Friday, August 25, 2017

Dang, that was hard!




The last picture of the family together...for a while.


A message from Teri Englund...

Many of you have asked me “How am I doing with Kayle moving to the United States while I live in Peru?”  My answer has been that I am going to miss her, but things haven’t really sunk in yet.
Scott, Emma, and I have been back in Peru for 5 or so days

Gonna miss having her around...

Kayle's Despedida...Goodbye Peru, It's been good knowing you!
 
and things are beginning to sink in.
Emma has anxiously been moving into Kayle’s old room because it is bigger. We touched up some paint, moved in her bed, and now the room is hers. Emma’s first day back to school was yesterday and she was wiped out by 7 pm, fast asleep on the couch.  She is getting over tonsillitis and still seems pretty exhausted. She is excited to see her friends and be back home.
Scott has been busy catching up on correspondence and working on Motomission details.  He is making progress on his video projects and dreaming up new visions for the future.  He is excited to be back to his playground but has also been processing this new time in our lives.
We went to church on Sunday for the first time as a group of three instead of four.  I began to miss sitting in church with Kayle. She is normally at my side where ever I go.  My eyes began to well at the thought of her.
Kayle is an amazing young woman. Since her beginning God has been there. I used to pray Psalm 139: 1-18 over us when I was pregnant.  I was a scared and nervous first time mom.  It really comforted me knowing that God was there even in the development of Kayle in my womb.   I love the part of Psalm 139 that says “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb… Your workmanship is marvelous!...You saw me before I was born.”  I have loved and cherished that God cares for Kayle.
As Scott and I began to make a list of all the things that needed to be done for Kayle to move back to live in the US,  it was overwhelming and seemed impossible.  We began to think, how are we ever going to make this happen?
Psalm 139:5-10 says “You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head… I can never escape from your spirit!...  If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me.”
Saying goodbye is never easy
I have seen this verse fulfilled in Kayle’s life.  God has been providing for her every need far and near to bless her life in the States. Everything that needed to be accomplished was done! I could go into detail of all the tasks that needed to be accomplished but rather enjoy just saying they are DONE!  It has all been taken care of!  All of them. From the most impossible obstacle to the simplest task. Done.
Thanks GOD…
During our time in the States, we had the privilege of visiting Karcher Church of the Nazarene.  This is our home church in Idaho. Our babies were dedicated at this alter. They were baptized in this church. Our family served and worshipped here for many years before we came to Peru.
As I sat in the pew at Karcher looking at that same alter, I thanked God for all those beautiful moments in our lives.  I once again reminded myself that I had placed my beautiful new born baby, Kayle, in God’s hands, and asked that he would make it evident that he still had her.  Tears welled.
I know that God is still taking care of Kayle as well as us.  No matter where I go or my children go, we are always in His presence!
Thank you for all your love and financial support.  You are the hands and feet of God.  Together we are the body of Christ.  All doing our part as we have been gifted. You are a blessing! 
Got the Peruvian braces off, only to start over in the US
As we prepare for the coming year we would ask for your continued support.  We have undertaken a few more expenses because of changes in our family. We restarted braces for Kayle after a 2 year process in Cusco. In addition, she will have living expenses outside of our normal monthly needs in Cusco. We would love to find a couple of "Kayle" sponsors to support her during her senior year and time in the US. If you are able to give at this time we would ask that you get in contact with us at cuscoteri@gmail.com or our mission, Commission to Every Nation.  The direct link is www.cten.org/scottenglund. CTEN is a US based 501 C3 and are prepared to handle tax benefited donations….
1 (800) 872-5404 (Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm CST)
Commission To Every Nation
P.O. Box 291307
Kerrville, TX 78029-1307

We are so honored to have you in our lives.  Thank you for your faithfulness.  You are a blessing!
The Englund Family,
Scott, Teri, Kayle and Emma

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Big Changes for the Englund Family


