The Lord is
not...willing that any should perish,
but that all should
come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9
As missionaries with New Tribes
Mission, a mission that is actively involved in bringing the Gospel
to tribal people who live in The Regions Beyond, we were
excited when an exact replica of one of Christopher Columbus ships,
the Niña, sailed across Lake Monroe and into the Sanford
marina in February 2006! The first thing that went through our
minds when we saw her was, “Wow! Shes so small!” The deck was
just 66 feet long and the ship held 120 passengers. It was
thrilling to step onboard and try to imagine what it was like for
Columbus to sail Westward into the unknown, over the vast Atlantic
Ocean, with the burning desire in his heart to bring the Gospel to
men and women, boys and girls, who had never once heard the Name of
According to Christopher Columbus
personal log, his purpose
was to seek “undiscovered worlds”:
“...bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ
to the heathen.”
“...bring the Word of God to unknown
We are thankful for your friendship
and love to us. Thank you for praying for us, as we serve in the
NTM Medical Plan office, as together with you, we are involved in
the outreach of the Gospel around the world. You are always such a
blessing and help to us in this ministry and we thank the Lord
continually for you. We trust that you are getting along well.
We were recently excited to read an
update from the country of Papua New Guinea:
Friday, February. 17,
missionary Joey Tartagila and his Mibu translation helper, David,
were working on lessons about Christ's death on the Cross. Joey
asked David, "Since Jesus is God, couldn't He have forgiven us for
our sins without dying?"
David wasn't sure how to answer, so Joey reminded him of what God
told Adam in the garden. The penalty for sin is death. "How can God
forgive us without that penalty being paid? It would be against
God's character," Joey said.
"If God did that He would be a liar," David said.
"Couldn't Jesus have just declared our sins forgiven without
dying?" Joey asked.
The look in David's eyes and the smile that jumped onto his face
gave him away before he even said a word. Everything he had been
learning in the past months became clear. He began telling Joey
over and over again that it is true and he believed it!
"God said that if I believe His Word I will go to Heaven and be
with Him when I die! I am going to Heaven when I die, and I am so,
so happy. Thank you very much for telling me this," David said.
A few days later the missionaries taught the tribal village about
Nicodemus. There were smiles on a few faces when the Mibus heard
that God loved the world so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus,
so that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal
For the next two hours a dozen Mibus professed their faith in
"Thank you for telling me this. Jesus died in my place. Now I know
I am going to Heaven," said Royfo.
"Now I understand. It is finished. What is there to say?" Kivisi
"Just as people in the Old Testament offered animal sacrifices
thinking, 'these animals are dying in my place,' so I look to Jesus
who died in my place," Tima testified.
Praise the Lord for great things He has done! Please pray for
spiritual growth of the new Mibu church. And for the outreach of
the Gospel to others in the surrounding area, as these new believers
share their new found faith in Christ.
Thank you once again for your faithful prayers.
1000 East First St
serving together with you,
John & Linda McGhee
Thank you for your continued prayers for our son-in-laws, David
Also, our son, Jeffrey, has been studying at Mid-FL Tech every
Saturday in preparation of his Electrical Journeymans Test coming
up on March 18. We would appreciate your prayers for him – that he
does well on the exam. Thank you.
We would appreciate your prayers for “Mom” Betty Christensen who
was recently taken to the hospital. She was diagnosed as having a
virus, much like people got on cruise ships a couple of years ago
(called the norovirus). She is now back in the nursing home and is
still very weak. Thank you for praying for her.
There is a Luis Palau Festival coming April 1 & 2 in Orlando. We
have invited many friends and neighbors, as well as people from both
electric companies where our youngest two work, as well as Sarah
bringing David, etc.
Once again, thank you for all that you do for us and for your
prayers for us as well. We really thank the Lord for you.
Love and prayers,
John & Linda