Imperial Valley men’s homes struggle not only in tough economic times. Being a non- profit organization has always been hard, and when the economy slows down, giving and donations seem to be one of the first cuts to be made on a struggling budget. Since the onslaught of the most recent economic crisis these much needed services in the Imperial Valley have been hit hard. Recently there has been an additional blow to two of these ministries of hope and help.
Christ Community’s New Creations Men’s home had to move to another location earlier this year. During the Easter earthquake, their church suffered a great amount of damage and has been red flagged and will have to be rebuilt.
Turning Point’s Men’s Home founder and director Mike Johnson has been diagnosed with stomach cancer and will begin chemotherapy this week in the hopes of reducing the size of the tumor. Once the tumor shrinks, doctors are hopeful of being able to remove the tumor surgically. People throughout the valley have been lifting up Mike in prayer with the hopes that the cancer will be contained within the tumor and not spread throughout the stomach and other organs. Mike Johnson is very dedicated to this ministry of Turning Point and also to the church he pastors, Turning Point Lifecenter. Mike was one of the founders of Turning Point Ministries which began with fundraiser barbeques in the park here in Holtville. Mike devoted himself to the creation of this ministry after overcoming his own addiction to drugs. Through his efforts, along with those who have dedicated themselves to this cause, he has been able to help transform the lives of many who face life-controlling addictions. Mike has overcome many obstacles over the past sixteen years and it is the hope of all who love and support him that he will be able to overcome this one as well.