Wednesday, November 5, 2014

How to Cheat Death on a Dirt Bike



     After about three months of restlessness, fear, and hesitance, I have come to a place where I can emotionally spill my thoughts and provide you with a haring story that has impacted my life in a number of ways. Not only my life, but the lives of those that were there.
The Englund Family
    It is time to share the story. With much thought and trepidation, I have spent hours and hours in front of a computer screen. I have found myself wiping the tears from my face numerous times as I had to watch over and over again, the event that is still so fresh in my mind. Editing…the rigorous and tedious task of gathering all the right parts and pieces of a media story into a completed project. It is finished.
     I will let the story be told through the screen. However, I would like to help you all understand the outcome of the event that took place in which the movie is about.
As many of you know, our family is a missionary family. We are a bit different than most. It’s OK to be different. In a traditional sense of the word, we are way off track. That is how God intentioned it for us. For about 6 years, we have been in Peru, South America. We started off a bit like traditional missionaries as the goal of our project was to plant churches. We worked vigorously on that project for a period. Then we morphed our mission into what it is today; Business.
     We start and operate businesses that support local social projects. It’s a simple idea. I feel that God has blessed us with a passion for business and a love for people. We tie that into our faith to make it a mission. It has been our lives for the past few years.
     So back to the story. One of our missional businesses is a motorcycle tourism operation called MotoMission. Our family is into dirt bikes. From the time our girls were 4 years old, they were zipping around the dirt like rabbits in the dessert. It’s in our blood. It’s a passion that we have turned into ministry. We generate profits through the motorcycle business, and then we pass them on to a local social mission called the Altivas Canas Children’s Project. They have no way of generating the funds needed to operate and do what they are called to do. That is where we come into play. It’s a team with many parts. We are fortunate to be part of the team.
Ben and Family on Right, Garret and James on Left
     In July, a team of 60 youth and adults with a Christian student ministry called Campus Life came to Cusco from northern California to do a multifaceted mission adventure. Our family helped with the logistics as well as participated as if we were part of the group. It was a couple of crazy weeks, but I am certain that those that were involved had a life impacting experience. It was a huge success.
     Before the bulk of the group arrived, there were a handful of the adult sponsors that arrived for a couple of reasons. One was to finish the details for the large group that was to arrive a week or so later. The other reason was to embark on a dirt bike dream of riding through the pristine Andes of South America.
Nevada City Campus Life at Machu Picchu
Let me introduce Ben. He is the younger brother of one of my best friends from college. Ben and his brother run an amazing student ministry in northern California called Campus life. The most important part of their ministry is just being real.  They genuinely love these students and pour their lives into them. They do many awesome things with the students. The trip to Peru was a crazy one. Many of those kids would never otherwise have a chance to go to Peru. It took tons of fundraising and work to make it a reality. Just like most ministries, they run on a tight budget. Ben and his brother give and give and give. Most have no idea unless they themselves have been in the same type of position. It is a constant outflow of love, tears, sweat, and energy. Ben is a superstar! He is a giver…and he loves dirt bikes.
     Here is where I would like you to stop reading and watch the video. This will give you a sense of what the experience was like.
The four guys on the dirt bike ride of their lives

     In the end, the moto excursion took a couple of crazy turns. Some that I had not accounted for in the business planning phase. I knew we would have some crashes, some bent handlebars, a bunch of maintenance cost, even some medical catastrophes, but nothing like this.
     If you didn’t have time for the video, I can understand. What happened was something that could not be replicated. It was a huge disaster and a great miracle all in the same. For starters, Ben survived. I have gone over the view in my mind. I saw it all. There is no way that Ben should be alive today. That was a miracle. His guardian angels, were on the ball; The whole team of them.
     The disaster part of the event was the motorcycle. It was a brand new, out of the crate, not a scratch, Honda CRF 450x. It was all decked out with all of the gear that is needed to do such a tour. The cost…about $14,000.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder...After the crash
     In case you were wondering, there are no insurance companies here in Peru that insures motorcycles, especially ones that are being ridden in the places that we go. It is a self insurance plan. Like a deposit. However, I cannot require a 14k deposit on every customer on every tour. Besides, a bike I thought, would never be lost off a cliff like that. Medical is one thing, but property damage is another.
     So Ben lost the bike off the cliff. He is alive. I still have a perfect record of bringing every client home alive…some with a bit of titanium from the local medical industry, but all alive. All with smiles and a crazy story to tell. That is important to me…Alive.
Picked up this baby today...2014 Honda CRF450x...BEFORE
     We are at a loss. Ben has been able to come up with some of the cash to replace the bike. That is another miracle in and of itself. Most of us don’t have an extra fourteen grand in our wallets. In order to have a complete fleet for business operations, a replacement bike is needed.
Not much to salvage...AFTER
And so to the dilemma... I hope you have seen the video. If you did, you saw a miracle take place. Now, I am seeking another miracle. Ben, a school teacher who does not have the means to cover the cost for the entire bike, has asked if there is anything I can do to help. I am very passionate about MotoMission. I want to see it thrive and complete the mission of funding the Altivas Canas Project. I need to get that bike replaced. I know that some of you who are reading may think I am a bit on the religious side of things. That is OK. I do, however feel that God has called me to continue on in this project. I am asking any of you that may have a thread of unorthodox philanthropy or mission in you, to help Ben out as well as Motomission. Much of the original equipment has been purchased with donations from many of you. The rest was purchased with the revenue from tours. However, this one was not on the plan.  
     Our goal at MotoMission is to fund the Altivas Canas Project. We will do that by making money through the tours that we operate. We are setting set up the program to be sustainable through an endowment type of investment that will provide the resources needed into the future.
Scott, hanging with some of the kids at The Altivas Canas Project
     I am asking you to consider partnering with MotoMission, Ben, my family, our mission organization (Commission to Every Nation), and the Altivas Canas Children’s Project. Even beyond the replacement of the bike, there are many of thousands of dollars that need to be invested to generate the permanent and secure cash flow to fund the project into the future.

 

      If you would like to help out with this need, this is how you do it. You can contact our mission organization, Commission to Every Nation, and set up a one-time tax deductable donation. The website at CTEN is www.cten.org/scottenglund. That will take you directly to a place where you can do it online. If you would like to contact CTEN by phone, you can call in or you can also simply mail your donation.

Please indicate that the donation is for MotoMission with the Englund Family. Checks need to be made out to Commission to Every Nation.
Commission To Every Nation
P.O. Box 291307

Kerrville, TX 78029-1307
1 (800) 872-5404
(Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm CST)

    Your participation is appreciated. With your help, Motomission can operate as planned and we can finish the funding of the Altivas Canas Project.
If you would like to see more about what we are doing down here in Peru, here are a couple of links to the projects, business, and media that we generate as a result:
Youtube video channel-MotoMissionPeru Adventure Dirt Bike Tours or click on link below https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVVUAZIrXX1q47wUPfk47zg

   I sincerely thank you for getting to the bottom of this letter. This is important to me, my family, as well as the children at the Altivas Canas project. Please also know that we could not do this without the constant support and prayer from so many of you. Thank you!

Scott Englund
Missionary Serving in Peru



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