FPC Missionary Christmas Card List 2018

As we get closer to the holiday season, we would love to see all of our congregation encouraging and praying for the missionary families we support here at FPC Tacoma. 


Steve & Jennifer Baughman, Wycliffe Bible Translators

4801 West Royal Palm Road, Glendale AZ 85302

Email: Steve_Baughman@sil.com

 Wycliffe Bible Translator, PO BOX 628200, Orlando, FL  32862


Mark & Iris Barnes, Youth with a Mission

342 Mulberry Village Lane, Ft. Mill, South Carolina 29715

Email:  stupidkool@gmail.com   341iris@gmail.com

YWAM, PO Box 60579, Colorado Springs, CO. 80960


Brendan & Erin Connally, Serving in Missions

Aptado 206, Abancay, Peru, South America

Email:  brendan.connally@sim.org


Dorothy Forsberg, Serving in Missions

SIM, B.P. 15, Parakou, Republic of Benin, West Africa

Email:  dorothy.forsberg@sim.org


Rob & Karen Mahon, Navigators

8412 Vina Del Sol Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM  87122-4217

Email:  kgoldfain@gmail.com


Paul Lewis, Wycliffe Bible Translators

4321 Presto Circle, Grand Prairie, TX  75052

Email:  paul_lewis@sil.org


Edwin & Evie Martinez, Overseas Crusades International

3861 Lovett Street, Bellingham, WA 98226

Email:  edwinmartinez73@aol.com    edwinmartinez@oci.org


Zack & Nadia Mills, Navigators

709 Vernon Drive, Jacksonville, NC 28540

Email:  millsz1@spu.edu


Sue Mills, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship

3410 North Eiger Mt. Rd, Flagstaff, AZ  86004

Email:  suemills@mac.com


Mary Peterson, Bible Club Ministries International

711 Tijuana Apt. 19, Colorado Springs, CO 80909-5102

Email:  marycwhm@icloud.com


Barry & Jan Potter, Overseas Missionary Fellowship

9172 Weatherstone Ct., Highlands Ranch, CO 80126

Email:  barry.potter@omfmail.com    barryp@psmail.net

Overseas Missionary Fellowship,

10 West Dr. Creek Circle, Littleton, CO 80120


Jack & Nancy Snyder, TEAM

3534 East Indianapolis St., Fresno, CA 93726

Email:  jacknancysnyder@yahoo.com


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

January Update from Mark Barnes

Hello from Mark Barnes,
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good worksand glorify your Father which is in heaven.

My Wilderness Christmas

During Christmas I was back packing with a group of young adult ladies in treatment from drug addiction. During Christmas eve I shared a story as a gift to them, one I call  “the most incredible story I have ever heard”. It’s one I love to tell about a gangster I meet a few years ago in Brazil who’s father and sister were kidnapped and murdered and how he was able to “excursive” FORGIVENESS. 
Upon finishing the story one of the young ladies announced, “I have serenity… I am not thinking of anything… I am not thinking of anything!!!” As peace is far off and hard for her to keep, this moment was a magical part of a glorious Christmas week in the woods.

