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

 



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

 



The Potter Update

Greetings again, from Jan and Barry Potter, this week from Chiang Mai, Thailand!  We wanted to give you a quick update following up our last email of 10 days ago (copied below), and also to ask prayer for our training this week.

 

  1. In our last Update, we asked prayer for the need to appoint a “point person” (a quasi-interim leader) for the weeks and/or months following January 1stwhen our president steps down.  The way forward did not seem clear, but in the end, I (Barry) was appointed to serve in that role.  I will now need wisdom in how to balance additional responsibilities along with my present ones. Pray that I may be guided to know how to balance some of my present responsibilities with new onesas I take on this new, temporary role.  Pray too for the appointment of a new president in God’s time.  One or two candidates are presently being considered.  We are in need of solid, long-term leadership, but want to take the time to find the right person.

 

  1. We also asked prayer for our ATCK (adult missionary kid) retreat.  Thanks for praying—it went very well.  There were times of sharing and interaction, but little or no overt expressions of anger or frustration toward OMF for policies of the past.  On the contrary, a number expressed appreciation to us for sponsoring these events and creating space for mutual discussion and process.  We all felt that since these events were initiated two or three years ago, much progress has been made in openly dialoguing about policies, procedures, and past mistakes regarding the care and support for our missionary kids and families in previous times.

 

  1. This week the two of us are here in Thailand to put on the Coaching Workshop for a group of missionaries that will gather here starting this morning (local time).  I love this workshop, because it is difficult to take the content seriously and not haveall of your relationships positively affected—ministry, friendships, family.  We have heard many great reports from people who have gone through the training.  Please pray for similar results from this week’s group of 16 missionary workers.  In particular, my co-facilitator this week, Lorina, is recovering from a bout of food poisoning from something locally that she ate in the last couple of days.  She is past the worst of it, and will try to push through her sections of the training today, but I know she would appreciate your prayers.

 

Thankfully,

Barry and Jan



News from the Potters

Greetings from Denver!

 

We are so grateful for your prayers and support for us as we continue to serve here in Denver, as well as on our various “mission trips” to other parts of OMF’s world.

 

Just a few days ago, our twice-yearly Home Assignment Reunion and Training (HART) came to a close.  We had 19 of our overseas missionaries with us here at the home office, as well as 7 children.  I (Barry) have overall responsibility for these week-long events, and so was kept very busy facilitating the program during the week.  Jan also had her hands full with our guest home fully booked out with visitors and attendees.  Please keep these missionary families in your prayers as they decompress from busy field roles and as they prepare to return to their fields at the end of their home assignments.  10 of our attendees serve in China, with the rest working in Japan, Thailand, the Philippines and Cambodia.

 

A few weeks before HART, we also held our summer Orientation and Candidate Course with 15 in attendance.  This is our twice-a-year event for candidates moving toward missionary service.  We accepted 12 of these for overseas service (4 for China, 4 for Singapore, 2 for Taiwan, and 2 for Brunei), with the remaining three individuals working in homeside ministry here in the U.S.  We are so grateful for the 31 people in total between these two events who are being sent (or resent) to strategic ministries throughout Asia, as part of our ministry mandate to reach Asia for Christ!

 

For several weeks this month, Jan and I will be in Japan enjoying time with our children and grandchildren.  Including Rochelle who will be able to join us (flying in from Kona, HI), we will be with four of our kids as well as seven grandchildren.  We are so grateful for this opportunity… with our family scattered across the world, these times are very important.  Being in Japan also allows us to connect with others we have known during our years of service and ministry there.  In particular, we will also be able to meet with a couple we have known for over 30 years and who are facing major decisions in their lives.  We would appreciate prayer for these opportunities.

 

Thank you for your prayers, and as always for those of you who provide the financial support that allows us to continue with our ministry here!

