Johnson Journal – December 2017

Johnson Journal December 2017

Partners in Ministry,

We had an awesome Thanksgiving both at the local church and at our mission base. Wednesday evening we attended a special Thanksgiving service at the local church followed by a delicious full turkey dinner. Even though Mexico has no “Thanksgiving Day” the local church has a day to reflect on how God has blessed them during the previous year. It truly is amazing to listen to them tell how God has worked in their lives during the past year.

Then on Thanksgiving Day we invited some local pastors and friends to join us for fun afternoon. Lynne prepared a traditional turkey dinner complete with all the trimmings and Angelia brought homemade pumpkin pie which was awesome! This made for an enjoyable and fun afternoon with the last of the guests leaving late in the afternoon.

We have attached our latest newsletter to give you a taste of what is happening in the ministry.   This fall we have had more opportunities to partner with local churches and it was so great to see how each church reached out to their communities. It was awesome to see local churches sharing Jesus and praying with their friends, family, and neighbors. Often our part is that of support and bringing special medical and dental skills which provides special attraction to the community.

We pray you have an wonderful Christmas season with family and friends

Vision is to see people, places and things not just as they are, but the way they could be.

Dave & Lynne Johnson

Serving With Mexican Medical Ministries 619-488-4447 (San Diego, CA)

503-931-6552 (Salem, OR)

Phone calls are forwarded to San Vicente

Loreto Weekend Report – November 9-13, 2017

REPORT FOR WEEKENDER TEAM — November 9-13, 2017

As you may have likely heard, we have made a change with regards to our Health Fairs: we will now be focusing only on the Prisons in Santa Rosalia (where we’ve held our outreaches once or twice each year for the past eight years), and in La Paz (where we began ministries last March). This month we were glad to be back in La Paz, and glad to have many people from La Paz who were on our Team six months ago, on our Team again this November.

You will remember us mentioning before how difficult it’d been for years for pastors to have access into the prison to minister to the inmates, yet how wonderful it’d been that the Prison had asked us to come with our Health Fairs. So we had some pastors with us last time, not only to help us with our Health Fairs, but also hoping that as a result the doors would begin to open for them…

Well we were so glad to discover upon arriving this time that Pedro and Rosita, (pastors in La Paz), who were two of those who were with us last time, (and they were with us again this time) – that they had been having Bible Studies every Saturday in the La Paz Prison since our Outreach last Spring – Pedro leading one Bible Study for the men, while Rosita led another Bible Study for the women. We were overjoyed to learn that the doors we were praying about were opening…

We were then very pleased to be introduced to several of the inmates who had made decisions for Christ last Spring when we were there, (who had been attending these Bible Studies), and to learn that they were continuing to grow in their faith and to be strong in the Lord.  How exciting!

As we began each day Don gave everyone on our Team encouragement and instructions from the Word and then we prayed together. The first day it was about exemplifying our transformed lives. On the second day Don encouraged everyone to pray for the inmates, but before doing so, to ask the inmate what they’d like us to pray about for them. This approach opened the hearts of many of the inmates, and discussions followed…, and then many of the inmates (men and women) were being led to Christ. It was amazing; and we could not keep track of the numbers…            …

Dr. Ricardo’s been helping us in our Health Fairs for just over a year, and just a short time ago he was offered a job in this Prison. Now as a result the Health Fairs this weekend the inmates know that their doctor is a Christian and they can go to him almost anytime…

The Lord is definitely doing a work here: the doors are opening, the inmates are responding, follow-up is happening, and your prayers are being answered… Thank you so much again for helping to make all of this happen.

Click here to see pictures and read our Full Report…

 

Johnson Journal – November 2017

Johnson Journal November 2017

Partners in Ministry,

Greetings from Mexico! It seems that when we think something will be a challenge and are concerned about what and how to approach a topic or situation God often has prepared those involved. A couple of weeks ago we needed to deal with an issue and when we met with the men it seemed that the issue was already taken care of the solution was easy. We have a great God who knows what is needed and often has the solution in place before we even start.

Last week I was talking with Pastor Jose about “their” missions in January and it is so exciting to hear what they have planned. Again The Angels will be doing much of the ministry. They will also be teaching other youth some of what they have learned being part of the team sharing Jesus. Lynne and I are so pleased to see how God is using the youth from San Vicente to challenge other young people for Jesus.

A couple of weeks ago we heard that a Nazarene university in California has heard about The Angels and is sending a small team to study how they are ministering and how The Angels came into existence. Really exciting to see how the youth of San Vicente have influenced people in the States.

Attached is our latest newsletter to assist you in knowing what is happening and how best to pray for the ministry.

“You can’t change the past, but you can change the future by seeking God’s will instead of your own.” – Billy Graham

Dave & Lynne Johnson

Serving with Mexican Medical Ministries 619-488-4447 (San Diego, CA)

503-931-6552 (Salem, OR)

Phone calls are forwarded to San Vicente

 

“The Mountains Will Move” – July 2017

July Newsletter

Happy 4th of July to you from Clínica La Esperanza!

