Photo Credit: Stephen Peacock, Manufacturing Manager, conducting field testing in the Central African Republic
The Technology Center in Elkhart, IN has partnered with ICDI (Integrated Community Development International) since 2003 in support of Christian radio broadcasting in the Central African Republic. The Technology Center has also helped establish satellite-based Internet connectivity for their well drilling operation that has provided access to clean water for numerous villages throughout the Central African Republic.
Drilling wells is a very difficult and expensive job. Supplies for the wells must be shipped more than a thousand miles overland on mostly unpaved roads. In most of the country, the wells must be drilled through hard granite or shale before finding pure drinking water. The average depth of the wells is 180 feet, but some wells reach depths of over 450 feet. The Technology Center Machine Shop has designing a new gearbox for the pumps, in addition to making spare shafts for the existing pumps.
It is projects such as these that we are most excited about being a part of. We are anxious to get to Elkhart, and get to work!
Not sure about your house, but ours is welcoming spring with open arms! Time to wipe the dust off the shoes and get back outside!
What else are we welcoming with open arms? Reaching 50% of our required monthly funding. That’s right – we are half way there! To celebrate (and rejuvenate) we are planning a trip to Elkhart, Indiana to visit the team currently on the ground and gain a greater appreciation for what life will be like when we reach our 100% goal (God willing, in 2013). For those of you just joining our newsletter
list (welcome!) here’s a recap: my husband Tom, an engineer by trade and radio enthusiast by heart, and I, a nutritionist, are teaming up with HCJB Global, an international mission organization that serves throughout the globe via media and healthcare ministries. We will be based in Elkhart, IN at the Technology Center. We are currently in the support raising stage, needing to reach 100% of our monthly needs pledged before being able to leave for the field.
Support raising has been challenging, to be sure, but also very wonderful. We have been stretched outside our comfort zone countless times… And met so many amazing people and gained numerous friends. You can read about the process, prayer requests, and progress on our blog: candiceandtom.com
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To help us climb the second 50%, we are currently seeking advocates.
What’s an advocate? People who are willing to advocate on our behalf by telling others about our ministry, or hosting a small gathering at their house. We have nearly exhausted our own network, and now are relying on that of others to reach those who God has destined for our sending team. Prayerfully consider:
Would you be willing to advocate for us?
on the home front: Our son Jonathan turned 2 earlier this month. He is blossoming into such a kind little boy. He has his moments (don’t we all?), but I’m so proud of the little peanut he’s turning into.
When you have a minute, we’d love to hear from you.
Tom and Candice Scatliff
We have many wonderful, wonderful supporters. We simply wouldn’t be going to Elkhart without every single one of them. There’s no words to express how grateful we are when someone joins our sending team - May it be credited to your account in heaven!
In addition to individuals and families, we are now approaching churches for potential support. We are ELATED to have had one come on board already and are SUPER PUMPED that we are on tonight’s agenda for discussion at another church.
Please, PLEASE continue to walk with us during this time and keep these mission committees in prayer. May the Lord bring our team together in 2013!!
Our support level!!!! WHOOHOOO!!!
Yes, praise God we now have 50% of our required monthly suport pledged! This is a major milestone for us and we couldn’t be more grateful!
The climb to 100% is getting more challenging, so we ask you to join us in prayer that we WILL reach this in 2013!!
We have some really big things going on and would love it if you could join us in submitting them to prayer:
- Work visa. We have an immigration lawyer reviewing our file… May the Lord grant him great wisdom!
- Support team. A few churches and families are currently contemplating supporting us financially. Again, may the Lord’s direction be clear and His will be done!!
- At times I get a little overwhelmed with this whole process… May I be more attuned to God’s peace and walk confidently in the Lord.
Thank you to all of you who hold us up in prayer. You are invaluable to our team and mean so much to us! If you have something we can pray for you for, please don’t hesitate to contact us through the email thingy on the upper right hand side of this page.
Today, our first born turned two.
Let me introduce you to Jonathan:
Interests: He loves all things rockets, dinosaurs, and trains.
Favorite food: Sushi (relax, we only give him vegetarian sushi). He loves it so much he carries around a sushi menu just to gaze at and drool on. I’m not kidding.
Favorite past times: Playing with his train set and lego, doing puzzles, making you make things ouf of play dough, clearing out the tupperware cabinet and climbing inside to hide.
Favorite stuffed animals: Dino and Teddy. There is no sleeping without them both.
Favorite show: Mommy is pretty stingy with the screen time, but when it’s a special occasion she’ll YouTube a rocket launch and it just mesmerizes him. Everything from the announcer going through all the pre-launch data, the count down and the blast off, to the announcer checking off Machs and altitudes… It’s all so captivating to JayJay.
He is sensitive and caring with a great sense of humour. He is an observer-then-doer, meticulous, and thoughtful. He is very smart, but hasn’t yet harnessed that to be bad. If he is around people he doesn’t know, he appears to be a quiet kid… But once he relaxes, it becomes clear why we call him Parrot.
Happy 2nd birthday Jonathan! You will always be our baby XOXOXOX