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Worship Leader - Singer

VivLuci Worship Leader - Singer

My name is Vivian L. Johnson, and I grew up listening to Gospel music at church and at home as a child.  I grew up in church and I loved hearing the choir and the instruments and seeing people shout at church, all I knew was this is how you are suppose to have church in my mind.  I grew up in a small country town in Wynne, Arkansas and it seemed like everyone in that little place was related to everybody. There wasn't much to do but go to school, the skating ring and go to church, so I grew up in the COGIC, Baptist, and Pentecostal church whoever I could get a ride from that was going; I went to get away from staying at home but God had other plans for me.  Gospel music was amazing to me and I loved  watching people sing and most of the time it was somebody in my family.  I didn't join the choir and I wouldn't sing in public; only the bathroom.  Years later my mom and I moved to Houston to stay with my sister and her husband. We left because of domestic violence and she was finally able to leave because most of her children were grown and I was 16 and would be done with high school in the next 2 years.  Being new in a place where you didn't no anyone else was great to me, because it was so many more people than my small town in Arkansas.  My sister knew a man who was connected with music groups and she tried to get me to sing but I said no I don't want that! Even though I listened to R&B and Rap music, I didn't want sing it in front of people, It just didn't feel right to me to sing "worldly" music.  At 17, I joined a choir at a small Baptist church but I was not looking forward to lead but was pushed into it; I was so nervous but other people said I did good; I did not think too much about it really.  After high school I attended TSU but I worked full time and unfortunately, I didn't finish because I chose work over college and because I moved away from home and had bills and it was hard to do both. I didn't sing in front of people anymore and no one knew that I could sing because I didn't outside of my apartment.  Forward 10+ years later starting in 2008 I joined my current church and my sister told my pastor and his wife before I had met them that I could sing.  Then after one bible study they walked me outside and said "hey your sister said that can sing will you sing right now for us" and I said I don't sing in front of people.  And they told me "if you have a given a gift you need to know that it's not only for you but it is also for others too, so you shouldn't sit on it".  So I did and months later I was the praise and worship leader for about 5 years until I had to slow because my health.  In 2008 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis but I wasn't getting the rest that I needed and should have been getting and it started to affect my energy.  So I sat down from leading the praise and worship team after a sabbatical I return to the praise team but not to lead it but to sing with them.  In 2013 my body was shutting down on me, my family was there and when it happened so I have witnesses, I kept falling but I was still optimistic but after my vision was starting to get a blurry I decided to just go lie down.  I began to tell the Lord "God I know everything You have shown me and everything You told me. I know that You are not man that You would lie to me and I want to fulfill my purpose.  After that I fell asleep and when I woke up the next morning I was able to walk again and I have been every since that day.  The Lord gave me a scripture to give me hope Proverbs 4:11-13.  I love my relationship with my Father!  There is not enough space here on paper for me to give all of my testimonies but I trust that God will allow me to be a witness and to use me the way that He wants and I give Him full permission to do as He pleases. 

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