"For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God." (1 Corinthians 1:26-29)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Summer 2010 Newsletter

Johnsons Summer 2010 newsletter

Please click on the link above to view our Summer 2010 newsletter.

Hi friends!

It's been a long time since we've sent out a newsletter. We've been in the US on home assignment since December and have found ourselves busier than we had imagined! On the plus side, though, we've been able to see most of you face-to-face!

Our time in the US is drawing to a close. As I write this, we have exactly 2 weeks left. Our plane leaves from JFK on July 31st. We have lots to do before then, but aside from all the packing, cleaning, and last minute stuff, we're feeling pretty ready to go back. Praise the Lord that we've been able to get enough rest despite the busyness to be able to look forward to our return to Burkina. We do miss our friends over there and we miss having a more "settled" pace of life, even if it is very busy! We can't escape the call the Lord has placed on our hearts to be in Burkina, and our hearts aren't fully at peace until we're back doing what we're supposed to be doing!

We will miss you, though! It's always with a "torn" feeling that we have to say our goodbyes because we miss sharing in your every day lives. But this time around, we feel less grief and more thankfulness at having had this opportunity to reconnect. You have all welcomed us and loved us thoroughly while we've been in the US and we will take those memories with us, knowing that we have a great team behind us here in the US. What an encouragement! And we hope you will consider entering "our world" sometime...we would love to welcome you to our Burkina Faso home someday!

One last thought as we leave you...we always crave communication. It helps us stay linked to the reality of things happening back here in the US. We will work hard to send you regular updates, and hope that you will think of us from time to time and send us a note! Did you know that in addition to the quarterly newsletters like this one, we also send out monthly prayer letters? If you aren't getting those and are interested in receiving them, please let us know! We also changed our website. Last fall we began our own blog site. So if you've been checking our old website and not seeing any updates for a long time, try looking up the new blog at www.johnson.ergatai.com. And if you're not already connected to us through facebook, look us up! It's one more tool to help us all stay in touch! With all these options, we hope there's no excuse for anyone to forget about us!;)


Dale, Florence, Caleb and Joel


  1. John and Edwina NewellAugust 4, 2010 at 1:30 AM

    Dear Dale and Flo, It was great to see you folks, and to get your latest email and newsletter. I've been out of town for a couple of weeks and am just now catching up with my emails.
    When you were here you still needed $400./mo. in support, at least that's my feeble mind's recollection. Were you able to raise that amount?
    You said that you left on the 31st of July. Does that mean that you're still in transit, or are you back on site. I imagine things will be hectic for a while, even if you are back, so don't feel that you have to respond until after you get back 'on top' of things there.
    In Christ's Love,

  2. John - thanks for your note. We are back in Burkina as of Monday morning (August 2nd). Our trip went smoothly enough if you can call a trip that takes that long smooth. When we left, we our donor reports were showing that support coming in was averaging the new support amount (including the extra $400/month). However, we don't actually have any record of people pledging that amount, so we don't know whether we can expect that to continue or whether it was simply one-time gifts that helped average everything out. We're trusting God to continue to provide, but if we seem our support levels dropping consistently, we may need to send out an appeal at some point.;)