First Presbyterian Church Johnson City

Our Missionaries

Doug and Ruth Baughman

Doug and Ruth Baughman

7704 Radin Road
Waxhaw, NC 28173

Email Address:

Anniversary: June 4th

Doug – July 18th
Ruth – August 27th

Michael – June 9th
Mark – January 27th
Melissa – June 12th

Wycliffe Bible Translators

Place of Service:
Waxhaw, NC, USA

Info / Prayer Requests

  • As of 2005, Doug and Ruth have served in Brazil for 20 years; 10 years in missionary aviation and 10 years in administration.
  • In May 2005 Doug was appointed Associate Director for the Americas Area. He is responsible for helping to supervise the Bible translation task that is going on in North America, Central America and South America.
  • Ruth is Administrative Assistant to the Leadership Development Corrdinator in Wycliffe. There have been seven leadership development workshops held all around the world in 2009.
  • Pray for the Lord to raise up laborers from Latin America and the Caribbean to do Bible translation worldwide. We have a faith goal of 2000 new missionaries being sent out from Latin America and the Caribbean over the next ten years.



Rodney and Kina Dutro

Address: Anador Tulipanes No. 5
Col. Campestre Residencial
Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos, Jalisco
C. P. 45859 Mexico

Vonage Phone: 423-207-4600

Email Address:

Anniversary: December 28, 1995

Rodney – November 26th
Kina – March 23rd

Genesis – June 28th
Trinity – March 29th
Zion – July 7th
Eden – June 19th

Organization: Shepherd’s Heart Ministries, Inc.

Place of Service: Mexico

Organization Contact Information:
Shepherd’s Heart Ministries, Inc.
135 Bill Cox Road
Jonesborough, TN 37659

Local Contact:
Lynn and Rae Dutro
135 Bill Cox Road
Jonesborough, Tennessee 37659

Information / Prayer Requests

We have been serving as fulltime missionaries in Mexico since 2002.
We founded the Hope House for abused, abandoned and neglected boys in 2008 and in 2009 have 25 boys in our care.
Pray that God would strengthen us in our Spirits that Christ may live in us.
Pray that we would love Jesus extravagantly and willingly share His love with others.
Pray that we would keep our eyes on the Lord and our ears tuned to His voice faithfully following Him in all that He has for us.

Haiti Education Foundation (HEF)

P.O. Box 10775
El Dorado, AR 71730

Email Address:
Susan Turbeville –
Pere Mardoche Vil –
Pere Fritz desire –

Susan Turbeville – 870-862-1252


Faith Statement:

Believing that Jesus is our HOPE, we bring HOPE to the children of the mountains of southern Haiti by providing education.
The mission of the Haiti Education Foundation is to provide education to children in St. Matthais and Ascension Parishes of Haiti. Our objective is to help Haitians to help themselves. We have established an avenue for giving where 100% of contributions go to the need designated by the donor. There are no administrative expenses deducted from donations.
The Haiti Education Foundation supports 40 elementary and 10 high schools in the mountains of southern Haiti. The foundation hires over 400 Haitian teachers and staff with an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students. Our schools are predominately located in two parishes in Haiti; Pere Desire is priest in charge of St. Matthais Parish and Pere Vil is priest in charge of Ascension parish. These men work tirelessly in the oversight of all of the schools and churches in the parishes. The HEF counterpart in Haiti is the OCDES Board. This group of Haitian men has been longtime partners and was mentored by HEF founding priest, Pere Jean Wilfrid Albert, prior to his death. These men volunteer their time and service to see that funds sent for the schools are distributed to the priests in charge and oversee various other projects supported by our foundation.

From the inception of the Haiti Education Foundation, the focus has been securing $75 Scholarships for each of the children enrolled. This continues to be at the forefront of our fundraising efforts. Without the students, the buildings have little purpose.
Our Haitian friends are not unaccustomed to tragedy. Over the years, they have endured many hurricanes and floods.

