Justin Timothy Johnson, a member of the Punta Gorda, FL Church of God of Prophecy, was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas last week when shots rang out across the military base killing and injuring a number of military personnel. At the time of the shootings, Justin was on the telephone with his mother Jeannie also a member at Punta Gorda. While on the telephone with her son, Jeannie heard the shots being fired. Fear overcame her as silence crossed the phone lines. Justin had been shot twice by the attacker. Despite being shot in his foot and chest, Justin sprang into action attempting to help the many wounded and frightened people around him.
Thanks to the prayers of his family, church, and saddened nation, as well as the care of his doctors, Justin’s healing has progressed rapidly. He has been removed from a ventilator and will soon be released from the Critical Care unit.
Through the care and generosity of his local church family, Justin’s pastor, grandmother, and brother were able to travel to Texas to be with him. In addition to tending to Justin, Pastor Danny Hurlburt has also been able to gain amazing access to minister to the other wounded soliders and their families.
Justin is being celebrated as a hero. In the days since the attack he was visited by and received speaking recognition by President George W. Bush. He also received a visit from President Barack Obama. Justin’s story has also been featured on the national news, including ABC, CBS, and CNN.
Please continue to pray for Justin, as well as all of the families touched by the tragedy at Fort Hood.
A fund has been established to assist Justin’s family with their expenses. Donations to his fund may be made by mailing:
Justin Johnson Fund
c/o Punta Gorda Church of God of Prophecy
662 Cooper Street
Punta Gorda, FL 33950