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

Greetings to all,
We are still in the capital and pray we will be able to leave tomorrow but it looks like it may not be until later depending on when the car is fixed and safe to travel down in. We had several things fixed and thought it was all ready to go but PTL Jack wanted to do one last check as the shifting was not great and in so doing found out that the clutch was not fixed properly and parts for a 26/27 yr. old vehicle are not easy to find out here.
This is another update for all of you as we asked you all to pray for our medical situations. PTL our medicals are done except stitches out on the lump taken off of Jack’s arm.  The rest of his things were cared for and healing. The pathology results will not be known for some time for Jack’s things as they just left Tuesday evening with some missionaries. We are trusting the Lord for a good report on all. Depending on the results there could be further procedures for Jack.
Jack is now on medications for hypothyroidism and we trust this will help in several ways.  PTL this will be checked in November rather than October as we have to come up for annual conference in Nov./Dec. and travel is very expensive and taxing.
Nancy’s pathology report came back and PTL it is benign. She ended up with infections and multi-headed boils appearing here and there while up here (some in areas painful to sit – which made me think of Job and I thanked the Lord that my situation is nothing in comparison)  so is again on antibiotics and has a few days of that left. PTL it is helping the boils to drain faster and they are mostly healed now which will make the trip more agreeable once the care is fixed,
Please pray for our trip back down as any driving around here needs prayer and this will be a long trip.
We would also appreciate prayer for the agenda’s (pocket calendar’s).  We mentioned this before and sense the spiritual battle with it and know it will work out but always needs to be bathed in much prayer as it is the most effective and widely used tract as well due to it’s set up with the calendar and get’s where no missionary can go and where there are no Believer’s.  Other work is piling up with deadlines and it will be exciting to see how the Lord works in our lives to accomplish this as our guys are on vacation for the month of August and Nancy starts training a person for 
“hotelerie” as it is called out here – cooking with an attractive presentation on the plate, cleaning, laundry, doing beds etc for Guest House and hotels etc….. We train our guys with the idea of a career for them when there are no missionaries around.  This fellow Azor, will b e trained for Andreas and possibly another Swedish family that may come next year.
Thank you ever so much for your prayers and you can see they are being answered-Praise God!
because of God’s Grace!
Jack and Nancy –
Koutou/Moundou/ Chad.

News from the Potters

Greetings from Denver!


We are so grateful for your prayers and support for us as we continue to serve here in Denver, as well as on our various “mission trips” to other parts of OMF’s world.


Just a few days ago, our twice-yearly Home Assignment Reunion and Training (HART) came to a close.  We had 19 of our overseas missionaries with us here at the home office, as well as 7 children.  I (Barry) have overall responsibility for these week-long events, and so was kept very busy facilitating the program during the week.  Jan also had her hands full with our guest home fully booked out with visitors and attendees.  Please keep these missionary families in your prayers as they decompress from busy field roles and as they prepare to return to their fields at the end of their home assignments.  10 of our attendees serve in China, with the rest working in Japan, Thailand, the Philippines and Cambodia.


A few weeks before HART, we also held our summer Orientation and Candidate Course with 15 in attendance.  This is our twice-a-year event for candidates moving toward missionary service.  We accepted 12 of these for overseas service (4 for China, 4 for Singapore, 2 for Taiwan, and 2 for Brunei), with the remaining three individuals working in homeside ministry here in the U.S.  We are so grateful for the 31 people in total between these two events who are being sent (or resent) to strategic ministries throughout Asia, as part of our ministry mandate to reach Asia for Christ!


For several weeks this month, Jan and I will be in Japan enjoying time with our children and grandchildren.  Including Rochelle who will be able to join us (flying in from Kona, HI), we will be with four of our kids as well as seven grandchildren.  We are so grateful for this opportunity… with our family scattered across the world, these times are very important.  Being in Japan also allows us to connect with others we have known during our years of service and ministry there.  In particular, we will also be able to meet with a couple we have known for over 30 years and who are facing major decisions in their lives.  We would appreciate prayer for these opportunities.


Thank you for your prayers, and as always for those of you who provide the financial support that allows us to continue with our ministry here!


With appreciation,

Barry and Jan


Baughman’s August Update


Hello from Sue Mills