Sunday, May 20, 2012

May Prayer Letter

Dear Praying Pastors & Friends,                                 
 March found us packing up once again. We had a successful move to Connecticut and are now settled in our “new” home (built in 1911) and busy travelling and scheduling meetings for our new ministry. Our journeys took us to 4 meetings in April. At one of the churches in Ohio, we are rejoicing that their faith promise doubled from last year. Praise the Lord for using us to see 8 saved, 1 baptized, and many at the altar making decisions for world missions! 

Kelly had her first appointment with the oncologist at the VA Hospital here in New Haven. She reiterated that Kelly has a “poor prognosis” and that we are reaching the critical time for recurrence. We have a Great Physician and we ask that you please continue to pray with us for complete healing.  
Kelly and I are thankful for our supporting churches which have chosen to continue to partner with us in our new ministry. We are excited to see pastors and churches here in New England already taking an interest in the opportunity to reach the “unreached people groups” of the world through our ministry with FirstBible. Jesus commanded us to, “…Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields;…”  
A POINT TO PONDER: What do the following people groups, though some are separated by 1000’s of miles, have in common: Urdu, Rito, Hakha Chin, Farsi, Thadou, Chakma, Zotung, and Boro?  
  1. They all are part of the “10/40 Window”, an area of the world that stretches from Western Africa to the Philippines between the 10° and 40° Latitude lines.
  2. They are part of the 85% of the world’s languages which DO NOT have a Bible… yet. 
  3. These are the current Bible projects underway that we are raising funds for at this time.  
Do you support a missionary in one of these countries? Would you pray and consider adopting one of these language groups to pray for and give financially to that they could have a Bible in their own tongue? God’s people working together can make this happen. We are available to come and present one of these projects to your church. If we do not do something about this great need, who will?
Looking at the teeming billions without the Gospel can be a bit overwhelming, I agree, but our Saviour Jesus Christ gave us a command to “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” So here is our opportunity to believe our God for what seems impossible.
We are rejoicing about the most recent projects finished by FirstBible which include: 
  1. Nepali Bible – Was dedicated and presented to the Nepali people on May 2nd by Dr. Keen.
  2. Burmese Bible – Type reset of the Judson Bible; 20,000 Bibles, 70,000 New Testaments; one million John & Romans finished.
  3. Greek Thessaloniki project – 500 whole Bibles and 100,000 Gospels of John completed. 30,000 Greek New Testaments are being bound at this time. $10,000 is still needed to fund the shipping of this container.
  4. For more project details, including those listed here, go to the project section of our website. 

Please pray for continued access to these people groups and the funding for the translation and publishing of Scriptures. Please pray for us as we strive to make this ministry opportunity known here in New England and that more churches will get involved with us in reaching “the uttermost”. Your support of our family is important to us as it enables us to “get the word out”, which by God’s grace will affect potentially billions.
That All May Know Him,

Randy Johnson

Friday, May 18, 2012

New York City

What a wonderful Mother's Day Weekend we had!  My Madrasta, Netta flew into Laguardia on Friday.  Saturday was our Mother/Daughter Luncheon at the church.  On Sunday, we had wonderful preaching by our pastor, Br. Mike Peslak.  My family gave me a beautiful pink jacket and my dear friend Val gave me a shirt and the bling to go with the jacket!!  Monday we were off to see New York City.  I realized that I still don't have the stamina I used to have!  It took me nearly 3 days to recover.

The luncheon was so much fun and Christa and I had a great time entertaining the ladies.  I sang "Senior Favorite Things"; Christa and I sang, "I Saw Jesus In You"; then my darling daughter and I did a fun skit about a Southren Pic-i-nic!  The food was fabulous and prepared by a fantastic lady in our church, Claudia!  She knows how to do a party!  Our pastor's wife, Patty, was the perfect hostess and I loved the presentations she put together of famous missionary wives!  Mrs. Kelly Beck, pastor's wife from Groton was our special speaker.  She spoke on "Attitudes" (ouch!)

What can I say about New York except, BUSY!  I am so blessed that the Lord has not required me to live in a city that is so hectic!  It was fun to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there.  We visited Ground Zero and I couldn't help but think as I watched all the people pass by in a hurry to get somewhere, do any of them stop as they walk by and remember the day that was so horrible in our country?  Do they ever stop and think and pray for the many families left behind to grieve?  Do we ever stop to think about those around us that are hurting and grieving everyday?

I enjoyed the journey the Lord had for me this week.  What about you?  Are you missing the journey trying to get to your destination?  Maybe you are enjoying the journey so much that you fail to think about the TRUE fact that there is a final destination coming.  Are we ready for that destination?  I believe Jesus is coming soon!!  Here is a link that will explain more.

Enjoy the pictures!
Our Pastor's Wife

Christa, Netta, Kelly



Ms. Beck and daughters

New York City

Netta, Val, Christian, Kelly, Christa
Lady Liberty from Empire SB


Dearest Val and I

Where's the Christmas Tree??

Ground Zero and the new Freedom Tower

Times Square

The LOVE of my life!!!