|Charlie...Say no more!|
Charlie is his name. If you have not met Charlie, you are missing out. He would have been one of the guys that would have joined Jesus to start the early church. He’s that kind of fellow.
Charlie had written a Facebook post that basically said thank you for those that have partnered with him to allow him the blessing of being able to come to Peru and serve here in our café and ministry.
So, I read it. It was 5am. Typically, I would be reading the backs of my eyelids at that hour, but somewhere in mind, the alarm went off to bring me to double check my phone to realize just how early it was. 5am….ouch…
No matter, I noticed that I had a couple of messages. I checked them. While passing through to receive my Facebook messages, Charlie’s post caught my eye. I am now sitting at the kitchen table clacking away with a hope to reach out to you in a way to say thank you in a most unpeculiar way. Here it is…
|The start of a great day of riding...|
Yesterday, I was riding a dirt bike with two guys from Northern California; A couple of great fellas. These guys came into the café, because they read about us in The Lonely Planet. They wanted to get a good breakfast. When they walked in, they saw a poster in our entry way that mentioned “Moto Tours.” These guys looked it over and decided to ask for more information. I gave it to them full force with a high definition video and high energy sales pitch that had them sold in just a moment.
These two guys met each other because of dirt bikes. They are great friends that are traveling together in South America. They came to Cusco to see Machu Pichu. They are friends because of dirt bikes. That is a deep tone in their friendship.
|Riding dirtbikes with MotoMission=helping support single mothers|
When they saw the poster, they both turned on something in their brains about riding dirt bikes in Peru. Not a chance…Who does that? They thought...Well, Uncle Scotty(What I call myself in the 3rd person) is behind the bar serving coffee and just happens to know how these boys can experience a moto tour at the highest level.
To shorten up the story, I found myself taking these guys on a one day dirt bike tour of a lifetime; Bucket list type of stuff. Needless to say they were satisfied.
So here goes the idea that brought me to tears this morning…I was riding up a breathtaking ridgeline yesterday while on this Moto Tour. It was breathtaking, not only because of the beauty, but also because we were riding above 14,000 feet elevation. I looked up at the horizon, then down at the city of Cusco that lay nestled into the valley floor. I realized just how blessed I am to be able to do what I am doing. I am living a dream. It doesn’t make sense, but then again, life has never really made a lot of sense. Parts do, but this still blows my mind.
Change the channel to Charlie…Charlie gets a wild idea to come serve in Cusco. He reaches out to some faithful people in his life and they send him a check and give him an encouraging pat on the back and send him off to help an unknown missionary family in Cusco. Charlie shows up and jumps right in. He figures out Cusco really quick. He makes some friends, learns how to do things at the café, hangs with my 11 year old daughter like a big brother within moments of meeting her, gets to know our cafe customers, and begins making a difference in the lives of those around him. An ideal missionary!
|Happy Cafe Customers=Kids with school supplies|
I love what I do, but it is a heavy pace to maintain for any length of time. Charlie, as well as the other volunteers, have allowed me to breathe. I have been able to get some days away from the café for other things. I typically have been able to have three days off from the café each week. It has been a huge blessing to help me rebalance my life. It has provided me with some well needed family time, get caught up on some daily stuff, as well as provide the time flexibility for developing MotoMission. I cannot be more grateful to have good volunteers to serve at the café. I don’t need to think about the café on my days off.
Also, as many of you know, I have a crazy passion for dirt bikes. I have since started a dirt bike tourism company that uses 100% of the profits for ministry. I can use some of my extra time away from the café to do moto tours So, when a customer walks into the café and wants to do a moto tour, I often find myself doing what I love to do, and making a good chunk of cash to support an awesome social project in town, namely the Altivas Canas Children’s Project. That is what happened yesterday.
|Blessed ministry at The Meeting Place=Blessed kids at Altivas Canas|
Many of you have supported our family through hours and hours of prayer, thousands of dollars to help us with our living expenses, donations for specific projects, sweat and blisters as many have joined us in our work for periods of time, and many of you have been a needed shoulder on which to pour out our tears. There is no way we can say Thank You enough. But THANK YOU!
I not only want to say thank you, but I also want you to know just how far that “thanks” reaches. I want to say thank you for the kid in the community of Picol that is going to school now with a full backpack of supplies. He is able to go to school because of the school supplies provided by customers at the café. I want to say thank you from the single mothers of the kids at Altivas Canas. They are able to go and work and thus provide a living for their families. I want to say thank you for the people that get a good coffee each morning at the café. I want to say thank you for Charlie. He has a place to use his talents and passions to serve Jesus in a way that will change his life forever. I want to say thank you for the ten thousand people that showed up to our event in Arequipa a few years back. They were able to hear a message that changed many of their lives. I want to say thank you for the two fellas that were able to ride dirt bikes in the Andes yesterday, a lifelong dream of many dirt bikers.
|Happy Volunteers=Happy Customers|
|Blessings multiply and reach out to others...|
Don’t ever underestimate a simple blessing. When you realize a blessing, you give it power to transform the world. Blessings are the most effectual thing in life. Once started, it keeps going, whether you know it or not.
As is the case in my life and the life of my family, I, once again, want to say thank you. Thank you for putting the power of your blessings to work in my life. You are reaching into thousands of lives beyond where you targeted your blessings. Keep that in mind…Blessings are bigger than you think!