 

With appreciation,

Barry and Jan

 



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)
 
 


Potter Update: Part 2

Hi again,,

 

Thanks so much for your expressions of love and prayer for Jan.  It is so great to be a part of a loving community!  I wanted to update you briefly on developments.

 

First, the pace of Jan’s recovery has been amazing, helped along no doubt by your prayers.  On Friday, she was still lying down and sleeping for much of the day, but by Saturday, she was starting to move around a bit more, and by Sunday, the swelling and angry red scrapes and bruises had were looking so much better, and she was up and about.  She has also had more work done on her teeth, and the hope is that none of them are permanently damaged.  So all in all, we are amazed at the Lord’s graciousness in protecting Jan from more serious injury, and gratified by the pace of her recovery.  As of today, she has seemed to be back to normal energy levels.

 

As we were ready to head to the airport this morning, Jan noticed some swelling in her arm that was quickly increasing in intensity.  Fearing a blood clot, we rushed into the ER to have it checked, with one eye on the clock as we were now behind schedule to get to the airport and get checked in.  The less-than-good news was that it was indeed a clot… so a good decision to have her taken in.  However, doctors said that the clot was small, and not serious enough to need significant extra attention… so she was given the go-ahead to proceed with the trip.  Thankfully, we rushed to the airport with just enough time to check in.
 
 
However, after all the effort to make sure she was strong, reasonably healthy and ready to head to Japan…
in the end she was not able to board the flight!  It checked in completely full, and with her standby status, she was bumped.  (The Hamiltons, with their new flight privileges, will understand. J)  I on the other hand, with my paid reservation, had no choice but to proceed onto the plane and head off to Tokyo, or lose the full price of an expensive international ticket.  It was heartbreaking to have to head into the jet-way and leave her behind.  Fortunately, Brent is presently in Denver and was the one who dropped us off at the airport (and has our car!), so we both trusted she would be in good hands with him, that he would come back to pick her up and make sure she was taken home and had everything she needed.  (I am presently on the plane, so will look forward myself to finding out how things have gone.)  The next “good” day for her to try to board the flight again is Friday, so she will definitely try again then.  In the meantime, we know the Lord is in charge of all of our appointments, and we will know better later why she is not on her way with me today.  Perhaps the need for more rest?

 

In the meantime, we continue to appreciate your prayers for all that is going on: for Jan and her continued healing as well as a seat on a plane in the next day or two, for me with meetings and speaking in Tokyo, and for onward travel to Hong Kong  next week.

 

Thanks so much ,

Barry (and Jan)



Potter Update: Part 1

Hi Friends,

 

Wanted to let you all know for your prayers that on Thursday evening while Jan and I were on a bike ride, Jan tumbled off her bike while riding through an intersection and landed face first on the road, causing extensive abrasions to her face, as well as bleeding and swelling.  She also dislodging several teeth (they were at odd angles in her mouth, having been pushed in by the impact), and the braces she is presently wearing tore up some of the flesh inside her mouth.  (Her front tire caught a seam/depression between two sections of concrete on the road, and it basically flipped her off.)  She was unable to get up on her own, so had to be transported to ER by ambulance.  It was quite a scene, with police, ambulance, fire vehicles (about 5 emergency vehicles in all), and lots of people hovering around.  At the hospital they did CAT scans and X-rays and found no broken bones, so that was a huge praise.

 

Yesterday, her orthodontist worked on her teeth, and it looks like they should all be saved, so that is another big cause for praise.  In the meantime, she is on pain meds and is resting comfortably at home at the moment, sleeping quite a lot.  It could have been so much worse, so we feel very blessed!  In the meantime, her face—especially her mouth and lips—are badly swollen and scraped.  She also had to have some stitches below her nose.

 

We’re still planning to leave for Asia on Tuesday—she’s determined to go!  But please pray for healing, and for her ability to get on that plane.  (I’ll send this around to our general mailing list as well, but wanted you all to know first, and to pray.)

 

Thanks so much,

Barry, for Jan