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.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Baseball...It's Been a Long Time Old Friend



               It has been a full couple of months, but I want to bring you all up to date on some of the news from Cusco and the Englund family.

Our Crazy Kids

               Our family is doing good. With Kayle being gone, Emma is getting a lot of one on one time with Teri and I. It's good for all of us. However, we certainly miss Kayle. She will be returning with Teri's mother, and brother. They will be spending a couple of weeks with us. We are so excited to have visitors.

Teri and I on a 3 day anniversary adventure
               Kayle is still in the US for a couple more weeks. As I write this, she is on a backpacking trip with a Campus Life group from Nevada City. I am sure she is having a blast. We have been blessed to know many of the group as they came and joined us last year here in Peru on a couple of weeks of ministry and adventure. I must say I am a proud dad to have such a capable kid to be able to send her off to another country for a couple of months at her age. Way to go Kayle! We certainly miss her and cannot wait till she returns, but thankful for the opportunity for her.
Happy 21 yrs...This girl goes places
               While on the topic of kids, Emma is at a camp this week. She is with the big kids. It's amazing to watch our kids grow up in a country that is so different from the one in which I grew up(some may say I haven't grown up yet...still up for debate)  She communicates in Spanish like the rest of the kids. She understands the culture like the rest of the kids. She is a huge part American, and likewise a huge part Peruvian. In fact, she can belt out the Peruvian national anthem. As for the Star Spangled Banner, she doesn't hear it enough to know it. She didn't learn it in school.  It's a strange thing to notice.
               The missionary community had a July 4th picnic and celebration. We all joined in to sing the US national anthem. It was a beautiful sound to my ears. I don't hear it that much. Many of the kids had no clue as to the words. The adults as well as the newly expatriated kids belted it out nice and loud. It makes the hair on the back of my neck stand out straight. I admit that I miss the good ole US of A. Did I mention that I got to play baseball at the party? I have developed a greater appreciation for American life and culture as our family has been serving here in Peru for six and a half years. I hear all of the problems in the US for sure. The news is no different here. They look for the negative story and blast it all over the airwaves. I know the US has its problems, but I am still honored to be an American. I sure miss playing ball...

Big Things Coming With MotoMission

               As for other another area of ministry, MotoMission is ramping up. Recently I started blogging for a huge motorcycle online community called Thumpertalk. com.  This has really given us a lot of exposure to the dirtbike community. I have already booked tours as a result of the blogging. I am excited to continue in the story writing and sharing our adventures to a huge group that has the same passion for motorcycle as I have. I noticed that my typical posts to you all have been spread out a bit. This is because of the increased amount of writing that I have been doing on the other blog site. If anyone is interested in following the motorcycle blog on Thumpertalk, you can join as a member then follow my blog which is called, Trail Tales of Enduro in South America.


This is our latest tour video...anyone recognize this guy?
 
               As many of you are aware, Motomission is our main ministry focus at the moment. Within this business ministry operation, we are also working on another big project that will help us reach our financial goals of permanently funding the Altivas Canas Childrens project. The project will be a professional documentary program that will highlight dirtbiking in Peru as well as be dovetailed with a mens adventure ministry twist that will blow your socks off. We are still in the early workings of the concept, but know that when we get the green light, the tires will start throwing some dirt. This is a huge project that has me so pumped up. I have lost many an hour of sleep just thinking and dreaming about how it will come together. Keep your eyes and ears open as this documentary project could potentially fund the entire Altivas Canas project and have enough left over for other projects as well. While the documentary program is being filmed and produced, MotoMission will continue to operate as originally planned.
Hauling in a batch of blankets in Alta Accha

Put a Blanket on that Woman

               Recently, our family joined up with our local church to head up to a small community high up in the mountains to distribute blankets and supplies. It is a location in which the church has worked before. The temperature gets down really low and they are always in need of good clothing and blankets to keep them warm at night. It was a fun day to connect with the people from Alta Accha. Teri posted a ton of pictures from the day on her Facebook page. I am sure many of you have already seen them.  You can enjoy the ones on here for now.

Random Stuff

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               Thanks Grady Pearsol of Nampa Idaho for joining up with The Meeting Place Cafe. It was great to get to know you and hang out a bit. If anyone is interested in joining up for some ministry work in Peru, please let us know. We are always trying to help out the local churches and missionaries wherever we can.
               Thank you to all of our faithful supporters for making it possible to do what we do as volunteers.  We are blessed beyond measure to have you in our lives. That's all for now. There are many more stories to come...Stay tuned!

The Englund Family
Scott, Teri, Kayle, and Emma

 
The ladies at Alta Accha

If you would like to join our family and ministry by supporting us financially, we are constantly working to make sure we have the resources to do what we do. You can make a tax deductible donation, one time or monthly at www.cten.org/scottenglund. It is always a blessing and privilege to have you on the team.
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