January—2014 NEWSLETTER -Ken & Melli Johnson USA ADDRESS: 5404 Sharon Trail Lakeland, FL 33810-5831 Phone/Fax: 863-815-2796 Email: [email protected] AFRICA ADDRESS: B. P. 122 Bujumbura, Burundi, AFRICA Phone/Fax: 257-22-22-34-31 Email: [email protected] Web Site: www.rainbowcentre.net Support address: Christian Missions In Many Lands (CMML), P. O. Box 13, Spring Lake, NJ 07762-0013 “WITH CHILDREN, BUSINESS IS ALWAYS PICKING UP.” --Unknown School reconvenes this week! And although holidays are great with nine children happily home creating havoc, it’s exciting to anticipate doing something other than feeding and picking up after them. How can I work on matters of great consequence with children in my face, on my bed, in my lap? I'm just kidding—children ARE my GREAT CONSEQUENCE. I'm slowly reading through A Continual Feast by Jan Karon and came across a quote that really spoke to me: "There is a sense in which God is at the tip of my pen, my spade, my brush, my needle—of my heart and of my thoughts." (Teilhard de Chardin) I believe he was trying to say—let God be in everything. That is the prayer of my heart as we begin the New Year! Thank you for your prayers about: 1) Green cards for James and Angel, both of which have finally come after our Congressman’s office sent the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services two official Congressional Inquiries. Hooray! 2) Sarah, as she now has a part time job she likes in St. Louis, and starts college this month. 3) The Rainbow Centre, on January 18th when Jim Brooks and his team from "Allow the Children" work with 65 needy Rainbow kids in the sponsorship program to update photos and letters for sponsors in the U.S.A. 4) Kigobe Mission and it's team of leaders as they meet on January 17th to vote on important issues. We are praising the Lord for Grace—a new girl to work with Sammy, now that Mimi is leaving for university in Canada. Grace lives near the Rainbow Centre and the arrangement is working out really well. Sam knows her and is looking forward to having her as his teacher. She will meet with him every week day at 7:00 am when we drop the others off at the high school and primary. She'll work with him until 9:30 on two days, and on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday she'll walk him to the King's School for sports and art, like Mimi did. She came over tonight to review the home-school books and we are preparing a room at the Rainbow Centre for class time, with a desk, table and chairs...so pray for Sammy and Grace in this arrangement. She is a Christian, and is taking a year off before going to college. On New Year's morning Andy came and woke me so excited—finally it was his birthday! Recently he's pestered me, saying, "It's taking a long time to turn six." How to tell him to slow down and savor this new exciting year? He's already asking how long until he turns seven. May 2014 be an incandescent year for you—with God's light shining, illuminating the shadows! Melli, Ken and all the kids!