A Challenge and a Step
1973, John and Lynn McGhee were living and working in Toronto. The
previous year they had bought a pioneer log cabin, on 23 areas of land
that had a little trout stream running through it. They would drive the
75 miles to the cabin each Friday and return to Toronto Sunday evening.
Things appeared to be going well for John and Lynn. However, the land
and the log cabin soon became the most important part of their lives.
That is, until God challenged them with a question:
"Are you really satisfied with living your life
only for a pioneer log cabin on 23 acres of land, with a trout stream?"
The Lord used this question to speak to both of their hearts and they
had to answer honestly, "No, Lord, this won't bring us real
satisfaction. What do You want us to do, Lord?"
Soon, the log cabin and land went up for sale. It sold within a week.
Through the sale of their log cabin and land, the Lord brought them into
contact with a Christian mission organization called New Tribes
Mission. The Canadian NTM Headquarters and Training Center was located
just a few miles from their cabin. Just after their cabin sold, John
and Lynn stopped by the NTM Headquarters to ask if anyone could use some
of their old furniture and garden tools. They came away with a handful
of literature and a challenge from the Lord that there was work for them
to do on the foreign mission field. Never before had they heard that
there were still tribal people who had never once heard the Name of
Jesus. These were people who had unwritten languages and, therefore,
they didn't have the Bible in their own mother tongue. They were lost
for all eternity, with no one to show them the Way.
John and Lynn entered into the training with New Tribes Mission in
February 1974, in Canada, the same exact time that Linda had begun her
NTM training at Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania.