Peru, 2015

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

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.

 

ohare

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

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

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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Spring Has Sprung! Scatliff Newsletter Spring 2015

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

Matthew (17 months) enjoying
the first days of spring.

Spring is in the air! Along with the new buds on the trees and perennials awakening from hibernation, we, too, feel a renewal of energy and motivation in our day-to-day activities.

Since returning from our time of updating churches and supporters in Manitoba in January, Tom has spent most of his time writing and reworking software for various projects. The first was for Radio Lumière, a Christian radio station in Haiti. The software is for song storage, organization, and retrieval. This program helps to update the station from using records, tapes, and CDs for playing songs on the radio, to playing them digitally from their new computer system. A colleague traveled to Haiti two weeks ago to install the system and offer training. So far the program has been well received.

Tom’s also working on software to view data that comes in from new water pump monitors. These units give our partners regular updates, via satellite, on pump usage and maintenance issues. It makes sure clean water keeps running through the taps and into the glass (or bucket) of the persons relying on it. He also assisted with the first solar-powered lamppost shipped from our facility. This lamppost, which was sent to Uganda, will serve the community in two ways: offering light after sunset, and serving as a charge station for cell phones. In the developing world, cell phones are essential for communication, safety, employment prospects, and as a means of sharing important information and content, such as the gospel! However, unreliable power grids, or no power grid at all, can mean lengthy periods without service. The Solar Lamppost aims to overcome this obstacle.

Over college spring break a group of eight students joined the engineering efforts of SonSet Solutions (previously HCJB Global Technology Center). Tom mentored two students from Cedarville University, a Christian college in Ohio. The students gave a boost of productivity to a few of Tom’s additional projects, and they enjoyed the experience of using their technical expertise and interests in missions.

As for myself, my plans since December haven’t gone so smoothly. After raising sufficient funds (thank you to all who donated!) for the community health course I desired to study, and after sending in my enrolment package, I received the unfortunate news that the professor who ran the course (a retired missionary to the Congo) went to be with the Lord just a few days prior.  I am disappointed I missed the opportunity to learn from such a well-seasoned community health advocate. I continue to seek other avenues for the education that this course would have provided, using the funds generously donated. Thank you again to those who supported my enrollment in this course.

In more positive news, a local church extended an invitation for me to join them for a week-long service trip to Peru in June. We will be serving at a Kids Alive orphanage in a similar manner to that undertaken in Haiti this past November. The details of the trip are still coming together, but I look forward to learning from the women there and working with them to improve the nutritional status of the children in their care. In the meantime I’m tasked with dusting off my Spanish!

A construction-themed birthday cake...
Matches the rest of our house!

In family news, our eldest son Jonathan turned four earlier this month. We are so proud of the train-enthused, construction-site loving, brother-doting, AWANA attending, beautiful boy he is. We celebrated his birthday with a few friends, neighbors, and my parents who were in town for the occasion.

On the home front, we are deep into a few reno projects. We’ve begun to tackle the water-damaged kitchen floor (it was like that when we bought it, not from any new accident)

Tom reconstructing the kitchen floor.

and continue to update the interior of the house with a fresh coat of paint from top to bottom. We are so thankful for friends who are willing to lend us a hand and those in the construction business for fielding all of our questions!

As we look ahead in great anticipation of how the Lord will use all of us this year, we are filled with gratitude for you, our dedicated partners in ministry. You are the ones who make this ministry possible! We are blessed to have you as our partners and friends.  As such, we’d love to hear from you!

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) 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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God Answers Prayers

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

We've been praying a lot, and asking so many of you to do the same, about all the intricacies of this move down to the States. One of the big things, this time of year, is taxes, and that's something you just don't want to get wrong! We need help, and there is only One who can provide.

I mean, who would know how to file the 5 or 6 tax returns we will have to this year? If we get it wrong, there could be big penalties. And I don't have the foggiest clue as to US taxes... I even struggle to get the Quebec ones done correctly!

After stressing and searching, I've been coming up empty. Then He drops the perfect answer in our lap: expertly qualified, and a brother in Christ.

This God guy is good, are so are His children that He's asked to walk with us... And I'm giving thanks that, in His mercy and grace, He yet again is providing what we need.


