Sunday, March 29, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Gold party is tenatively going to be set for March 29th. Confirmation and a flyer coming on that. I really think it is a great fundraiser because everyone leaves with $$$ and they each have an opportunity to match the % we get! How awesome! It also gives everyone the opportunity to get their friends, family, and coworkers involved in the mission trip and to outreach/witness some.
We are planning on some construction while we are in Botswana and also VBS activities. It will be awesome to be involved in VBS at our church and a few weeks later VBS at Old Naledi. Because several of the orphans are HIV positive, we are scheduling an HIV awareness/screening class to educate ourselves before we leave.
Also, the feedback that we are already getting from so many people about the blog is just awesome! I have already had people tell me how inspired they are by what we are doing! Never thought I could inspire anyone by my actions. God does have a purpose for each one of us as Donnie has mentioned the past 3 weeks. EACH ONE OF US!
As soon as Mr. Dorsey confirms a time/date for our first fundraiser I will post info and email out the pdf flyer to everyone. I encourage everyone to email it out to your friends and family!
I'm looking forward to our next meeting! See you then!
Monday, March 9, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
As part of the application for the South Carolina Baptist missions scholarship, we had to write out our personal testimony and calling for this mission. Here's mine, I invite the others to do the same!
Mark H. Johnson
I was raised in a church-going family and made a public profession of faith and was baptized as a believer at the age of 9. This was 1979 and at
After Clemson, I joined the Army. This was another attempt to find a purpose for my life other than ministry. It was while in the Army and stationed on the west coast that I meet my wife, Tricia. Tricia was also in the Army and grew up a non-practicing Catholic in
When we moved back to
It was during these Wednesday night services that I joined a men’s class studying John Eldredge’s Wild at Heart. By the end of that class, a great wall had fallen between me and God and between me and my family, including my
Not long afterwards, I finished graduate school and I found I could now work a normal weekday shift and had the weekends free. While I totally immersed myself back into the church and the service ministries, including choir. It no longer felt silly or fake to stand in front of hundreds of people and shout to the top of my voice how Jesus had saved me, again and again. I was even blessed with the honor and privilege to be called as a Deacon to serve the church body. My ordination with old Sunday school teachers and youth mentors laying hands on me and whispering prayers and affirmations of spirit was a powerful and emotional homecoming for me. After so many years of fighting and fleeing, I had returned to God and his family.
God made another connection to satisfy my search for purpose and a calling, you might even call it a ministry. I had studied about the HIV/AIDS crisis in sub-Sahara
My first trip to Africa was in 2007 to the
Because I had moved from
In His Steps,
In His Steps,
Mark H. Johnson
(aka Mareko morwa Johane)
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
I am really excited about what we are going to accomplish on this trip. I can feel the mission momentum starting to build. That also means I need to start growing more dedicated in my prayers to God about helping me to keep Jesus as the focus of this mission and letting me be used for his kingdom at all times. He is faithful and I need to make sure I am too. Prayer is the only way to keep the focus on Him. I also invite you to join me every Tuesday morning at 10am EST as we join in prayer with the church in Old Naledi for their weekly prayer service. Put it on your calendar and let's lift them in our prayers. It's a small thing; but, God does miraculous things with such things too!
In His Steps, Mareko
John 13:34-35 (New International Version)
34"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."