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.

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Loreto Weekend Report – March 30 – April 3, 2017

REPORT FOR WEEKENDER TEAM — March 30-April 3, 2017

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Last Friday, Saturday and Sunday we had more than 250 inmates in the La Paz State Prison ask for Bibles and New Testaments: we gave out over 100 Bibles, 150 New Testaments, and over 100 Gospels of John. We prayed with almost everyone who came to see one of our 4 doctors, our 3 dentists, or to get some glasses. We had over 25 workers with us – and there were over 50 inmates who gave their lives to the Lord – after which we sang together, ‘Hallelujah…, Hallelujah…’

On Sunday after 132 inmates had been through our 3-day Health Fair, we had a meeting with a large number of the prisoners, (with a few guards and staff also present). There had been an invitation given to the inmates to come and listen to Don explain why we had come, and to receive a gift bag from us, as well as the opportunity to receive a Bible.  (The gift bag included: a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and a wash cloth.)

We had probably 200 men and 20 women come to this meeting, as I explained that we had come because we and many our friends love them… I went on saying, “Someone has lied to you… You need to ‘trust the evidence’ – there is more evidence for ‘Creation’ than there is for ‘evolution’…” I carried on, “…God was at the beginning…; He created everything for His purposes – including each of us; therefore at the end of our lives we can expect Him to be our Judge… Are you prepared to meet your Judge?  God offers you and us a pardon for all the wrongs we have all done; and He wants to give each of us better lives…  It is all written down for us in the Bible – if you would like to have one to read for yourselves, just ask for one as you come to receive a gift bag from us…” I went on explaining, “…the gift bag is small, but our friends have put them together for us to give to you, just to prove that we do love you…” 

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Ávila Family Report – March 2017

Hello brothers and sisters in Christ. We hope you are well, greetings from your missionaries, the Avila family serving in Cabo San Lucas area.  We want to share with you the activities of the ministry that we have carried out this year so far and the upcoming activities.  In January we traveled together with Stephen and Jan to visit the churches in Maine, Connecticut and New Hampshire. We had a great time connecting with so many of our friends, team members and supporters. We are so grateful to so many churches and individuals that have supported us for almost 20 years. You are such an important part of our ministry. We also really enjoyed the snow!  While we were gone, our children carried out an evangelical medical campaign with our friend Dr. Mercado, in a community outside of Cabo. We supported the ministry of the “Church of God” with 18 medical consultations, pressure and glucose intake and Christian counseling, also distributed bibles and brochures. We are partnering with them in all 11 of the communities with once a month events to share God’s love, medical care and grow their mission church plants.

In the month of February we had an outreach in the “Gastelum” colony, where we had a small medical outreach seeing about 15 patients, checking vital signs, offering Christian counseling and shared dramas and games with the children.The church members shard the word of God, and gave out bibles and books of John.

In March we had an excellent time with our team of short-term missionaries from the United States and a local pastor committed to loving and caring for those so very isolated, about 8 hours from Cabo. We were grateful to visit four villages, La Purisima, Las Barrancas, Chicharon, and San Juanico, that have very little services. Together with them we provided dentistry service to 81 people, medical consultations to 160 people, delivery of reading glasses to 160, foot care to 20 people and children’s activities.  In addition we had 7 home visits and checked the blood pressure and glucose of many. We saw God’s light in this place and were able to share God’s love.  On March 15 we had a medical outreach at the “Alpha and Omega” mission where we gave 18 consultations, blood pressure and glucose checks, medicine was given out and the children were taken care of in an outside covered area.

We are waiting for the visit of a team from Southwest Hills Church, Oregon next week with whom we will have a week full of ministry. We have work projects at both the clinic and the rehabilitation center planned, we will attend church services with the churches we will be serving with, we will participate in the children’s feeding program-cooking food and children’s ministries, and have 4 health fairs and medical outreaches planned with pastors in San Jose, Los Congreos park and the community of Tierra Libertad. We know God has a great plan for that week.  In addition, we continue to see many patients at the clinic, about 37 in January, 25 in February and 29 in March and as many home visits and medication deliveries as needed.

