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2 Timothy 2:15 *


May 2006

Dear Friends and Family,


How better to begin our letter to you than by expressing to you our heartfelt thanks for the blessing and encouragement that you are to us.  We greatly appreciate your eternal investment in the Lord’s work through our ministry with New Tribes Mission.  Thank you for praying for us.  Please be assured of our prayers for you as well.


* It is now over 32 years since we first entered the NTM training.  For several years now, the Mission has been gradually updating and expanding the missionary training courses.  We are thrilled to be able to share with you some of the latest news.


As you know, New Tribes Mission, in partnership with local churches and individual supporters, sends missionaries to the foreign mission field, with the sole purpose of sharing the Gospel with tribal people.  In order to better equip Christians in this all-important task, a new Missionary Training Center is being developed on 350 acres on the Lake of the Ozarks outside Camdenton, Missouri, the site of the mission's language institute. The Missionary Training Center will better equip and train missionaries to accelerate church planting efforts among the many yet unreached tribal peoples.


Currently NTM operates several mission institutes in various locations across the USA. Missionary candidates train at one of these centers for one year, followed by a year at the language institute in Missouri. This fall, all four training will be integrated into a one, two-year course, at the new center in Camdenton, Missouri.


Key benefits of the Missionary Training Center


More effective: One course will integrate spiritual preparation and practical cross-cultural skills.


More efficient: One location will require only one staff and one faculty.


More flexible: One training team can more quickly respond to the rapidly changing world and to the strategies NTM is developing to deal with challenges.


More capacity: Phase 1 will accommodate 200 students when classes begin in the fall of 2006. Phase 2 will make room for 400 students.


Thank you for praying for the entire staff at the Missionary Training Center in Missouri.  They still have a lot of work to be completed before the new semester begins this fall.


NTM owns 350 acres on the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks in Central Missouri. This provides plenty of room to expand the Missionary Training Center.


Please keep praying for our ministry in the NTM Medical Plan/Life Insurance office, as well as for us personally:


  • Our primary ministry is involved in administrating the NTM self-funded Medical Plan and we thank the Lord that things are going well.  There is never a “dull day” in our busy office, as we serve our fellow missionaries in helping to meet their medical needs, encouraging them, helping them with their medical claims, finding medical providers for them, etc.


  • In our last letter to you we asked for you to pray for the launching of the new NTM Life Insurance age-based policy and premiums.  Our programmer just couldn’t make the deadline “happen” on May 1st, so, Lord willing, it will begin June 1st.  We have been bombarded with literally hundreds of e-mails and phone calls to answer in the past 3-4 weeks from our fellow NTM missionaries from all over the world.


  • Thank you for praying for our sons here in Sanford.  Jeffrey is finishing up his Electrical Journeyman’s License.  David has just completed his third year of college.  This fall he will be enrolling at UCF, University of Central Florida which is about 11 miles from Sanford.


  • Pray for John as he greatly needs the Lord’s wisdom at work in the busy Medical Plan office.  We still don’t know about travel plan for this summer.


  • Please keep praying for Linda these days as she has been having severe hip and leg pain for many weeks.  We are continuing to see doctors and get treatment for her.


Once again, thank you for your prayers for our ministry.  We trust that you will have a wonderful summer.



Joyfully in Christ,


John & Linda (McGhee)


New Tribes Mission • 1000 East First Street • Sanford, FL 32771



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