Brazil – In Almirante Tamandaré,  #17 in most murders in Brazil

It is hard to describe seeing young adults taking steps towards heroic exploits. When I arrived the team was equipped and in place to run the Circo manifesto. Once again we saw heaven touch earth, disruptive in nature like a might wind, making room for more and more of the same. Tearing down evil to build UP for life.
The first week, while invite people to attending our opening show I meet a lady, she actually cried out to me on the street, “stop, wait” so she could caught up to me and my ywam friend. She soon shared her sad story of how her only son had been murdered at 17 years of age. She said that he had a daughter, that lives with her, “my only grand daughter, she is 9”. She asked me, “please come with me to my house to invite her, she never leaves the house”.  So I went and I met the daughter and together with my new ywam friend we made plans to return to take her to the circus which we did. They seemed to enjoy them selves, so how I feel much more is in store for this family.
This is a brief account of some high points.
  •  More than 9,000 people attending our presentations
  •  More than 150 volunteers on our team.
  •  30 days of 24hrs continuous prayer, WOW!
  • 3 YWAM base working together
  • 14 shows, each lasting approximately 100 minutes each
  • 45 families registered for follow up and visit to their homes
  •  We trained 19 students in the DTS during the campaign. (we just started another DTS Jan 14 with 28 students!) 
  •  $4000 that took care of everything!  WOW!!! ( this was so cheap because 1 we used our own circus tent, 2 we ran it in our back yard, on a ywam base)
  • 6 neighborhood companies sponsor 
  • Support of the City municipality of Tamandaré
  • Support and collaboration from 5 local churches

    Family News

    Iris and I work at Operation Christmas Child as coaches in the inspection processing facility just down the road from our house for about three weeks before Christmas  We were part of a huge effort to inspected over 2.4 million shoe boxes. That was a lot of fun and really great because this enabled me to stay at home for part of the holidays! 

    Both Barbara and Gabriel are working as checkers in our local supper market enjoying the work and the money in their pockets! 

    Gabriel had a great time marching in the Macy’s Thank Giving Day parade with his high school marching band. We saw him on tv! It was a great experience for him and he got to see quite a bit of new york city.

    We just got back from a fantastic weekend trip to Orlando for a visit with our brazilian family, Brazilian restaurants and supermarkets. We now know how to go to Brazil by car for the weekend. ; )
    Please check out the “seed money appeal” if you feel like learning more about how you can partner with us or just want to see our next steps.
    These are very happy and good days we are in, we feel blessed!
    peace and love, mark and family
    ps, I am off to work first thing in the morning and it is snowing… it might take me a while to respond to any replies… snow day for the kids : )



Update from Mark and Iris Barnes

Barnes News,                    


We bought a house!


What seemed out of reach for so long is now in hand. We bought, in July, the house we have been renting for the last three years. The owner told us they were selling and that maybe their real estate agent could help us get a loan… well she did and we bought the house with zero down and no out of pocket experiences at quite a bit under the estimated value of the house. Our monthly payment is about what our rent was. 



Barbara is in her senior year and as usual doing very good in school, looking forward to going to collage next year. Gabriel is very hard working in marching band, school and volunteering at church in the media department, over 4 years now. He is an accomplished camera man.


Iris is also very active in church working part time in the church restaurant. Right now we have over 400 people in the church hotel, evacuees from the South Carolina coast because of Hurricane Irma. 




I am going to Brazil 

Oct 27

 for three weeks to help with a circo manifesto outreach in Curitiba. It is going to be staged in the neighborhood where my ywam team lives. The tent it self will be set up inside the ywam base property. This location and outreach will be the first that we have a sizable team of committed ywamers ( close to 40) “to keep” those that the Lord gives us from the community.


For years I have talked and work on how to win people to Chirst and missions by “keeping the harvest”. This is now becoming a reality. What for so long seemed out of reach is now in hand! My crew is already doing a lot in the community and this will continue after we run the circo manifesto outreach. We have major inroads with local schools and the city government having already lead a number of workshops on how to reduce violence in schools and the community at large. Dropping the murder rate by raising the social action bander called “zero percent”, “target murder aim for life” is how we are building for long term community development with local leaders.


We also continue to pursue the plan to reopen the YWAM base in Maues next year. Maues is a small town in the amazon that we spent many years of our lives building with local heroes a farm and missionary training base. Right now Kaka’s team from Belo is running a drug rehab program at the farm and base, 4 years going now.




My wilderness therapy job continues to be one of my main activities. I am so grateful to have this challenging and rewarding job where I get to share my life with those that are in “

trials and tribulations”. I recently worked with a student that told me, ” I would rather kill myself than go through the program, I hate the outdoors”. He was in great distress

. As he was there for a failed suicide attempted this was a pretty tense time supporting him to get him started in the program, which he now is doing.


