Clean Drinking Water: Reliable and Accountable

Posted by Tom Scatliff, With 0 Comments, Category: Blog Post,
So one of the great projects I get to work on is a monitor for water pumps. This is an amazing (to me) graphic from water.org: 01_water_2012 Credit: water.org (http://static.water.org/public/01_water_2012.jpg) 780 million!!! That's ridiculous (and not in the funny way)! Something needs to be done about this. Here at the Technology Center, we've begun partnering with great organizations, to help them bring clean, safe drinking water to the people who need it. Our focus is to make sure that the water supply is: a) reliable b) accountable We've developed a low-cost, satellite-based monitoring system. We can see, hour by hour, whether the pump is working, and how much water it is producing. If somebody has the heart to install a water pump for a community in need, we can give them the data they need to tell when it is operating properly, and when it is broken, when it needs more capacity, and when it's *starting* to show issues. These all help make sure that the system is *reliable*, that the community can use it and count on it to provide them with the safe, clean water they need. If somebody has the heart to sponsor a water pump for a community in need, they can see when it was installed, how well it's operating, and how many families it serves. They can see how many litres (or gallons) of water the pump has produced in the last day, week, year, etc., and the average cost per gallon for the project. These projects aren't cheap: the most recent installation was over $250 000. That sounds like a lot of money because it is. But: In the few short weeks since it was installed, the average cost per gallon has dropped to under $1. $1 for almost 4 litres of clean safe drinking water is a great price! Over the estimated lifespan of the pump, we'll see that number drop to less than a penny per litre!!! That's fantastic! And totally worth the investment!! You can check out a sample community here: sonsetwaterlink.org/water This is our site for supporters and charities to log in, and monitor the pumps. The data you'll see is *actual* data from an *actual* community. To protect the privacy of the community, we won't tell you where it *actually* is, and we've anonymized the data. Nonetheless, it will give you a decent sense of what we're up to.

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do something!

Posted by Candice Scatliff, With 1 Comments, Category: Blog Post,
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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keepin’ on, keepin’ on

Posted by Candice Scatliff, With 0 Comments, Category: Blog Post,
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,
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,
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,
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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stream of consciousness

Posted by Candice Scatliff, With 2 Comments, Category: Blog Post,
It's almost been two weeks since we've arrived in Elkhart. For the time being (and the foreseeable future) we are staying with a friend who has graciously taken in us four (noisy, sticky, mess-making) Scatliffs. Our days have been filled with administrative stuff (obtaining social security numbers, applying for new insurances, establishing a new banking systems, etc), searching for a new-to-us vehicle, and, now, hunting for a home. We quickly learned that renting isn't a great option. Considering what is available (and for the cost!) compared to the depressed housing market (mortgages are actually less than rent) is just makes sense to buy. Now finding a suitable one, that's been the trick. And let me tell you, I am so ready to be 'home'. Being in transition since Matthew was about six weeks old has taken it's toll. I'm tired. I want to go home now. But we don't have one. What we do have, thankfully, are some amazing friends who have offered for us to live in their homes until we find ours. It's amazing how The Lord provides, no matter where we are. Tom starts at the Technology Center this Thursday and he couldn't be more eager to get down to work. He is slated to work on a water project that he's been looking forward to for quite some time. In all honesty it's surreal that we are actually here. We've dreamed about it and have been working towards it and praying about it for so long that it's nearly unbelievable that we are indeed here now. But now that we are here I'm anxious for the dust to settle and for us to find our community. I very much miss our friends and church family in Canada. Well ain't this post all over the place... I guess that's what you get with nights full of a screaming teething baby and a toddler that has repeatedly fallen out of bed. This too shall pass, right? Riiiiiight? If you are the praying type, please join us in petition God for our housing situation to be resolved.

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our first week here

Posted by Candice Scatliff, With 1 Comments, Category: Blog Post,
Today marks one full week of being in Indiana. This past week has been far more emotionally challenging than I ever anticipated, but thankfully the past few days have drawn us back to what matters and I'm reminded as to why we are here.

As I head to bed tonight, I'm clinging to words of wisdom:Philippians 4-3A6

Do not be anxious about anything,

but in every situation, by prayer and petition,

with thanksgiving, present your requests to God

  Can I get an amen?

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Be still and know that I am God.

Posted by Tom Scatliff, With 0 Comments, Category: Blog Post,
bestill In the middle of all the stress and running around, trying to find a house to call home, a car to take us around, a community to be family, and all the admin of social security numbers, bank accounts, credit cards, cell phone plans......... Sometimes God swoops in and does some mighty, inexplicable work through the people that love and serve Him, that drops you to knees, just knowing that He is God. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalms 46:10

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