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



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

 



Your Opportunity to Support the Missions Trip to Guatemala

Hi!  We are Shannon & Grace Pressley, and Leah & Ella Browning—two mother and daughter teams that will be representing FPC church for a 10-day missions trip to Guatemala with FPC-supported missionary Edwin Martinez this Christmas Break.  We are currently in the process of raising support for this trip, and we would like to make our church family aware of the opportunities that you have to support us.

Greeting Card Fundraiser

We are currently selling “Cards for a Cause” through Usborne Books.  There are four different themed boxes of 30 different cards: Two different All Occasions boxes, a Kids Birthday box, and a box of mixed Thanks and blanks.  These boxes sell for $30 a box and 40% of that goes to the mission trip cost.  Below are links that show more details about the cards.  If you are interested in purchasing a box, please see us at the Guatemala table after church this Sunday.  We can accept cash or checks made out to FPC. Sunday, October 21st, will be the last Sunday we are selling them and accepting money. Check out this video to see the different boxes available, and this video to see some examples of cards from each box.

Christmas Gift Sale

For two Sundays sometime after Thanksgiving we plan to sell stocking stuffers and Christmas gifts that our families or friends have made.  These dates are to be determined soon.  Please plan to stop by our table after church and do some Christmas shopping!  100% of these proceeds will go to the trip.

Donations
If you would like to just make a donation to this mission trip please send a check to church made out to FPC with a note “Guatemala Trip” in the memo line.

Prayers
Last but not least we need your prayers to make this a safe and successful experience.  If you are willing to pray for us before and during our trip we would love to know that.  Please email Shannon Pressley at thepressleys@gmail.com to get on an email list that will receive updates and prayer requests while we are in Guatemala as well. 



Reminder: Worship Mission to Guatemala Info Meeting on June 17

Do you sing or play an instrument? Interested in going on a worship mission to Guatemala in December? Musicians and singers are needed for a series of evangelistic meetings. Please join Edwin Martinez and Tim Kleefeld in Fellowship Hall on Sunday, June 17 from 9:45-10:15 am to learn about this exciting opportunity!


Informational Meeting June 17: Worship Mission to Guatemala

Do you sing or play an instrument? Interested in going on a worship mission to Guatemala in December? Musicians and singers are needed for a series of evangelistic meetings. Please join Edwin Martinez and Tim Kleefeld in Fellowship Hall on Sunday, June 17 from 9:45-10:15 am to learn about this exciting opportunity!


Missions Sunday on June 17!

Get ready for Missions Sunday on June 17 (Father’s Day)! We will hear about the missionaries we support around the world, get a chance to support our missions work, and focus on the importance of spreading the gospel to every corner of the Earth. The service will feature a special Minute for Missions with missionary Edwin Martinez, and there will be a display about the missions we support in Middleton Parlor.



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