The Mill’s New Year Update

Happy New Year everyone!

We thought I (Nadia) would share with you all a little bit about what I’ve been up to this past quarter. 

In September my dear friend and big sister Cher Martin (Navigators support staff, Camp Lejeune) and myself started a lady’s study in our homes once a week for the gals who have been involved with the base chapel. We decided as a group we wanted to do something in-depth, so we committed to a study on ‘The Letter of James’ by Jen Wilkin. It was basically the equivalent of a 1-credit college course, so you can imagine the style of the study! The attitude of the study was, “Study hard now, glean later,” with a focus on comprehension of the text through context, understanding word definitions, and learning the writing style and themes. It was no doubt a demanding endeavor, with 30 homework questions and an audio sermon each week! Not everyone was able to participate at this pace over the course of the 11-week study.

That said, we nick-named Sarah, “Faithful Sarah,” by week 4 because we knew we could count on her to be there with us Thursday nights. We’ve been reminded that studying the Bible and seeking understanding will often require time that has to be created, and there are times we may need to sacrifice other things in order to love God with our minds in that way (Matt. 22:37). We loved answering the 5 W’s – Who wrote it, When, To WhomWhat style, What are the central themes – because it helped us to interpret the text in brighter light. James 3:1-12 talks about our words and it was a sobering reminder to us how powerful our words truly are. It began transforming our everyday lives by changing how Cher and I respond to conflict and how Sarah responded to an environment of gossip at her work. We (embarrassingly at times) began seeing word errors we were daily making that we were blind to. I think of Proverbs 18:21 – “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits”. It has caused me to ask myself: “What am I creating by what I say? What am I not creating by the good I don’t say?”

On the home front, Hurricane Florence totaled our roof and we’ve had some leaking. Thankfully insurance has been worked out and we just had measurements taken for a shiny new metal one that should last the next 50-100 years (which in my opinion is totally worth it! I’m not sure why everyone out here has shingles if they are just going to get blown off again next year!?). From September-October, we were able to host our Marine friend, Jordan, who just returned from deployment while he awaited base housing to open up for he and his family. His wife, Veda, and two kids, Rose and Troy, ended up joining us as well the last week he was here. It was a great opportunity to “do life together” and encourage Veda (and be encouraged by Veda) in our motherhood.

November 12th we celebrated Caleb’s 3rd birthday; and in late November, we also welcomed the newest addition to our family: (then) 11-month old boxer Moana into our home- our family ‘watch dog’ and ‘designated cuddler’ while Zack is away for various ministry activities throughout the year. We really feel blessed to have found her, she is an absolute sweetheart and everything we as a family have prayed for as the first furry member of our family. 

Thank you for all your prayers and support, we love serving in this community and filled with joy to be able to partner with each of you for the sake of The Gospel!

Please join us in praying for~

  • For me (Nadia) as I’ve felt spurred on to increase my biblical literacy this year, beginning by reading through a book on good study habits.
  • Also, I (Nadia) have been asked to help again with the Base Chapel Music Ministry; for wisdom in liturgical conduction and balancing life at home. 
  • For us as we decide on a school for Gracie to attend to this upcoming school year for Kindergarten. 
  • For Zack, as he and Jon lead the ministry here at Lejeune, that they’d be attentive to God’s cultivation and abide in His Word completely.
  • Lastly, please pray also that we would be wise as stewards with everything God has given us; in particular, we have an opportunity to purchase an adjoining lot next to our own that would give us plenty of room to expand as our biological and Kingdom families grow.

Baughman February Update

Greetings from Mark Barnes!

In June we are planning a family trip to Brazil.

Last year Iris’s mother past away unexpectedly at the fine age of 92. Iris was unable to be with her family so at this time we would like to make a trip to brazil to bring some support and closure.

Iris was last in Brazil about three years ago, the same for Gabriel for Barbara it’s been 7.                           

                  We would like to ask you to consider helping us financially to make this trip.

Some of our news

Barbara is graduating from High school in a few days!!!  She is going to attend a local Tech collage working toward a nursing degree. She is buying a car and getting her DL too.

Gabriel is finishing 10th grade, working as a checker in a local supermarket, ( as is Barbara) He is planning on being in the marching band again, which is a big commitment and wonderful thing.

Iris is covering us all with love, hard work and living faith. A few days ago I head her say, “I am happy”, after doing a weekend shift at a part time job at our church restaurant. 

So far this year I have worked a number of extra shifts at my wilderness job, 12 to 15 days straight.  I heard one of my students say a few day ago, “when I get home I am going to forgive my dad”. I got honored as instructor of the work last week in part because my co staff and I were able to keep our group functional and mostly dry during a big week of rain.

In Brazil  there is much work to be done. Hiago, the director of The Deck in Brazil was recently at our home. He is a very gifted and special leader seeing much growth and success in his work.

Kaka the other main coordinator on my team is running of (for) Senator… Hard to quantify how awesome a team we have in Brazil!  

