Container for Congo

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A few week after starting at the Technology Center, a container full of radio transmitter parts, hospital equipment, and relief supplies was sent to a rural hospital in Congo. I was at work the day we prayed it off. Praying for its safe journey across the ocean, prayed for its clearance through African customs, and prayed for its ultimate arrival at Christian Pioneer Hospital. container1 A colleague turned to me, on our way back to our offices, and said 'You will never forget this day. Your first send off... The realization of how international this organization is and how far of a reach our work here has.' Months later, we received word that that container did indeed cross the ocean safely, cleared African customs, and arrived at Christian Pioneer Hospital. container2 Little did I know then that I would be part of a four person team sent to rendezvous with that container. Two colleagues to set up a permanent transmitter tower (from parts in that container), one to capture stories of our and Christian Pioneer Hospital's work, and myself, to assist and provide consult on nutrition-related concerns that the hospital and local people face. Indeed our organization is very much international. Our work, when combined with those of our supporters, prayer partners, and colleagues, goes far. Being part of God's incredible plan and amazing family is an honor.

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If you are the praying type… UPDATED

Posted by Candice Scatliff, With 2 Comments, Category: Blog Post, Newsletters,
Three colleagues and I are set to travel to Impfondo, Congo to serve at an rural hospital in January. We leave in just over two weeks. congo The plans are set, the vaccines have been injected, the plane tickets are purchased... But we are still waiting on visas... Our paperwork is with the Congolese Embassy in Washington, D. C.  We have already surpassed the usual turn around time, but are suspecting that the holidays are slowing the process down. For me, as a temporary resident of the US, I'm kind of uncomfortable not having my passport in my possession (for example if there was an immediate need to return to Canada for some unforeseen reason, I couldn't go). But not only would I like that passport back, but with a visa to the Congo in it as well! If you be the praying type, please join us in praying for the quick return of my passport and, Lord willing, provision of a visa for Congo! UPDATE (December 30, 2015) Passport and visa received!!!!! THANK YOU for praying! congo flag

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Merry Christmas!! Scatliff Newsletter Christmas 2015

Posted by Candice Scatliff, With 0 Comments, Category: Newsletters,
All dressed up for our train-loving Matthew's second birthday.
We are left dreaming of a white Christmas this year as we remain in Indiana for the holiday season. The weather is unseasonably warm and there is no snow in the forecast. This will be our first year away from our family since having children of our own, but we are using the time to focus on how The Lord has provided: a Savior, a family, and a home in need of a facelift (we are ripping out the dining room floor over the Christmas break!). Earlier this month Tom visited Manitoba to update some of our sending churches, meet with supporters, and continue in our effort to bridge the funding gap caused by the plummeting Canadian dollar. Although we could not have forecasted such a financial turn when we left for the field 18 months ago, we know God knew it was coming and in many ways I’m thankful we did not. We remain completely reliant on Him for our needs and ministry funds. An incredible THANK YOU to everyone who has kept this in their prayers and kept us financially afloat. A great number of you have increased your monthly donations to help offset this gap, and for that we are incredibly thankful. We prayerfully consider how to best use ministry funds and truly believe we are to march forward in ministry with faith that the funds will be provided, Lord willing.
Water monitors being assembled.
Thanks to your support, this fall Tom and an engineering team have developed, produced, and shipped 50 water monitors to Water Mission, a partner ministry who will be installing them in Haiti, Peru, and Nepal. Tom is developing a newfangled water sensor that will be added to the system to provide feedback on efficiency of hand-pumps, and predict when the pump will break down. This new sensor will be included in the next version of the monitor. On January 12th I (Candice) will be traveling to the Republic of Congo with three colleagues from SonSet Solutions (where we serve via Reach Beyond). We will be in Impfondo, Congo, working at Christian Pioneer Hospital. This 60-bed hospital serves local residents, many of whom are vulnerable people: Refugees, the poor, chronically ill, and AIDS orphans and widows. My primary focus will be to provide education in nutrition, health and breastfeeding in relation to disease and infant health and mortality. Additionally, I have been tasked with helping set up a feeding system at the hospital. Currently the hospital cannot provide meals to patients, which becomes an obstacle to care for many due to lack of resources. We are incredibly thankful that I am able to go to Congo and assist, thanks to an anonymous donation we recently received that covers the cost of the trip. This trip will be very challenging in many respects: Malnutrition is rampant, as is poverty, lack of education, and lack of resources. Additionally, this will be the furthest I will be away from the family (a journey of three days, each direction) and I will be gone for longer than usual (just over two weeks). We covet prayers to cover this time while I am away (January 12-25). We are so thankful for your participation, encouragement, and friendship. As this year comes to a close please consider supporting our ministry. The funds will be used to keep us serving full time. We are currently under-funded and require additional support to remain in ministry. If you would like to give a year-end gift please donate here for Canadian donations (scroll to the bottom of the page and select us from the dropdown) and here for the USA (at the top of the page, right under our name). Reach Beyond is a registered charity in both countries; you will receive a tax receipt for your donation.  If you would rather phone or mail in your donation, please use the contact information located at the bottom of this letter. Thank you so much for your prayers and support. Merry Christmas! And we look forward to what the Lord has in store for all of us as we serve together in 2016.

