Wednesday, July 6, 2011

God supplies!

This past month has been a busy time in our ministry as we are in the heavy tourism season. There have been a lot of customers, students in our language school, and we have had a number of guests visit our guest house. In addition, we have had a lot of volunteer help which is a wonderful blessing. As I write, we have the pastoral care couple from our mission organization, CTEN, joining us and have managed to pamper us a bit(Thanks Dick and Berdie)To top it all off, Teri and I celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary. Nothing better than honeymooning in Peru…17 years of adventure with my best friend…

The Englund family is doing good! The kids are doing well at homeschooling, the teacher(Teri) is wonderful and patient. We have been able to spend some quality family time together thanks to having a great group of volunteers. The volunteer group from Nampa only has a few more weeks left. What a blessing they have been. We have also had a group of Youth With a Mission(YWAM) missionaries helping out in the cafĂ© as well as some other ministries that we are involved with. The Meeting Place Church has been packed full four Sunday’s in a row. Love it when it’s hard to find a seat! God is working here for sure. Keep on praying for us… We have a lot of work to do and many more projects to start.

There is a couple of housekeeping items that I would like to address here in this e-newsletter. First, I want to make sure that those of you that are supporting us in our mission here in Cusco know that you are truly our lifeblood as we march forward in our work. We are all part of this team and without all the players, we could not be a successful team. God has put each of us together for a reason. God doesn’t need us, nor does he need our money. What he desires is our obedience and willingness to faithfully jump in. Whether it is in the areas of local church ministry, foreign mission field, prayer, or financing ministry; there is a part for each of us.

We want to say thank you to all those that are continually praying for us and for those that are financially making it feasible to work and live in Peru. We are so grateful for the opportunity and privilege to do God’s work in this manner. We are truly blessed!

For those that receive our newsletters and may not be involved other than just reading it now and then, I want to challenge you to join our ministry team. There are no requirements, we just ask that you pray about your involvement, and then be obedient. God may have you be a prayer warrior for us. He may ask you to come down and join us as a volunteer. He may ask you to give financially.

We are always in need of prayer. That costs nothing, but time. However, it is so vital to our work here. In addition we have a couple specific financial needs. The most important is consistent monthly support. We have been on the field for 2 ½ years. When we were new on the field, we were supported sufficiently. Due to the economy or other reasons, some of our support has stopped or slowed down. While we have been blessed to be able to function, we are quite thin on our budget. An emergency or large equipment failure could put us into a bind. We want to be able to focus on our ministry instead of having to deal with money issues. Also, we want to stay true to our message and give 100% of our business proceeds away. With that being said, we are pushing for additional monthly support for our family. Any consistent amount is welcomed. You can set it up to do any amount as you are led to give.

The second need that we have is transportation. We currently utilize the local taxi and bus system. While public transportation has its benefits, there are times when it is much more difficult to use. Time is valuable. Being able to pick people up at the airport or take a group of people to a ministry project is an area where taxis are not always feasible and sometimes much more costly. We are looking to buy a vehicle that would help us with those transportation needs. The cost of the vehicle would be about $12,000( see picture below-1999 Hyundai-$12000). Any donation to this vehicle project would be a huge blessing to our family and ministry.

It is easy to sign up. All you need to do is to connect with CTEN (our mission agency) and let them know that you want to be a monthly supporter or donate for a car for the Englund Family. CTEN can be reached at the following link… http://tinyurl.com/cuscoscott. You can also reach them by phone at 800-872-5404.

Partnering with you is an honor for us. We are continually blessed when people stand beside us and our mission. Please prayerfully consider joining our ministry.

On another note, we also would like to obtain your physical addresses for communication purposes in the future. We like to send out hard copy newsletters at times. In order for us to do this, we need to have updated information. If you are not currently receiving an actual newsletter in the mail, please send us your current information and we will make sure our records are up to date. Feel free to send your updated info to scott@themeetingplacecusco.com.

May God bless you and prosper you and fill you with an unspeakable joy that never ceases,

The Englund Family

Scott, Teri, Kayle, and Emma


On an unusually cold Saturday afternoon in Cusco, in a park next to the main thoroughfare, gathered about 1500 people to show honor to their savior and let the city know that “Cristo Vive!”

The local evangelical pastors association put together the “March For Jesus.” It was a huge turnout. I was unaware that there were that many believers in the area. There is strength in numbers. We stopped traffic as the parade of banner waving Jesus freaks traveled up to the main Plaza de Armas to give Cusco a solid understanding that the Christians in the town were a legitimate group.

Once to the plaza, there was a full band with singers, sound system that pushed the decibels across the valley, and hundreds of people worshiping in a charismatic sort of way. It was exciting to be a part of.

If there is a place on the Earth that needs to hear the truth, Cusco is it! This place has so many issues that stem with the spiritual depravity that comes from worshiping all things created.

It was refreshing to march on that cold afternoon. It must have been a sweet sound in God's ears while His people banded together to be heard and to make a statement.