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Sweet Suffering


As we consider the sacrifice and the suffering that many American men and women endured to uphold our country’s freedoms it seems only fitting to look to the one who took it upon himself to make the ultimate sacrifice, Jesus Christ. Just yesterday we remembered our service men and women. But everyday we can converse with the Prince of Peace, the Son of God, and thank Him for what He has done. The bible tells us that Jesus is on the right hand of the Father interceding for us! He cares! He is still active in our lives. He wants to be a part of every decision we make!

I’m writing this newsletter from the United States. I came back about 6 or 7 weeks ago. I had discovered a lump in my left breast. And given my mother died from Breast cancer around my age the doctors felt I should return to the states to be checked out. The medical system in Ethiopia could not diagnose properly. Within 3 weeks of returning to the US I found out that I have breast cancer. But the good news is that God is still on the throne & Jesus is still in the healing business! The cancer is at stage 1 according to the doctors & has not spread. No matter what the days ahead might bring The Lord has told me that we do everything together. He has given me peace & constantly encourages me to take one day at a time. Because like we all know each DAY…24 hour period has enough worries of it’s own!

I want my team, my strong prayer & support group to know…..I want YOU to know that I’m fighting this with the Lord leading the way. When I found out they were recommending I return to the states I cried out to God telling him I had no clue what to do or where to go or what doctor to choose. I cried myself to sleep that night. The very next day I met a doctor at this remote Ethiopian Christian Hospital that happened to be from Ventura, CA. When I told her I was from Bakersfield, CA she said “Carrie my best friend & her father are doctors in Bakersfield. Do you want me to see if they will see you?” Ummm…. Yes Please! I landed on Tuesday evening & I had my first doctors appointment the very next morning! Please let this sink in God secured my doctor, God arranged this intricate detail, God is running the show! He cares for us! Give everything to him no matter how small, he’s more capable than we are.

I will try to keep everyone updated as the details unfold. I am asking for prayer for healing so I can get back to Ethiopia!



  • Too Tall on May 27, 2015

    Amen! Rest in that. Amen!

  • Forest Hagood on May 27, 2015

    Praying diligently with you and believing God for total healing.

  • Simon on May 27, 2015

    God is good and He shines His light through you so strongly! Thank you for always lifting up Jesus and being the one who everyone can look to. Prayer and blessings!
    We love you!
    Simon and Samantha.

    • Carrie Johnson on February 19, 2021

      I love you both! Thank you for your love & support over the years, and the example you both live out everyday as solid belivers in Jesus!

  • Cheryl DeLuca on May 27, 2015

    Hi Carrie, I just wanted to let you know that I will keep you in prayer. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998 and I just celebrated 17 years cancer free in April thanks to God’s grace and healing power. My life is in His hands and that is a wonderful place to be and that is where you are as well. “He truly cares for you”

    • Carrie Johnson on February 19, 2021

      God is so faithful Cheryl! He got us both through breast cancer!

  • Ana on May 28, 2015

    Carrie I love you and I wanted you to know that you are the most amazing person and friend I’ve ever had.

    • Carrie Johnson on February 19, 2021

      you are so sweet Ana! I love you girl!

  • Tami Hall on June 12, 2015

    Love you sooo much Carrie!! You are such a blessing to me. I am praying for your healing and speedy return to Ethiopia!

  • debbie on February 1, 2016

    Thank you do much, from a sister in christ who was blessed to hear you speak in our church missionary fair this sunday evening at vfa.

  • debbie on February 1, 2016

    Thank you carrie. I was blessed to hear you speak at our church, vfa, truly God has his hand on you.? God bless you.? i support you.

    • Carrie Johnson on February 19, 2021

      Thank you Debbie. VFA is a great church. Thank you for your support!