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.
 

Missionaries

Steve & Jennifer Baughman, Wycliffe Bible Translators 4801 West Royal Palm Road, Glendale, AZ 85302 Email:  steve_baughman@sil.org
 
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.connally@sim.org
 
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:  kgoldfain@gmail.com
 
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_lewis@sil.org
 
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:  edwinmartinez73@aol.com
 
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:  suemills@mac.com
 
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:  marycwhm@icloud.com
 
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.potter@omfmail.com
 
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:  jacknancysnyder@yahoo.com
 
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.
 

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Mission News

The Snyder Scoop

Greetings to you all,
 
Just wanted to give you the next update since Jack had his simple surgery this AM.
 
Well, the check for my leg has ended up being a blessing for other things as you can see.  Jack just had his surgery and is doing fine.  he is sleeping right now.  He will be in pain on his back and right side of his face where the surgeries were done.  When they shaved part of Jack’s beard for the surgery they found another mole needing removal right next to it so removed both.  So both of us have larger incisions than expected than when going in for our simple operations.  The doctor originally told us we needed to stay an extra 10 days and now is saying possibly 14 days and that we will need to come back up in October!  This sure was not in our plans but will have to be now as Jack has to have a bunch of lab tests done and have his thyroid count checked now that they put him on meds for hypothyroid. Many positive things are coming out of this time so we thank the Lord for his leading in coming up. It is highly probable that some of jack’s extra fatigue, “spells” that all seem to be from dehydration etc could be from hypothyroid.  We will see what the meds do and then see if he is at the right level of medications or not when we come up in October. Lord willing for a short visit.
 
Keep in mind we are detained up here during the time we do the preparations for the Agenda’s for the following year and we could use prayer for getting that all together and printed before we come back up in October so it can be collated while we are gone.  It is a big job to collate and get ready for us to bring up for conference the end of Nov. first part of Dec.  Our guys are on vacation the month of August but we usually like to work during this time as we can do things without interruption since the doors are closed to orders etc…..
September a lot of orders come in that people want for conference time for their ministries.  Actually quite a bit is coming in right now while we are up here with deadlines for start of Bible schools etc.  and mission hospitals………….
As you may recall, every year as we start preparations for and during the time of getting Agenda’s printed and out we have much spiritual warfare so we ask you to pray that God’s will be done in getting them dome and out accurately and well and on time for His glory and to reach the lost through them as well as being a practical tool that people ask for.
 
Well need to get to other emails as usual but wanted to continue to update you as we know you are faithful prayer warriors and we want you to know what God is doing through all of you!  Thank you so much!
 
with grateful hearts and love for all of you there,
Nancy and Jack
From Jack and Nancy Snyder
B.P. 127
N’Djamena Chad
J Cell # 90.27.51.67
N Cell # 90.01.90.93


The Snyder Scoop

 
 
FAMINE in Africa – also threatens parts of Chad!
 
News of the impending hunger catastrophe in the Horn of Africa is currently spreading throughout the media. This coverage never talks of Chad, but this country, which is one of the poorest and most barren countries in the world, has also been affected by this same drought, albeit not to the same extent as we see in the Horn. Our partner church in Chad, the EET (Eglise Evangélique du Tchad), having seen the encroaching food crisis in the hardest hit areas of the south, has launched a project to help the most vulnerable people in these areas.
 
The crisis has been building since late last year. Many people in southern Chad depend on subsistence farming to eat and on the sale of their crops to care for other family needs. These farmers also supply food for larger city centers, like the capital N’Djamena. The 2016 rainy season was erratic and insufficient, resulting in very poor harvests in the hardest hit areas. As a result for the 2017 farming season many of these people have no seeds to plant and their meager food stocks are depleting leaving some already surviving only by foraging for edible roots in the bush – with 5 months still to go before they might see the first fruits of the next harvest! The situation is looking desperate for these vulnerable people most of whom only have very limited, if any other, resources to buy food let alone seeds to plant a new crop for this year.
 
The EET has carried out an extensive survey throughout its church districts in the south in order to identify the people in their congregations who are the most affected by this problem. They have identified 2,400 vulnerable people in 16 of the hardest hit church districts who will benefit directly from the project. Only people who live exclusively from their agricultural products and have no other source of income were considered. The project is 3-pronged: 1) Food distribution and 2) Seed distribution to these 2,400 people; 3) Education for the church in general to help people manage their fields and crops more effectively.
 
 The total cost of the project is US$ 94,000 of which the church hopes to fund over US$12,000 from their own church members.
 
Would you be willing to pray with us about these huge needs and give towards this project, should the Lord lead your heart to do so?
 
Go to: On-Line Giving – Type “Famine” into the search line and choose “Famine Relief – Chad”
-OR-
Make checks out to “TEAM” and earmarked – “Famine Relief – Chad” – mail to: In the USA – PO Box 1986 Grapevine, TX 76099-1986 In CANADA – #372-16 Midlake Blvd SE, Calgary, AB T2X 2X7


Hello from Sue Mills

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