Friday, December 18, 2015

Does Santa visit a house that has no chimney?



    It's getting really close to Christmas. I am sure the hustle and bustle of the holidays are weighing heavy on many of your hearts today. I want to encourage you to finish off the year with a focus on what really matters. It's not the presents, but the present that really counts.
Take today to focus on what is happening in your life right now. We cannot go back to yesterday and do a replay. We can't reach out to tomorrow and make any kind of change. You cannot change that which has not taken place. Get zoned into today.
Ask yourself, "How am I living today?"
Do you know how hard it is to get a picture of all of us together with normal faces?
     At times, we get caught up in habitual living. I would like to challenge you to make a difference in somebody else's life today, more than you normally would. Someone who wouldn't normally receive any blessing from you, a person that may not even deserve it. DO something today that will make a positive difference in someone's life outside of yourself.
     Offer to pay for the person in line behind you at Starbucks. Give someone a special compliment that you wouldn't normally speak with. Give someone an early Christmas present that is not on the list of people to which you must give a gift. Send an encouraging note to a coworker.
     Live today well. It will be gone before we know it. We may or may not have another opportunity tomorrow..  By making a difference today in the life of another you will be filling their tank as well as your own.  I have never fully understood why joy is felt by the one who is giving. God's gift I suppose...One simply cannot give everything away. The more you give, the more you receive.
     We want you all to know that the gifts and blessings that many of you have given us over the years have been such a blessing. I often struggle with expressing the feelings in a manner where you all understand just how thankful we are to have you as part of our lives. The path that we have taken to live in and minister here in Peru has been an adventure of huge proportions. We are honored to have you on the team. We are honored to be able to partner with you and make a difference in people lives on a daily basis.  It's like a perpetual blessings bank.  Thank you for blessing our family and ministry. 
We could not be doing what we do without you.

Have the best Christmas season ever!
The Englund Family
Scott, Teri, Kayle, and Emma
Our Mission Organization  www.cten.org.com/scottenglund
Our Social Enterprise business/Ministry website www.motomissionperu.com

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

We've Got the Itch!



One year ago....a lot has changed since then.
Exactly one year ago, we were in the US enjoying one of those whirlwind trips to visit family, stay connected to our support team, and to get away from the hectic and often burdensome schedule of our lives in Cusco. Since then, a lot has happened.
It seems that after a period of time, we start getting the itch to return to the US for a visit. We begin to talk about how we miss this or that, share memories of previous visits, see the Facebook pics of friends and family and just long to be there with you all.
It's part of our lives. It drives us to keep going and finish what we are here to do. We are living an exciting life for sure. The days are filled with many tasks. For our family, there is homeschool, at least at the moment. We have found a school for Emma and will start at the beginning of the next school year. As for Kayle, we are putting a lot of emphasis on getting her ready for college through an intense homeschool program. Teri is putting much of her effort into the girls education. I have been able to pitch in and help where I can. One of the things I look forward to each week is a class I have with Kayle. We call it PhotoMoto. We have a weekly photography/film theme, study it via an online lesson, then we take the motorcycles out to put our new knowledge into practice. We combine photography, dirtbikes, exercise, and most importantly, time together. My little girl is growing up. I don't want to miss it!
Trying to find the creative stuff
A pretty scene...maybe a website foto!
Gotta have a selfie to prove we were there
Many of you know that we have made some big changes in the last year. Our main focus of The Meeting Place Cafe ministry has been passed on to another missionary family. I am happy to report that the cafe is going strong. They are often overwhelmed with customers looking for a great place to sip a coffee or enjoy a pastry delight. The popularity has grown and will continue to operate well into the future. I cannot tell you how pleased I am to have the plan working so smoothly. They continue to support the Altivas Canas Children's project on a monthly basis which provides nutritious meals for the kids, school supplies, staff, and many other necessities.
We love being here in Peru. Our family is happy and doing well. Our local church reminds us of our congregation back home. We have learned to deal with the nuances of the culture on most days and have settled into life in this world.
Our main ministry focus is Motomission Peru. This MotoMission adventure is a perfect fit. It connects my craziest passions and gifts together. My face lights up when I talk about our work. It's compelling and contagious. I have discovered just how much busy work there is in this business. I find myself writing, designing, and talking  for countless hours each day. My mind never stops.  And so it goes, a hyper-focused kid trapped in an aging body, who loves motorcycles and is always excited about the day to come.


