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Waaay back in June 2014, we arrived in Elkhart, Indiana to begin our service as full time missionaries. My second day at work (I’m in the office each Wednesday afternoon) we had a payer send off for a shipping container heading to the Republic of Congo. The container held parts to create a 300-foot radio tower and other items requested by a missionary hospital in the Congo. A colleague of mine turned to me on our way back to our desks and said “You will always remember this day. Your first send off. The realization of how truly international our work here is!”

That wasn’t an overstatement.



Fast-forward 18 months. Three colleagues and myself were boarding a long haul flight, heading to the Republic of Congo to rendezvous with that container. Traveling with me were two senior missionaries, on their last mission trip, heading to the hospital to erect that 300-foot tower. That tower would boost the radio signal from the hospital’s Christian radio station by hundreds of miles. I was to assist the hospital with the overwhelming nutritional needs of the patients and community. And the fourth member of our team was to collect impact stories of the mission and gather photos and videos to depict the important work being done on the ground.

Our time in Congo was intense. In a nutshell, I ended up banging on doors and lobbying aid organizations to assist the hospital in feeding its patients. This may have included trying to pry information from a warehouse watchman, convincing a heavily armed guard to let me into the United Nations compound for a meeting that I didn’t actually have scheduled, and dropping in on the country director for the World Food Program (hello fellow Canadian!). These were probably some of the most important weeks of my life. It’s incredible what you can do when you march forward in faith, prayer, and conviction.

By the time I left Congo there was a feeding program in place for the refugees staying at the hospital and promises of nutritional support for undernourished pregnant women and children. These were really great steps for the 10-year old mission hospital that, until this point, had never prepared a meal for patients (see photo below - now it does!)



However, what about those who aren't refugees?

You see, the hospital, like many in the developing world, doesn’t have resources to feed its patients. That care is the responsibility of a family member. But for some members of society – like refugees, widows and those who are outcast because of their illness(such as leprosy, which is prevalent in this area) – this isn’t an option, and has dire consequences. When I was residing at the hospital for those few weeks last year, a man, who was admitted for tuberculosis actually died of starvation while receiving treatment at the hospital.

Representative photo of hospital patient. Not the man with tuberculosis. Photo Credit: Joel Geurin

Unfortunately, due to mismanagement of resources and poor communication, it became apparent as 2016 progressed that the source of food for the refugee program was unreliable. And the risk of unreliability for such a vulnerable population is just simply too high.

In response to this, in September I partnered with Global Outreach Mission to launch a funding campaign to generate resources for food for the hospital. The task was ‘impossible’, needing to raise over $40,000 by year-end. But nothing is impossible for God. He did it. And by year-end!

In addition to the funds, we were able to partner with Ontario Gleaners, a Christian organization that gathers imperfect (yet still edible) produce from grocery stores and food manufacturers, plus donations from gardeners and farmers. They clean, dice, and dehydrate said food. It is packages into bags that, when reconstituted, serve 100 people a meal rich in micronutrients. Ontario Gleaners provides this food for free to missions in developing countries that are in need of it; all that is needed is the resources to ship it.

When Tom and I were in Ontario late November to renew our work visas for the USA, we had the honour of meeting with Ontario Gleaners and had a tour of their incredible facility. As a nutritionist who has seen so much malnutrition in the developing world, the barrels and barrels of dehydrated nutritious produce for those who need it in the developing world make my heart leap and soul sing! What a beautiful way to redeem ‘imperfect’ food and make it available for those who are less fortunate. I thank God for this organization!

And of course, because the world is so small, or because God is so amazing, the gentleman that gave us the tour is from my small home town of Dauphin, Manitoba. (The string of events that have happened over the past year are just so incredible!)

Using the funds generated by the funding campaign, we applied for and were approved for a shipment of two pallets of dehydrated produce for the hospital. These shipments are currently en route to the Republic of Congo for the hospital.



How great is our God!?!

