conversations he will have. May the Holy Spirit continue to draw many persons to Himself.

20 (Tues.) U.S.
Amanda Martin has recently finished her summer mission internship in New York City. Pray that she would continue to live on mission with God and be open to where He would want to use her to be His hands and feet. 

21 (Wed.) Central Asia
Pray for Alexander and Maria* and their boys as they return to their responsibilities after time in the U.S. this summer. Pray for wisdom to know what to say “yes” to and how to keep healthy boundaries with ministry and family.

22 (Thurs.) Southeast Asia
Media artists are needed to serve with a transformational business in Southeast Asia. Pray for one or more of these artists to invest time and skill in the communication pieces needed to foster continued growth for this business.

23 (Fri.) Global
As David and Grace Shenk continue to serve in many roles with the Christian-Muslim Relations Team, ask God to strengthen them physically and spiritually and make them a blessing to many people.

24 (Sat.) U.S.
Praise God for an amazing summer of Kingdom Teams! Pray that God would continue to be transforming the youth groups who were involved as well as those they ministered to.

25 (Sun.) Germany
The immigrant/refugee ministry of Darrel and Miriam* requires much empathy and wisdom. Ask God to equip them for every challenge as they serve in Eastern Germany.

26 (Mon.) U.S.
Thank God for EMM's property at 450 North Prince Street in Lancaster, Pa. Pray that the vision that God has for engaging with many people in this property would be fulfilled. May this be a building filled with hospitality and love.

27 (Tues.) Wales, U.K.
Alan and Carol Wert and their family are in the U.S. for the month of August. Pray for rest and refreshment for them as well as good connections as they work at fundraising.

28 (Wed.) Chile
Pray for people to consider mission service in Chile. Whether it's English teaching, camp ministry, or simple church development, opportunities await.

29 (Thurs.) Global
Pray for safety as Leon and Naomi Zimmerman travel to Africa in August to train and equip church leaders. Pray for wisdom as they plan and prepare their teaching resources.

30 (Fri.) U.S.
Pray for the several mission interns who are preparing to begin assignments in various locations this fall. Ask God to give them peace as they prepare to say goodbye to family and friends and walk into new circumstances.

31 (Sat.) Southeast Asia
Pray for a childcare worker/homeschool teacher in Southeast Asia.

*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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