Jim and Becka Johnson have announced their resignation as missionaries with The Churches of Christ in Christian Union and World Gospel Mission. Jim and Becka have touched many lives throughout their ministry, and we thank God for their work.
Jim was just two years old when he arrived in Papua New Guinea as a Missionary Kid (MK). He gave his heart to the Lord at the age of eight, under the ministry of fellow CCCU Missionary Rev. Bill Tolbert. Becka was saved at the age of ten and sanctified at Beulah Grove Youth Camp. Little did they know at the time the plans the Lord had for them.
Becka served as a summer intern at Christian Union Institute in Laredo, Texas, following her graduation from high school. She would return to our Texas-Mexico Border ministry in 1991 after graduating from college to teach second and third grade at the Institute. She met Jim the day before she departed to serve on the border. Throughout that time, the Lord was working in both Jim and Becka’s lives to prepare them for life and ministry together.
Jim and Becka arrived in Papua New Guinea on October 23, 1993. During their first term, Jim served as the Kar Station Manager, handling mechanical and maintenance work. Becka served as the Field Treasurer, taught MKs, and taught classes at Nembi Bible Training Center. They would go on to serve in many roles including Theological Education by Extension Coordinator, Bible College teacher, Interim Christian Union Bible College Director, Acting Field Director, children’s and youth ministry leader, church advisor, logger, sawmiller, and more.
PNG was a very different place in 1993. At that time, there was no electric service, phone service, or internet service on the mission stations. Electricity was provided by generator, and communication was handled primarily via radio communications and handwritten correspondence. Transportation was often difficult due to limited roads. One of their early visits to church in a remote village was made by traversing mountain paths on a tractor – the only vehicle that could manage the terrain, with the fenders carrying as many people as possible.
While things in PNG have changed over the years, Jim and Becka’s passion to reach the lost did not. Jim’s original missionary profile shared that he deeply desired “to do mechanical work that needs done, to help with building and maintenance work, and most importantly, to see souls saved for Christ.” We praise God for the many people in PNG who have come to know the Lord as their personal Savior through Jim and Becka’s ministries.
On behalf of a grateful denomination, we want to thank Jim and Becka for their 27 years of faithful and effective service to the Kingdom of God. Only eternity will show the great impact they have made. We pray God’s favor and blessing on them during their next phase of life and ministry.