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

September 2015 Update from Dorothy Forsberg

Parakou, 3 September 2015
As from BP 229, Djougou
Republic of BENIN

Dear supporting, praying Friends,

Here I am at the end of a 3 week break, listening to one more church service on CD. I go back to Djougou tomorrow so I can attend the wedding, on Saturday, of the son of some friends I’ve known since I arrived in Benin 38 years ago.

I praise God for allowing me to witness some exciting things lately!

The annual Troup Nehemiah camp and evangelistic campaign celebrated 30 years this year and the event was held on our Djougou campus in August. I came on my vacation after a couple days (I attended our SIM Benin Day of Prayer.) but God opened the way for me to go to Djougou with some friends on Saturday for the official celebration and come back that afternoon. I was moved when near the end of the service the 387 campers were challenged to commit themselves to carry on. Those who were committed should stand. Everyone in the church stood, including me, and sang the theme song that we are committed to continue building the ‘walls’ of the Yom church which 30 years ago was at a very low ebb. Some are wondering if it isn’t time to reach out to other people groups nearby. A couple of groups have been established to study the idea. They are meeting in November to share their findings and thoughts and perhaps establish a new direction. Pray for them.

Pray also that there might be some young people called by God to prepare in Bible school to shepherd new churches. The Yom Bible school was closed this year for lack of students! One student is in his year of practicum and will be returning next March for his last year. He’s quite adept at taking Scripture and making Yom-style songs. A local group sings with him when there is an occasion – like the TN celebration, August 15. Pray for A and his family.

One day recently I went to the Christian bookstore here in Parakou. A young lady was sitting on a stool chatting across the counter with the man replacing the lady who is usually the cashier. (She was on her official vacation.) When I approached I saw she had Yom facial markings indicating she is from a chief’s family. So I spoke to her in Yom. We had a bit of a conversation and using some of our literature for sale in the bookstore, I showed her the basics of reading Yom. (She has gone up to grade 13 in school.) A couple of days later I was visiting with a Christian Yom friend in the porch of her little shop when a group of ladies walked by. One was looking intently at me and then came over. It was M.! I introduced her to my friend and we had a good chat. She has heard quite a bit about the prophet ‘Issa’. The man at the bookstore is a friend of her husband’s. They’ve known each other for quite a while, even when they used to live in another town. M. exchanged telephone numbers with my friend J and with me. J is quite evangelistic. Pray that God will bring M. and her husband A., a high school teacher, to salvation in spite of their fear of their families’ reaction.

Now September 9, back in Djougou:
The morning we left for the wedding, we learned that the mother-in-law of my co-translator, A., passed away early that morning. So we had a funeral to attend on Sunday morning. There were great testimonies to her faithfulness to God in spite of long years of illness, with intervening highs and lows. Her prayer for her many children was that they maintain their unity and that they remain close to the Lord. A’s wife is her youngest child. Their oldest is nearly 20! You can imagine the size of the extended family!
The wedding on Saturday was great! The groom even took the mike and sang part of the song that 2 of his fellow choir members were singing in honor of him and his bride!

On Monday, more than 400 kids, ages 7-14, arrived for a week of camp. A. is camp director. He wasn’t well but is doing better. He has learned to delegate a number of tasks! The kids are studying the book of Ruth this year. I am pleased that a number of our church young people are involved in teaching and various other jobs. The teaching is done in French and then again in the afternoon for 4 different language groups, including French. Some of the teachers are taking time to make sure unchurched kids understand the teaching.

My other co-translator, I., is in his second, and last, week of teaching teachers to use the materials he has been helping to develop. The government is following up on research that shows that a child learns best in his own language. Several languages have been chosen, including Yom, to be used in the early years of these children’s education. I. is a great asset to this work due to the computer and Yom language skills he has been honing during his decades of Yom translation work.

I. and A. both need to take time for a rest so we’ll see when we are next all in the office together.

Today I started back into the office. I am starting to work through the draft of Ecclesiastes. It was done by Abraham a number of years ago, translating from the text in the Lokpa language. I found a Translators’ Handbook for Ecclesiastes. The first sentence says ‘There is perhaps no book in the Old Testament that has caused so many problems for interpreters as the book of Ecclesiastes.’ So please pray for me and my colleagues as we work through this book! Our translation needs to be accurate, clear and natural.

Our next checking session is the last week of October, right after our SIM Spiritual Life Conference. We’ll be finishing 2 Chronicles (from chapter 13) and starting Ecclesiastes.

Thank you so much for your continuing prayer and financial support for me and for our Yom Bible translation project. We’re nearing the end!

With love in Christ,

Dorothy
Dorothy (Dodi) Forsberg

The Bible for the Yom People

UEEB/SIM, BP 229
Djougou, BENIN



July 2015 Update from the Baughmans

Read the July update from FPC-supported missionaries Steve and Jennifer Baughman.