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The Second Man
on the Mission Field
By Ed Johnson
In May 1974 Dan Johnson left the States with
his seven month pregnant wife, Gerri, and
two-year-old son, Allen, and headed for the
country of Brazil. Excited and energetic, they
set out to do God´s will for their lives. They
landed in São Paulo, eager to begin language
study so they could plant churches. After one
year in language school, they graduated and
received their diplomas, printed in Portuguese
on the front and in English on the back—I
suppose in case they did not understand the
Portuguese. From São Paulo they went to Orlandia to fill in
for Missionary Phillip Allen. They stayed one
year while he was on furlough and then went
to Jardinópolis to start a church. They worked
feverishly for 12 months in this new church
plant, but Dan quickly realized the Lord had
not given him the gifts of a church planter. Yet,
God had called him to Brazil. Was God wrong?
No, the Lord had other plans for him and his
family. God wanted them to work as a supporting
family for other missionaries in Brazil—
effectively multiplying the labor through
teamwork. Dan did not realize it then, but God
had given him certain gifts that would help
complement church planters and He would use
him mightily as a second man to spread the
Gospel throughout Brazil and to foreign
countries. The Lord led Dan and his family
to work with Jimmy Rose, the
grandfather of independent Baptist
missionaries in Brazil, to help his
ministry become established and
effective for the Lord, and to start a
Bible institute. With this new vision,
they went to the States on a furlough
and came back six months later
to Ribeirão Preto.

From that day to this day,
they have been faithfully
serving different Pauls
as their Timothys in
Brazil. They have
been laboring for
45 years and their
impact has been far-
reaching and lasting.

They helped establish
four works—one in
Ribeirão Preto, one
in Limeira with fellow
BIMI missionary
Garry Tyler, one in