weighing the cost of a short term service trip

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The cost of travel for mission work can be overwhelming. My trip to Haiti this past November and the upcoming trip to Peru in June puts a squeeze on our already short-funded ministry account, but instead of focusing on finances and dollars, I vow to focus on the impact we can have on the lives of others. Because that is priceless. And no matter what it does to our support account, we will continue stepping out in faith and trust the Lord to provide for our needs while we continue to provide for the needs of others.

Below is a short story written by a colleague of mine on the impact health care ministries can have on the life of an individual in another country.  It is a true story and a true reminder of how priceless our call to love our brothers and sisters is.

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Emmanuel (God with us) used to go by another name. His name today reflects a change that has come about in his life. But he did not always believe that God was with him.

He was afflicted with a disease known as “elephantiasis” characterized by massive swelling of the arms, legs or trunk.

Emmanuel had been suffering with elephantiasis for years. His leg was swollen and the skin had broken down causing a huge open wound over the bottom third of his leg. Emmanuel believed that it was caused by evil spirits.

When I saw Emmanuel for the first time, he was waiting with all the other patients under the hot sun to be seen by a doctor. I saw that his lower leg was covered with filthy rags so I decided to go ahead and clean it up to make it easier for the doctors to see what the problem was.

As I took the rags away, my heart sank at the sight of what looked to be a huge open sore on Emmanuel's leg and foot. “Necrosis” usually needs to be surgically removed and I was fearful that Emmanuel would lose his foot. However, as I gently cleaned the wound, I realized that the black appearance had to do with local remedies and leaves that had been applied. There was a huge sore there, but maybe this leg could be saved.

Abandoned by family and friends because of this horrendous condition, he had nobody to take him to the hospital and nobody to help pay his bills.

We praise God that at Reach Beyond we have donors who care about people like Emmanuel and so we agreed to pay for his dressing changes. The local Ghanaian church agreed to pay Emmanuel's bus fare to the hospital each week.

Two months later, the missionary doctors who treated him went back.  His leg was healed and through receiving love and kindness from the local church he listened to the Word of God and had committed his life to Christ. He was transformed!

Now no longer in fear of the spirits who he thought had attacked his life, he changed his name to  Emmanuel, God with him—all the time!

Was it worth it?  All that expense to take a team to Ghana? All that time and energy?

Ask Emmanuel.

 


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radio ain’t dead

Posted by Candice Scatliff, With 0 Comments, Category: Blog Post, Newsletters,

When solar-powered radios leave the shipping dock in Elkhart, Indiana, the impact they have in other parts of the world may never be known in this lifetime. Not so with Mbutu. His story returns with great encouragement and determination to those who help design (that's Tom!) and ship these little portable missionaries at SonSet Solutions.

WitchDoctor1-150x150Mbutu’s story begins when he walked for two days to reach a remote radio station in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But his journey was worth every step. When he arrived at the station, he shared his amazing story.

Mbutu was a village witchdoctor who practiced black arts. His life was devoted to casting spells, trying to control natural elements, and offering useless cures to those who were sick. But something happened to him that changed his life forever.

Months earlier, staff from the radio station had provided SonSet® radios to people in the village, including Mbutu. SonSet Radios are solar-powered so there’s never a need for batteries. They are also fix-tuned to the local Christian radio station.

As he listened to the gospel through his own radio, he learned of the One who really controls the universe. More importantly, he learned about the love of Jesus and His offer of forgiveness and redemption. Mbutu was so touched by the message, he became compelled to give up his life as a witchdoctor and become a follower of Jesus Christ.

Today, Mbutu travels from village to village teaching other witchdoctors the truth of God’s Word. And because of his encounter with Jesus through a small solar-powered radio, many former witchdoctors are now pastors in new village churches.

This, people, is a true story about life change via SonSet radios. This is why we do what we do. This is why we relocated to Elkhart, IN: To be part of the amazing work at SonSet Solutions! This is one of many stories, and the radios is only one of many projects, that touch lives around the globe. And this is why we ask for support - so we can continue to propel life-changing ministries! Learn how you can help us continue to do what we are doing! 



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‘blizzard’

Posted by Candice Scatliff, With 0 Comments, Category: Blog Post, Newsletters,

The past few days our area here in Indiana has received a lot of snow. Well, not lots, if you are Canadians, but lots for this area. So much so a Disaster Emergency Declaration was issued and no travel was permitted on Elkhart country roads between Saturday 3:00pm (when the advisory was issued) and noon on Sunday. Seriously, the whole town was shut down! No one was out on the roads, church was cancelled and everyone was to spend their long weekend inside... Interesting!

