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


Friday, December 18, 2015

Does Santa visit a house that has no chimney?



    It's getting really close to Christmas. I am sure the hustle and bustle of the holidays are weighing heavy on many of your hearts today. I want to encourage you to finish off the year with a focus on what really matters. It's not the presents, but the present that really counts.
Take today to focus on what is happening in your life right now. We cannot go back to yesterday and do a replay. We can't reach out to tomorrow and make any kind of change. You cannot change that which has not taken place. Get zoned into today.
Ask yourself, "How am I living today?"
Do you know how hard it is to get a picture of all of us together with normal faces?
     At times, we get caught up in habitual living. I would like to challenge you to make a difference in somebody else's life today, more than you normally would. Someone who wouldn't normally receive any blessing from you, a person that may not even deserve it. DO something today that will make a positive difference in someone's life outside of yourself.
     Offer to pay for the person in line behind you at Starbucks. Give someone a special compliment that you wouldn't normally speak with. Give someone an early Christmas present that is not on the list of people to which you must give a gift. Send an encouraging note to a coworker.
     Live today well. It will be gone before we know it. We may or may not have another opportunity tomorrow..  By making a difference today in the life of another you will be filling their tank as well as your own.  I have never fully understood why joy is felt by the one who is giving. God's gift I suppose...One simply cannot give everything away. The more you give, the more you receive.
     We want you all to know that the gifts and blessings that many of you have given us over the years have been such a blessing. I often struggle with expressing the feelings in a manner where you all understand just how thankful we are to have you as part of our lives. The path that we have taken to live in and minister here in Peru has been an adventure of huge proportions. We are honored to have you on the team. We are honored to be able to partner with you and make a difference in people lives on a daily basis.  It's like a perpetual blessings bank.  Thank you for blessing our family and ministry. 
We could not be doing what we do without you.

Have the best Christmas season ever!
The Englund Family
Scott, Teri, Kayle, and Emma
Our Mission Organization  www.cten.org.com/scottenglund
Our Social Enterprise business/Ministry website www.motomissionperu.com

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

We've Got the Itch!



One year ago....a lot has changed since then.
Exactly one year ago, we were in the US enjoying one of those whirlwind trips to visit family, stay connected to our support team, and to get away from the hectic and often burdensome schedule of our lives in Cusco. Since then, a lot has happened.
It seems that after a period of time, we start getting the itch to return to the US for a visit. We begin to talk about how we miss this or that, share memories of previous visits, see the Facebook pics of friends and family and just long to be there with you all.
It's part of our lives. It drives us to keep going and finish what we are here to do. We are living an exciting life for sure. The days are filled with many tasks. For our family, there is homeschool, at least at the moment. We have found a school for Emma and will start at the beginning of the next school year. As for Kayle, we are putting a lot of emphasis on getting her ready for college through an intense homeschool program. Teri is putting much of her effort into the girls education. I have been able to pitch in and help where I can. One of the things I look forward to each week is a class I have with Kayle. We call it PhotoMoto. We have a weekly photography/film theme, study it via an online lesson, then we take the motorcycles out to put our new knowledge into practice. We combine photography, dirtbikes, exercise, and most importantly, time together. My little girl is growing up. I don't want to miss it!
Trying to find the creative stuff
A pretty scene...maybe a website foto!
Gotta have a selfie to prove we were there
Many of you know that we have made some big changes in the last year. Our main focus of The Meeting Place Cafe ministry has been passed on to another missionary family. I am happy to report that the cafe is going strong. They are often overwhelmed with customers looking for a great place to sip a coffee or enjoy a pastry delight. The popularity has grown and will continue to operate well into the future. I cannot tell you how pleased I am to have the plan working so smoothly. They continue to support the Altivas Canas Children's project on a monthly basis which provides nutritious meals for the kids, school supplies, staff, and many other necessities.
We love being here in Peru. Our family is happy and doing well. Our local church reminds us of our congregation back home. We have learned to deal with the nuances of the culture on most days and have settled into life in this world.
Our main ministry focus is Motomission Peru. This MotoMission adventure is a perfect fit. It connects my craziest passions and gifts together. My face lights up when I talk about our work. It's compelling and contagious. I have discovered just how much busy work there is in this business. I find myself writing, designing, and talking  for countless hours each day. My mind never stops.  And so it goes, a hyper-focused kid trapped in an aging body, who loves motorcycles and is always excited about the day to come.


video
The day to day stuff we do is not always the most exciting. We are not like all the other missionaries who are paddling canoes up and down the Amazon for days on end, month after month. I had that idea of missionaries at one point. How it boils down for us, is to connect with people. That is what MotoMission has done. I cannot tell you how many influential people I have met because of what I do.  There is a "club" if you will, of accomplished dirtbikers in Peru. The MotoMission story has inspired a large majority of that group. The word has spread, thus people are made aware, and in the end, I get phone calls or emails from people wanting to do tours. Along with a lot of writing/blogging, people are seeing what MotoMission is all about. It doesn't go as fast as I want, but the number of tour inquiries has increased significantly over the last 6 months. I am excited to see where the next year or two will take us.
On that note, I want to say thank you for taking this journey with us. So many of you continue to support our family and ministry by financial means as well as lifting us up in prayer. We are so fortunate to have a team that partners with us and understands what we do. Please continue to keep us in prayer for physical protection, financial security, and that through MotoMission, we would continue to reach people.

With our hearts full of blessings,
The Englund Family
Scott, Teri, Kayle, and Emma

If you would like to join our support team, we would be honored. You can contact our mission organization, Commission to Every Nation(CTEN), and set up a monthly support program with us at www.cten.org/scottenglund/ or by calling them at  (800) 872-5404.