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‘blizzard’

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

The past few days our area here in Indiana has received a lot of snow. Well, not lots, if you are Canadians, but lots for this area. So much so a Disaster Emergency Declaration was issued and no travel was permitted on Elkhart country roads between Saturday 3:00pm (when the advisory was issued) and noon on Sunday. Seriously, the whole town was shut down! No one was out on the roads, church was cancelled and everyone was to spend their long weekend inside... Interesting!

http://www.elkharttruth.com/news/weather/2015/02/14/Disaster-Emergency-Declaration-issued-for-Elkhart-County-due-to-blizzard.html


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Home!

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

We are now back home in Indiana, and will be back in the office starting tomorrow. What an incredible time we had in Manitoba! We are so thankful for all the friends, family, supporters, missions committees we got to spend time with, and for so many speaking engagements. We are recovering from exhausting, but are certainly refreshed, revived and raring to get back to work!

 

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HMA in MB

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

After spending a wonderful Christmas with our families here in Manitoba, we are now on Home Mission Assignment (otherwise known as HMA, deputation, or furlough). In a nutshell that means we are spending our time traveling and updating churches, friends, family, and supporters in the Manitoba area.

Last week we were at Faith Evangelical Bible Church of Winkler, Manitoba, tomorrow we are speaking at Grace Bible Church of Dauphin, Manitoba, next Sunday we are part of a missions gathering at Winnipeg Evangelical Free Church and our final Sunday in the area (January 18th) we will be at Westside Gathering in Mac Gregor, Manitoba. Then we head home to Elkhart, Indiana.

In between preparing for and speaking on Sundays, we are meeting with missions committees, families and friends to update them on their investments in missions with us. It is wonderful to report back on the great work that 's happening out of Elkhart and it is so nice to be with everyone again. We are also trying to enjoy the cold weather (Winnipeg in January? Who thought of this!) and squeeze in seeing everyone before we leave for the year.

sledding

If you are in the area and want to meet up, let us know! Email is always best: candice.and.tom@gmail.com


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Merry Christmas! Scatliff Newsletter Christmas 2014

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

Moringa leaves: packed with micronutrients and complete proteins, these hold promise for helping combat malnutrition in Haiti.

“There! There!!” shouted all seven moms, pointing to a large lush tree just off the dirt path we were traveling down. A moringa tree! With leaves rich in vitamins and minerals, and a rare plant source of complete protein, the moringa tree holds promise for combating malnutrition, a condition so rampant in Haiti. I was pleased to have come across a moringa tree while on our way back from the market in Cap Haitien, but I was even more pleased to know that the orphanage’s house moms knew of the nutritional promise it held and how to harvest the leaves.

Candice leading nutrition workshops with Kids Alive International orphanage staff. Click here to read more.

Late November I (Candice) spent nine days in Haiti on a 10-person work team. We served at a partner ministry, Kids Alive International, an orphanage caring for children, most of whom were orphaned after the earthquake of early 2010. Our work team ran a medical clinic, worked on construction projects, and I headed up various nutrition workshops. I am thankful for the time I got to spend empowering and encouraging Haitian women who pour their hearts into caring for children at risk. I know in my heart this is the start of a long-term relationship, and for this I am very thankful. I am much less thankful for the tarantula we found in the kitchen and the four-foot snake on the construction site, but I guess that just comes with the territory of being on a mission field.

Water pump monitoring engineering and design team. Click here to read more.

Back home in Elkhart Tom and his engineering team continue to put their heads together and pour their hearts into water pump monitors. A team member just returned from Kenya where he helped install water pumps with monitor units in various rural villages.  The monitoring units are now installed and working in five different countries. It has been awesome to witness what can be accomplished when godly men set their sites on meeting others’ basic human needs.

We have now wrapped up work at the office for the year and have hit the highway as a family. We are visiting our supporting churches, family and friends in the Manitoba area over the Christmas season and into late January. We are very much excited for this time of reconnecting and keeping you up to date on your investments with us in the mission field. If you are in the area, we’d love to get together! Please drop us a line so we can set something up: candice.and.tom@gmail.com

Also, as we approach year-end, we’d love it if you’d consider supporting us with a special one-time gift. I am hoping to take the distance course Principles and Practices of Community Health, to expand my knowledge of community development from a Christian perspective. The course is $600 and I’m required to raise the funds prior to starting the course. Year-end giving could mean an early new-year start!  Click here for easy giving online and more information.

Thank you so much for your friendship, support, and encouragement in 2014. It has been an incredible year for us and we are so thankful you have been along for the ride. We wish you all the best in this beautiful Christmas season and may God bless you in 2015. Thank you for being part of our lives!


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