Montreal, Congo, or Burst! Scatliff Newsletter April 2017

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It’s time to test our Tetris skills again! Let’s see if we can fit everything we need for deputation in Montreal plus everything we need to serve for a few months in Africa into the back of the car. Read the list and let me know if I’ve missed anything!

Tomorrow morning we hit the road, Montreal bound! Lord willing we’ll arrive Saturday at the latest. If you’re in the Montreal area please come to a get together we are hosting at Lakeshore Church on Wednesday, April 26th at 7:00 pm. Along with coffee, tea, and treats we’ll provide an update on our ministries with a few hands-on stations and an overview of our upcoming trip to the Republic of Congo. We also have a few times open during the week to get together with you one-on-one. Please refer to the side bar below for details.

We depart for Congo (from Montreal, via Paris) on May 1st. We will be in the Republic of Congo for seven weeks serving at a rural hospital.

Okay, how do we look?

Tom – Navigator extraordinaire, computer engineer, and Jack-of-all-trades. I’m so thankful he’s my partner through this crazy ride over the next few months! His French language skills will come in handy, not only in Montreal, but even more so in Congo. In Montreal he’ll present on our ministries and in Congo he will be testing SonSet Solutions field equipment, helping fix hospital equipment, and looking after the boys when I’m working with the hospital staff.

② Me (Candice) – The family’s Chief of Operations officer and community health consultant. I’ll be the one doling out raisin boxes in the car, arranging get togethers in Montreal, reading stories on the airplane, and implementing a feeding program for all inpatients at Pioneer Christian Hospital in Congo.

Jonathan (age 6) –Kindergarten graduate at the Scatliff Homeschool Academy. Jonathan is thrilled to be traveling with Monkey (a stuffed animal Tom or I usually take while traveling without the family), roadmaps, a world map, and a sketchbook (in case an invention comes to mind during the journey). He is very much looking forward to coming along on this trip, even if it does require long car and airplane rides and eating crocodile.

④ Matthew (age 3) – Relatively recently potty-trained Matthew will be testing his limits during the total 12 hour car ride to Montreal and 15 hour flight time to Congo. He loves all things dirt and has a vivid imagination, which makes playtime possible just about anywhere.

⑤ Box of support-raising material for Montreal – Brochures, SonSet Radios, prayer cards, and the like. We pray this material is informative to those interested in our ministries. Also in this box is Tom’s computer, laser pen, projector, and Prezi slideshow. Tom is our spokesperson at churches and comes prepared with his own gear to use if need be.

Coffee supplies – Stovetop espresso machine, milk frother, and many bags of ground espresso beans. Have caffeine. Will travel.
Scatliff Schedule
April 20th – Depart Elkhart April 22nd – Arrive Montreal
*April 23 – Speak at LEC morning service
*April 26 – Present at Lakeshore Church, 7:00pm

May 1 – Board plane to the Republic of Congo, via Paris
May 3 – Arrive in Brazzaville (capital of Republic of Congo)
May 5 – Fly to Impfondo, the location of Pioneer Christian Hospital

*We still have a few free times to get together for breakfast, coffee, lunch, dinner, or dessert during our time in Montreal. Please email us at if you’d like to get together while we are in town.

Clothes – Clothes for travel, clothes for presenting, clothes for get togethers, clothes for the layover in Paris, clothes for the Congo heat, clothes for the Congo rain, and clothes for formal church wear, multiplied by four. And shoes. My goodness, there seems to be an abundance of shoes.

Suitcase of personal items for the kids – Pillows, teddies, books, bath time duckies and the like to create a sense of home for the kids while we are away from home for the next few months. If you would, please pray that our children will transition well during this journey. We will be traveling through many different time zones, climates, and cultures. May they stay healthy and thrive in these new environments!

Carry-on suitcase for our trip to Africa – This contains all we absolutely need to arrive with us, including our malaria medication, flashlights, camera, and toy trains. Add to that for each of us: an extra pair of clothes, Yellow Fever vaccine card, insurance, work visa, and passport documentation.

