Papua New Guinea or Bust.

Let me tell you about a place we think is really awesome – Kudjip Hospital.

Patients wait for treatment and encouragement
at the hospital gate.
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This hospital, nestled in a valley between two mountain ranges in rural Papua New Guinea, has served the tribal people of that nation for the past 65 years. Kudjip is a missionary hospital and exists to bring the hope of Jesus Christ, as well as much needed medical care, to people who are in great need of both.

The work in the area is plentiful, but the workers are few. Tom and I (and our three boys) desire to join their number and use our experience and passions to assist the hospital in its effort to reach the lost. This will not be instead of staying at our current ministries in Indiana, but rather in addition to and extension of them.

You see, the hospital in PNG has never had a dietician/nutritionist on staff—nor even visit—in their entire duration of existence. I (Candice) am excited to work with the kitchen staff and use my experience working in rural hospitals in Ecuador and Congo to their gain. It’s my desire to help improve the nourishment of their patients.

Candice can’t wait to get to the hospital kitchen
and the local market.
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Tom will leverage his experience in hospital settings in Rehabilitation Engineering, and his natural knack for all things technology and electronic, to help with a host of projects that have been delayed due to COVID-19 travel restrictions and the subsequent lack of short-term skilled missionaries to the region. He’s excited to help transition the hospital from film to digital x-rays and improve their internet connectivity. He’ll also field test the equipment and projects he’s been working on in Indiana, which will provide invaluable feedback and undoubtably improve their design.

We have heard the hospital’s needs, and we feel the desire to step forward and help. We are eligible for a 60-day visa to the country of Papua New Guinea and are aiming to arrive in-country mid-January (2023) and stay until mid-March. 

But first we must do a thing that feels big and scary. We need to secure the additional funding needed to offset the cost of the project. Would you prayerfully consider participating with us in this endeavor? We need to raise $20,000 and are tasked with securing half that amount prior to booking flights. Should you be interested, please go to and make a tax-receipted donation to our Venture Fund.

We are eager to move forward with this opportunity, if the Lord wills it. Please pray with us!
Let us know if you have any questions or want further information.
In Christ,
Tom and Candice

Tom and Candice Scatliff
Home phone: 574-575-8735
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