Saturday, June 21, 2014

If you need something to pray about...



We are thankful that so many of you are supporting our family and mission here in Cusco. We are also fortunate to be able to do what we have been sent to do. With that said, there are a number of things that need to be communicated with those of you that are on our support team. We cannot do what we do without so many of you that are constantly praying and supporting us financially. Also, encouragement is something that has an intrinsic value that is of the highest importance. Without those three things in place, we would be packing up and taking on a normal life back in the US. It is way too difficult to do what we do without a group of people like you with which to take this journey.

The Englund Family...Saying Thank You from the Andes of Peru
It has been a while since we put out our prayer list. I was reminded the other day about the power of prayer. We prayed for a good friend of one of our café customers who comes to our Gathering discussion on Sunday nights. He was in a coma with not much hope. It looked really bad. They were going to pull out the tubes and see if he would make it. Cesar came in the next morning and told us that his friend had miraculously come out of his coma, rose up in bed, and even spoke to his wife…The next day! Some may say it was a coincidence, but I believe that God created coincidence…
Here are a number of prayer needs that we are dealing with at the moment. We would like to invite you to pray and support our family as we continue to serve here in Peru.
Our health…Teri is getting over a broken hand. She is in the therapy stage. The medical treatment is really discouraging. She is ready to be back to normal. I have recently broken some ribs and am just about healed up. I need to be on my A game as I have a number of very difficult/physical motorcycle tours lined up in the coming days. Our girls are healthy, but as many of you know about health issues, it is so much easier when we feel right.
Luis and Rachael Vasquez…This is the couple that has joined us at the café. They are in the beginning stages of everything. A lot of changes. We ask for your prayer to support them as they support our ministry. They have already relieved a huge burden of work at the café. They are in a position where they need to raise more living expenses in order to be volunteers at the café just like our family. I would love to bless them with some fundraising help.
The Vasquez Family
Our sweet daughters, Kayle and Emma…God has given us great kids. Life is extremely tough for them. They have the typical issues that kids their ages have, but because of the lifestyle we lead, it has added a few things to the list. Learning science in a foreign language for example.  Just keep them in prayer. Encouragement is a big one for them. Also, socially, pray that they would continue to develop good healthy relationships.
Financial support for our family…It has been a while since we have focused on our family support. Things change, people change, support changes. We are going to need to reinforce our family support as time goes on. It is always an encouraging thing to do, but it is a lot of work. Please pray that we can develop that part of our ministry in order to allow us to focus on the ministry that we have in Peru.
Our families back home…We often feel that living in Peru creates a disconnect with our families. Things happen and we are not there to experience it. We miss our families. Pray for comfort for us as we live so far away.
Volunteers for the café…We are in the busy season now. The work load is stressful, but when we have good volunteers, we can breathe a bit better. Pray that God would provide amazing volunteers for our ministry.
There are many others, but these are the main things that consume much of our time and focus. Please consider how you can join our family in this mission.
To join our financial support team, please contact CTEN(Commission To Every Nation) via telephone at  (800) 872-5404 or just follow the link www.cten.org/scottenglund. If you are interested in supporting Rachael and Luis, please contact me via email and I will help you through the process. Just know that when you bless our family and ministry, you are giving us a great form of encouragement.
Until next time,
The Englund Family
Scott, Teri, Kayle, and Emma

Friday, June 13, 2014

Go Screw Something Up!



