First Presbyterian Church 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 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 Presbyterian 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 Presbyterian Church
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

Update from Dorothy Forsberg

PRAYER UPDATE

The Bible for the Yom people

May 2016

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Clackamas, Oregon, where I’m having some time with my cousin, Mark Miller and his wife Betty.

Home assignment for me this time is only 5 months, in order to have more time to visit churches. (Summer is not a good time for that.) I arrived on February 13, 2016, and am once again based in Wheaton, Illinois. The College Church Spring Missions Festival was February 25-28. The theme of ‘Stand Firm’ for us missionaries, along with relevant speakers and workshops was very helpful. It gave me ideas that will help me when it comes time to transition to retirement after the Yom Bible is printed, delivered and dedicated.

We are nearing the end of our project. We are now in touch with a group in Switzerland, MiDi Bible, which publishes Bibles for minority peoples. (The Yom people number about 500,000.) I have been corresponding with them to learn how much it will cost to publish. They have their donor base and will cover one half of the costs of page layout, printing and shipping to the port of Cotonou. I needed to learn what our responsibility would be so I could make the need known to my supporting churches.

On March 21 I flew to Charlotte for my debriefing at SIM USA. At the first session we introduced ourselves and I mentioned I would be sharing the need for funding with my supporting churches. Later that day a gentleman introduced himself saying that the SIM USA president had sent him. He explained to me that there had been a generous donor that had specified that her gift go to ‘where needed’. The president had consulted with him and together they decided to designate part of the gift to cover our part of the publishing costs! Praise God with us! God says, ‘Before you call, I will answer.’

We are still studying varying aspects to make all the decisions impacting the cost of publishing – size of the print, what kind of cover, illustrations, maps and so forth. Please pray with us that God will help us to make the best final decisions for each aspect to be decided. We want the Yom Bible to be readable but not too big to carry!

Meanwhile, for the last several months my Yom colleague, Issifou, has been dealing with nasal congestion that has been keeping him from sleeping properly and so he has been quite fatigued. A specialist has said it’s a kind of sinusitis and gave him some medicine to take. If after 3 months there is not marked improvement, he will need surgery. Pray for God’s touch so that he can keep up normally with all his responsibilities.

The last 42 chapters of the Old Testament will be checked May 23-27. The New Testament needs to be revised. Pray for these and other detailed checks we will be doing. [Stop Press!! The 42 chapters were completed on May 24! Praise God!]

I have had warm times of fellowship and sharing in four of my five supporting churches. My last church to visit is in Tacoma, Washington, May 26 to 29. The First Presbyterian Church sent my father to Ethiopia in 1933. They support me still! A wonderful heritage!

On May 30 I fly back to Wheaton to finish my shopping and packing and preparing for my July 18 departure back to Benin. I also look forward to some time in Wisconsin with more of my cousins.

Thank you so much for your continuing prayers and support. It is wonderful to have so much prayer support at this stage of our project.

May God encourage and guide each of us as we walk daily with Him.

Sincerely in Christ,

Dorothy



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)