The day to day stuff we do is not always the most exciting. We are not like all the other missionaries who are paddling canoes up and down the Amazon for days on end, month after month. I had that idea of missionaries at one point. How it boils down for us, is to connect with people. That is what MotoMission has done. I cannot tell you how many influential people I have met because of what I do.  There is a "club" if you will, of accomplished dirtbikers in Peru. The MotoMission story has inspired a large majority of that group. The word has spread, thus people are made aware, and in the end, I get phone calls or emails from people wanting to do tours. Along with a lot of writing/blogging, people are seeing what MotoMission is all about. It doesn't go as fast as I want, but the number of tour inquiries has increased significantly over the last 6 months. I am excited to see where the next year or two will take us.
On that note, I want to say thank you for taking this journey with us. So many of you continue to support our family and ministry by financial means as well as lifting us up in prayer. We are so fortunate to have a team that partners with us and understands what we do. Please continue to keep us in prayer for physical protection, financial security, and that through MotoMission, we would continue to reach people.

With our hearts full of blessings,
The Englund Family
Scott, Teri, Kayle, and Emma

If you would like to join our support team, we would be honored. You can contact our mission organization, Commission to Every Nation(CTEN), and set up a monthly support program with us at www.cten.org/scottenglund/ or by calling them at  (800) 872-5404.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Baseball...It's Been a Long Time Old Friend



               It has been a full couple of months, but I want to bring you all up to date on some of the news from Cusco and the Englund family.

Our Crazy Kids

               Our family is doing good. With Kayle being gone, Emma is getting a lot of one on one time with Teri and I. It's good for all of us. However, we certainly miss Kayle. She will be returning with Teri's mother, and brother. They will be spending a couple of weeks with us. We are so excited to have visitors.

Teri and I on a 3 day anniversary adventure
               Kayle is still in the US for a couple more weeks. As I write this, she is on a backpacking trip with a Campus Life group from Nevada City. I am sure she is having a blast. We have been blessed to know many of the group as they came and joined us last year here in Peru on a couple of weeks of ministry and adventure. I must say I am a proud dad to have such a capable kid to be able to send her off to another country for a couple of months at her age. Way to go Kayle! We certainly miss her and cannot wait till she returns, but thankful for the opportunity for her.
Happy 21 yrs...This girl goes places
               While on the topic of kids, Emma is at a camp this week. She is with the big kids. It's amazing to watch our kids grow up in a country that is so different from the one in which I grew up(some may say I haven't grown up yet...still up for debate)  She communicates in Spanish like the rest of the kids. She understands the culture like the rest of the kids. She is a huge part American, and likewise a huge part Peruvian. In fact, she can belt out the Peruvian national anthem. As for the Star Spangled Banner, she doesn't hear it enough to know it. She didn't learn it in school.  It's a strange thing to notice.
               The missionary community had a July 4th picnic and celebration. We all joined in to sing the US national anthem. It was a beautiful sound to my ears. I don't hear it that much. Many of the kids had no clue as to the words. The adults as well as the newly expatriated kids belted it out nice and loud. It makes the hair on the back of my neck stand out straight. I admit that I miss the good ole US of A. Did I mention that I got to play baseball at the party? I have developed a greater appreciation for American life and culture as our family has been serving here in Peru for six and a half years. I hear all of the problems in the US for sure. The news is no different here. They look for the negative story and blast it all over the airwaves. I know the US has its problems, but I am still honored to be an American. I sure miss playing ball...

Big Things Coming With MotoMission

               As for other another area of ministry, MotoMission is ramping up. Recently I started blogging for a huge motorcycle online community called Thumpertalk. com.  This has really given us a lot of exposure to the dirtbike community. I have already booked tours as a result of the blogging. I am excited to continue in the story writing and sharing our adventures to a huge group that has the same passion for motorcycle as I have. I noticed that my typical posts to you all have been spread out a bit. This is because of the increased amount of writing that I have been doing on the other blog site. If anyone is interested in following the motorcycle blog on Thumpertalk, you can join as a member then follow my blog which is called, Trail Tales of Enduro in South America.


This is our latest tour video...anyone recognize this guy?
 
               As many of you are aware, Motomission is our main ministry focus at the moment. Within this business ministry operation, we are also working on another big project that will help us reach our financial goals of permanently funding the Altivas Canas Childrens project. The project will be a professional documentary program that will highlight dirtbiking in Peru as well as be dovetailed with a mens adventure ministry twist that will blow your socks off. We are still in the early workings of the concept, but know that when we get the green light, the tires will start throwing some dirt. This is a huge project that has me so pumped up. I have lost many an hour of sleep just thinking and dreaming about how it will come together. Keep your eyes and ears open as this documentary project could potentially fund the entire Altivas Canas project and have enough left over for other projects as well. While the documentary program is being filmed and produced, MotoMission will continue to operate as originally planned.
Hauling in a batch of blankets in Alta Accha

Put a Blanket on that Woman

               Recently, our family joined up with our local church to head up to a small community high up in the mountains to distribute blankets and supplies. It is a location in which the church has worked before. The temperature gets down really low and they are always in need of good clothing and blankets to keep them warm at night. It was a fun day to connect with the people from Alta Accha. Teri posted a ton of pictures from the day on her Facebook page. I am sure many of you have already seen them.  You can enjoy the ones on here for now.

