Dear Friends in Christ,
I am sorry again that our prayer letter is late. Once you read it I think you’ll understand why I am running behind. It seems like the New Year has come in like a roaring lion. And things have not settled down as of yet. At least it has been a very busy year with different meetings and many miles traveled. God has richly blessed us during this time and it has been a joy to be in the different churches. What a wonderful opportunity God has given Louise and I to continue His ministry in the churches speaking on missions and what God is doing around the world. No one could ask for more exciting ministry.
So far this year has been a year of sickness for Louise and me. First I came down with bronchitis. We started an 1100 mile trip to North Carolina and Virginia. Just before we started the trip Louise had hurt her knee working in the yard. We thought that she was in good enough shape for her to travel with me. But this was not the case. The knee gave way and she took a hard fall which damaged the knee even more. Once we got her to the doctor he said the bone in the knee was not broken but it was just as bad as a break. She has not been able to walk on it since then and will not be able to for a few more weeks. Next she came up with a problem which she had to have surgery. I was able to get her out of the hospital yesterday. Now she is resting and looking forward to getting on her feet and back on the road visiting the churches again. You never know how much a woman does in the home until you don’t have a woman in the home to do it. Between being in the meetings, on the road, and keeping house I am very thankful for my wife.
Please pray for the independent Baptist churches that are in the area where we live, Live Oak Florida. One pastor has retired after 26 years of service in the same church. At present there is only one independent Baptist church in the area which is growing and doing very much for God. Three of the churches attendance is about 35 people. It will be hard if not impossible for these churches to continue unless God gives revival in this area.
Thank you always for allowing us to continue to serve God as He desires. Without your love, prayers, and support it would be impossible.
Dr. Robert W Johnson