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Londrina with a Brazilian national, and
one in Taubaté. They helped those works
become strong, vibrant ministries, each
with its own Bible institute. Through these
works, scores of men and women have been
trained for the ministry. These graduates
have become church planters, missionaries,
pastors, and Christian workers across Brazil
and in different countries of the world.

Dan and Gerri Johnson have assisted in
whatever was necessary according to their
gifts. They have won souls, counseled,
taught, trained, mentored, started Bible
institutes, and helped develop Christian
resources in Brazil. Because of their
willingness to help where needed, thousands
of people have been influenced for the cause
of Christ through the Bible institutes and
the ministries that were started because
of them. The ministries they have labored
in have been able to multiply themselves
because of their labors. If they had not been
there, those churches would not have thrived
as they did and those Bible institutes would
not have been established and flourished as
they did.

Missionaries often go to a distant land where
the true Gospel has never been preached.

They go where there are no Christian
resources available—no good Bible colleges,
no Christian music in the native language,
no radio stations, no books, and no
Christian fellowship. While there, they live
by faith. Many times they need to pray in the
money necessary to feed their families and
to pay for the ministry expenses.

Oftentimes the church-planting missionary
family does this all alone. They must become
carpenters, bricklayers, and electricians.

They are the secretaries, treasurers, music
leaders, instrumentalists, youth workers, children’s
workers, nursery workers, school teachers,
principals, administrators, janitors, theologians,
counsellors, church-planters, and pastors. They
venture into the dark spiritual headquarters of
evil principalities away from family and friends,
learn a new language and a new culture and then
they start a church, endeavoring to establish it into
an autonomous, indigenous, self-supporting, and
self-propagating work.

Moreover, the missionary family must stay in
touch with their supporting churches. They
travel to the States while leaving their work
under-assisted for extended periods of time or
simply stay on the field even though a furlough
is desperately needed because there is no one to
cover for them. The church planters have to be
the Pauls of missionary work, often without a
Timothy, Silas, John Mark, or Luke. The Pauls are
needed but so are the others!
There is a huge need on the mission field, not just
for lead missionaries but for second men as well!
Men and women are needed who are willing to
give their lives to help the cause of Christ advance
on the front lines of the enemy regardless of their
positions. There is a great need for
more Timothys on the mission field.

Perhaps you are not a church planter
but want to be used of God on the
mission field. There is room for you.

Team missions is biblical and it is
effective! Every laborer is important!
I am honored and thrilled to work
with second men like Dan Johnson. He
is my hero, my mentor, my assistant
in the ministry, and he is my dad! W
Number 1, 2020