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August 2021 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 (Sun.) U.S.
The reentry retreat for workers completing their time of service ends today. Pray that those who have attended will feel God’s peace as they transition back into their lives and ministry in their home countries.

2 (Mon.) Southeast Asia
Please continue to ask God to provide an executive director for a transformational business in Southeast Asia. 

3 (Tues.) U.S.
Pray for refreshment and filling from the Holy Spirit for Krista Martin after a busy summer of coordinating and leading the summer Leap into Language and Kingdom Team programs. 

4 (Wed.) Czech Republic
Pray for good interactions with Jan Heindel and the youth as she leads a youth group camp August 7–14 and a backpacking trip she is planning with some girls she is relating to. Please join Jan as she is praying for wisdom and direction and planning for what the fall will look like. 

5 (Thurs.) Guatemala
Pray for Allen Eshleman in his role as an LMC international partner delegate relating to the K’ekchi’ Mennonite Church in Guatemala. Pray that he would soon be able to travel to meet with the church leaders there to encourage them.

6 (Fri.) Thailand 
Please pray for individuals to be called to serve as child care assistants and home school helpers in Thailand. Pray for individuals to join the team of missionaries there, in the service of caring for and tutoring their children.

7 (Sat.) Cambodia
Pray for Kandace Glenn as she volunteers with English tutoring and is also involved with prayer services with CRU Cambodia with their campus ministries. Pray that she will have continued opportunities to reach out to her neighbors. 

8 (Sun.) U.S.
Ask God to refresh the many EMM staff who have spent much energy in planning, preparing and implementing the many summer events for our workers. Pray that God would give renewed energy and vision as we continue to move in mission. 

9 (Mon.) Cambodia
Pray for John and Debbie Coats to have the wisdom to know how to minister in the challenging times of COVID-19. Pray for peace and sensitivity to the Spirit's direction.

10 (Tues.) U.S.
Pray for a generous giving in response to the mid-year appeal which provides life-giving support to EMM's Impact Fund.

11 (Wed.) Belize
Pray for Nathanael and Spring Davis and their family as they spend time in the U.S. Pray for meaningful times with family and friends and for renewed strength and energy. 

12 (Thurs.) Chile
Pray for Aaron and Katarina Miller as they prepare to begin their 18-month mission internship in Chile. Ask God to provide for all their needs and to prepare their hearts as they go. 

13 (Fri.) Middle East
Pray for peace for Jade* in the midst of unknowns and for continued opportunities to share the hope and love of the Father with those she relates to. 

14 (Sat.) Peru
Pray for a certified teacher to be called to teach English virtually to the high schoolers at Promesa Mennonite School in Cusco, Peru.

15 (Sun.) Hong Kong
Pray for the Mennonite churches in Hong Kong to continue to grow and flourish. Praise the Lord for the encouragement and prayer that Glenn and June Kauffman can provide as they relate to the church community there. 

16 (Mon.) Thailand
Pray for a new generation of missionaries to join Andre and Karen* in the field as team members in the church-planting work in Southeast Asia.

17 (Tues.) Wales, U.K.
Pray for Kelly Lapp as she prepares to end her second year-long mission internship in Wales. Ask the Lord to give her vision for the next steps of her journey.

18 (Wed.) Southeast Asia
Pray for good connections with family and supporters and for times of refreshment for Timothy and Madison* and their boys as they spend a year in the U.S. 

19 (Thurs.) U.S.
Give thanks for the many churches who support EMM's ministry generously and consistently, and who have for decades!

20 (Fri.) U.S.
Ask God to put it on the hearts of young adults to be part of the Advance program this fall to grow in discipleship and get involved in local cross-cultural discipleship.

21 (Sat.) Spain
Pray for Paula* and the ministry of Petra Peacebuilders that they can equip and resource others who are working to build peace. Pray for open doors to travel and support workers in high-stress areas. 

22 (Sun.) U.S.
Pray for EMM employee, Barry Freed, in his upcoming cross-country trip, Aug. 26–Sept. 29. Pray for him as he engages with many churches and individuals and shares the recruitment needs of EMM throughout the world.

23 (Mon.) U.S.
Pray for Angie Earl and her family as they welcome a new little one into their family. Praise the Lord for continued healing for her son Emmaus and continue to pray for completeness of God’s shalom through Jesus our Prince of Peace for the whole hospital and the kids and their families.

24 (Tues.) Germany
Pray for Tyler Auker as he prepares to begin his second Mission Internship in Germany. Ask God to prepare his heart and give him the vision for those he will be serving in Germany. 

25 (Wed.) Southeast Asia
Pray for open doors for Owen and Abby* to use a training video series to explore Christianity with others. Pray for wisdom for Abby as she mentors their house helper and that she will be a positive influence with their other 15-year-old helper. 

26 (Thurs.) U.S.
Pray for Deb Muenstermann as she prepares to enter the role of managing the ministry center of Hub 450. Pray also for the remaining funds needed to complete the capital campaign to come in. 

27 (Fri.) Global
Praise the Lord for the online support and resourcing that Leon and Naomi Zimmerman have been able to provide. Please pray for open doors to travel and resource leaders and churches around the world. 

28 (Sat.) Southeast Asia
Please pray for additional long-term workers to join the discipleship work happening in Southeast Asia.

29 (Sun.) U.S.
Pray for friendship to grow with Jonathan and Carol Bornman's Syrian neighbors on their street. Continue to pray for those on the Christian-Muslim Relations Team to be faithful in their lives and witness of who Jesus is and the hope and peace he offers. 

30 (Mon.) Germany
Pray for mission intern Peter* as he grows in discipleship and leadership while serving with long-term workers in Germany. Ask God to equip him with all that he needs as he ministers to others. 

31 (Tues.) Thailand
Pray for wisdom for Steve and Bethany Horst to know how to build into the lives of a couple who is part of their team; and for renewed hope among the believers in Nam Yuen. Pray for the children as they attend a local private school as well as home school. 

*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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