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.
 
LeRoy & Joann Judd, Africa Inland Mission
71 Winterhawk St., Sequim, WA 98382
Email:  lorj@judds.us
 
LeRoy teaches Bible classes to Africans by internet. He and Joanne also work with Africans in the U.S., challenging churches regarding missions and worldwide evangelism and discipleship. Together, they have formed a youth chamber ensemble which plays in their church.
 
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
 
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

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 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

 



Snyder Scoop

 
March 2018
From Jack and Nancy Snyder,
Greetings Dear Ones!
John 20:31 – “But these (words) are written (printed) that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.”  This has been part of our ministry for 30 years, printing the word of God so that the
people here in Chad can know Jesus Christ the giver of eternal life.  We’ve said our last good byes to the guys in the print shop and to Koutou station that has been “home” for thirty years.  There were a few tears shed and some laughter as we looked back over
the years together through pictures. How time flies!
     Nancy had one more opportunity to be part of a Sunday School training seminar. She was given the area of using animation and props to help teach the Sunday school lesson. She is teaching them how to make hand puppets using socks.  The church leadership where we attended had a surprise farewell/appreciation party for us. It was truly unexpected and an opportunity to give Glory to God for all the good things He has done!  Many of you are wondering where we are in our time line for returning stateside. We are in the Capital of Chad and fly out the 2nd of April at 2:00 AM to France for two weeks of debrief/re-entry with one of our member care couples for Chad – Paul and Missy Robelot. We leave France the 14th of April and arrive the 15th at our HQT’S in Carol Stream IL (Wheaton area) for a few days of further debrief and meetings with all the staff there.  Then off to Springfield, Ohio for a few days before arriving in Fresno, Ca. just before 10 PM on the 21st.
 
.We have our first doctor appointment the 23rd April and several scheduled through middle of May at least.  During this time we plan to visit several supporters in the CA area between appointments and then May-July travel to different states to see as many of you as we can.  We are with TEAM till August 1st which is our official retirement date from TEAM.
Please pray with us:
– For safety in travel to the States and on to Fresno
– For a healthy processing of what we have left behind in Chad and for a healthy re-entry back to the states
– For a very busy schedule visiting supporters along with doctor/dental appointments
– For time to settle and catch our breath
– For God’s leading for specific ministries He has for us in the near future.
– For time with our 9 grandkids – to have positive input into their lives
– For our health as we travel and for the Lord’s will in each step of our travels and visits.
We are very grateful to each one that has had a part in our ministry to the people of Chad through the printing of many
thousands and millions of pieces of Christian literature.
We desire to see as many of you this summer as possible as we travel to personally tell you “thank you” for showing us
God’s love and grace through your faithful prayers, finances and correspondence support.
May God’s Grace and Peace be yours in abundance,
Jack and Nancy Snyder
Our stateside address will be:
Jack and Nancy Snyder
3534 E. Indianapolis St.
Fresno, CA. 93726
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