Monday, December 7, 2015

A Short Stop in Amsterdam!

Every year on the way back from India, we try to make a stop on the return flights route.  This year our itinerary flew us through Amsterdam.  Neither one of us have been to this city, so we planned a two night stop.  The Lord provided us a lovely room with a beautiful view.  The weather however, did not cooperate.  It was rainy, cold, and rainy.  Did I mention rainy???  We had just come from India where it was warm, sunny, smoky, and dry!  Also, we had neglected to pack clothing for the weather in Amsterdam.  Our plane landed at 730 a.m. and we found our shuttle to the hotel quite easily.  There was a break in the clouds in the afternoon and we took advantage of this and the terrific tram system.  I would have loved to ride one of the millions of bikes, but the temperature was not conducive enough for me!  We were able to work through some of our jet lag before boarding the plane and arriving back in Ohio the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving!
View from our room.
Bicycle is the preferred mode of travel here.
Even though it was winter, the flower market was breathtaking!
Lovely narrow streets!
Found a true kindred spirit as we walked the streets!
The main shopping square
Their Central Station
More bikes
The Palace
Even more bikes!
I'm smiling, but my toes are numb and I just barely jumped out of the bike path in time!
The life saving tram system of Amsterdam!

Goodnight, Amsterdam!


What a wonderful time we had in Jammu!  So many new faces and this time we were blessed to stay in our friends home instead of in a hotel.  Neha can really cook!  She is a gracious pastor's wife who tried to anticipate and meet our every need.  There was no running hot water and yet she always had hot water ready in the evening and in the morning for anyone that needed to wash up.  We taught classes, fellowshipped, and ate!  Before we knew it, our time was over and we were being whisked onto a plane headed for Delhi!
My new Indian grandson, Ashish
Some of the ladies who attended my classes.
I would go on the roof in the morning and this little girl would wave at me!
Randy teaching with an interrupter.
Being honored by my sweet interpreter, Pranita.
Just a family out for a drive!
Dear beloved, Neha!
Wonderful Family
A Christian Warrior!
Mother and Son
Grandma and Ashish
One last picture on the way out the door!

Monday, November 16, 2015


I don't know how it can feel like we just got here AND like we have been here for a year, but that is exactly how it is! We are doing great, now that the bad cold we caught is passing on. Love the students here!!

Friday, November 6, 2015

India - Siliguri and Jaigaon

What a wonderful trip this has been so far!!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Whirlwind Life and Staying Grounded!

It is hard to believe that just two days ago we were still in Anchorage, Alaska!  What a wonderful trip we had.  God was gracious and so were the churches in this wonderful state!  We had every need and many of our desires met during our time with these kind and loving people.  I don't know how anyone could live on this beautiful earth and not believe in an Almighty Tenderhearted God!

Mt. Denali (McKinley)

The only bull moose we saw!
She was warning us!
Glacier in Juneau
Landing back in beautiful Ohio!

So, one might think that this missionary family is having some time off after the whirlwind trip to Alaska.  That "one" would be wrong!  Today we depart to spend 27 days in India!  Maybe "one" might be thinking that we took these last 48 hours to catch up on our sleep, read a book, or just visit with friends.  Again, that "one" would be wrong.  I was up most of last night to confirm all the hotel bookings and transportation issues in India.  Randy just completed his reports 5 minutes ago and is at this very moment finishing up his packing for our afternoon departure.  We were blessed to spend last evening with Columbia Road Baptist Church for the first night of their missions conference.  They spent some time praying over us before the service concluded.  We are honored to have had them by our sides since 1996! Check back in the next few days as I will be posting pictures periodically about our trip!

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  2 Corinthians 12:9

One last thought, it would be easy for "one" to think that the Johnson's have it all together and they are just the perfect people for this job.  I have to say again, that "one" would be wrong!  The Lord has watched over us, given us strength, and guided our decisions.  It would be so misleading to allow "one" to think that anything we do is by our strength and power.  My strength went up and walked away half way through the trip in Alaska.  Randy's strength was zapped as he was fighting a very severe infection that landed him at the ER just 3 days after our arrival to Alaska.  Without HIM, we could do nothing!