Enjoying a hot chocolate in Chivay
It has been a solid eight and a half years since we hopped on the plane to begin this crazy adventure in Peru. A lot has changed, and numerous books could be written about all the experiences we have had during our time here.
Our girls, Kayle and Emma were nine and six years old when we arrived in South America. It's hard to imagine that we are now facing this huge change in our lives.
Kayle,  now 17, is going to be moving back to the US to live out her senior year of high school in Northern California. She will be living with some amazing friends of ours, Scott and Allison Mills. They live in Nevada City, CA, and their family is a perfect match for Kayle.
We made it to the pass...Way to go Kayle!
Many of you have gone through the stage of life where kids are moving out on their own, going off to college, and essentially starting a new chapter. You know what it's like. It's exciting and extremely difficult watching our baby girl, turn the page.
I am certain; She will be missed. She will do well. God has created a wonderful young woman, ready to tackle the challenges of life, and be a positive influence on those in her circles. Teri and I are blessed to call Kayle, "Our Little Sunshine."
In a few weeks, our entire family will be boarding a plane to the US. Our goal is a couple fold. One is to connect with those of you that are part of our prayer and financial support team. We will be travelling to the Northern California area as well as visiting Idaho. We always love to come back and reconnect with friends and family when we have the opportunity.
Another goal of our trip is to help set up Kayle for life in the US. There are many areas that will need to be addressed such as living without Mom and Dad close by, a new family structure, culture shock, high school, obtaining a drivers license, becoming a legal adult, managing her own finances, finding a job, and certainly some other things. It won't be easy, but she is ready. Our experiences of life have put Kayle into situations where she has learned how to work through obstacles and come out smiling on the other side.
Homeschool photo/moto class
While we are in the US, another goal of ours is to beef up our financial support. Over the past eight and a half years, some of our supporters have come and gone. We need to raise some additional support in order to move into the next chapter. With Kayle living in the US, we will have a number of additional or higher expenses that we don't have in Peru. Health insurance, school expenses, transportation, general cost of living, travel expenses, and who knows what else.
Doing a dance!
Kayle will be arriving to the US with her suitcase in hand; a few clothes and a couple of keepsakes. It's like she is moving out for the first time, but can't take the old couch from the garage to furnish her room.
We are asking you to join us in supporting this new chapter for our family. There are a number of specific expenses that need to be covered for Kayle as well as general living expenses. As we support Kayle, our family resources will be tapped quite a bit more.
Biker chick
Monthly support is a great way to provide our family with the necessary resources. As many of you know, we are 100% faith based volunteer missionaries and rely on your support to live and serve here in Peru. We ask that you pray and discuss with your families if you can be part of our support team.
One of our first outings in Peru
In addition to monthly support, we also have some one time needs that are larger in sum. I would like to be able to provide Kayle an airline ticket to come and visit her family in Peru (possibly for Christmas), set up her room at the Mills house (Bed, sheets, decorate), phone, computer, school supplies, driving school, youth group and school activities, etc.
We are excited to come back to the US, but will miss our sweet Kayle girl. Please join us in giving her a big send off.
To make a tax deductable support donation, just click on the link www.cten.org/scottenglund.  You will be able to set up a monthly support amount as well as a one-time gift. You can also contact our mission organization, Commission to Every Nation, via phone at 1 800 863 4810.
We will have a crazy schedule while in the US, but look forward to reconnecting. If you have any questions about our family, support, or just want to talk, we do have a US based phone number in Peru. The number is 208-850-1851. Feel free to contact us.Technology makes it easy...like calling across town.
Learning to drive
Also, if you want to connect with Kayle, you can find her on Facebook. She would love a little encouragement.

Looking forward to a great visit,
The Englunds
Scott, Teri, Kayle, and Emma









Friday, March 25, 2016

A Dry Run...



As March comes around in Peru, we start to see more movement each morning. We begin to see adorable little brown-skinned kids strutting their new backpacks to the bus stops. We see large groups of youth happily taking an exit from university classes as they migrate across the avenue. We see and experience the hustle and bustle of back to school shoppers preparing for the year. I am pretty certain that it happens the same in many places around the globe.
For our youngest daughter Emma, this year's first day at a new school was a highly anticipated event. After the hours of psychological evaluations and testing, rigorous shopping to procure the items on the lists of required school supplies, and trying to find school clothes for a 13 year old girl that would suffice, she had a full plate of stress before the year began.
First Day at a New School...Smiles
The day finally arrived. We wanted to make a big deal about it. She is totally worth it! We loaded up the car with her countless bags of school supplies, backpack, lunch pack, and a few other items. Regardless of what comes out of her mouth, there is always some uncertainty in a new situation.  I was quite sure there was a bit of stress weighing on Emma's heart, but she was rather excited and overcame the anxiety.
We began the short drive to the school. The road winds through a farming area and is riddled with mud and irrigation canals that seem to keep traffic from speeding through. As the school came into view, we noticed there was a lack of activity for what would seem to be the first day of school. We weren't early nor late. We were alone.
As we contemplated our situation, we reviewed the information from the school as to the start date of classes. We discovered that there was a confusing bit where the date did not correspond with the day of the week. The leap year troll somehow caused the confusion.  We headed home and celebrated as if it was her first school holiday.
Emma's focus for the past weeks was on starting school. She thought it would have been that day. However, it became a test run.  All the emotion and pressure was all for not...was it really?
Emma received another chance.  The pressure subsided. We prepared for another first day of school. This time she was more ready that she was the day before. She was experienced. She had already taken the drive. She had already experienced the emotional pressure of arriving at the school and wondering what to do. What an opportunity for this young girl to do over. It was like a dress rehearsal. She had nothing to lose. In fact, it was a blessing for her. A dry run.
Isn't it nice to have a practice round? All too often we view a situation like Emma's as a disappointment or wasted day. Instead, I challenge you to take it as an opportunity to improve and use it as practice for the real show. Be thankful for the "disappointments" in your life. They are opportunities for improvement.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Launched!