The other day I found myself laying on a dirty sidewalk, my back wrapped the wrong way around a guide wire of a power pole, and a large crowd hovered above my traumatized body. What in the world just happened?
It has never happened before like this. I have spent hours and hours on the back of a motorcycle. In a split second, I was no longer on the bike, but rather, trying to figure out if I was really alive or if it was a dream.
You see, motorcycles have been a passion of mine for years. It is one of the activities/hobbies in which I enjoy the most in life. Many of you have spent enough time with me that you would know what I am talking about. I love those crazy things.
I expect that I will have accidents. That is why I wear a helmet. I don’t plan on accidents, but I know that if I ride long enough the odds will eventually catch up with me.
When I ride on dirt and extreme terrain, I typically hit the ground. It is part of the sport. The speeds are typically lower, the impacts are not as drastic, and there are no cars with which to dodge. There are a certain number of controllable things in the environment.  When on the street, the equation changes. When on the street in Cusco Peru, the equation is just pure nonsense.
I was on my way into the café. The light was red and there were 6-8 cars lined up waiting for the light to change.  As I worked my way through the cars, suddenly and without any notice, a door opened.
It was so quick, that I barely had time to react. In fact, most of my reaction was in the fall and not the impact with the car. I squared up right into the opened door. My front tire hit first. Thank goodness the passenger had not already stepped out. The door sprung backwards and stopped my motorcycle in its tracks.
I had one direction in which to travel…over the bars. As my rear tire came up, I was catapulted over the top of the door which was the root of the problem in the first place. I landed on the edge of the concrete curb, a few feet in front and to the side of the car. I slid, rolled, and stopped up against a guide wire that was supporting a power pole.
Within seconds, numerous ambulances and police had been called. It must have looked terrible…My back was bent the wrong way around the wire. I was scared to move. So I just laid there. No movement. I was doing a diagnostic check on my extremities. Toes…Check…Ankles…Check…Fingers and hands…Check…
It was all intact. Within a few more seconds, I decided that I could move without much pain. The guy that opened the door was right there making sure I was OK. He was really concerned. I managed to reach up and shut the engine off.  Gas was dripping out of the bottom of the carburetor. Nobody knew what to do. I didn’t either.
My mind started coming back to some sense of normalcy. A few moments later, I was upright, still checking my extremities. I stood up, reached over to pick up the bike, and quickly received a hand from a couple of the by-standards.
It all took just a short few minutes, but the shakes went on for hours. I am still in awe that I was the main character in a horrific scene of destruction.
I woke up the next day with a bruised foot and a bunch of sore muscles. I am so fortunate to walk away from that incident. I have not stopped thinking about it since it happened. This is what is going through my mind.
For 20 years, motorcycles have been in my blood. I have dodged many a life threatening situation. I have slammed my fist into many a bus that was pinching me into oncoming traffic. I have managed to change lanes just in time to watch the cars that were in front and behind me slam into each other. The list goes on. It just was not my time…
We all have a time. I thank God that I had this experience. It will help me stay on my toes. It will be a lesson for me to turn everything off and reflect on the life that I have been so fortunate to lead. The term “taking things for granted” means something to me now.  Hitting the pavement was a good reminder.
I want to encourage you to have an incident. I am not asking to you to go wreck your car, but live a little. Put yourself in a risky situation. Lose. Fail. Screw up. Mess up something really big. Don’t do it on purpose, but just know that if you take a risk, it will eventually happen. Be sure not to stop there. If you fail, your incident will only be a failure if you do not learn and glean positive value from it.
Take the situation, and be better for it. Allow it to positively transform your life instead of ruining it. You make the choice. Taking life for granted is a terrible way to live. Now get out there and screw something up.

Scott Englund
June 13, 2014

Friday, June 6, 2014

Strap on Your Helmet!!!



The other day I was on a motorcycle tour on the outskirts of Cusco.  I often find myself riding through the area of Huilkarpay. This is a little community that holds a special place in my heart. Many of you have followed the story of Jason over the past few years. Well, the story continues…

While passing through the community, we came up to three boys who were participating in the arduous long walk to town to get to school. I know most every kid in the town because of past work in the community. I stopped as I recognized a couple of the boys; the older ones.

It only took a moment to realize that the little guy that was walking with the older boys was my favorite little guy in the community. It was Jason’s little brother, Antauro. He is the youngest boy in the family. He is a wild little guy full of energy and always with a smile on his face.  He knew it was me, but it took a second for me to realize that my little buddy Antauro was standing right in front of me.
He didn’t care. He charged me as if I was candy bursting out of a piñata. He had a tight hug and a bunch of love to pass on. It was certainly one of the highlights of my day. That kid is cool!
I offered to help with the three kids to get them down the hill a bit closer to their school, but I quickly realized that between the two motorcycles, we didn’t have space for all three boys. The older boys kindly offered to walk and let Antauro receive the privilege.

I put Antauro in front of me on the motorcycle, he grabbed on to the crossbar of my handlebars, and we took off down the hill towards Cusco.

Chaska and Emma Playing With Dinner
For Antauro, motorcycles are as cool as it gets. He had his bug catching grin stretched out for the world to see. He was thrilled to be hanging with his padrino on a motorcycle on his way to school. It was fun for me too.

I dropped him off at the door of his school and returned back to the house to complete the tour. However, the story doesn’t stop there.
A day or two later, we were invited by Antauro’s family to come up and have dinner. We agreed and went up a few evenings later. It was a great time and an even better cultural exchange.
We ate outside in the freezing cold night, under the stars. A concoction of local food served up, hodge podge style, in a large soup bowl. It was a nice evening of fellowship with the family. We have a lot of history with them and it’s always nice to keep connected.

During our time sitting on the little plastic stools under the stars, Antauro’s father explained something that had happened over the past two days since I had given Antauro a ride to school.
The View From Huilkarpay
The day after I saw Antauro, he got up and ready for school like normal. Then he proceeded to put on an old motorcycle helmet that they had around the house. He waited in anticipation and hope that I would be swinging by at about the same time. He wanted to be ready when his ride came along…such anticipation.

As we hung out with the family for the evening, I got to see Antauro and his helmet. There are not many things cuter than that! 

I got to thinking about the significance of anticipation. What a life giving emotional experience it can be; the power, the hope, the thrill. Anticipation is an amazing thing to develop into our lives. I want to challenge you to think about the anticipation you have in your life. I want to challenge you to develop and use it to benefit your outlook, your attitude. Anticipate big things. Anticipate good things. Anticipate eternal things. It’s like positive thinking…There is a lot of power in it.
Now it’s time to go strap on your helmet…