Extras for Africa – Bag of over-the-counter meds, bug spray, bug nets (to sleep under), sunblock, Tupperware containers (to help keep the cockroaches out of our food supply), a fry pan, two-way radios, headlamps, flashlights, portable power bank, and lots of extra batteries. We’re headed to a very remote area with only solar power electricity… and lots of bugs!

Did we forget something? I sure hope not -- here we go!

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Big Things on the Horizon. Scatliff Newsletter March 2017

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Remember when you asked us to tell you if there was ever a special project or one-time need, to let you know? We've heard that from many of you, and this, right now, is that time. But more about that in a bit, because I want to let you know where we are going to be over the next little while, in case we may see you there!

Poster for AGC Ladies Rally in Dauphin, MB

At the beginning of April I (Candice) will be heading to Manitoba, Canada, for the weekend to speak at a women's conference in my hometown Dauphin, Manitoba. The conference will have about 90 in attendance and is titled "An Unlikely Missionary."; (I sure am!) I'm excited for the opportunity to share about my journey and some of the fun stories we've gathered along the way. Please pray that God will use me to inspire and encourage those in attendance.

Later in the month of April we will be visiting Montreal, Quebec, to provide an update to Lakeshore Evangelical Church and all of our amazing supporters and friends in the area. We are hosting a gathering at LEC on (what's looking like) the evening of Wednesday, April 26th to give an update on our ministries, but hope to get together with as many of you as possible as one-on-one or small gatherings to get updates on your lives! We are so very much looking forward to being together; it's been awhile! Please let me know if you'd like to get together while we are in town.

Then May brings us back to that time…

On May 1st our family of four will board some long-haul flights from Montreal and head to Impfondo, Republic of Congo.  The prospective feeding program I have been working on since my time there in January 2016 is in the implementation stages. The funds have been raised and we've shipped supplies from Ontario Christian Gleaners earlier this month. It has now arrived in the Congo and is waiting to be used at the hospital. I will be returning to Pioneer Christian Hospital to help sort out logistics, train staff, and get the feeding program up and running. This process will, undoubtedly, take a while, so the family will be traveling with me and we will reside in Congo together until the work is done. Tom, a former rehabilitation engineer, will be an asset to the hospital on many levels. He will also be field-testing equipment for SonSet Solutions, and I nominate him Chief Cockroach Killer. Lord willing, we will be back in Elkhart, Indiana at the end of June.

Food for Pioneer Christian Hospital in Congo, being loaded onto a truck at Ontario Christian Gleaners in Canada, at the start of its journey to the hospital

This trip to the Republic of Congo is daunting on many levels. But a year ago I felt compelled to pursue a solution to the need for food for patients at Pioneer Christian Hospital. An inpatient died of starvation while I was there and this has burdened me to find a solution to this need. It was an impossible task –- providing food for all inpatients at this hospital that services the poor, weak, and sick; many patients are refugees and AIDS widows and orphans. But over the course of 2016 I witnessed miracles as the Lord provided for the feeding program. And here we are, a year later, and we are implementing the solution to "the impossible".  Again, I am looking ahead at the work to be done and at the impossible of logistics and financial need for our family to travel to Impfondo and implement the feeding program, but again, I feel compelled to go. The hospital needs food for its patients and, in the words of Dr. Harvey, the medical director at the missionary hospital:

"We need you to come in order to implement a feeding program for the hospital.  We know from experience that what we envision isn't going to happen unless you do.  God has provided and we need to work with Him to get the job done."

Dr. Harvey doing rounds at Pioneer Christian Hospital.

So we march forth in faith that feeding the hungry and caring for the sick is what we are called to do, even when it is at great financial cost and risk. We aren't called to be comfortable -- not in perceived safety nor financial security. So we've booked our tickets to Africa and are pleading with the Lord to supply for our needs. If you are willing to assist in completion of this feeding program by helping with our financial needs to go and implement it, we would be so grateful. All donations are tax deductible in both the USA and Canada. Please pray for our family, the feeding program, and, most importantly, the impact it will have at Christian Pioneer Hospital.

Republic of Congo, smack dab on the equator.

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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.  

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.  