Thanks for taking the time to read this, please pray for us as we reach in Faith for Thy will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Peace, Mark and Familia

  1. PS. As we have given of our selves I feel like this is what we have received.

Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full–pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. Luke 3:36

The Baughman Little Update

The Potter Update

Hi everyone from Jan and Barry Potter,
Thanks so much, once again, for your prayers and support for us.
I wanted to start this month with one snapshot of the present condition of the church in Japan.  Take a look at the graphic below, which is cause for concern.

Incredibly, almost half of all church pastors in Japan today are in their 70’s and 80s!  Imagine, in just 5 years’ time, we could lose some 20% of these pastors, and in 10 years, possibly even a third. How are new Christians in Japan going to be discipled? Can existing churches even continue? This makes the life-changing message of the gospel even more urgent.  After almost 30 years of living and ministering in Japan ourselves, and as we continue to travel to the country periodically, we are concerned about the state of the church there.  Fortunately, OMF has a significant team missionaries continuing to work there.

Please continue to pray for this country and for our workers, and for God’s grace to be upon all. 
(When this graphic, and the gist of this message, was shared with those outside OMF by our Communications team, it was viewed by 35,000 people on Facebook and shared by nearly 200.  We’re glad that people are concerned and are praying, and thank you for being a part of that!)
Our twice-yearly U.S. leadership team retreat was just held last week, and we were able to consider a number of major issues facing us.  The responsibility for leading events like this, as well as the implementation of what we decide, falls on me this year as the Acting President.  (As we met over three days, I had to fight through a bad cold which somehow just got worse once the pressure of the event was over!) I would appreciate prayer for my leadership role, especially during this busy year… and for good health!
Our summer Candidate Course is coming up in just a month, and we are excited to have 16 candidates enrolled in the course, as the first step toward their service in Asia.  Just two or three months ago, it looked as if we were going to have to cancel the course for lack of applicants.  So we are excited by these numbers.  And as always, the numbers are less important than the need for the right people to be sent out… those who have the gifts and calling to make an impact for the gospel in those places that are particularly spiritually needy.  Thanks for your prayers.
In family news, Doug and Candice have now returned to their home and lives in Tokyo after 1.5 years here in Colorado, where their youngest son Kole (6) received wonderful care and help for his autism.  It is an answer to prayer that the school in Japan is committed to providing ongoing care for him (which enabled them to return to Japan)… but only if a para-educator is available to attend school with  him.  Someone is presently available to serve in this capacity this year… but there is always next year, the year after that, and the many years ahead.  Please pray for the ongoing provision of just the right person for this important role.  And if you know of anyone who might be interested in helping in this way, next school year or beyond, let us know.
With thanks,
Barry and Jan
Barry Potter

Acting President and National Director


Update from Paul Lewis

Snyder Scoop

March 2018
From Jack and Nancy Snyder,
Greetings Dear Ones!
John 20:31 – “But these (words) are written (printed) that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.”  This has been part of our ministry for 30 years, printing the word of God so that the
people here in Chad can know Jesus Christ the giver of eternal life.  We’ve said our last good byes to the guys in the print shop and to Koutou station that has been “home” for thirty years.  There were a few tears shed and some laughter as we looked back over
the years together through pictures. How time flies!
     Nancy had one more opportunity to be part of a Sunday School training seminar. She was given the area of using animation and props to help teach the Sunday school lesson. She is teaching them how to make hand puppets using socks.  The church leadership where we attended had a surprise farewell/appreciation party for us. It was truly unexpected and an opportunity to give Glory to God for all the good things He has done!  Many of you are wondering where we are in our time line for returning stateside. We are in the Capital of Chad and fly out the 2nd of April at 2:00 AM to France for two weeks of debrief/re-entry with one of our member care couples for Chad – Paul and Missy Robelot. We leave France the 14th of April and arrive the 15th at our HQT’S in Carol Stream IL (Wheaton area) for a few days of further debrief and meetings with all the staff there.  Then off to Springfield, Ohio for a few days before arriving in Fresno, Ca. just before 10 PM on the 21st.
.We have our first doctor appointment the 23rd April and several scheduled through middle of May at least.  During this time we plan to visit several supporters in the CA area between appointments and then May-July travel to different states to see as many of you as we can.  We are with TEAM till August 1st which is our official retirement date from TEAM.
Please pray with us:
– For safety in travel to the States and on to Fresno
– For a healthy processing of what we have left behind in Chad and for a healthy re-entry back to the states
– For a very busy schedule visiting supporters along with doctor/dental appointments
– For time to settle and catch our breath
– For God’s leading for specific ministries He has for us in the near future.
– For time with our 9 grandkids – to have positive input into their lives
– For our health as we travel and for the Lord’s will in each step of our travels and visits.
We are very grateful to each one that has had a part in our ministry to the people of Chad through the printing of many
thousands and millions of pieces of Christian literature.
We desire to see as many of you this summer as possible as we travel to personally tell you “thank you” for showing us
God’s love and grace through your faithful prayers, finances and correspondence support.
May God’s Grace and Peace be yours in abundance,
Jack and Nancy Snyder
Our stateside address will be:
Jack and Nancy Snyder
3534 E. Indianapolis St.
Fresno, CA. 93726
No phone #’s yet

Ministry Update from Sue Mills

April Update from Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis’s Update