Victory Baptist Church

 

"Redeeming the Time for the Days Are Evil"

 



Psalms 11:3

"If the foundations be destroyed what can the righteous do?"

Missionaries

 February 2010

                     ‘FOR ME TO LIVE IS CHRIST AND TO DIE IS GAIN.”

 

     I went to Monterrey when I was 4 ½ years old in 1956, that is, I went with my parents, Sydney & Dorothy Johnson, who were missionaries. They are buried in Chihuahua, Chih, Mexico, because they loved Mexico and they gave their lives until the end. Later on, we went to Chihuahua, Chih, to establish a work. The Berea Baptist Church, started in 1957, is still in existence. Also, they went to Torreon, Coahuila, to start another work. The Bethel Baptist Church started in 1964, is also, still going for the Lord.

     I returned to the states and went to the Arlington Baptist College, Arlington, Texas, from 1973 to May 1977. I met my wife, Karin, at the college and we were married, Dec. 1974. I graduated in May 1977 and was ordained by Rev. John Duckett. We were approved as missionaries in May 1977 and were sent out of the Helmers St. Baptist Church, Houston, Texas.

     We went to the field of Chihuahua, Mexico in July 1978. My wife(Karin) was expecting with our first son, Joel. She, also, went to the field knowing her mother had breast cancer. Luke 14:26 – “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.”

     We worked at the Berea Baptist Church, a work my father started, in Chihuahua. We helped the national pastor, Eduardo Garcia from July 1978 till about 1979. In 1979, we purchased property in Granjas colony. We started having services in one corner of the property and 2 ladies came to help with the Sunday School classes. This was how the Victory Baptist Mission got started. Later on, we built 2 small rooms for our services, which were destroyed by a whirlwind In 1982, we started constructing the building, which is now the Victory Baptist Church. We worked with the Victory Baptist Church through the 80’s and established the Victory Baptist Institute(Instituto Bautista Victoria)

     Our 3 children were born in Chihuahua. Joel Wayne is in Chihuahua, Rachel Elaine

Ayala is in San Antonio, Texas, and Steven Andrew is in California. Please pray for them.

     In 1993, we moved to the city of Monclova, Coahuila, and established “La Nueva Esperanza Mission(New Hope Mission). Nine months later, we were able to turn over this work to a national pastor, Rev. Noe Cordova. Then, we moved back to Chihuahua and started 3 new missions. One was called “Rios de Gozo”(Rivers of Joy) Mission, one in 20th Anniversary colony and the other one was the Villa Mission. We give thanks for all the people that were reached and who were saved in these works. Only in Heaven will we know our rewards.

     Since 2000, we are out of Victory Baptist Church, Beavercreek, Ohio, Rev. Bill Keen, is the pastor. Rev. Hank Geigle was the founder and former pastor of the church.

     In March 2003, we finally moved to Torreon, Coahuila. We felt it was the Lord’s will to go there and start missions. In October, 2004, Karin became deathly ill from a kidney stone blockage and a venomous spider bite. On Oct. 7, 2004, a jet from Air Link Ambulance, took Karin and I to the Texas Medical Center-Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. Many friends, churches and people we did not know came to our aid while we were on our emergency medical leave. Karin was in the hospital for about 30 days. We stayed at the Parkwood Baptist Church Mission Apartment Houston, Tx Pastor Mark Thrift, for a few days after my wife’s release from the hospital. Next, we stayed at the Mission Apartment of Victory Baptist Church in Bacliff, Texas., Bro. Wayne Gemmill pastor then. Also, the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Missouri City,Texas Bro. Lamar Ard, pastor, provided us a rental car for a few days.

     After awhile later, we were invited to stay in a garage apartment of a member of Victory Baptist Church in Weatherford, Tx. Bro. Charles Wetherbee, pastor. We stayed there until our return back to Torreon, Coahuila Mexico

     We appreciate so many people who came to our need. May God bless each one.

     We arrived back in Torreon, Mexico on March 5, 2006. The people were so happy to see us once again and the people in Chihuahua were sad to see us leave. We started 3 missions. One in Nazas Colony, one in Zaragoza Sur Colony and the other one in Ejido Colony. The one in Nazas colony and the Zaragoza Sur Colony were started with a canopy tent. We had services at these missions under the tent. We had Vacation Bible Schools, Bible Clubs, prayer meetings, ladies meetings, etc. Also, we had started having the Christian workers, who helped us in the missions, take several video classes. The videos were provided by the Landmark Mission Projects, Ft. Worth, Texas.

     Also, I had the opportunity to preach to the prisoners in 2 jails. One in San Pedro, Coahuila jail and the other one in Torreon jail. I also, preached over the radio station that the pastor, Bro. Jose Angel Moreno had. The church we worked with was Peniel Baptist Church in Torreon, Coahuila. Bro. Jose Angel Moreno is a product of my parents ministry. What a legacy!!

     On Feb. 27, 2007, I(Ted) had a massive stroke. I had just left my wife in San Antonio to stay with our daughter, who just had our first grandson. I had just arrived in Torreon, from visiting our son in Chihuahua, which is about an 8 hr drive. I was on the floor for about 5 days when Oscar, one of the men we work with at the missions, opened the door and the ambulance took me to the Red Cross Hospital first and then I was admitted to another hospital. My wife called me several times on my cell phone and our home phone but no answer. My wife felt something in her heart that was very wrong, so she called our friends in Torreon to go by our house to see if everything was alright. So, they called my wife back and told her the bad news. So, she made several calls after that.

