Wednesday, January 15, 2020

And the count-down begins...

Our time on home assignment has been quite the blessing. We’ve been able to meet with family, friends and ministry partners, speak at churches and schools, participate in the ministries of our home church and attend training at Wycliffe and Samaritan’s Purse. Kathy even got to substitute teach a few times! We continue to get ready to return to our roles in PNG by completing our medical checks, preparing new curricula for school, and delivering a security orientation for new members in Ukarumpa by video conference. We are focused on our return to Papua New Guinea and anticipate returning at the end of March, but this means that we need to reach our full budget by February 28th. This will allow us time to finalize preparations, purchase airline tickets and return our long term vehicle rental to St. Louis. Kathy is looking forward to returning to her administrative and teaching roles at Ukarumpa International School, and Scott is needed to manage the myriad of ongoing security issues that occur in the field. Would you consider being part of our team? We are still short $974 per month to reach that  goal, and we need people who can financially partner with our Wycliffe ministry on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis. We are grateful to our new partners joining us this year- thank you for allowing us to continue to support Bible translation in Papua New Guinea!

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So frosty!

We have actually been enjoying winter in New Hampshire, and have done our fair share of shoveling and playing in the snow. We are grateful to our home church for a warm place to live, supportive friends and family, and being able to walk downtown to the library and gym. Please pray for our upcoming transition back to the field; the difference in climate is only one of the many major re-adjustments that we will need to make, so we can continue to thrive in Ukarumpa and be obedient to God’s call overseas. 

Prayer Points...

• Papua New Guinea (PNG): Pray for the children attending Bible Camp, taking place in the Aiyura Valley this week.

• Bible translation: Pray for 4 upcoming New Testament dedications happening in 2020.

• Our roles in PNG: Pray for the new semester beginning at Ukarumpa International School and for a peaceful resolution to tribal conflicts in the valley.

• PNG training: Pray for the upcoming Field Training Course for new missionaries in PNG starting on January 27.

• God’s provision: Please pray for God’s provision of new regular financial partners for our Wycliffe ministry so we can continue to serve in the ministries God has called us to in Papua New Guinea.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Happy New Year!!

We pray for a happy and safe New Year for all of you, and for God's abundant blessings on you and your family in 2020! 

We are needed back in PNG by the end of March, but by January 31st, we hope to have regular, committed partners to cover 100% of our budget, so we will be released to purchase plane tickets.  Would you help us reach our goal? Did you know that your pledge for a specific amount helps us reach that goal, and your year-end and/or monthly donations are tax-deductible? Would you prayerfully consider becoming a monthly, quarterly or annual partner with our Wycliffe ministry?

If you prefer to partner through the mail, use the instructions below:

Tax Deductible Checks can be made out to:

"Wycliffe Bible Translators"

Please leave the memo line blank, and include a separate note:

"Preference for the Wycliffe ministry of Scott & Kathy Watson - Account # 305081"

Mail to: Wycliffe Bible Translators, PO Box 628200, Orlando, FL 32862-8200

Friday, December 20, 2019

Merry Christmas from Scott & Kathy!

This Christmas is a long way from Papua New Guinea as we celebrate in the Northeast!  We are clearly adjusting slowly...

Prayer Points: 

  • Papua New Guinea: Pray for God’s grace and wisdom for all those in government and a peaceful new year.

  • Bible translation: Pray for the  New Testaments to be dedicated in their language groups this year.

  • Our roles in PNG: Pray for wisdom as Scott and Kathy prepare to return to their roles in Papua New Guinea in March, God-willing. 

  • Go's provision: Pray for God to continue to provide through His people; we are still short $1024 per month to reach 100% of our Wycliffe budget in order to be released to return to PNG. We pray for His abundant blessing on our partners & their families throughout 2020.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Living in Two Worlds in 2019

Over the last 5 and a half years, Hegio and her daughter Nene Koki (above) have been instrumental in helping us to learn about Papua New Guinean culture. In June, as we prepared to leave for home assignment, we wanted to give Hegio a gift. Since she had never learned to read or write, we gave her a solar-powered audioBible in her Kamano-Kafe heart language. Her grateful response was that it “strongim bel na bilip b’long mi”, which is Tok Pisin for it “strengthened her heart and faith”. That is exactly what God’s Word does for all who read, hear and meditate upon its precepts. The Bible has made all the difference in our own lives and we are grateful to play a role in supporting the translation efforts in Papua New Guinea. During this home assignment, we have also been deeply blessed by all of you who have welcomed us back so warmly to the US. Living in two worlds comes with many challenging transitions, but being a part of the body of Christ means we never have to go through them alone, and for this we are eternally grateful!

We were so grateful to attend the Wycliffe Connection in Orlando, FL in October. The training and debriefing helped to further equip us to be successful in the field. It was also a huge blessing to reconnect with colleagues from PNG, as well as meet others serving with Wycliffe around the world- God is  working in wonderful ways!

You and your family are in our prayers. We appreciate your prayers and your financial partnership with our Wycliffe ministry; you allow us to continue to serve in our roles in Papua New Guinea.




Glimpses of 2019...