|Teri and the girls enjoying the sunshine at Bald Rock|
It is always bittersweet to return to the US for a visit. We always enjoy being back home in our culture, but the plethora of emotional ups and downs can wreak havoc on ones mental stability, if one had much to begin with… Regardless, we are back in the Peruvian saddle here in Cusco. Our recent trip to the US was definitely a needed break. Our whole family has been blessed by some of the connections we made during this trip. We got a chance to just relax and have some fun without the pressure of things back in Cusco.
We have been fortunate to have a great young family manage The Meeting Place Café while we were in the US. They took care of the day to day stuff and kept the problems out of our minds. Thanks Matthew and Elisa! You guys are awesome!
|The girls love the water...|
|We got some time with family as well.|
Once we landed on US soil, we hit the ground running. We spent some quality time with a new church connection called Bayside. It is a large church in northern California. We participated in two of their events and really got connected with a bunch of adventure lovers in their ranks. We spent time at a camping retreat in Santa Cruz, took our chances learning to surf, and ate as much sand as anyone could handle. It was a good place to meet some of the people from the Bayside Church. The following week, we prepared for another weekend retreat in Yerington Nevada. This was one of the deciding factors that brought us back for a visit.
|The Englund clan exploring a mine shaft via moto|
We were invited to come and participate in a dirt bike retreat in the desert. They didn’t have to twist our arms too far to get us there… Greg and his staff at Bayside Adventure Sports were so welcoming and helpful. They provided motorcycles for our whole family, along with the necessary equipment and things to make it happen. We were able to reach out to a crowd of dirt bike enthusiasts. It was the perfect connection to give MotoMission a good kick start (excuse the pun.) We are consistently trying to build our ministry businesses through our client base as well as our support system which allows us to run the businesses as volunteers. We were successful in every way! To all the Bayside people reading this: Thanks a ton for making us feel so welcome!
During our time in the US, we had the chance to visit with family and a few friends. Our time was pretty full, but it was a good break from our hectic lives in Cusco. For those that we just couldn’t see on this trip, we will catch you on the next one.
- We had to sell our vehicle just before we returned to the US. It is extremely difficult to purchase a quality used vehicle in Peru. We thought we were getting something that would work, but had nothing but problems. We decided it was best to cut our losses, and get rid of it before getting stranded again. We need to purchase another one. This time, we would like to stick with a Toyota Landcruiser as there are more parts available and people that know how to fix them. The cost will be quite a bit more, but once we get a good vehicle, we should be able to hang onto it for a while. Pray that God provides the resources. We would like to purchase a 2007 model which will cost about 23K. We currently have about 10k from the sale of our last vehicle. If anyone would be interested in helping with this ministry need, please contact us via email or Commission to Every Nation, our stateside mission organization at www.cten.org.
- We have a couple of possibilities on management of the café. Please pray that one of the options comes to fruition thus allowing us to move forward on our MotoMission project.
- Please pray for our family as we hop back into the craziness of the ministry here in Peru.
|Scott and Bud Englund-a couple of clowns|
In His hands,
The Englund Family