Random Stuff

no words...
               Thanks Grady Pearsol of Nampa Idaho for joining up with The Meeting Place Cafe. It was great to get to know you and hang out a bit. If anyone is interested in joining up for some ministry work in Peru, please let us know. We are always trying to help out the local churches and missionaries wherever we can.
               Thank you to all of our faithful supporters for making it possible to do what we do as volunteers.  We are blessed beyond measure to have you in our lives. That's all for now. There are many more stories to come...Stay tuned!

The Englund Family
Scott, Teri, Kayle, and Emma

 
The ladies at Alta Accha

If you would like to join our family and ministry by supporting us financially, we are constantly working to make sure we have the resources to do what we do. You can make a tax deductible donation, one time or monthly at www.cten.org/scottenglund. It is always a blessing and privilege to have you on the team.
donation by following the link, 
 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

She's Moving out!



Its Official...She is moving out!
Kayle will be hanging out with some of these crazies this summer
Well, at least for the summer. Our sweet little baby girl Kayle, who is now 15 years old, has been invited to spend the summer in Northern California with some family friends. We are all excited about it, but as you can imagine, there are a little bit of emotions bouncing around our home at the moment. She is going out into the big old world! Kayle will be fine, however, the rest of us are going to miss her dearly.
Summer of fun and friends!
Kayle will be spending her summer with a family that runs an awesome student ministry called Campus Life. The summer will be filled with tons of incredible activities from backpacking to rafting to sports galore. Perfect summer if you ask me!
There are a couple of areas where we could use your help. First, please keep Kayle in your prayers as she will be away from home for the first time. A different country and even a different culture...it's hard to explain, but living as Americans in Peru is a distorted mix of two cultures and often poses difficulties that cannot always be foreseen. She is a tough and flexible girl, but there might be some things that are tough on her.
Second, the activities that she will be participating in will not be free. It would be a huge blessing to find a couple of sponsors to help with some of the cost for her summer program. The flights and the expenses will amount to quite a bit. Please pray and consider sponsoring Kayle and her summer experience.  Please contact us if you are interested in helping out.

Other Stuff
On the 27 and 28th of May, there will be a strike all over the south of Peru in protest of a mining entity that has not done what they said they would do. There have been protests for a couple of months with numerous people being killed in the mayhem. The strike is supposed to be held in our area as a show of solidarity for those that are not being heard. We have a lot of people that are either coming or going via airplane and the strike may cause some problems. It's always an interesting thing to watch how these things unfold. Pray that the issues are resolved quickly. It has been going on for months now and seems like there is no end in sight. We are safe as long as we stay home, but it is a hassle if you need to go anywhere. All tourism stops, transportation, business..it's not good for the economy. Everyone suffers from these types of strikes. Only time will tell...
MotoMission is beginning to pick up. It takes a while to get the momentum going as we had been spending all of our time in the cafe. Now, we are generating a lot of marketing and promotion, which will bring some customers our way. With the nature of that business, our clientele is more of a 3-12 months out kind of tour. People just don't decide they are going to head to Peru tomorrow and take a dirtbike tour for 5 days...I wish, but haven't found any of those.  We continue to look for customers in various ways.  Please feel free to pass on the word about our mission here in Peru. Our website is www.motomissionperu.com

We also want to send a huge thank you to all of you who are part of our support team. We are able to operate our mission here as volunteers because of you and your partnership. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
  If any of you would like to join our support team, we need more help.  Our mission organization is a 501c3 non profit and any support for us is a tax deductable donation. It's easy to join the team, just contact Commission to Every Nation at:

Commission To Every Nation
PO Box 291307
Kerrville, TX 78029-1307
Phone: (830) 896-8326
Toll-Free: (800) 872-5404

We hope that this finds you all well. Again, thanks for following along with our crazy adventures here in Peru. You all are a blessing.

The Englund Family(Scott, Teri, Kayle, and Emma)

 PS...if you want the full version with pictures, check out our blog at theenglundfamily.blogspot.com or check out our personal Facebook pages.