Friday, January 21, 2011

Back in the Saddle

So we are back in the saddle again here in Cusco after a whirlwind trip back to the US. Our family wants to thank those of you that were so helpful in welcoming us back home. It was an amazing experience to reconnect with so many of you. Our time was filled with a lot of activities and functions, but it was so worth it. We got to have our first snowball fight in years, good Mexican food, celebrate Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Years with family. What a special treat for all of us. Thanks again for welcoming us home.

As for our mission here in Cusco, we came back to the off season. Things are thin right now, but should pick up in March. So far, the businesses are getting by. During this time, we are able to see what we are really made of. Please continue to pray for us as we continue to build business for His work to be done in and around Cusco.

Another exciting thing that will be taking shortly, is that there is a group of five young men coming down to join us for 6 months. They are going to volunteer with our ministry. They also will have the privilege to go to The Meeting Place Language Institute, and stay in the Meeting Place Guest House. We are so excited to have the human resources to expand our ministry and make it more functional and successful. Please keep these gentlemen in your prayers as they will surely be attacked by Satan in many ways.

So many of you have heard bits and pieces of our cabin saga. Some of you may not have a clue what I am talking about. Well, I just wanted to let you know, just how amazing the God so many of us serve really is. Because it is such an in depth story, I am going to give you a link to the story. I would encourage all of you to read it as it will blow you away as it did our family. I have attached it to our blog at the following link. It is titled The Casa de Dios…

We are getting settled back into the crazy pace here. As there are a lot of preparation for various things that are coming up in our ministry, we are finding ourselves working many hours trying to stay above water. It is amazing at how God provides the energy that we need.

Some may say I am a positive guy….well, whatever the case, I wanted to share with you about some of the amazing things that have been taking place here in our ministry. We got back to Cusco in January. Since our return, we have had some great days of business in the cafĂ©. There have been many reservations made in the guest house, our language school has had students, and The Meeting Place Church is doing great. While we were back in the US, Pastor Ken and Letty Dujay and their three kids arrived to pastor the church. They are an awesome family who love Jesus. It is exciting to see their passion and willingness to share their faith with people. Please keep them in your prayers as they have a tough job of operating a Christian church in such a dark and depressed place.

The girls are excited to instantly have new friends( the Dujay family). It seems that each night the request line is full of sleepover requests. I wonder if that will wear off. It has been almost three weeks…God bless our princesses!

The rainy season is among us. It usually rains every day in the afternoon. We have found that when it rains here it really rains. God is so good at throwing down His powerful lightning, letting us know of His presence with the roar of thunder, and then so tactfully spritzing up the landscape with a good downpour from the heavens. Each time it is a miracle…The God I serve is really amazing!

There are a lot more details to share with you, but it would take hundreds of pages. Just know that we are honored to be here doing what God has called us to do. The little inconveniences are overcome by the enormous blessings that are poured out onto our lives. Please continue to pray for our ministry and our lives here in Peru. Also, pray that God will provide people to join us in His work. We are always looking for people to volunteer with us in various capacities. Get the word out!

Blessings on all of you and may God fill your lives with an unspeakable joy!

The Englund Family

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