FPC Missions

“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.
 

Missionaries

Steve & Jennifer Baughman, Wycliffe Bible Translators
48 Rue De La Dessous, 80240 Nurlu, France
Email:  8sofar@wanadoo.fr
 
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 Connally, Serving in Missions
Aptado 206, Abancay, Peru, South America
Email:  brendan.connally@sim.org
 
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
760-931-9511
 
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:  kgoldfain@gmail.com
 
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:  lorj@judds.us
 
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:  paul_lewis@sil.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 and Evie Martinez, OC International
3717 Woodlake Rd., Bellingham, WA 98226
Email:  edwinmartinez73@aol.com
 
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:  suemills@mac.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:  marycwhm@icloud.com
 
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:  barry.potter@omfmail.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 Snyder, TEAM
TEAM S/C Cocoam, B. P. Box 127, N’Djamena, Chad, Africa
Email:  jacknancysnyder@yahoo.com
 
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
Email:  none
 
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.
 

Organizations

 
 
 
 
 
 

Mission News

The Snyder Scoop

 
 
FAMINE in Africa – also threatens parts of Chad!
 
News of the impending hunger catastrophe in the Horn of Africa is currently spreading throughout the media. This coverage never talks of Chad, but this country, which is one of the poorest and most barren countries in the world, has also been affected by this same drought, albeit not to the same extent as we see in the Horn. Our partner church in Chad, the EET (Eglise Evangélique du Tchad), having seen the encroaching food crisis in the hardest hit areas of the south, has launched a project to help the most vulnerable people in these areas.
 
The crisis has been building since late last year. Many people in southern Chad depend on subsistence farming to eat and on the sale of their crops to care for other family needs. These farmers also supply food for larger city centers, like the capital N’Djamena. The 2016 rainy season was erratic and insufficient, resulting in very poor harvests in the hardest hit areas. As a result for the 2017 farming season many of these people have no seeds to plant and their meager food stocks are depleting leaving some already surviving only by foraging for edible roots in the bush – with 5 months still to go before they might see the first fruits of the next harvest! The situation is looking desperate for these vulnerable people most of whom only have very limited, if any other, resources to buy food let alone seeds to plant a new crop for this year.
 
The EET has carried out an extensive survey throughout its church districts in the south in order to identify the people in their congregations who are the most affected by this problem. They have identified 2,400 vulnerable people in 16 of the hardest hit church districts who will benefit directly from the project. Only people who live exclusively from their agricultural products and have no other source of income were considered. The project is 3-pronged: 1) Food distribution and 2) Seed distribution to these 2,400 people; 3) Education for the church in general to help people manage their fields and crops more effectively.
 
 The total cost of the project is US$ 94,000 of which the church hopes to fund over US$12,000 from their own church members.
 
Would you be willing to pray with us about these huge needs and give towards this project, should the Lord lead your heart to do so?
 
Go to: On-Line Giving – Type “Famine” into the search line and choose “Famine Relief – Chad”
-OR-
Make checks out to “TEAM” and earmarked – “Famine Relief – Chad” – mail to: In the USA – PO Box 1986 Grapevine, TX 76099-1986 In CANADA – #372-16 Midlake Blvd SE, Calgary, AB T2X 2X7


Hello from Sue Mills

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News from the Potters

Hi all,
 
Greetings from Singapore!  Some of you will have heard from us recently, and others not for quite a while.  (We are working on our email address list and trying to get some people back who somehow were dropped off.  If you are one of those, welcome back!)
 
Jan and I have been in Singapore since last week, at OMF HQ.   I was here to take part in the Training and Development (T&D) consultation, T&D being the group through which I travel overseas to our fields to do training.  A consultation is held once every two years or so, bringing in all of us from around the world who are involved in teaching and facilitating these training events.  There were some difficult discussions, but also lots that has been very encouraging.  We would appreciate prayer for the outcome and implementation of these discussions.
 
Then, this week, I am leading my 3-day coaching workshop here in Singapore.  The plan has been to allow anyone who has come for the consultation to be able to stay on for the training… but we also have a number who have signed up and have traveled in from other countries especially for this time.  Jan’s is here with me as well… her standby flights all worked out very well, for which we are always thankful.  We are also visiting some of our US members who work here in Singapore, and pray we can be a blessing to them as well as getting up-to-speed with the nature of their work.
 
Easter weekend, we traveled on to Tokyo, where, in addition to seeing family, we be spent some time with missionary colleagues.  Jan and I also set up a visit with our friend Katsu, who along with his wife was led to the Lord and discipled during our ministry while we were still serving in Japan.  He is now in the hospital and not expected to be released, and we would really like to visit him if it would be possible to do so.  (We tried during our last Japan visit,  but for whatever reason, his wife said it was not possible.)  Thanks so much for praying for this.
 
Some of you have prayed for Katsu before!  Here is a prayer bullet I sent out almost exactly 10 years ago:  (He has had heart trouble for years…)
 
Thank you for your prayers.   Continue to pray [for Katsu] that he will be open to the Lord’s hand in his life through this experience [hospitalized for heart issues].  He has struggled with assurance of salvation over the last few years, and has often said he is not sure he is a Christian.  His wife Hideko just wrote to us, though, to say that he has been reading Romans in recent days with appreciation and understanding.  In his early days, he stated he did not like Paul’s letters, finding them too difficult to understand.  So this is progress!  Thanks so much for praying! (Jan. 2007)
 
Since this time, he has been saved, baptized, active in church, and strong in his faith.  He is reported to be witnessing actively to any who walk into his hospital room… a level of boldness unusual for Japan!  Thanks for your prayers with/for him… and us… over these years!
 
Barry (and Jan)