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

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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…

Loreto Weekender October 21-24, 2016

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Loreto Weekender  October 21-24, 2016

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It was good to start another season of ‘free’ evangelistic Community Health Fairs – even though it was very hot and the humidity made it almost unbearable. We didn’t have air conditioning in the church, but I think we had six or seven fans blowing on everyone all the time in the church, and another four fans working in the dental trailer all day long.  But we were all glad to be serving the people…

We were really pleased to have Lynda Tran come from Santa Cruz to join us this time, as well as Mike and Karen who came with Steve and Jan Crews. Odi and Chava came with their three children from Insurgentes to help, as did Eliana. Yxchel and Gloria came from La Paz, and brought Ricardo and Chris with them. And we also had Travis and Sherry from Loreto helping us, along with several members from the church we were at. It was a wonderful Team! We all worked very well together, and many people were truly blessed as a result. Saturday was a little slow, not so much because of the heat, but because Loreto was celebrating its 319th birthday, but we were all busy all day long on Sunday. (That’s right, Loreto was established in 1697.)

I have been asked: What is it that always stands out in your Health Fairs? The answer: It is always wonderful to just watch people as the love of Jesus is poured out upon them, and as they heard the message of salvation being shared with them. They are always amazed at how well Christians can work together. They are impressed with the personal care we give to each of them – they are not pushed through the line or treated coldly. And when we ask them if they would like us to pray for them, they are so grateful that we care about whatever the issues are that they are facing. And to see the joy on their faces after they have understood God’s love for them, and then as a result they have accepted Jesus Christ as their own personal Lord and Savior – that expression of happiness is remarkable! It is like they have become ‘debt free’ – their burdens have been lifted and they have been given a new start in life. It’s wonderful!

Missionaries Don & Lorraine Karsgaard

Trujillo’s September 2016 Newsletter

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Trujillo’s September 2016 Newsletter

Vince and Gail are serving with Mexican Medical Ministries based at the Seminario Teologico de Baja California in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico.  Read their newsletter to hear about their latest medical brigade where 69 adults prayed to receive Jesus as their Savior and 36 recommitted their lives to Jesus.

 

Johnson Journal August 2016

 

 

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Johnson Journal August 2016

Partners in Ministry

Wow, we have had an awesome summer in San Vicente. Watching God work is truly one of life’s joys. Attached is our latest newsletter to give you a glimpse into what has happened the past couple of months.

We want to thank each and every one who prays, encourages, and supports us as you are the real hero’s and without you we could not be in San Vicente. Your support in these ways makes it possible for us to serve in this awesome ministry.

Two more of our Angels and former Angels have started the school of missions. Abi, a new member of the Angels who is really excited to have the opportunity to go to school and learn about God. Victor, who has been one of Dave’s special “projects” for several years. Both of these young men have potential to be awesome men for God.  In addition Alejandra will graduate from Bible school at the end of this semester.

Dave & Lynne Johnson

 

Johnson Journal June 2016

 

 

Johnson Journal June 2016

Dave & Lynne Johnson write:

We are very excited to see a former Angel who just graduated from a year long missions school take the leadership of the discipleship team. Alba was part of the Angels for several years and is a young lady whom we have assisted through Jr Hi and High School so she could get an education. Then to see her go to a school focusing on missions and now back in San Vicente is awesome.  Alba is a little nervous about her new role but watching her this week as the Angels prepare for a summer of ministry is amazing. She knows how we have done things for years and now she has ideas of her own and we are pleased to support her in this new role.  This may be the fulfillment of our goal to see a national person take the leadership of this discipleship ministry and make it their own. The goal of missions should always be to train nationals for leadership and then step back and let them lead in their own style. Lynne and I are so pleased to see this happening.

Loreto Weekender May-June, 2016

Santa RosalÍa Prison Ministry
Santa RosalÍa Prison Ministry

May-June, 2016 – Weekender Team Report

Missionary Don Karsgaard writes:

As in all of our Health Fairs we begin each day with a message from the Bible, to put the day and our lives in the proper perspective. So I began the Health Fairs in the prison in Santa Rosalía on June 1 sharing with our Team and some of the prison staff about how it is that I really ‘feel at home’ in that prison. I told the prison staff that I felt them to be my friends, and I could see the eyes of some of the staff start to redden – especially as I went on to define the criteria for ‘friendship’. Then shared that I also felt very comfortable with the inmates – then tears started to well up in the eyes of almost everyone as I went on next to describe how Jesus wants to be a friend to each of us; and that it was His love in me that gave me all of these wonderful feelings

for them and the inmates… I was so glad to have been able to go to the Prison this month, and to be able to share this… (Praise the Lord!) And it has been so wonderful to see the lives of some of the prison staff change over the years that we have been going to this prison – some from antagonism towards us and towards Christ – but what a difference Christ has made in their lives… (Praise the Lord!)

Loreto Weekender April 21-24, 2016

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April, 2016 – Weekender Team Report

This month we were at a church we’d not taken our Health Fairs to before. It’s in a new area of Constitución and is pastored by ‘Jesus Salinas’ – we call him Chuye. He’s been there for several years, and worked hard for the Lord – in Constitución and in other areas of the Baja. I first met Pastor Chuye in Loreto – there was a Christian musical group in town holding an Outreach Event at the waterfront and they needed a generator. So I took ours from our dental trailer, and supplied them electricity for the evening.

We were blessed to be a part of this church this past week. But to be honest, when we first went to this church and saw the dirt all around, the uncleanliness of the people, and the state of the bathrooms, etc., we had some doubts. But when Pastor Chuye opened his mouth and sang…, and then when we saw the people coming…, we put our misgivings behind us – and had a really wonderful weekend! They served us food from their primitive kitchen and we did not get sick. In fact we enjoyed loving them, and being loved by them! And we enjoyed serving the Lord with them; and seeing many people blessed physically and spiritually as a result.

We are encouraged from all of this, and we hope you are too! Thank you so much again for helping to make all of this happen. We do praise the Lord, for your partnership – for your prayers and your financial help.