May 2011

May 25, 2011:
Dear Friends,

Last month I asked for prayer that I and others would have time to develop training courses for the second year of the “Africa IT Connect” training program.  The term “I.T.” stands for Information Technology, and is commonly known as the support of computer systems, software, and the networks which enable work in today s world.  We have been busy developing a number of courses and the first set of classes begins in Kenya in less than two weeks!

2011 Burkina IT Connect
Thank you for remembering us in prayer; the courses are almost all developed now and we are putting the final touches on the remaining ones this week.  We have found that it is a challenge to develop an advanced technology course when someone else will be teaching it!  Please pray for the trainers and the students who are attending from central and eastern Africa during this two week class, June 6-17.  This training is really helping Africans gain the computer skills to support their coworkers who are doing Bible translation and literacy work on the front lines.  The students and instructors from the last course that was held in Burkina Faso in April are in the photo on the right.

At home Krista has been very busy this month coordinating the Baccalaureate preparations for the seniors of missionary families who are graduating in a few weeks.  The youth pastor at Jaars is new this year and has not coordinated one of these before, so he is heavily relying on Krista's experience with Baccalaureate over the last three years.  The parents of Juniors do the food preparation and serving for a baccalaureate meal, normally serving the families of the graduates, which end up being anywhere from 200 to 400 people.  The parents of Seniors handle the details to prepare the baccalaureate service where the graduates are recognized and a message is given along with special music.  There is quite a bit of work to pull this together, starting a couple of months ahead to collect photos of the seniors, and their biographical info to be read during the service.  My role is to produce the PowerPoint presentation this time to show a series of photos for each student, but it's a minor job compared to all of the other coordination efforts that Krista has put forth, making this a special and memorable event for the graduates and their families.  Anyone who knows Krista will recognize that she functions well in the event coordination role, and this has been a blessing to the youth leaders at Jaars and the parents of graduating seniors.

Nick is wrapping up his senior high school year and looking to the summer months when he will work at his job on a horse ranch and then to college this fall at Liberty University.  Please pray that he will feel the Lord s leading about which major to pursue, or at least the general track of courses to start with.  He will be attending orientation on June 17-18, so we would especially appreciate your prayers for him during that time when he will meet with guidance counselors at Liberty to start firming up the plans for this fall and registering for classes.

Right now Amanda is taking a five week summer Biology course at Appalachian State University to keep on track with her major in Nutrition.  We are thankful that she was able to find reasonable cost housing during this period with a family from the church she attends there.  Following this course she plans to come back to our home in Waxhaw and she hopes to find some work for the following half of the summer until college begins again in the fall.  Please pray that the Lord would open up a job which would provide some income for her and also build relevant experience that will be helpful for the future.

We are blessed to be using our skills to serve the Lord!  Thank you for lifting us up in prayer to the Lord!

In Christ,
Hank & Krista Scott
Wycliffe Bible Translators