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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Off to Haiti and Other Exciting Updates! Scatliff Newsletter November 2016

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American Thanksgiving was this past week, and we have much to be thankful for – 2016 has been an incredible year! Thank you for being part of it. Below is a brief update on two of our major projects as well as exciting news about our work visas. As always, if you have any questions, want more information, or are willing to send us an update as to what is happening in your neck of the woods, we'd love to hear from you!

HAITI – The new software Tom coded for Radio Lumière, a Christian radio station in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, is ready to be installed and used. He departed for Haiti this morning (November 30th) to install it at the station in Port-au-Prince and provide training on its use. While there he will also be helping repair some of the damage endured during recent Hurricane Matthew. Please pray for his safety while he's away.  The boys and I will sure miss him for the two-and-a-half weeks he'll be gone, but I'm so thankful he gets to see the end result of months of hard work.
Port Au Prince, Haiti
(Photo by Fred W Baker III)

CONGO – This past January I (Candice) served at Pioneer Christian Hospital, a missionary hospital in the Republic of Congo. Upon my return I wrote to you about the hospital having insufficient resources to provide food for patients and how we were working diligently to overcome this (read more about my time in the Congo here). Even though we made strides toward securing food from local (to Congo) aid organizations for the most vulnerable of patients, it became apparent as 2016 progressed that those food sources are not reliable.
A photo I took in January at Pioneer Christian Hospital
 Furthermore, it was always our goal to provide food for all patients, regardless of nationality or nutritional status. In response to this, we launched a funding campaign to supply the hospital with much needed food so every patient, whether refugee, outcast member of society, widow, orphan, or anybody in between, would be nourished while at the hospital. The funding campaign was launched in September (hosted by Global Outreach Mission, the mission organization that runs the hospital) with the goal of raising $42,000 by year-end.

I've spoken with many of you about the hospital and how dear it is to my heart, so I'm overjoyed to report that, as of right now, we only have $6,000 to go to reach our $42,000 goal! This will provide the hospital with over one year's supply of food. Thank you for praying with us for this.

Dr. Harvey of Pioneer Christian Hospital assessing a patient
We asked for this need to be filled by year's end, and He has provided!!

For more information on this endeavor or to contribute to the fund for food, follow this link. Global Outreach Mission is a registered charity in both Canada and the USA, so all donations will receive a receipt for tax purposes. Please note that Global Outreach Mission is bound by charity confidential laws, and thus cannot notify me if someone donates – so please, please let me know if you did so I can thank you personally!

WORK VISAS – With the upcoming change in the American government, we felt it important to renew our work visas prior to the change in office, so last week we drove to the Canadian/American border and reapplied for our TN-1 work visas and, praise the Lord, they were granted! Thank you to everyone who has been praying about this. We are very relieved. We are now able to work in the United States for the next three years or until the NAFTA agreement is renegotiated/canceled (this is on the new government's 'to do' list for the first-100 days in office). So although we rejoice that we currently have valid work visas, it remains a prayer request to be able to remain in the USA for years to come – because there is much work to do!

For those who provide annual or spontaneous one-time gifts towards our ministries at year-end, 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 ‘Donate to a missionary’ from the dropdown list and write Scatliff 4110555 in the comment box.

Thank you for your support of our ministries through 2016, and we very much look forward to taking on 2017 together. Until then, may the peace, joy, hope, and love of Christ fill your home this Christmas season.

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Welcome Home! Scatliff Newsletter September 2016

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We arrived back home on June 30th. What a whirlwind of a time in Manitoba! Thank you to all of the churches, supporters, committees, and all-around awesome people who hosted us while we were in town. During that one-month deputation I was frequently asked about our home and life in Indiana, so I thought I'd write and tell y’all about it!

We live in Elkhart, Indiana. No worries if you have no idea where that is, because I sure didn't. It's in the midwest, nestled between Chicago and Detroit, just off the interstate.  In fact, that's how we get a lot of our guests – people on a road trip somewhere down the I90 who stop in for a night.  We love it! The Lord has blessed us with a house, and we are very happy to share it with anyone passing through (or wanting to make us a destination for a visit).
Elkhart has a population of 60,000, but the fact you share a road with horses and buggies gives it a much smaller-town feel. There is a large Amish population that lives in the surrounding area, which provides
Typical day on the roads near Elkhart.
picturesque scenery on country drives and rich cultural diversity.

