“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age’.” Matthew 28:18-20
“…and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8b
These words first spoken by our risen Lord to His disciples 2,000 years ago have echoed through the ages, calling those who love Jesus to then share Him with others. This ‘Go’ command begins at home with each one of us reaching out to our neighbors and beyond.
Currently, First Presbyterian Church of Tacoma supports missionaries serving in nine countries. Some of these dedicated disciples have been a part of our church since their youth. Others came to us as adults. All of these missionaries and their families are a part of the First Pres Tacoma family. They have heard Jesus’s call to go and make disciples in very specific ways, and to very specific places. It is our privilege to help them honor God’s call on their lives, to provide support, through prayer and finances while they are away, and to give them a loving church home when they are here.
As a part of this effort, the First Pres website will now be posting the newsletters of missionaries we support on this page. We invite you to read about the exciting things God is doing, using the hands and feet of people we know. We also encourage you to read their prayer requests, and take time to pray for them. Feel free to send a note of encouragement to them as well! Below is a list of missionaries and groups that we currently support. Let’s partner with our missionary families as they share Jesus with others.
Steve & Jennifer Baughman, Wycliffe Bible Translators 48 Rue De La Dessous, 80240 Nurlu, France Email: email@example.com
Steve was instrumental in dubbing the Jesus Film into several languages. He now works in Scripture usage and leadership development in Europe, the U.S. and Asia for promoting the gospel around the world. Jennifer leads Bible studies in their home and area in France and does friendship evangelism.
Mark & Iris Barnes, Youth with a Mission
R. Francisco Mota Machado 565, Capao de Imbuia, 82800-230 Curitiba PR, Brazil
Stateside address: 342 Mulberry Village Lane, Ft. Mill, South Carolina 29715
Mark and Iris have spread the gospel in Brazil for more than 30 years. Mark is energetic and is innovative in means of evangelism. He uses theater and mime under circus tents, travels down Brazilian rivers to evangelize and plant churches.
Brendan and Erin live in Abancay, Peru. They help plant churches in remote villages where people mainly speak Quechua. Because most of these people don’t read, Brendan teaches them how to share the Gospel orally with picture books. As a dentist, Erin and Brendan travel to remote villages providing much needed dental care.
Dorothy Forsberg, Serving in Missions
1428 Sweetbriar Circle, Carlsbad, CA 92011
For more than 30 years, Dorothy has been involved in the work of translating the Bible into the Yom language in Benin, Africa. She and her two colleagues continue with translating the Old Testament, having completed 20 books, 42% of the Old Testament.
Karen Goldfain, Navigators 18363 E. Colgate Place, Aurora, CO. 80013-9434 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen works in friendship evangelism, mostly with Africans, on college campuses and in homes in the greater Denver, CO area. She leads Bible studies, encourages students, and is part of the Nations Within mission.
LeRoy & Joann Judd, Africa Inland Mission 4675 Hayesville Ct. NE, Salem, OR 07305 Email: email@example.com
LeRoy teaches Bible classes to Africans by internet from Oregon. He and Joanne also work with Africans in the U.S., challenging churches regarding missions and worldwide evangelism and discipleship. Together, they have formed a youth chamber ensemble which plays in their church.
Paul Lewis, Wycliffe Bible Translators C/O Kris Powell, P.O. Box 97, Grapeview, WA 98646 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul is the editor of the Ethnologue, the two-volume book describing every people group in the world and every detail about them and their country. He teaches linguistic courses and conducts seminars around the world, and is writing a book. When not traveling he is in Arizona.
Edwin is the Director of Pastoral Ministries and a member of OC’s International Ministries Team. He is involved in evangelistic crusades, seminars on missions and leadership development training. Evie has ministered as a conference speaker and worship leader and travels in Latin America and the U.S. giving seminars on worship. They have been with OC for 40 years.
Sue and Mike Mills, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship 3410 North Eiger Mt. Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86004 Email: email@example.com
Sue has been in the student ministry of campus evangelism and leadership training with IV since 1991, working for a time with her husband, Mike. Currently in Arizona, she is Associate Area Director for an area between the south and north borders of the U.S.
Mary Peterson, Bible Club Ministries International 711 Tijuana Apt. 19, Colorado Springs, CO 80909-5102 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary grew up at First Pres. Now in Colorado, Mary works with physically and mentally challenged adults and children. She shares the Lord and teaches Bible lessons with individuals, usually one on one, developing relationships and building friendships.
Barry and Jan Potter, Overseas Missionary Fellowship 9172 Weatherstone Ct., Highlands Ranch, CO 80126 Email: email@example.com
Barry serves as OMF Personnel Director, working with missionary candidates, planning strategy and helping solve people problems. He also gives training to OMF members in many countries. They are based near the OMF headquarters in Colorado, where Jan stays busy managing an OMF guest home. They are 35-year missionaries with OMF.
Jack and Nancy live and work in Koutou, Chad, Africa. Jack is in charge of the print shop, printing voluminous amounts of Christian literature – hymnals, Sunday school materials, calendars and evangelistic tracts. The literature is used in many parts of Africa.
Mrs. Willi Taylor, Cadence International
932 16th Ct. SE, Puyallup, WA 98372
Willi ministers to military personnel and families who are stationed at Ft. Lewis/McChord. She also teaches Bible studies and attends and takes a leadership role in the base chapel, and sings in the choir.