Haiti bound

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

It's official. I'm going.

No, Tom is not. Nor are the kids.

Yes. We are all going to be okay. Lord willing.

November 28th I, along with 13 other members of a work team, will be heading to Haiti for eight days of service. For Tom and I this is a fruition of our dream: To use our skills and passions to serve those in need. Although we get to do so from afar every day we work at the office in Elkhart, I am excited for the opportunity for some hands-on work in the field. While on the ground in Haiti I will be working at an orphanage ran by Kids Alive International (a partner ministry of the Technology Center).  My focus is to improve the nutritional status of the children in their care. Not only will I get the chance to work with the ladies who run the kitchen and the house mothers who care for the children at the orphanage, I will also have the opportunity to get involved in community programs that serve the community at large.

Tom will be man-ing the home front with the boys, whom we feel are too young to join in the effort this time. Thankfully, my mother is also going to help hold down the fort in Elkhart during my absence, which will allow Tom to keep working on his projects while I'm away. Yes, we are asking the family (including a nurseling who will be 13 months at the time) to give up mommy for 8 days. A husband to give up his wife. A Baba (Grandmother) to travel to Elkhart to help with the kids... But these sacrifices will be so worth it. And we are all called to make them:

"...look after orphans and widows..." James 1:27

Kids Alive International

 

Each member of the service team is tasked with raising the funds required for travel and in-country expenses. The cost for this trip is approximately $1,500. If you would like to help with these costs, that would be awesome! All donations will receive a tax receipt. Give easily (and securely) online:

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We are also tasked with filling our second allotted suitcase with donations the orphanage is in need of. If you would be interested in shopping for some items to send down, please contact me for the list of items the orphanage is hoping for!

And, as always, prayers are required! It's our desire to make an impact during our time on the ground and, Lord willing, an impact with an eternal effect.

 

Thank you for your support!


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home.

Posted by Candice Scatliff, With 5 Comments, Category: Blog Post, Newsletters,

For the past 10 months we have been without a permanent residence. We've relied on The Lord's provision for a home for our family and made a million memories along the way. We are so grateful for the amazing friends, family, and supporters that we have and can lean on heavily at times of need. And now. After 10 (sometimes long) months, we are home. We can unpack the suitcases. Unpack the boxes. Unpack and set up a new normal for our children: Home.

 

 

On August 29th we closed on our family's first house. The Elkhart housing market is one of the most affordable in the entire USA. The market is so low that it is cheaper to own than to rent. Not even kidding. Unfortunately this scenario is a reflection of the local economy. The housing market crash took a double hit on Elkhart, where the major industry is RV manufacturing. When people can't afford their homes, they certainly aren't shopping for RVs. Which meant major job losses and a lot of people leaving town. So the housing market is flooded with homes that no one is living in, and often a mortgage that the owners can no longer afford. To say the least, it is a buyer's market.

 

 

We picked this one:

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She's terribly out dated and in need of a lot of TLC. But if there's one thing we've got it's elbow grease. We've been in the house for just over a week and already have many hours of wallpaper-removing, wall-puttying, sanding, priming, and painting under our belts. With LOTS more to come. But we work with joy. And extreme gratitude. We are so thankful. We are home.


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do something!

Posted by Candice Scatliff, With 1 Comments, Category: Blog Post, Newsletters,

Driving to work this morning a Matthew West song came on the radio, and the lyrics hit HOME. This to why we are here. And it was a perfect reminder for me. Tom and I have always said, if those who are willing and able don't do something, then who will?

We are so thankful for the opportunity to do something. And we are so grateful for all of our supporters who are doing something by sustaining us!

Here are the lyrics to the song, and below is a link to a video by Matthew West. The video features a young woman who also stood up and just did something.

 

I woke up this morning
Saw a world full of trouble now
Thought, how’d we ever get so far down
How’s it ever gonna turn around
So I turned my eyes to Heaven
I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?”
Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of
People living in poverty
Children sold into slavery
The thought disgusted me
So, I shook my fist at Heaven
Said, “God, why don’t You do something?”
He said, “I did, I created youIf not us, then who
If not me and you
Right now, it’s time for us to do something
If not now, then when
Will we see an end
To all this pain
It’s not enough to do nothing
It’s time for us to do something

I’m so tired of talking
About how we are God’s hands and feet
But it’s easier to say than to be
Live like angels of apathy who tell ourselves
It’s alright, “somebody else will do something”
Well, I don’t know about you
But I’m sick and tired of life with no desire
I don’t want a flame, I want a fire
I wanna be the one who stands up and says,
“I’m gonna do something”

If not us, then who
If not me and you
Right now, it’s time for us to do something
If not now, then when
Will we see an end
To all this pain
It’s not enough to do nothing
It’s time for us to do something

We are the salt of the earth
We are a city on a hill (shine shine, shine shine)
But we’re never gonna change the world
By standing still
No we won’t stand still
No we won’t stand still
No we won’t stand still

If not us, then who
If not me and you
Right now, it’s time for us to do something
If not now, then when
Will we see an end
To all this pain
It’s not enough to do nothing
It’s time for us to do something [x3]


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Hello from Here! Scatliff Newsletter Summer 2014

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

We have arrived... Praise God! After two years of support raising, much prayer, and whole lot of blood, sweat, and tears, we are here in Elkhart, Indiana. The weather is hot, the people are friendly, and we are excited to be getting down to work!

pump_monitorAt the Technology Center, Tom is spending most of his time on a water-pump monitoring project. A team has developed a solar-powered pump that can provide clean water to remote communities. These pumps send data (re: water flow, amount of sunlight, depth of reservoir, etc.) via satellite that can be used to monitor the well and detect problems with the pump. Tom is developing the web site that collects and displays this satellite data. A few members of the team are in Ecuador this week installing the pumps in remote communities; Tom is excited to be the one back at the office receiving the data.

