Home! Scatliff Newsletter Fall 2014

Posted by Tom Scatliff, With 0 Comments, Category: Newsletters,
God answers prayers! Grinning from ear to ear, we took possession of a house on August 29th! It is in need of a lot of TLC, but we are taking on the task of applying elbow-grease with joy, for WE ARE HOME! Praise the Lord! Thank you for praying for a home for our family. At work things are getting busy and we are so grateful for the projects we get to work on. In addition to the water pump monitor project we mentioned in our last newsletter, Tom is also working on a low-cost, high-power electrical protection unit for our partners with radio stations in developing countries. One of the main reasons radio stations come off the air in these areas is equipment failure due to lightning strikes and poor power supply. This new low-cost protection unit will help guard against such fates for equipment and, ultimately, keep radio stations on the air.  It is a joy for me as his wife to see him use his passions and skills for such an awesome purpose. I will be in Haiti at the end of November to work with Kids Alive International, a partner ministry of the Technology Center. Kids Alive operates a children’s village to care for Haitian orphans and a school and church for the local community. It is my desire that the Lord will use me to improve the nutritional status and health of the young children in their care. Tom will be manning the home-front with the kids (with the help of my mother) back in Elkhart while I am away. And, for our biggest news: This season is one of transition at the Technology Center. After almost 30 years as a ministry of Reach Beyond, the Technology Center has been granted wings to become its own full-fledged non-profit organization, known as SonSet Solutions. The transition to this new organization occurs January, 2015. Although this means very little administratively for Tom and I – as we will remain Reach Beyond Canada missionaries on loan to a US non-profit – it means the work we get to be a part of can adapt more quickly to the ever-changing needs of our ministry partners. It also means that the center will need to support-raise for its own operating expenses and undergo a steep learning curve for operations. We pray for wisdom for our leaders and God’s provision for the center.
Your friendship and support are immeasurable in importance to us. Thank you for taking the time to catch up on what we are up to, please; have us do the same! Write or give us a call and let us know how you are doing. We would love to hear from you.
Tom and Candice and Jonathan and Matthew 59015 Azelea Court Elkhart, IN 46517 USA 574-575-8735

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Big changes for things to stay a lot the same.

Posted by Candice Scatliff, With 0 Comments, Category: Blog Post, Newsletters,
The center where we serve in Elkhart, Indiana, has been granted wings to become an independent non-profit organization called SonSet Solutions!! Exert of the press release of Reach Beyond: (Sept. 29, 2014 - by Ty Mays)  The board of trustees of Reach Beyond announced Thursday, Sept. 25, that the HCJB Global Technology Center, the ministry’s technology division based in Elkhart, Indiana, will become an independent, nonprofit entity called SonSet Solutions. The move allows the center to pursue new ministry opportunities while continuing to serve the technology needs of Reach Beyond.

For nearly 30 years, SonSet Solutions (formerly HCJB Global Technology Center) has been a ministry of Reach Beyond, providing radio technology, broadcast equipment and other engineering services to help spread the gospel to unreached people groups worldwide. The two organizations believe the move will be mutually beneficial, multiplying the impact of both.

“As technological developments continue to emerge at a mind-boggling rate and shape the world around us, it’s more imperative than ever that Christ’s followers seize the capabilities available to us for communicating the message of new life in Jesus Christ,” explained David Russell, president and CEO of SonSet Solutions. “The move by the board of trustees of Reach Beyond will help strengthen the church and engage more believers in God’s work.” Water-For-Life_1020x360_tighter-text Although this means big changes; like learning how to operate as an entire organization, not just a ministry branch of a larger one, and finding the finances to do so; for Tom and I, things will stay pretty much the same. We are still Reach Beyond Canada missionaries serving at a US non-profit. We still get to be part of the same awesome projects while doing so. Elkhart will still be our home base and we get to serve ministry partners all around the globe from here. But now get to do so in a manner that is much more efficient and responsive to our partners' needs. And for this, we are thankful.

