Evan Johnson, 2nd from right, stands in good spirits alongside his father, Pastor Elton Johnson. Joining the celebration are, from left, Bishop Jawane Hilton, Bishop Xavier Thompson, and Rev. Dr. K.W. Tulloss, president of the Baptist Ministers Conference. (Malik Morris-Perry/L.A. Sentinel)

Ten-year-old Evan Johnson, the eldest son of Pastors Elton and Charlè Johnson of the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Los Angeles, is a walking miracle. He has shown incredible resilience as he emerged victorious from his sixth open heart surgery.

His journey is not average, but it is marked by unwavering courage and unshakable faith. Faith that has helped him to overcome over 11 procedures in totality and five open heart surgeries before reaching the age of 2.

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Recently, his health encountered great adversity, causing him to spend his 10th birthday, which falls on Christmas Day, in the confines of Miller Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. Evan was recovering from his sixth open heart surgery that took place a few days prior.

Unfortunately, this also caused him to miss out on the remainder of his 4th grade school year with his friends. Yet, what continues to remain intact throughout his health challenges is his commitment to strong unstoppable faith.

On Sunday, April 21, many traveled from far and near to celebrate two facts – that God did it again and that His miraculous healing power has proven to be evident in the life of Evan. A celebration of victory took place to honor Evan and the Johnson family at large. They were accompanied by their extended church family, who rejoiced in Evan’s remarkable recovery at Brister Baptist Church in Compton.

Leading the congregation in the celebration was Evan’s godfather, Bishop Jawane Hilton, lead pastor of Brister, who also serves as the Mayor Pro Tem of Carson, along with Bishop Xavier L. Thompson, leader of the Covenant Connection Churches of Southern California, and the Rev. Dr. K.W. Tulloss, president of the Baptist Ministers Conference of Los Angeles and Southern California.

According to one attendee, “Evan’s indomitable spirit and the outpouring of love and support from his community serve as a testament to the power of faith and resilience in overcoming adversity. We live in a day where we rarely hear about miracles, signs and wonders. Evan is a living example of how to embody faith from a young age. As he continues his journey to full health, Evan’s story stands as an inspiration to all who know him.”

“It is both astonishing and admirable to know a 10-year-old who has a prayer life,” said Bishop Hilton.

“To watch him be acutely aware that he lives in a day-to-day realm that causes him to pray for himself and seeing that he knows the power of prayer has been life changing. “

When asked about his recent experience of processing his last hospital stay, Evan innocently told the Sentinel how much prayer played a major role in his life.

“I prayed for other kids to go home even though I couldn’t go home. I was happy to see them go home with their families,” he said.

Evan aspires to continue to be an inspiration and light by sharing his story with other kids who are suffering from illnesses. His parents revealed that he is scheduled to start a podcast and YouTube channel in the near future to uplift other children suffering from illness.