By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News Service
TORONTO, ON, CANADA (ANS – September 29, 2016) — The Rev. Paul Johnson, Executive Director of Open Doors Canada, has passed away following a tragic motor cycle accident on Saturday, September 24, 2016 near Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
According to Open Doors Canada, Paul Johnson “succumbed to his injuries” on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at 9:09 pm at Calgary’s Foothills Medical Centre.
“Paul was on a motorcycle ride on a beautiful day with four friends from a partner ministry, the Christian Motorcyclists Association of Canada, when the accident occurred,” explained a spokesperson for the ministry begun by Dutch-born Brother Andrew, author of the best-selling book, God’s Smuggler. “He was airlifted to Calgary’s Foothills Medical Centre where he received emergency treatment to stabilize him, but he was unresponsive.
“We offer our heartfelt condolences to Paul’s wife Carol and his two sons, Joseph and Jeremy. Paul passed to his eternal home in glory surrounded by his family on Wednesday, September 28, at 9:09 pm after four days on life support.”
Paul Johnson had served as Executive Director of Open Doors Canada for 24 years after ministry with Open Doors-Latin America for four years.
“Paul was untiring in leading Open Doors Canada to meet the growing needs of Christians who are persecuted for their faith around the world,” added the spokesperson. “Paul’s heart was always to champion their faith and share their story nationwide to both encourage and excite Christians in Canada to understand that many believers around the world wake up facing the threat of persecution every day.”
Paul Johnson leaves behind his wife Carol (married for 39 years), Joseph and Sarah, Jeremy and Jacqueline and two granddaughters. A memorial service will be announced on the Open Doors Canada website: www.opendoorsca.org.
For more information regarding this and interview requests, please contact Open Doors Canada, Rev. Paul Estabrooks, at 905-815-3342 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Open Doors:
Open Doors has worked in the world’s most oppressive countries for over 60 years to empower and strengthen Christians who are persecuted for their beliefs. Open Doors equips persecuted Christians in more than 60 countries by supplying Bibles and Christian literature, training Christian leaders, facilitating social/economic projects and uniting believers in the West in prayer for these persecuted Christians.
Photo captions: 1) Paul Johnson (center) author Rev Paul Estabrooks and Len Robinson (right) at a planning meeting for Open Doors Canada. 2) Brother Andrew with Dan Wooding.