Published on September 20, 2013, by Rich Johnson in Update.

“…The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”  

James 5:16  NIV 

“As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning,  but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning.  When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset.”

Exodus 17:11,12  NIV


The past few weeks have been so emotionally draining with our  physical issues, moving etc.  It has truly been the most trying time of our lives.  It’s also been a rollercoaster for our family as we’ve watched Robin diminish to point where even hospice was telling us it wouldn’t be long for her.  She’s lost a considerable amount of weight, been unable to eat most things (and very little at that), has had high temperatures of 104.00-105.00 at times and battled confusion to the point of not knowing what day it was or even current events.  We just didn’t know what to expect, but we knew people were praying all over the country and other countries for us and still are.  A few weeks ago, we had a wonderful group of people coming and going all day long to pray and cry out to God on our behalf.  We are eternally indebted to those of you who continue to pray, for we are not out of the woods yet.   I am happy to report in this post there appears to be a positive change to Robin’s condition, and for this we are overjoyed!  She is much more alert, eating more, walking without help most of the time, and the fevers  have subsided.  She is also up from the bed and sits upright in the living room most of the day.  This may not seem like big news to some of you, but if you saw her a few weeks ago you would say this is nothing short of a miracle!  We praise God for this!  May His name be praised forever!  Please continue to pray for her mouth ulcers which plague her, and it’s painful to eat.  We are doing our very best to treat this condition with little progress.  

I myself had been placed on ice chips and water diet a couple of weeks ago, because I couldn’t eat any foods at all.  I have been praying, and God has obviously answered my prayers as well, as I am now able to eat some semi-solid foods  I couldn’t attempt to eat before and they stay down!  Now, if I could only get my hemoglobin counts up, my energy would be great, and I would feel better.  I still run short of breath quite easily.  

Friends, it’s so very obvious to me, that the Lord is doing something great in our bodies.  It appears to be in a progressive way for us, and we’ll give God praise for however He wants to do this.  Our hospice nurses are in awe at what’s happening here, and we tell them, we’re praying and many, many people are praying.  

I want to share something with you I believe the Lord will answer on our behalf in this journey.  I have recently been praying everyday and sometimes much of the days and petitioning the Lord about our situation as a desperate cry for help.  That’s exactly where we are.  We  have nothing really now except the clothes we wear from a physical standpoint.  We are selling our possessions (or at least most of them).  I have been asking the Lord for mercy to extend our lives.  And this request is for no other reason but that we may go and tell of His marvelous love, mercy and grace to people everywhere!    Our desire to live is to be a part of a great harvest.  I’ve asked the Lord for mercy, and in return we will preach until we see 100,000 souls added to the kingdom!  Our hearts are in ministry to people, and I know the Lord came to seek and save that which was lost (Luke 19:10).  When He called us He gave us the desire to see people come to the cross and be saved.  That passion and calling is still as strong as it ever was, and perhaps even stronger now!  

Here’s where you come in…

Please join us in praying specifically in agreement with our prayer to be raised from these beds of affliction to go carry the message of the gospel to a lost and dying world.  That is our only request.  Not for anything else this world has to offer.  I desire to see 100,000 souls (or more) added to the kingdom of God!  It’s certainly possible @ 5,000/year for 20 years!  We would only be in our early 70′s!  So friends, will you join us?  We’re praying this through, but as Aaron and Hur held up Moses hands, would you hold up our hands in this battle?  It won’t be one or two but an army of people to see us through to victory.  This is vital if we are going to see victory come.  Robin and I are so very grateful for  any and all prayers going up before the Lord, but now you have specifics to pray for.  Nothing is impossible with God…Nothing!  


Our book, “Through the Valley” is still available through our blog if you have not received your copy yet.  It would also make a great gift to someone you know who may be battling and “valley” situation life can and does bring to all of us. Many thanks to you who have supported our book.  We appreciate it so very much.


Address Update:

Since moving in with our daughter and son-in-law our address has changed, and you’ll want to make a note of it.  Our new address is:

1300 N. Crestview Ct.   Ozark, MO  65721   


Thank you for your continued prayers and support, as we look forward in anticipation of greater things!     

“…The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”    James 5:16  NIV 


To God Be The Glory!

Rich and Robin