will is everything
Navajo, N.M., lies within
the Navajo Nation about 40 miles northwest of Gallup. Michael Johnson
grew up there in a Navajo family of five children.
“My childhood wasn’t
easy,” he says. “I was in boarding school, so I spent
a lot of time away from my family. I struggled for several years
with drug abuse. I was unhappy and always arguing.”
All that changed when
Johnson accepted Christ as his Savior at 16. His newfound relationship
with God completely redirected his life.
is the most important thing in life,” he says. “It leads
in everything. It’s promising, it’s safe, it’s
right and biblical. That’s my focus, to always get a better
grasp of God’s will.”
Johnson is pursuing a
Christian ministry major as a sophomore at American Indian College
in Phoenix. Studying among fellow Native Americans from some 20
tribes has expanded his horizons.
Friendships at AIC with
students and professors are strengthening Johnson’s walk with
God. He looks forward to graduating and pursuing a pastoral ministry.
have all the details in place,” he admits. “When I get
out I’ll focus on being a youth pastor, then associate pastor
and senior pastor as God leads.”
He keeps his family heritage
close at heart and hopes to impact Native American communities with
the gospel. The key to that outreach, he says, is relationship evangelism.
the greatest need,” he explains. “You have to be consistent
in sharing the gospel, in following up and staying in touch. You
can’t just bring in a ministry team and have some activities.”