In 1982, Scott Hayes studied at European Christian College in Vienna. During this time, he became acquainted with the Austrian church, EEM and a young Austrian girl named Sabine.
Scott married Sabine in May of 1984 in Vienna. In the same year, EEM founder Gwen Hensley invited Scott to join EEM. Scott began as the distribution manager, which included the responsibility to organize Bible smuggling between the years of 1984 and 1989. EEM relied upon partnerships with Christian organizations dedicated to working in secret for the Kingdom of God. During this time, Scott also worked with the book production process.
When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, the need for smuggling ended and EEM was able to ship commercially. While in charge of printing and book production, Scott went back to school to get his license as an offset printer, and to obtain a license to run a printing company to meet the demand for more Bibles. In the fall of 1989, he returned to the U.S. to finish his degree at Oklahoma Christian where he received a bachelor’s in both business and theology.
In 2004, Scott began his current role as publishing director. His present responsibilities include coordinating translating and editing, layout design, and negotiating with commercial printers who do the printing.
Initially, the role involved just a handful of projects each year. Now, EEM is publishing in over 20 different languages. Because of many technological advantages and gains in efficiency, the project list often includes up to 130 different projects per year.
When Scott was asked why he has worked for EEM for 35 years he said, “I have been able to adapt to EEM’s needs because I strongly believe in our mission to get the Word of God to the people of Eastern Europe. I have had the advantage of a front row seat to see God’s hands at work on a regular basis here.”
EEM is beyond thankful for Scott’s heart and 35 years of service with EEM to get the Word of God to the people of Eastern Europe!