The main industry in Elkhart is Recreational Vehicle (RV) manufacturing. If you own an RV (or next time you're in one) you're bound to find a "Made in Elkhart, Indiana" stamp somewhere in it. In the recession of 2009, Elkhart County was one of the hardest-hit economies. When people could no longer afford their own homes, hardly anyone was purchasing RVs. As a result, jobs were lost, the economy crashed, and many left town seeking employment. This also flooded the housing market with homes. These effects were still lingering when we arrived in summer 2014, which allowed us the opportunity to purchase a home at a very affordable price.

Our house is a seven-minute drive from work. We are a single-vehicle family, so sometimes Tom bikes to work or a colleague picks him up, so the boys and I can have the car during the day. When we purchased our home it was in desperate need of updating (providing an even better selling price), and over the past two years we've been working diligently on doing those updates ourselves. We've had many late nights of looking up Do It Yourself projects on YouTube and conquering some steep learning curves. It's fun to think that God gave us elbow grease and creativity as resources. We love our home and now, after two years of renovations and redecorating, it's starting to come together, although there's much left to do.  

Another large part of our lives in Indiana is homeschooling our boys. Teaching five-year-old Jonathan how to read, write, and 'rithmetic is an incredible experience. Two-year-old Matthew enjoys tagging along for some of the schoolwork, but often toddles off and plays with his train set instead.

JJ's first day of kindergarten.
Although we have been schooling for much of the summer, the school year in Indiana officially started on August 10th.

And of course the biggest part of our lives in Indiana – the mission. We work at SonSet Solutions, on loan from Reach Beyond, as a missionary family. Both Tom and I serve at the office; he as an engineer and I as a nutrition consultant. We help partners in developing countries advance the gospel.

For Tom, work is as busy as ever this summer as he mentors a handful of engineering student interns. I am working in partnership with Global Outreach Mission to run a funding campaign for the feeding program at Pioneer Christian Hospital (where I served in Congo this past January). Many of you have asked how you can help financially, and this will be the answer. Stay tuned for the funding campaign launching soon!

If you would like to come to Elkhart and check out the mission and our life here for yourself, know that our doors are always open (but book ahead, as the guest room might be full!).

Thank you all for your continued prayers and financial support. It is indeed what anchors us in ministry.

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The Car is Packed! Scatliff Newsletter June 2016

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June 2016

The car is packed! Today, June 1st, we are Canada bound for a four-week road trip to and around Manitoba. We will be visiting some of our supporting churches (see the calendar below) and many of our awesome friends and family in the area. It/s been a year and a half since the family has been to Manitoba, and we are eager to get back.

Here's how we look:

Tom – Our fearless leader who usually does 98% of the driving. By the look of our current schedule, he will be driving just over 4,500kms. He has been known to sing folk songs when boredom sets in and make crazy faces to the kids when filling up with gas (by my calculations we'll probably need to fill the tank about eight times).

② Me (Candice) – The schedule coordinator and manager of children's entertainment while in the car. There will be many stories to be read, get-togethers to be scheduled, and snacks to be distributed during our total estimated forty hours in the car, round trip.

Jonathan (age 5) – Just graduated from preschool-at-home. He is now our first kindergarten student at the "Scatliff Homeschool Academy". Jonathan will ride with a load of easy reader books, pencil crayons, connect-the-dots, and a road map. He is very much looking forward to seeing his cousins and grandparents again.

Matthew (age 2 ½) – Loaded with sippy cups, Thomas the Train audio CDs, and a wooden train set, Matthew will probably be passionately resisting his car seat for most of the ride. Oh Matthew…

Electric cooler – Containing milk, raisin boxes, fruit, cheese strings, and any other at least semi-nutritious snack to buy us time on the road and fend off the unhealthy road-food tragedies of long car trips. We hope to keep eating out to a minimum to keep costs down.

Box of support-raising material – Brochures, SonSet radios, prayer cards, business cards and the like for setting up info tables at churches. We pray this material is informative to those interested in our ministries!

Presentation material – Tom's computer, laser pen, projector, and Prezi slideshow. Tom is our spokesperson at churches and comes prepared with his own gear to use if need be.

