Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Englunds are in Idaho!!!

A quick update on the Englund family…

We arrived in San Francisco on the 20th of November. We met a slew of our family at the airport to take us back to Oroville CA, a place that has seen the good and the bad of one Englund boy. This particular trip to the US had a purpose of reconnecting with family and friends, tell people about our ministry in Peru, and stir up some additional financial and prayer support.

Since on the ground, we have been going nonstop doing just that. With Thanksgiving spent at the Casa de Mama Englund, we were quickly reminded of a sin called gluttony. I had almost forgotten how much pumpkin pie I could force down my gullet. Needless to say, I have repented and chalked it up to lost opportunities for having spent the last two years starving in Peru without the likes of chips and salsa, real cheddar cheese, and circus animal cookies. Starving may not be the most accurate word to use, but there are some food items that, while in the strangest of moments in Peru, one would sacrifice pretty much anything to get just one mouthful.

Catching up on Grande Burger (for those in Oroville, you know what I am talking about) was a real treat. Catching up with family was priceless. It has been a great two years, but seeing the ones you love face to face in a place that I have called home for most of my life; that was wonderful.

What have we been doing since we arrived? Thanksgiving was spent with family in Oroville. We were able to go to worship at my childhood church where, even though I have not regularly attended in decades, am still welcomed as a regular. After our Thanksgiving, we drove to Idaho to spend some time reconnecting with our friends in the potato state. We were hosted by some dear friends, who allowed us to stay at their home, gave us a generous curfew, and made us feel right at home. Thanks John and April!

While in Nampa, Idaho, we have been spending much time visiting with dear friends that we have been so anxious to see since we left for the mission field in Peru.

In addition, we were able to speak briefly during service at Karcher Church of the Nazarene. We gave a quick rundown of our ministry, and then invited the congregation to a dessert and coffee social time the following night. Complete with the best Peruvian coffee around, we had a great time as about 115 of our beloved friends showed up to support us, or at least get a chance at a Wallin cheesecake (those at Karcher understand). It was a special time to reacquaint with the folks in Nampa. Connecting through random meetings over coffee or meals, we have spent much time seeing those that have become such a part of our lives.

Now, we are in toasty room in a snowed in cabin in Donnelly Idaho, enjoying the fireplace and Christmas lights. It is quite surreal. The story about the cabin is one that I will have to share with you on another note, but know that God works out things better than we can ever imagine.

We have had a great vacation of doing nothing but hanging with the family. No coffees to make, orders to take, people to pick up at the airport, just the four of us. It was a nice break that was needed for sanity.

Tomorrow, we head back to Nampa to continue visiting more of those friends from Idaho that we love and cherish so much. I am afraid that we will not be able to see everyone. It is difficult, but we understand that schedules do not always match up. We will do our best to see everyone, but we may have to get you on the next round. It probably won’t be a two year stint. Hopefully less, if God allows.

We will be heading to CA on Wednesday and will be in Northern Cal for the remainder of our time. We would love to connect with any of you that will be around. Feel free to let us know when we can connect with you and we will do what we can to make it happen. It will be hectic, just like Idaho, but we do want to connect with as many of you as possible. That is our purpose. Just let us know.

We will be speaking at the Oroville Church of the Nazarene on the 2nd of January. Let’s get together before or after if you would like. Just shoot us an email. We will build a schedule.

We are still working on developing our fundraising and financial partners. I would challenge any of you that are not supporting our ministry, to pray about it. It is a blessing for us when people stand with us in our ministry. We cannot do it alone. If you want to join us, let me know, and I can sit down with you and go over everything with you personally. We desire your partnership. Here is the direct link to our donation page – Make sure you grab a new updated prayer and support card for your refrigerator while we are around. We will leave some at Karcher Naz as well as Oroville Nazarene in case we cannot connect.

I find myself getting wordy. I better get going and enjoy the rest of the time at the cabin. We love you all and hope to see many more of you in the coming few weeks. Blessings on all of you!

The Englunds

Scott, Teri, Kayle, and Emma