For God so loved the world
that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not
perish but have eternal life.
(John 3:16 NLT)
Dear Beloved Friends and Family,
How wonderful is it that God loves and so he gives! We are so grateful to the Lord for his great love for you, and so grateful for all of the ways he gives to us all so that we might demonstrate and show his love throughout the world. Thank you for sharing in the love of Jesus!
God is answering your prayers that we will be a community of grace who partners well with others.
‘Thank you for looking after Kidu and Stephen. And thank you for responding to our desire for good training options in Australia,’ said Tony Kotauga, the director of Bible Translation Association, a Wycliffe partner organization in PNG who have sent two PNG students to study at SILA this year.
Then Tony gave Graham a PNG Kumuls rugby league jersey. He called this a ‘Memorandum of Friendship’ and signed the jersey, which he says means that he’s behind us. Graham was so touched!
Graham responded by getting his Maroons rugby league jersey out of his cupboard and giving it to Tony the next day to reciprocate. (The Maroons are the Queensland State of Origin team, which is like our All Stars match, with games played 3 times a year, and is probably the biggest deal in Australian rugby league). Then Graham signed it as the SILA CEO, and he invited the new, incoming Wycliffe Australia CEO (who was also given a PNG jersey that evening at the Wycliffe Australia Conference dinner) to sign it too, which he did.
Tony was visibly touched by this reciprocation, and we praise God for that! We thank the Lord for new friends and partnerships. God is good! Because he gives, we can give! Because he loves, we can love! Thank you for your partnership, which enables us to partner with others for the sake of the Bible translation movement around this world!
Recently, Ellie was speaking to her new hairdresser about what we do. And she asked, ‘Who pays you to do THAT?’ Ellie told her that we have a private donor base made up of Christians and churches who believe in the work and support us. She was blown away. Your gifts to us are truly a fragrant offering to the Lord and testify to his love.
A huge thank you to everyone who has pitched in to make it possible for us to get to Ellie’s parents’ 50th wedding anniversary celebration next month! God’s generosity shines through you guys, and we celebrate his goodness with you.
Praise the Lord, our tickets are booked, and we fly out to the USA on June 6th! We will be in the Wheaton area until June 24th, when we fly down to Florida to see Ellie’s folks, and we return to Australia on July 4th.
We will be sharing at Faith Bible Church in Joliet during their Sunday School hour on Sunday, June 16th. And we will be sharing at the Anglican Church of the Great Shepherd in Wheaton after their morning service on June 23rd. And then on June 30th, we will be sharing at Grace Baptist Church in LaBelle, Florida. We will make some Facebook events that you can RSVP to if you would like to come!
Please do let us know if you would like us to share with your small group. And of course, we’d love to see as many of you as possible while we’re there!
Good news from the Papuan Malay Bible translation team – they have added three new Papuan Malay translators. And the word on the street is that if the team can keep this pace up, they may very well finish the New Testament within 4 years! This news just warms our hearts.
Our friend and colleague, Belinda, shared about the incredible response that the Papuan Malay Bible stories are getting. In her local church, the story of the lost son was told in Papuan Malay. Afterwards, a man came forward with tears in his eyes. ‘That’s me. That’s my story!’ he cried, as he received the Lord Jesus Christ as his Saviour. May God continue to bless this work and use the team to touch many hearts and turn them to the Lord.
We’ve also been blown away this month to realise that Wycliffe accepted us as members in the Bible translation movement 20 years ago! Happy anniversary, us! We are amazed at God’s faithfulness to us all over the past 20 years, and we are humbled that he has called us into leadership in this movement as we serve with SIL Australia.
One thing that is clear to us this past year is that we are right where God wants us to be. And we pray that he will continue to bring alongside of us people to serve in this important task. There are still important positions to fill in SILA, and still lots of work to do in order to support this movement.
Thank you for standing with us. Thank you for loving and giving. Thank you for bowing before the Lord with us and asking him to give us all we need to do his will. May he continue to bless you and accomplish in you all that is pleasing to him.
Love and hugs,
Graham and Ellie
Please join us in praising God:
- for 20 years of faithfulness to us as Wycliffe members!
- for the ways he is allowing us to partner with others like Tony, Kidu and Stephen
- that we are able to travel to the US especially for Ellie’s parents’ 50th wedding anniversary
- for the new members of the Papuan Malay Bible translation team and their eagerness to serve the Lord
- Graham has just been cleared to begin some gentle running bursts again!
- Ellie has just recovered from an allergic reaction in time for travel, and she continues to lose weight on her medically-supervised and very strict diet
- SILA board meetings went really well, and many commented on what a good report Graham gave
- Ellie has been making some good progress again in her studies
Please join us in praying for:
- Tony, Stephen and Kidu as they benefit from their partnership with SILA and serve the Bible translation movement in PNG
- good connections with friends and family as we travel to the US
- good health while we travel, and hassle-free travel
- SILA key positions that need to be filled – deputy principal, business manager, administrative assistant, and board members
- the SILA team to cope well with Graham away in June
- upcoming SILA seminars – ‘Trends and Issues in Translation’ which will be held on June 11, while we are away; and ‘Languages Matter: Multilingualism, Development and Mission’ which we will be hosting on July 15, shortly after we return from our travel
- our continuing PhD studies
Electronic giving from anywhere in the world:
donate through any Wycliffe organisation worldwide—just include a note that it
is for Graham and Ellie Scott, ID#281522
can be set up at https://wycliffe.org.au/member/graham-ellie/
Australian cheques can be sent to Wycliffe Australia, 70 Graham Rd, Kangaroo Ground, VIC 3097, with a note that it is for “Graham and Ellie Scott.”
Donate online through Wycliffe USA — copy and paste this info: Graham and Ellie Scott ID#281522 into the Give to the Ministry of My Wycliffe Missionary page.
By check in the USA: Wycliffe Bible Translators P.O. Box 628200
Orlando, FL 32862; note it is for us, ID#281522
For US-based ongoing automatic giving, you can set up a Bill Pay through your bank by providing Wycliffe’s name and address: 11221 John Wycliffe Blvd; Orlando, Fl 32862 – and put as a reference our ID #281522 Graham and Ellie Scott. Or call 1-800-992-5433 to speak to a Wycliffe representative.
For partnership information/inquiries: Wycliffe Australia
70 Graham Rd, Kangaroo Ground, VIC 3097 firstname.lastname@example.org (03) 9712 2777