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Montreal Bound! Scatliff Newsletter Fall 2015

Posted by Candice Scatliff, With 0 Comments, Category: Newsletters,
Candice leading a nutrition class in Peru.
Over six hundred friends, supporters, and community members came to check out SonSet Solutions (where Tom and I serve, via Reach Beyond) at the open house event on August 29th to learn how technology is being used to advance the gospel worldwide. Thank you to everyone for coming out! If you missed it and are (or will be at some point) in the area, we’d love to show you around! Thanks to the help from a batch of interns this summer, the Electronic Power Protection (EPP) project that Tom has been working is now a fully functioning prototype! This low-cost device will be used to protect radio stations and health care equipment against lightning strikes and dirty power supply often found in developing countries.  We rejoice in this progress and look forward to how it will be used in advancing the gospel. Check out this video they made demonstrating its use (and their not-as-useful dancing skills). This summer I served in Peru at a partner ministry, Kids Alive International, to provide nutrition and health workshops to an orphanage and affiliated ministries. During the ten-day trip I worked with leadership staff, house moms, and members of the community to help improve the nutritional status of children and families. Over the past few months we have been blessed with many houseguests! Nothing makes a place feel more like home than visitors. Thank you for coming! Montreal Bound! The family is Montreal bound later this month! We look forward to connecting with Lakeshore Church, our home church, and touching base with all of our supporters and friends. If you are in the area, please join us Wednesday, September 30th, at Lakeshore Church (470 Brookhaven Ave, Dorval) at 7:30pm. We will be sharing stories, pictures, and videos to give everyone an update on how their investment in missions is doing. Light refreshments will be provided (please let me know if you’re willing to help me out with this!) We hope to see you there!
Funding woes: No one likes to talk about money; but we certainly have a problem on our hands. Since leaving Canada over a year ago the Canadian dollar has dropped 20% against the American dollar. We are based in the states and operate in American dollars, but the majority of our funding comes from Canada, thus leaving us with a 20% gap in our funding. This currently translates to a $1,400CAD/month or $1,050USD/month deficit. Please pray with us that this situation is rectified, and soon. If you would like to help close this gap please donate here for Canadian donations (scroll to the bottom of the page and select us from the dropdown) and here for the USA (at the top of the page, right under our name). Reach Beyond is a registered charity in both countries; you will receive a tax receipt for your donation.  If you would rather phone or mail in your donation, please use the contact information located at the bottom of this letter. Thank you so much for your prayers and support. It is our deep desire to remain in the mission field!

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Montreal bound!

Posted by Candice Scatliff, With 0 Comments, Category: Blog Post, Newsletters,
It's so close I can almost taste the bagels, smoked meat, and Rockaberry pies! Yes, we are MONTREAL BOUND later this month! If you are in the area, we'd LOVE to see you! There will be a gathering at Lakeshore church on September 30th, at 7:30pm, to give a group update on what we've been up to. There will be stories, pictures, videos, and refreshments and we hope to see you there! If this time doesn't work for you, or you'd like an additional get together while we are in town, just let me know and we'll make it happen 🙂 bagel

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Peru, 2015

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In the wee hours of June 27th, a team of eight departed Elkhart, Indiana for O'hare International Airport in Chicago. The two hour drive was followed by a flight to Lima, Peru via Miami. The stark contrast between home and Lima is breathtaking.  
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the drive through Chicago

 
main drag in Lima

the drive through Lima

  The team of eight, brought together by People's Bible Church of Goshen, IN, were there to serve Kids Alive International (KIA), a mission organization that reaches out to the underprivileged children and families of Lima. KAI is also the organization we served along side in Haiti this past November. You can read about our adventures on the ground in Haiti, here.  
lima with dog

Lima - so much dust, dogs, and dumped garbage

  As you can see on Kids Alive's website, they have many ministry sites in Peru. We visited and served at the Oasis Center in Manchay and the Juniper Tree Children's home in Pachacamac. I was tasked with providing nutrition and health workshops to various groups throughout the week. Using a felt board, handouts, my weak Spanish, the Holy Spirit, chocolate and a translator when needed, we broke the ice, covered a lot of material, learned from each other, and had a lot of laughs; all with the primary goal of honoring God and improving the nutritional status of families living in poverty.
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Leading a nutrition and health workshop for the moms program at the Oasis Care Center

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Leading a nutrition and health workshop for community members. Like the surrounding community, the church I am speaking in here has no running water.

