Monday, December 15, 2008

The Anticipation

This week holds so much anticipation for our family. So many of our big decision are all coming down to this week.

We have pending issues with Scott's business that should be decided upon on Wednesday! ( a major blessing and HUGE prayer request!)

We will be deciding what items to take to Peru with us. Hopefully we will be bring things that will be useful and bring us comfort through all the changes in store for us.

We are still waiting on God's answer concerning our property, our home and the cabin we have. So far we do not have a clear answer as to how these will be handled while we are away. (I know that God will come through for us in just the right time)

Some amazing answers to prayer:

We will be taking our dogs to California to live with Scott's Parents. This was an important answer to prayer espoecially for Kayle. She had been in tears over who was going to care for our dogs when we leave. It was precious to see her reaction as she learned that God had answered her prayers. We have some incredible children.

We had someone steal our posthole auger at the barn and they had been busy trying to knock down our big barn doors to see what else they might like. We were concerned about how to guard against future loss. We were totally overwhelmed with the support of our friends help with this situation. We have some fencing that our friends are going to buy from us. This helps to remove items of value out of the barn. Praise God. We also will be able to store our tractor somewhere else so it won't be a sitting duck out there. God is bringing people forward to help in all these situations.

We have had so many of people at Karcher that have joined with our family to support us with prayer and finances. This last week we were beyond blessed by the confirmation God has sent through all of you.

We really felt blessed after the Sunday evening Send Off Service at Karcher. It was a big blessing at just the right time. We were feeling really defeated by the news of the barn and the theft. We were really feeling the negative pressure on us so severely that it was difficult to stay focused on God. We were lifted up Sunday night by the overwhelming support and love from our church family. It was perfect.

We know that we are in a battle. The Lord wants to use us and the enemy wants to defeat us. It is an amazing place to be in. We thank you for praying for our family. We have felt your prayers. Please remember us this week as it is a big one for our family.

The girls are in there final week of school. Kayle has been at this school since Kindergarten. She has many friends that she will be saying goodbye too. It is starting to get difficult for her. We are praying for her tender heart.

Emma has been at the school for 2 years now and has several friends too. She has not yet expressed being sad about leaving her school. She is concerned about leaving all her stuffed animals behind. She is 6. It is a big deal to her. I know that God with give her the strength to get through this hard part for her.

Again our family thanks you for your love and support. This is just an update of our life in the last couple of weeks. I apologize that it might not be formatted perfectly, or the thoughts organized very well. I wanted to be able to give you a quick glimpse into some of the things that are happening with our family.

Thank you from Scott, Teri, Kayle & Emma Englund

Saturday, November 15, 2008

This has been a strange but amazing week in the Englund family. It started off with a crisis. I was in a panic when I thought that one of our friends was in serious physical trouble. In an instant I got a text that said "this person was in the ER and get people praying". My mind was racing trying to fill in all the missing details. Scott and I prayed for her. Then I quickly set out to find out what was happening. I found my surprised friend in the ER wondering why I was there. It was a priceless experience. If she was feeling any better, by the time I got there she probably had a relapse. I told her, she was put on the "prayer chain". Which literally translates as everyone in her world will know what has happened in the blink of an eye. I sat with her and her husband to hear why she was there. I think she was embarrassed. I probably would have been too. Somehow we feel like it is only beneficial to pray for others if they are receiving bad news. The nurse seemed confident that everything was going to be fine. We chatted some more and then I was notified that there was another visitor waiting. I left feeling like much better about her situation. We decided I better slow the prayer chain down so that people would not flock to the ER. All in all it was a good lesson. I still need to pray for this friend. Even if she is not critical or on her last leg. It is all the time between life and death we should pray about not just the final act. You should never feel embarrassed when others want to pray for you, it is a blessing. I know sometimes it can feel like you are going to be fine but that is the best time to pray, when we think we are good.

And that was just the beginning of my week..

Another notable moment was when I got to meet with Tina and Morgan for bible study. It is awesome to see how God will further blend our lives together. I love to see the growth in Tina as she reads certain passages for the first time. It is truly a blessing.

If you are not involved with someone that is just starting to experience the goodness of God for the first time, you are missing out. I challenge you to open your horizons to see that new found joy in people that are just beginning to see the light. It is contagious.

Friday was a bitter sweet day as we dealt with the theft of Scott's 6 by 6 point elk antlers. They still had decaying flesh on them for this seasons kill. It was an unnerving experience to find that someone was prowling around in our completely fenced backyard. Still trying to figure that one out.

Friday evening was truly a blessing. We were invited to Andy & Terah's house for dinner. They had several friends there from different aspects of their lives. They are great at meeting people. Scott and I enjoyed ourselves chatting with old friends and making new ones.

Saturday takes the cake. Scott and I worked hard today trying to get things done. But God was working things out that we didn't even know about. I love that about God.

Late last night (Friday) Scott was trying to find an old friend on facebook. He was not able to find him because he was not on facebook. Then this afternoon, this same person asked Scott to be his friend. The friend just opened a facebook account today. Scott was so blown away by the timing of it all. He immediately looked on facebook for this guys number. He called this guy that he has not talked to since college. The first conversation was a short one but very beneficial. It turned out that he asked how he could help us in regards to Peru. Incredible

Shortly before that, Scott received a phone call from someone in our church family. They wanted to commit to a large monthly pledge. Yes, thank you Jesus.
Things are beginning to come together.
We are trying to be so patient and diligent concerning all the things that need to take place in order to be ready in a little over 7 weeks.
Please pray for us.
Teri, Scott, Kayle and Emma Englund

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Preparing for Peru

We are busy getting things ready for the big move. Last week, we were looking to buy an enclosed trailer to haul and store our remaining things in while we were in Peru. Scott had in mind what he considered the perfect choice; something with a ramp door, around 12 feet long, a man door, and of course it would be great if it looked nice. I thought it made sense, but was concerned about how much all of that would cost. Scott and I saw a smaller, less desirable trailer that I was thinking made more sense financially. I asked Scott to consider it. He did, but I could tell that he was hesitant about buying it. I asked him to pray about it because it looked like the best option for us. That afternoon he prayed about it. Later in the day he decided to look on Craig's list to see if there were any new trailers. He found one that was exactly what he wanted and for a really good price. He jumped on it immediately and it is now happily in our back yard. Thanks God!