The life drama in this job is huge and the team that I work with are awesome and courageous people.


I think my highlight of the year at work has been seeing a guy that I worked with in adult recovery get sober and join suws as an instructor. This guy was a real bonehead when I first met him and today he is an excellent wilderness field instructor. SO much of this work is supporting our student and clients as they face the pain of their failures, knowing that greater outcomes will happen further down the road.




We are buying a circus tent, after so long of not having our own. It is used but in close to new shape and seats over 500. We have already 80% paid for. 

We still need another $2,500 to finish. 

If you can help, please let me know and I will tell how you can send some $ help.




When I tell part of my missionary story to people usually they start to glow a bit.  Maybe because crazy dreams are so few or because reaching for something so noble is heart warming or the combination of both mixed with salting gray hair I am acquiring… don’t know. 


What is clear is people need vision, purpose and a plausible mission to be apart of. This is what I carry in my pocket, and at times share it with others.To those that have prayed for us, encourage us and given to us (this is a family/team effort) words cannot express how honored and grateful we are. 


I look forward to bring more news about our advance in Brazil upon my return.


Peace and Love, Mark and Iris Barnes


Update from Mark Barnes

Happy New Year!

Family news

We had a very sweet Christmas at home spending time with special friends enjoying great food and movies at home. I had two weeks off from my wilderness job and Iris took her vacation as well. Barbara said “this was our best Christmas ever!” 

School is going good for the kids, both ended the semester with almost straight As… each had a B in one class. Gabriel played the flute in the school marching band which took first place in SC and the South East Region. They also went to the national high school march band competition in Indianapolis IL but did not place.

Barbara is working part time at the same daycare center that Iris works at after school and loves working with young children. She is very focused on getting into a collage when she graduates from high school next year, 2018.

Iris is hard working with one full time and two part time jobs. She is so awesome at running the house, being a friend to so many and faithfully serving at church. My time at home in the loving arms of my family has never been sweeter. 


Following our last outreach in Rio in August we were so blessed to receive Hiago in our home here in Fort Mill for several days. To have a true spiritual son walking into a multigenerational promise God has given is a very high honor and privilege for us to see. He himself is become a spiritual father to many in Brazil. More than anything I would call our story in Brazil a family affair and as such our service there is alway one of great joy and fulfillment. 

Note worth in terms of new developments is the accomplishments of Kaka this year. He ran for mayor in the fall and received close to 20,000 votes, which was I think 5th place. In the run off election he supported the candidate that was elected and thus has been made part of the new city government plan. He has been given a cabinet level job as secretary of  sports and youth development in the city of contagem, pop of 800,000. 

I recently spoke with him about our next step in Contagem. He is talking about running a series of events with The Deck, City wide, to targeted lowering the murder rate among poor black youth. This is a big and challenging ambition and exactly in line with what the Lord has been showing us for sometime plus in line with the new level that kaka is operating in. 

Last year Kaka and I started to design a city wide effort in Contagem that I called, “Zero Percent”, to “Target murder Aiming for life”. Deep down in my spirit I believe there is a a social/spiritual response in the body of Chirst in Brazil that can manifest the overwhelming power of God to dislocate and supplant the evil that promotes and sustains much violence and blood shed through out Brazil. Contagem which means “count” in english is one place we feel God want to show off this reality. 

I am making plans to go to Brazil in Feb. to work on this plan with Kaka and Hiago.


I am close to the 2 year mark in my “new” vocational experience in wilderness therapy. It is and has been incredible to be embedded into the crucible of change with storming teenagers. Awesomeness is always near as is TROUBLE. Last shift, I moved a young boy up the trail with my hand on his pack telling him “this hike is going to be hard but this is why your dad sent you here, to learn how to do the hard things and grow up!!!” This must have made sense to him because he made the hike with out incident after a rocky start where collapsing after the first 100 feet and was  unresponsive for a while. It’s hard to detail all the real life drama, struggle and success I get to see and be apart of. During my last shift I enjoyed the cold, a few nights in the 20’s. The camp fires were a big part of this week, sleeping on the ground next to a camp fire in below freezing temps is fun.

