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The Common Ground Connection – April 1, 2020

by Gary Johnson

Greetings beloved family of Common Ground, We are doing our very best to stay connected with each one of you.  I know this isn’t the norm, but it is temporarily the new normal.  And our great and glorious God is still working all things out for the good to those who love God and are […]

Live Stream & Online Giving

by Maria

We are not able to gather together in person at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so please join us online. We will be live streaming on YouTube on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. How can you give when we are not meeting in person? Sign up for online giving at You […]

Haiti 2018 – Day 7 (final blog)

by Gary Johnson

Greetings beloved family and friends, It’s Sunday morn and we are all preparing for the various churches that we will have the privilege of serving at.  The two musicians, Justin and Tessa, along with yours truly went to a fairly large Baptist church farther down the mountain side.  I’m guessing a crowd of 200-250 were […]

Haiti 2018 – Days 5 & 6

by Gary Johnson

Greetings beloved family and friends, Yesterday (Friday) started with our usual rooster crowing 6 AM morning wakeup.  Our musicians headed up to a school high in the mountains to play a few songs for the kids.  I stayed back at the mission house preparing for our evening concert that I would preach the gospel at […]

Haiti 2018 – Days 3 and 4

by Gary Johnson

Hello beloved family and friends, Days 3 and 4 have been non-stop.  90 plus degrees, hot and humid, preparing, teaching, preaching, praying, singing and trying to learn a few words in Creole, and yes eating chicken and rice again! They have changed the Pastors conference from 4 days to 3 days timewise.  Which means I […]

Haiti 2018 – Day 2

by Gary Johnson

Greetings beloved family and friends, It’s day two of our trip and day one of our pastors conference. Each year we come to do the conference it continues to grow.  The first year we had 35 pastors, last year when I came we had 56 pastors and today we had a total of 84. God […]

Haiti 2018 – Day 1

by Gary Johnson

Greetings beloved church family and friends, Thanks again for all your support and prayers!  Well, Monday morning started off quite early as I rose at 2:40 AM to load our vehicle and head to the airport for our flight to Miami and then on to Haiti.  Landing in Port au Prince, Haiti around 5:30 PM.  […]

Day Five

by Gary Johnson

Greetings one and all, It was our last day of teaching at the conference and what a day it was. We started our day by walking about 2 miles down towards one of the main rivers in the area at about 6:30 AM to do some baptisms. What a special privilege and honor it was […]

The Haitian Bucket Bath

by Gary Johnson

Because we have no showers or running water we have one large blue 50 gallon drum filled with cold water in the bathroom. As one prepares for the Haitian Bucket Bath (similar to the Liberian Bucket Bath), you first must prepare your mind for cold mountain rain water to be splashed across one’s fleshly elements. […]

Haiti: Blog 2, Day 3

by Gary Johnson

Creole is the native tongue in Haiti. All the other languages that I fluently speak like German, Spanish, Greek and English just get in the way of trying to learn another one. Of course none of us speak Creole, so it’s been both fun and frustrating at times. Yesterday as we started our Bible teaching, […]