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: candice.and.tom@gmail.com, 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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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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Merry Christmas!! Scatliff Newsletter Christmas 2015

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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

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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!

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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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