Over thanks giving I worked a shift and 1/2 which was 160 hours in ten days. Because of the demands of this job and the fact that I have other part time jobs when I am at home I have a hard time keeping up with the demands on my life. I think in general Kaka and Hiago feel much the same way. We are all working very hard trying to keep the Lord’s will and prefect plan in play in and around our lives.


How ever so small, faith in motion is what bends reality towards “thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. Please pray for us, that through God’s spirit our faith maybe be kept, increased, endure and be sharp to do the same for those around us. 

Phil. 1:6 For I am confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will continue to perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

Mark and the Familia

PS. I am sending this new years letter out a few days early as I am back on shift tomorrow so I will be ringing in the new year some where in the blue ridge mountains of North Carolina. Peace be with you XOXO.

News from Mark Barnes in Brazil

One sign of a nation being discipled into it’s God given purpose is it’s name will be great amongst the nations, consider Brazil’s name these days.

Zika, political corruption and crime sadly are the head lines making Brazil famous these days.

But when Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.” On my most recent trip to Brazil I got infected again with renewed hope and vision for Brazil.

There is something brewing in the hard times in Brazil. Failed political and church systems are provoking a new generation of young leaders to imagine reformation, and to re-imagine church, political and economic structures. I see this on the ground in the work my team is doing in a small, real and inspiring ways.

Acts 4:34 For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales and lay them at the apostles’ feet

For many years I have felt that this verse is connected to Brazil’s destiny in the world.  The “Zero %” in “no needy person”, is a token of something bigger going on. If this can be tapped into in Brazil it can flip Brazil right side up and this would be a global spectacle. I think it’s fare to say that in the book of Acts the church was living and giving the gospel of the Kingdom, as one. This is not beyond where God can take us today and surely not more than we can hope and work for.
I have a friend in BH named Cacau, Kaka lead him to the Lord a few years ago. Cacau recently traded his big mansion house for the hotel we used during our outreach in July. We are now making plans to use it as an operational base for the Deck to stage a cultural shift to dislocate criminal culture in communities over run with murder. Some much of the perpetual brokenness is rooted in culture.

New Vision – To pin point a social movement that shoots “to drop murder rates to zero”. This target adds something important to the concept of The Deck, it give us 3 things.  1) A “clear trumpet call” to rally and organize communities for life that are PROVOKED by the blood of children in their streets. 2) A clear plan with 4 broad based maneuvers with long-term and sustainable effect, scaled to move many of players in society.  3)  Zero %  also gives scale to quantify transformation efforts in communities.

With this righteous scale (Mt. 6:33, Prov 11:11) we can be more intentional in the quest to deliver the gospel of the Kingdom that constructs a superior life keeping culture to dislocated and uproot the criminal cultural that perpetuates murder and brokenness all over Brazil. To knock down murder rates many other things will fall. It is for this fight that we have been give might weapons (II Cor. 10:4) , and 4 tested components, integrated into a missional designed that makes room for all hands on DECK.

1)  the circus, 2) “friends for good in schools” (amigos do bem na escola) partnering with public school under much duress , 3) seed projects (Harvest), and 4) the hotel (yellow Axis)  –  U of N / ywam base.

(these are the quantifiable components of the deck that are intentionally applicable and transferable.)
The Outer ring represents the Kingdom community/congregation, living, cultivating and keeping the Kingdom ( Gen
2:15 ), this ring is beyond the deck design. It’s the extended movement not quantifiable but will display “a token” of the overcoming power of the age to come in this present age, “no needy persons among them” or  zero % .  No more shall an infant from there live but a few days Is 65:20, a new count of life.

