UIM field missionaries Richard and Carolyn Johnson have a unique ministry in the small village of Huauclilla (pronounced Wow-cli-ya), a Mixteco Indian pueblo.
Originally, they were positioned there to develop a camp for UIM, coming alongside an existing Christian camp that was not being used and needed a lot of work.
Since then, UIM has had the opportunity to continue with its original plans of building a regional camp near San Miguel to serve the local Zapotec people.
The Johnsons have remained in the Huauclilla area to continue working with the camp and to develop a ministry of discipleship within the local community.
Presently, the Johnsons are English teachers in the public junior high school. They instruct fifteen students and three teachers from the three grades, which is the entire student body.
The primary school would like to have classes for their students as well to prepare them for the more advanced classes that they will encounter when they reach the junior high level. The adults have also requested evening classes. A program is being developed and will be implemented this coming January.
Most of the students are practicing Catholics. The Johnsons, striving to live in a way that reflects their beliefs and influences others to seek the reason for the difference they may see, have many opportunities to share their faith in Jesus Christ.
They offer basic mechanic classes (oil changes, brakes, tune-ups, u-joints, etc.) for the young men, teaching through participation. They have also constructed a solar water heater at their house, demonstrating a fuel-saving method of heating water.
Richard and Carolyn see their mission as developing relationships with the people of the community so they can earn the right to talk to them about Christ and the changed lives they can experience both presently and eternally. Their intention is to make disciples, and they are willing to use any tool available to them.
If you would like to help fund the missionary work of the Johnson's and UIM International Please visit: UIM Johnson Family Support