Now, don't get me wrong. There is still much to be done. We need to purchase additional food in country, create a distribution system, train the cook, and assess the suitability and sustainability of the program. But, hey! These steps will be worked out in time. For now let's do a happy dance. And stay tuned regarding the next step in this amazing answer to prayer.

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Tom goes to Haiti. Scatliff Newsletter February 2017

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A few people have requested more frequent communication from us– so a goal for 2017 is to send you a newsletter each month! Below is a summary from Tom’s trip to Haiti, written by a colleague, Ted Miller. Ted and his wife Jean have served as missionaries for eighteen years.
 

Hi there!

My name is Ted, but I'm writing to tell you about Tom, as we are heading home from Haiti. I’ve been to Radio Lumiere, a radio station in Port-au-Prince, Haiti several times, but this was Tom’s first visit there.
 
Ted, Tom, and workers at Radio Lumiere

This trip is part of an ongoing project at SonSet Solutions (where Tom and Candice work, via Reach Beyond) to update the Radio Lumiere studios. Part of the project is to store their audio on computer servers, so it is always available for use. We call this the Audio Guardian system (AG for short). Because of the unique demands of Haiti and the unique demands of radio, we needed to design and program a unique computer system. I started writing the programs needed to run the AG program, but it was going to take forever to get all the details right. I dragged Tom into this project, so he has been spending part of his time writing some of the computer code that makes this system tick. When it came time to install the system, our department manager thought it would be a good idea for Tom to go with me and help with the installation. It turned out to be a great idea.

 
Tom during a training session

Having Tom along made it possible to do some things that I would not have been able to do by myself. There were several times that things came up where they said “This isn’t really going to work very well for us. Can you change the program so it….” and Tom always said “Yes, we can change that.” Every time he got it done, along with all the other stuff I had asked him to do. I’d often find Tom sitting on his bed in our room at the radio station, updating the computer programs well into the night.  Tom was also instrumental in communication, having a basic fluency in French, and provided the training for radio staff.

Over the past couple of weeks in Haiti we’ve installed all the equipment needed to store and use the new audio system: Three computer servers (along with clean power to nourish them), a separate network, and two computers with special radio playback software. The program we wrote to keep track of all the audio is running, and they have started putting in their songs. There is still more work to be done, but it is up and running.

I’ve never known such a mature 10-year-old as Tom. No, Tom isn’t a grade-school prodigy, but it has only been about 10 years since Tom met Jesus in a personal way. During those 10 years, Tom has learned more about his Lord, the Bible, and Christian life than a lot of people who have been saved for 40 years. During our 17 days of living together, we talked about a lot of different things, and Tom has learned about and thought about pretty much everything spiritual that came up during our conversations. I kept expecting to hit things Tom hadn’t heard about or thought about, but it just didn’t happen. He really understands what being a Christian is all about, including using his life in a way that counts for eternity.

Thank you for supporting Tom and his family in missions.  Because of him, and because of Him, we are able to reach further and assist more ministry partners, in greater ways.

Ted Miller, missionary with SonSet Solutions
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
December, 2016
 
Panoramic photo of Port-Au-Prince
(the arrow points to the Radio Lumiere studios where we worked and lived)
 
 
If you would like to join in the ministry that's happening through a financial contribution, there are three ways you can do so:
  • Call 1-888-354-4252 (Canada) or 1-800-873-4859 (in the USA)
  • Mail a cheque to the respective address below, indicating account 4110555 (Canada) or 110555 (USA) in the memo line.
  • Give online via this link (Canada) or this link (USA). On the Canadian site, please choose ‘give to a missionary’ from the dropdown list and write Scatliff 4110555 in the comment box.
  
