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 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



Loreto Report, May 2015

What can we do for these men in the Santa Rosalía prison? What can we say when the government has regulations that we must adhere to? We are allowed more freedom when talking with each inmate privately – during those times we do our best to share the love of Jesus, and the message of salvation with those who have not accepted Christ as Savior. And with those who have made a decision for Christ, we give encouragement…

At the end of the 3 days of our Health Fairs, on Sunday, we’re permitted to have a meeting with all of the prisoners. During these 3 meetings we are allowed to give ‘a short talk of encouragement’ to the men, and to then give out the things we have brought for them all – which are plastic bags containing a wash cloth, a large bar of soap, a large bottle of shampoo, a tooth brush, a large tube of toothpaste, a roll of dental floss, a blank notebook, a pen, a Gospel of John, an a booklet entitled, ‘The Story of Jesus’. We also give them the option to pick up a Bible if they would like one…

We are not allowed to ‘preach’ during these 3 meetings because the inmates are required to attend – their attendance is not voluntary. Praise the Lord! So, what can we talk to the men about during this ‘message of encouragement’…? (NB: We are allowed to ‘preach’ at designated church service times – because attendance to these services is voluntary.)

This is what I’ve done: Last time I spoke on ‘evolution’ and why this teaching should not be trusted, because of the lack of evidence to support it. “On the other side”, I said, “there’s a lot of evidence to support ‘creation’ so it’s a very likely true we’ll all face God at the end of our lives; agreed? So pick up a Bible and read it yourself… Then draw your own conclusion without feeling you’re under any pressure.”

This time I decided to tell the men a story – fashioning it after Matthew 13:10-17. The story I told them was fictional, but there was truth that could be found in the story, and they could put themselves in the story if they understood it. The essence of the story was this: If you wanted to get to Cancun from Cabo you’d need to take a bus, or a boat, or a plane or a combination of these. The problems are that sometimes buses breakdown, boats sink, and planes crash – so they are not reliable! But in my story there’s a super-train that is reliable, but tickets cannot be purchased…, and what would it be like on the train? Well one could go down to the station and hang on to the side of the train and look in as it travels down the tracks – and some people have tried this, but they have gotten knocked off when the train came to a tunnel. So it’s evident, to receive the benefits of the super-train, one must get on/in the train! But people are still hesitant because they are not sure what it’s like on the train. So they ask their friends or others – but they have gotten their information from the newspapers and TV – and that info is often incorrect, (in fact they usually only tell stories about boats that sank or planes that have crashed…) No! One must have faith, and just get on the train! The good news is: today in Santa Rosalía there’s someone giving out free tickets for the super-train. And he says, it’s not dependent upon how good or bad you’ve been…

Then I explained, the real story is in ‘the Book’… The story was confusing for some of the men and some of the guards, but for others – they understood it! In fact 2 men picked up Bibles after the story saying they are looking forward to seeing us in ‘Cancun’. About 150 men picked up Bibles that day. Praise the Lord!

So the Gospel can be shared even when there may be regulations that curtail our freedom. And while the men would’ve closed their ears to ‘preaching’ they’ll remember this story – so pray for them as they do…

Thank you so much again for helping to make all of this happen. We do praise the Lord, for your partnership!