The earthquake on January 12, 2010, was another obstacle in their lifetime of struggles. Eleven of our schools were completely destroyed and several were severely damaged. Temporary structures are now in place so that the children are able to attend school. Although we have many challenges before us, our main focus is in obtaining scholarships for each of the children attending school. The road to full recovery is very long; however, we know that EDUCATION brings HOPE to the children . . . to the future of Haiti.

Zablon Kuria

Zablon Kuria

Address:  P.O Box 7364-20100
City, State, Zip:  Nakuru, Kenya   SE
Phone:  011-254-720-422945
Fax:  NA

Email Address:

Background:  Zablon came to the United States from his native Kenya to further his theological studies at Beulah Heights Bible College in Atlanta , Georgia.  Shortly after Zablon’s arrival in the Atlanta area, he found a church to join and events began to evolve rapidly.  Initially, Zablon was not sure why God wanted him to leave Kenya to study in the U.S. he just knew that was what he had to do!  As his new American church family experienced his convictions and love, his ministry began to take shape.

Zablon realized that he could help unite his new American church with his Kenyan church.  He presented several community oriented projects his Kenyan church had initiated and the response was, “how can we help.” Zablon’s vision has expanded to the creation of the ROCK BRIDGE MINISTRY where his ministry can grow and include all those who are interested in sharing their love of God by helping and serving the needs of those less fortunate in Kenya.
Organization:  Rock Bridge Ministries

Rock Bridge is working on support for providing clean drinking water to two small communities. Health centers are needed throughout Kenya; Rock Bridge is actively supporting a community based health center and is seeking support for another. As many know AIDS is inflicting heavy casualties throughout Africa.  Many children are left parentless because of this disease.  Without caring help the future for these children is bleak.  Rock Bridge is involved in the Tumaini Children Home and School.  This Home is currently under construction and will be home to approximately 300 wonderful children.  We need long term support and sponsorship of these children so that to a ripe old age they can witness to the saving grace of God.
Place of Service:  Kenya, Africa
Organization Contact Info:
Rock Bridge Ministries
Tel:  011-254-720-422945
Local Contact:  Mrs. Ginger Mount
25 Stone Creek Trail
Alphretta GA  30004



Paul and Samm Poteat

Address:  612 Erie Street SE
City, State, Zip:  Minneapolis, MN   55414-3111
Home Phone:  NA
Fax:  NA
Cell Phone:  612-281-8818  Samm
Cell Phone:  612-220-0734  Paul
Email Address:              (Samm) (Paul)
Skype Names:  sammpoteat; paul.poteat
Anniversary:  January 7
Samm  — July 29
Paul — January 9
Children:   Maddux Elysia (Maddie) Poteat
DOB:  October 25, 2008
Organization:  Campus Outreach Minneapolis
Place of Service:  University of Minnesota, MN, USA
Organization Contact Info:
Campus Outreach Minneapolis
720  13th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN   55415

Local Contact: 
Bill & Betsy Bridgforth
300 Pocahontas Trail
Piney Flats, TN   36786
Prayer Requests/Dates:

9/09 –  Please pray that the students in our discipleship groups would have an increasing vision to impact the students around them with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
–  Pray that the non-believers on campus from churched and unchurched backgrounds would continue to feel drawn and softened to the good news of the gospel.
–  Pray for the new believers in our ministry to grow in their understanding of what Christ has done for them on the cross and that they would be easily integrated into our community.


Katie Taylor

Rey Meconetzin #102
Col. Ajusco 04300
City, State, Zip:  Coyoacan, Mexico,
Phone:  52-55-
Email Address:
Birthdate:  June 30, 1955

Organization:  Partners in Christ International
Place of Service:  Mexico
Organization Contact Info:     Partners in Christ International
P.O. Box 237
Tempe, AZ 85280-0237

Local Contact:
Alf & Martha Gene Taylor
1105 Estate Dr.
Johnson City, TN 37604

Info/Prayer Requests:

  • Pray that all the good teaching/training be applied to real life.
  • Pray that Christians will be salt and light in society, agents of change.
  • Pray that leaders will be servants.
  • Pray that God’s Kingdom will grow in Mexico and everywhere.

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