Sunday, February 8, 2009

February Blog post from the Englunds

I am sitting here on a Saturday night pondering the events that have led us to where we are currently situated. God has an amazing plan for us. It is by His grace as well as a whole lot of other things that we have been able to make the move to this mission field here in Peru.
I believe that there is a specific purpose in what we are doing here. To list all the things that had to perfectly orchestrate into this purpose would take all night. I want to highlight and stress that one of those items that is so important is the prayer and financial support of those in our circles of friends. You are creating joy, providing experience, spreading His word, discipling new believers, putting food on the table of a missionary family, and providing the means by which we can work without the hindrance of working a typical for pay type job.
I cannot tell you how blessed we have been by those of you who have jumped onboard and believe in our mission. I am so pleased that you all have joined us in this work.
Our experiences so far have been filled with His blessings beyond our wildest dreams: and I have some big, wild, and crazy dreams!
God has aligned us in a spot where I have been able to reconnect with people from my past that would not have otherwise known what I am doing. It has provided a perfect witness opportunity. I cannot tell you how many people from my past have just popped back into my life. I am talking about people that I have had no contact with in 20 to 25 years. That is a big portion of my life. It provides great confirmation of what we are doing when God throws into our lives these little morsels of “Hey Englund, check this out!”
We are adjusting to this new environment much better than expected. The girls are learning the language, stepping out to make friends, and we are enjoying the social aspects of having other people into our home. This culture is so inviting and friendly. We feel welcomed wherever we go. It feels good to be wanted. Now I am not so sure it will always be the case, but so far it has made this transition much easier.
We have gone to our first wedding and our first birthday party. These Peruvians know how to celebrate! We had a great time at the party and we were able to manage even though the language barrier is ever so present. It is getting better really fast. Language school is still brutal. However, I am able to communicate pretty much anything with a little time, bad Spanish, and hand gestures. With a few more months of language training, our whole family will be talking in Spanish just like the Peruvians, at least I hope.
Work has not really started in full force. However, once language school is done, it is go time. We have so many things that need to be done. I cannot wait to dive into this big project.
Our Extreme Nazarene crew had its first weekly lunch at the office complete with devotion and a prayer time. Teri is the prayer coordinator for the ministry. She will be keeping a prayer log with prayer request, answered prayers and other prayer related info. She is really looking forward to heading up that part of the mission. Our project is coming together. There are still some project funds that need to be raised back home, but I am sure that God will provide. Keep your eyes open for some promo opportunities for our project. They will be taking place all over the country.

Many of you have asked about sending care packages down. It looks like we have figured out the best way to do it. Receiving mail at our house only works if we are at home when they try to deliver. Otherwise it turns into a big headache to go stand in line at the post office and have the customs guards go through the stuff. There is a much better chance of it getting through with a smaller package. Also if it is mailed to the Extreme office, that would be better. We have people there 24/7. It is also a business and the customs agents are a little more lenient for some reason. The address is as follows:

Extreme Nazarene – Englund family
Calle Lima 110
Arequipa, Peru

We do not really need too much right now as we are still enjoying the newness of things. However, as time moves forward, culture shock will most likely set in and having a little taste of home would be perfect. We want to thank so many of you for asking about how we are doing. Your prayers are truly felt. God has blessed us to no end. There is no question that we are in the spot that God wants us. He is stretching us, but we are welcoming the challenges that lay before us. Thank you so much for participating and following God’s direction so that we can follow his direction as well. We make a great team!
Our family sends you love, and heartfelt thanks that cannot be expressed well enough in writing. Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer and financial blessings. I pray that God will cause your lives to be blessed far more than any of us can imagine.

Dios te Bendiga
God Bless You

The Englund Family