By Jim and Betty Predmore
Turning Point Ministries hosted it’s annual banquet on Friday, April 30th at the Old Eucalyptus Schoolhouse in El Centro. People from throughout Imperial Valley showed their support of this ministry by attending this event.  Many of the valley’s pastors were in attendance to support Pastor Mike Johnson and be a part of the evening.
Keynote speaker for the evening was Pastor Mike Johnson, who is the Director of Turning Point Ministries.  It was unclear up until the last day whether Johnson would be able to speak, since  he underwent a biopsy on Wednesday due to his recent diagnosis for stomach cancer.  He  was able to make it back home by Thursday, and was able to attend the banquet and give a very moving and motivating message.  He also took the opportunity to give thanks to all who support the ministry of Turning Point, especially Norman Chandler and Melissa Cordova, who run the men’s and women’s homes.
Chandler gave some interesting statistics on how many men have been affected by Turning Point Ministries.  According to Norman, approximately 130 men per year enter the Men’s Home facility.  Although not everyone completes the program, he estimates that at least 40 men will graduate from the program this year.
Mr. Johnson returned to the podium to give an inspiring message about the Prodigal Son.  He related this message to his own life, and how he has been affected by this new diagnosis for cancer.  He noted that it is easy to ask “Why Me?” when something drastic affects your life, but the real question is “Why Not Me?”  He went on to state that his faith in the Lord is what gets him through, and he hopes to reach other cancer patients with this same message of faith, and give them a new hope and a new outlook on life.
This inspiring message, along with wonderful music from the men’s and women’s choir, and a delicious meal made for a wonderful evening of fellowship for all who attended.

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