Other upcoming events are serving 200 inmates at a medical/dental clinic at Santa Rosalia Prison for 4 days, May 30-June 3 with missionaries Don and Lorraine, serving with a dental and outreach team in Cabo,June 4-10 and heading to Palenque, Chiapas in July29-Aug 5 for more medical/dental outreaches.

It is a great blessing to be able to share with others of the love and mercy of God. We thank you very much for the support and prayers you give us.

God bless you.

Alvaro, Soledad and family

Johnson Journal – February 2017

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It was a thrill to sit and listen about the San Vicente mission’s trip to central Mexico. Heard over and over how the Angels led all the ministry and did an awesome job. They went to six locations, five of which the church has been to before.

On the “Island of Mexicaltitan” , which they have gone to the past five years, several of the youth greeted the Angels and told them they were so excited to see them.  Some were asking questions about God and said they remember them from previous years. The Angels were excited because many of the island residence asked questions about God. When asked they indicated that during previous visits had sparked interest in God and the Bible. For the first time they have a regular Bible study on the island.

 

Loreto Weekender Report – February 3-6 & February 24-27

 REPORT FOR

WEEKENDER TEAMS — February 3-6 & February 24-27, 2017

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STATISTICS FOR 4 HEALTH FAIRS

Saturday & Sunday, February 4 & 5, and February 25 & 26, 2017

Locations: (#1) Iglesia Semillas de Fe – about 6 hours southwest of Loreto near Todos Santos, with Pastors Chuy & Juanita; and (#2) Iglesia Jesus la Vid Verdadera in La Paz, with Pastors Santiago & Laura Duarte…

Statistics: Total in attendance 372 People treated:

Dentists… 79

Doctors… 185

Glasses… 182

Prayed to receive Christ… 11+?

Others counseled/prayed for…many…

We were almost unable to have our Health Fairs this past weekend, because the road in front of the church was being dug up to put in new water lines. Fortunately we arrived a day early with the dental trailer, otherwise it might have been impossible to get it to the church – they had trenches dug across the road in several places, but fortunately not all the way across the road. Jim Shelly, who was pulling our dental trailer with his truck for us this month, was able to squeak it in with only about two inches to spare, and that included bending a recently planted palm tree out of the way as well.  Jim was a professional truck driver, pulling trailers for many years. So we thank the Lord for Jim and Karen being with us this month!

It was wonderful to make contact through Don Gerig with some Canadians and Americans vacationing in La Paz, and therefore we had additional help we were not counting on, and that was a real blessing! In fact, Ken & Linda Gill from Grand Forks, BC now request your prayers as they seek the Lord’s guidance concerning becoming more active with us in our Health Fair ministries and in particular with the church in Melitón Albañez – the location of our first Health Fairs this month.

And it was also a real joy to have Dra. Male and Gabriel (and their children: Jetro, Dara and Onam) with us this past Sunday. You’ll remember they had been with us for almost every Health Fairs for about eight years, but about three years ago, because of increased responsibilities in La Paz and in Guadalajara, they were unable to continue. However this past Sunday they were available, and so we were very glad to welcome them back!

Travis and ShuLei Flippen will be moving to Loreto. Travis is currently building their new house, and ShuLei will come to Loreto later this year after her retirement. Travis was able to help us with our Health Fairs last October – he speaks Spanish fluently and he can fix almost anything, and he enjoys dispensing glasses. This month he was able to help with both of our Health Fairs – which made it much easier for Don to return to Loreto on the Saturday nights, so that he could preach at the new English church we began recently in Loreto.

It is wonderful the way the Lord brings everyone together to serve in these Health Fairs!

At our first health fairs this month, we were introduced to a man who until recently could not read or write. He had become a Christian, and wanted so much to read the Bible. So he got an old Bible and just looked and looked at the pages – and then he started to read… It was a miracle! Well he was the first one at our Bible/book table, and bought his own new Bible. Now that’s special!

At the health fairs this past weekend, a lady had high blood pressure and glucose reading of 430 – the doctor asked us to take her to the hospital where she would be looked after and given some medicine. She returned the next day, thanking us for helping her avoid a stroke, which we understood could have happened…

Please continue to pray with us, and praise the Lord with us – these Health Fairs are such a blessing to many people – physically and spiritually…

Johnson Journal December 2016

Johnson Journal December 2016

Partners in Ministry 

We would like to wish each and every one a merry Christmas and pray you have the best New Year.

