One Family, One Purpose
"For we are laborers
together with God..."
I Corinthians 3:9
John began his training, as a volunteer, in the Typesetting Department.
Linda worked by his side, as she began to typeset more New Testaments.
was not until January of 1983, that John received word from the US
Consulate that he was requested to come to Toronto for his final
interview. John and Linda arrived on January 17, 1983, a bitter winter
day, with the temperatures in the single digits. The interview went
well for John and he was told that his precious "Green Card" would soon
be sent to him in Florida. He could now officially live and work in
America. God was so good!
John adopted Timmy and Linda adopted Sarah, soon after their marriage.
Timmy's name was officially changed to Timothy Thomas Christensen
McGhee. Even their birth certificates were changed to reflect their
adoptive parent's names.
Jeffrey John McGhee was born in 1984. Timmy and Sarah were very excited
and happy about having a little baby brother. Then eighteen months
later, the Lord blessed them with their fourth child, David Daniel
McGhee. John and Linda's family was now complete and they rejoiced in
the Lord's blessings and wonderful provision of four healthy children.
their family grew, the Lord provided them with a larger apartment, just
down the hall. By the time Jeffrey was born, the Lord had already
blended their lives firmly together as one family. It made them chuckle
inside when people would comment how much Sarah looked like Linda or how
much Timmy looked like John.
Several years after they were married, one of the Mission's leaders and
his wife went to a marriage seminar. They were asked to write down the
name of a family whom they most admired as being a happily married
couple. They wrote down "John and Linda McGhee" and later shared this
with John. This was both humbling and encouraging to John and Linda,
and they gave praise to their Heavenly Father for allowing them to have
such a happy marriage, as they served Him together.
Over the years, John and Linda continued to serve at the Mission's
International Headquarters. Several times, they expressed to the
Mission leadership their desire to change ministries and to go back to
the foreign mission field. Each time they were told that they were
really needed in their ministry at Headquarters. At least three of the
Executive Committee's wives shared with Linda that not just anyone can
minister, year after year at Headquarters. She was told by each woman
that they felt that the McGhees were well suited in their ministry and
that they needed to remain content where God had placed them!