  In addition to the workshops, I did some one-on-one nutrition counseling, worked with the leadership of KIA to address concerns regarding intestinal parasites, and joined the team's activities when time permitted. The team helped with sponsorship packages (if you sponsor a child somewhere, you probably periodically receive a picture and letter from your child... I'll tell ya, those are a lot of work to put together for a load of kids!), helped with maintenance and repair of the facility (who knew my home-improvement skills would come in handy?!), put together gift baskets to bless families in need, and supported and participated in the women and children's ministries.  
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Having fun at the Moms Helping Moms program

   
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Community group that attended the nutrition and health workshop

   
food bags shopping

Shopping at the local market for gift-basket items to bless the families

 
car troubles

A little car trouble. Nothing prayer couldn't fix!

 
food bags

Making the gift baskets

 
helping with sponsorship packages

helping with sponsorship packages

  The week flew by and it was time to return to our precious families. My valiant husband held down the home front (with help from my awesome parents so he could still be at work while I was away). I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve with KIA in Peru. May God bless them and all of those their ministries reach.   For a full album of our service trip, follow this link.     

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Happy Anniversary! Scatliff Newsletter June 2015

Posted by Tom Scatliff, With 0 Comments, Category: Newsletters,
Radio monitoring system for Wantok Radio Light in Papua New Guinea
Because of your support and many answered prayers, we have now been in Indiana, serving as Reach Beyond missionaries, for a whole year! Praise God!! Thank you for your support and encouragement along the way. This past year has been eventful and very internationally-focused. Tom assisted ministry partners in Haiti, Papua New Guinea, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Liberia, Ecuador, Peru, and Nepal. For myself, I have assisted ministry partners in Haiti and Canada, with an upcoming service trip to Peru later this month. So although, yes, we are based in the USA, our focus is very much international. In fact, in 2014, SonSet Solutions, the organization where we serve via Reach Beyond, assisted 158 ministry partners in 62 different countries via equipment, service, consultation, and training.  God is so good! Tom’s most recent project is to design and build a low-cost, cellular-based device that monitors remote radio station activity for ministry partners. Currently, operators of remote radio stations do not have a way of knowing when there is a problem with transmission and simply rely on listeners contacting the station to inform them if they are off the air. At times, it can take days for the station to receive such feedback. The low-cost monitor Tom developed attaches to the diagnostic port to monitor about a dozen different aspects of the radio transmitter; operators can know (at all times) if they are on the air, and if they are not, exactly what had gone wrong. The first monitor of its kind traveled with a colleague to Papua New Guinea last week. It will be installed on our partner station Wantok Radio Light. According to the station’s directors who visited our ministry last month, “at any given time, there may be two to three million people listening to the broadcasts from Wantok Radio Light.” As you can imagine, keeping them on the air and providing a quick turnaround time when they are not, is important. News on the home front: Several friends came to visit us this spring. What a refreshing and encouraging boost visitors bring! Our guest room is now housing Dillon, an engineering student from Cedarville University.  Dillon is one of six students serving as interns at SonSet Solutions during university summer break.  Truth be known, he has been a huge blessing to us; and Jonathan thinks he’s awesome. We are grateful to have a home with a guest room to share, especially given that we’ve been blessed with a place to stay in so many people’s homes over the last few years. Please let us know if you are interested in visiting us in Indiana and learning more about our ministries! About a month ago Jonathan had a mishap while trying to stand on a ball, which resulted in a broken left arm for him and gratitude for health insurance for us. Although the doctor has some concerns with how it is healing, Jonathan has adapted quite well to a long-casted left arm and loves the lime green colour. Matthew adores his brother and, as such, often tries to convince friends to sign his arm too.
We have a kitchen floor again!
Thank you for your support and encouragement over the last year. From those who helped pack our possessions, to those praying for us through all the transitions, we are thankful for each and every one of you for helping us along the way. We simply could not be here without our supporters; God bless you for your important role in missions!
And for those interested in supporting our work with Reach Beyond, a registered charitable organization, click here for Canadian donations (scroll to the bottom of the page and select us from the dropdown menu) and here for the USA (at the top of the page, right under our name). Thank you for all of your prayers and support!

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weighing the cost of a short term service trip

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

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

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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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