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Haiti bound

Posted by Candice Scatliff, With 0 Comments, Category: Blog Post, Newsletters,
It's official. I'm going. No, Tom is not. Nor are the kids. Yes. We are all going to be okay. Lord willing. November 28th I, along with 13 other members of a work team, will be heading to Haiti for eight days of service. For Tom and I this is a fruition of our dream: To use our skills and passions to serve those in need. Although we get to do so from afar every day we work at the office in Elkhart, I am excited for the opportunity for some hands-on work in the field. While on the ground in Haiti I will be working at an orphanage ran by Kids Alive International (a partner ministry of the Technology Center).  My focus is to improve the nutritional status of the children in their care. Not only will I get the chance to work with the ladies who run the kitchen and the house mothers who care for the children at the orphanage, I will also have the opportunity to get involved in community programs that serve the community at large. Tom will be man-ing the home front with the boys, whom we feel are too young to join in the effort this time. Thankfully, my mother is also going to help hold down the fort in Elkhart during my absence, which will allow Tom to keep working on his projects while I'm away. Yes, we are asking the family (including a nurseling who will be 13 months at the time) to give up mommy for 8 days. A husband to give up his wife. A Baba (Grandmother) to travel to Elkhart to help with the kids... But these sacrifices will be so worth it. And we are all called to make them: "...look after orphans and widows..." James 1:27 Kids Alive International   Each member of the service team is tasked with raising the funds required for travel and in-country expenses. The cost for this trip is approximately $1,500. If you would like to help with these costs, that would be awesome! All donations will receive a tax receipt. Give easily (and securely) online: --> For those in Canada, please click this button:
  --> For those in the US, please follow this link!   We are also tasked with filling our second allotted suitcase with donations the orphanage is in need of. If you would be interested in shopping for some items to send down, please contact me for the list of items the orphanage is hoping for! And, as always, prayers are required! It's our desire to make an impact during our time on the ground and, Lord willing, an impact with an eternal effect.   Thank you for your support!

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Posted by Candice Scatliff, With 5 Comments, Category: Blog Post, Newsletters,
For the past 10 months we have been without a permanent residence. We've relied on The Lord's provision for a home for our family and made a million memories along the way. We are so grateful for the amazing friends, family, and supporters that we have and can lean on heavily at times of need. And now. After 10 (sometimes long) months, we are home. We can unpack the suitcases. Unpack the boxes. Unpack and set up a new normal for our children: Home.     On August 29th we closed on our family's first house. The Elkhart housing market is one of the most affordable in the entire USA. The market is so low that it is cheaper to own than to rent. Not even kidding. Unfortunately this scenario is a reflection of the local economy. The housing market crash took a double hit on Elkhart, where the major industry is RV manufacturing. When people can't afford their homes, they certainly aren't shopping for RVs. Which meant major job losses and a lot of people leaving town. So the housing market is flooded with homes that no one is living in, and often a mortgage that the owners can no longer afford. To say the least, it is a buyer's market.     We picked this one: IMG_6237 (1)   She's terribly out dated and in need of a lot of TLC. But if there's one thing we've got it's elbow grease. We've been in the house for just over a week and already have many hours of wallpaper-removing, wall-puttying, sanding, priming, and painting under our belts. With LOTS more to come. But we work with joy. And extreme gratitude. We are so thankful. We are home.

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Clean Drinking Water: Reliable and Accountable

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

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do something!

Posted by Candice Scatliff, With 1 Comments, Category: Blog Post, Newsletters,
Driving to work this morning a Matthew West song came on the radio, and the lyrics hit HOME. This to why we are here. And it was a perfect reminder for me. Tom and I have always said, if those who are willing and able don't do something, then who will? We are so thankful for the opportunity to do something. And we are so grateful for all of our supporters who are doing something by sustaining us! Here are the lyrics to the song, and below is a link to a video by Matthew West. The video features a young woman who also stood up and just did something.  
I woke up this morning Saw a world full of trouble now Thought, how’d we ever get so far down How’s it ever gonna turn around So I turned my eyes to Heaven I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?” Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of People living in poverty Children sold into slavery The thought disgusted me So, I shook my fist at Heaven Said, “God, why don’t You do something?” He said, “I did, I created youIf not us, then who If not me and you Right now, it’s time for us to do something If not now, then when Will we see an end To all this pain It’s not enough to do nothing It’s time for us to do something I’m so tired of talking About how we are God’s hands and feet But it’s easier to say than to be Live like angels of apathy who tell ourselves It’s alright, “somebody else will do something” Well, I don’t know about you But I’m sick and tired of life with no desire I don’t want a flame, I want a fire I wanna be the one who stands up and says, “I’m gonna do something” If not us, then who If not me and you Right now, it’s time for us to do something If not now, then when Will we see an end To all this pain It’s not enough to do nothing It’s time for us to do something We are the salt of the earth We are a city on a hill (shine shine, shine shine) But we’re never gonna change the world By standing still No we won’t stand still No we won’t stand still No we won’t stand still If not us, then who If not me and you Right now, it’s time for us to do something If not now, then when Will we see an end To all this pain It’s not enough to do nothing It’s time for us to do something [x3]

