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 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 Church 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 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.

First Presbyterian Church Missionaries

Steve & Jennifer Baughman, Wycliffe Bible Translators
4801 West Royal Palm Road, Glendale, AZ 85302
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 & Erin Connally, Serving in Missions
Aptado 206, Abancay, Peru, South America
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 & Karen Mahon, Navigators
8412 Vina Del Sol Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122-4217
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
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 & Evie Martinez, OC International
3861 Lovett Street, Bellingham, WA 98226
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 & Mike Mills, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
3410 North Eiger Mt. Rd, Flagstaff, AZ  86004
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 & 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 & 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 & 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

Update from Mark and Iris Barnes

Barnes News,                    


We bought a house!


What seemed out of reach for so long is now in hand. We bought, in July, the house we have been renting for the last three years. The owner told us they were selling and that maybe their real estate agent could help us get a loan… well she did and we bought the house with zero down and no out of pocket experiences at quite a bit under the estimated value of the house. Our monthly payment is about what our rent was. 



Barbara is in her senior year and as usual doing very good in school, looking forward to going to collage next year. Gabriel is very hard working in marching band, school and volunteering at church in the media department, over 4 years now. He is an accomplished camera man.


Iris is also very active in church working part time in the church restaurant. Right now we have over 400 people in the church hotel, evacuees from the South Carolina coast because of Hurricane Irma. 




I am going to Brazil 

Oct 27

 for three weeks to help with a circo manifesto outreach in Curitiba. It is going to be staged in the neighborhood where my ywam team lives. The tent it self will be set up inside the ywam base property. This location and outreach will be the first that we have a sizable team of committed ywamers ( close to 40) “to keep” those that the Lord gives us from the community.


For years I have talked and work on how to win people to Chirst and missions by “keeping the harvest”. This is now becoming a reality. What for so long seemed out of reach is now in hand! My crew is already doing a lot in the community and this will continue after we run the circo manifesto outreach. We have major inroads with local schools and the city government having already lead a number of workshops on how to reduce violence in schools and the community at large. Dropping the murder rate by raising the social action bander called “zero percent”, “target murder aim for life” is how we are building for long term community development with local leaders.


We also continue to pursue the plan to reopen the YWAM base in Maues next year. Maues is a small town in the amazon that we spent many years of our lives building with local heroes a farm and missionary training base. Right now Kaka’s team from Belo is running a drug rehab program at the farm and base, 4 years going now.




My wilderness therapy job continues to be one of my main activities. I am so grateful to have this challenging and rewarding job where I get to share my life with those that are in “

trials and tribulations”. I recently worked with a student that told me, ” I would rather kill myself than go through the program, I hate the outdoors”. He was in great distress

. As he was there for a failed suicide attempted this was a pretty tense time supporting him to get him started in the program, which he now is doing.


The life drama in this job is huge and the team that I work with are awesome and courageous people.


I think my highlight of the year at work has been seeing a guy that I worked with in adult recovery get sober and join suws as an instructor. This guy was a real bonehead when I first met him and today he is an excellent wilderness field instructor. SO much of this work is supporting our student and clients as they face the pain of their failures, knowing that greater outcomes will happen further down the road.




We are buying a circus tent, after so long of not having our own. It is used but in close to new shape and seats over 500. We have already 80% paid for. 

We still need another $2,500 to finish. 

If you can help, please let me know and I will tell how you can send some $ help.




When I tell part of my missionary story to people usually they start to glow a bit.  Maybe because crazy dreams are so few or because reaching for something so noble is heart warming or the combination of both mixed with salting gray hair I am acquiring… don’t know. 


What is clear is people need vision, purpose and a plausible mission to be apart of. This is what I carry in my pocket, and at times share it with others.To those that have prayed for us, encourage us and given to us (this is a family/team effort) words cannot express how honored and grateful we are. 


I look forward to bring more news about our advance in Brazil upon my return.


Peace and Love, Mark and Iris Barnes


Hello from Dorothy

Dear Church Family,


Greetings from Dorothy Forsberg in  Benin!


Several days ago I received your message to me via SIM USA Charlotte. They scanned the letter and emailed it to me. ‘Snail mail’ to here is too slow and ‘iffy’. So glad for the advances in technology that make such speed possible!


Thank you for sending the check that represents my ‘inheritance’ from the Askrens. They were good friends for so many years! And servants in  the church, too.


The boost to my support is much appreciated as my support is down somewhat just now.


I imagine Camp McCullough has been used a lot this summer. But I think fall activities are starting up already. Here we still are having ‘summer’ activities. I’m on vacation just now but in Djougou, children’s camp started yesterday. I learned today that there are 324 campers ages 5-14! My translation colleague, Abel, is camp director.


Some other news: Give thanks to God for the progress we have made in revising the Yom NT. When we disbanded in early August for vacations, we had started into Acts 21. That’s where we’ll take up again September 4.


We still need to work together on the glossary for the Yom Bible and the book introductions. Will that have to wait until we finish the NT revision? Pictures also need to be chosen and permission requested for using them. We also need to do some revision work on the OT books we did early on. We came to realize that reported speech in narrative text needs to be expressed in the indirect. E.g. ‘Jesus said He is the way, the truth and the life. No one goes to the Father but by Him.’


My heartfelt thanks to the church for your faithful financial and prayer support all these years. They are adding up! And then there was the support for my father, Malcolm Forsberg, starting in 1933. I certainly have a rich heritage there at FPC Tacoma!


Greetings to your colleagues there in the church office and of course to Pastor Eric. I trust the church is continuing to thrive.


In Christ,



Dorothy (Dodi) Forsberg


The Bible for the Yom People




Republic of BENIN


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Paul Lewis’s September Update