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Siangbawipa Rev. Dr. Robert G. Johnson in Critical Condition

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CHINLAND GUARDIAN – An email calling for a special prayer has been circulated among the Chin people across the globe today as the last American missionary to Chin State, Rev. Dr. Robert G. Johnson, has been in ‘critical condition’ in Redlands, California after catching pneumonia last weekend.

One of his daughters, Ruti, said: “My father’s health has declined rapidly since becoming ill with pneumonia this past weekend. He has declined aggressive treatment and is currently under hospice care which means that they provide comfort care. I do not know how long he will survive.”

“While we are sad, we are also very peaceful with his decision and know that he is ready to go to be with the Lord. We ask that you keep our family in prayer,” added Ruti, who can speak Hakha dialect fluently.

The news broke out days ahead of the service programme organised on 14 June by Hakha Baptist Church to pay tribute and respect to Rev. Dr. Robert G. Johnson for his works for the Chin people.

In a video clip recorded in June 2008, Rev. Dr. Robert G. Johnson, now 94, sent a message to the Chin people: “We pray that God will bless you. I am 93 years old and my health is deteriorating, going downward. But I am still able to pray to God for all the mercies He gave us. Thank you and God bless all you of our dear friends.”

Ruti’s email to the Chin communities reads: “It is his and our request that, instead of people trying to come to Redlands, California, those who wish can have memorial services in their own communities. Instead of sending flowers, he has asked that those who wish contribute to a fund designated for the Chin Christian College in care of my brother, Richard Johnson.”

Rev. Dr. Robert Johnson and his wife Elizabeth, who are also known as Dicky nu le pa, meaning Dicky’s mom and dad, were the last couple of seven missionaries serving in the Chin Hills. The couple returned to USA after serving in Chin State from 1946 to 1966.

Siangbawipa, author of ‘History of The American Baptist Chin Mission’, made a trip to Burma in March 1999 in attempt to attend the celebration of Chin Evangel Centenary, 100th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in Chin Hills, in Hakha, the capital of Chin State. But his intention to visit failed as the military junta did not allow any foreign visitors to go to Chin State.

By Van Biak Thang, Source: Chinland Guardian

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4 Responses to “Siangbawipa Rev. Dr. Robert G. Johnson in Critical Condition”

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    Tluang ceu thang Says:

    I want to know a bout HKHA mission

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    rev.n.john Says:

    MY DERR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST.

    GREETINGS TO YOU AND YOUR KINDAND BLESSING FAMILIES IN THE NAME OF LORD JESUS CHRIST.
    MY NAME IS REV. N.JOHN SEA COAST GOSPEL MINISTRIES-INDIA I AM FUL GOSPEL WORKER AND I HAVE A SMALL PASTAR GROUR AND POOR AND ORPHAN CHILDREN HOME I REQUEST YOU PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR MINISTRY NEEDS AND GIVE ME YOUR MERCYFULL HELPING NANDS. BROTHER PLEASE COME AND VISIT OUR MINISTRIES WELCOME YOU.
    I AM WAITING FOR YOUR KIND REPLY.

    YOUR BROTHER IN CHRIST.
    REV.N.JOHN

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    Rev.N.John Says:

    From
    Pastor.N.John
    Sea Coast Gospel Ministries
    Likithapudi-534275.
    Saripalli post
    Narsapur mandalam
    West Godavari Distract
    Andhra pradesh
    S india
    Dear beloved Brother in Christ,
    Greetings to you in the most highly exalted name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His richest blessings shall be upon you forever.
    I am pastor N.John from Likithapudi village Narsapur Mandalam which is on the Tribal People Living In Costal and slomm.Area Locatad in wast Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh, S.india whereat the trible Poeple are still worshipping stones and trees and even not known the name of ‘ jesus’ we are remaining very disastrous conditions due to natural calamities like cyclones, and floods. Totally our are is too backward in all aspects. Now I am doing my daily gospel from such site. As per my need I am doing this correspondence through email. I came from the Hindu religion, but I got salvation through one of our brothers. From then on wards I laid my stress on His worship only. I am here with some basic facts regarding our mission.

    Our daily gospel and Outreach gospel:-

    I am preaching the gospel to our Hindu and trbles are people who are in practice of idol worship. I want to advocate the message of our Lord Jesus to all our people who are at our interior sites. By our regular prayers number of Hindu people are coming towards Lord Jesus and they are accepting Him as their Lord and Savior. They are baptizing. You kindly pray about our present day gospel. Being a team leader I got my own responsibility towards our co-pastors. I have to look after their every need. For such need I am praying our God daily. I am searching for a heavenly person like you. Kindly attend on our exact need.

    About Our orphanage:
    I am running one orphanage for the welfare of our helpless orphan children. Once they had suffered a lot at their basic needs. They canures streets. They starved for days. And they struggled a lot at their basic needs. In India they are going to be called as “Young Rashkels”, “Street Children” and “Pousin”. Everybody shall make utilize their services, but nobody shall take care of them. I got pitied much at their helpless stage. Being a Christian I got much motivated with the verses in the Bible “James 1:27 psalm 41:1 proverbs 19:17 “What God that Father consider to be pure and genuine religion is this” to take care of orphans and widows in their suffering and to keep oneself from being corrupted by the world.
    Thus I prepared to host such helpless orphan children. Now they are growing on perfect healthy grounds by adapting very good habits under Christian background. I believe they should become as God’s servants in future. By such a pious target I am training them daily. Please bless our kids through your charity. Actually I don’t have any fixed or regular support from anywhere. I have to depend upon our local contributions. And it is fact to you that any organization based on Christian faith may cant achieve of its necessary support from India. Here Christians are in minority. The majority Hindus may cant accept our proposals. Under this background I want your kind support. Please helpus at your possible way.

    Our relief task on destitute people:
    Here in India number of destitute people like widows and aged persons are suffering at their basic needs. Because of their family disorganized conditions they are facing very bitter and panic conditions. They are in great needy conditions. Now I am hosting some of our destitute people on every Sunday. Due to lack of sufficient aid on it, I am doing this relief task only on Sundays. Please pray about our relief task.
    Basically I want your good fellowship. Please reply me with your Godly suggestions. Please consider my need as yours. I believe and hope the better response from you. I shall pray daily about you. Kindly you too remember us daily at your regular prayers.
    My best wishes to you and to your church people. I shall await at your prayerful reply.
    Thanking you in His precious name,

    Yours in His service
    Pastor N.John

    SEA COAST GOSPEL MINISTRY GREET YOU, brother this is my first letter.

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    Rev.N.John Says:

    i am new year greetings to you and all brothers and sisters in your Church, once again i am very Happy to meet you in The name of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.
    Please give me your kind reply.
    Thanking you brother.
    Rev. N.John

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