Even though we are in Mexico, we still have plenty of room in our hearts for the United States!  May God bless America!  We will be celebrating with a bonfire and fireworks at the beach with a team from Ridgecrest, California.  Buky is preparing his “Tribute to America” soundtrack.  Even though Buky has never gone to the States, we believe it is a promise from God that we will be able to go together one day as a family.  We look forward to that day!  Meanwhile, we continue to serve with all of our hearts here at La Esperanza.

Thank you so much to all of our financial supporters, prayer partners, team members who have come to serve, family and friends who encourage us to continue in the work that God has for us here.  We apologize for not being in touch for so long.  It has never been our intention to not keep you informed because we believe you are just as much a part of this work that the Lord is doing as we are.  I admit that even with the help from a nanny for Elena, life is so fast-paced here, that it can be hard to keep up.  However, we will try to do better to stay in touch this year.  We hope this attached newsletter will encourage you as you see what God has been doing here at La Esperanza.

Thank you so much for your prayers!

God bless,

Buky, Theresa, and Elena

Johnson Journal – June 2017

Johnson Journal June 2017

Partners in Ministry

Greeting from Mexico! How exciting to see how God is working in the lives of people here in San Vicente. Many people have asked this question: How could you leave your farm and business and come to Baja? In reality it was fairly easy for me but it was a giant step for Lynne. Today we are both so pleased that we took that step of faith. The things we have learned about ourselves, our God, and the people of Baja are truly awesome and amazing. To see how God has changed us and to see how God has changed the people in San Vicente has made it more than worthwhile.

Our goal in writing our newsletter is not just to let you know what is happening but also to encourage you to step out in faith to follow what God would have you do in your life. Lynne and I know from experience that God loves us and wants the best for us. Sometimes we have just had to trust God and follow the path He has before us until we can see the results, but it has always been worth the wait.

We have attached our latest newsletter to help know what God is doing through your partnership and give you a snapshot of what God is doing in San Vicente. Thank you so very much for your faithful, prayers, encouragement, and support. You are appreciated.

“You can’t change the past, but you can change the future by seeking God’s will instead of your own.”  Billy Graham

Dave & Lynne Johnson

 

Serving With Mexican Medical Ministries 619-488-4447 (San Diego, CA)
503-931-6552 (Salem, OR)
Phone calls are forwarded to San Vicente

Loreto Weekend Report – Santa Rosalía Prison May 30 – June 3, 2017

Report for Weekender Prison Team May 30 – June 3, 2017

This month we were in a prison again – this time in Santa Rosalía, where we have been going every year for the past eight years – sometimes twice in a year. It was so wonderful to be back again sharing the love of Jesus and the message of salvation with some of the staff, guards and inmates; and to see some of the fruit of our previous labors.

On the day we arrived, we were welcomed very warmly by many of the staff and guards – quite a difference from how everything began eight years ago. All of the suspicion, apprehension, and criticism we experienced back then had been replaced with embrace after embrace; and on the last day, one of the lead guards asked if we could take our health fairs to the communities around his home – and he assured us that he wanted to help us put these health fairs on…

In the meetings we had with some of the staff and guards at the beginning of each day, I explained exactly why we keep coming back – beginning by telling them why every time we come we give everyone the little booklet, “Agua Viva”- the Gospel of John.

What makes this book special is that the writer had seen and heard something so very unique, from a person he had got to know so well, that he felt compelled to share what he had come to know with as many people as possible. In the same way we too have come to know and experience some-thing we want to share – especially with the inmates (who have been discarded from society) – because everyone who comes to know and experience what this writer explains, will have their lives will be changed forever, for the good…

The writer used these words trying to describe who Jesus was: The Word, Creator, Life, Light, Grace, Truth, Son of God, Lamb of God, Forgiver… During these three morning meetings we read together John 1:1-23 and I explained in detail what each of these words meant; and then I went on to explain that John the Baptist declared himself to be preparing the way for the Messiah – the One who was coming into their world as promised, to change everything…!  In the same way I said, “We’re like John the Baptist – coming into your world to share this same wonderful news…”

After the meeting on the third day one of the office staff came to me explaining how much she really appreciated what we were doing, and had done over the years; and then went on to explain that her life had been changed as a result, and that she had been attending one of the churches in Santa Rosalia that we had held our health fairs at a few years ago…

At the meetings we had with all of the inmates at the end of our three days I again explained to them, using a modern parable, the personal value there can be of reading the Bible, believing what it tells us, and doing what it says…, over one hundred men picked up Bibles.

Click here to see pictures and read our Full Report…

Johnson Journal – April 2017

Partners in Ministry

A few days ago I was in a meeting with Alba, the leader of the Angels, and Pastor as we were planning several outreach events in partnership with our groups. Now they have taken ownership and are planning and leading all the ministry activities and we are privileged to be able to come along side and support their ministry. They are now asking us to join them. It was really exciting to see them making plans for what they wanted to happen. Mostly I was just asking how we could assist them.

What a change from a few years ago when they seemed to want us to do all the planning and they would come along only because we asked.

As one of our Partners In Ministry you are a vital part of this ministry. Without you we could not be serving in San Vicente and without any doubt without your prayers we would not have seen God work nearly so much. We want to thank you for your faithful prayers, encouragement and support. Each of you is important and we consider you to be very special.

Click here to read the Johnson Journal April 2017