Two suitcases of personal items – Clothes, pillows, teddies, pajamas, blankets and the like to create a sense of home for the kids while on the road for four weeks. If you would, please pray that our children will transition well from place to place. Although often exciting, these types of trips can be quite difficult on the kids (complete loss of schedule and home and having to say goodbye so many times).

Brayden's belongings – We had an intern from southern Manitoba stay in our home for five weeks and work with us at SonSet Solutions. We are honored to help bring some of his belongings home to Manitoba for him.

Bag of over-the-counter meds, car jack, spare tire, and random car fluids – When crossing the border, hanging out with crowds, and putting on so many miles it's inevitable that someone (or the car!) gets sick. Hoping to not have to use any of these items!

Did we forget something? I sure hope not - Here we go! See you soon, Manitoba!

The best way to contact us while we are traveling is by email:, or text: 574-575-8735 (calls are terribly pricy).

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Back Home and Off Again. Scatliff Newsletter Spring 2016

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Family selfie at the beloved train museum.
It's wonderful to be back in Elkhart, Indiana, reunited as a family, after a lot of travel in the first quarter of 2016. In addition to spending two weeks in Congo in January, I (Candice) was away in India from February 29th through March 11th. Traveling with a team from the Morden, Manitoba area, the seven of us aimed to support and encourage the emerging church in villages surrounding Hyderabad, India.  We dug a well, held a pastor’s gathering, spoke at churches, hosted a medical clinic, and provided food assistance to local families – all of which was financially supported through Christian Life Centre, a church in Morden. Persecution of the church is alive and well in India, and we witnessed firsthand the challenges that face the forefront of missions.  During an evening gathering at a believer’s home, a man barged in and renounced his son (the host of the gathering), calling him a disgrace to his family and announced that he will kill him for his faith in Jesus. This is only one example of many we witnessed, not only from family members, but the community and government as well.

Candice praying with women at a church in India.
The church is doing great things by meeting the physical and spiritual needs of the people, and souls are being saved. Praise God! But please lift up these church leaders in countries such as India, to be bold and wise as they spread the gospel in populations that are hostile to it.

Back at the office here in Elkhart, Tom recently finished his work on some new software to help Radio Lumière, a radio station in Port au Prince, Haiti, digitize their music library. The station currently plays CDs, cassettes and vinyl records over the air but want to move to using computers and digital formats to improve sound quality and automation of the station. Digitizing music helps protect music assets (as hard copies of music degrade over time), and improve access to the collection. SonSet Solutions has been assisting Radio Lumière with technology-based solutions for 30 years.

As I'm sure you've noticed, SonSet Solutions, where we work on loan from Reach Beyond, is very much an international ministry. In fact, in 2015 SonSet Solutions assisted 178 ministries in 68 countries via equipment, service, consultation, and training. We are grateful for such a 'home base' in Indiana from where we can serve various ministry partners in countries around the globe.

In June we will be traveling as a family to Manitoba, Canada. We will be there to present our ministry to churches, update supporters, and visit family and friends. We are currently putting together a schedule for speaking engagements; if you know of an opportunity/church/small group/or the like that may be interested in hearing our testimonies or about our ministries, we'd love to hear from you. We hope to squeeze in as many visits and get-togethers as possible. We look forward to seeing our fellow Manitobans and sharing first-hand about our joint work in missions.

God bless you for all you do to help keep us on the mission field. We are so grateful for your friendship and faithfulness.

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Candice in Congo Report… Scatliff Newsletter February 2016

