Friday, August 17, 2018

A Scholarship for Kayle





Done with High School...Whats next?
Dreaming of a future




We sat on the couch at my parent’s house in California having a family meeting about a month ago. Kayle expressed interest in a school in Salem, Oregon called Corban University. She had looked into Corban after being exposed to the school through a travelling group called the Silver Ring Thing, an abstinence program that reaches out to high schoolers.  She liked what she saw, but originally thought it would be too much money, too hard to get in, and too little time to make it all happen. She was overwhelmed and thought a gap year would be an easier option.
A beautiful campus
Obstacles seem to steer us down various paths. We all have a choice to allow those obstacles to move us in a good direction or allow them to keep us in a place of discontent.
Teri and I are committed to our kids. We have become so close due to our time on the mission field. It has been a necessity. We cry often, laugh even more, and when it’s time to support each other, we have a strong system. As Kayle continued to hint at the idea of Corban, we jumped on board.
Corban University has a strong Christian tradition
It was late at night as we hung out as a family. Kayle again mentioned Corban and possibly attending school in the fall. Teri and I both understood that school was heavy on Kayle’s mind. We decided to take a road trip the next day to check out Corban University. Salem, Oregon is about seven to eight hours away from where we were, so Teri booked a hotel for the following night. We left for Salem the next morning in search of where God may be leading our precious Kayle.
We arrived and were greeted by some super helpful people. They welcomed us with open arms. The campus tour was perfect as it started a dreaming process in Kayle’s mind. The seed was planted. By the time the tour was over, she was ready to enroll.
As for Kayle, she has chosen to take on the challenge of attending school this fall. What a mountain of obstacles! A month before classes start, Kayle hadn’t taken her SAT(and the next available date was after school begins), we have no idea how to pay for it, and Kayle would have to do most of it on her own as we had tickets to fly back to Peru at the beginning of August.
The campus is full of scriptural wisdom
With a lot of scrambling, late night paperwork and financial aid forms, Kayle has an acceptance letter. She will be attending Corban University this fall.  We have no idea how it will all work out, but as with so many things in our lives, we stepped out in faith and found ourselves vulnerable once again. It’s an exciting place to be, but not very easy.
The biggest obstacle is financial aid. After we have scoured all the grants, scholarships, and loans, we have found ourselves a bit short. Thanks to Kayle’s good grades, she has received a lot of help, but there is a $9,800 shortfall for the year.
I am asking that you prayerfully and financially invest into Kayle and her future.  The best way to help is to make a tax deductible donation to our mission organization (in fact, there is a matching scholarship through the school if CTEN sends money for Kayle). You can either go online at www.cten.org/scottenglund/ or contact by phone at (800) 872-5404(Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm CST).
Mail in donations work as well by sending a check made out to Commission to Every Nation with a note that explains the donation is for the Englund Family (Kayle College).
Commission To Every Nation
P.O. Box 291307

Kerrville, TX 78029-1307

We are so thankful to have you in our lives. We are sorry that we were not able to connect with all of you on our recent trip to the US. Please stay in tune as we have a lot of exciting things to share in the near future.

In His hands,
The Englund Family

Friday, May 18, 2018

Another Milestone


Another chapter begins...
A Beautiful Graduate!

Well, it's time for another milestone in our lives...As many of you know, our oldest daughter, Kayle, moved back to the US to finish off her final year of high school in California. Now it's time for her to complete that chapter. Graduation is just around the corner. We are so proud of Kayle and the young woman she has become. She has not lived an easy life, but one that has been filled with lots of awesome experiences. We plan on being the proud parents at the ceremony, taking pictures and giving a big whoop and holler when they announce her name.  Since Kayle's time in the US, we have adapted our lives to manage with three of us in the house. We have certainly missed the silly little antics of Kayle, and her "big sister" gift of helping, but also so excited that Kayle reaches the end of another chapter of life.
We are looking forward to spending some time in the US visiting family and friends, taking a break from our lives on the field for a short spell, and maybe get a little time to chill(if that term can be used in a California summer context).



On the mission front, we have had a good year. MotoMission is going strong. In fact, I have somehow managed to pack one of our busiest months ever into the few days just before our departure. I hope my body can handle it.  It's fun and super exciting, but it certainly takes its toll. We continue to support the children's project in Cusco, and are blessed each time we can be part of the awesome work they do for the kids in the neighborhood.
Also, many of you know that I have been working on a documentary film project that I hope to debut during the summer while in the US.  I am in the process of finishing the final touches on the film. Currently, a focus group is looking over the film to make sure the content makes sense and the story is solid. Then it's off to the film festival scene. I have included the film trailer to tease you a bit. I hope you enjoy. Make sure to "LIKE" the NEVER RIDE ALONE FILM official movie page on Facebook to stay up to speed on all the release dates, showings, film festivals, and merchandising. Please pass it along via "shares" on social media as that is one of the most effective ways to create a buzz about the film. So far we have had great response on the trailer, with thousands of views so far.

