in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own
understanding; In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct
Dear Praying Friends,
the McGhee family here in Sanford, Florida.
appreciate your prayers for Linda these days. She has been
undergoing some extensive medical tests. At first, she thought it
was her gall bladder that was causing her so much pain and
discomfort, but an ultrasound three weeks ago revealed that her
problem may not be from her gall bladder. An Upper GI series test
taken the same day indicated that her problem was possibly
gastritis. Two more big tests that were done at a surgery center
last week and they also didnt reveal any specific problem.
Yesterday, she had a nuclear test done at the Sanford Hospital and
it too was inconclusive. She is now scheduled for another test at
the hospital, early in the New Year. The doctor has pretty well
ruled out a gall bladder problem, so at this time, we really dont
know what is causing her so much pain and discomfort. We are
trusting the Lord for healing. Thank you for praying. Also,
working in the Medical Plan office, we see many bills, and now it
our turn to trust the Lord ourselves in meeting this additional
financial need. God is so wonderfully faithful and we thank Him for
His goodness and provision to us, through you.
We are having a
relatively warm winter so far, here in Florida, especially when
compared to many other parts of our country. We are very thankful
that we didnt get hit with any hurricanes here in the
Sanford/Orlando area this year. That certainly was a blessing, for
which we thank the Lord.
We trust that
you had a wonderful Christmas and that you have a very Happy New
year in 2006.
thank you for your gifts to us. You are a wonderful blessing!
John & Linda McGhee
Papua New Guinea:
Just yesterday, three and a half months of evangelistic Bible
lessons for the Wuzarambya people came to a climax with a clear
presentation of the Gospel and a challenge.
Teaching started in Sindeni village on Sept. 12 and moved in
chronological order through key Bible passages from Creation to, on
Thursday, the Ascension of Christ. Attendance and weather were good
for the final week of lessons.
"Throughout the week people listened as one by one, prophesies were
being fulfilled in Christ," wrote missionaries Andrew and Cathy Goud.
Andrew has been teaching the lessons, supported by his wife and his
co-workers, Terry and Rosie Banman and Darryl and Becky Jordan.
"First, one of Jesus' own disciples betrayed Him. Then He was taken
away where He was met by a multitude of false accusations, though
none could be proven. Finally they 'accused' Him of being Christ,
the One anointed to be our Saviour and King, and Jesus agreed,"
He narrated while the scenes were acted out, including the beatings
and the crucifixion.
One woman began to wail the way the Wuzarambyans mourn when someone
dies. Most of the people were downcast. "They were beginning to
understand all that Jesus had to endure to set us free from Satan,
sin and death," Andrew wrote.
"He then uttered His last words -- 'It is finished!' -- and He died.
Jesus had finished all of the work needed to save us. Then the
victory -- Jesus was victorious over Satan and death as He rose to
life again on the third day. The Great Commission followed --'Now
take what I've taught you and go and tell the world!'" Andrew wrote.
"From the day Adam sinned against God, God had promised a Saviour
who would defeat Satan, sin and death. Only those who believe that
to be true could be saved. 'Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you
will be saved,'" Andrew taught from Gods Word.
"We concluded yesterday with a challenge," Andrew wrote. He taught,
"Some time ago you heard that Abraham believed and God credited it
to him as righteousness. God saw Noah as righteous because he
believed God's Word. When we believe God's Word, God sees us as
righteous in Christ. Do you believe? Do you believe that you have
sinned before our holy God? Do you believe that your sin is worthy
of death, eternal separation from God in Hell ...?
"Do you believe that you yourself can do nothing about your sin?
Going to church won't save you. ... Being good to others won't save
you. Following God's laws won't save you. Even if you do good now,
what about your past sins?
"Do you believe that only God can save you from sin, Satan and
death? Do you believe that the Saviour whom God promised to send is
Jesus? ... Do you believe that because of the shed blood of Christ
that your sins have been forgiven and that you are now able to live
with God once again and you can please him now?
"Do you believe all that? Then my friend you are now in the family
of God and God's Spirit is in you!"
Some of the people appear to have understood and believed, but the
missionary team is proceeding cautiously.
"Experience has taught us that people can learn the right words to
make us think they believe, just like they learn the right words
[magic] to make their gardens grow," Andrew wrote. "Rather than
elicit testimonies which can easily be repeated we want to allow
time for God to change their lives."
"Pray that a good number of listeners ... have accepted or are ready
to accept the truths that they have heard during these past three
to you by John & Linda McGhee
Missionaries with New Tribes Mission
Adapted from NTM.org, January 2006