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

News from Mark Barnes in Brazil

One sign of a nation being discipled into it’s God given purpose is it’s name will be great amongst the nations, consider Brazil’s name these days.

Zika, political corruption and crime sadly are the head lines making Brazil famous these days.

But when Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.” On my most recent trip to Brazil I got infected again with renewed hope and vision for Brazil.

There is something brewing in the hard times in Brazil. Failed political and church systems are provoking a new generation of young leaders to imagine reformation, and to re-imagine church, political and economic structures. I see this on the ground in the work my team is doing in a small, real and inspiring ways.

Acts 4:34 For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales and lay them at the apostles’ feet

For many years I have felt that this verse is connected to Brazil’s destiny in the world.  The “Zero %” in “no needy person”, is a token of something bigger going on. If this can be tapped into in Brazil it can flip Brazil right side up and this would be a global spectacle. I think it’s fare to say that in the book of Acts the church was living and giving the gospel of the Kingdom, as one. This is not beyond where God can take us today and surely not more than we can hope and work for.
I have a friend in BH named Cacau, Kaka lead him to the Lord a few years ago. Cacau recently traded his big mansion house for the hotel we used during our outreach in July. We are now making plans to use it as an operational base for the Deck to stage a cultural shift to dislocate criminal culture in communities over run with murder. Some much of the perpetual brokenness is rooted in culture.

New Vision – To pin point a social movement that shoots “to drop murder rates to zero”. This target adds something important to the concept of The Deck, it give us 3 things.  1) A “clear trumpet call” to rally and organize communities for life that are PROVOKED by the blood of children in their streets. 2) A clear plan with 4 broad based maneuvers with long-term and sustainable effect, scaled to move many of players in society.  3)  Zero %  also gives scale to quantify transformation efforts in communities.

With this righteous scale (Mt. 6:33, Prov 11:11) we can be more intentional in the quest to deliver the gospel of the Kingdom that constructs a superior life keeping culture to dislocated and uproot the criminal cultural that perpetuates murder and brokenness all over Brazil. To knock down murder rates many other things will fall. It is for this fight that we have been give might weapons (II Cor. 10:4) , and 4 tested components, integrated into a missional designed that makes room for all hands on DECK.

1)  the circus, 2) “friends for good in schools” (amigos do bem na escola) partnering with public school under much duress , 3) seed projects (Harvest), and 4) the hotel (yellow Axis)  –  U of N / ywam base.

(these are the quantifiable components of the deck that are intentionally applicable and transferable.)
The Outer ring represents the Kingdom community/congregation, living, cultivating and keeping the Kingdom ( Gen
2:15 ), this ring is beyond the deck design. It’s the extended movement not quantifiable but will display “a token” of the overcoming power of the age to come in this present age, “no needy persons among them” or  zero % .  No more shall an infant from there live but a few days Is 65:20, a new count of life.

In august we will be running our circo manifesto outreach in Rio during the Olympic games, together with our local team in Rio. I REALLY hope to take Barbara and Gabriel with me on this trip. This is part of the build up to launch “zero %” in target communities around Belo Horizonte next year.

I hope this short email gives a glimpse of the regions beyond that we are stretching for. Our inspiration is kept alive by God in so many ways. Those he send to stand with us count for double. Thank you for your interest and help, keep it up!

I long to spend more time in Brazil. As good as everything is for us in Fort Mill, I think I am made for Brazil.

This are some pictures of the hotel and a short video of the hotel.

peace,

mark