FPC Missions

“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age’.” Matthew 28:18-20
 
“…and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8b
 
These words first spoken by our risen Lord to His disciples 2,000 years ago have echoed through the ages, calling those who love Jesus to then share Him with others.  This ‘Go’ command begins at home with each one of us reaching out to our neighbors and beyond.
 
Currently, First Presbyterian Church of Tacoma supports missionaries serving in nine countries.  Some of these dedicated disciples have been a part of our church since their youth.  Others came to us as adults.  All of these missionaries and their families are a part of the First Pres Tacoma family.  They have heard Jesus’s call to go and make disciples in very specific ways, and to very specific places.  It is our privilege to help them honor God’s call on their lives, to provide support, through prayer and finances while they are away, and to give them a loving church home when they are here.
 
As a part of this effort, the First Pres website will now be posting the newsletters of missionaries we support on this page. We invite you to read about the exciting things God is doing, using the hands and feet of people we know.  We also encourage you to read their prayer requests, and take time to pray for them. Feel free to send a note of encouragement to them as well! Below is a list of missionaries and groups that we currently support. Let’s partner with our missionary families as they share Jesus with others.
 

Missionaries

Steve & Jennifer Baughman, Wycliffe Bible Translators
4801 West Royal Palm Road, Glendale, AZ 85302
Email:  steve_baughman@sil.org
 
Steve was instrumental in dubbing the Jesus Film into several languages. He now works in Scripture usage and leadership development in Europe, the U.S. and Asia for promoting the gospel around the world. 
 
Mark & Iris Barnes, Youth with a Mission
R. Francisco Mota Machado 565, Capao de Imbuia, 82800-230 Curitiba PR, Brazil
Stateside address: 342 Mulberry Village Lane, Ft. Mill, South Carolina 29715
 
Mark and Iris have spread the gospel in Brazil for more than 30 years.  Mark is energetic and is innovative in means of evangelism.  He uses theater and mime under circus tents, travels down Brazilian rivers to evangelize and plant churches.
 
Brendan and Erin Connally, Serving in Missions
Aptado 206, Abancay, Peru, South America
Email:  brendan.connally@sim.org
 
Brendan and Erin live in Abancay, Peru. They help plant churches in remote villages where people mainly speak Quechua. Because most of these people don’t read, Brendan teaches them how to share the Gospel orally with picture books. As a dentist, Erin and Brendan travel to remote villages providing much needed dental care.
 
Dorothy Forsberg, Serving in Missions
S.I.M., B.P. 15, Parakou, Republic of Benin, West Africa
 
For more than 30 years, Dorothy has been involved in the work of translating the Bible into the Yom language in Benin, Africa. She and her two colleagues continue with translating the Old Testament, having completed 20 books, 42% of the Old Testament.
 
Rob and Karen Mahon, Navigators
8412 Vina Del Sol Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122-4217
Email:  kgoldfain@gmail.com
 
Karen works in friendship evangelism, mostly with Africans, on college campuses and in homes in the greater Denver, CO area.  She leads Bible studies, encourages students, and is part of the Nations Within mission.
 
Paul Lewis, Wycliffe Bible Translators
4321 Presto Circle, Grand Prairie, TX 75052
Email:  paul_lewis@sil.org
 
Paul is the editor of the Ethnologue, the two-volume book describing every people group in the world and every detail about them and their country.  He teaches linguistic courses and conducts seminars around the world, and is writing a book. 
 
Edwin and Evie Martinez, OC International
3861 Lovett Street, Bellingham, WA 98226
Email:  edwinmartinez73@aol.com
 
Edwin is the Director of Pastoral Ministries and a member of OC’s International Ministries Team. He is involved in evangelistic crusades, seminars on missions and leadership development training. Evie has ministered as a conference speaker and worship leader and travels in Latin America and the U.S. giving seminars on worship. They have been with OC for 40 years.
 
Sue and Mike Mills, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
3410 North Eiger Mt. Rd, Flagstaff, AZ  86004
Email:  suemills@mac.com
 
Sue has been in the student ministry of campus evangelism and leadership training with IV since 1991, working for a time with her husband, Mike. Currently in Arizona, she is Associate Area Director for an area between the south and north borders of the U.S.
 
Zach and Nadia Mills, Navigators
709 Vernon Drive, Jacksonville, NC 28540
 
Every Navigator’s passion is to help others know Christ and to make Him known. Through small-group Bible studies and life-on-life discipleship, Zach and Nadia come alongside people and teach them to be Christ’s followers as they study and apply the Word of God to chart their lives. Then they train them to pass what they have learned on to others. Through their Military ministry, they work alongside U.S. military staff and chaplains to help meet the spiritual needs of service personnel and their families. They serve those who serve our country.
 
Mary Peterson, Bible Club Ministries International
711 Tijuana Apt. 19, Colorado Springs, CO 80909-5102
Email:  marycwhm@icloud.com
 
Mary grew up at First Pres. Now in Colorado, Mary works with physically and mentally challenged adults and children. She shares the Lord and teaches Bible lessons with individuals, usually one on one, developing relationships and building friendships.
 
Barry and Jan Potter, Overseas Missionary Fellowship
9172 Weatherstone Ct., Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
Email:  barry.potter@omfmail.com
 
Barry serves as OMF Personnel Director, working with missionary candidates, planning strategy and helping solve people problems. He also gives training to OMF members in many countries. They are based near the OMF headquarters in Colorado, where Jan stays busy managing an OMF guest home. They are 35-year missionaries with OMF.
 
Jack and Nancy Snyder, TEAM
TEAM S/C Cocoam, B. P. Box 127, N’Djamena, Chad, Africa
Email:  jacknancysnyder@yahoo.com
 
Jack and Nancy live and work in Koutou, Chad, Africa. Jack is in charge of the print shop, printing voluminous amounts of Christian literature – hymnals, Sunday school materials, calendars and evangelistic tracts. The literature is used in many parts of Africa.
 

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Mission News

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.