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

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


(+229) 64 42 91 49

/ 61 29 77 95

Paul Lewis’s September Update


Join FPC Missionary in Guatemala for Conference on Islam

We have a great opportunity of supporting one of our missionaries, Edwin Martinez, as he leads a women’s conference on Islam.  The conference is in Huehuetenango, Guatemala from November 3-10, 2017.  Edwin would love to have some members of FPC attend. If you are interested, please download the information sheet and contact Edwin to see how you can participate. Women and couples are welcome to attend. You can also talk to Tim Kleefeld for more information.

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