On February 17th 2010, the Pacific Link, sailing from New Zealand, arrived in Newcastle for the beginning of the Australia and PNG Medical Ship Tour. An unsuspecting Matt Scott who had joined the ship in his home country of New Zealand was busy working on board in the ship’s engine room. Once in Newcastle, Anna, also unsuspecting and part of YWAM Townsville’s Public Relations team jumped on board.
So was it love at first sight?
“I think it was more through the conversations we first had” explained Anna. It only took a couple of weeks for the pair to realise that they shared a special like-mindedness and of course a mutual attraction! Anna recounts, “It was great that we both not only wanted to do outreaches in PNG, but we had a mutual spirit of wanting adventures too.” Even the way that Matt proposed to Anna reflects their love of adventure. “He proposed on top of a mountain range where I grew up. I was enjoying watching the sunset and next thing he was asking me to marry him”, she smiled.
Having now been married for a year and a half, the cosy couple are happy to discuss their vision for the future. Anna says, “We both have a passion for community development in PNG; to see improved quality of life and sustainable improvement in the rural communities where we work.”
The Scotts are looking forward to jumping back on the ship this year for another three outreaches. Matt shares, “we have so many friends in the Gulf Province now so we love going back to catch up with them.” One of Matt’s particular passions is to get alongside the men in the villages, work and play rugby with them, draw out of them purpose and passion for life.
Not only can we admire this couple’s love for each other but also their ongoing love for PNG. A type of love which is not just focused on ‘getting the job done’ but a love focused on investing in long-term friendships and change.