By Elizabeth Tenety
Scott and Jean Adam, two of the four Americans killed by pirate captors off the coast of Somalia, were not just adventure-seekers sailing a nearly decade-long cruise around the world. According to their own writings, the couple was using their global excursions as an opportunity to spread the Gospel. Even the name of their 58-foot vessel, the Quest, was a nod to the Christian organization funding their mission.
On their Web site, they detailed their mission to share the Bible with people around the world “to allow the power of the Word to transform lives.”
We seek fertile ground for the Word and homes for our Bibles. Often, the ultimate homes are best found by people who are already living locally and seeking and cultivating that fertile ground. AND even more extraordinary are the times when people have been praying for Bibles for their group or their schools and when we arrive we are often greeted by the attitude of, “We were expecting you.” (that is, they were looking for their prayers to be answered. And…) “What took you so long?” Additionally, we are often an amazing encouragement to folks who are long past “the honeymoon” stage of their ministry!
Anytime we have workers on the boat or come into the dock and have an opportunity to talk to people we find more homes for our Bibles.
Their Web site says that they shared Catholic and Protestant translations of the Bible with people from Mexico to the Cook Islands and linked to Catholic and evangelical Web sites. Jean wrote:
“Often people have an agenda behind their “gifts.” Scott & I feel that we can do more as “unassociated missionaries.” (Our only association is that of fiscal oversight by the Quest Mission Church in Bakersfield.) This allows us to follow the Spirit as we search for “homes” for our Bibles.
“Religion is an important and sustaining force in my life,” Jean wrote in one entry.
A church associate, Greg Statezni, has more insight on the couple in a story at Bakersfieldnow.com:
The two met when Adam came to Bakersfield in 2001 to do field study work as part of his seminary training at Quest church, then located in a warehouse in Oildale. During his stay, Statezni says Adam was impressed with the church’s effort to reach the homeless.
“[Scott] thought to have a yacht and be able to distribute bibles by just going into different harbors and handing them out,” said Statezni.
More details, this from an AP report titled, “Hijacked Ca. sailor sought to mix faith, adventure”
Adam, now in his mid-60s, had been an associate producer in Hollywood when he turned in a spiritual direction and enrolled in the seminary a decade ago, Johnston said.
“He decided he could take his pension, and he wanted to serve God and humankind,” he said.
“He was sailing around the world and serving God, two of his passions,” Johnston said.
This post will be updated as more information about the Adams and their passengers becomes available.