 

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Year End Report. Scatliff Newsletter January 2017

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Thank you for being part of our team in 2016 – it was an incredible year! The following is my (Candice’s) attempt at summarizing some of the highlights.  If you ever want to know more about any aspect of what we do, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We could do coffee over the phone or, Lord willing, in person next time we are near you.  
Scatliff Family Photo
Jonathan (5) and Matthew (3)

Congo - In January I traveled to the Republic of Congo, Africa, to assist a rural missionary hospital. My job was to provide consultation and assistance in combating the rampant malnutrition in the area. In addition to creating radio content for the community on nutrition and health, and providing education to those in leadership at the hospital, it became apparent that what the hospital really needed was a feeding program for its patients. Until recently, the hospital simply did not have the resources to provide nourishment to inpatients. Food, as you can imagine, is instrumental to healing and health. I met with aide organizations in the area to try and secure resources for the hospital and, although that proved to be a great short-term option,
Candice and translators recording a nutrition and health radio program
in Congo
it became apparent as 2016 progressed that what the hospital desperately needed was a secure source for food. In September we launched a funding campaign to provide just that and, praise God and thanks to all of you who responded, so far we have received funds to supply the hospital with over a year’s worth of food!

I am eager to begin the implementation of this feeding program, but many details still need to be arranged. Please pray this will happen as soon as possible and the feeding program can be under way.  

India
Candice visiting with women believers in India
- In late February I joined a mission team from southern Manitoba and traveled to Hyderabad, India to work alongside a local church. As women, we were able to minister directly with other women in the country, something a male pastor cannot do. While there I also provided council on prevalent health concerns in the area and collected and tested water samples for safety. Unfortunately, the water in the area was confirmed to be toxically high in fluoride and also contained bacteria. Thankfully, the church I went with raised funds to place a fluoride filter on the well and they are returning at the end of this month to continue that project as well as other outreach programs. The challenges, persecution, and obstacles in India are like no other area I’ve been to. I’m thankful for this southern Manitoba church's long-term commitment to supporting the church in India, and am grateful I was able to assist in any way I could.

Interns - During the spring we hosted an intern from southern Manitoba for six weeks. It’s always fun and interesting to have a young adult living in your house! Along with helping SonSet Solutions (where we work on loan from Reach Beyond) with media content, he also helped us with home renovation projects. Brayden - thanks for coming!

Through the summer, Tom mentored a group of intern students that came from American engineering colleges. The intern program at SonSet Solutions is a great opportunity to challenge young people to use their formal education for the benefit of missions.  

Deputation
Boys ready for a long car ride
to Manitoba in June
- We spent the month of June updating churches, speaking with supporters, meeting with mission committees, and reconnecting with friends and family in Manitoba. It was a wonderfully exhausting month.
 
Visitors - We were back to work at the office in Elkhart in July, but had the blessing of hosting many visitors throughout the summer and fall. Nothing makes a place feel more at home than when someone comes and visits you! If you like broasted chicken, exposure to missions, and home renovation projects, we’ve got a guest room for you!

Haiti - We ended the year with Tom traveling to Haiti late November for three weeks. He installed computer software he designed for a Christian radio station in the capital, Port-Au-Prince. While there he also assisted in repairing some of the radio station infrastructure and studios.
Tom training the radio staff at
Radio Lumiere in Haiti
Tom’s French was an asset during the trip where he often served as translator. A more detailed report of Haiti will be sent out in a few weeks.
  
In addition to these highlights we worked at the office in Elkhart on various projects throughout the year.  As you can see, we work at a mission that is very internationally focused. During the first three quarters of 2016, SonSet Solutions assisted 142 ministries in 56 countries (year end total statistics aren’t yet available). It is only through the financial gifts and prayers of supporters that any of this work can be done. Please consider these projects, ministries, and outreaches to be yours just as much as ours, because without you, we would not be here.
 
If you would like to join in the ministry that's happening through a financial contribution, there are three ways you can do so:
  • Call 1-888-354-4252 (Canada) or 1-800-873-4859 (in the USA)
  • Mail a cheque to the respective address below, indicating account 4110555 (Canada) or 110555 (USA) in the memo line.
  • Give online via this link (Canada) or this link (USA). On the Canadian site, please choose ‘give to a missionary’ from the dropdown list and write Scatliff 4110555 in the comment box.
 
I look forward to what 2017 has in store for us as we continue to partner to bring the gospel to others.

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