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

Learn about Our Missionaries This Sunday

Do you know how many missionaries you help support through our church? Do you know how many different regions of the world are being impacted through their work? Immediately after the worship service this Sunday, come to Middleton Parlor where you will learn the answers to these questions and more! Also be sure to check the missions section of the church website for regular updates. You can partner with our missionaries both through your prayers and your financial contributions.

Paul Lewis’s Update

January Update from Mark Barnes

Hello from Mark Barnes,
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good worksand glorify your Father which is in heaven.

My Wilderness Christmas

During Christmas I was back packing with a group of young adult ladies in treatment from drug addiction. During Christmas eve I shared a story as a gift to them, one I call  “the most incredible story I have ever heard”. It’s one I love to tell about a gangster I meet a few years ago in Brazil who’s father and sister were kidnapped and murdered and how he was able to “excursive” FORGIVENESS. 
Upon finishing the story one of the young ladies announced, “I have serenity… I am not thinking of anything… I am not thinking of anything!!!” As peace is far off and hard for her to keep, this moment was a magical part of a glorious Christmas week in the woods.

Brazil – In Almirante Tamandaré,  #17 in most murders in Brazil

It is hard to describe seeing young adults taking steps towards heroic exploits. When I arrived the team was equipped and in place to run the Circo manifesto. Once again we saw heaven touch earth, disruptive in nature like a might wind, making room for more and more of the same. Tearing down evil to build UP for life.
The first week, while invite people to attending our opening show I meet a lady, she actually cried out to me on the street, “stop, wait” so she could caught up to me and my ywam friend. She soon shared her sad story of how her only son had been murdered at 17 years of age. She said that he had a daughter, that lives with her, “my only grand daughter, she is 9”. She asked me, “please come with me to my house to invite her, she never leaves the house”.  So I went and I met the daughter and together with my new ywam friend we made plans to return to take her to the circus which we did. They seemed to enjoy them selves, so how I feel much more is in store for this family.
This is a brief account of some high points.
  •  More than 9,000 people attending our presentations
  •  More than 150 volunteers on our team.
  •  30 days of 24hrs continuous prayer, WOW!
  • 3 YWAM base working together
  • 14 shows, each lasting approximately 100 minutes each
  • 45 families registered for follow up and visit to their homes
  •  We trained 19 students in the DTS during the campaign. (we just started another DTS Jan 14 with 28 students!) 
  •  $4000 that took care of everything!  WOW!!! ( this was so cheap because 1 we used our own circus tent, 2 we ran it in our back yard, on a ywam base)
  • 6 neighborhood companies sponsor 
  • Support of the City municipality of Tamandaré
  • Support and collaboration from 5 local churches

    Family News

    Iris and I work at Operation Christmas Child as coaches in the inspection processing facility just down the road from our house for about three weeks before Christmas  We were part of a huge effort to inspected over 2.4 million shoe boxes. That was a lot of fun and really great because this enabled me to stay at home for part of the holidays! 

    Both Barbara and Gabriel are working as checkers in our local supper market enjoying the work and the money in their pockets! 

    Gabriel had a great time marching in the Macy’s Thank Giving Day parade with his high school marching band. We saw him on tv! It was a great experience for him and he got to see quite a bit of new york city.

    We just got back from a fantastic weekend trip to Orlando for a visit with our brazilian family, Brazilian restaurants and supermarkets. We now know how to go to Brazil by car for the weekend. ; )
    Please check out the “seed money appeal” if you feel like learning more about how you can partner with us or just want to see our next steps.
    These are very happy and good days we are in, we feel blessed!
    peace and love, mark and family
    ps, I am off to work first thing in the morning and it is snowing… it might take me a while to respond to any replies… snow day for the kids : )