So, it has been a little over two months since arriving in Cusco. Wow, how time goes fast. Our lives are busy and that really makes the time fly by.
It has been a while since I sent out an update, so I thought I would give you a rundown of some of the exciting things taking place here with our family and our ministry. Let’s start with the family.
We are really getting settled in. Our lives are hectic, but we are figuring out how to function here in this new environment. Our kids are loving home school! They are great students and seem really eager to learn. They also like the schedule. It gives them more flexibility than they have had since we moved to Peru. Teri, their amazing teacher, is doing great as well. She has put together a great mix of activities and lessons that keep the kids excited about learning. So far, it has been a huge blessing to discover the benefits of home schooling. We will continue as God allows. For now, it is really working out well.
An exciting thing for us-We are getting ready to come home in about a month and a half. We are still trying to figure out our schedule, but we would like to be back in the US for Christmas. There are many variables, but we are getting close on finalizing the plans. Our goal for coming back is to see family, friends, and churches that have been supporting our ministry as well as raise additional funds for us to continue in our work in Peru. We have been so blessed that so many of you have joined us in our work here in Peru through prayer and finances. We thank God for you! If any of you would like us to join your churches during our stay, please let me know as we will do our best to visit. We would love to share what God has been doing in our ministry. Just shoot me an email and we can communicate.
As for The Meeting Place Café, we were profitable this month. Not by much, but we did it! It was exciting to have cash in the drawer after all the expenses were paid. God is good! This will allow us to support other viable Christian ministries. One thing that I found a bit ironic was the fact that the locals had two days of protest here in Southern Peru. In fact, all the public transportation was shut down, Machu Pichu was closed, all the tour operators had to cease operations, the markets were locked down, it was kind of like a ghost town-Except that people still needed to eat and drink. That is where the blessings came in. We had a couple of our busiest days of the month during the strikes. The tourists could not leave the downtown area and thus were trapped. Praise God for strikes! It was a great month.
Our language school and guest house will be operational on November 1. That is exciting, but also a bit scary. We are going into our slow season toward the end of the year. I am trying to find ways to cover the rent and keep above water each month through the slow period. Please pray that we can find enough students and guests that at least the expenses can be paid. I am sure God will bless. He always does.
One thing I want to advertise to all of you is that we are looking for people who would be willing to come to Cusco as volunteers to join us in our ministry. We have a lot of flexibility, but it would look something like this-We would have you stay in our guest house, you would be taught Spanish in an enjoyable immersion setting, be able to serve in The Meeting Place Cafe, serve with small children at Casa Josefina, volunteer at the afterschool program at Project CORASONS(see photo), or participate in any number of other ministry opportunities that we have available. The cost would be around $900 US dollars/month which includes housing, language school, and project administration. The rest is up to you depending on what you wanted to see and do while you were here. You would be located right in the center of Cusco, where you would have a lot of opportunity to check out the amazing archeological ruins of the Inka, trek through the Andes, and just be involved in a great and viable Christian ministry. This is a great opportunity. If you have any interest or know someone who may be, get in contact with me.
Well, that does it for this time. Thank you all so much for your continued prayers and financial support as well as word of mouth about our ministry.
One thing to keep in mind is that the end of the year is coming up. If you are looking for projects to support and still be able to get that tax write off by the end of the year, please keep us in mind. Any donations to our ministry or family are tax deductable. You can make donations on line by clicking our direct link at http://tinyurl.com/cuscoscott
May God Bless you all!
The Englund Family