Dr Johnson’s Surprise 60th Birthday

Time flies when you are having fun! My family and friends gave me an incredibly rich experience with a surprise 60th Birthday Party this past December. Alicia our youngest granddaughter, looks on to see if I can blow out these candles myself.

Work in Kenya

Our work in Kenya continues, though Kay has not been able to travel because of her illness and is awaiting clearance from her pulmonologist. However, we still support the education and health care, and food for The Least of These. Children still need milk and for those with HIV goats milk is best.

New Clinic in Philadelphia

Within a week from our return we were already overseeing the startup of a new clinic in North Philadelphia for the under or uninsured. We are still in the negotiating stages which includes licensing and inspection, as well as interviewing and hiring new staff and finding the resources to pay for salaries, equipment and supplies. We have also had some renovations to the building and have enlisted the help of several community members to help us. One of the most important is installing a toilet that is accessible to handicapped. We will need to meet all of the government inspection and requirements for access and safety.

 

One of the most important is installing a toilet that is accessible to handicappe

By comparison of course, this compares quite favorably to our toilet in Haiti

Honorary Doctorates

President David Black; Arthur Hill Interim Chair Board of Trustees, Dr. Christopher Hall, Chancellor Eastern University, Dean Palmer Theological Seminary

As of 2012, we have decided to do something in our spare time. We graduated with honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree, Honoris Causa from Eastern University. We also gave the commencement speech which served as an opportunity to share what God has been doing in our lives in family and ministry.

Port Au Prince Outreach

This man has an obstructing duodenal ulcer which will not allow food to pass beyond his stomach. He is slowly starving.

First we started with a medical and evangelistic outreach trip to Haiti. We were a contingency of over 17, including doctors, dentists, preachers and support staff. This trip was sponsored by Saint Paul’s Baptist Church of West Chester Pennsylvania.

We were blessed to be able to minister to over 460 people, including 60 orphans in Port Au Prince and 400 people in Port Au Paix both times under less than ideal clinical settings. We treated everything to severe Tinea Capitis, Obstructed Duodenal Ulcer, obstructed bladder with suprapubic catheter insertion disease with malnutrition and Dental Abscesses with Facial Cellulitis. All of these would require intense medical and even surgical therapy. We had 7 days only. We traveled, slept and relieved ourselves in less than ideal conditions, but a lot of people smiled!

 

This woman has a severe infection of her tooth, which has caused her entire face to swell. She could barely swallow the medicines we gave her.

This little girl has a severe fungal infection of her scalp, which has become secondarily infected with bacteria. She will likely lose much of her hair.

 

My office was open ‘air conditioned’ allowing dust to blow through the sheets.

Our team had a husband and wife dental team. Al said; “I will definitely take my assistant home.”

 

We traveled to our clinic site in this ‘bus’ Notice the ‘emergency brake’ stuck under the rear tire.

Elijah allowed me to first assist him in some minor surgical procedures in our ‘operating room’. The sheets kept the dust out!

Deny Him

He knew that I would deny Him
Refuse to even acknowledge His name
Yet He loved and even embraced me
Though I held Him in contemptuous shame
When asked ‘do you know Jesus?’

I held my tongue, silent, in fear
Who would notice or care that I claimed Him
Though He named me as precious and dear
Now I question, I wonder, I fret

Why did I hold Him in such awful reproach?
Then He holds His scarred hands towards me
He bids me come near and approach
Oh the wonder of such love that embraces

Despite my refusal, my pride, and self interest
The Christ bids me, He even does beg me
Come close; lay my head on His breast
So even though I deny that I know Him

He will never deny whom He calls
He picks me up no matter how filthy
I am when I stumble and fall
Come unto me all you are burden and heavy laden

And I will give you rest
Take My load, I’ve done the hard work
I have already passed the test

Matthew 11:28

Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Band Aid on His Cancer

I put a band aid on his cancers
I fed his hunger with a pill
I ignored the circumstances
That had really made him ill

I looked deep in my black bag
Stethoscope and BP Cuff
I assured him that in one week
My quick fix would be enough

I then took pictures of my doings
All good deeds must be recorded
When he asked: ‘ how much my camera?’
I said; ‘you can’t afford it!’

Then I bundled my belongings
Left behind unwanted clothing
Back to my air conditioned flight home
Full of self, full of loathing

Loathing the sights I again witnessed
Knowing his pill wore off that night
His cancer grows, his hunger increases
I am safe, away in flight

Do you too put band aids on the cancers?
Do you write the checks then sigh?
How on earth it got so bad?
Well, you are part the reason why.

For if you and I avoid the tumors
The wretched, filthy, destitute
We are both part of the blame
This truth we can’t refute

Give, go, or send is the commandment
That our God has long declared
Stop the quick and easy fixes
Don’t pretend I really cared

Stop the pills and, stop the potions
Short term, simple, cute, quaint answers
Lord when did I see you?
He answered; you put a band aid on My cancers

Matthew 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Isaiah 58:6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke?

Isaiah 58:7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that you bring the poor that are cast out to yor house? when you see the naked, that thou cover him; and that you hide not yourself from your own flesh?

Isaiah 58:10 And if you draw out your soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall your light rise in obscurity, and your darkness be as the noonday:

Ministries

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A Peculiar Couple

1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:

The Johnsons were made to be a peculiar couple, called by a marvelous God. Dr.’s Michael and Kay Johnson have been involved in overseas missionary work since 1984. They were accepted to full time work with World Gospel Mission in 1989. Their ministry has taken them to several sites in Africa, including The Sudan, The Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), Ethiopia, Uganda; Kenya where they worked for 20 years, and short term work in Haiti.

Their work in Kenya included working in mission hospitals (Tenwek, Kijabe and St. Mary’s), where Michael functioned as surgeon, and Kay’s responsibilities included administration and finance. God gave them the ministries of The Least of These, and A Prepared Place allowing them to work with a variety of indigenous Kenyan organizations. That work included providing food, clothing, and education and in-country adoption services for orphans. They were able to help build self-sustainable sources of food and water for rural populations. Their supporters helped fund the building of a full primary school and pay for secondary and college education for orphans. The Johnsons returned to the United States in 2010, and currently reside in Delaware. Their ministries now include healthcare for the ‘medically indigent’ in Philadelphia and counseling to the incarcerated. Michael serves as the medical director for the Hope Pregnancy Center in Philadelphia providing the resources to help women and girls make life affirming decisions.

Michael attended medical school at University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Kay is a graduate of Walden University MBA program in Minneapolis Minnesota. During their 36 years of marriage, God has blessed the Michael and Kay with four (now adult) children and four grandchildren. Their home church is the Tasker Street Missionary Baptist Church in Philadelphia.