Merry Christmas! Scatliff Newsletter Christmas 2014

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Moringa leaves: packed with micronutrients and complete proteins, these hold promise for helping combat malnutrition in Haiti.
“There! There!!” shouted all seven moms, pointing to a large lush tree just off the dirt path we were traveling down. A moringa tree! With leaves rich in vitamins and minerals, and a rare plant source of complete protein, the moringa tree holds promise for combating malnutrition, a condition so rampant in Haiti. I was pleased to have come across a moringa tree while on our way back from the market in Cap Haitien, but I was even more pleased to know that the orphanage’s house moms knew of the nutritional promise it held and how to harvest the leaves.
Candice leading nutrition workshops with Kids Alive International orphanage staff. Click here to read more.
Late November I (Candice) spent nine days in Haiti on a 10-person work team. We served at a partner ministry, Kids Alive International, an orphanage caring for children, most of whom were orphaned after the earthquake of early 2010. Our work team ran a medical clinic, worked on construction projects, and I headed up various nutrition workshops. I am thankful for the time I got to spend empowering and encouraging Haitian women who pour their hearts into caring for children at risk. I know in my heart this is the start of a long-term relationship, and for this I am very thankful. I am much less thankful for the tarantula we found in the kitchen and the four-foot snake on the construction site, but I guess that just comes with the territory of being on a mission field.
Water pump monitoring engineering and design team. Click here to read more.
Back home in Elkhart Tom and his engineering team continue to put their heads together and pour their hearts into water pump monitors. A team member just returned from Kenya where he helped install water pumps with monitor units in various rural villages.  The monitoring units are now installed and working in five different countries. It has been awesome to witness what can be accomplished when godly men set their sites on meeting others’ basic human needs. We have now wrapped up work at the office for the year and have hit the highway as a family. We are visiting our supporting churches, family and friends in the Manitoba area over the Christmas season and into late January. We are very much excited for this time of reconnecting and keeping you up to date on your investments with us in the mission field. If you are in the area, we’d love to get together! Please drop us a line so we can set something up: candice.and.tom@gmail.com Also, as we approach year-end, we’d love it if you’d consider supporting us with a special one-time gift. I am hoping to take the distance course Principles and Practices of Community Health, to expand my knowledge of community development from a Christian perspective. The course is $600 and I’m required to raise the funds prior to starting the course. Year-end giving could mean an early new-year start!  Click here for easy giving online and more information. Thank you so much for your friendship, support, and encouragement in 2014. It has been an incredible year for us and we are so thankful you have been along for the ride. We wish you all the best in this beautiful Christmas season and may God bless you in 2015. Thank you for being part of our lives!

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Community Health Course

Posted by Candice Scatliff, With 0 Comments, Category: Blog Post,
As I wrap up my reports on Haiti and look ahead to the new year, I yearn to expand my knowledge in community health in relation to the Gospel. The distance course Principles and Practices of Community Health offered by King College addresses just that, and comes highly recommended by a colleague. I would love to take this distance education course to be better equipped in a field I'm so passionate about. Would you be willing to help me do this? Would you consider investing in developing me as I help develop this new area of community development at the Technology Center (soon to be SonSet Solutions)?  I'm required to raise the $600USD to cover the cost of the course - and every bit adds up! I am hopeful that year-end giving may result in a early new-year start. Donations are tax receipt-able in both US and Canada.  Canadians, please use this donate button:

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Thank you so much for your support!

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Haiti

Posted by Candice Scatliff, With 0 Comments, Category: Blog Post,
On November 28th I joined an awesome team of ten individuals and traveled to Cap Haitien, Haiti. lirdy.com-C_tomscatliff-93fcb6f1-5cd9-473c-9d0d-d39384bd352d   We served at a partner ministry, Kids Alive International, which is an orphanage for at-risk children in a poverty stricken area of Haiti. Most of the children in their care were orphaned in the January 2010 earthquake. lirdy.com-C_tomscatliff-3bf54c4f-09b5-4059-b8de-d9eeed78bc35 While there, each of our ten-person team put their personal passions and expertise to work. We had six men with construction backgrounds. These men spent an entire week tying rebar, running electrical and plumbing, and tending to odd-jobs that needed work around the Kids Alive compound. With servants hearts and a strong work ethic, these men got more done in a week than I ever dreamed possible.  
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  A colleague of mine at the Technology Center (soon to be SonSet Solutions) is a nurse. She and her daughter ran a health clinic to assess all the children and house parents for visual acuity and overall health.  
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I spent most the week running nutrition and health workshops for the orphanage's house moms (each mom runs a household that includes 10-12 orphans plus their own biological family), the school teachers, cooks, and the independent girls (those transitioning from living at the orphanage to living in the community as adults). I am so thankful for the opportunity to encourage and support women who pour their hearts and lives into the children of Kids Alive. During the nutrition and health workshops we shared, we learned, we encouraged each other, we laughed, and we built relationships. I am forever moved by the courage of these women who have such great responsibility. It was a privileged to support them in this way. May the Lord protect them and keep them!  
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  After nine days in Haiti, I left inspired, overwhelmed, encouraged, defeated, uplifted, and humbled. Haiti is a country with deep spiritual deceptions and health problems, but it is also a country of passionate and hard working people who want to be part of the solution. Thank you so much to everyone who support us in prayer and finances. Without you I couldn't do such work with these incredible people. Please know that your investments in our ministries make all the difference. Thank you. From the bottom of my heart!   lirdy.com-C_tomscatliff-7c3f11ee-bb72-43c8-90b2-3408b9826115 (1)

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