A simple thing, but one that holds a lot of fond memories of my dad sneaking through the house in a stealth like stalk walk trying to find the enemy(me and my brother) who just happened to be lurking behind the couch that was flipped over to make a barrier in the living room. For years, rubber band gun wars in the Englund household had held a deep and special place in the hearts of many of my friends and certainly myself. Some of you that are reading this will know what I mean.
It was just the other day that I was able to pick up an old friend of mine that has recently joined us here in our ministry for a few weeks. He arrived at the airport and it has been nonstop since. One of our projects was to take the boys from Project CORASON, an afterschool program for underprivileged kids, and help them with a wood project. It was a beautiful memory of those silly rubber band wars that came into my mind as we were trying to figure out what to do with these boys.
So off to the hardware store we went. We got the supplies all lined up, made a beautiful example for the boys to see and get them excited, and then it was all over. The first day, Wednesday, our task was to get the guns cut out, sanded and get the clothes pins glued on the handle. We returned on Friday to finish off the deed.
Friday was the day for decorating and customizing our guns. The Peruvian kids are quite creative. They filed designs in their handles, painted with various colors, and used markers to name their pistolas. It was a great experience to help these youngsters build something with their hands as well as provide them a fun and enjoyable toy that will last a long time.
My buddy Chris and I were blessed to be able to do this two day project with these kids. We were able to interact with them, help them do something with their hands, and then, when it was all done, have a huge battle. What more could we ask for?
The experiences on the mission field are filled with a variety of adventures, activities, disappointments and challenges. It is exactly what God wants to use to stretch us and mold us into what He wants for our lives.
Our family wants to ask that you continue to keep us in prayer for a couple of key items. Please pray for our family. Teri is in the US for a few more days as we have recently lost a dear friend to cancer. Pray that Teri will have safe travel and be able to return without any problems. Also, pray for me and the girls as we are missing the cornerstone of our family.
Please pray for our 5 volunteers from Idaho, as they are still working through language school, various projects of volunteerism, and just maintaining their spiritual wellbeing.
Our ministry is going great right now. The cafe is growing really fast. This is great, but also causes a number of staffing constraints. We are in need of more volunteers. If any of you are interested in joining us for a couple of weeks up to a couple of years, please pray that God would guide you. Please also pray for the viability of the café and its effect on the local missions that we support.
We are also looking for a café manager; someone that could commit to a long term (2 or more years) mission here in Cusco. Preferably a business minded person with a desire for missions. A family or a single person. This would be a wonderful opportunity for an individual right out of college, or someone wanting to gain experience in international business/tourism/food service. Please pray that we would find someone soon in order to free up my time to start additional missional enterprises
That pretty much sums it up for the moment. We are blessed each and every day as God provides everything we need through his people. If you would like to join us in our ministry by blessing us with a financial gift, it would be so much appreciated. One time donations and or monthly are both needed. You can connect via the following link or by contacting Commission to Every Nation at (800) 872-5404, or by sending a check(include”the Englund family” on the memo line) to CTEN-PO Box 291307 Kerrville, TX 78029-1307 :
On another note, if anyone of you are interested in having some great Peruvian coffee, we are sending a an order back to the US. The suggested donation per bag(1.1 pounds) is $20. This is 100% Arabica grown in the high altitude region of Quillabamba. It is the same coffee we use in The Meeting Place Café. Shoot me an email if you are interested and we can work out the details.
Blessings on all of you!