In august we will be running our circo manifesto outreach in Rio during the Olympic games, together with our local team in Rio. I REALLY hope to take Barbara and Gabriel with me on this trip. This is part of the build up to launch “zero %” in target communities around Belo Horizonte next year.

I hope this short email gives a glimpse of the regions beyond that we are stretching for. Our inspiration is kept alive by God in so many ways. Those he send to stand with us count for double. Thank you for your interest and help, keep it up!

I long to spend more time in Brazil. As good as everything is for us in Fort Mill, I think I am made for Brazil.

This are some pictures of the hotel and a short video of the hotel.



September 2015 Update from Mark Barnes

When I last wrote in August I mentioned,  “several major achievements that happen in July that look to move us to regions beyond, into “new possibilities” I want to share some of these with you all now.

#1) We are in the final steps to buy a hotel near Nova Contagem to server as a regional operations base for the deck. We stayed at this hotel during our last outreach in july and are currently using it to run our drug rehab program.
This hotel as a base enables further development of our program on a larger scale focusing on drug and violence prevention, in the metropolitan northwestern part of BH and is close to our pilot project in Nova Contagem. It is in the town of Esmeraldas and located in the middle of some of the most violent parts of in the metropolitan region of BH.

The hotel has 52 rooms, 14 acres and a theme park called the “land of knowledge” where we plan to build a theatrical track/stage called “the drug tunnel” for a  preventive action to take 10,000 students per year on field trips. This together with continuous actions in the same schools ( amigos do bem na escola)  in the generic format of “school chaplaincy” and the equipping and support of a group of missionaries / agents for community development through U of N courses.

the hotel was built 40 years ago, it needs some work, “the land of knowledge” is in great shape and we have already used it to run the drug tunnel.
the mayor of emeralds went through it and cried, he loved !!!

#2) The drug tunnel is a program that connects us with a cross sections of Brazil society, because of the scope it can work with pre teens round drug prevention and murder reduction. ( we think we can do 100 field trips a year for a total of 10,000 kids a year going through this experience.) Right now we are connecting with government, business, education, church, sports, arts and media leaders, institutions and organizations. (Part of this program will include on long term partnership with public schools.)

#3) A new part to the circo manifesto artistic program was something we called “O placo e Voz” (the stage and the voice). This is a community rendition of the TV show “the voice”. We had over 100 people try out  for this singing competition from Nova Conatgem with 20 finalist competing for three weeks ends. These 20 were give special coaching in sing and stage performance by top entertain people during the three weeks. The community turn out for this part of the circo manifesto program was great.  We had over 1000 people come to last performance. we plan to keep this as a core part of how we connect with communities.

Beyond these three big new assets coming on line, what was incredible for me to see was the quality of our artistic missionary company of young leaders that are now working with us. We had well over 100 volunteers with very high quality of artistic performance and spirituality.

Bob Moffit spent most of the month of July with us and told me how impressed he was with what is happening in our midst. Through Bob I also reconnected with Graham Kerr recently and was very happy to share this up date with him as well.

Right now we are working on a business plans for the hotel, the drug tunnel and the deck as a whole. Our next outreaches will be in Maues in the Amazon in January, Nova Conatgem in July and Rio de Janeiro during the Olympic in August. ( I am also hoping to organize a full time 6 month community development school, “FCD” from the U of N, starting in June to be housed in the hotel.)

We are in over our heads, as usual, but taking great joy and comfort in how we see the Lord leading us.

A family note,

Iris and Gabriel were both in Brazil in July. It was so good for iris to see her mother for the first time in 4 years. We are all back into our groove in SC respectively, the kids in school, iris working her day care job and I now have 3 part time jobs that avail me with the flexibility to travel to brazil when I need to but keep me very busy when at home. My jobs are, substitute teaching, working for stop hunger now  running food packaging events and doing wilderness therapy  in the blue ridge mountains of NC, teaching coping skills for troubled teens.
Peace, Mark