By NANCY KARRICK AND SHERRY DIGMON
On January 22, 2005, the Escambia County Board of Education gave Cindy Johnson permission to try her Redemption’s Promise Ministry (RPM) in several of the county’s elementary schools. This was just a trial period to see how things would go.
That “trial period” was the beginning of a ministry that has touched thousands of school children’s lives. For some it’s the only “church” they know. For some, it’s the only time they hear Bible stories.
Cindy couldn’t go into the public schools with her ministry, but she could have the children (with parents’ consent) come to her specially outfitted trailer parked at the edge of school campuses around the country. There, Cindy became “Miss Tippytoe” with her colorful outfits and big smile. And there were hugs for everyone.
Several years ago, Cindy was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease – ALS. There is no cure, only a progressive deterioration.
Cindy was assisted through the years by a group of volunteers, and one of them, Esther McMath (Miss Flippytoe), stepped up when Cindy was no long able to go to the schools. Esther and the other volunteers keep the program going, ensuring that school children will still hear the Good News of the gospel and that Cindy’s work will continue.
When Atmore News heard of Cindy’s death on August 30, a notice was posted on our Facebook page. The comments began pouring in. Cindy left a legacy beyond what she could have imagined as evidenced by the comments and shares.
The signature verse for RPM is Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and future.”
Cindy’s obituary is on page 3A of this edition of Atmore News.