Just the three of us
Emma, our youngest, has been involved in typical crazy life of a teenager. One of the new things for her is playing soccer on one of the women's teams here in Cusco. That's a big deal as girls soccer has not been a big thing here in Peru. The culture has not embraced it in the past, but it seems that the door is opening and providing a good opportunity to build the feminine side of the sport. Emma has improved so much. She is the youngest on the team, and gets in there and fights for the ball like a seasoned veteran.  Since Emma is playing, Teri has also gotten back into her old favorite sport. We now have an Englund family presence each week as we get together and play soccer in the neighborhood.
As many of you follow along with our lives and have been supporting our mission here in Cusco, we want to say thanks for your continued support. Your prayers and financial blessings have been the thing that allows us to continue in our work here in Cusco.  You are appreciated.
Until the next update, keep your eyes open on Facebook for more up to date happenings with our family, mission, and film project.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Wrapping Up Another Great Year in Peru!



   This year has been another crazy bunch of life! So many ups and downs, but when it's all averaged out...It's been awesome.
A special gift for each of the mothers
Last years celebration...so good we had to do it again!
   Over the course of the year, we have continued to work closely and support the Altivas Canas Children's project with the profits of our social enterprise, MotoMission Peru.  The kids at the project are able to have a safe place to come after school, eat a healthy meal, finish up their homework, and have a great environment to spend the afternoon.  The amazing ladies that operate the project work tirelessly to enhance the lives of each of the kids. We are honored to be able to pitch in and help. This time of the year is especially exciting for the kids as we typically do a big Christmas party.  We are planning on providing each of the single mothers of the kids with a large basket of all sorts of household goodies. The kids will each receive their own personal gift as well as have the chance to dance, play games, sing, and eat a ton of food.  Having a huge Christmas  party seems like an appropriate way to celebrate Christ's birth!
   
 

A sweet surprise!

One major event for our family  that took place in 2017 is that our oldest daughter Kayle moved back to the US to finish off high school. That has been a big transition for Teri, Emma, and I. We miss her dearly, but have adjusted to not having Kayle around every day.  Kayle seems to be doing well, but just like all teenagers in high school, she has her struggles. Please continue to pray for her as she continues to adjust, mature, and learn life in a new world. It ain't easy! One cool thing to note is that Teri was able to make a surprise visit to the US to celebrate Kayle's 18th birthday!  I still get tears when I see the video!
MotoMission Peru makes people smile!
    MotoMission Peru keeps pounding forward. We have had a number of tours from riders from all over the world. The market continues to change and the sport of Hard Enduro has grown exponentially since our inception. In addition, the community of dirt bikers here in Cusco has expanded.  It's awesome to see the sport develop and become a new passion for so many. It's even more awesome to be able to use our passions for motos to support local projects. Still so stoked to be doing what we do!
A little racing action...I got to bang bars with the pros!
    Some of you had been aware of a big motorcycle documentary project that was to take place last summer. We had to put it on the back burner for a number of reasons. That has lead us to another documentary project that has been  occupying a lot of the time between tours.  There is still a lot of work to complete, but it has been a huge project. We are hoping to roll it out in 2018 and dazzle the world with a little picture of what it's like to ride dirt bikes in the Andes. Stay tuned for the updates!
    From our family to yours, we want to say thank you for those that have been supporting our family and mission over the years.  As some of you know, we are faith based missionaries, meaning that we are supported by faithful people that believe in our family and mission.  We certainly could not serve here in Peru if it weren't  for so many of you.  
    As we continue to live and serve here in Peru, please know that we are in need of more support. Over the course of the nearly nine years on the field, situations have changed with some supporters. I want to ask you to consider supporting missions via our family. We are part of  the mission organization, Commission to Every Nation. CTEN offers us an incredible service while we are on the field.  They make it easy to set up a monthly tax deductable support package for our family. They can also do single donations as well( Still a few more days to get those processed by the end of the year...don't forget about us!)
You can reach them online at www.cten.org/scottenglund/
or contact them at  1-800-872-5404 M-F( 8am to 5pm CST)

We look forward to tackling another year in Peru. Please continue to keep our family and ministry in prayer. We can't wait to see what 2018 has in store!
We love to hear from you. Feel free to drop us a note via Facebook, email, or just call us sometime at our house. We have a US based phone at 208-850-1851.

Wishing you the best year ever!
The Englund Family
Scott, Teri, Kayle, and Emma

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