     God did another miracle. We only had about $150 in our bank account and we needed about $1200 for the hospital in Mexico and my wife’s plane ticket. God supplied the money for the ticket because at the last moment, there was a cancellation and also our niece gave us $1200 love offering. It was enough for the plane ticket and also enough to pay the hospital. GOD ALWAYS WORKS THINGS OUT AND HE DOES NOT MAKE MISTAKES!!!!!!   My wife finally arrived Feb. 27, 2007 in Torreon. We thought it best to bring me to the States with the counsel of our pastor, Bro. Bill Keen,

Bro. David Isbell, and Bro. John Peeples and many friends. We had many people praying at this time all around the world.

     So, on March 9, 2007 that was when I was able to be transported by the Airlink Jet Ambulance to San Antonio, Texas. When they were taking Ted on the stretcher to the ambulance in Torreon, one of the paramedics said to my wife, “You sure do look familiar, where have I seen you before?” At that moment, my wife remembered. She told the paramedic that she was jet-lifted too from Torreon to Houston, Tx. The paramedic said, “I remember you”! “I took you on a stretcher to the jet.” The paramedic could not believe that my wife survived the trip because he remembers seeing Karin white as a sheet and he figured Karin probably would not make it. The paramedic said, “How did you survive?” Please tell me.” So Karin explained in the ambulance on my way to the airport in Torreon how to receive Christ as his personal Savior. So you see, if I had not have had my massive stroke and if Karin had not been very deathly sick with a blockage from kidney stones, this young man would not had received Christ as his personal Savior.

     The doctor in Torreon said it had a good rehabilitation hospital in San Antonio, Tx. and also our niece helped us admit him in the Methodist Hospital first in San Antonio, Tx and then he was admitted in the Santa Rosa Rehabilitation Hospital for 30 days.

     We received many phone calls and letters from pastors and friends telling us they would be praying for us.

     After I was released from the Rehab Hospital, we needed a place to stay. Bro. Manuel Ortiz offered their mission apartment that is located right in front of their church. We are very grateful to Bro. Ortiz, his family and their wonderful people of the church.. We are very grateful to so many people who came to our needs. We were in San Antonio, Texas until March, 2008.

     We felt led of the Lord to move to Denton, Tx. We were invited by Bro. Raymond Castro, pastor of Hickory Creek Baptist Church in Denton, Tx, to work with the Hispanic work they have in their church. We worked with Bro. Eufemio & Rosa Gonzalez, while we were there until Jan, 2009.

     In Jan, 2009, we helped in Central Baptist Church, Lewisville, Tx., Bro. Al Jones, pastor then until Nov. 2009.   We felt led of the Lord to move back to San Antonio, Tx in Dec. 2009..

     Bro. Manuel Ortiz let us know that there was a church, Corinthians Baptist Church(Iglesia Bautista Corintios) here in San Antonio, Texas, that needed help. The first service we attended, the pastor, Bro. Jose Herrera, asked my wife if she could play the piano. They had been praying that someone would help out with the music and Karin also filled in for Sunday School and I have preached several times. The people have made us feel at home. Pray for his work that God will give them many souls and God will continue to use us for His honor and glory.

     So you see, GOD DOES NOT MAKE MISTAKES. We have to accept what comes our way and use it for the honor and glory of God.

     We want to thank everyone who are continuing to support our ministry. It would not be possible to continue without your help in winning many people to the Lord. You all have a part in this ministry God has us in right now.

   Thank you for your support and for your prayers for us. We could not have accomplished what has been done and what will be accomplished in the future, if it had not been for your prayers and financial support for the Ted Johnson Family.

 

                                                                                    TED & KARIN JOHNSON

                                                                                   MISSIONARIES FOR 33 YRS.

 

     “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing, I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.” PHILIPPIANS 1:20-21

   

Missionaries We Support

Missionary

Mission   Board

Location

The Lemmon Family

Bible Literature

Tennessee, USA

The Fuller Family

BIM

Ukraine

The Berg Family

BIO

USA

The Hamilton Family

Central Baptist Mission

Moldova

The Leaf Family

GIB Missions

Brazil

The Williams Family

Harvest Baptist Missions

USA

T. Johnson

IBFI

Texas, USA

D. Coates

IBFI

Guatemala

Daniel Jones

IBFI

Mexico

Melissa Houston

IBFI

Mexico

The Earlywine Family

IBFI

Mexico

The Priday Family

IBFI

Honduras

Mark Haynes

IBFI

Navajo Indians, USA

The Gutlay Family

IBMA

Thailand

The Wexler Family

IFM

Africa

The McCullough Family

NTCP

USA

The Van Horn Family

Rock of Ages Prison Ministry

USA

The Brown Family

WBF

Ecuador

The Burdine Family

WBF

Cambodia

The Cato Family

WBF

Brazil

The Hasting Family

WBF

Navajo Indians, USA

The Higgins Family

WBF

Baja California/Mexico

The Janky Family

WBF

Ecuador

The Rose Family

WBF

Spain

The Ross Family

WBF

Indonesia

The Guenther Family

WBF

New Zealand

The Smith Family

WBF

Brazil

Marty Starling

WBF

Mexico

The Washburn Family

WBF

Columbia

The Wimm Family

WBF

Mexico

Lanny Wood

WBF

Brazil

The Hicks Family

Word for the World

Detroit, USA