Hope for Home.

I’m not sure how people make sense of the world without the Word to guide them. This verse, for instance:

Proverbs 16:9
The heart of man plans his way,
but the Lord establishes his steps.

… is just brilliant. Let me share how that’s the case in my life right now.

Remember as a kid, you would have these dreams of what you wanted to be when you grew up?

If all those dreams came true (and if my house is a representative sample) we’d have our fill of policemen, helicopter pilots, and train engineers.

The boys dreaming of being pilots at the airplane museum.

When I was about 16, I was home sick from school one day and watching public access television… And they did this documentary on the Rehabilitation Centre for Children in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They featured those working with kids with special needs doing wheelchairs, prosthetics, communication devices, and so much more. And I knew that’s what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. My course was set. My heart had planned my way.

Although it didn’t turn out exactly that way, I did end up doing that type of work, mostly with adults, for about 7 years during and after university as a rehabilitation engineer at the Health Sciences Center in Winnipeg. I loved that job. I built technology for people with disabilities: Power wheelchairs, computer access, stuff to turn your lights on and off, all kinds of things. Anything that could improve someone’s quality of life.

I met the Lord a very short time before leaving that job. I’ve always yearned for an opportunity to do that type of work again, but use it to share the Gospel, not just to provide for a physical or emotional need. Did you know that people with disabilities are among the least reached in the world? According to Joni and Friends (a ministry focused on reaching and providing for those with disabilities) in the States only 5-10% of people living with disabilities know Jesus. In other countries the rates are even lower.

Hanging out with a kid we worked with at a children’s home in Ecuador, circa 2010.
Same heart then as now.
My heart has often planned ways to include rehabilitation engineering into the ministry we do, but my steps have never brought me there. Yet I remember:
Proverbs 16:9
The heart of man plans his way,
but the Lord establishes his steps.

Recently, a new (to us) ministry was put on our radar: “Hope for Home.” It’s down in Guatemala, and it’s a ministry for kids (and some adults) with special needs. They house 30-40 in group homes and support another 200 families in rural areas.

We felt compelled to visit this ministry, and the Lord made that happen (and rather quickly!). Our whole family spent this past week with “Hope for Home” and it was incredible, to say the least. I’m pretty excited about the possibilities of working with them some way, some how, for some length of time. That 16-year-old kid watching public access television would approve.
The whole family loved the chance to hang out and play with the kids in the ministry.
Would you pray with us regarding how we should plan to move forward with that?

Proverbs 16:9
The heart of man plans his way,
but the Lord establishes his steps.

Tom (and Candice and the boys)

Tom and Candice Scatliff
Home phone: 574-575-8735
Email: candice.and.tom@gmail.com
Web: www.candiceandtom.com
or missiongo.org/scatliff
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