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Hello from Here! Scatliff Newsletter Summer 2014

Posted by Candice Scatliff, With 0 Comments, Category: Newsletters,
We have arrived... Praise God! After two years of support raising, much prayer, and whole lot of blood, sweat, and tears, we are here in Elkhart, Indiana. The weather is hot, the people are friendly, and we are excited to be getting down to work! pump_monitorAt the Technology Center, Tom is spending most of his time on a water-pump monitoring project. A team has developed a solar-powered pump that can provide clean water to remote communities. These pumps send data (re: water flow, amount of sunlight, depth of reservoir, etc.) via satellite that can be used to monitor the well and detect problems with the pump. Tom is developing the web site that collects and displays this satellite data. A few members of the team are in Ecuador this week installing the pumps in remote communities; Tom is excited to be the one back at the office receiving the data. I (Candice) am the Technology Center’s Community Health Consultant. It is a new position and I’m excited to develop it.  I’m in the office Wednesday afternoons, and while I’m there Tom is home with the boys (and vice-versa). It’s an arrangement that works well for our family, which has been through so many transitions over the past few months. For now, we are staying with friends while we search for a home. We have been so blessed with the amount of help we’ve had during this transition – from packing up our place in Montreal to landing here in Elkhart - but, to be honest, it hasn’t been easy. We definitely underestimated the emotional toll this move would have on us. We miss our Canadian friends, family, church family and community. I know with time we will settle in and call Elkhart ‘home’, but right now life is still in transition and we are yearning to be settled. If you would be willing to pray with us for peace in this transition, we would really appreciate that. We’d also love to hear from you. Our email address has not changed (candice.and.tom@gmail.com), but our phone number has (574-355-3635) and our temporary mailing address is: 23370 Spring Creek Trail Elkhart, IN 46516 family_summer_2014Thank you all so much for your prayers and support. Without you we simply would not be here. And although we are here, we are still in much need of support. Please shoot us an email or follow this link if you are interested in sustaining us in the work we are doing. If you would like more frequent updates on our journey, follow the blog portion of our web site (candiceandtom.com) or friend us on Facebook (Candice Scatliff). Otherwise we’ll keep sending these quarterly updates. Enjoy your summer!

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keepin’ on, keepin’ on

Posted by Candice Scatliff, With 0 Comments, Category: Blog Post, Newsletters,
We are still here! Settling into life and getting deeper into our service opportunities here in Elkhart and at the Technology Center. We moved from one friends' house to another this past weekend and will remain here until we secure our own place. Yes, one day we won't be living out of suitcases! (Or so I keep telling myself). Lord willing that will be by the end of August. Possibly sooner. I'm trying my best not to get antsy, but to wait on The Lord's perfect timing. When we arrived in Elkhart we started 'church shopping' and attended Sugar Grove church as our first church here. We haven't tried another church since! It's great to have a community that we are getting to know and they have a great children's program that the kids can attend each week. Having something like this as a constant in their ever-changing lives is invaluable. My parents came to visit for a few days last week while on a road-trip vacation out east. I'm looking forward to seeing them on their return trip through. We will also be blessed with an opportunity in August to spend time with a group coming from Winnipeg Evangelical Church to camp in a nearby town. It very much helps feel like 'home' when people come to visit! But for now we will keep on keeping on. Settling into our new life and adjusting to living on this side of the border. I look forward to sharing with you more details about what's happening at the Technology Center once they become more solidified. But for now, I'll just leave it as: God is so good!

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