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Freida was born in Stonewall in 1946. She was predeceased by her parents, Florence and William Johnson of Stonewall, sister Alice (Abe), brothers, Ken, George (Sigrid), Bill, David and James, brothers-in-law, Frank, Allan, David, and sisters-in-law, Helen and Shirley.
She will be sorely missed by her sisters, Evelyn, Ida, Edna and Janice (Robert) Huggan; brothers, Charlie, Philip, Tom (Bev), Norman (Gemma), Leonard (Joanne) and Joe (Connie); our adopted sister Agnes Friesen; sisters-in-law, Doreen and Signe; and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews which she clearly adored.
Freida Johnson was privileged to be the 12th child of a family of 17, the sixth youngest of a non-church going family. However, the children were allowed to go to Sunday School in a Presbyterian Church. At the age of nine Freida accepted the Lord as her personal saviour after Sunday School. Later that year, she attended the Canadian Sunday School Mission camp at Gimli, MB where she sensed God's call on her life for missionary service. God's hand had been on her since those earliest years.
After graduating from high school, she worked briefly, but responded to God's call for Bible training. She attended Prairie Bible Institute of Three Hills, AB and graduated in 1970. Her interest was to go to the mission field. But God had other plans for the immediate future. With her background and indebtedness to the Canadian Sunday School Mission, she worked 12 years in Canada gaining valuable practical experience.
Her sense of call to foreign mission remained strong in her heart. She was accepted by TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission) and was sent to Edinburg, Texas, to take the one year missionary Spanish language program. There she experienced firsthand a love of the Hispanic people and the commitment of Rio Grande Bible Institute Centre (RGBI) to equip missionaries in both culture and language. Little did she dream that she would later be associated with that missionary training institute that celebrated 60 years in 2006.
Her missionary assignment was to Venezuela, but she was sent for six months to Baja California, Mexico in preparation for her field service. Again, she served 12 years in Venezuela. God led her back to Canada and to her recent ministry of another 12 years in direct involvement in that good ministry to which God, she owns her own salvation.
You can readily see that in three series of 12 years she has served the Lord in Canada, Venezuela and in Canada once again.
Frieda was also very active since returning to Canada - she spent many of her summers attending camps for young and old alike at various communities across Manitoba. Freida worked at One Hope Canada and Rio Grande Bible Institute Centre and finally by Charis Centre retiring this past July.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to One Hope Canada, RGBI or the Charis Centre.
Funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 30, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. at the New Life Church in Stonewall.
MacKenzie Funeral Home
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 28, 2020
Condolences & Memories (13 entries)
Doy gracias a Dios por haberla conocido, por compartir varios años de trabajo ministerial en Campamento, conjuntamente con mi esposa. Aprendí mucho de ella, su tenacidad para el trabajo, su empeño de lograr cosas y hacerlas posibles. Me ayudó en la preparación y en el conocimiento en Campamento. Fue una mujer dedicada a los asuntos de Dios con pasión. Viajó por toda Venezuela con este ministerio, muchas veces sin descanso. Cuanto la extrañamos. Quisimos mucho saber de ella, pero lo sabemos ahora después de haber partido. Pero quedan los recuerdos y todo lo que dejó aquí en Venezuela. Dios dé mucha paz a sus familiares y reciban un saludo de hermanos venezolanos que la amamos y que juntos logramos alcanzar muchas batallas. Dios los bendiga - Posted by: Francisco Andrades (Compañero de Ministerio en Campamentos en Venezuela) on: May 20, 2020
I remember working with Frieda one summer. She encouraged me to speak at Beaveke Bible Camp (Flin Flon) which was something I never would have been brave enough to do. We went on to do VBS in Bissett, looked for bears at the dump and generally had such fun joking and laughing. She was an amazing story teller and could hold wiggly kids captive under her spell. She lived her life for eternal reward and she is someone I hold up as a mentor and hero. Especially being a long time single person, there aren’t many role models to follow and Frieda will always remain an example to me of how to live the single life well and with no regrets. Enjoy heaven, my friend! - Posted by: Lisa Warkentin (Friend) on: Jan 30, 2020
I knew Freida for many years, from our shared days at Prairie Bible Institute to more recent years when she was the Canadian Representative of Rio Grande Bible Institute, where I currently serve. She was always lots of fun, cheerful, and kind. I send my condolences to her family members and other friends who will miss her smiling face and friendship. We know where she is!! God bless her memory. - Posted by: Enid Sanford (Friend and worker at Rio Grande Bible Institute) on: Jan 29, 2020
What a beautiful life lived for God and others! I am so sorry to hear that Frieda will not be physically here to continue her work for the Lord. I pray you understand the depth of love and goodness that she gave to so many people over the years and her ministry. Frieda took God's gifts and used them to bring others closer to Him. Her work on His behalf has and will continue to change people as we continue to live our lives for Jesus and His goodness. I am sure that she is already sharing her humour and the story of the BIG MOUTH FROG with all who will listen. May you find comfort knowing Frieda changed so many lives and that the Lord is well pleased with his good and faithful servant! Peace be with you. - Posted by: Christine Kist (Former Youth Group and VBS member from Swan Lake in the 70's.) on: Jan 29, 2020
She was truly a gifted storyteller! I met her and Agnes aka “Fritz and Agnes” at Dauphin Bible Camp in the 80’s. Someone I’ll never forget. She definitely had a love for sharing the gospel and helping others learn to do the same. - Posted by: Beth (Long) Klippenstein (Acquaintance ) on: Jan 28, 2020
I have many memories of when Frieda would come to the Dauphin Bible camp and Parkside gospel church to do follow up on campers and staff. How she organized the mail outside and devotionals for CSSM. She was a great woman of God. - Posted by: Colleen Buhler (Acquaintance ) on: Jan 28, 2020
Frieda I will miss u! U were such a part of changing my life. Your teaching brought Jesus alive. My son and I will always treasure your Christmas “shepherd” story as it is now part of our Christmas tradition and memories. Love u💕see u in the kingdom - Posted by: Sheryl hill (Friend) on: Jan 28, 2020
So many wonderful memories of Freida. She served as a chapel speaker at our camps at Galilean and Turtle Mountain Bible Camp, attended JOY Camp with a friend this past June and brought her nephew Peter to TMBC, where he went on to take our DNT program and return to serve the Lord. Freida has impacted many lives in her service for her KING and grateful for meaningful conversations and times spent together. Love and will be dearly missed! - Posted by: Howard & Kathy Weir (Friend) on: Jan 28, 2020
We were introduced to Freida in 1970 when she served with CSSM. Ever since then we have had a friendship. Our boys loved to hear Aunt Freida's bedtime stories, when Agnes Friesen and Freida would spend the night with us. We will truly miss her. May her family find comfort that she is with Jesus whom she served so faithfully. - Posted by: Ernie &Martha Martens (Friends since 1970) on: Jan 28, 2020
Sweetest person I have ever known. - Posted by: emily (Niece) on: Jan 28, 2020
Thank you for sharing. Aunt Frieda will be missed. - Posted by: Ernest (Nephew) on: Jan 28, 2020
Our deepest Sympathy. - Posted by: Dale and Donna Banman (friend) on: Jan 28, 2020
This world will miss you. Rest in the arms of the LORD. - Posted by: Gail McIver Nordal (Stonewall Friend) on: Jan 28, 2020
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