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

The Snyder Scoop

 Snyder Scoop
November 2017
Greetings Amazing Partners!
How grateful we are for each and every one of you, for your partnership in one way or another with us and the work here in Chad!
We’ve been listening to a series from Dr. Jeremiah on the book of Revelation, the last book in the Bible.  The warnings for the 7 churches are very applicable today as they were when John wrote Revelations almost 2,000 years ago. It is very sobering for our churches world-wide today and should have us all praying much for our pastors and siblings world-wide in the faith and ourselves!
July medical trip to the capital: All results area back. PTL all were benign except the two moles on Jack’s face. PTL they got a good clear margin so no need for further surgery there. PTL Nancy’s leg continues to heal. No skin grafting needed and no clot evident. The only evidence of the infection is a huge discolored area continuing to lighten as the skin sheds. We’ve both had boils. PTL they are just healed thanks to the Weber’s medication.  They did find a problem with Hypothyroidism in Jack and put him on meds for that. We will go up a week before our annual conference, to redo lab work and see how his level is now that he is on meds. Kidney stones
are still his “friends” 2-3 times a year at least
.PTL rains have been good in most areas and harvest is happening now for several items. This reminds us of Thanksgiving in the USA and its history and we had our get-together for that out here on our station. God has blessed us in somany ways with all of you and also our co-workers with TEAM and our Chadian co-workers. We are so very grateful for each person in our lives and how God has used each one in different ways in our lives. The print shop has a lot of work right now for Christian school curriculum, Bible School curriculum, translations for starting the first Bible School in Kwong, Bible Correspondence lessons, other Bible translations for other languages and teaching material for several professors for Seminars and Bible Schools etc. and of course the Agenda’s that we do each year are being worked on as well. PTL for the privilege of working in so many languages and places and needs through printing. It excites us as to the variety and the content and how it affects people’s lives allover the nation of Chad though we don’t travel ourselves much. Nancy is training a worker for Andreas. PTL Azor has been learning quickly and is enjoying the variety of work and seeing its possibilities for the future. Nancy also has one last SS teachers training to teach June 1st-Nov 1st Azor.
PTL we received an email that Andreas will be arriving November 30th . Lord willing, this will give him the chance to meet most of TEAM missionaries.
Please pray for all the details and support needed before coming.  A Swedish family – the will be coming to work at Koutou, arriving in Chad the end of January Wilhelmsson’s and down to Koutou February, Lord willing. They will move into the house we are in right now.  Please pray for them as they finish up language school and return home to Sweden before arriving in Chad.  PTL for a Security training session from a Biblical standpoint here in the south that TEAM does for their missionaries. Some of this, those who have been around for a while, have learned from personal experiences or living in Africa as children but there were other areas to look at that had not been considered in the past by any of us.  Please pray for all traveling to Ndjamena for our annual conference, November   25th to December 2nd.  That the Lord will bless each session of the conference and give wisdom and unity in decisions etc…. Pray
also for safety for all during the conference as we go around for purchasing supplies etc. as there has been a step up in armed robberies etc. are anticipating the arrival of an addition to Mark and Janelle, Christian and Aurora Snyder their home – they know it is a girl and her name is– so we are praying for a full term Petra pregnancy and healthy delivery of this bundle of joy sometime mid- January. Christian – 5 and will be 6 January 4 2018 is in kindergarten. Aurora is in constant motion and chatters non-stop so we are
told – she will be 4 on the 31st of December. Little Petra is due mid- January. Mark has just started a different position with the company in Administration rather than patient care. He was picked for his integrity and work ethic. PTL for a testimony like that, may God be praised! Janelle continues at her same job with Swarovski.  Ed and Janna Vinson, Noah soon to be 17, Alyssa- 16in January 2018, Moses – 13, Sarah – 10 , Rachel -4 and Rebekah 3 They are all very active and love sports and arts and crafts.  Janna will be having surgery in November on her right elbow and hand – PTL Aunt Sandy will be there to help out with the family. She is a
gem and has amazing energy and is a tremendous help!  PTL we had the privilege of watching Sarah (4th Vinson child) in a track meet on SKYPE. We were able to watch the last meet before the finals where Sarah placed first with a school that they have not been able to beat before! We participated in this from the other end of the world on SKYPE!
We are very thankful for your part in helping us minister to the nationals here through the printed lessons and Christian materials produced in the print shop.
With grateful and thankful hearts,
Jack and Nancy

The Potter Update

Greetings again, from Jan and Barry Potter, this week from Chiang Mai, Thailand!  We wanted to give you a quick update following up our last email of 10 days ago (copied below), and also to ask prayer for our training this week.


  1. In our last Update, we asked prayer for the need to appoint a “point person” (a quasi-interim leader) for the weeks and/or months following January 1stwhen our president steps down.  The way forward did not seem clear, but in the end, I (Barry) was appointed to serve in that role.  I will now need wisdom in how to balance additional responsibilities along with my present ones. Pray that I may be guided to know how to balance some of my present responsibilities with new onesas I take on this new, temporary role.  Pray too for the appointment of a new president in God’s time.  One or two candidates are presently being considered.  We are in need of solid, long-term leadership, but want to take the time to find the right person.


  1. We also asked prayer for our ATCK (adult missionary kid) retreat.  Thanks for praying—it went very well.  There were times of sharing and interaction, but little or no overt expressions of anger or frustration toward OMF for policies of the past.  On the contrary, a number expressed appreciation to us for sponsoring these events and creating space for mutual discussion and process.  We all felt that since these events were initiated two or three years ago, much progress has been made in openly dialoguing about policies, procedures, and past mistakes regarding the care and support for our missionary kids and families in previous times.


  1. This week the two of us are here in Thailand to put on the Coaching Workshop for a group of missionaries that will gather here starting this morning (local time).  I love this workshop, because it is difficult to take the content seriously and not haveall of your relationships positively affected—ministry, friendships, family.  We have heard many great reports from people who have gone through the training.  Please pray for similar results from this week’s group of 16 missionary workers.  In particular, my co-facilitator this week, Lorina, is recovering from a bout of food poisoning from something locally that she ate in the last couple of days.  She is past the worst of it, and will try to push through her sections of the training today, but I know she would appreciate your prayers.



Barry and Jan

Baughman Little Update