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


News from Mary Peterson

Mary Peterson’s Update

“The real victory in all service is won in secret beforehand by prayer.  Service is gathering up the results.”  S.D. Gordon

Fall brings the Thanksgiving season.  I thank the Lord for His gracious provision through your prayer and through your financial support to BCM for this ministry.

When presenting the gospel to people, then teaching them spiritual truth, total dependence on the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential; without the Spirit’s working there can be no conviction of sin, no repentance, no salvation, and no growth.  It is also important to realize that the way God’s Word is presented to individuals needs to be guided by the student’s communicative and processing skills, attitudes, interests, and by his emotional makeup.  This is especially true in working with individuals with emotional and intellectual challenges.

Sometimes we don’t know how much a person understands or how he will respond to the sharing of the Gospel or the teaching of God’s Word.  For example, I visit some adults who show minimal response due to medical fragility and/or are limited in their ability to communicate in any way.  With such people I pray for guidance in presenting God’s Word though I may never know what effect the Gospel is having in that person’s life.  Yet there have been surprising occasions in which it’s been evident that such folks have understood the principle in the lesson.

For example, a very limited fellow upon seeing a paper concerning the widow’s mite pointed to the widow saying “money!”  His caregiver explained that the student remembered the lady who had given all her money to the temple. 

Please pray that I will have the Lord’s wisdom in presenting His Word to those ones, like this, who ordinarily cannot communicate their understanding or, in some instances, even respond.  How encouraging it is that the Lord’s Word will not return to Him void, but will accomplish His purpose, no matter to whom it is taught.

In some cases, caregivers also read the biblical lesson materials that are presented. This is true of the caregiver in the above story.

        To the Lord, we’re just like…

On the other hand, many cognitively disabled folks make comments that demonstrate significant understanding and insight. This may surprise or amaze us, but it is a good reminder that the wisdom being taught is not the world’s wisdom.

One astute guy reflected: “To the Lord, we’re just like glass!  He sees right through us!” I related this incident to Robert Dias who works for an agency for adults with developmental challenges and who also serves as a pastor for a group of mostly new believers.  Robert was so impressed with this insight that he decided to use it in a sermon.

Mr. Dias has accompanied me to some of the Bible lessons with cognitively disabled adults.  Through his visits he has seen firsthand how lessons need to be specific to people’s cognitive abilities and processing skills.

A lady who has had Bible lessons with me for many years, and who is enthusiastic about these visits, accumulated several special needs Bible lesson manuals.  She gave these to Robert who, in turn, showed them to others at his agency who approved of the manuals.  Please pray that this will result in a new open door for me to work with the intellectually disabled adults being served through this new agency.  Your intercession here is really appreciated.

Thanks so much for your part in this exciting ministry!  

                          To God be the glory,


                              Mary Peterson
                               BCM  # 09621

“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”  James 5:16

Update from Mary Peterson

“The real victory in all service is won in secret beforehand by prayer.
Service is gathering up the results.”  S.D. Gordon


The last three updates have requested prayer for more open doors of ministry,
because the economy is forcing developmentally disabled adults to move
from group homes to private residences.  Thank you for interceding for me in
this area, and please continue.

One of the difficulties in gaining access to private residences is on account of
behavioral issues.  Also, caregivers may be occupied with other matters, or just
not want someone to come to their homes.  But your prayer for more open doors
of ministry is really appreciated, and God is answering!

An agency’s recently formed adult day program invited me to be its instructor for
what it calls “spirituality.”  We meet Tuesday mornings for Bible lessons or counsel.

” Well, I should….”

One young man from this program had a lesson on trusting God.  “I didn’t  know
Jesus was God,” he beamed.  Then he questioned me, “Do you always trust God?”
“Well, I should…..”
He interrupted, “May I pray for you?”

“After all, it’s boring to….”

Last year I asked you to pray for a cognitively disabled fellow who also suffered from
a rare auto-immune disease.  To the best of his ability, he accepted the Lord as his
Savior, and went to be with Him.

His sister, also developmentally disabled, recently started volunteering at a
Christian organization which operates a food pantry and clothing supply for
needy families.  Wanting to encourage her to volunteer, I asked, “After all,
isn’t it boring staying home all day and watching TV?”  “No,”  she replied.
Hm….  Several kids from a special needs school also volunteer there.
One fellow, sorting produce, asked if the forbidden fruit Eve ate was an apple!

Finally, this summer I learned about another agency for cognitively disabled
adults, that is only a year old this October.  Someone from its leadership
expressed interest in my teaching clients.  Please pray for this new development.

Fall brings the Thanksgiving season.  Thank you so much for your many
expressions of love, including your prayer and your financial gifts to BCM, which
make this ministry possible.

“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”  James 5:16

                      Yours for souls,

                          Mary Peterson