August 2020 Mission Intercessor
1 (Sat.) Kenya
Pray for Stuart and Amaris Allan and their family as they have completed their assignment and are transitioning to life here in the U.S. Pray for ease in the continued transitions.
2 (Sun.) South America
Pray for people who are drawn to South America, to serve with our partners in either Chile or Peru. There are multiple opportunities to teach, work in church development, or help develop a Christian camp.
3 (Mon.) U.S.
An adapted Kingdom Team will take place with youth from Mountville Mennonite Church. Pray for the youth as they learn and grow in God's missional heart. The youth will be creating “Blessing Boxes” to deliver to resettled refugee families in Lancaster, Pa. Pray for each of the families who will receive a box.
4 (Tues.) Thailand
Andre and Karen Provost have developed a 5-year plan to reach four different ethnic groups in their province. Pray for them as they begin training their first leader from the Kui people. Pray for wisdom as they identify three potential leaders for initiating the movements in the three other people groups.
5 (Wed.) Belize
Pray for Bill and Judy Houser as they relate to the Belize Evangelical Mennonite Church as LMC international partner delegates. Pray for them as they support and encourage church leaders during the challenges of the pandemic.
6 (Thurs.) Albania
Pray for interns to build relationships and bring the gospel through teaching and student ministry opportunities in Albania.
7 (Fri.) Germany
Jonas and Hannah* and their children returned to Germany in July. Pray for them as they transition back to their relationships and responsibilities. Pray for the children as they begin school.
8 (Sat.) Wales, U.K
Praise God that Kelly Lapp is able to return to Wales for a second internship. Pray that she is able to raise the needed funds to be able to begin the discipleship program this fall.
9 (Sun.) Hong Kong
Pray for Glenn and June Kauffman as they walk alongside the local conference of Mennonite churches in Hong Kong. Pray that the churches can provide hope and encouragement to the communities around them and that many will come to know the Lord.
10 (Mon.) U.S.
Please pray for our church relations staff as they try to reschedule speaking engagements as churches begin to meet once again.
11 (Tues.) Global
Pray for Jonathan Bornman as he works on the first full draft of his doctoral dissertation and prepares to meet with the pre-submission sub-committee in September. Praise the Lord for new modes of ministry and new opportunities that have emerged for Jonathan and the team to continue to teach.
12 (Wed.) Central America
Pray for former mission interns Josh Varner and Kayleh Eshleman as they have been home in the U.S. for a month. Ask the Lord to solidify the work of transformation that he did in their hearts during their internships so that they continue to live and share Christ’s transforming love.
13 (Thurs.) U.S.
Pray for Michael Clancy as he teaches and disciples men in prison. May God give him compassion and perseverance as he also walks alongside those who have been released from prison and are choosing to make a change in their lives.
14 (Fri.) Spain
Praise the Lord for the training and encouragement that Paula* and her team is able to provide for those who assist others who are dealing with trauma. Pray for Paula as she also provides follow up online coaching for those who were part of the training.
15 (Sat.) Guatemala
Please pray for wisdom and direction for how Ted and Julie Smoker should go forward with their business vision in the new economic climate that will exist when things open back up. Join with them in praying that the harvest of coffee and corn will not be negatively impacted by the shutdown. Continue to pray for physical and emotional health and safety for the family.
16 (Sun.) Southeast Asia
Pray for someone to serve as a managing director of a social enterprise in Southeast Asia beginning in 2021.
17 (Mon.) Netherlands
Pray for Linda and Phil Gottschalk as they have virtual visits with their family and supporters. Pray for good connections and the finances needed for their next term. Pray for them as they prepare for the fall courses they will teach.
18 (Tues.) Germany
Pray for Preston* as he wraps up his internship and moves out of his apartment this month. Pray for encouragement and refreshment as he transitions into a new role as a Ph.D. student and assistant in a new location in Germany.
19 (Wed.) North Africa
Andres and Angelica Prins have felt God rekindle the vision for more directly re-engaging the people of North Africa among whom they previously served and witnessed. Pray that the necessary pieces will come together and that God will open the doors where he would have them serve.
20 (Thurs.) Belize
Pray for an intern who knows American Sign Language to join a ministry to deaf children and young adults who are often marginalized in Belize.
21 (Fri.) U.S.
Pray for interns to serve in Baltimore, Md., through a variety of community ministries, including a small school, while learning principles of holistic urban ministry.
22 (Sat.) U.S.
Pray for grace and wisdom as we continue to invite people to serve with EMM during these uncertain times.
23 (Sun.) West Africa
Praise the Lord that Beryl Forrester has been able to continue his teaching through online methods. Pray for the development of additional study materials that students can access online and where Beryl and others can interact with them. Thank the Lord that the church is flourishing in spite of some of the restrictions that were in place.
24 (Mon.) Costa Rica
Pray for Jadyn Hess as she prepares to begin a mission internship with Vida220 this fall. Pray that any long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic would not greatly impact the program from its typical schedule.
25 (Tues.) Central Asia
Pray for joy and creativity for Alexander and Maria* and their boys as they spend their summer in Central Asia instead of in the U.S. Pray for wisdom for Alexander in the many business connections he has and as he mentors others.
26 (Wed.) U.S.
Continue to pray for the EMM Impact Fund as we live into uncertain economic times. The Impact Fund is essential for EMM to fulfill its calling to make disciples around the world.
27 (Thurs.) Czech Republic
Pray for Stacy and Vojta Prknovi as they spend their summer in the Czech Republic instead of in the US. Pray for good connections with supporters and for the needed funds for another term. Pray for Stacy as she teaches English and supports the local church.
28 (Fri.) Global
Our hearts continue to be stirred for gateway cities, such as Marseilles, France. Join with us in praying for people to serve in these places, where the nations of the world meet and mingle.
29 (Sat.) U.S.
Please pray for the Everyone Moving in Mission Capital Campaign for the 450 North Prince Street project in Lancaster City, Pa. We continue to pray and seek out donors who can make this project a reality.
30 (Sun.) Honduras
Pray for mission intern Leah Zeiset as she discerns her next steps and call into future missions. Ask the Lord for clear vision and grace to follow in obedience.
31 (Mon.) Thailand
Pray for rest and refreshment for Steve Horst and Bethany Tobin and their children during their home leave in the U.S. Pray for creativity and good connections with supporters. They are scheduled to return to Thailand in August — pray that God will lead in his timing for them to be able to return.
*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.”