So, we are settling into our lives here in Cusco. I will try to keep this as short as possible, as I tend to write long emails. Short and to the point this time…I promise…
Our girls have started homeschooling this week. Teri is excited to be their teacher. It is not easy for her, but she will do a great job. It also provides for some flexibility in our lives as we are always missing school with different projects and things going on. This will be a great blessing.
Some of you may or may not understand our specific mission while serving here in Cusco. I thought I could tell you specifically what we are doing so you can understand our purpose and call here in this crazy mission field of Cusco. We are operating a café and a church here in the heart of the city. Our café is a nice, clean, and enjoyable place to come and eat a breakfast, get a great cup of coffee, and experience an atmosphere that is uplifting and full of volunteers that want to be at work. Our church is focused on reaching an international crowd. We have people from various countries including Peru, US, UK, Australia, Columbia, Germany, and Holland. It is truly an international group. We reach out to the tourist crowd as well as minister to the local volunteer community as well. We also have a few Peruvians that join us and call our church their home. It is a straight forward bible based lesson each week coupled with amazing worship done by a couple of young musicians that attend. The church is strong and people are encouraged each week.
As for the business side of things, we are giving 100% or our profits away to three local ministries. This means that the support for our family is coming from donations and faithful people outside of our business of the café. The first of our ministries that we support is Casa Josefina. It is an orphanage that raises developmentally challenged, abandoned, abused, and neglected children. All of the kids come from difficult situations, but are being cared for by amazing people. Many of our volunteers also serve at Casa Josefina.
The second mission with which we are aligned is Project CORASON. This is an after school project that offers kids programs in the afternoons. These programs are run by volunteers. It is a Christian organization that reaches kids through programs that teach values, biblical understanding, as well as keeps them active with games, crafts, music, and many other activities. Due to the poverty in the area, parents are forced to both work 12-15 hour days which leaves the older children to raise the younger ones. This program provides a great place to minister and support these kids by giving them a viable values based outlet.
The third project that The Meeting Place is supporting is Casa Del Aguila. This project is a multifaceted project that is located just outside of Cusco. It is a functioning farm that has undergone some financial and vision problems. Currently, we are partnered with another CTEN mission family that is working to build sustainability in the farm. They are currently running a hog operation as well as a few other resource items that are designed to support the many ministries that exist on the farm. There is currently an orphanage, a school, and a medical/dental clinic on the farm. These ministries have been funded in the past primarily by one person. The farm is seeking sustainability because the funding will eventually dry up and displace hundreds of children and families. We are working with the farm by developing an adventure tourism element where the facilities of the farm will be utilized to create additional income to support the ministries on the farm. You will hear more about this in the future.
That is our mission. We are excited about what the future holds. Please keep us, as well as our ministries, in your prayers. We have a lot of work to do, money to raise, and people to mobilize. Feel free to spread the word about what we are doing. If you have any questions, please feel free to shoot me an email. I would love to talk.
Until next time…
The Englund Family
Scott, Teri, Kayle, and Emma