I (Candice) am the Technology Center’s Community Health Consultant. It is a new position and I’m excited to develop it.  I’m in the office Wednesday afternoons, and while I’m there Tom is home with the boys (and vice-versa). It’s an arrangement that works well for our family, which has been through so many transitions over the past few months.

For now, we are staying with friends while we search for a home. We have been so blessed with the amount of help we’ve had during this transition – from packing up our place in Montreal to landing here in Elkhart - but, to be honest, it hasn’t been easy. We definitely underestimated the emotional toll this move would have on us. We miss our Canadian friends, family, church family and community. I know with time we will settle in and call Elkhart ‘home’, but right now life is still in transition and we are yearning to be settled. If you would be willing to pray with us for peace in this transition, we would really appreciate that.

We’d also love to hear from you. Our email address has not changed (candice.and.tom@gmail.com), but our phone number has (574-355-3635) and our temporary mailing address is:

23370 Spring Creek Trail
Elkhart, IN
46516

family_summer_2014Thank you all so much for your prayers and support. Without you we simply would not be here. And although we are here, we are still in much need of support. Please shoot us an email or follow this link if you are interested in sustaining us in the work we are doing.

If you would like more frequent updates on our journey, follow the blog portion of our web site (candiceandtom.com) or friend us on Facebook (Candice Scatliff). Otherwise we’ll keep sending these quarterly updates.

Enjoy your summer!


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keepin’ on, keepin’ on

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

We are still here! Settling into life and getting deeper into our service opportunities here in Elkhart and at the Technology Center. We moved from one friends' house to another this past weekend and will remain here until we secure our own place. Yes, one day we won't be living out of suitcases! (Or so I keep telling myself). Lord willing that will be by the end of August. Possibly sooner. I'm trying my best not to get antsy, but to wait on The Lord's perfect timing.

When we arrived in Elkhart we started 'church shopping' and attended Sugar Grove church as our first church here. We haven't tried another church since! It's great to have a community that we are getting to know and they have a great children's program that the kids can attend each week. Having something like this as a constant in their ever-changing lives is invaluable.

My parents came to visit for a few days last week while on a road-trip vacation out east. I'm looking forward to seeing them on their return trip through. We will also be blessed with an opportunity in August to spend time with a group coming from Winnipeg Evangelical Church to camp in a nearby town. It very much helps feel like 'home' when people come to visit!

But for now we will keep on keeping on. Settling into our new life and adjusting to living on this side of the border. I look forward to sharing with you more details about what's happening at the Technology Center once they become more solidified. But for now, I'll just leave it as: God is so good!


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Hiho, hiho, it’s off to work I go! 

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

Two weeks ago I (Candice) started work to the Technology Center as well. I'm the center's Community Health Consultant and couldn't be more thrilled about it.

first day at work

First day at the office!

It is a new position, so it will take a lot of development, but I'm up for the challenge. I'm excited to be back at work using my education and experience to help others.  It's also pretty awesome to have adult conversation and the opportunity to use a different part of my brain.

For the time being, I work Wednesday afternoons. And while I'm at work, Tom is home with the kids. Our little boys have been through so many transitions and changes lately we feel that this offers them the stability and security they need. This also means that Tom and I get to desk-share. Considering he's there when I'm not and vice versa, it works out well. Although I'm pretty sure it'll get old having your wife tidy up your desk during the hours you aren't there 😛

If you are part of our praying team, I ask you to join me in asking for guidance in developing this new position. I'm sure I will be in need of much wisdom, patience, and persistence as this new position is developed.


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it’s 12:52am, my phone is buzzing frantically

Posted by Candice Scatliff, With 3 Comments, Category: Blog Post, Newsletters,

I open my eyes. Flashes of light fill the room.

Rousing from sleep I'm confused why it's my phone buzzing that woke me at such an hour and not the kids.

Curious, I flip it over:

EMERGY ALERT.
Tornado warning in this area for 1:00am.Take cover now. Check local media.

 

It's 12:52am. I jolt out of bed, all of a sudden taking notice of a siren that's screaming outside.

Flashes of lighting illuminate the house. Thunder rolls. I wake up Tom. We scoop up the kids and head to the bedroom in the basement. Jonathan thinks its fun that we are all cuddled in a bed together. He promptly falls back asleep. We previously convinced him that thunder's purpose is to help people sleep.

The storm arrives in full swing right on time. Phone buzzes: Warning extended until 1:30am.

The storm that ensued had even this prairie girl a bit nervous.

And just as it arrived on time, so did it subside. At 1:30am, all was calm again.

Welcome to summer in Indiana.


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bitter sweet

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

Waving Goodbye to Daddy

This is the day we've longed for, worked towards, prayed about, and dreamt of.

It was a bitter sweet moment this morning when we all kissed daddy goodbye. We have had the incredible blessing of us four being together most days for most of the day since Matthew came barreling into this world late October. Thanks to Quebec's wonderful parental leave, we were graced with months to support raise, pack up, relocate, and settle(?) in before this day arrived. This day; when Tom returned to working full-time outside the home. But thanks to God's provision through awesome peoples' support, he got the chance of a lifetime. To go to work at his dream job. Using his skills to improve the lives of others.

So although I miss him being with us, I couldn't possibly have more joy about where he is. And I look forward to doing the same, when our family situation (and stress levels) allow.

 


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