 The past fourteen years in Mexico have been awesome and God has given us so much joy and satisfaction as we have seen the changes in the San Vicente church. The people of San Vicente have treated us more like family then missionaries for which we are grateful. They keep telling us we are just part of their church family and invite us to all their major events and especially their mission trips. What an honor and pleasure to join them as they serve God and share Jesus with their own people. 

We are also privileged to be a part of some awesome missionaries and dynamic church leaders in Baja as they provide opportunities for their churches to reach communities for Jesus. Our mobile dental unit is part of those outreaches and provides some very practical means to say we as Christians really care about you and want to provide for your physical needs as well as your spiritual needs. 

All of these opportunities are made possible because you as our Partners in Ministry have provided not only for our financial needs but also prayed regularly for us. Without your support and prayers we would not have been able to serve as your representatives in Mexico. Thank you so very much.

 Attached is our latest newsletter to assist you in knowing what is happening in Baja and with us.

 Merry Christmas and May God richly bless you in the New Year

Life with God is not immunity from difficulties, but peace in difficulties. C. S. Lewis

Dave & Lynne Johnson

 

 

“The Mountains Will Move”

July 2 2016

December 2016 Newsletter

Hello friends!

 We wanted to share with you about fall ministry at La Esperanza.  It seems that the ministry should slow down after summer, but there is always more work to be done!  God is good, as He continues to draw people in our area to His heart.  It is a blessing to be a part of God’s work here.  We look forward to a slower-paced time with family this holiday season.  Our prayer is that you will be able to slow down and enjoy the holiday as well.   Please pray for healing for Angel (there is more information in the attached newsletter).  Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 God bless you!

Buky, Theresa, and Elena Ventura Lewis

 

Loreto Weekender November 25-28, 2016

REPORT FOR

WEEKENDER TEAM — November 25-28, 2016

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We have two situations to share with you in particular this month. First is about a man who had been mistreated by the local medical system – he had been complaining several times to the government dentist about his suffering from what he described as a toothache, or possibly some other problem he was having in his jaw. They looked at his teeth and saw nothing obvious, so they concluded that the man was deranged, and therefore would not give him any help. Not only was this man in terrible physical pain he was now suffering emotionally from the way he had been treated. So our dentist Yxchel examined his teeth and without even an x-ray she saw the cavity. She said it was indeed difficult to see, but after a careful and probing look she found it. The tooth could not be saved, so she pulled it and gave the man some antibiotics. The man left with some pain in his jaw, but very happy he had been cared for by a loving dentist at the church we were at this weekend. We were so glad to be able to share the love of Jesus with this man, and we trust he will now be open to receiving the message of salvation. Please pray with us that he will read the Gospel of John he was given, and possibly return to this church – knowing that this is where love and acceptance can be found…

The second situation is also exciting. It involves a man that we met and helped many years ago…, then his daughter died.  The story goes on as he makes his way back to God with an important step being accomplished this weekend.  Please read the full report to get all the details.

How wonderful it is to see the Lord at work in people’s lives – people struggling with all that life throws at them. But then Christians are being brought into their lives to share with them the love of Jesus, and the message of salvation. We are so glad to be a part of this story in the lives of many people here, in and around Loreto.

Please keep praying for this wonderful ministry, because many people are being blessed physically and spiritually. Also, if you are able to financially support us in some way that would be very much appreciated – small and large gifts working together to make this all happen. Thank you for your partnership!

“The Mountains Will Move”

July 2 2016

November 2016 Newsletter

Hello Friends and Family,

It can certainly be a challenge to sum up nine weeks of summer ministry in a few pages, but here is the result – attached to this e-mail.  One of our favorite times with the groups is sharing time at the end of the week.  Sometimes it takes place in the Fellowship Hall, out in the courtyard, or at the beach around a campfire.  It’s a time when team members share meaningful moments from the week of ministry and how God has made an impact on their lives in this place.  If we wrote down all of the testimonies of God’s goodness this summer, we’d have a pretty long book!  Isn’t God awesome!  It’s these sharing times that motivate us to continue on.  We are so thankful for your prayers, love, and support!  We pray you have a happy Thanksgiving with your families this month!

God bless you!

Buky, Theresa, and Elena Ventura-Lewis