As part of our 20-year anniversary celebration this month, Brad Johnson, president of Mission of Hope, reflected on some of the most surprising things God has taught him.
When God called him and Vanessa to change the nation of Haiti for Christ, he fully expected God to do it, even though he didn’t know how. But what he didn’t expect was how God was going to change the United States for Christ through Haiti.
He’s been amazed not only by the number of people who have come down to work with Mission of Hope and to help reach Haiti for Christ but also by the impact that Haiti has had in the hearts of the people who have served and then gone home.
“The impact that small island of Haiti has been to change this culture, the American culture, at the church and personal level has been incredible.”
Brad also reflects on Baptist Haiti Mission and their desire for Mission of Hope to steward the ministry and continue their legacy. “I don’t think we could have ever imagined the ministry of Baptist Haiti Mission being given to Mission of Hope to steward. That’s still fresh, and the responsibility is still very much weighty,” he says. “It’s something we could have never imagined, because that was considered the model, the gold standard of ministry in Haiti. For them to ask us to take it over and steward it is huge.”
About the Author: Brad Johnson
Brad is the President of Mission of Hope. He attended Huntington University as a student athlete and graduated in 1993 with a B.S. in Educational Ministries with a Business Emphasis. While at Huntington, he broke school records in Track and Field, won the National Championship, and was awarded the prestigious Wheeler Award, given to the National Track and Field Male Athlete of the Year for outstanding character, athletic achievement, and campus leadership by the NCCAA. Upon graduation, Brad joined Youth for Christ as the Director of Campus Life at Carroll High School in Fort Wayne, IN, where he developed his passion for coaching and mentoring young leaders.
Brad grew up going to Haiti each year to serve on week-long mission trips. After experiencing the tragic loss of a baby girl in a village due to malnutrition, in 1998, he and his wife Vanessa moved to Haiti to participate in God’s vision of bringing life transformation to every man, woman, and child. For 15 years, Brad directly oversaw all strategic and operational aspects of Mission of Hope, while mentoring and grooming young Haitian leaders to step into key leadership roles. In 2008, the Huntington University Alumni Association awarded him the Distinguished Alumni Citation in recognition of mission work and commitment to impacting the world for Christ. Today, Brad and his wife Vanessa live in Lago Vista, TX and have four children: JD, Georgie, Beau, and Jaima.