     An idea had been brewing in our minds. Since our trip to Lima to participate in the first ever international hard enduro race in Peru, Alex and I could not stop thinking about the potential.
     Let me introduce you to Alex. He has become a good friend and riding buddy. He also operates a motorcycle business in Cusco. He is a former motocross champion in Peru and loves riding motos as much as I do.
     Alex had a bad accident years ago and most people thought he was done with any type of competitive riding. I have since discovered that Alex is not like that. He has been on a recovery path for a while. When I first started hanging with Alex, he was quite timid on the motorcycle. In fact, there were times when he would ask me to ride his bike through a tough spot. Not the case anymore. I have made it a point to push this guy. He wants to do better. He wants to become stronger. He wants to be able to ride more technical stuff. Its inspiring to see Alex going for it.
Alex and I exploring routes for our new venture!
     Alex is somehow surrounded by missionaries.  Part of his therapy is to build the muscles in his replaced hip. He needs to teach his brain to connect with the muscles that surround his hip and left leg. Alex, while spending much time at the gym, happened to connect with Joe. I know Joe because he is a Christian missionary working here in Cusco. Joe happens to be a gym rat with a lot of knowledge about physical training. Joe has taken on Alex as a workout partner. This is part of Joe's ministry. He has been gifted with physical training knowledge and a deep love for people. Joe and I talk about Alex most times we are together. I make sure that Joe is pushing Alex to his limits. Alex is thankful to have Joe in his life and continues to praise his support.
     In a missionary world, we often work outside the standard mission stereotype. In fact, that is pretty much most of my world. I don't preach, nor plant churches. I don't hold evengelism seminars nor do I stand on corners trying to reach the multitudes. I have become good friends with Alex. That is where I shine. I love what I do. I am 100% convinced that when our ministry includes what we love to do, we have a much bigger impact on those around us. Just like Joe. He loves working out in the gym, he loves people, and is a faithful guy that shares his faith not just with words, but with his life.
     Back to Alex---After spending some time in Lima with hundreds of enduro dirtbikers like ourselves, Alex and I began talking and developing an idea to bring riders from Lima to Cusco to ride our trails. Each weekend the guys from Lima go to the same place to ride. Its good, don't get me wrong, but it ain't no Cusco! The Lima riders dream about riding in the Andes, but the logistics are just plain difficult. That is where our plan comes together.
Here is our new FB page for Hard Enduro Cusco...check out on the right, 9601 reached this week.
     Alex and I built a specific business model to meet the need for the riders from Lima. All they have to do is drop their motorcycles off at a transport company on Wednesday, buy a plane ticket to Cusco for early Saturday morning, and we do the rest. They come and ride for two full days in the area which they have been dreaming about for years. We do all of the logistics and guide them through the massive amounts of trails, then we send them home on Sunday evening after two days of bliss in the Andes.
     We just launched the program on Friday and are beginning to schedule dates for groups from Lima. We have already had over 9500 visits to our Hard Enduro Cusco Facebook page. It has been spreading like wildfire. Alex and I are super excited to be working together on this venture. It's amazing how God puts our passions together, places us in connection with specific people, then makes it all happen.  Please pray for Alex and I and our new venture. This is a great offshoot for MotoMission and just opens up the market for us in a whole new and fun way.

Stay tuned for more updates and keep the wheels down!
Scott Englund
MotoMission Peru