Operation Patriots for Children

On today’s episode of the Defender podcast, join us for an inspiring conversation with Scott and Lynne Watson, a devoted couple with a heart for philanthropy and family. Married for over 40 years, they’ve embarked on incredible cycling adventures, including a 3,400-mile journey across the USA, raising $700,000 for charity. Now, they’re gearing up for the BamaRama500!, a 500-mile ride benefiting causes, including Lifeline. With Scott’s military background, their mission takes on a deeply personal meaning as they support veterans’ families pursuing adoption and post-adoption services. Tune in to hear their story of love, dedication, and community, and discover how you can join them in making a meaningful impact.


Scott and Lynne Watson are dedicated followers of Jesus, have been married for over 40 years, are parents of five, and grandparents to nine. Two of their children were adopted from China, and five of their grandchildren were adopted. 

In 2022, Scott and Lynne embarked on a remarkable journey, cycling 3,400 miles across the USA with Scott’s USNA ’83 classmates to raise funds for various causes. Their efforts have raised over $700,000 to date. This year, their team is set to embark on the BamaRama500!—a 500-mile ride from Huntsville to Orange Beach, Alabama, starting on October 4. The ride will benefit several veteran causes, including Lifeline’s Operation Patriots for Children. Scott will be participating in the ride, while Lynne will lead the support team.


Herbie Newell is the President & Executive Director of Lifeline Children’s Services and its ministry arms.


Dr. Rick Morton is the Vice President of Engagement at Lifeline Children’s Services.


On today’s episode, you will hear from Scott Watson, a U.S. military veteran who continues to make a significant impact in the lives of others. Scott dedicates his life to raising funds for charities through long-distance cycling. This year, he has chosen Lifeline Children’s Services to be his charity partner for his upcoming ride, the BamaRama500! Scott’s goal is to raise $125,000 to support Lifeline’s Operation Patriots for Children, a fund that assists veterans’ families in pursuing adoption and post-adoption services.

Visit lifelinechild.org/veteran to make a donation to Scott’s cycling efforts and bring hope to vulnerable children today.


The mission of Lifeline Children’s Services is to equip the Body of Christ to manifest the gospel to vulnerable children. Our vision is for vulnerable children and their communities to be transformed by the gospel and to make disciples. 


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