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Our Congolese team of four.
As the jet engines roared and we hurled down the runway and into the night sky, I sat in my seat, shook my head, and smiled. Smiled at God’s timing, provision, and greatness. There are moments in life when it is undeniable that the Lord walked ahead of you, and for me, this was one of them. For the previous two weeks we had been working in the small town of Impfondo, in the French-speaking country of the Republic of Congo. In this small town is a 60-bed missionary hospital, Pioneer Christian Hospital. This hospital is a ministry partner of ours; and we, a team of four, were there to assist in various projects. Two colleagues were there to erect a 300-foot radio tower to expand the reach of the Christian radio station, also operated by the missionary hospital. A third colleague was there to collect footage, photos, and stories of how the mission has impacted the lives of locals. And I, the fourth member of the team, was there to assist in establishing a feeding program for patients.
Meal preparation: Food, pot & firewood required.
Currently, Pioneer Christian Hospital, like many hospitals in the developing world, does not provide food for patients. Patients are required to have a family member or friend remain with them on the hospital grounds to provide food. This caregiver is also responsible for all other non-medical care of the patient such as cleaning, and toileting. This job is not easy, considering many patients are from hours’ walk away, and now must reside on the hospital grounds. They also must purchase ingredients and firewood for cooking, have a pot to cook in, collect firewood, etc. And, for many refugees and outcast members of the community, such as patients suffering from leprosy, there is no one to care for these needs, which can result in the patient starving to death (and this actually happened during my stay in Congo). The dream of medical director Dr. Joseph Harvey was to establish a feeding program, in which the hospital would provide nourishment to all inpatients, thus improving prognosis, recovery time, and the overall health of patients.
Recording health-related radio programming.
The challenges to this goal were many: Lack of resources, logistics, and know how. So this is where I came in. For the time I was granted on the ground in Congo, my main focus was to overcome these challenges. During these two weeks I met frequently with the medical staff, worked with the hospital cook, lobbied aid organizations (World Food Program, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and Terre Sans Frontier), provided training in nutrition to the head of nursing administration, and even recorded radio programming (translated into French and Lingala, the local languages) addressing nutrition-related heath concerns in the area. And we prayed for the Lord to provide. By the end of the two weeks in Congo we had: 1) Established and implemented a feeding program for refugees.  In Congo, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) provides food rations for all refugees (to provide them nourishment while getting back on their feet after fleeing from war). However, if a refugee is in the hospital, they are unable to access this resource. We were able to lobby the UNHCR to release these rations to the hospital and allow the hospital to prepare and deliver the meals to patients. The accomplishment of this is a resounding achievement! We received the authorization for pick-up on official letterhead the day I departed for the States (seen right). The very next day the hospital began preparing and distributing this food to its refugee patients. Praise God for such a victory!
Official authorization for refugee food rations!
2) Partnered with World Food Program to establish a supplementation program for the most vulnerable age groups (children under 5, as well as pregnant and lactating women) who are moderately malnourished. Participants, regardless of inpatient or outpatient status, will receive a daily food supplement called “Plumpy-Sup” to help boost their nutritional status. This program can make a huge difference to these vulnerable age groups and is underway to be implemented in the coming weeks. Join with me in praising the Lord for this! 3) Submitted a proposal for funding of a General Feeding Program for all patients. This is still our grand goal and it is still in need of much prayer. We’ve submitted a proposal to the United States Ambassador to Congo to fund the daily dietary needs for all 60 inpatients (and their caregivers) at the hospital. We were able to obtain the endorsement of the World Food Program’s country director for this proposal. I'm still working on creating meal plans based on locally available and culturally acceptable foods to supply the patients with their daily nutritional needs.  When, Lord willing, the funding is provided, we will be operating on a strict $0.56/person/day budget for food. In addition to all the nutrition-related activities, I also assisted a college in collecting photos and videos to capture how Christian radio changes lives. I look forward to recounting some of these first-hand testimonies over the coming newsletters.
Reunited with my boys after two weeks away.
Tom faired well too. He held down the home front with the boys during my absence. I'm so thankful for friends and church family that stepped up and helped him take care of the kids… And we are thankful they are willing to do it again as I gear up to head out to India later this month. Yes, I am departing again so soon! Is the timing ideal? No, not in our eyes, but that's where obedience and sacrifice kick in. A church in southern Manitoba has a long-standing relationship with various mission organizations in Hyderabad, India, and asked if I would join a team heading out late February to provide support to those on the ground. Tom and I recognized the need and felt that we could fulfill it. Our own personal funds, plus an anonymous donation, cover the expense of this trip. So in addition to the prayer requests mentioned above, I ask for prayer for my upcoming time in India and for Tom, who again will be home with the children while I am away. In ministry and servanthood for Christ, Candice

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