Together, Their Journey
"Many waters cannot
quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all
the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be condemned."
Song of Solomon 8:7
John and Linda have now been married since July 24, 1982. They have
never been more excited or encouraged in the ministry that God has given
to them. As laborers together, with God, they serve in the
ministry of planting tribal churches in the Regions Beyond, by
ministering at the New Tribes Mission International Headquarters.
Ask John and Linda about their ministry, and they will quickly tell you
that they really enjoy serving in the Medical Plan office. The NTM
Medical Plan is completely self-funded and, therefore, is owned and
operated by New Tribes Mission.
of the NTM Medical Plan is to insure that catastrophic medical bills do
not become the financial responsibility of a missionary and those who
support them financially.
An NTM missionary should not have to leave their field of
service because of high medical debts. Besides administrating the
Medical Plan, John and Linda are also responsible for taking care of the
NTM Life Insurance Plan and the NTM Medical Emergency Evacuation Plan.
John and Linda love their daily contact with their fellow missionaries
and the opportunity to help them. It is especially satisfying when they
hear of missionaries who have had to return home because of a serious
illness, heading back healthy, to their field of service on the foreign
mission field. Although they are not serving overseas themselves, they
are a vital part of the Team who are taking the Gospel to tribal people
around the world.
Each of John and Linda's four children are now grown and are walking
with the Lord, for which they are very thankful. Truly children are a
wonderful "heritage from the Lord" (Psalm 127:3-5).
Isn't the Lord good! He has allowed John and Linda to continue in their
ministry, despite the Homegoing of their former spouses, and their
having to leave the foreign mission fields.
Two separate families, each shattered by "tragedy," have miraculously
become one. John and Linda's "Love Story" is really the story of God's
faithfulness to His children, in their "journey of faith." May God be
praised for what He has done and will continue to do, in and through
their lives, to His glory.