The Healing of
After Tom's death, Linda inquired about the possibility of her returning
to Venezuela. Her heart longed to be back on the mission field. She
was told by Mission leadership in Venezuela that it would be very
difficult for her, with a young child, to be a missionary on the foreign
mission field. There was no child care on the field. Linda was advised
to look to the Lord for another ministry in New Tribes Mission,
somewhere in the USA. One decision that she came to was that she
definitely wanted to continue serving with New Tribes Mission.
After spending several weeks in Chicago alone in her parents' home (they
had just moved to northern Wisconsin), Linda was surprised by a
telephone call from Macon Hare, Sr, an Executive member who was serving
at the New Tribes Mission International Headquarters in Sanford,
Florida. Macon asked Linda if she would consider moving to Sanford to
work on the typesetting of the Ayoré New Testament. The Ayoré tribe was
the very first tribe that NTM missionaries had gone to, back in 1942.
All five of the first missionaries were killed by the savage Ayoré
Indians. "The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church." No
words were truer, as literally thousands of missionaries have followed
their example in the decades since their deaths, in taking the Gospel of
the Lord Jesus Christ to tribal people around the world.
Linda and Timmy moved to Sanford in the spring of 1980 where she began a
new ministry of typesetting many tribal New Testaments.