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.


Steve & Jennifer Baughman, Wycliffe Bible Translators 4801 West Royal Palm Road, Glendale, AZ 85302 Email:
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 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:
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 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:
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:
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:
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 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:
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.



Mission News

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

Latest Update from Dorothy Forsberg

Dear supporting church Friends,


I have just learned that 10 videos about various aspects of SIM’s work in Benin are available on Vimeo. Here’s the link:


You can see me talking in the video about Bible translation. The African man that speaks in French is our Bible translation consultant, Pastor Pierre Barassounon. My Yom colleagues are also in the video. The second part is about the Sola translation. That’s my German colleague Ulrike Heyder speaking – in English.


I tried to download at least the one about translation to share with you when I visit but they must have locked them. So I’m sending the link so you can see something of Benin. They are quite well done, by an Irishman.


I’m looking forward to visiting each of your churches, one this weekend in Flushing NY and the others on the West Coast in the weeks to come.


Thank you so much for standing with me over all these years for the translation of God’s Word into the Yom language. We’re nearly there. Two more years, three years max, should see it in the hands of Yom people in Benin.


May God richly bless you all,



Dorothy (Dodi) Forsberg


The Bible for the Yom People


on Home Assignment

from SIM Benin

Update from the Mills!

Happy 2016! We are excited to share with you in this update where we are in our funding efforts, about our move to North Carolina, and about how abundantly the Lord has been providing!
We are currently 86% fully funded for this next year, and still have more partners joining our team in the works! We have loved this fundraising time of our mission because it has provided an opportunity to strengthen and re-kindle many friendships as well as create new ones.

Our move to North Carolina went smoothly. Housing was provided to us through another Navigator couple who own their home in Jacksonville who was transitioning to ROTC ministry in Raleigh. They decided to expedite their move from June to February so that they could rent their home to us! Our new address is:

709 Vernon Drive

Jacksonville, NC 28540

We moved out of our Seattle apartment January 31st. Zack drove across country with Nadia’s dad, Bruce Richey and arrived Super Bowl Sunday. Nadia flew out to Jacksonville with Gracie (turning 2 in May), our newest addition Caleb (born 11/12/15), and her two sisters Tasha and Brooke February 18th after saying some final “see ya later’s” to friends and family in the Tacoma-Seattle area.

As we have been reflecting on this past year, with the anticipation of the birth of Caleb (who arrived 8lbs 7oz just like his sister, but wanted to beat her by being an inch longer at 21”) and the impending move, we have been considering what it means to “not forget the Lord your God.” We recently read the book of Hosea and throughout we saw God saying, “But you forgot me.” In that small sentence Zack and I hear His love and desire for us; that we would not forget Him, but that we would seek Him in everything. The prayer we have for our family and for you at the start of this year (with all of our collective plans and ambitions for 2016) is that we will not forget Him, but hear Him calling us back. Additionally, we want to let His love be the thing that motivates us to seek Him more. Lastly, we want to involve Him in our plans and allow Him to enter in and own them, altering them as He would for better.

Thank you again for joining us, please be praying for the Marines that our lives will be crossing paths with this year and the Navigator community with which we will be co-laboring.

Love always,

Zack, Nadia, Graceyn, and Caleb