June 2020 Mission Intercessor
1 (Mon.) Southeast Asia
Pray for Owen and Abby* as they are temporarily living in another city. Praise the Lord for the provision of a guesthouse and space for the children to play. Pray for Owen as he teaches online and is also continuing to work on his master’s degree online. They are grateful for the technology that allows them to stay connected to the community where they live and work.
2 (Tues.) U.S.
Pray for a highly motivated manager to lead the innovative and cross-cultural center located at EMM's new headquarters in downtown Lancaster, Pa.
3 (Wed.) Global
Pray for Hannah Zimmerman as she continues to connect with EMM workers’ children around the world. Pray for creativity as she provides resources and encouragement for children and parents.
4 (Thurs.) Czech Republic
Ask God to provide an English tutor to facilitate conversational English, interact with participants, and build relationships.
5 (Fri.) East Asia
Pray for Ethan* and his family as they are currently based in the U.S. Pray that their family would find stability, would see the Father providing for them financially, would learn how to engage in mission in this new context, and that the Father would continually release HIS faith to their family.
6 (Sat.) Honduras
Pray for Leah Zeiset, a mission intern in Honduras, as she continues to build relationships with her host family. Ask God to give her opportunities to deepen her understanding of culture and language.
7 (Sun.) Netherlands
Pray for Bob and Miriam* as they continue to serve through leadership development, evangelism training, and arts outreach. Pray that they will testify to the gospel of God's grace.
8 (Mon.) Wales, U.K.
Ask God to provide individuals to participate in a Going Public internship. There are opportunities to gain experience in a whole host of areas alongside British youth, including children's work, community work, social action, teaching, sports ministry, or creative arts.
9 (Tues.) East Africa
Pray for John and Jane* and their children during this time of home leave in the U.S. Pray for times of refreshment and for creative ways to connect with supporters.
10 (Wed.) U.S.
Please pray for EMM's supporting churches across the U.S. as they navigate how to be the church while remaining socially distant.
11 (Thurs.) Peru
Pray for Steve and Beth Gibbs as they relate to the Peru Mennonite Church as LMC international partner delegates. Pray that they would continue to develop relationships of mutual encouragement with Peruvian church leaders.
12 (Fri.) Germany
Pray for Preston* as he continues to serve a small community in Germany where there is a lot of need and many people must fight against immense pressures to follow Jesus faithfully.
13 (Sat.) Southeast Asia
Jayden and Anika* are in the U.S. due to COVID-19. Pray for their teammates and community during this time. Pray for peace for Jayden and Anika as they wait and wisdom as they discern their next steps.
14 (Sun.) Spain
Ask God to provide individuals to intern with Petra Peacebuilders, a non-governmental organization that cares for peacebuilders and humanitarian workers worldwide.
15 (Mon.) Southeast Asia
Pray for Timothy and Madison* as they walk with the employees of the water filter plant during this time of closure. Pray for health and provision for each worker and their families.
16 (Tues.) West Africa
EMM is looking for a man who can speak French to carry on the leadership development work of a seasoned worker in West Africa. Pray that God would provide someone to fill this need.
17 (Wed.) U.S.
Pray for Michael Clancy as he walks with men in the daily trauma of their lives. There are many ups and downs for them and Michael reminds them that God is with them in their struggles.
18 (Thurs.) Honduras
Pray for Kayley Eshleman, mission intern with Vida220 in Honduras. Ask the Lord for continued openness in the community as her team ministers and leads activities.
19 (Fri.) Costa Rica
Daryl and Jen Hoover continue to minister to the staff at VidaNet. Pray for good family times as they spend time together at home with their boys.
20 (Sat.) U.S.
Pray for wisdom for Krista Martin, Emily Sensenig, and Kaitlyn Harnly as they adapt and lead EMM's summer Kingdom Team program in new ways.
21 (Sun.) Spain
Pray for Rolando and Andrea* as they make decisions on coming to the U.S. this summer. Pray also for the provision of housing and a vehicle during their home leave. Praise the Lord that Rolando has been able to continue to connect with those he is discipling and that they are continuing to grow in the Lord.
22 (Mon.) Europe
EMM has a variety of service opportunities in Europe, such as in the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina where new workers are desired to come and serve alongside the evangelical church in Tuzla. Pray that individuals would respond to these opportunities.
23 (Tues.) Central Asia
Please pray for peace and for wisdom as promised in James 1 for Elizabeth* during these uncertain times. Pray that she will be sensitive to what the Lord wants her to be doing.
24 (Wed.) Guatemala
Pray for Katelyn Shoup as she trains for her mission internship in Guatemala. Ask the Lord to use this time to deepen her understanding of his heart for the world and her role to play in his mission.
25 (Thurs.) Germany
Pray for wisdom and creativity for Eric and Janelle* in staying connected with the church community and those they are mentoring and discipling. Praise the Lord for the good family times they are experiencing.
26 (Fri.) U.S.
Please pray for EMM's church relations staff to gain new ideas on how to relate and advocate to churches across the U.S. during this season in which churches are not meeting in person on Sunday mornings.
27 (Sat.) South Asia
Pray that house churches would continue to grow in faith and that God's Word and the message about Jesus would expand to more villages. Please also join Clara* in asking for favor for her husband to get an American tourist visa so he can visit and meet her family as well as share at requested meetings.
28 (Sun.) Honduras
Teaching opportunities exist for elementary and high school teachers at Academia Los Pinares in Tegucigalpa. Pray for more workers to be sent to this high-quality, Christian, bilingual school.
29 (Mon.) U.S.
Praise God for the continued giving to the Impact Fund as we work tirelessly to support our missionaries around the world during this global pandemic.
30 (Tues.) Guatemala
Pray for Josh Varner, mission intern with Vida220. Ask God to guide his team as they spend the last few weeks serving in their community.
*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.”