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Home!

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We are now back home in Indiana, and will be back in the office starting tomorrow. What an incredible time we had in Manitoba! We are so thankful for all the friends, family, supporters, missions committees we got to spend time with, and for so many speaking engagements. We are recovering from exhausting, but are certainly refreshed, revived and raring to get back to work!

 

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HMA in MB

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After spending a wonderful Christmas with our families here in Manitoba, we are now on Home Mission Assignment (otherwise known as HMA, deputation, or furlough). In a nutshell that means we are spending our time traveling and updating churches, friends, family, and supporters in the Manitoba area.

Last week we were at Faith Evangelical Bible Church of Winkler, Manitoba, tomorrow we are speaking at Grace Bible Church of Dauphin, Manitoba, next Sunday we are part of a missions gathering at Winnipeg Evangelical Free Church and our final Sunday in the area (January 18th) we will be at Westside Gathering in Mac Gregor, Manitoba. Then we head home to Elkhart, Indiana.

In between preparing for and speaking on Sundays, we are meeting with missions committees, families and friends to update them on their investments in missions with us. It is wonderful to report back on the great work that 's happening out of Elkhart and it is so nice to be with everyone again. We are also trying to enjoy the cold weather (Winnipeg in January? Who thought of this!) and squeeze in seeing everyone before we leave for the year.

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If you are in the area and want to meet up, let us know! Email is always best: candice.and.tom@gmail.com


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Community Health Course

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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:

American friends, please click here:

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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, Newsletters,

On November 28th I joined an awesome team of ten individuals and traveled to Cap Haitien, Haiti.

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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.

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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!

 

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October (and now nearly November, too!) in review

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The month of October was a busy one for the Scatliff household. We spend the beautiful fall days settling in to our home, celebrating our 7th wedding anniversary and Matthew's first birthday. This season is one of joy and much excitement for us.
For Tom, this is also a season of fruition on the ministry front. The water-pump monitoring project that he spends much of his time developing is now also in action in Africa. Two trips to Africa were undertaken by members of the community development fresh-water team that Tom works on. Pump monitoring systems are now on numerous water wells (installed by a partner organization on the same trips). Tom glows with joy as he receives data from these pumps working in communities that have fresh water for the first time. As a colleague describes it: Fresh water can transform a community. Technology ensures it stays that way. It is amazing what can be achieved when Godly workers put their heads together for a greater purpose!
At the beginning of November I had the privilege of attending a Global Missions Health Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. About a 5 hours drive (turned 7, due to construction) down the road the conference was both an inspiring boost to my ministry at the Technology Center (soon to be SonSet Solutions) and a wonderful get-away for the family. We are now in full-on preparation mode for my trip to Haiti later this week. My heart aches at the thought of being away from the boys for 9 days, but our goal in going - to better the lives of children without parents - helps keep things in perspective.
Thank you for supporting us in the work we do. Without you, we simply would not be here and these things would not be happening!


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Big changes for things to stay a lot the same.

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The center where we serve in Elkhart, Indiana, has been granted wings to become an independent non-profit organization called SonSet Solutions!!
Exert of the press release of Reach Beyond:

(Sept. 29, 2014 - by Ty Mays)  The board of trustees of Reach Beyond announced Thursday, Sept. 25, that the HCJB Global Technology Center, the ministry’s technology division based in Elkhart, Indiana, will become an independent, nonprofit entity called SonSet Solutions. The move allows the center to pursue new ministry opportunities while continuing to serve the technology needs of Reach Beyond.

For nearly 30 years, SonSet Solutions (formerly HCJB Global Technology Center) has been a ministry of Reach Beyond, providing radio technology, broadcast equipment and other engineering services to help spread the gospel to unreached people groups worldwide. The two organizations believe the move will be mutually beneficial, multiplying the impact of both.

“As technological developments continue to emerge at a mind-boggling rate and shape the world around us, it’s more imperative than ever that Christ’s followers seize the capabilities available to us for communicating the message of new life in Jesus Christ,” explained David Russell, president and CEO of SonSet Solutions. “The move by the board of trustees of Reach Beyond will help strengthen the church and engage more believers in God’s work.”

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Although this means big changes; like learning how to operate as an entire organization, not just a ministry branch of a larger one, and finding the finances to do so; for Tom and I, things will stay pretty much the same. We are still Reach Beyond Canada missionaries serving at a US non-profit. We still get to be part of the same awesome projects while doing so. Elkhart will still be our home base and we get to serve ministry partners all around the globe from here. But now get to do so in a manner that is much more efficient and responsive to our partners' needs. And for this, we are thankful.


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